Commissioner Roger Goodell faces an uphill battle if he wants to mimic the Euro soccer fan experience at NFL games. The ubiquitous entertainment at NFL games and at most American sporting events—halftime shows, promotional giveaways, mascot performances—distracts from the purity of the on-field play and makes unified interaction in the stands almost impossible.
H.L. Cork, Colorado Springs
I couldn't agree more with Grant Wahl's essay on the differences between European soccer fans and American sports fans (SCORECARD). I was in Warsaw at the opening match of Euro 2012, between Poland and Greece, and was completely blown away by the atmosphere. Not even the Super Bowl can compare to the passion and energy of fútbol.
Nicholas Kulawiak, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Fans at soccer games often feel the need to entertain themselves. Turning one's back to the field or singing and dancing only happen because the action is so slow-paced and the scoring is minimal.
Keith Brown, Birmingham
The Next Generation
Alan Shipnuck's article on Webb Simpson's win at the U.S. Open was spectacular (It Came Down to This). I have really been impressed with the young golfers on the PGA Tour. Simpson's commitment, determination and class should serve as an example to his peers.
Connor Clemens, Shaker Heights, Ohio