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Revised Post

After some very enlightening commentary from readers and some soul searching I have revised my post of last week on conservatives and sports writers to just focus on the sports writers part. It was irresponsible of me to incite such passions especially since I consider myself a southerner who dislikes the Northeast and the passions of of the commentators seemed to break down upon regional lines.

Sports writers who live in the Boston/New York vacuum and elite circles tend to be the biggest enemies of football in the United States. Keith Olbermann of MSNBC now a political muckraker, but former sports writer best exemplifies this trend among intellectually incurious and insulated sports writers.

I am a liberal personally, but also love the South and Southern culture. (Although I will admit I loathe Bill Clinton and regret voting for him)  Had I know my post would upset southerners more than northerners, or would have stoked regional flames I never would have posted it. My apologies.

The bottom line is that Fox News was out of line as they are so often on socially divisive issues, advocating a position and using extreme commentators instead of simply discussing matters civilly. But this forum which is after all about football is not intended to mimic Fox’s extreme commentary or to promote divisiveness, especially given lovers of the game in this country need to be united against strong and determined anti-soccer rhetoric coming from all corners.

I’ve learned my lesson on both this post and the post regarding President Obama and I will limit social commentary on this site going forward. If you are interested in my views on social or political issues please check out my political blog, Kartik’s World.

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  1. NJ

    February 24, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Politics are an aspect of soccer/football/futbol, accross the world. Fortunately, for us in the US we tend to avoid having government interfere in our sports unless they think it’s a societal (i.e. steroids in baseball) issue. However, I don’t think you can draw discernable lines in the sand in relation to groups. There are certain regions of the US that play soccer more then other regions, but its not a political issue its an organizational issue. For example, Dupage county and Lake county in Illinois are both big soccer regions and are both rather conservative…..(Illinois is a blue state thanks to Cook County).

    Leaving politics aside, the goal is the spread of the game in the US, and yes the game gets too little coverage in the mass media. Unfortunately, that is an issue we have to deal with. However, progress is being made. If you look at coverage of the beautiful game now vs 10 years ago, I believe its leaps and bounds above where it was then. I’m relatively confident in saying the Chicago Tribune did not have a sportswriter that devoted the majority of their time to soccer back then. Is it the mainstream story, not usually but it is a story now.

    I heard an interesting anecdote the other day, that someone felt the greatest joy of sports, and a big reason we watch, is that it brings us back to our youth, and the games we played then. I feel there is truth in this statement, as you build your allegiances to teams as a youth. I played a little soccer in my earlier years and kept up with the game here and there , through high school and college. Now at the age of 29, I follow the game closer then ever before because it is accessible and I have an appreciation from my earlier years. If this is true, soccer in the US has an opportunity for a very bright future, because youth involvement is huge. Now we just need to draw the line between the youth and their local team whether its MLS or USL. I am a staunch believer in getting someone to a live game being the best magnet to following the game. Add a respect and admiration for the game as a youth, and you have a great opportunity. Lets hope for the sake of the game that this opportunity is captured!!!!


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