Gary Singh Nails it AGAIN!!!

Discussion in 'San Jose Earthquakes' started by tonyh01, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. tonyh01

    tonyh01 Member

    Nov 9, 2003
    San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Gary just keeps rolling them out! Keep up the great work Gary!
     
  2. yalpstel

    yalpstel Member

    Oct 12, 2000
    Bay Area, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Awesome!

    No mincing words there.
     
  3. Goodsport

    Goodsport Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 18, 1999
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Actually, MLS is the only soccer league in the world that I follow (though I hadn't for the last two seasons until just recently), and the only other pro sports leagues I follow are all in the U.S. (NFL) and U.S./Canada (MLB, NBA, NHL). :p

    But otherwise, absolutely spot-on article, Gary! :)

    GO SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES!!! :cool:


    -G
     
  4. Tifoso

    Tifoso Moderator
    Staff Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    Feb 24, 2007
    northern California
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    No Juve? :-(

    ;-)
     
  5. Smurfquake

    Smurfquake Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 8, 2000
    San Carlos, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah, but you follow the USMNT, don't you?

    Those other sports don't have that equivalent -- it is perfectly possible to be a baseball fan, and only follow MLB, and not care about the Japanese league, the Dominican league, little league or any of those silly world baseball championships they have been coming up with for the last few years. But in soccer, I don't know anyone who follows their league and then turns off the TV when the World Cup comes on.
     
  6. Goodsport

    Goodsport Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 18, 1999
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I guess I now have my favorite Italian team. ;)

    GO SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES!!! :cool:


    -G
     
  7. Goodsport

    Goodsport Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 18, 1999
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Of course. I was referring to pro leagues.


    Don't worry, I know what Gary meant. :)

    I certainly watch more soccer than just MLS. By "follow", I meant following as a fan of a particular team, caring whether it wins or loses. For me in soccer, that's only the San Jose Earthquakes (pro) and the USMNT (national team).

    OTOH, when I watch ManU-Liverpool or Real Madrid-Barcelona game or any other such game, I'm certainly entertained but it hardly matters to me which team wins.

    But I suppose for fun, I should adopt a team from each country as "my team" for that country. So far I have Juventus for Italy (see my previous post here ;) ) - what other teams should I adopt?


    GO SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES!!! :cool:


    -G
     
  8. Tifoso

    Tifoso Moderator
    Staff Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    Feb 24, 2007
    northern California
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy

    Attaboy:D

    World Cup is a bit different, though. The only non-soccer equivalent are the Olympics. He made a statement (I'm paraphrasing): "no good soccer fan follows only his own team".

    Now, if he meant World Cup, then I agree he's dead on.

    If he meant being a good soccer fan means following more than 1 country's club sides, then I still agree (I follow Juve and MLS, obviously).

    If he meant following every country's club sides, then I would say "BS".

    If he meant following every country's national side, I would say "double BS"

    IMHO ;)
     
  9. krudmonk

    krudmonk Member+

    Mar 7, 2007
    S.J. Sonora
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    I love the Metro.
     
  10. bluenblack

    bluenblack New Member

    Jul 15, 2005
    San Leandro, CA
    I always follow our Yanks. While I don't care too much if they win or lose, I root for the Beasleys, McBrides (ouch, that knee injury was fierce!) and Bradley's of the world.

    These days, I keep tabs on Reading and Fulham in the EPL, Hannover in the Bundesliga and Chivas (the one from Guadalajara, not the compromised second draft in LA) just because of family ties.

    Yanks Abroad is a favorite online destination of mine. In case you didn't already know it, here is a link to their list of players. Granted, it has MLS players in there but you can easily spot the foreign teams.
     
  11. KMJvet

    KMJvet Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 26, 2001
    Quake Country
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Without a doubt, Villarreal is the most fun team to follow in La Liga. They're from a little town yet they dare to battle the big boys. They're not infiltrated with divers and drama queens, they have heart, and they play pretty football. And if people refer to the "yellow submarine," there's no doubting who they mean.
     
  12. JazzyJ

    JazzyJ BigSoccer Supporter

    Jun 25, 2003
    Gary, layin' it down! Testify, brother.
     
  13. leocal11

    leocal11 Member+

    Feb 7, 2005
    San Francisco
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    send this article to the usual culprits...i did
     
  14. SuperQuake

    SuperQuake New Member

    Jun 11, 2005
    Instant CLASSIC!
     
  15. Delle Alpi

    Delle Alpi BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 12, 2006
    San Francisco
    Club:
    Manchester City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Nice choice welcome aboard FORZA JUVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
     
  16. bsman

    bsman Member+

    May 30, 2001
    Santa Clara
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    It's a good article, but the problem is that the people who really need to learn from it Don't Care!. They won't read it, won't recognize themselves, and nothing will change.
     
  17. Californiaspurs

    Californiaspurs New Member

    Dec 22, 1999
    Santa Clara County
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Time to add Derby County to the list with Benny Feilhaber and of course, the former Quakes winger, it's wuh wuh peddlin' guitar twangin'.... Ehhhhhhhhdie Loooooooooowis.

    The easiest way to keep up with how the US players are doing in the Prem is to check the relegation places. [​IMG]

    Actually, as of right now it would be

    15. Reading
    ----------------------------------
    19. Fulham
    20. Derby Co.

    The team at number 17 is only there temporarily by the way, en route to a Champions League place.

    Of course, I love 'em all. Keller was a great servant at Spurs, Eddie has played well at Preston, Leeds, and has already assisted at Derby. McBride has been an absolute warrior at Fulham (The other Yanks at FFC have been a bit dodgy but there you go). Hahny has been solid in the Reading goal. Convey was blossoming until he got crocked.

    Oh, and the article -- tres bon as usual from Mr Singh. Pity the Merc can't get its act together but what else is new.

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    [​IMG]
     
  18. markmcf8

    markmcf8 Member+

    Oct 18, 1999
    Vancouver, WA, USA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Gary is great! I sent a letter to the editor at Metro thanking them and praising Gary.

    I'm with Gman, more or less. I care about soccer in this country, but don't really follow other leagues or teams. I sort of like Toluca in Mexico. I'll watch foreign matches, I even suffered through some of Max Bretos last night watching Argentine League highlights.

    But for me, I follow:
    The Quakes!
    The Timbers!
    USL
    US Men's and Women's Nats
    World Cup!
    watch other leagues from time to time

    I'll be getting into MLS again, but I still haven't watch an MLS match since the demise of our proud and mighty team.

    GO QUAKES!!!!!!! :D :D :D

    - Mark
     
  19. Nadir

    Nadir New Member

    Mar 29, 2005
    Campbell, CA
    I find this statement sad.
     
  20. Tony in Quakeland

    Jan 27, 2003
    Pleasant Hill, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't know. While I agree with the sentiments, I'm not completely sold on some of the points he made or how he made them.

    For example: his response that soccer is a world game is great. But equally telling is the foreign origins of the USA's two most popular sports: football (evolved from ruby) and baseball (evolved from cricket and rounders). You can also point out that no one goes out of their way to attack hockey, a clearly 'foreign' sports. So attacking soccer because it is no American is silly.

    Even more important is to challenge the archaic definition of what is "American". Soccer is by far the most popular sport among Hispanic-Americans. People who were born here and are just as much Americans as Italian-Americans or Irish-Americans. Claiming soccer is not American is a borderline racist attempt to define what an American is in narrow terms. (Let's not even get into the enormous dependence of that most American of games - baseball - on foreign players.)

    Other points can also be addressed more tellingly: Low scoring? How many sportswriters wax poetic over a 1-0 pitchers duel?

    But what bothered me most is the equaling of anti-soccer rhetoric with 'rubes' and 'farmers'. Need we point out the the guy who just might go down as Mr Earthquake, Troy Dyack, is an alfalfa farmer? Looking thought the player pool for the Nats, you see a lot of players from the farm belt. Frankly, I hear more anti-soccer crap coming from sports writers from major urban dailies. I think it's far more a generational antaganism than a geographic.

    The best reply to anti-soccer cranks is to point out the many, many soccer fans who also like the traditional alternatives. Lots of us like soccer and baseball, for example. After that, ignore them. The anti-soccer nuts are a dying breed. Let them die off while we look the other way.
     
  21. markmcf8

    markmcf8 Member+

    Oct 18, 1999
    Vancouver, WA, USA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah, the "it's not an American game" is both stupid and open to lots of
    attacks.

    Hockey isn't "American" as you pointed out, but I don't see anyone attacking that.

    Tennis isn't "American," neither is Golf. But those sports are both popular and not picked of for their "foreign" origins.

    Volleyball and Lacrosse are both very American, but I don't see huge throngs of baseball, football, and basketball players going out to support those teams.

    "It's low scoring!" Well, what about American Football? If you didn't give 6 or 7 points for every goal, it would be pretty low scoring. And they've changed the rules repeatedly to try to increase scoring. Baseball is frequently low scoring. Hockey is fairly low scoring. Basketball is so high scoring that it hardly means anything to score. What's the point of that?!

    Futbol isn't the most popular sport in the world because it's boring. Please! It's the world's game because it's great. It's great because anyone can play, but certainly not at the level of the pros. It's great because it's so team oriented. It's great because it is hard to score. It's great because it is so easy to understand but so complex in its actual play.

    GOOOOOO QUAKES!!!!!! :D :D :D

    - Mark
     
  22. Bajoro

    Bajoro Member+

    Sep 10, 2000
    The Inland Empire
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I thought this was interesting. :)

    I would start a thread on it, but I'm not quite sure how to put it into context. Maybe with the way the local press screws over the soccer community.
     
  23. Albany58

    Albany58 Member+

    Sep 14, 1999
    Concord, CA USA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Interesting poll. Still, that's too many kids in that age group playing gridiron football. That is, if they are playing tackle. Their bodies are not developed to handle the violence and roughness of that game (I should also include, brutality, mayhem and just downright meanness).
     
  24. Tifoso

    Tifoso Moderator
    Staff Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    Feb 24, 2007
    northern California
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Moronity....don't forget moronity ;)
     
  25. markmcf8

    markmcf8 Member+

    Oct 18, 1999
    Vancouver, WA, USA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Cool poll! No surprise either.

    An awful lot of kids playing football at that age are playing flag football. I can get behind that. Makes it more about skill and getting some exercise than about who can knock the other guy down.

    One of the great things about soccer, is that a kid can be successful right away. It's much easier to kick a soccer ball than to throw a football, or hit a baseball, or shoot a basket when the hoop is five feet above your head. So kids experience success in soccer earlier, and they learn teamwork which is good for them, and that allows them to feel part of a successful organization, even if they aren't the best player on the squad. (I suppose your could make this argument for other sports also.)

    In any case, our sport is growing. There will be fewer and fewer nay sayers as the years go by.

    GOOOOOOOOO QUAKES!!!!! :D :D :D

    - Mark
     

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