"Is the grindingly low scoring in the World Cup soccer tournament a bug or—as I’m finally starting to suspect—a feature?" he asks — The Appeal of Nil-Nil Draws. "Could it be that the World Cup’s global popularity is not so much despite all the nil-nil draws as because of the grimness of the scores?"
He suggests a reason "why low-scoring soccer is, despite American incredulity, such a popular game," is that "it's easier to remember a stirring yet comprehensive narrative description of a 1-0 soccer game than of a well-executed (i.e., high-scoring) NFL game simply because the soccer game is simpler in outline" — Low Scoring and Narrative Convenience.
"The global triumph of Anglo-Saxon culture is manifested in the World Cup," he writes, "where the main heretics about the appeal of an English game, soccer, are other Anglo countries, such as America, Canada, and Australia, who have their own games" — "America First?"
Labels: Albion, America the Beautiful, Down Under, Her Majesty's Dominion of Canada, Sport