|In order to avoid banishment to a terribly unpleasant place, I must first agree with Your Czarness’ observation that MLB, made up “rivalries” and stupidly stupid scheduling of games have tanked viewership and interest in baseball. And that is a pity. I might also add that there could be some hangover from the “steroid era.”
That said…I’ll risk the wrath You Czarness and hope that Mr. GorT will intervene on my behalf.
In the interests of full disclosure, our two sons chose soccer over basketball in middle school, even though both their parents love them some hoops. Bubba-the-Larger is a goalie, and Bubba-only-Slightly-Less-Large is a defender. And both play(ed) at a small liberal arts school in the Midwest (Div. III, meaning NO athletic scholarships are given, but they both were awarded academic scholarships, says their proud mother).
Despite my initial skepticism, I have learned to appreciate the “geometry” of the game and the fact that, unlike American football, the players on the field have to react and read the opposing players, rather than wait for the coach to send in a play [ex.: “Red-57, whoooo”]. The other thing I admire about soccer is that the players MUST be very, very fit [the field is big and substitutions are regulated, depending on the level of play], regardless of whether they play in the EPL, college, high school, club, whatever. Your point, Mr. GorT, about relegation/promotion is also spot-on. At the club level in our state, it was serious, despite some of the big, important clubs engaging in conduct unbecoming from time to time. And let me tell you, when both Bubbas’ club teams got promoted, the next open try-outs were quite crowded with kids who wanted to move up also.
However, I must confess that I find the offsides “rule” to be, if not socialist then communist, because it is a call that depends so completely on the officials’ judgement. A player is offsides if he/she commences his run before the ball is played. Sometimes, it is obvious, but often NOT so much. When the TV broadcasts have to have that yellow-line-effect on the screen in replays in order to tell whether the call was correct, then the call is just tooooo arbitrary. It has always seemed to me that it is designed to “punish” speed. Kinda communist, you know? Both Bubbas, being on the defensive side of play, defend the rule, but I think it should be more clear-cut. Basketball, for instance, prevents parking a 7’ center under the basket by a strict time-count.
Just a thought!
Yours from the Doublewide, JAB
Offsides. To poke at JAB’s definition, offsides isn’t when the player commences a run before the ball is played. It is determined if the player is ahead (offensively) of the last defender when the ball is played. The player can start a run behind the defender and work to time it so the ball is played before passing the last defender. Speed and teamwork are actually rewarded in the sense of the play continues and this generally leads to a great scoring opportunity. The strategy that goes into both sides of this isn’t something to discount. Should our team play a “high line”*** figuring that our defenders can handle any breakaways and through-balls? Should we play “soft” or “deep” and give up field position because the offense is quicker and we can’t pace them on breakaways? Yes, it’s hard to determine because frequently the referee needs to determine AT THE TIME of the ball being played was the lead offensive player beyond the final defender. A good assistant referee (AR) will handle that for you…but if the distance from the ball to the spot of the last defender is large, it is really hard to call. And it can be that call that determines a game based on the outcome of the play.
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