We as Brits are admittedly spoiled when it comes to great sporting entertainment, from football all the way through to cricket – if that’s your kind of thing of course. However, with that kind of elite status as having created one of the world’s greatest sports, there comes a certain degree of arrogance and hypocrisy that we just can’t seem to shake off.
Firstly, let’s look at things from the one side of the coin that everyone is familiar with: the American arrogance towards our sporting culture. You’ve probably all seen a comment on a Facebook status here and there or a rage fuelled tweet, usually along the lines of “soccer isn’t a real sport”.
Sure the guys and girls doing this are usually trolling, which is an awful art in itself, but at the end of the day it’s their opinion and they’re more than entitled to it. In response, though, we as Brits flip back and forth between taking the moral high ground and actually raising the intensity to a whole new level.
The Americans make these kind of comments on a whim, because once you grind the numbers down there’s no denying that football (or soccer), is the most popular sport on the planet. Unfortunately we as a nation like to throw that fact around like it’s going out of fashion.
The big problem is that you can’t engage in something twice as hard if your original aim is to ignore the situation altogether, because that leads into the British being labelled as hypocrites – which we most definitely are in this sense.
Just look at how far we’ve escalated the situation: legitimate articles discrediting American sports, people mocking US national sporting occasions, and not even bothering to try and learn anything about what it is that you’re criticising.
Every single statement is exactly the same even in 2017, when we as human beings are supposed to be 500 times more forward thinking than we were even a decade ago. Whether it’s “the game is way too long” or “there are so many adverts” or “why do the yanks have to make it so cringeworthy”, it really does makes us seem like the fun police.
At times it’s even got to the point where we’ll openly mock American sports fans, if for no other reason than to make ourselves feel all high and mighty.
Fair enough you may not know who the Green Bay Packers are or what they’re all about, but why does that then give you the right to throw insults in the face of our red white and blue neighbours when they even query the importance of ‘soccer’?
This isn’t a desperate plea for every single person within the United Kingdom to get up and start watching baseball or basketball, but it is a plea for some kind of compromise. If you don’t like something, change the channel. If you are sick of seeing tweets disparaging your sport, then block the person(s) involved.
Don’t go on a verbal rampage that sees you proving every English, Scottish and Welsh sporting stereotype to be correct. We’re better than that.