Don’t Tell Me You Don’t Like It

Don’t Tell Me You Don’t Like It

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 28, 2010
  • 2010 World Cup

US fans cheer on the USMNT against Ghana. (Getty Images)

I nearly came to talking about the US loss to Ghana on Saturday, hell even yesterday. But I just couldn’t do it. I don’t feel like breaking down the game or telling you all why the US lost the way they did. We weren’t the better team that day and to be honest the magic juice just ran out.

I will say however that I am more amazed at people around here in Dallas and across the country when it comes to our beloved sport. They care, they honestly and truly care now. It’s not just the World Cup buzz that has people interested in the game again, its the fact that our team gave them something to be interested in and now that they’re gone they want to see how this thing will play out.

Normally I use the test on soccer with a select few people in my circle. A couple family members and a couple friends that I have that know very little of the game and normally aren’t the least interested in watching 30 seconds of it, let alone the full 90 minutes of it. It seems that has all changed and it’s not because they know I’m passionate about it but its because deep down they always knew they’d find a way to enjoy the sport.

Now soccer may still not be their cup of tea because some of these folks are old school sports types. They’ve been fashioned to know what to like and not to like by some of the old media types that continue to say “America does not like soccer.” But just as the media has evolved a bit to like the sport so have they. The few of them see the game as something they can understand, or at least to a degree. Offside calls and questionable officiating may bug them about the game but when they realize those same questionable calls come in their favorite sports like baseball or football they don’t see to get as cranky about it.

So today don’t tell me that you don’t like soccer because I know you probably watched this past weekend or at some point these past couple weeks. The numbers and ratings suggest that. There will be plenty of folks on talk-radio and in newspapers (that still exist) that will suggest otherwise but those small-minded folks probably watched just like you.

The two-and-a-half-hour match window averaged an 8.2 rating, 9.45 million households and 14.8 million viewers making it the most-watched men’s World Cup game ever.

Soccer in America is now the Apple of the sporting world. It’s got the hardcore followers like Apple does but millions of people see the appeal to it and don’t even realize that they use one of their products on a daily basis.