“Soccer is running America into the ground, and there is very little anyone can do about it.”
So starts an email to blogger Avicenna who then proceeds to pick apart the preposterous points raised by “an overworked teacher” in the post I Get Mail – How Soccer is Ruining ‘Merica.
The arguments made by the teacher are the typical fare you’d expect from someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about but they’re worth reading nonetheless especially if you happen to like football and like despairing of humans. I know I do.
Of particular interest to me was this quote from the teacher (just after expressing his sexist attitude labelling football as “a game for girls”:
My daughter is on a traveling team, and she is quite good. I had to sign a form that said, among other things, I would not do anything embarrassing to her or the team during the game. I told the coach I could not sign it. She was perplexed and worried. “Why not,” she asked? “Are you one of those parents who yells at their kids?” “Not at all,” I replied, “I read books on the sidelines during the game, and this embarrasses my daughter to no end.” That is my one way of protesting the rise of this pitiful sport.
Screw the fact your daughter may enjoy the sport you can’t comprehend. The most important thing is to embarrass her away from the game. A petty, domineering, sexist teacher who thinks soccer is ruining America.