Whither the Gridiron
Admittedly I'm not a fan. Football is too slow for me, to formulaic, but I can understand the special place that it occupies in the American psyche. To distinguish it from baseball, the summertime sport, gridiron football has always been played in the winter--outside--in the harshest conditions. The Brits would probably ask, "What kind of loons play a game on a muddy field, in the cold, with snow, sleet, and freezing rain?" Americans loons. That's who! The gridiron was hulking linemen breathing clouds of vapor; cigar chomping coaches; frozen fingers, feet, and faces. It was the sport of the rustbelt. I mean...what other professional sport could have one of it's most successful teams in Green Bay, Wisconsin?
But that football doesn't exist anymore. Too many teams now play in antiseptic super-stadiums with weather closer to that of Miami Beach than to Cleveland. And let's face it, you can't have a really great Superbowl Half-time Show when it's thirty degrees and snowing.
Therefore I always find it funny when the NBA, NFL, MLB, etc. have "World Championships." Ha!!
Now winning the World Cup...that's a world championship.
That's one of the reasons that I like the Olympics so much. It's competition on the world stage.
When you play without pads you may get a scrape or two--the very occasional broken bone--but there are no serious injuries, no deaths.
And James, in all deference to soccer, I bet if you added up all the leagues and all the variations on rugby you'd get numbers pretty close to the "world's sport".
This past decade especially, my dysfunctional Team not-with-standing, has seen some of the best individual and team performances of any sport ever played. This year's matchup in the superbowl has the makings of a Classic too.
Bears by 3, though I'm hoping for Colts by 1.
Somehow, these days, football seems somewhat dishonest--not at all like the gritty game of the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
Whoops. Sorry I missed your comment Fred.
Do you mean a bigger scandal than his butt cheeks did at the 1991 Grammy's? :-)
I will not be watching the game tonight. I hate commercials, no matter how poorly done. I hate announcers who talk because they like the sound of their own voice. And I can always catch Prince's performance tomorrow on YouTube. Anybody watching the game tonight is just sucker bait.
And, being in Fort Wayne, who would I root for tonight anyways? lol
Lew... I'm with you. Didn't watch myself. Wonder what Paris Hilton had to do. Halftime? I heard something about a promotional thing.
And truthfully, it is a minor distraction in the world - sports in any form - that is big business for some, and just fun for the rest of us who care, momentarily, what the score is.
For me, and my friends, it is another excuse for a pot luck dinner, where we just hang out, laugh, and eat way too much food. We celebrated a birthday at the party. We talked about Jennifer Aniston's nose job. We talked about traveling to Spain. We talked about a friend of ours who moved to Tennessee and became completely insane. Oh, yes, and we watched the game.
Sunday afternoon, Jody and I got lots of snacks, whipped up some derves, made cocktails, and settled in to watch...Buffy on DVD (Season 5).
Tom...the Frogette and I did the same--chips and dips, chains and whips, and a bunch of Netflix DVDs. We're into 'Six Feet Under' right now.
Julien... Indeed there is a 'Sugar Bowl' though I don't believe that it's one of the major bowl games anymore.
Sure you can. I saw one years ago. Bud Grant's and Tom Landry's facial expressions both changed in the same game!:)
TFWY... I know for a fact that Landry's expressions never changed. Must be a myth. :-)