Since even BBC aired the match, we could ignore it. But why not settle it?
Let’s start with the misconception, that football has to be played with the foot. It is called football, because the ball is one foot long. Ta da. And it is called a ball, like in rugby, from which it originates.
And why is it better?
First of all, football is similar to speed chess. The quarterback has to position and move the players like on a chess board. And he has to make decisions in split seconds. Throw? Pass? To whom? While constantly being in danger of a tackle.
Secondly, the players are not wimps faking injuries, every time they feel an opponent close by. It is a contact sport. Not an exercise in acting. When is the last time you English saw a soccer game without diving?
The breaks are long and plenty to have a beer, a conversation, or something to eat. Football is social and inclusive.
Isn’t sport about finding the best? Too often soccer games are decided by luck. What is the most common score? With one or – if the spectators get lucky – two goals deciding a game, luck is as important as skill. If I wanted to watch gambling, I’d go to a casino.
There is enough action on the field. The fans do not have to fight each other, which is all too common in soccer.
And last but not least, repeating myself, this:
Thank you very much!