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Ann Coulter: Growing soccer interest sure sign of America’s ‘moral decay’
06/27/2014 12:04 PM
06/27/2014 1:11 PM
So is it safe to assume that Ann Coulter isn’t following USA’s progress in the World Cup?
Apparently she’s been holding off on slamming the sport of soccer for more than a decade, the conservative pundit reveals in a new column that’s got soccer fans fuming.
But now, with the World Cup underway and legions of fans – like those here in Kansas City – going bonkers over the games, Coulter has had enough and she’s speaking out.
“Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation's moral decay,” she writes in a new column under the headline, “America's Favorite National Pastime: Hating Soccer.”
Before your head explodes, keep in mind that this person makes a living by poking the bear just for grins.
How else to explain the following statement: “If more ‘Americans’ are watching soccer today, it's only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy's 1965 immigration law.
“I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.”
Soccer, she huffs, is “foreign ... One group of sports fans with whom soccer is not ‘catching on’ at all, is African-Americans. They remain distinctly unimpressed by the fact that the French like it.”
Clearly, she doesn’t consider soccer a “real” sport.
“Individual achievement is not a big factor in soccer. In a real sport, players fumble passes, throw bricks and drop fly balls — all in front of a crowd,” she writes.
And, she adds, “almost no one scores anyway ... Do they even have MVPs in soccer? Everyone just runs up and down the field and, every once in a while, a ball accidentally goes in. That's when we're supposed to go wild. I'm already asleep.”
She takes a shot at soccer moms, too, explaining that “liberal moms like soccer because it's a sport in which athletic talent finds so little expression that girls can play with boys. No serious sport is co-ed, even at the kindergarten level.”
Someone needs to invite her to stand with the roaring crowds at Power & Light when USA plays next.
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