The World Cup is over. And just what did we learn from the whole thing? 1) Soccer has a long way to go to compete with even the lesser sports in the United States. I saw a report that many of ABC's broadcasts were getting ratings on par with reruns of the WWE. Of course, we are a sports saturated society and our sports tend to be a little more action packed. Zero-zero ties just won't cut it. After all, that's one of the reasons baseball has its steroid scandal right now. Americans want to see results and for the most part that means goals or touchdowns or runs (or wrecks in NASCAR). Couple that with the fact that most of us didn't grow up following soccer so we couldn't tell you one thing about the various rivalries much less enjoy the intricacies of the game. We just want to hear that crazy guy on the Mexican channel lose his gourd when Rigalbertotino bends one in from forty yards out. 2) That's not to say that I didn't try, but I kept getting frustrated at the absurd amount of flopping and fake injuries. I know this is a complaint that you're hearing a lot and there's probably a great defense for the writhing-in-pain midfielder who tripped over his own shoelaces and appears to suffer a career-ending injury, but come on! I say if they bring out the stretcher for you, you're done. Automatic substitution. 3) Championship games SHOULD NEVER end in a shoot out. I don't care how long the matches take, you can't let the final outcome be decided by what amounts to chance. It would be the equivalent of ending the NBA Championship Game 7 with a free throw contest or the Super Bowl with a field goal shoot out, which could be why they stopped drafting soccer players as kickers back in the eighties. That was a dangerous trend. 4) My fantasy World Cup draft strategy (picking players with only one name) paid off and I took home first place in my league. Okay, so there were only three teams and I eventually picked up players with two names, but I won and that's all that counts. 5) Finally, might I suggest cheerleaders? Couldn't hurt. Imagine Brazilain cheerleaders and the possible outfits. Just saying.
Now what will we ever do with these four years without soccer.