AMEN! - Converting the anti-soccer heathens

Discussion in 'MLS: General' started by Pyro, Nov 4, 2003.

  1. Pyro

    Pyro Member

    Apr 18, 2000
    Fulton River District
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Brothers and sisters!!

    Tears hath streamed from my eyes today!
    My father has accepted MLS as his savior!

    This is a man who refused to watch soccer 6 years ago! One day I received a call, "That Ante Razov is pretty good." he said! Now he's watching every televised Fire game, going to a few games a year and watches national team occassionally.
    Recently subscribed to DISHNetwork, he e-mailed me today and informed me of his intention to subscribe to the shootout package next year! AMEN!!

    Post your conversion stories here!
  2. BWMcTell

    BWMcTell New Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    That is so beautiful.
  3. FootieBloke007

    FootieBloke007 New Member

    Apr 25, 2003
    Keep spreading the gospel brotha'
  4. Keep87

    Keep87 New Member

    Apr 24, 2003
    North Carolina

    Is anyone here close to Jim Rome. We need to show him the light...
  5. Yukon Cornelius

    Oct 24, 2003
    New York
    Chicago Fire
    Rapids/Fire 10/18

    I can't say with total certainty that this was a conversion story, but it sure looked that way from my angle...

    The game was magnificent. 4-3 the final score, with the Rapids bravely fighting back from a 3-1 deficit, only to have Armas score the winner in stoppage time. 28,000 in attendance, noisy as I've every heard a soccer crowd live.

    Anyway, on the way out, I saw these two dads, both wearing Packers regalia, both seemingly having been dragged there by the soccer-playing 10-year-olds they had in tow.

    But the looks on their faces wasn't those of dads indulging their kids, they looked across at each other just stunned... one of them said, "Did you SEE that?" The other just nodded.

    Maybe these guys were previous converts... but it sure didn't seem that way. One of the best moments of the evening.
  6. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
    Cidade Mágica
    PAOK Saloniki
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Took my wife to a World Cup Qualifier 2 years ago and it changed her outlook. Until she saw it in person she didn't realize just how fast they're moving. She'll watch USA games on TV and loves to watch them in person. She will sometimes watch MLS on TV, particulary if it is a "big" game. I still test her patience with big tournaments where there's a ton of games (WC, Confed Cup, Gold Cup, etc.), but the progress has been huge. :D
  7. Jimjamesak

    Jimjamesak New Member

    May 3, 2003
    Anchorage Alaska
    Re: Something

    I'd prefer a bat across the back o the head but I can't be choosey.
  8. metros11

    metros11 Member

    Sep 11, 1999
    Highlands of NJ
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I second that...
  9. bostonsoccermdl

    bostonsoccermdl Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 3, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Well recently I got my mom watching MLS.

    I also got a few non-soccer friends in Boston tuning into US Nat's games and they will occasionally follow the revs..

    This isnt by shoving it down their throats or dragging them along, but just by acting interested, I have found that my enthusiasm in contagious overtime... When they see plan my afternoons around the games, wake up early for EPL, etc, it strikes their curiousity...

    Then once they start asking me questions about players, trades, championsleagu, etc I know I hooked 'em on it :D

    so far I have about 7 victims!
  10. Chicago1871

    Chicago1871 Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Something

    If by 'show him the light' you mean 'run him down in my 4-runner with the high beams on,' then I am all for it.
  11. AriesFlame

    AriesFlame New Member

    Nov 28, 1999
    Minneapolis, MN
  12. greenbill

    greenbill New Member

    Apr 30, 2003
    York, PA
    Took my ex-girlfriend to the USA-Honduras WCQ at RFK in 2001. I wouldn't say I "converted" her, but she gained respect for the game that day.

    Took a Turkish guy from work to see USA-Uruguay at RFK...already a soccer fan, but I think that he gained some respect for the US that day.

    My MO is to take non-fans to big games, with big crowds...they won't come away disappointed.
  13. guamster

    guamster Member+

    Mar 30, 2001
    Winnetka, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    I took my sister, her son and daughter and her grandson to the Galaxy-Crew on 8/9 at the HDC. We were right behind the south end zone when Ruiz hits his bicycle kick. They could not stop talking about that incredible goal on the ride home.

    Several weeks later, I went over to her house for a BBQ. Surprise, surprise, she was watching the Galaxy game on KCAL 9. She has been back to the HDC a couple of times since and she wants to go to MLS Cup.

    I have also successfully converted my sister and her family up in San Jose as well. My neice was willing to forgo playing for her AYSO team in a tournament final just to go with me to watch the Quakes-DC United game in August.

    I am working on the rest of the family. One sibling at a time...
  14. Brownswan

    Brownswan New Member

    Jun 30, 1999
    Port St. Lucie, FL
    A cautionary tale:

    My wife has been watching MLS matches with me for many years now -- and has gone with me to several matches. She has watched World Cup matches and the USNT (men, not much interest in the women).

    When FSW became available on Time Warner Cable she suddenly noticed the EPL matches -- and compared them with MLS.

    "Oh," she said, "this is different. This is REALLY different."

    I created a Eurosnob. :(
  15. JohnR

    JohnR Member+

    Jun 23, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    The Wife

    I echo Brownswan.

    My wife will go to any Fire game if the weather is half decent & the schedule is convenient.

    She will watch a Fire game (and sometimes other MLS teams) if she feels like watching TV.

    She dropped EVERYTHING to watch Man U's Tour of America games and would happily have driven for several hours to attend on of those games, had they actually scheduled a game within several hours of Chicago.

    She says, "They don't play like the Fire. They're a lot better."
  16. guamster

    guamster Member+

    Mar 30, 2001
    Winnetka, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    That's why I tell my recent soccer convertees that the best soccer is played in MLS. Is that bad?

  17. tobycharles

    tobycharles Member

    Feb 8, 2001
    My father drank the Kool-Aid too. There is definitely credence for kids introducing the game to their parents. Frankly, I think that's the only way they'll become converted. Good job to all for bringing your friends, loved ones, co-workers over to the dark side.
  18. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Chicago Fire
    It's amazing how often this happens. I've had that happen a couple of times, too. That broad, distant camera shot you need to show enough of a soccer field so that you can see as much as possible on a screen (and it still isn't enough) creates an illusion of slowness compared to other sports (not to mention a sense of distance from the players that you don't get in other sports telecasts). A trip to a real match dissipates that one, however.

    As far as Brownswan's point goes: I remember coming home from an A-League match with my wife and setting up a video of a Premiership match I'd taped... she made a similar comment. Of course, going from an A-League match on a substandard high school football field to the Premiership is a tad unfair. Luckily, she realizes that and still follows the Fire and the Riverhounds more than anything we watch on TV.
  19. Wolves_67

    Wolves_67 Member

    Oct 27, 2002
    Pasadena, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I took Philip Anschutz to some games during WC '94 and got him to like the sport. Now someone do the same will Bill Gates please. :D
  20. Keep87

    Keep87 New Member

    Apr 24, 2003
    North Carolina

    If we had Bill Gates, we could afford to build a huge SSS for each team and hire 50,000 fans to come to each game. And we could get on prime time TV, and hire people who know what they're doing when if comes to marketing (no more MPF). And it would all end when the NFL had him assinated because MLS had taken all their popularily. ... or something like that.
  21. Stevedm

    Stevedm Red Card

    Jan 19, 2000
    Re: Something

    I would be more than happy to unzip my pants and let him blow me if he wanted too!
  22. Sachin

    Sachin New Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    La Norte
    DC United
    Re: Something

    Yeah, but if we had Bill Gates, the game would come to a halt about three times for no real reason. And everytime you wanted to upgrade the stadium, you'd have to demolish it and then rebuild it.

  23. bostonsoccermdl

    bostonsoccermdl Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 3, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Re: The Wife

    oh well, what can you do? A fan of the game is a fan of the game..

    Just let her know that MLS is 8 years old, and rome wasnt built in a day and to have patience..
  24. Agogwe

    Agogwe Member

    Sep 12, 2003
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I must agree with bostonsoccermdl about the enthusiasm thing. A lot of my friends and family are more into soccer now because they see me taping games, playing, staying up to watch games, etc. They wonder, "Why is he so into this?" then they watch, or we go to a University of Michigan soccer game and "boom!" they're hooked.
  25. aloisius

    aloisius Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    I love you guys, just keep spreading the word!

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