World Cup action not so bad

I’ve got a confession to make. It’s difficult, but I have to get it off my chest.

I’ve actually watched – egad – some of the World Cup soccer action on TV. Not a lot, but some parts of matches here and there.

Those who know me will see this as a major admission on my part. They’re probably as shocked as I am.

My boss, Matt Wellens, who loves – and once played – the sport will probably fall out his chair when he sees this piece once he gets back from vacation.

He’ll probably ask me if I’m feeling OK, or suggest I’m reeling so much from the Detroit Tigers’ recent slide that I don’t know what I’m doing.

It’s well known my aversion to soccer. Not the high school game, which is interesting to watch – and cover – since there are always some goals scored.

That’s because there’s often a wide disparity in skill levels. Teenage players also make mistakes, which often lead to scoring chances.

Pro soccer, on the other hand, has been of little interest to me, probably because the “action” seems to be muted. The players are all talented and there seems to be too much parity.

The players run around in games that often end scoreless, or 1-0. What’s the fun in watching that end result?

I can only take so much of the ball being kicked back and forth between the nets with no shots on goal attempted. It’s boring.

Hockey has always been my sport of choice. It’s fast-paced, hard-hitting and – usually – several goals are scored.

There’s never a dull moment on the ice.

World Cup fans in Brazil have been fun to watch. They often wear garish costumes, paint their faces and, well, act a little crazy.

They’re passionate about their sport and not shy about expressing their feelings. They can get quite rowdy, unlike spectators at a Detroit Pistons game who don’t get much to cheer about.

For those who may think I’ve turned the corner and will actually begin watching entire pro soccer matches, think again. I’m not ready for that kind of commitment. Maybe I never will be.

But I may watch a little more of the World Cup, especially when the Tigers are losing, or a “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” rerun is one I’ve already watched.

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is