Basketball is used as an example of time only. Let them play 15 minutes regardless of who scores or not. At the end of the time you see where you are and continue or not. You have a point about hockey and your soccer but just barely. In ice hockey you are constantly moving AND getting hit. Not so in your game. Many times I can see players jogging and/or walking. Trust me they can handle overtime. The fans? Who cares? Besides, they would love it no matter how long it goes on as long as they have a clear-cut winner. Take no offense but I will not put a soccer player up with a NFL or NHL player but it is a different game so comparisons are stupid to begin with. Make no mistake, they are athletes of the highest order and have incredible skill but the game is different. More one of endurance. One thing all of them have is the heart to win. Doesn't matter what sport you play there comes a time when the body has had it and something inside you say "Take One More Step" and you do. No one can explain that. It is inside ALL athletes have it. Ask the men playing tonight and I bet they would rather play till someone scores than have a shoot-out.<quoted text>
The sports mentioned have a different setting and involve a bit of a different effort. For example, in ice hockey you change your formations and if I'm not mistaken nowadays many players do really short, highly intensive stints (lasting even few tens of seconds), especially in attack, before substituted. And back and forth. In American football players have their roles and a single activness is measured in seconds. They are substituted back and forth too.
It's like comparing a sprinter or a 400 metres runner to a 5000 metres one - it's not a fair comparison. Footballers can't go on for whatever long it takes (so can't fans) and it isn't as easy to settle the score as it is in basketball, for example.
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