Actually, I’ve been trying to stay low whilst the British commentariat work through their various problems with the sporting life of the United States, but when even Simon Barnes gets involved with this piece of shame-inducing drivel… and I’m saying, if you find this funny…
(I don’t really understand why Brits care so much about sport in the US. Especially the US adoption of the British coinage “soccer”, which I remember in common use in the ’70s over here, to distinguish the game from their native sports. And why, in particular, do we resent the lack of a British-style league culture over there? Given that football is being played by more people than any other sport, given that they, rather earlier than the Brits, have made something of womens’ football, why do they have to import the idiot parochialism and deadly rivalries and hatreds of European/South American club football when their own way with these things is a) different and b) a whole lot less violent? Makes no sense to me – except when I look at it all as not really being about sport at all.
Let us be positive. Google is still your friend, but you can use the search engine of your choice. Let’s pick two huge nations with no football tradition and dig up the scores of articles that must surely exist to place alongside the Barnes. You know the genre well enough if you’ve been reading the papers this week.
India, and Indonesia. Mocking articles about their sporting life and inability to understand football. Must be loads out there. Links in the comments, please.