07/07/15 by Rennie Detore
I know this isn't a popular comment at the moment, fresh off the United States' Women's World Cup team won it all only a few days ago, but I am not a fan of soccer.
I haven't watched an entire game. Ever.
I don't play soccer video games.
I don't care about David Beckham and his efforts to bring soccer to relevancy in the United States with his play or his ability to be a spokesman for anything from underwear to Sprint cell phones.
I do have friends that love soccer, and after watching a few seconds of a zero to zero game for about an hour, I didn't see the appeal.
And then the Women's World Cup game versus Japan happened, and I won't say I became a must see fan but I sat back and enjoyed what I was watching.
I didn't watch any of the Women's World Cup journey, until the final game piqued my interest to the point that I tuned in to watch the U.S. Women's World Cup team explode in the finals and beat Japan 5 to 2.
The rest of the country seemed to follow the same path I took as the game drew anywhere between 20 and 30 million viewers during the game. The rapid fire goals, four in 16 minutes, by the United States Women's World Cup team was a sight to see and truly made this soccer match equal parts patriotism and pure excitement given just how quickly this would be win unfolded before the eyes of an entire nation.
This team, in a short amount of time watching them this past week, looked like a squad that was determined to not fall to their Japan rival, a team that researched showed had their number as an opponent.
For the first time, and albeit a few times I've watched soccer, I felt totally engaged in a soccer event that wasn't my friends playing FIFA 2015 from EA Sports. I didn't leave my chair. I was engaged. I was entertained.
And that is what sports and competition is supposed to be for the casual fan. I appreciated the hard word and intensity I saw from a United States team that wasn't going to accept losing.
I can't promise I'm going to be back for more as it pertains to watching more games, but if it is on again, I'll be more apt to watch this time.
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