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Football is not superior

Posted: August 8, 2009 6:47 p.m.
Updated: August 9, 2009 4:55 a.m.
After a recent Google search, I came to realize there was a response in your fine paper by Jim McElvain, of Saugus, ("Of winners, losers and American sports," The Signal, Dec. 18, 2008) to my request for more coverage of local youth soccer games by The Mighty Signal ("Boston will boost revenue," The Signal, Dec. 17, 2008).

Here is my response to McElvain - who by the way, seems to be a good guy - and to The Signal Editor.

McElvain, the intention of my original letter was not to get more exposure for soccer, but to get more exposure for the kids in our community that are playing soccer. I do understand your dislike of the game though.

Like most games, it tends to grow on people with more familiarity.

On a global scale, you'd probably find that it's one of the most popular sports in existence and that soccer fans tend to be just as fanatical as American football fans.

Editor, the term "football" isn't just used by the British for the game Americans call "soccer" - it's used by the entire world.

Moreover, soccer didn't originate roughly in the 1400s.

Variations of the game can be traced back to around 2500 B.C. with a game called harpastum.

Formal rules for soccer were finally adopted in the year 1863, when representatives from various "young gentlemen's schools" met in London to decide on a single set of "laws."

One school declined to participate and made a new game: rugby. They wrote their own rules which became the basis of the game Americans know as football.

Soccer is a fast paced, continuous action, contact sport wherein each match consists of two 45-minute halves.

Thus, you'll never see an overweight professional soccer player.

As to your comment about American football being "superior?"

I understand you, as the editor, have the right to your opinion in The Signal's opinion section. However, I'm just wondering why football players have to take a break after every play.

Is it because they're tired?


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