joejlitz wrote:The Artful Dodger wrote: ...On that note, that's my problem with American culture in general. You lot say you tolerate people being free to do what they believe in and yet somehow you can't accept people for being different.
Tolerance is way different than acceptance.
Which is also way different than embracing.
And diving isn't the problem. It's laying on the ground for 3 minutes writhing in agony, then getting up and playing like you were never hurt in the first place.
With that said, I do enjoy watching soccer from time to time and don't typically criticize the hobby.
Yeah, some players are theatrical about going to ground, but in a number of cases, they're not exaggerating. For example, getting your foot or your shin stepped on by a studded boot at full speed hurts like a bugger. Assuming no further damage, the pain does subside after a few minutes. Remember some of these guys don't wear shin or foot protection pads.
I guess my gripe is people who bash a sport to death, especially when it's a sport they don't necessarily understand to the full. I expect most folks on this side of the water don't like soccer and that's OK. To hear that bias over and over again is needless. Just stick to the sports you like and ignore the sports you dislike (while respecting that there's a reason the sports you dislike are well supported), simple as.
...and soccer is not a hobby, it's more than a religion to some.