• njndirish

    Wow, you just used a meme that’s older than the internet; congrats on originality

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      It’s the least I can do.

  • Mike

    Go to ESPN3.com and watch USvAlgeria from the 70th minute on. Anybody who doesn’t get fired up over the level of play and the up and down the field action needs to call 911, because they are on their way out of this existence.

    BTW, many Europeans look at American football’s 48 minutes of huddling and lining up for the next play and 12 minutes of actual action as completely boring as well. Different strokes…

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      I went to Ireland with the Steelers. The people there we’re calling the NFL players sissies for wearing all that equipment.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com Rob H.

        That just shows you that Euopeans have no clue what kind of physical specimens play in the NFL.

    • blasto

      No way there is an actual 12 minutes if action in an NFL game.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

        More like 7 1/2.

        • Cambot

          Bill Cosby once famously remarked that baseball is 2 1/2 minutes of action squeezed into a 3 1/2 hour game.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

          Football is the “thinking man’s game.” If you don’t understand it, and if you fail to anticipate each impending new play, you’ll never appreciate those “7 1/2” minutes of action.
          I feel badly for those who think “action” needs to be in the form of a helter/skelter “Chinese Fire Drill” ala soccer, hockey, and roller derby.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            I love football but I like hockey better. The NFL actually got away with bragging about giving their customers less for their money several years ago. They wanted to shorten the games. Instead of reducing the number of commercial breaks, they reduced the number of plays by allowing the clock run sooner after out of bounds plays etc…

    • a-dawg

      what about the first 70 minutes??? The first 77.7% of the game stunk and bores you to tears. Your analogy is like judging movies based solely on the trailers.

      • Mike

        I found the first 70 minutes extremely compelling. My point was even the most strident soccer haters would have momentarily dropped their vitriol during the last 24 minutes of yesterday’s game.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

      Mike: You absolutely right. Football will never catch on in this country.

  • Al Bundy

    There’s a great “King of the Hill” episode that you should try and dig up where it shows the difference between playing Junior High soccer and Junior High football. It’s absolutely hilarious.

  • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla.

    The reason soccer is popular in Europe is simple: They have nothing to compare it to. Name Europe’s second favorite sport. Exactly. There isn’t one.
    Canada’s second favorite sport is curling. That’s right. Curling. We all know, of course, that Canada’s most favorite sport is hockey, which is nothing more than soccer on ice.
    We Americans are fortunate to have a variety of sports that we can either watch or play.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Hockey is a lot closer to basketball than it is to soccer. Of course, it;s better than both.

    • njndirish

      Their second favorite sport is basketball, hockey, or rugby depending on the country.

  • Richard

    The Simpsons is the most brilliant satire to ever appear on television aside from All in the Family.

    John, I can absolutely guarantee you’ll love this twenty second clip.


    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Strange. I don’t think All In The Family was all that brilliant as a satire. An entertaining show but about as subtle as a punch in the mouth. And extremely one side, of course.

      • Ken

        I used to really like All in the Family.

        It slanted left, but it tooks shots at liberals too. Very often, both Archie and MIke were both made to look foolish in their beliefs.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          I liked it, too. Archie got his shots in at the liberals but he, the conservative, was, of course, portrayed as the stupid one.

  • Jackkd

    What about not tipping the boys? Is steigy stingy??

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      I’ve never had any complaints.

      • http://www.patrickfbruce.com Goose

        I know John personally and I can tell you he is one of the most generous tippers I’ve ever known. . . but the more impressive thing is that he didn’t ride in a cart – he used a caddy… how many people playing golf use a caddy!

  • VinceL

    If soccer was ever going to be our sport it would have established itself 100 years ago when millions emigrated from all over the world to the US.They probably played and watched soccer in their native countries.So why didn’t the game take here?

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Not a good game for Americans. It’s a perfect game for Europe.

      • Cambot

        Frankly I think watching the Simpsons is infinitely more entertaining than watching the Pirates.

  • Jaybird

    John, I have a buddy that said he used to caddy for you at one of the country clubs in Beaver County. Not sure of the name though. He said you used to spill your chew all over the cart and would make a big mess and then and would never tip the guy. I defended your honor. I blamed it on Pomp. Tell me it’s not true!

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      I’ve never chewed in my life.

  • Dave

    Is this how you are spending your retired days? Seriously, watching the Simpsons??? Why don’t you join one of those senior centers to give you something to do. You can make a bird’s nest at the art and craft hour.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      The post said that I’ve never seen a full episode. Dumb question.