Fútbol is Bullshit!

VB Rant Week

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Rant the first: Fútbol is Bullshit!

In the country of my birth “football” means “pigskin”
In the country of my current residence, “fútbol” means “soccer”

Doesn’t matter.

They’re both bullshit!

Not saying they always were… Just asking why a couple of sports invented in the 19th century still evoke so much passion here in the 21st century? If your culture has been playing the same sport over and over for over a hundred years… what’s the point? Can you really get excited about Liverpool vs Man U? Or Notre Dame vs USC?

It’s been done.

Who cares?

Can’t we move on?

I know, I know, it is exciting to celebrate that great athletes you have little in common with scored one goal more than other great athletes you have little in common with – kind of like how it’s so comforting to know that god shines his light on you, and those poor other people over there have to somehow live even though god doesn’t bother shining his light on them, still, can’t we spend the precious few hours of the precious few days of our humiliatingly short lives exploring something new?

Write a poem. Go for a hike. Do some performance art. Build a new, impossible landscape in a virtual world. Examine your life. Redefine the word “human.”

But my country vs your country? My city vs your city? My college vs your college? My corporation vs your corporation… again?

Really?

Are we so easily manipulated that we can get excited about recapitulating the same rituals over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again and again and again and again?

Really?

Fútbol is bullshit!

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Author:Vanessa Anne Blaylock

As a Virtual Public Artist my work invites virtual communities to express their identity, explore their culture, and demand their civil rights.

One Comment on “Fútbol is Bullshit!”

  1. Thursday, 24 November 2011 at 05:26 UTC #

    Football is a game to train individuals in a top-down patriarchal heirarchy; quarterback (CEO, Daddy), linebackers (cops, committees), tight ends (you figure) etc. Unlike baseball, which at least allows for individualism, the structure of football is the structure of patriarchy, the nuclear family and the military. Take orders from the General; stay in line; keep your place; all effort to support the hot dog stars.

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