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Published: Friday, Feb. 21 2014 11:20 a.m. MST

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common sense in Idaho
Pocatello, id

I'm caught in the middle. Married to a Dutch woman and also a huge football fan. I guess I was insulted by the coaches comment that American football sucks. Then my wife read the same article and said the coach was right on. What could I say? What could I do? Well, I kept my mouth shut and just kept my orange blanket around me with my orange hat on and kept cheering for the Dutch speed skating team.

Next fall when football season starts I'll get my revenge.

Nijmegen, 00

Oh my goodness, how dumb can you be!
No]t only did he offend a large part of the US people by saying that American Football is a foolish sport, bur also he made the Dutch people look narrow minded.
I can't believe that he called the Americans narrow minded, because they like American Football.
I am ashamed of what the Dutch speed skate coach said.
I apologise for people like him.

Spanish Fork, UT

Okay guys, he's a coach who is proud of what his team has achieved. I watched the interview and laughed. He has typically Dutch humor. In Holland Americans are known to be proud of their country, and how everything is bigger and better in the U.S. Well, the Dutch beat them in ice skating. That is something to be proud of. Football, according to the Dutch is boring. I, as a former Dutchie, still think it's boring after living here for more than 35 years. Fifteen minutes can stretch into a couple of hours. I watch the super bowl for the advertisements! But the Americans like them. Soccer has a lot of action, and all the good soccer players are bought up by other clubs in Europe. So let this tiny country (and it is much much smaller than Norway) enjoy its day of glory. Some day the U.S. will win again.....

Cougar in Texas
Houston, TX

The Dutch have a long tradition with speed skating, made familiar to Americans by the story of of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates in the 1860s. It is one sport where they have been traditionally strong, but I fail to think of another sport, summer or winter, where they excel.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

I'm not out of breath about his comments. After all, he shows himself--probably unintentionally--to be a bit of a hypocrite. He enjoyed watching the Super Bowl and admits to being a Jazz fan. What a laugh!

Window Rock, AZ

They are good at skating and legalized prostitution. Talk about how deadly prostitution is.

Provo, UT

Current medal count: USA 27, Netherlands 24. He has a good point in that we would beat them even worse if we dedicated all that football talent into winter sports.

Daniel Ben
Herndon, VA

I'm extremely patriotic and I love football, but I have to say, this Dutch coach gave me a good laugh. Maybe we should ask the Dutch speed-skating team to make our suits for the 2018 winter Olympics.

Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

If there are 22 medals for speed skating, surely they could make football an Olympic Event (summer or winter, I don't care).

I would love to see US vs Netherlands in American(real) Football.

San Antonia, TX

It's time for America to do something besides sit on the couch watching football.

It was fun while it lasted but GeeZ! Look at the cost of healthcare to take care of all the unhealthy super fans out there.

We can't blame Obama for everything. Just Benghazi and his other lies.

Murray, UT

The U.S. may not have won many speed skating medals in this Olympics but those tough football playing American boys sure beat the socks off the Germans who were holding the Dutch people prisoners during World War II. Then the football playing American taxpayers rebuilt the Netherlands after the war so the Dutch could pursue speed skating.

Cardston, Alberta

How lame..

Kearns, UT

Try and tell Ono, Parra, and Heiden that. A whole bunch of gold metals between them.

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