Basketball vs. Soccer: Microcosmically
basketball and indoor soccer in the same school gym, which is conveniently located two blocks from my house, and aside from the occasional exception, I am the only person that plays regularly in both games; here is a list of differences between them . . . draw what inferences you like: 1) for soccer, you need to bring a white and a dark shirt-- so that you can wear the same color as your team-- but for basketball you have to memorize who is on your team-- this is fairly typical and I suppose it is because in soccer you are looking down more and have to make longer passes and might not be able to recognize someone's face from that far away, but my eyes aren't great and I wouldn't mind if the basketball game adopted the soccer policy 2) in the soccer game, if you have to sit out a game because there are too many players, you are guaranteed to play in the next game-- even if someone from the winning team needs to be relieved-- but in the basketball game, if there are more than five players, and you miss your foul shot, you will NOT play in the next game . . . as the winning five always get to stay on 3) because of this rule, more fouls are called in the basketball game and the score is more important 4) the soccer crew has an e-mail group but the basketball group does not 5) if the weather is decent, the soccer group will play outside, while this has never happened with the basketball group . . . even when it was 95 degrees in the gym in the summer 6) more advice and strategy is dispensed by the experienced basketball players, and it is more often accepted, or at least entertained and discussed . . . while at soccer, if anyone mistakenly attempts to give someone else advice, it usually results in an argument 7) sometimes at soccer, while we are warming up, we talk world politics . . . this never happens at basketball 8) there are a couple of women that occasionally play in the soccer game-- and they can hold their own-- but I have never seen any women at the basketball game 9) you can bring your kid to the soccer game, and if you get there early then he might get to play some-- even my seven year old son once played for a while before everyone got there . . . but I've never seen any kids at the basketball game 10) the soccer game has people with names such as Mario, Gio, Jose, Guillermo, Felipe, Mohammed, Javier, Yorim, Ahmed, Yusuf, Ari, Josi, and Mike . . . the basketball game has people with names such as Al, Keith, Ben, Tom, Chris, Anthony, Richard (Cob), Eugene, Bruce, Isaac and-- of course-- Mike.