America & The World Cup Leo Carter
Only 2% of Americans like soccer, despite the fact that soccer is by far the most popular sport globally. Americans only think of it as a baby sitting stratagem or a weekend activity. First, sports is entertainment and cultural values drive entertainment preferences.
The pulse of American cultural is an exceptionally deep love for the concept of justice. The “American Dream,” is all about fairness and equality. Honest and hard-working people, who started from the bottom and are striving for the top understand that upward mobility is justice.
But when it comes to world sports, Americans are bias; being number one is the absolute goal. Although there is nothing wrong with being the best, except we can’t be the best in every- thing. It sends the wrong message to our youth about always being first. I do think the World Cup is important and it allows us to get insight to countries we tend to think are barbaric. Note, Latin and African countries are the best in the world at soccer and of course, long distance running; however, this wasn’t always true.
It’s okay America if we do not lead the world in everything. Again, we can’t expect to be good in a sport that only 2% of the country truly enjoy. I love our moxie in this country; if we could only apply it to education as well as industrial production, we would be number one. But isn’t that how we became number one, by what we produce?
We have become a nation that is only number one in entertainment, thereby, we can’t understand the passion of other countries over soccer. During the NBA finals, I wondered if the world was watching and saying, “Look at how passionate these Americans are-- watching millionaires run up and down the court.”
Look at the Spurs, it’s no surprise that they have the most players born outside the continental United States and are breaking their own NBA record with 10 players. They were also able to get along killing the notion of cultural divide. DT