Mostly soccer is the best sport ever because it's the most fun. And it's so exciting. It's a way bigger deal in soccer when you score than in, say, basketball.
But also, soccer is the best sport because it's still so accessible in the professional arena. Tickets are still relatively cheap, games are pretty frequent during the summer months and best of all, the players are still humble and willing to talk to fans. Not only that, they thank you for coming to their game and sitting in the rain! Seriously-how cool is that?
I went to the RSL opener tonight and after it was over, my brother and I wanted to try and get the attention of one of our favorite players, Frankie Hejduk. He plays on the US National Team and is one of the best defenders out there. Not only did we get his attention, he had us follow him into the tunnel towards the locker room so we could get out of the rain and take a picture with him! It was awesome. After he left, we stuck around a few more minutes and proceeded to get pictures with several other players. There's no way you can do that with athletes in any other professional sport.
My sister-in-law and I also had our own arm's-length-photo-shoot before the game. Um---those are hard pictures to take! And I personally think this is the best one. She and I will be going to THIS PLACE on Saturday and if you'd like tips on taking pictures like that, we'll be happy to help.