27 June 2014, 18:50

Ann Coulter’s Soccer Rant: What Does A Quarterback Do?

Ann Coulter speaking at the 2012 CPAC in Washington, D.C.

Ann Coulter speaking at the 2012 CPAC in Washington, D.C.

Ann Coulter speaking at the 2012 CPAC in Washington, D.C.

By Julio Urdaneta

WASHINGTON (VR) – Ann Coulter’s recent opinion piece about soccer has raised eyebrows. Some might argue that her piece, in which she vehemently attacks soccer as “a sign of the nation's moral decay,” was carefully designed to raise the pundit’s profile as she knows her over the top statements will be picked up by liberal and conservative media alike.

But Coulter's manipulation of truths about soccer as a way to affirm the usual fears that plague the right wing in the United States (immigration, loss of American identity, socialism) is an insult to the millions of American men and women who follow and practice the sport.

In her piece, Coulter argues that “individual achievement is not a big factor in soccer,” in comparison to baseball, basketball and American football. Hasn’t she heard of soccer legends like Pelé, Lionel Messi, David Beckham or Diego Maradona? Their achievements as athletes have surpassed the recognition of their teams. They became legends in their own rights by using their sportsmanship to lead their teams to victory. Isn’t that what a quarterback does, Miss Coulter?

Ultimately, dissecting Coulter’s piece is almost an exercise in futility, as it only showcases her ignorance on the rules of the game and, more importantly, on its obvious role as social catalyst and unifier. Soccer is not a “fetish,” Miss Coulter – it is a passion, one that has to be lived and breathed to understand. I invite you to do so.

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