Commentary: Ann Coulter vs. Soccer


By Kevin Hunsperger

 WSIL -- In recent weeks we've talked about the rising popularity of soccer in our region and around the country. The World Cup tournament is bringing in a whole new batch of fans, but it's also garnering some criticism.

An article written by conservative columnist Ann Coulter is the subject of today's commentary.  In her column, which is titled America's Favorite National Pastime: Hating Soccer, Coulter takes aim at the sport.

She says in part, "Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation's moral decay." Coulter goes on to explain her points, citing what some consider to be confusing rules.

She also reminds readers that despite the record high TV ratings in this country for this year's tournament.  They're no higher than a typical NFL game and far, far lower than the wildly popular Super Bowl, but she goes on to say that no serious sport is co-ed, suggesting that in youth leagues boys and girls often play together.

I have no dog in this fight.  I don't watch soccer or any sport really, but to suggest the sport leading to the moral decay of this country is narrow minded.  

Coulter wraps up her column with this, "One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time."  I think that statement sums up Coulter's real problem with the sport.  It's something that wasn't created here in the United States, so she'll use her own prejudice to pick it apart, and because this is America, she has the right to do just that.

As always, these are my opinions, and do not reflect those of WSIL TV or its management. Let me know what you think on our Facebook page.
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