OK I'll put it this way. Soccer can be compared to Rice, American Football can be compared to a complex, fancy dinner you would find at some 5 star restraunt. The thing is, rice is tasty to almost everyone, especially if you grew up eating it. Look at the people from the East and other parts of the world, they just love rice to death. In fact rice is probably the most popular food in the world. It's cheap, it tastes good, its easy to prepare, its a great food because of all of that. Just like soccer. Its cheap, its a decent game, its easy to follow and understand, and generally you don't need an aquired taste for it. American football is like a complex dish of exotic food prepared at a 5 star restraunt. It's not cheap, its not easy to prepare, and if you didn't grow up eating it, aka watching American football from a young age, it takes an acquired taste, unlike rice, aka soccer. In the end American football, the 5 star dish with exotic meats and spices can be and should be considered vastly superior to rice with some butter and sugar aka soccer. HOWEVER, because American Football requires an acquired taste if you did not grow up eating (watching) it, it is understandable that people may prefer the inferior rice to it. If you went to Japan right now you'd probably find that most people would prefer rice instead of other foods like pizza or Lasagna. So thats the thing. Technically American football is superior to soccer in almost every way, but because its such a exotic,(complex rules, hard to just pick up and follow) expensive, (pads/field)"dish" thats hard to understand and requires an acquired taste, soccer remains much more popular. Its still a bit shocking to me that soccer is winning this pole 44-12, but it really shouldn't because soccer can appeal to casual fans far more then American football can.