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She doesn’t know what she’s talking about

No one has Ann Coulter as their favorite media person. It’s highly unlikely, anyway. Every once in a while she has something interesting to say, but the instances are too few and far between for most people to listen very closely.

Today she wrote an article about America Hating Soccer. During the World Cup. So I thought I’d check it out.

It was immediately obvious that she is trying to use a current and highly popular event to further her own agenda and maintain some relevance. The details she has chosen to complain about soccer will make you realize just how little she understands what she’s talking about.

Welcome to the game

Welcome to the game

Ann says there’s no individual achievement in soccer. Let’s just stop right there. Are there any people who follow sports that actually believe the #1 point in her article? Go ask Messrs. Rooney, Ronaldo, Messi, Gerard, Dempsey, Gyan — etc — if there are heroes and accountability to your whole nation in soccer. It’s too ridiculous to spend time on.

She says she doesn’t know if there are any MVPs in soccer. Well, there are, Ann. They award MVPs at an international level. Domestic leagues (just like the NBA or NFL in America) also have an award for ‘best player of the year’. I imagine she didn’t know this because she didn’t take the time to research her topic.

She says girls play soccer with boys when they are kids, so it must not be a serious sport.  I’m not sure if you have noticed — but girls also compete against the boys playing American Helmet Football when they are children — and they do quite well — take a LOOK.

So, does this mean American Football is not a sport Ann?

And hey Ann, why is it that American Helmet Football is the only sport at the NCAA level that has college women playing with the men? It’s Here. And Here. Is it because they feel comfortable in pads (wink!) and like the shiny helmets?

Have you seen any of the world cup games, Ann, before you wrote that you’re not sure if there are any fights or battles going on out on the field? Here’s some pics in case you missed them.

Thomas-Muller-bloody

Clint Dempsey broken nose

 

Italy's Mario Balotelli jumps on top of Uruguay's Alvaro Pereira during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal

 

Elbows to faces (without helmets, gasp!), black eyes, cleats to legs and abdomens, knees to the head, bloody faces, broken noses. I’m sure you aren’t aware of these things because you haven’t taken the time to learn about it before writing your dismal article. The last time I checked, American Football players can get juice boxes in between each 3 – 5 second play if they waddle over to the side line, and American baseball players sometimes eat complete meals during the course of a baseball game. And I’m not talking about the kids sports like you were – with the juice boxes and ribbons for everyone.

(Why do you keep comparing children’s soccer to the adult versions of other American sports? If this is an example of your journalistic nous, I’m going to have to pay much closer attention to examples you give in any other articles that happen to get forwarded my way.)

The most hilarious part about Ann is that she doesn’t like soccer because “it’s foreign” and “it’s like the metric system”. I have another possibility Ann. You don’t like it because you don’t understand it. Some say you are not open minded (as if that’s a news flash…) and you are just hitting out because you don’t get it. Some say.

The dark side of Ann’s article is when she writes, “If more “Americans” are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law. I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer.”

Wow. How xenophobic of you Ann. Are you an idiot? Do you even know who your audience is?

Look at the hordes of Chicago world cup fans in this picture:

Raise your hands if your grandparents were born in America

Raise your hand if your great grandparents were born in America

I am betting that ALL OF THEIR GREAT GRANDPARENTS were born in America.

Here’s another tidbit I’d like to share: I work at a software company with engineers that don’t know or care anything about soccer. (By the way, their grandparents were born in America.) Five of them have talked to me about soccer this past week. They have said how they normally don’t pay much attention to sports in general, but they are really enjoying the World Cup. I was stunned. They actually took time away from World of Warcraft to check out some of the games. Twice!

A couple of days ago I ran into 2 huge guys doing work in the company parking lot. They were about 6 feet tall, maybe 250 – 275 pounds. Big boys doing hard work. When I got to my car, they were right by it. One of them had noticed a hat in my car (Portland Timbers) and he said to me, “based on your hat, you must be enjoying this time of year.”

I said “because of the World Cup…?”

He said “of course.”

I looked at him right in the eyes and said, “I imagine American football is your favorite sport…?”

He said “yeah, of course”.

So I said, “…And you’re following the world cup?”

He said, ” yeah, it’s interesting. I’m actually enjoying the games. It’s cool to see your country out there fighting away.”

Huh. Who woulda thunk it, right Ann? Certainly not you.

Just get your facts right and stick to topics you understand. And trust me — it isn’t soccer in America.

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  1. June 26, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Well written. By the way, the US was third place in the first World Cup of 1930, I’m pretty sure some of those players must have had grandchildren by now 🙂

    • June 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Exactly. Very good point. She’s just grinding her axe…

  2. Anonymous
    June 30, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I myself think World Cup players should be in the medical industry. They seem to heal faster than normal humans. Can we bottle whatever that is and sell it? Love your writing Merty (?)

    • July 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Yeah, you’re right, sometimes they heal surprisingly fast!

  3. Nick
    June 30, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Sorry….forgot my details.

  4. mommadiane
    June 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I don’t qualify as a liberal soccer mom she spoke about. I am in my 70’s and have been watching soccer for so many years that it was way before any soccer ball ever showed up under a Christmas tree during a holiday commercial. Still love the game and appreciated you taking on Ann Coulter for her ridiculous article that truly shows much ignorance.

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