NEW YORK - Harold Leipgott's relentless criticism of the Super Bowl finally converted his football friends to soccer fans as the years of telling everyone the Super Bowl isn't that big internationally took hold.
"After seeing the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history and the first overtime in Super Bowl history, I realized that it's so boring," stated friend James Murtaw. "Only 16.2 minutes of actual ball play? Boring. Low energy sport. Harold was right, all these years."
"Harold always posted that graph showing how no one cares about the game internationally, but it took til this year for me to finally realize that I'm all about soccer," stated ex-girlfriend Deandra Blevens. "I've now decided, solely based on Harold's intransigent efforts, that it's all soccer from here on in.... or at least until week 2 of the NFL season."
Leipgott's efforts weren't constrained just to his immediate social circle as his ability to put the game down at work resulted in conversions there, as well.
"As I watched Julian Edelman make that catch where his amazing athleticism and concentration fused together to give us a glimpse of what someone who has trained their whole life to do something does when they are up against tremendous odds, the scales fell from my eyes and I realized how boring it all was and that I'd much rather be watching the Houston Dynamo try to connect passes together in 99 degree heat," stated co-worker Daniel Steres.
"Oh, Brady has his fifth Super Bowl win? Has he ever won Ballon d'Or? No? Has he won it six times in a row? No? Then I have no interest in him until he's at Messi's level," stated Leipgott's manager Carlotta Garibaldi.
The Nutmeg News will have more on the efforts of Harold Leipgott as he attempts to successfully e-vite these new soccer fans to a UEFA European Final watch party at his house.