A News Sports — 07 July 2014

ann_coulterI don’t take Ann Coulter seriously

But she often makes me laugh.

She says consistently idiotic things (after all that’s her job).

She gets people talking, or perhaps it’s better said, she gets people to react.

Her latest fusillade?

Soccer, she has determined, is foreign to America.

What Ann forgets is so are most Americans.

We are after all a Nation of Immigrants (yes, Ann Coulter that includes you), and guess what?

We  love soccer.

The Belgium-U.S. game World Cup game last week attracted an audience bigger than all but two college football games last year (The BCS Championship and the Rose Bowl), and the soccer game was played on a workday afternoon., although it must be said not much work was getting done that day.

Yes, America loves soccer, except maybe for the Native Americans who haven’t seem all that excited by the soccer craze sweeping the U.S. probably because they are most likely wondering how we immigrants snatched their game of lacrosse and have made it middle class.

Coulter isn’t backing down, but then the red meat conservatives and liberals who dominate cable TV (and their respective political parties) seldom do.

Said Coulter:

“If more ‘Americans’ are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1995 immigration law. I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.”

My children, all English-speaking adults, have two American born great grandfathers, and they are not only watching the World Cup, but are literate about the sport. Huge American fans, but now have drifted to the Dutch in honor of both their “foreign born great grandmother” and the American penchant for the underdog (the Dutch are the only of the Final Four to have never won the World Cup.

Their children–all English speaking too– love the sport. And they play it—in Montana one of Ann’s cherished red states.

They also love football, basketball, and apple pie (especially with ice cream on top)–and soccer which is now as American as any of those.

Soccer’s long journey to acceptance is official.

The fact that Ann Coulter bemoans it in her nativist tone only reinforces the fact.

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Ed Coghlan

Ed is a former television news director at KCOP in Los Angeles and the Montana Television Network. He writes on health, economic and public affairs issues.

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