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Foosball- Love it or Hate it!
Foosball- love it or hate it. Yes, foosin can be a love, hate relationship. I have been playing foosball for over 20 years and have not met many people undecided about the way they feel about the game. For foosers it is love of the game. The intensity and speed of a hobby that many just don't understand.
In my years of playing, I like many other foosers, have tried to hook others on the concept of giving the game a try. See what happens. Plenty won't even give it a chance. But, I have managed to bring plenty of people into this mad sport of sorts. Of course, there are those skeptical and feel that I was just trying to hustle them. But, that really isn't my style. Many have told me they would rather play me at a game of billiards. And although I really like billiards, it comes second in my interest of foosball.
Some have even tried to bargain with me by saying they will play a game of foosball if I played a game of pool with them. I sometimes take the offer if they seem genuine about it. But, I don't hold back when I play billiards. Usually it is because the person really believes they will "show" me on the billiards table. What they don't realize is I play a pretty mean game of billiards. I just prefer to play foosball.
Now, I am not bragging on my billiards or foosball game, but to think someone can't play on a pool table because they choose the soccer table, (it is sometimes called) is far from the truth. Chances are if you grab any foosball player willing to play a game of pool you will find out the hard way. It is strictly by choice that these foosers play this game instead.
Most of the people that I know and hate foosball are in a relationship with a true fooser. I really feel for anyone trying to be in a relationship with a fooser but hating the game at the same time. Foosball players seek out other players sometimes in clubs, tournament play, and in garages. It truely is better for both of the spouses to engage in foosin. Remember, a fooser will love the game so that needs to be understood! Some call it an addiction. And if he/she says one more game... have a snickers because you are not going anywhere for a while. I have seen relationships become rocky because of foosball including some of mine.
All in all, foosers will keep playing the game they love so much. And what if you were to get on a table and accidentally enjoyed it? One argument I have had with non-foosers is that the game is to hard to learn. And yes, it does take time to learn the game. But isn't it the same for most hobbies? Who has picked up a pool stick and run the table on the first try? Just learning how to hold a cue stick can take some time much less being accurate with a shot.
But for me perhaps foosball was meant to be. When I first began playing foosball it was commonly while wearing skates. I wasn't the best skater around and my foosball game was terrible. I had a hard enough time just standing up with the skates on without trying to just touch the little ball on the table with hand and eye coordination. I could have easily given up on the game all together but for some reason peer pressure kept me playing every weekend.
And then one day I played a game without wearing the skates, and man, was it easier. As the years went by I played foosball sporadically. I became really good at it and sometimes even cocky. I have played many different levels of opponents and treat them all the same. From the spin-doctors to the pro-masters I enjoy both teaching and learning the game. Some of my friends call me the teacher. I just love playing the game and bringing new people into the sport. And I love the challenge of a good match. But to change the heart of a foosball hater to a lover of foosball is one great accomplishment. Try it. You might like it.