In defense of football

A couple of weeks ago when I was in New York for HGTV I grabbed a quick drink at the hotel bar before the car to the airport arrived, taking a seat right underneath a giant flat screen TV that was tuned to The World Cup. There were only a few other people there, and suddenly I heard a really loud, obnoxious voice from behind me complaining about “this boring soccer crap.” And when I turned around to see who he was talking to, I noticed he had a fancy set of golf clubs sewn on the left chest of his shirt. Did I just sum up America in that last bit, or what?

I mean, boring? Have you even seen a match? Because boring is certainly not the first word that comes to mind when I’m watching one. Sexy, yes. HOLY BATSHIT INSANE, totally. Those guys are running, like, a hundred miles and looking mighty fine while doing so. How hard is it to look that good while just standing there on a patch of grass while whacking a ball with a pole? Not really, but how many SO HOT I JUST MIGHT ORGASM FROM STANDING NEAR THE TELEVISION golf players have you ever seen?

Well, I guess if you’re really turned on by a beer gut.

  • jacqueline

    footballers be pimpin.

  • Taunt

    Werd.

  • adventuregirl77

    Okay so did you see Brazil play Chile today? Um, wow! I watched it at the gym while on the treadmill and I almost tripped a couple of times staring at those guys. I was bummed when I thought it was Brazil v. China (BRA v. CHI) but instantly became enthralled when I realized my mistake. The Brazil guys alone would have been good, but seriously both together, wow! A trip to South America would be too much eye candy.

    Alecia @ Hoobing Family Adventures

  • maggiemacleod

    Ugh. Amen to that…welcome to America. When I lived in Europe as a child, we’d get out of school for soccer games. One more reason I grew up thinking it was the best sport ever invented.

  • Enatural7

    Ok, I don’t really know any golf players or soccer players but, I have to believe that the soccer players beat the golf players in the hotness category hands down. They work out for a living.

  • bambooska

    Was this post dedicated to the fans of soccer? Yeah? WELL THANKS! ‘Cause I can’t stop talking about it. I might be just boring maybe a dozen golfer players but… well, I don’t care. It’s so fun to watch. :D

  • Truthful Mommy

    I come from a long line of footballers and I have always loved the sport but once I hit puberty I had a brand new appreciation for it:)Speaking of which, you may like to check out this piece of art work..http://motherhoodthetruth.blogspot.com/2010/06/goooooalllll-hottie-footballers-of.html

    Oh, how I love me some football boys! Sorry, golfers..most are fat and middle-aged, not exactly the stealth ,sweaty,hotness that I dream about!Kaka! Ronaldo!Pretty much the whole Argentinian team!Oh, how I love me some footballer boys!

  • jennisdrinking

    I’ve got nothing against soccer, and heaven help me, if my daughter continues to play it, I’ll probably evolve into a soccer mom (OOF!!)

    But c’mon, in the states when you refer to “football”, the NFL better be involved.

  • Buttons McTavish

    If you think the footballers/soccer players are that hot, just wait till you watch Aussie Rules Football (which is different from rugby). I don’t even like watching sports, but when I lived in Melbourne, I never minded watching “footy” because all of the players were well fit, they didn’t have padding on every joint or muscle, their uniforms don’t leave much to the imagination, they like to keep the game moving as much as possible and they love to pants one another from time to time! Ha!

  • Essembee

    I love you for calling it football.

  • shauna

    Wanted to add my love for calling it FOOTBALL :) The perve factor hasn’t been as high for me since Zidane retired but I am scouring for new talent every day :)

  • JJM-JJM

    Pfffff you wouldn’t see men drooling over women like that – sheesh! ;)

    Great that you’re supporting football regardless – and did you know that all work, in all firms, completely stops during matches of the national team, when they’re, say, playing at 13.30/16.00? Everybody just sits down and watches :)

    PS. reCaptcha words: parties swindled

  • Laura Jones

    This actually references the cousin picture, Yay! to Leta. My identical twin nieces have the right to pinch me when I get their names wrong. I know which one is which after that because N. always will and L. never will.

  • maychia

    THANK YOU!!! You have summed it up perfectly.

    As someone who is half-Brasilian, I am waiting for the day that the real futbol becomes more mainstream here in the USA. The World Cup is definitely my porn and every game I watch with my partner, I tell him which players I would leave him for!!!

    And Kaka is dreamy – too bad all the Brasilian players are married except Julio Baptista (who’s getting married next month anyways!).

  • serenmorwenna

    I love me some football especially if the Germans are playing.

    They have by far got the hottest team. Podolski. Klose. Friedrich. Gomez. Trochowski. I could seriously go on people. As a Brit I was very sad when England lost on saturday BUT it does mean I get to watch more Germany games.

  • Marinka

    I’m okay with people not liking soccer. I try not to discriminate against the FUCKING INSANE.

  • TexasKatie

    Do all these commenters actually like soccer all that much? I somehow doubt it. No one cares about the sport normally. I mean, we don’t even call it by its real NAME here in the states.

    As far as golf goes, not all golfers have beer guts. But I agree that it is not an exciting sport to watch. I have never understood how someone could sit in front of the tv watching a golf match for hours. I’d rather watch paint dry.

  • sarahlincoln

    One for the ladies… ‘The non-football fans guide to the world cup’

    http://sarkastic.livejournal.com/446372.html

  • shazzanorth

    Rugby – now that is one hot sport. Soccer is pretty too.

  • Agent Scully

    Marinka well said!

    And I’m all in with serenmorwenna. Germany is the hottest team. Podolski, Trochowski and Gomez. My personal divine trinity.

  • jen t

    Thank you for this post. It totally made my day!

  • karenarens

    Actually, I don’t think that interaction “sums up America.” First, I think it’s small-minded for people around the world to think we’re morons because we don’t all embrace soccer/football. Games we cherish are dictated by what we grew up with – I love watching baseball and hockey. That doesn’t make me a simple-minded bigot; it just makes me a product of my environment. Just like all those people around the world who are a product of their childhood spent watching soccer. I completely support their enthusiasm for their sport, but I don’t have to pretend to enjoy it. This is one of the few countries in the world where we actually value “live and let live” so let the golfer in the bar have his opinion. And please don’t use it as an opportunity to pigeonhole what American’s cherish as worthless.

  • Santoferraro

    Wow I never watched soccer before, but based on what Heather has to say about the hot guys…I’ll be tuning in!

  • Karoons

    Oooooooooh yeah to football, game of the perfect thigh.
    I’m a teacher (and English) and all the kids here got to go home early for last Wednesday’s England match. I am doubly sad now that they are out of the World Cup as it means no more slacking off at work. Woe is me!

  • joyrising

    AMEN! Finally, someone who understands!! :)

  • spidarnevi

    LOVE IT. fave part: when they all take off their shirts and trade at the end. HOT MEN SANS SHIRTS. what’s not to like?

  • BOSSY

    True about the hawtness, but Bossy can’t watch the World Cup games — those fan horns sound like a swarm of bees and after a small bit Bossy feels like she’s going insane. More than usual, she means.

  • spunkycub

    Not really a sports fun, but I gotta say I find beer guts really sexy. :)

  • Indigo

    I agree – soccer men are heavenly. However, on the topic of football, the first-ever international tournament for WOMEN’S tackle football is going on right now in Stockholm. Bring it home, ladies!

    http://usawomensfootball.blogspot.com/

    http://ifaf.org/articles/view/457

  • KatieC

    ha, you aint seen nothing until you watch an irish hurling match, kinda like hockey but faster and hotter. talk about muscular hotties running around in shorts and using naughty words.

  • Lizzy

    I have never seen so much Hotness as I have when I watch the World Cup.
    So, what I’m trying to say is, “Hell yeah! Dooce!”

  • riogringa

    Yayyy Heather! The one thing I think is lacking from your blog, which is really no fault of yours, is the international angle. I love soccer, but am mostly bored by all other sports. I think living in a soccer country will pretty much do the trick, but if not, it’s just a matter of getting into it a bit. I am thrilled by how many Americans are getting into the World Cup. Too bad it’s only every four years!

    Here’s some posts I’ve written along the lines of your post, minus the hot guy part.
    http://riogringa.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/06/the-beautiful-game.html
    http://riogringa.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/06/copa-fever.html

  • TSWC

    Yes. But in the United States, the game is called soccer.

  • mightyko

    Soccer makes me realize I could never be lesbian. I see those legs in those shorts and those legs running, kicking, flexing…
    Is it hot in here?

  • kwillie kwillie

    Amen, sisters! Rock hard calves and smooooth moves :) If there was a TV channel for the Ghana Black Stars, I might just have to subscribe. And, what, you ladies don’t find out of shape middle-aged men who need small boys to carry around their clubs sexy? Come ON :)

  • unpopularsuggestions

    I would like to thank you for this post by sharing the following video:
    http://www.interviewmagazine.com/media/video/19677
    That is all. :)

  • sarahdjennings

    I think I saw a relative of this guy last week. He was wearing a t-shirt that said:

    “This is not a beer belly, it’s a gas tank for a sex machine”.

    Now THAT is America for you, folks.

  • mihow

    Do I have to say I love you again? No. No, I do not.

    I adore soccer. And it’s fine if people do not. My only request is, when people don’t like it, I wish they would not like it quietly—like I do when it comes to baseball.

  • chrisdennis

    Anthony Kim.
    Luke Donald.
    Aaron Baddeley.

    ADAM. EFFING. SCOTT.
    I rest my case.

    (I’m a huuuuge fan of golf, and not so much with the soccer.)

  • Cissyrene

    Haha, not only all that… but have you watched GOLF!? Omg, watching the fake grass grow would be more fun. Plus, the golf clap takes all the fun out of ANYTHING.

  • raspberryripple

    England keeper…oh my…my English husband wasn’t the only Mr. Pouty Pants around our house when they lost the other day…

  • territorial

    Mr. Palmer was hot in his day.

    Wow, I can’t believe I just typed that.

  • srising

    I really like watching soccer, especially the World Cup. It’s so exciting and disappointing at the same time. When the game is over, the losing team looks SO SAD!

    Also, the Spanish national team has the hottest players. Really.

  • srising

    And watching golf is boring!!!

  • Ariel

    Oh HELLS YES!
    Did you SEE the Australian Soccer team?
    I sat there growling. My husband was NOT amused.
    Thank God for dvr.

  • TriptikGirl

    The Argentina team is by far the hottest! My husband couldn’t complain that I was drooling because I was voluntarily watching sports.

    Golf puts me to sleep, much faster than the drone of those obnoxious vuvuzelas…

  • Jenni

    Golf. Srsly. Next time I pass a golf course, I am taking out the bee swarm horns.

  • solaana

    Screw chickens (so to speak) – this is my porn. It is wonderful and so so heartbreaking that it only happens every 4 years. (I know there’s profesh soccer in Europe but I want all these guys, on one team, according to nationality, damnit!)

  • Betsy

    I am a little offended that a buffoon sums up America for you. But I am really more interested in all the hot soccer players. And yes, Argentina, yes.

  • tallnoe

    I’m LOVING the world cup. Not just because of how excited everyone is getting. I mean, everyone is getting excited, but OMG, the HOTNESS!

    Yum.

    That’s all.