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[2]: A reason to watch soccer
by kernelpanicked on Wed 14th Jun 2006 01:38 UTC in reply to "RE: A reason to watch soccer"
kernelpanicked
Member since:
2006-02-01

"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... "

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". Going by popularity alone, I think the rugby ripoff won easily. Just so you are aware, it's not called football only in America. I believe the F in CFL stands for football, although I could be wrong. Even the euros know what real football is; NFL Europe ain't skinny guys in shorts tearing off their shirts.

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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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siki_miki Member since:
2006-01-17

I can't agree that football is centuries old. Football (not the american one) stemmed from the sport similar to rugby (played with both feet and hands).
It was invented in England in second half of the 19th century and soon popularized in south america by some Englishmen. The sport soon evolved to foot-only.

Of course americans hijacked the word and declared their own rugby-ripoff a football (name probably inspired by the same predecessor of "euro"-football or by the fact that free kicks are shot with a foot)

Although it sounds a bit strange that so simple foot-based sport didn't exist earlier (hint: even ancient Romans had something similar, archeologists found sculptures of football-like balls from that time).

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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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