… while watching Olympic soccer, it occurred me to that the sport never took off in America because we prefer results to process…
Richard Sambrook said: I assume that soccer comment was heavy with irony in the light of US football timeouts etc v the fluidity of the beautiful game?
Me: Point taken. But every down is measurable progress. That’s how we run companies: deliverables, metrics, milestones, deadlines.
Mohamed Nanbhay: Admittedly I don’t know much about sport but would think that football was about a result while American football about progress.
Me: Well-said. But I keep focusing on the idea that soccer is a process. On my mind because papers struggle with process v. product.
Mohamed Nanbhay: That makes sense. Football is dynamic, players think of their feet. American football is about planning and execution?
Me: Right. And that’s more American, I think: the belief that things can be planned, then executed.
Ross: Soccer is samba. Football is line dancing.
Me: I like that. Fill in the blanks, everybody: Soccer is ____. Football is _____. Football is American because ____.
Thomas Knuewer: Nice idea. So: Soccer is free trade. Football is WTO. Football is American because it’s over regulated.
Me: By that rule, then chess is the sport of the regulated EU.
Shane Richmond: Soccer is Jackson Pollack, football is Piet Mondrian. I like this game! (But not the word ’soccer’)
CharlesThomas: I think soccer isn’t big in the US because we prefer discrete units, pitch/snap/24 sec shot clock.
CharlesThomas: Hockey is kind of an exception, but play stops often enough for it to be discrete.
Me: Hockey’s not American. It’s Canadian a heart. And Canada is of the empire. Rule holds.
niltiac: You mean soccer’s slow and boring and the best team doesn’t always win? My thoughts exactly. Rugby – now that’s a real sport.
Mohamed Nanabhay: Do you think the national sport reflects in the way business is done? Strangely, they don’t play test cricket over here.
Ross: Soccer is the world’s game. Football is American because we win in games we invent.
Benroone: Soccer doesn’t take off in the US because you can’t break for adverts every 5 minutes.
ciaranj: Soccer is interesting. Football is boring. Football is American because it’s built around advertising.
Me: Soccer is flow. Football is a PERT chart.
Me: Soccer is a Google beta. Football is a Microsoft release.