Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Jun 2006 22:14 UTC
Humor Sometimes, while browsing the net for news, I come accross things I just cannot not post. "Some enterprising Austrian Über-geeks [have created] a Telnet stream with, believe it or not, live ASCII footage of matches being played [at the World Cup Football]. Simply fire up a command prompt and type 'telnet ascii-wm.net 2006' and you'll find a live 'video' stream from 10 minutes before kick-off (or should that be boot-up?)." I also look forward to the Wimbledon version that resembles Pong.
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RE: A reason to watch soccer
by Varg Vikernes on Wed 14th Jun 2006 00:29 UTC in reply to "A reason to watch soccer"
Varg Vikernes
Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, at least an entertaining way to watch the World Cup.
All you soccer-loving nerds, rejoice!


First of all it's not called soccer, but football. The entire world calls it football (fußball, le football,...) and it existed well before the US started calling their rugby ripoff "football".
It's like the US calling black people african-american; their not from Africa, their American. They're black. Just as white Americans aren't britain-american...

Edited 2006-06-14 00:31

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v RE[2]: A reason to watch soccer
by adapt on Wed 14th Jun 2006 00:48 in reply to "RE: A reason to watch soccer"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

In the rest of the world football == soccer.

In Denmark the word is "fodbold".

If we're talking about american football (aka perverted rugby), the word we use is "amerikansk football". Because your football isn't football.

According to Wikipedia soccer is known as football outside the US, and the US is only one nation of hundreds.

Besides that football did exist long before 1863. 1863 is the year of the official beginning. Football as a game have existed for several centuries (the same goes for hockey). Spelling and rules have changed through the years, and keeps changing, but the fact is that football as we know it (outside USA) is centuries old.

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RE[3]: A reason to watch soccer
by Shane on Wed 14th Jun 2006 02:16 in reply to "RE[2]: A reason to watch soccer"
Shane Member since:
2005-07-06

"Going by popularity alone, I think the rugby ripoff won easily."

Ever heard the term "the world game"? :-)

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RE[3]: A reason to watch soccer
by WZot on Wed 14th Jun 2006 02:36 in reply to "RE[2]: A reason to watch soccer"
WZot Member since:
2005-07-06

Going by popularity alone
In the US: yes. In the rest of the world: no.

The "rugby ripoff" football is close to unknown outside US (except from american movies). "Soccer" football is whats most popular in the rest of the world.

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PowerMacX Member since:
2005-11-06

Not to be a dick but it's time for a reality check. According to wikipedia, modern SOCCER came around 1863. Footbal (the real kind, not guys in shorts) around 1869. That's six years difference, hardly "well before".

Check your "facts". ;)

"SOCCER" was derived from "Association Football", which was shortened to Assoc. in common use and derived into "Soccer". So:
1st. Football
2nd. Association Football
3rd. Assoc.
4th. Soccer

Going by popularity alone, I think the rugby ripoff won easily.
In the USA, sure. Elsewhere, are you kidding?

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RE[3]: A reason to watch soccer
by Hugo on Wed 14th Jun 2006 10:09 in reply to "RE[2]: A reason to watch soccer"
Hugo Member since:
2005-07-06

"Even the euros know what real football is; NFL Europe ain't skinny guys in shorts tearing off their shirts"

lol, who would want to watch "NFL Europe" when you can go and watch a *REAL* rugby match, you know what i mean, rugby!, the one where they don't wear sissy helmets and paddings, and actually run on real grass...
As for football (the real one) the beauty of it is that anyone can play it, all that is required is skill. It doesn't matter if you are skinny, tall, short, black, white or blue, it's a game of skill, inspiration and team play.

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RE[2]: A reason to watch soccer
by jwwf on Wed 14th Jun 2006 03:11 in reply to "RE: A reason to watch soccer"
jwwf Member since:
2006-01-19

What is the difference? Have you so little of substance to worry about that you care what someone halfway across the world calls a certain sport?

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RE[3]: A reason to watch soccer
by Jedd on Wed 14th Jun 2006 03:56 in reply to "RE[2]: A reason to watch soccer"
Jedd Member since:
2005-07-06

I agree. Great point.

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skeezix Member since:
2006-02-06

ohhhhhhhhhh... dude. I was just about to get into the brawl, but then I read your comment. um. too much wisdom for me to fight against.

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v RE[2]: A reason to watch soccer
by bytore on Wed 14th Jun 2006 05:54 in reply to "RE: A reason to watch soccer"
h-milch-mann Member since:
2005-10-27

Let me just quote John Cleese.
"You should stop playing American "football." There is only one kind of football. What you refer to as American "football" is not a very good game.

The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a world outside your borders may have noticed that no one else plays "American" football. You will no longer be allowed to play it, and should instead play proper football.

Initially, it would be best if you played with the girls. It is a difficult game. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which is similar to American "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like nancies). "


amen

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Oh yes, amen to that.

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rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

No one else plays it? Wow -- I bet a lot of CFL fans will be disappointed to hear that... :-(

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