June 14, 2006

Juiced Soccer Ball


Why Goalies Hate the New World Cup Soccer Ball

Kind of funny that the one piece of equipment that is used for this sport can be so significantly altered without a huge uproar of protest and controversy.

I compare this to the gear-heavy sports (baseball, football, golf) where equipment is tested and sanctioned, and there is a lot of controversy when anything changes.

I also wonder if this is a conscious effort on the part of soccer to woo the American audience. If the new ball promotes more goals, and the biggest isssue with American proto-fans is not enough scoring / action, too many nil-nil games, maybe the new ball will help.....

Dumbing down soccer?

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