But soccer is so boring it puts you to sleep. Hockey doesn't.
I know plenty of people who would rather watch baseball than hockey because they don't understand hockey as well as they do baseball, since they have watched baseball since they were little and weren't exposed to hockey at all. I think everything is based on how well you understand a certain sport. If you spend time studying hockey, you will appreciate it beyond the fights and the hits, which alone are really not enough to attract a meaningful audience. Soccer is much the same way. If you understand it, you can follow the game along the pitch and appreciate both offensive and defensive plays, the slow build-up or a quick counterattack. You reaction is as natural as that of a guy on the edge of his seat the entire 90 minutes of a 0-0 draw because a goal can decide a championship. I can't watch golf for example and there are many guys at work that would watch it, analyze it, pick up technique tips or learn something new about golf courses, golfers, etc. Some people like watching poker. To each is own.
I agree with all of this. Jesusain'treal, you say hockey doesn't put you to sleep, but I know several people who think hockey is boring, simply because (as Comrade states), they don't understand it.
I was watching an MLS match this afternoon, and it sort of occurred to me how it differs from the top American sports. You look at a sport like basketball or football, and realize that every play is like a 45 second Youtube clip. Short, sometimes memorable, sometimes not. But because it is so short and adds up as you watch other clips, it cures that part of us that needs instant satisfaction.
Soccer is like a book or a movie. Sometimes it starts slow and flourishes at the end. Sometimes it's pretty slow paced throughout, but a few memorable 'scenes' that you remember. Either way, there are story lines throughout that you can follow as you watch (i.e. a team playing a man down, one team getting loads of set pieces, one team hitting the woodwork X number of times, etc.). It's all part of a greater whole. You can jump in at any time, but it's better to understand how all the threads are playing out to understand the ebb and flow.
It goes back to Comrade's point about understanding what you are watching. Some people appreciate this. Others just want the quick, instant satisfaction over and over and over and over.
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