As far as I’m concerned, there are two seasons in America (whatever the meteorologist says!). There is the football season and the offseason. Then there is everything else in between.
Why am I saying such a ridiculous thing?
Because I am a die-hard football fan!
Heck, I like everything – as long as it’s an oblong shaped ball, is played on a 120 yard long pitch, and involves blocking and tackling – I totally agree.
But as long as I live there will be never be any game as thrilling and majestic as NFL football. There’s a reason the National Football League is the most popular sport in the United States. Because it’s the best!
But I know: you want to be convinced.
Good. I will convince you with three reasons.
1) Football is in line with our lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, I like other sports too. But have you ever watched a baseball or basketball game that started at 10 p.m.? Look, I like the competition as much as the next one, but I have to go to work in the morning!
And I know Prime Time Football can be late too (for those of us on the East Coast), but at least the majority of games are played on Sunday. And that is the key, because most people are absent from school and work on Sundays. Big Win in my book.
2) The NFL presents the game at its highest level. Look, I know there are a lot of people who will tell me Pro is better than College (yes, that’s a point for another time). And it’s good.
But no one can tell me that there are better athletic feats on display every week than on the football field. Incredible catches, bone crushing blows, and razor sharp finesse play into attacking, defending, and special teams of all kinds.
I have no idea how officials can receive most of their calls in real time. Even in super-duper slow-motion reruns, it’s hard to tell whether a player’s toes are touching the white stripe or not.
How not to appreciate this athleticism?
3) Every game is so important. The weekly build up to Sunday is an incredible crescendo towards Kickoff. And whether you’re talking about week 4 or week 14, every game feels like a must-have deal.
Just think when your favorite team drops 4 in a row, it means they didn’t win in a month! And with so few games played, the importance and scale of this week’s ball game is larger than life.
Okay, maybe that’s how it is for me.
And that’s the beauty. There really is nothing in the world like football.
You do not agree?