Top Ten Weird Things About the World Cup Games

Okay so I watched a couple of the soccer games at the World Cup in South Africa. It's really different. First off, the sound of thousands of people blowing their vuvuzelas is really annoying. Second, I never thought I would ever use the word vuvuzela in a sentence. Third, reading that thousands of people are blowing vuvuzelas makes you think of a massive sexual orgy until you find out that it means people are just tooting their plastic horns.

Other than that I still don't understand the attraction of this game. Now, there are some pundits who have started to look for a deeper, psychological meaning as to why Americans don't love the game. Why people don't take it at face value that Americans find soccer boring, and have to look for a deeper meaning is perplexing. According to David Brooks of the New York Times, we're not resilient and neurotically creative enough to like soccer. Whatever. Leftists have pronounced that Americans are racists because we don't watch soccer. Huh? When did soccer become Barack Obama?


The only thing you can do is just shrug and ignore it, the games will end soon and the next one will be four years from now. It's what we've been doing for years and it seems to work. Here are my top ten weird things about this and any World Cup Games.

10. The players wear shorts but they look dorky.

9. There's continuous play, so there's no way to get a bathroom break or get a soda or get a snack.

8 .It's the only game where the score 1-0 is considered a decisive victory.

7. The soccer equivalent of the World Series only happens every four years.

6. The game can end at a tie and you still get to the next round.

5. You can leave at the beginning of the game with the score at 0-0 and you come back near the end of the game and it can still be 0-0.

4. Players pretend to act hurt so that the other team can get a penalty.

3. Everybody sweats but nobody scores.

2. It's more interesting to watch the fights breaking out at the stands instead of watching the game.

And at #1. It's a game that only foreigners play.

Don't Toot Your Vuvuzela in Yankee Stadium

An overenthusiastic fan tooted his vuvuzela one too many times and found himself ejected from the game. Don't bring a vuvuzela!

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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Pretending to get hurt is called "simulation" and is justification for a yellow card. It seems rampant to me, when watching the slo-mo replays. They grab something and flop, then the replay shows they were hit somewhere else.

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

It certainly is rampant and is a dirty trick. Thanks for the info nicomp.

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sheila b. 6 years ago

I've watched high school soccer games and enjoyed them, so I've often wondered why soccer isn't big in the U.S. Now, after reading your hub, I understand. Somewhere between school and professional, something gets lost, it seems. Too bad.

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tim kenner 6 years ago from Greater Orange County

Groovy hub, I never liked soccer but the world cup is actually fun to watch and I like this hub.

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi sheila b. Soccer really doesn't seem to take, even the ones who played when they were young seem to move on to our traditional games. We have a lot of immigrants who pay attention to soccer but they don't seem to pass that enthusiasm to their kids.

Hi tim, thanks for the compliment and the visit.

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climberjames 6 years ago from Steel City

ha ha I like point 3!

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi climberj, thanks for the read!

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Donnacha C 6 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Republic of Ireland

Ignorance is a bliss..... Please don`t muck the beautiful game....We don`t go around and take the piss of sports that are important in the USA, so why do you?????

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Seems like soccer fans are hypersensitive about their game and can't take satire, Donnacha. I hope you guys lighten up about the sport, it is just a game after all.

Logix 6 years ago

Good for you. Appreciate your time to write up about this wierd game. We don't even care about funny games the people of US of A play. :)

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi Logix! Gotta say, our games here in the US must look strange to the rest of the world.

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

At least the Fifa World Cup does involve the world, unlike your so-called World Series which involves only the US! LOL! And cricket, rugby and soccer World Cups are always every four years - and when you see the logistics involved it's not surprising, to do that every year would be impossible.

Your comment about the sexual orgy in the first para is not far off the mark, actually. Vuvuzela has a definite sexual connotation in the isiZulu language.

Thanks for sharing your views although I have to say, with the greatest respect to you, they reflect the parochialism of many in the US. "It's a game that only foreigners play." Huh? But I guess you are joking, right?

Had a good giggle anyways. Voted up and "funny"!

Love and peace


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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi Tony, I wrote the hub all in good fun. Thanks for being a good sport!

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