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  • The four American (yes, I know the NHL is largely Canadian, but primarily American; basketball and baseball aren't Canadian despite there existing Canadian teams, though) sports leagues are the premiere leagues of their respective sports. The NFL, baseball, hockey, and basketball champions are the world champions. This may not have been the case always in hockey, but it is now. It's always been the case with football and basketball.

    In baseball it may no longer be a clear case, I'll grant, with Japan ha
    • Baseball has an excuse - the "World Series" winner wins a trophy names after the New York World (a newspaper which ceased to exist long ago). It's an embarassing excuse, since unless you know the real meaning of "World" it just sounds arrogant.

      There is a World Cup for football. However that is for a game that applies feet to a ball; and where touching the ball with your hands is a foul unless you are a goalkeeper. America doesn't participate in any significant extent in this event, but claiming that ti
      • America does participate significantly in the World Cup. I went to a U.S.-Colombia game that rocked, and the U.S. went on to pose a serious threat to Brazil in the next round.

        Anyway, I don't see how you can't call the Patriots the world champions of football. "American" football is implied, and no other team in any other country could possibly beat them. Yes, it is US-centric, but so is American football.

        And no, the other countries are not irrelevant, but they only have so many hours in the day to sh
        • Anyway, I don't see how you can't call the Patriots the world champions of football. "American" football is implied, and no other team in any other country could possibly beat them. Yes, it is US-centric, but so is American football.

          I'm the World Champion of shovelling driveways on Hillview Crescent, Pickering.

          If something is only done in one small part of the globe, the phrase "world champions" is self-aggrandization.

          For 90% of the world's population, football is implicitly "soccer", and American Fo
          • If something is only done in one small part of the globe, the phrase "world champions" is self-aggrandization.

            Perhaps. On the other hand, much of the world actually watches the Super Bowl. You don't like that they are called World Champions? *shrug* I don't like that they eat raw fish. I don't complain.

            For 90% of the world's population, football is implicitly "soccer", and American Football is something that is relatively unimportant (for most of them it is totally unknown).

            I can't see what the distinction between soccer and football has to do with the topic at hand.