Yes, I, like millions of other Americans sat in front of my TV with friends and watched the pageantry, the commercials, and of course the Super Bowl between Seattle and New England. I may write and have a passion for soccer, but my first love was American football. I grew up, and still live, in Texas where football is king. I went to a university where our football tradition is a storied one. I couldn't miss this game; "Deflate Gate", back-to-back champs, Tom Brady's legacy...the story lines for this game were palpable. And it didn't disappoint. Well, let me rephrase that, I was disappointed at the outcome, but the game, specifically the last couple minutes produced some of the most dramatic in football history. First, there was an AMAZING catch that everyone in which everyone in the room had to do a double-take on. The ball never touched the ground and was caught while the player was on his back! Then...then there was the stupidest play-call I've ever seen. I've never coached a team before, but when you have Marshawn Lynch on the 1 yard line, you hand the rock to him. You DON'T throw the ball! Alas, that is exactly what happened and of course Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were handed the Super Bowl by the stupidity of the Seattle play-callers who called in that quick-slant play. That sequence of events will go down in Super Bowl history as one of the greatest and yet most baffling. No doubt.
I tweeted this before the game:
I truly want to see this happen. I want, that when the USMNT scores the game-winning goal to advance in the knock-out round of the World Cup, when Clint Dempsey scores a hat-trick in MLS Cup, or when Chelsea wins the Champions League again, that this happens to Twitter:
I love the sport of soccer this much. I realistically don't see this happening in my life-time, but I do believe that with the growth trajectory that the sport is on right now in the States that it could possibly get to a similar level of the World Series or the Stanley Cup. It will take a few generations to achieve this. The more we get our youth involved in soccer and loving the sport, the more they will pay attention and watch their favorite team(s). As they mature they will want to view soccer events, pass that on that love of the game to their children, eventually leading to a larger population base in America that would prefer to watch soccer over football.
I'm not writing this to advocate the destruction of football, but to elevate soccer to a level that it deserves.
It's not called The Beautiful Game for nothing.
Soccer On. -ASC
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