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Nike and Google launch Joga.com

Hemos posted more than 8 years ago | from the where's-the-hooligans dept.

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hpcanswers writes "Given the increasing popularity of social-networking sites among the young and affluent, Nike has introduced a new site dedicated to the world's most popular sport: soccer. While Nike provides the content (via its army of sponsored athletes, among others), Google provides the technical expertise. Orkut has been very popular in soccer-crazed Brazil, so Google may be able to make a brand extension here. Joga.com is currently invite only, though a form at the bottom of the home page takes requests for invitations." I actually found the launch of a site like this interesting not because of the content, but because of the trend in "private label" sites. It's a Shake'n'Bake Social Network, and you helped make it.

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Mes Ami slashdotter (1, Offtopic)

Mantorp (142371) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957051)

For too long, ve let liars and cheaters make a fool of ze site. Enough! I am ere to remind ze world zat zis site is about skills, heart, Honor, joy, team spirit. Mes amis I need your help, togetzer we can make it beeutiful again. Beeutiful! Watch zis space.

Oh, and check out the latest FIFA rankings, USA is ranked shockingly high!

Re:Mes Ami slashdotter (1)

solarbob (959948) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957319)

Well its a world cup year so I'm sure we can all sit down and get along

Re:Mes Ami slashdotter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957366)

shut up

Re:Mes Ami slashdotter (0, Offtopic)

rogueuk (245470) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957583)

With regard to the USA ranking, it helps that the USA has played 5 friendlies already this year since most of the team is in the MLS off-season while most other associations are in the middle of their league play so friendlies are much harder to coordinate.

I like that commercial with Cantona, but am I must admit I wonder if he was thinking of skills, heart, HHHHonor, joy, and team spirit when he drop kicked that fan during the Crystal Palace game in 95.

Re:Mes Ami slashdotter (0, Offtopic)

Conanymous Award (597667) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957807)

"...heart, Honor..."

Your French sucks, mon ami. The letter H is silent in spoken French, it practically doesn't exist. The French, if anybody, would pronounce honor without the H.

Oh, BTW: the word itself comes to English from French. ;P

Re:Mes Ami slashdotter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957842)

i take it you haven't seen the commercial with eric cantona speaking almost exactly what the gp wrote..and very much overpronouncing the H in honor

Soccer is eXtreme!! (-1, Offtopic)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957076)

Yo! Check out tha brand new site JOGA, muthafuckaz! Peep Nike's ultracool lineup and vote for your favorite Air Jordan!

Yeah! Keep it real bruthaz!

Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (4, Interesting)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957079)

I haven't purchased a Nike product for well over a decade due to their use of sweatshops in Asia. It would seem to me that Google would be indirectly supporting Nike's disgusting business practices by providing the tech support in this venture.

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (5, Funny)

Lev13than (581686) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957107)

I haven't purchased a Nike product for well over a decade due to their use of sweatshops in Asia.

Why is this a bad thing? If I'm going to buy a wicking running shirt, I'd like it to be made by someone who understands perspiration.

Mmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957125)

(Score: 5, I shouldn't have laughed at that)

Re:Mmm... (3, Insightful)

AnonymousPrick (956548) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957231)

(Score: 5, I shouldn't have laughed at that)

Why not? Humor is the best way of dealing with the ugliness in the World - especially with things that are beyond our control (yeah, like not buying their products will make a difference when there are millions of folks who don't give a shit and buy it.). That's why there's so much comedy and humor around death. It's the folks who have the attitude of "It's not funny! Don't laugh!" who really worry me and who I stay away from.

Re:Mmm... (1)

neoform (551705) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957364)

Alright, next time you get beaten at work for not producing enough tshirts during your 16 hour shift, i'll be sure to call you up and tell you a nice joke at your expense and tell you to lighten up, it's .. just a joke!

Re:Mmm... (1)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957734)

You deserve a smack upside the head.

In case you're unaware, Asian sweat-shop workers probably don't have access to /. and are therefore unlikely to run accross the joke. Moreover, they'd be unlikely to understand what all the fuss is about anyway. That way of life is perfectly natural for them; not only would they not understand the joke, but they'd probably be pretty confused about your concern, and would be wondering why you want to put them out of business.

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (1)

ceeam (39911) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957189)

Yeah, if only Steve Ballmer went into making "wicking running shirts".

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (0, Offtopic)

Tommac2005 (937176) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957269)

PLEASE mod this guy up! XD

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (0, Redundant)

Bonker (243350) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957185)

Mod parent up, please.

This is the first thing that crossed my mind when I heard 'Google and Nike'.

No, not everyone at Nike is evil, but the company has proven again and again that they will employ sweatshop labor and child labor. Those making decisions at the top of Nike are apparently making evil decisions.

The China thing is a good contrast here. Google has adequately supported their reasons for activity in China. They're up to providing the people with as much information as they can, and are working within government limits to do so.

In this case, Google is parterning with an 'Evil' company for mostly monetary benefit.

This some bad juju.

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957482)

I'm sure Google aren't too obsessed with sweatshops in Indonesia eta, and are more than willing to help get Nike on track with some handy new Chinese ones...

Also, whilst we're on the subject of tedious `social-networking` sites, my favourite, by far, is this one:

www.isolatr.com

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (1, Funny)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957252)

Google also releases software for Windows.

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957395)

So we can all assume you go around naked. Since of course most if not every item of clothing is made overseas. Lets not forget we are in a global economy here, and not everything is made in the highly overpriced United States.

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (0, Redundant)

FinestLittleSpace (719663) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957600)

Just because something is made overseas, it doesn't mean that it should be made in sweatshops, which Nike continues to use. There is such thing as an overseas, ethical, well maintained factory. The profit margins Nike makes on it's shirts through using cheap labour are sickening.

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (1)

include($dysmas) (729935) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957475)

true, they are also supporting logically disgusting signing up practices :

"Currently Joga.com is invite only. Please leave us your name and email and we will send you a Joga invite shortly."

wait a minute?!

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (2, Insightful)

Ucklak (755284) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957493)

There are sweatshop all over Asia and it's not Nike's fault. Nike is just like all other global corporations utilizing those resources that are available.
At least those people have jobs and can feed their families (although with the population problem over there, breeding is debatable).

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (1)

albalbo (33890) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957652)

Wow.

So... you're in favour of slavery too? Or you would be, if it was still around and everyone had slaves? After all, if everyone has slaves, it's not your personal responsbility, right?

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (1, Insightful)

Ucklak (755284) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957727)

I'm not in favor of slavery and those workers aren't slaves anymore than they are children of ambitious/needy parents that need money.
They are paid employees.

It is not Nike's fault those people are in the situation they are in. If they really feel oppressed, they should stand up to their oppressor and take over but they're not.

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (1)

FinestLittleSpace (719663) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957785)

Are you utterly retarded? It would be perfectly possible for Nike to build and maintain their own factories in these countries where they enforce fair working rules and environments. But they don't.

It is Nike's responsibility as supposed human beings to prevent sweatshop attitudes.

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (1)

Ucklak (755284) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957935)


Nike is not the cause for sweatshops or child labor.
It exists as a resource just like local water/coal supplies are nearby for power companies.
Because that resource exists, Nike can use it to manufacture their product and have a competitive product.

I don't think that Rockport, Keds, Reebok, Converse, BK, and cheepie no-name brand manufacture their shoes in an uptown skyscraper in Manhattan on the 53rd floor. Their shops are probably right down the street from the Nike factory or maybe even the 3rd shift in the Nike building since all the shoe making materials are right there. Probably close to a port somewhere so that shipping doesn't have to rely on bicycles breaking down to get the product to ship.

Nike doesn't have any special materials in their shoe that any other shoe manufacturer has.

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (1)

Pigeon451 (958201) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957537)

What sort of shoes do you wear? Reebok? New Balance? Most of your garments are made in sweatshops. Check your labels. China, Pakistan, India, Taiwan, etc. Do you really think ALL companies follow strict regulations in these coutries?

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957663)

They say "no Sweat". It's easy enough to get ethical clothing if you're willing to put the effort into finding it.

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957634)

oh bitch, bitch, bitch.

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957718)

Whaaa whaaaa whaaaa. Time to become a realist in today's world economy. Sweat shops are here to stay!!

Re:Should we invoke the "Do No Evil" clause here? (1)

kermitthefrog917 (903403) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957904)

Boycotting those sweatshops doesn't keep them from happening... It just means that each kid gets paid less, or less kids get paid. Yeah it's cruel, but whats the realistic alternative between unemployment and a sweatshop? Not even Google could invoke a revolution in which the minimum wage in these countries would rise 6 dollars to $6.01 an hour.

PS Don't check those numbers

Please name the sport correctly (5, Funny)

toupsie (88295) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957080)

It's not Soccer, it's Metric Football.

Re:Please name the sport correctly (5, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957180)

No. It's just football.

For fringe group sports that go by the same name, you add the nation or region that practices it. Like AMERICAN football.

(Waiting for the flamebait-modding to roll in) :)

Re:Please name the sport correctly (4, Insightful)

gfxguy (98788) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957229)

No flamebait modding here (and I do have points) - I agree 100%.

Let's see if I can make this clear: in just about every country that plays this sport, played almost exclusively by kicking the ball with your feet, it's called "foot" ball.

Here we have a sport played almost exclusively with your hands. It's called.. uh... "foot" ball. Brilliant.

Re:Please name the sport correctly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957245)

That sums up american logic quite well I think.

Re:Please name the sport correctly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957821)

They should called it handball so the INF can make fun of them wearing all that equipment.

Re:Please name the sport correctly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957825)

Just so you'll have the opportunity to get off your high horse (yes, it's a pun), "football" games might very well [wikipedia.org] have originally referred to games played on foot, i.e. not played on horseback. So American football would be just as much a football game as Association football.

Re:Please name the sport correctly (1)

fritzk3 (883083) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957881)

Well... despite the seeming misnomer, the American version of football doesn't really offer much entertainment if the participants don't use their feet to move around the playing field. Besides, can anyone think of another name that we should call the sport that the NFL plays (that doesn't include the word "football")?

Re:Please name the sport correctly (1, Informative)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957241)

I think you'll find it's Association Football.

Re:Please name the sport correctly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957515)

burn him

Re:Please name the sport correctly (0)

plumby (179557) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957247)

Who the hell modded this as informative???

Why would it be metric football? There's a 6 yard box, an 18 yard box, the penalty spot is 12 yards from the goal (which is 8 yards wide, by 8 feet high) etc. Sizes are admittedly often also quoted in metric, but this is simply because much of the world doesn't understand imperial measurements, and as a result you end up with silly measurements like a goal that is 7.32 metres wide by 2.44 metres high, but the original sizes are quite definitely imperial.

Re:Please name the sport correctly (1)

hcdejong (561314) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957330)

Relax. 'Informative' is just used as a Karma-friendly alternative to 'Funny'.

Re:Please name the sport correctly (1)

daranz (914716) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957261)

Let's just call it Football Where A Bunch Of Guys Attempt To Kick A Round Ball as opposed to Football Where A Bunch Of Guys In Protective Gear Keep Crashing Into Each Other. That would make it really easy for everyone, and nobody would have any problem with determining what the other person is talking about.

Instead of Joga.com - Soccer-themed social networking website, you could say Joga.com - Football Where A Bunch Of Guys Attempt To Kick A Round Ball-themed networking website.

Re:Please name the sport correctly (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957376)

"Football Where A Bunch Of Guys In Protective Gear Keep Crashing Into Each Other."

Or, as this American calls it, "Rugby for Pussies."

Re:Please name the sport correctly (0, Offtopic)

offput (961196) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957286)

Why was this modded as informative? funny maybe, and that's a tenuous maybe...

For the last time... (1)

Savage-Rabbit (308260) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957769)

Soccer:
Eh? Never heard of it. (This not ignorance on my part, it is a health issue, apparently there are places in the UK where you can get beaten to a bloody pulp for even uttering that word).

Football:
A game that is usually played on a rectangular grass field with a goal at each end using a round leather ball. Football involves two teams of eleven players of whom one player in each team is the goalkeeper. The goalkeepers are the only two players on the field allowed to touch the ball with their hands. The object of the game is for the attacking players of your team (strikers and midfielders) to convey the ball accross the field, past the opposing team's defense (midfielders and defenders), past their goalkeeper and into the opposing team's goal. Your players are only allowed to use their feet to accomplish this although it is also acceptable to bounce the ball off of the chest the hips or hit it with one's head just so long as one does not touch it with one's hands. Successfully landing the ball in the opposing team's goal earns your team one point. IMPORTANT: At no time whatsoever are is any player, goalkeepers included, allowed to pick the ball up and run accross the playing field carrying it in his arms like a sissy.

END_OF_DISCUSSION

Re:For the last time... (2, Interesting)

91degrees (207121) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957905)

This not ignorance on my part, it is a health issue, apparently there are places in the UK where you can get beaten to a bloody pulp for even uttering that word

Yeah, but you'll get beaten up there for whatever pretext they can come up with.

I know rugby fans who insist on making the distinction between Association football and Rugby football.

In a related story ... (1)

ignatus (669972) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957118)

A new website has been lauched, dedicated to fairplay soccer:
joghurt.com

Re:In a related story ... (1)

ThatsNotFunny (775189) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957832)

JoghurtTheWise.com?
JoghurtThePowerful.com?
JoghurtTheAllKnowing.com?

Please, please... It's just plain Joghurt.com

Google web development (2, Interesting)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957121)

Google provides the technical expertise.

Is this becoming a threat to "traditional" web development companies like the one I work for? Will Google be eating up development work for some of the larger sites?

Re:Google web development (1)

bigtrike (904535) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957219)

Is this becoming a threat to "traditional" web development companies like the one I work for? Will Google be eating up development work for some of the larger sites?

You have no need to worry if your company writes applications which some day make it out of beta.

A first for google (1)

Janitha (817744) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957124)

This seems like a first for google (at least in my observation), specially since all the other services they offer are very broad. For example news.google.com gives news of all types, maps.google.com gives maps to the whole country. But this stands out since it focuses on a paticular group of people, soccer fans. Of course this could be simply because this is done jointly with Nike.

Then again, maybe they will do the same for football, tennis, videogames and so on and in no time everyone will be included. Special Searches comes in to mind when talking about paticular groups, but thats just search related, not service based.

Social networking and IM (1)

Lord Satri (609291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957212)

"For example news.google.com gives news of all types, maps.google.com gives maps to the whole country."

You could add Jabber (Google Talk) mapping [slashgeo.org] to the bunch, which is closer to social networking, such as this joga.com is, than Google Local.

Re:A first for google (1)

Gonoff (88518) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957636)

You are not going to get much bigger an audience. Aside from the USA and a very small group, the whole world plays this game and they call it football, not soccer.

Perhaps not everyone is enthusiastic - but that still leaves you a few billion who are. It is a global link from S America, Australia, Middle East, Europe and everywhere else. The World Cup is not named after some forgotten newspaper. It concerns the whole world - except, perhaps the USA.

Re:A first for google (1)

generic-man (33649) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957782)

The World Series isn't named after a newspaper [roadsidephotos.com] either. Blame 19th-century sportswriters for their overly-grandiose statements, then watch the World Baseball Classic [worldbaseballclassic.com] final tonight to know whether Cuba or Japan is truly the world's best baseball power.

Beaten at a game we invented*. Man, now I know how England feels.

* If the true inventors of baseball wanted to play, England would have sent over a team of schoolgirls to play rounders. They didn't.

Football (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957133)

It's football, you American clods!

Re:Football (2, Interesting)

pryonic (938155) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957391)

I always wondered why the Americans refer to it as football when you spend most of the time carrying the ball. At least in football (as in what the rest of the world plays) you use your foot to control the ball...

Re:Football (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957436)

Because when it got its name, there was no passing of the ball. You moved the ball around 'on foot'. It was basically a more linear version of rugby. Has the same base sport as Rugby and Soccer though. Wish they had retained the skulls...

Re:Football (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957474)

Well, it was originally called Association Football.

This saves any confusion with American Football or Rugby Football.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_(soccer)_nam es [wikipedia.org] on this exact issue.

Joga = play (1)

gfxguy (98788) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957140)

And it's not metric football, it's fútbol.

Re:Joga = play (0)

computadorka (758235) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957293)

thats what im talkin about! Arriba Mexico Cabrones!

Re:Joga = play (1)

tomcres (925786) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957726)

Actually, it's spelled futebol in Portuguese.

Next up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957150)

Playboy and Google team up for Jerker.com.

Google using microsoft technology? (2, Interesting)

WildR (962380) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957160)

What's is my best surprise when I start looking the page? the website is based on microsoft technology, only see the pages format -> .aspx (ASP .NET)

Re:Google using microsoft technology? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957205)

Many other web sites are. So what is your point? It is like you see Microsoft technology as evil.

Re:Google using microsoft technology? (1)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957355)

Many other web sites are. So what is your point? It is like you see Microsoft technology as evil.

Google is well known for their clean Web design, using open standards. They are also well known for their use of open source servers. It is very notable, then that they are using Microsoft based, proprietary solutions for this particular site. Does this indicate a change in Google's methods? Does this indicate the site was outsourced? Does this indicate a new team within Google? Does this indicate that Google has less involvement with the content of this site then is being reported?

I don't know, but it is certainly worth mentioning the difference.

Re:Google using microsoft technology? (1)

generic-man (33649) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957831)

Which standards are you talking about? Google doesn't develop W3C-valid pages [w3.org] . Who do you think they are -- Microsoft [w3.org] ?

Re:Google using microsoft technology? (1)

isotonik81 (959586) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957317)

Google is still a microsoft product company. Most of their main systems are MS XP. Its mostly the backend that is not MS based. If they have to partner with companies like Nike, they have to take the most common dev platform. So maybe for Nike, Python is out of the question because they do not have the skill set and ASP would be the best

strange stuff (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957163)

This is a strange animal, the help center is python http://help.joga.com/support [joga.com] , but the login is aspx. WTF??.. the privacy is googlishm (is a Google Account).

Looks like a special Orkut server mixed with Google stuff. The nike reference seems casual.

Re:strange stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957499)

It is a philshing site...don't enter your google login info!!!!!!
hehe...just testing your philshing meter level...seriously I think google need to worry about letting 3rd party ( join ventures) use gmail accounts.

This looks like a perfect place.. (-1, Offtopic)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957165)

...to post an essay about Nike's exploitation of cheap labour [freeessays.cc] in far-Eastern countries.

Superb marketing! - NO "gsports.com" (1)

NoSuchGuy (308510) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957190)

Superb marketing!

No "gsports.com" for Google Sports instead they use "joga.com". The 'g' in joga stands for Google like Gmail stands for Google Mail!

Oh you marketing overlords I am at your service.....

Stef! (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957650)

Stef! Log off Slashdot before you freak out [userfriendly.org] your coworkers again.

Obligatory sweatshop reference (1, Flamebait)

x2A (858210) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957204)

"While Nike provides the content (via its army of sponsored athletes, among others,..." ...and entered at $0.02/hour by kids in Vietnam

New tagline (5, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957235)

G o o o o o o o o o o a l!!!!!!!!!!

Re:New tagline (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957468)

G o o o o o o o o o o a l!!!!!!!!!!

Considering that the site is .aspx, I'd rather replace that final l with tse.

Fortunately (for them), the site is invite-only for now, and the login technology seems to be Google Accounts based (i.e. not .asp).

Re:New tagline (1)

birder (61402) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957850)

G o o o o o o o o o o g l e !!!!!!!!!!

Does anyone else think (0, Flamebait)

endrue (927487) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957258)

that this site looks terrible? The layout and color are horrible!

- Andrew

Re:Does anyone else think (1)

mgblst (80109) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957383)

Nah, it looks ok to me. It doesn't have thousans of links on one page - which immediately turns me of. The colours are a bit dark, but not too bad. It isn't overload with adds. What more could you want?

How do you pronounce that? (1)

solarbob (959948) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957263)

Yoga? Joe-ga? Least make it something easy to spell please folks otherwise its going to get very confusion...

Re:How do you pronounce that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957342)

Joga means play, in Portuguese. It's pronounced "joh-ga".

Soccer sucks! QWZX (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957266)

Soccer is PROVABLY a bad sport. One of the primary essences of a sport is the offensive / defensive balance. Soccer is completely out of balance; the defense is far too strong. When a 2-0 score is a blowout, then you know the sport is out of balance.

More proof: tiebreakers. How the hell can you do penalty kicks to decide a game? It should be decides on the field, using some subset of rules. But since defense is so out of balance, they know they can't do it that way.

Do you know why Soccer doesn't catch on in the US? It's because we have so many sport choices. We know that soccer sucks, because we have sports to compare them to. Most other countries have very few choices for professional sports. People is Europe think we just haven't been exposed to soccer, but almost every child here plays soccer. We know soccer. We just know that it's a bad sport.

The solution? I've always thought that widening the goals posts would do a lot for the sport. I'd say the "natural" score for soccer should be around 20 goals. It shouldn't be the case that if someone gets a two goal lead, then the game is over.

Unfortunately, I doubt they'll ever fix the game. Soccer has potential; it doesn't have to suck. But there's too much history and momentum to fix it. Ah well.

Re:Soccer sucks! QWZX (1)

sprintstar (903557) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957382)

I think the problem in the USA is that in order to be on TV it has to be able to stop every 5 mins for advert breaks. Hence you end up with your funny sports. Whats even funnier is that, although you are alone in the world, you still think you're right.

Re:Soccer sucks! QWZX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957460)

I think the problem in the USA is that in order to be on TV it has to be able to stop every 5 mins for advert breaks.

Soccer IS on TV, we just don't watch it. If that was such a huge advantage, don't you think that people would gravitate to watching it?

Whats even funnier is that, although you are alone in the world, you still think you're right.

Yes, because we know the majority is always right.

Re:Soccer sucks! QWZX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957733)

Yes, because we know the majority is always right.

Nope, in US vs the World, US superiority is always right.

"It's because we have so many sport choices. We know that soccer sucks, because we have sports to compare them to. Most other countries have very few choices for professional sports."

hehe thx for a good laugh! But being constantly reminded that Bush is not alone among Americans in his world view and knowledge is scary at the same time.

Re:Soccer sucks! QWZX (2, Informative)

Mantorp (142371) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957645)

why not let every goal be worth 7 points instead? Yay artificial high scoring!!!

Defense isn't always a bad thing, the same people that tell you soccer is too defensive will rave about shutout pitching in baseball and redzone defense in American football.

I thought soccer would catch on here once the national team started beating legitimate countries, but they've been very good for years now (currently ranked 5th by FIFA) and still nobody cares.

Re:Soccer sucks! QWZX (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957677)

As a previous poster said, football doesn't catch on the USA because you cannot insert ads every five minutes. But I'd add that it's not violent enough for the USA (I'm thinking of American football and ice hockey). Plus, the score doesn't look spectacular at the end of the game.
I agree that a draw in a playoff shouldn't be resolved via penalty kicks, that's awful. I'm for the golden goal, but for some reason it didn't success..

Barefoot soccer (1)

2901 (676028) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957305)

This could come horribly unstuck for Nike. You can play soccer barefoot [kidzworld.com] . I assume that it is a slightly more dainty and skillful game: you cannot just lash out at the ball and expect your boots to protect your toes. Nevertheless it is a game so restricting the equippement used doesn't favour on team over another, it just leaves the players with more money to spend on beer afterwards.

There is quite a tradition of playing rugby barefoot [unshod.org] . Perhaps letting the players talk via a website on whether to spend money on expensive equippement could end up transferring revenue from Nike to Coors.

Re:Barefoot soccer (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957419)

"You can play soccer barefoot. I assume that it is a slightly more dainty and skillful game: you cannot just lash out at the ball and expect your boots to protect your toes."

Let's not romanticize barefoot soccer too much. My mom played it that way as a kid in Yugoslavia (when it was still a Titoist paradise) and always used to tell me how much her feet hurt afterwards. Hint: it wasn't played that way because of the greater finesse and skill needed...it's because they were too POOR to afford proper shoes for football.

Google getting into bed with Nike.... (5, Funny)

smaerd (954708) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957314)

...this could be bad... nay.. this could be the worst. thing. ever.

Commericials will be changed forever.

[OPENING SHOT. CAMERA PANS OVER GREYING, SLIGHTLY ROTUND GENTLEMAN CALMLY TYPING AT HIS COMPUTER. HE IS SITTING AT HIS DESK, IN A SUNLIT HOME OFFICE. IT IS EARLY MORNING AND THE EXTERIOR SHOWS WAVES CALMY IMPACTING AGAINST THE SURF]

[VOICEOVER (John Lithgow)] : Meet David Random. Today David will walk a total of twenty-five feet. But just because he'll barely get out of his chair doesn't mean he won't be active. David will correspond with thousands of people, write seven hundred lines of code, recompile his kernel, download five Styx CDs, and write a major post in his blog. All the while, he won't miss a second of the Brazil-Argentina Futbol game. How will he do this? David utilizes the power of Google/Nike.

[THE MAN LEANS BACK IN HIS OFFICE CHAIR, PUTTING HIS HANDS OVER HIS HEAD AND SMILING]

[VOICEOVER] : With Google/Nike, you'll never need to visit more than one website... that would be like needlessly running around... [THE MAN LEANS BACK TOO FAR, FALLING TO THE GROUND IN AN EXPLOSION OF PAPER, COFFEE, AND OFFICE SUPPLIES]

[VOICEOVER] : ...we wouldn't want you to strain yourself.

[FADE TO BLACK, SHOWING THE GOOGLE/NIKE LOGO AND THE SLOGON : "Google/Nike, we own you."]

[WOMANS VOICE] : David? You ok?

Slashdot.... (1)

m93 (684512) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957353)


News for Jocks. Stuff that doesn't matter.

dumb US idiots kissing brazilian but as always (0, Flamebait)

computadorka (758235) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957363)

USNADS are wannabe brazilians US Sawker sucks and always will as long as they try to kiss brazil's arse and fat arses play American football.

Where's the nerd stuff? (2, Insightful)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957372)

Would this have been news for nerds if it didn't have Google doing behind the scenes work?

Is Google still geeky enough for it to "matter" for us, even when their products and services doesn't mean anything at all besides that their servers are rolling?

Joga = Boobs (1)

horsie (91009) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957379)

And in Tagalog, Joga is slang for boobs.

Shake'n'Bake Social Network (2, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957470)

It sounds like something Hannibal Lector would be a member of.

Where's McAfee when you need them? (1)

jesterpilot (906386) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957513)

Whenever i recieve an invitation for a social-networking site, i send an email: "Take care, you're computer is infected. Scan it now, or install Linux to get rid of it for ever."
 
Most people do know however, i hate football more than television or microsoft. I might escape this time.

YUO FAIL IT (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957635)

And building is resound as fitting bombsheel hit

Definition (2, Informative)

haggisbrain (945030) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957667)

Joga means "play" in Portuguese.

;You FAIL it (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14957743)

Charn3l House. [goat.cx]

What an odd name for the website (1)

jomagam (512625) | more than 8 years ago | (#14957866)

"Joga" is how yoga is spelled in many languages.
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