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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, July 08, 2019, 13:39 (73 days ago)

Yesterday was a marvelous day for fans of futbol (and the IMSA race in Ontario wasn't too shabby either). At the Women´s World Cup Final from Lyon, France the USA women's futbol team thumbed their nose at their detractors (including their idiot president) and endeared themselves to the world, well, except perhaps for Holland who lost the final match. Then Brazil and Perú played an exciting and artful match in Río de Janeiro in the Copa América (though I don't think I saw one single gringo there, just a reminder they aren't the only Americans). Then of course was the amazing final match in the Copa de Oro played last evening in Chicago between the USA and México. You couldn't tell that the USA had the HOME advantage. The Mexicans easily outnumbered the estadounidenses in the stadium, and the Tricolor finally managed to score a victory goal rather late in the second half that their opponents couldn't match. A good day for sports fans on a hot Sunday in July.

As schools across Mexico shutter up for the summer vacation period, tourists are beginning to arrive at beach destinations like Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa. It's nice to see a lot of middle-class tourists out strolling about and dining at local restaurants in the evenings Need more of them!

Fishermen getting ready to head out for the evening.
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Since most fishermen don't work Sunday evening, there was very little activity at the beachfront fishermen's market this Monday morning.
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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, July 08, 2019, 23:04 (72 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Gee, I’m not feeling the love. I thought for sure someone out there was a fan of fútbol, the national sport of México and the most popular sport in the world. The only reason I mentioned the games is because many Mexicans and sports enthusiasts around the world watched them. Plus it was so hot here, as in most of the world thanks to human arrogance and greed, that the place to be was indoors, and Sunday is a traditional day for watching sports in TV around the world. Especially when national teams are playing in popular FINALS.

¿Los estorbo? :stones:

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by Ironwood, Monday, July 08, 2019, 23:40 (72 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Gee, I’m not feeling the love. I though for sure someone out there was a fan of fútbol, the national sport of México and the most popular sport in the world. The only reason I mentioned the games is because many Mexicans and sports enthusiasts around the world watched them. Plus it was so hot here, as in most of the world thanks to human arrogance and greed, that the place to be was indoors, and Sunday is a traditional day for watching sports in TV around the world. Especially when national teams are playing in popular FINALS.

¿Les estorbo? :stones:

We watched and enjoyed both games: the Women's World Cup and the Copa de Oro.
As a relative novice soccer fan, I was glad to see the US women's team score a second real "legitimate" goal. It would have been a shame to see the World's Cup decided by a penalty shot, which has to be one of the dumbest rules in soccer. If some infractions are considered serious enough to warrant a penalty shot, at least move the shooter's "spot" back another 10 meters or so, to give the goalie half a chance. As it is the goalie has virtually no time to react, only to guess. So you usually get the ridiculous picture of the goalie diving one way, while the ball goes the other.
It was great to see so many of Mexico's 2018 Men's World Cup team still with the national club.

I Google translated "Les estorbo?" and got "I hinder them?" Que?

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by Craig AKA the cruise ship guy @, Tuesday, July 09, 2019, 08:38 (72 days ago) @ Ironwood

Maybe if they took the acting out of futbol more gringos would watch. It’s one thing to draw a penalty but to lie there and act like you’re dying is just ridiculous. Maybe they should add some good old fashioned wrestling during the break, they’re better actors. No matter what they try in the US, it really doesn’t catch on. I saw a little bit of the game in Chicago and it looked to me that there were more Mexico fans at the game.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, July 09, 2019, 09:09 (72 days ago) @ Craig AKA the cruise ship guy

Maybe if they took the acting out of futbol more gringos would watch. It’s one thing to draw a penalty but to lie there and act like you’re dying is just ridiculous. Maybe they should add some good old fashioned wrestling during the break, they’re better actors. No matter what they try in the US, it really doesn’t catch on. I saw a little bit of the game in Chicago and it looked to me that there were more Mexico fans at the game.

Acting? So what is it that U.S. football players spend 90% of their time doing? Run one or three plays and have to be substituted because they're out of breath? Fútbol is two blocks of 45 minutes of non-stop action with one 15 minute break. No commercial breaks or time outs or stopped clocks every 10 seconds like baseball, basketball and U.S. football. So if there's a little Hollywooding on the field it's often to give the TEAM a chance to catch their breath. Sometimes the acting is so good it changes the outcome of the game, like when a penalty was assessed in favor of Holland costing Mexico the game in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup.

¡NO ERA PENAL!

https://youtu.be/OlKJ7bZmwqs

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by Aunt Chelada, Tuesday, July 09, 2019, 09:34 (72 days ago) @ Craig AKA the cruise ship guy

What I like about Futbol is, I can leave the game, go get my grocery shopping done and return home to find out I didn't miss any scoring. I might even squeeze in a nap.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, July 09, 2019, 08:51 (72 days ago) @ Ironwood

Gee, I’m not feeling the love. I though for sure someone out there was a fan of fútbol, the national sport of México and the most popular sport in the world. The only reason I mentioned the games is because many Mexicans and sports enthusiasts around the world watched them. Plus it was so hot here, as in most of the world thanks to human arrogance and greed, that the place to be was indoors, and Sunday is a traditional day for watching sports in TV around the world. Especially when national teams are playing in popular FINALS.

¿Les estorbo? :stones:


We watched and enjoyed both games: the Women's World Cup and the Copa de Oro.
As a relative novice soccer fan, I was glad to see the US women's team score a second real "legitimate" goal. It would have been a shame to see the World's Cup decided by a penalty shot, which has to be one of the dumbest rules in soccer. If some infractions are considered serious enough to warrant a penalty shot, at least move the shooter's "spot" back another 10 meters or so, to give the goalie half a chance. As it is the goalie has virtually no time to react, only to guess. So you usually get the ridiculous picture of the goalie diving one way, while the ball goes the other.
It was great to see so many of Mexico's 2018 Men's World Cup team still with the national club.

I Google translated "Les estorbo?" and got "I hinder them?" Que?

You'd be surprised how many of the penalty kicks get blocked.

My bad, I wrote that message on my cellphone's microscopic keyboard which "spellchecks" and mostly ruins what I meant to say and I have a hard time reading all that tiny text. It should read "¿Los estorbo?" - Am I in your all's way? It's what I shout at drivers who cut me off in traffic.

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by Ironwood, Tuesday, July 09, 2019, 14:20 (72 days ago) @ ZihuaRob


You'd be surprised how many of the penalty kicks get blocked.

Yes, it just might be close to 50-50, since the goalie has only two choices:
dive left or dive right. Dive one way, he looks like a genius. Dive the other, he looks like a jerk.
Sorry Rob, but the rules regarding awarding a penalty shot and the actual logistics of the shot itself are the weakest part of a great game, as well as having shoot-outs determine the winner in ANY match. The National Hockey League also uses the ridiculous "shoot-out" to determine game winners. The great unwashed love it. Purists and real aficionados cringe.
I could list all the silly NFL rules as well, but that's for another day.

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by Curly! @, Great Pacific Northwet, Tuesday, July 09, 2019, 12:01 (72 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

My generation grew up without much soccer. Sports were football (USA style), baseball and basketball... every now and again a little track and field... mostly around Olympics time. I think my kids' generation have a greater respect and feeling for the game of soccer, they played it when they were young. The sport will become more and more popular, in the USA, as us old farts die off and a new generation takes over calling the shots. It's happening as we speak. The Portland Timbers have a great following and sell out home games regularly. Portland has dubbed itself "Soccer City, USA." To a great extent, it's true. Even the Thorn, the ladies team, has a consistently high attendance at their home games. Give it time Rob, the USA will come around. Games like Sunday's World Cup can only help.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, July 09, 2019, 12:40 (72 days ago) @ Curly!

My generation grew up without much soccer. Sports were football (USA style), baseball and basketball... every now and again a little track and field... mostly around Olympics time. I think my kids' generation have a greater respect and feeling for the game of soccer, they played it when they were young. The sport will become more and more popular, in the USA, as us old farts die off and a new generation takes over calling the shots. It's happening as we speak. The Portland Timbers have a great following and sell out home games regularly. Portland has dubbed itself "Soccer City, USA." To a great extent, it's true. Even the Thorn, the ladies team, has a consistently high attendance at their home games. Give it time Rob, the USA will come around. Games like Sunday's World Cup can only help.

I first learned to play soccer in elementary school in Louisville on a paved surface. Needless to say we didn't play much or often, but at least we had a little experience with the sport. I was lucky to get to play soccer in high school in the U.S. Virgin Islands where we had a huge field with a decent coach and some ambitious players. Also played a little bit on La Ropa Beach back in '74 with some kids who really knew their stuff. The first thing I noticed about the sport is that it isn't for smokers. Also, if you kick people in their shins someone's likely to end up with a broken leg. You have to be disciplined and athletic. Not just try to kill the guy with the ball as U.S. football often seems like. And even a match with no score or only one goal can be an exciting game.