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This post was edited by Jos Mit 16 months ago
There was almost nothing exciting about that game tonight, except watching Lebron choke in crunch time.... again
fsufsu said... I've got about 10 great stories on Lane but all you need to know is he will never be a loser, that's for sure.
You lie mofo
I'm still trying to figure out what you're basing such a strong (and wrong) opinion on. The scraps on the soccer team at your college?
Could Pete Sampras hit a 90mph fastball? Could Jordan hit a hook? Could Kobe start at QB in the NFL?
Not athletes imo
Had yet another MVP performance. Such a fun game. Soccer is so terrible. 0-0 sounds fun. #pansygame
I Ain't got no Worries - Lebron James
all I saw was bullshit foul calls and an otherwise meaningless game that wasn't that close
Then Lebron got tear dropped on and the game was over
Blew by battier. At least there was a bucket scored. Someone actually won the game.
Jordan hitting baseballs was embarrassing. Non -athlete
What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Sorry I thought this was a serious discussion...
But clearly your a fucking idiot.
But Calvin, Jordan , Peterson et al cannot hit a baseball. Non athletes.
Now, dave Winfield, Deion sanders, Bo Jackson and Danny ainge on the other hand
Being athletic has very little to do with size. It is about explosion, quickness, change of direction, jumping ability... A 5'0" person can be just as athletic as a 6'0". But their size might limit them on the football field.
But again, just to disprove your arguement, us defensemen Oguchi Onyewu. 6'4" 210 pounds. Possesses elite quickness, change of direction, explosion. Imagine him at Safety. Yes, he could play football.
I honestly can't believe how thick headed some of you are. I will believe you are just ignorant, and biased against soccer. Not being able to admit when you're wrong is a sad, sad thing.
And no, if you fielded a team of NFL superstars, they wouldn't even be competitive in a world level soccer match.
This post was edited by WintersComing 16 months ago
100% correct. Most of the baseball watching American public is too stupid to realize this.
I have heard many idiotic people make comments like, "why is the US so bad at soccer when we have all these 'athletes'?"
First of all to be a professional soccer player you have to possess technical skill on top of your athleticism. That technical skill is something that most players are just born with, just like freak athleticism of other athletes. Arsne Wenger (Arsenal coach) has said in the past that if a kid doesn't possess the baseline technical skills by the time he is 14 years old, he has a very low chance of ever playing in the top levels of professional soccer.
Hitting a baseball and dribbling/passing/shooting all take technical precision and athleticism. To say one sport has better athletes is stupid because of the differing skill sets.
Now what doesn't take any technical skill or athleticism is standing in the outfield doing nothing while your pitcher does all the work for you.
So let me get this straight. The water in many other parts if the world isn't safe to drink without giving you the shits or killing you, but it is vital in providing the essentials to a developing fetus so it can "be born with" technical skills needed for soccer ?
In a simple answer, no.
There are lots of kids growing up in the US who might become great soccer players, but for one reason or another they might not tap into their potential or play other sports.
The discussion of what is wrong with youth soccer in the US is really long discussion. If you care to have that discussion, then I would be happy to join in.
you greatly exaggerate the difficulty in hitting a 90+ pitch.
i played with 2 guys that regularly threw in the mid-low 90's (one had a mean curve as well, the other had an insane change), both went major d1a, both got drafted out of hs but went to college. (both also got hurt before making it to bigs).
i hit on them regularly. (meaning put it in play, it was mostly live bp)
we won state easily. waltzed through to win it, actually, because of them.
no doubt it's hard, but it isn't something insanely difficult. the best baseball players in the world have contact rates in the 80-85% range. so hitting the ball isn't really all that difficult for them. again, that's the best players in the world, but that's a really high rate of contact. to suggest anyone, much less other world class athletes, couldn't hit a ball after all day is ludicrous.
the us's best athletes (most of them) aren't playing soccer, and if they did the us would likely be very good. but to suggest the world class soccer players couldn't be good at these other sports if that's what they trained in or that mlb/nfl/nba players could just walk out and compete with these guys on a soccer pitch with little or no training is absolutely ridiculous.
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I'm not a soccer guy or fan for that matter. I was being an ass about the born with it comment. That being said I assume the skills needed for soccer are skills that can be developed with practice just like any other sport. You dont have to be born with the skills. What I was trying to say is from this outsiders view, the reason the rest of the world is better is because the other countries have more players at an early age who stay with the sport, therefore they have more highly skilled players available to them. My novice opinion is that the fact that in other countries you can make more money professionally than in other sports may play a part in it.
This post was edited by B1G Badger 16 months ago
I should have been more clear. Yeah, players can develop skills through practice, but if you aren't born with the baseline technical skills it is hard to become a successful professional player because scouting and development happens at such a young age.
It is hard to believe, but clubs have "academies" and some even go as young as under-10 teams. If you look at the top European soccer players today you will notice that most of them signed with club academies usually before turning 16 and most likely younger.
If you don't show that you have the baseline technical skill or potential for that skill you will be overlooked by the scouts. It is the opposite of some sports. Football or basketball scouts might say, "damn that kid is big, but he is raw. It is okay we can teach him technique." Soccer where size doesn't matter that much, the scouts are going to say, "dang that kid has amazing touch and vision already."
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