Ann Coulter has a bone to pick with soccer fans, and the conservative pundit is not afraid to say it.
In a column posted the day before the U.S. Men's soccer team took on Germany in the group G finale of the World Cup, Coulter intoned, "any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation's moral decay." (The U.S. lost 1-0, but both teams advance. Which is understandably confusing for those not used to the "round robin" concept.)
Maybe it's meant to be tongue-in-cheek. But Coulter then proceeds to rip the world's most popular sport (except in the United States) to shreds. She argues there are no heroes or losers in soccer, and therefore no child's "fragile self-esteem is bruised."
She also takes a shot at "liberal moms" who like soccer because, according to her, it requires such little athletic talent that girls can play with boys.
What else doesn't Coulter like about soccer? A lot, apparently. The scoreless ties, the lack of opportunities for "personal humiliation or major injury" (which must be present to count as a sport, Coulter argues) and not being able to use your hands.
Maybe she's joking. Or does she make some valid points? What do you think?