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29 Things I Learned From The World Cup

Observations of a non-soccer fan.

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As we draw near to the end of the year's greatest sporting event, I would like to get a few things off my chest. First of all: I know next to nothing about soccer (or fútbol, for those of you who actually know things about soccer). I played it for years growing up, but there were way fewer rules and the game mostly consisted of us kids running around in a pack, waiting until halftime so we could have Capri Sun and Fruit Gushers. This is not the soccer I've seen in the World Cup. So on behalf of all the non-soccer fans out there, here are my observations:

3. It is apparently mandatory for most soccer players to have the Macklemore haircut.

4. The amount of gel in your hair is directly proportional to how good you are.

5. Bonus points for having shapes and/or words shaved into your hair.

6. Penalty kicks are the worst thing in the history of the world.

9. For example: Bosnia-Herzegovina? Chile? Croatia? Gondor? Narnia?

11. American fans are pretty good at being soccer fans, though.

15. Stoppage time is dumb. We have technology. Just stop the clock.

16. I have seen way fewer bicycle kicks (0) than I expected (every single kick).

23. Watching someone score a goal is one of the most exciting parts of my life.

26. Not having commercials is by far the biggest draw of watching soccer matches.

28. I also don't get why Pitbull was chosen to sing the official 2014 World Cup theme song.

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