've always hated the "there's never any scoring" argument against hockey and soccer. It's simply not true and there are many factors that go into the art of the game besides scoring. Please take a minute to not be so god damned narrow minded.
Absolutely right Harry!
Both hockey & soccer have so much more going on than the assist and goal. It's so different from American football that I think it's difficult for local fans to watch/comprehend.
These are reasons why:
1. You have to have an attention span. For soccer especially since it's played continuously for 45 minutes per half, there are no stoppages, coach called time-outs or TV time-outs.
2. You have to put up with the players themselves actually running their own offense/defense and the game evolves and unfolds. No off the field person is wired and telling a player on the field (or ice) what to do.
3. There is a LOT going on the field away from the ball in soccer, ALL the time. It's a big field.
4. Hockey is so fast and continual motion, it's hard to keep track of the puck and the plays if you're not used to it.
Football and baseball are leisurely sports by comparison, punctuated by big plays.