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established game in United States
"It seems that every four years when the World Cup comes around, large numbers of European fans are under the illusion that the United States is only interested in football when their national team is on the global stage. This notion is as wayward as most of the other pre-conceived ideas that some Europeans tend to harbour about Americans – namely, that they’re mainly fat, loud, God-fearing, gun-carrying patriots, and they love American football and baseball way more than they will ever love soccer, a sport they can’t even call by its proper name! (In fact, 'soccer' is just as old and correct a term as 'football'.)"
That's the opening paragraph of my blog post at the Waterstone's web site this weekend, arguing that it's way too late to be asking the question, Has football caught on in America? Around four decades too late, in fact. So I'm really looking forward to the day when people outside of the US no longer feel the need to ask the question at all. It caught on, it looked like it died, but in fact it never really went away at all. And now it's as much a part of daily American life as fracking, gridlock and Dunkin' Donuts.