July 17, 2016

Dear Euro-centric soccer fans: Here’s why “manly” hockey is the best game you can name

David MenziesMission Specialist
 

Every couple of years, I get sucked-in by my euro-centric acquaintances about the so-called “world sport” of soccer whether it’s the World Cup or the Euro Cup. 

My footy friends tell me this time will be different and the games will be exciting but every single time, I’m conned. Led down the nil-nil, primrose path.

The latest football folly was the 2016 Euro Cup that mercifully ended last weekend. I tried watching again only to find that even at the world-class level, soccer excels only as a superb substitute for Sominex.

European elitists proclaim it the “beautiful game” but what about something more manly like Canada’s national winter sport?

Watch as I give my take on what separates hockey from soccer and why hockey truly is the best game you can name.

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commented 2016-07-19 18:31:45 -0400
Hockey is great. Lacrosse too.

But if you want speed, agility, and non-stop crunching action, it is impossible to beat Australian Rules Football!
commented 2016-07-18 18:53:39 -0400
The Euros have imported their socialism into soccer where the refs control the way the game is played, much like helicopter parents, and the same ones who arbor seeing any form of fisticuffs, but have no problem with cheap shots, or nasty stick work that is far worse in inflicting injury, but looks less violent.

Particularly in Canada, this comes from the CBC, Don Cherry excluded, and Pierre McGuire on sports talk radio
commented 2016-07-17 19:34:20 -0400
Couldn’t have said it better Dave, except to mention girls take naturally to soccer because it isn’t too physically demanding. Mind you the way the flaccid wristed metrosexuals have neutered hockey and football by removing much of the physical contact, about the only sport left untouched is boxing.
commented 2016-07-17 15:10:20 -0400
I tell ya who needs to grow a set, and it’s got nothing to do with soccer. It’s a lot of Canadian so-called “hockey fans” who spent the whole playoff season sulking about no “Canadian” teams involved, instead of enjoying the best games of the year. If I had a buck for every time I heard a Flames fan pouting about how the season’s over, I could buy a couple of season tickets. So where is the Stanley Cup this weekend? Oh yeah, it’s in Cole Harbour NS. Say, isn’t that the hometown of the captain whose team won the Cup?
So can we please give the whining a rest for a couple of days, already? Geez, the past few months it’s like listening to an endless loop of Alanis Morissette recordings…
commented 2016-07-17 12:59:33 -0400
Watching the World Cup in Soccer, and see a 0-0 Tie is not my choice of an exciting sport.
commented 2016-07-17 12:20:06 -0400
It depends on your point of view doesn’t it! I have played hockey and ball and watch both But I prefer soccer and love the game. Watch soccer before any other sport.But that is my choice.