Even though the hockey season is officially over, when the World Cup started, Stanley Cup finals were still in full force. Fans had to choose sides, not just teams, but which sports to watch. I, personally, am a fan of both hockey and soccer; and a little light-hearted rivalry between sports fans seems appropriate. While I agree that soccer players are athletic and skillful, their “injuries” during games are a bit dramatic, to say the least. If you watch the slow replays of some of their falls, nothing but air is touching the ankle they’re clinging to as if it’s just been shot off. And that’s just the facts!
With that in mind, here are a few Hockey vs. Soccer “injuries” and INJURIES…
1. Taking a high kick to the nose would definitely be painful..
Jun 16, 2014; Natal, BRAZIL; USA forward Clint Dempsey (left) is kicked in the face by Ghana defender John Boye in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas. (Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY)
But better a cleated boot than a sharpened skate…
(Photo by Will Pavia)
2. During a soccer game, sometimes there is a little blood…
Germany’s Thomas Mueller, right, is attended by his teammate Miroslav Klose after suffering a injury during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
But during a hockey game, there’s a lot more than a little.
(Photo via CBC)
3. In a soccer match, you might bump heads with another player going for a ball…
(Photo by Karim Sahib, AFP/Getty Images)
But in hockey, you just get knocked the hell out by another guy. Can’t say I’ve ever seen a full on fist fight in a soccer match.
4. In soccer, you’ve got to watch out for bites, from the other team that is. You just never know how another player is going to lash out when they’re losing…
Replay of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez biting into the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during their premiership match earlier on Tuesday. (AP photos)
Luckily for hockey players, there are often a few important front teeth missing. A little gum-gnawing never hurt anybody.
5. A hard kick can rocket a soccer ball across the field; and a ball to the face would definitely hurt…
But I’d take a soccer ball to the face over a puck to the face any day!
I think hockey wins this round…
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