First, let me say I almost always enjoy and appreciate and read and ponder the comments found on the bottom of my columns on gazette.com. along with the e-mails that arrive in our modern version of a mailbox. I learn from many of the points, and I sense the deep devotion of sports fans who read The Gazette. I sometimes sense this devotion because of the anger found in messages.
So, thanks Mark King for taking the time to write a letter to the editor about my recent column that celebrated soccer. (Mark was not angry, by the way.)
Let’s get to a couple points:
1. Ann Coulter
In your letter, Mark, you stated Coulter’s recent column mocking soccer “upset” me and you stated Coulter is funny.
Coulter doesn’t appreciate 0-0 soccer matches. Neither do you, Mark.
Well, I’m not a big fan of 0-0 games, either. So we all agree. Coulter took some legit – and humorous – shots at soccer in her column.
I had little trouble with Coulter’s column until the final paragraph. And I stated, in my column, that Coulter is sometimes funny.
I have a problem with the final paragraph, and that’s the only section of the Coulter column I discussed in my column.
Bored with the World Cup
Hey, David Ramsey, regarding your column “Everyone, almost everyone, loves U.S. soccer,” I like soccer a little bit every four years – when the World Cup is on – until I get bored. It’s halftime in the U.S.-Belgium game, so I’m still a little interested. If the U.S. gets bounced, I’ll be bored with the World Cup and tune out until the U.S. appears in another one.
Our second home team, Mexico, already got bounced. And the only reasons to ever like Belgium (years ago) were that good shotguns and fancy chocolate came from there.
Ann Coulter’s column, “America’s Favorite National Pastime: Hating Soccer,” was funny. It was funny that the column upset you. The idea that soccer is the perfect sport for overanxious liberal parents because nothing ever happens is funny. Just how is it that a “match” between a team of soccer elites and a team of soccer hacks can end in a 0-0 tie? Answer, nothing much ever happens. It’s right, and it’s funny.
And how about how all of the players at such an elite level flop like little sissies to feign grave injuries from fouls? A minute later, they’re all up running at full speed in the other direction.
Mark King, Colorado Springs
And here’s a link to my soccer column: