Every four years we sit down and catch some World Cup. We enjoy it well enough. What follows are a few notes from an American neophyte:
-We love the way the clock ticks no matter what. Stopped clocks and unnatural pauses are a major weakness of American sports.
-Yes there's a lot of 'non-action', a lot of just kicking and standing around. But it's no worse than other sports.
-One feels genuine tension when the team possessing the ball closes on the goal.
-The kicker stands a decent chance of scoring, much more so than in hockey.
-The flopping has got to stop. Come on guys, you look totally gay.
-There are no fatties in Futball.
Lastly, these guys all stand for their national anthem. We sense an opening for professional Soccer, as we call it here in America.
*The NFL likes to market itself as Football Americano on Telemundo and Univision.