SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: I can’t get into the World Cup

Published: Monday, June 23, 2014 at 05:00 AM.

The fact is I didn’t grow up with soccer and I never learned to appreciate the game's finer points. Some people feel toward baseball the way I feel about soccer; they find the game painfully slow, lacking in scoring, and overall boring.

The person who isn’t a baseball fan would have been miserable watching the 18-inning game between Crestview and Navarre this year. They could easily point to the 1-0 outcome and question if anything happened.

As a baseball purist, I found the game exciting. I loved the pitching and defense both the Bulldogs and Raiders displayed as the teams poured their hearts into the game, but I’m not offended if someone finds that game, or any other baseball game, boring.

My job would be a little easier if I understood soccer a little better and enjoyed it a little more. I’ve honestly tried to learn and appreciate the sport, but it’s not to be.

I will be pulling for Team USA throughout the World Cup.  

But they will win or lose without me watching.


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