Sports Cul­ture

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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

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