"Soccer is boring"

19 Jan 2012

Brian Phillips, for Grantland:

Assuming we follow sports for something like entertainment, what do we get out of a game for which the potential for tedium is so high that some of its most famous inspirational quotes are simply about not being dull?

We watch for the moments of poetry.

I suspect that a soccer fan and a Sedins fan share DNA – specifically that which allows one to enjoy the subtle transformation of chaos into order; the way by which a team coordinates their efforts into a perfect demonstration of the sport. Such instances do not come often, but when they appear they are worth all the build-up.