There are a million articles written about why soccer “isn’t succeeding in America” and what “needs to be done” about that, or simply about why the author in question doesn’t enjoy it (the use of newspaper columns as some sort of Livejournal is another issue entirely). It’s boring, it’s immature, it’s really not worth any adult’s time. But I enjoy Steve Davis’s writing, and his rebuttal today to a piece from Matt Zencey in Philadelphia had a great paragraph that summed the whole genre up very well:
Seriously, I could live 1,000 years and not fully understand why anyone devotes time, energy and effort to telling the rest of us why we should not like something. Truth is, these dated and toxic discharges of anti-soccer venom aren’t for soccer fans. This is the fearful, anti-change faction of the Baby Boomer set, writing with wounded monotony in newspapers for the only people who still read newspapers: other Baby Boomers who like to believe that 1982 might just happen all over again.
So there you have it. Soccer is succeeding in the US, with or without your support. These are the last words I’ll devote to any of the whiners out there who wish I wouldn’t like it.