The World Cup may not be the Stanley Cup, but it’s still enough to send Canadians out in droves to watch their favourite teams hit the field. But is soccer really worth the attention?
Hockey vs. Soccer: Which sport really deserves all the attention?
Soccer injuriesWhy hasn't something been done about all the fake injuries in soccer? It's a playing field, not a battlefield. There's no way a slide tackle hurt that much. So stop all the screaming and get up already, ain't nobody got time for that. The Canadian Press
Hockey injuriesHockey is a whole different world: Puck to the face? Get back on the ice. Skate cut your head open? Get back on the ice. Hockey stick dislocate your — I think you get the idea. That rugged attitude is definitely more respectable than watching people writhing around on a field.The Canadian Press
RefereesSometimes it feels like every time a soccer fan's team loses, it's the refs fault. It was a bad call, or he was blind — wah, wah. What do you do when you don't like the ref in hockey? Well...the same thing actually. The two sports are pretty even here.Getty Images
Nations that competeOK, so not many countries play ice hockey (probably because they don't have what it takes, but whatever). Only 12 countries competed for the hockey gold in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. The World Cup encompasses 53 nations, although most don't qualify. Soccer might have us on this one.ThinkStock
Scoring in soccerA goal is not a miracle, so stop with the weird finger pointing already! God is busy dealing with things like world hunger and the third world. Your little game just isn't worth the divine intervention. Getty Images
Scoring in hockeyHockey players are more practical. When they score, the team celebrates together on the ice. There's none of this dragging of divine entities into the mix — it was a human effort. Yay mankind! Getty Images
Soccer fansSoccer fans don't mess around. People have been known to, you know, die when games go the wrong way. In any case, when things go smoothly, those multi-night parties of packed streets and national colours are really a blast. We've got to give it to the soccer fans on this one. Getty Images
Hockey fansHockey fans are an interesting bunch. Not only will they schlep out in sub-zero temperatures to watch their favourite game, they're so dedicated that they'll come out even when they're too embarrassed to show their faces. Of course, there's always that American fan with the Stanley Cup on his head... Good luck, buddy.Getty Images
Football?? Football?!Isn't the world's most popular sport entitled to a name more creative than something as literal as "Football?" What should we start calling hockey? "Stick Puck"? How redneck is that? Besides, there's already a "football," American football. Let them have dibs on that lackluster name.Getty Images
Canadian participationWant to know when the last time Canada competed in the World Cup? 1986. Twenty-eight years ago. But realistically, hockey doesn't fare much better. While we've owned the podium at the previous two Olympic tournaments, Canada is suffering from a 21-year Stanley Cup drought. Toronto fans are especially hurting, not having seen the cup since 1967. But at least in hockey, we've earned a medal or two. Looks like we have a winner, folks. Getty Images
And the winner is...Of course hockey won! This is Canada. But soccer wouldn't be the most popular game on Earth if it wasn't also an awesome sport, let's face it. So bust out the flags, and get ready to chant "Ole!" all summer long. After all, we won't be seeing any pucks again until October. Getty Images