If every day could be like the World Cup, that’d be magic especially for soccer fans in the United States.
Driving to the World Cup Viewing Parties at Wowies in Boca Raton today, I saw a billboard on the side of the highway advertising a World Cup party at a local casino. Then, after arriving at my destination to watch the lackluster opening games (including the mind-numbing France against Uruguay match), it suddenly hit me that the World Cup is everywhere. On television, CNBC was talking about it. The family of ESPN networks had it covered. The local newspaper and the Internet is a abuzz with the World Cup. Visit the homepages of Google, Bing and Yahoo — and the World Cup is front and center. Surf through the web and you cannot avoid the World Cup.
At the same time, Twitter and Facebook is all over the World Cup. By the way, I’m predicting that the England against the United States match will crash Twitter. Despite all of this, the soccer haters are out in full force and have begun their bashing of the sport of soccer which they continue to do every four years whenever they feel threatened by the beautiful game.
And now, Fox TV host Glenn Beck has got in on the act and launched a vicious attack against soccer.
Here’s what he said today on his radio show, The Glenn Beck Program:
“I don’t get the baseball thing, but the soccer thing, I hate it so much — probably because the rest of the world likes it so much, and they riot over it, and they continually try to jam it down our throat… It doesn’t matter how you sell it to us. It doesn’t matter how many celebrities you get. It doesn’t matter how many bars open early. It doesn’t matter how many beer commercials they run. We don’t want the World Cup. We don’t like the World Cup. We don’t like soccer. We want nothing to do with it. You can package it any way — you can spend all kinds of money. You can force it on our television sets. We will not enjoy the World Cup.”
Here’s the audio clip from the segment on his show courtesy of Media Matters.
Whether you love or hate Glenn Beck or whether you know who he is or not, he’s entitled to his opinion no matter how old his argument is.
It’s obvious that by looking at the stats that Americans do care about soccer and the World Cup. Read this post to understand how popular soccer is. It sounds to me like either Glenn Beck hasn’t done his homework, is living in a shell and refuses to accept that soccer is successful in the United States, or he’s doing this just to provoke a reaction.
What do you think?