I’m watching the Columbia vs. Greece game as I type this. I think the big thing that prevents me from really enjoying it is that there seems to be no chance of a sudden score from anywhere on the field. I mean, in American football (which I understand is called “gridiron” by the rest of the world–much better name for it.) you occasionally see 99-yard touchdowns. It’s unusual, but still it could happen.
But I don’t think you ever see goals that go the length of the field in soccer. It might even be against the rules, for all I know–never was clear on where you were allowed to score from, exactly. Also–and this may well be a mistaken impression–but somehow a 2 goal lead in soccer, like Columbia currently enjoys, feels much bigger than a 14-point lead in a gridiron game. I don’t know if it is, but it feels like it. I’d be interested to see the in-game win probability comparisons, though.