Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Hostility at Home 

No, I'm not referring to anti-Americanism on college campuses. I'm referring to the lamentable practice of booing the US Soccer team in its home country as it attempts to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. As Sports Prof discusses, recent immigrants, who make up a large percentage of those attending these matches, arrive waving the flags of the country they left, not the flag of their new country.

The good professor does point out that some of the more anti-social habits of soccer fans elsewhere have not manifested themselves here in the USA even as the sport's popularity has grown, hooliganism being the most obvious example.

Let us hope that remains the case. For readers interested in a fascinating book about that particular British phenomenon, let me recommend Among the Thugs by Bill Buford. The author spent some time with a football fan club and got to experience their antics up close. It makes one appreciate being able to attend a sporting event in this country, perhaps even wearing the colors of the opposition, without having a bottle broken over one's head.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Jun 07, 09:52:00 AM:

I think it has to do with what Dr. Peter F. Rowbotham calls "a system of honor that is an alternative to mainstream moral orders," as blogged here:

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By Blogger Charlottesvillain, at Tue Jun 07, 10:39:00 AM:

Hmmm. I hadn't before thought through a philosphical connection between jihad and soccer hooliganism, but you may be on to something. Interesting.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Wed Jun 08, 12:28:00 AM:

Sissy is always coming up with connections other people don't see. It is one of her most delightful blog-traits.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Jun 08, 08:06:00 AM:

Oh, sweet mystery of life . . .

'Have taken the liberty of adding your comment to my Kudos over at the blog (speaking of systems of honor that are alternatives to mainstream moral orders). :)



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