QUOTE(aarond @ May 2, 2007 - 06:09PM)
I didn't coin the "yankees of soccer" phrase. I'm sure you've heard it uttered elsewhere in American media. I imagine that the cause for such a phrase are the facts that Man U has a gigantic payroll, it's an extremely valuable franchise., and it's probably the most recognizable and followed team in the sport...just like the Yankees.
Think of it this way...
IF you were to analogize Man U to any team in Major League Baseball, who would it be? The Pittsburgh Pirates? Doubt it. They're perceived as an uber-franchise, just like the Yankees, whether they've historical been such or not.
but for the record, am I ignorant on European soccer? Probably...and I'm actually kinda glad about that. If the level of flopping and faking in European leagues resembles what we see in the World Cup every 4th year, then I couldn't be happier to be officially ignorant about the sport.
I watched the game today and what I saw was actually pretty good. Even Ronaldo, who won Best Actor at last year's World Cup, managed to keep things at bay at least a little bit. Although, I do notice that that guy is actually looking for hte ref before he even hits the ground when he falls. Hilarious.
Ok, first of all the american media has no better perspective on this sport than you do as a non-caring american. So as they might have coined the phrase, it doesnt mean anything. If you really wanted me to correlate Manchester United with a baseball team, it would be the Atlanta Braves.
Payroll wise, they are tiny compared to Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Chelsea now. Also on recognizeable levels, Id say Real Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Man United, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich all have around the same amount of fan base in the US, as well as how much attention they get. Obviously right now Real Madrid getting more with Becks coming over to play for the Galaxy.
As for your last paragraph, dont try and get yourself off the hook for an accusation you made by dissing the sport. That would be like me saying oh yeah blah blah about the Tigers, then someone proves me wrong, and then i back out by saying oh i hate baseball anyway, im glad i dont know about it. Doesnt really make much sense