I would not go an RSL game if my hair were on fire and Rio Tinto stadium had the
only fire station in the Valley.Besides, its baseball season. p.s. We all know the NFL is America's sport and baseball its pasttime.
We're an instant gratification society.Win or loose... in an NBA
game there's lots of action, lots of scoring, and usually lots of lead changes.
Not so much in Soccer.In soccer it's rare to score more than a few
times... and lead changes... not very frequent in the same game.We
just aren't that patient in America. You can tell this letter
wasn't written after a 0-0 tie game (the definition of an "exercise in
futility" to many American sports fans).When the ball is
advanced without scoring... NBA fans used to most possessions ending in a score
or a dramatic slam-dunk are left a little blazee.It takes a whole
different perspective to enjoy a soccer game. Not that it can't be done. I
enjoy them a lot... it's just different.
And I suppose we could just as easily encourage people to watch and root for
whichever NASCAR driver is winning this season, to get excited about whomever is
winning the latest bass fishing contest, or even attend a chess match or science
fair.Most of those who support a particular team do so not merely
because the team is winning, but because they enjoy the game being played. Joe has summed this up well. Dave has, with a little less delicacy
perhaps, similarly summarized how many people view soccer.I think
people generally put way too much emphasis, time, and money into sports. That
said who am I to tell others how to recreate. I ask only that they not require
me to fund their recreational choices. Whether it is bowling, snowmobiling,
hollywood movies, opera, symphony, soccer, football, baseball, basketball,
bicycling, or otherwise, I ask only that those who choose the entertainment pick
up the bill for the entertainment. I will gladly pay for my choice
of entertainment. Would that others might do likewise.
I believe in free markets.We didn't want RSL here, but the owner
Dave Checkettes was buddy buddy with the legislature. They build a stadium using
taxpayers money.Now, if interests don't pick up, then they can just
move the team and we're left with an empty stadium. We should have
never built the stadium in the first place. If a team cannot build its own
stadium then they shouldn't exist.
I wouldn't go to an RSL game if they were handing out $100 bills at the gate.
When RSL hits a losing season a decade from now (most franchises go through
cycles like this), will the writer turn to the Jazz (or NFL or NCAA BB) and stop
attending to RSL? Or will he stick with them in the rebuilding years, because
he loves the game and his loyal to his team?Just wondering.On the flip side, I enjoy watching RSL, wish them the best, and wish more of
their games were on TV because getting to The Fortress is not feasible for me
I would rather watch them water the turf and gaze at the growing grass than