Your Blogmeister’s Desk
It’s one thing that they’re trying to get us to like soccer.
But do they also have to throw in trying to cram international terminology down our throats?
It’s soccer, not football.
It’s a field, not a pitch.
It’s a uniform, not a kit.
It’s a game, not a match.
He’s the player of the game, not the man of the match.
It’s a post-game show, not a post-match show.
The score is Brazil 3, Argentina 1. Not Brazil 3-1 Argentina.
A game which ends in the two teams having the same score is a tie, not a draw.
A team is a singular noun, not a plural one.
Aston Villa IS expected to sign a new goalie, not Aston Villa ARE expected to sign a new goalie. (I used Aston Villa from the EPL because I know at one point both their goalies were American.)
They’re standings, not tables.
They’re the schedule, not fixtures.
They’re transactions, not transfers.
Tell me where he played his college ball, not his junior club or training academy.
We call it “high school,” not “U17.”
We call it “college,” not “U23.”
The consistently worst teams in the professional leagues stay in the professional leagues, they’re not relegated to the minor leagues.
The consistently best teams in the minor leagues stay in the minor leagues, they’re not promoted to the professional leagues.
Trade players, don’t loan them.
They’re free agents, not free transfers.
They’re penalties, not cards.
You hit the showers, you’re not given a red card.
Overtime, not extra time.
The game duration clocks should go in reverse time and have both minutes and seconds, not in forward time with only minutes.
It’s a celebration, not an abandon.
He does play-by-play, he’s not the main commentator.
The TV guy who adds occasional insight next to the play-by-play guy is on color, not a summarizer.
I’m actually okay with only three subs per game and once you’re out you’re out. The latter I’m familiar with from baseball.
I’m okay with the head coach being called the manager, again, because baseball.
On days that aren’t game days when players and teams get together to simulate game elements — That’s practice, not training.