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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    I will give an example. Stardust is a football fan as many female posters on here but none of them played football themselves because there is no female football.
    I never wrestled either, but I still love it.

    When I was in high school, there were as many girls on HS football teams as there were on HS wrestling teams.
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    I never wrestled either, but I still love it.
    Believe that one deserves a touche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    Believe that one deserves a touche.
    True but there are way more women that feel they "love" football in this country than women that love wrestling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matclone View Post
    Don't get me wrong, I like football. But if I were an anthropologist studying America at the turn of the 21st century, I might conclude that Football is more important than just about anything else to the people of this society. Talk about education, or war, or (god forbid) poverty and people start arguing, but we're all presumed to love and follow our football team.

    Evidence noted yesterday:

    1. When the Broncos-Raiders game was temporarily suspended yesterday due to a thunderstorm, and the local news came on, that was the headline, the #1: Broncos game halted because of lightning, blah, blah, blah.

    2. When Dwight Hixson of the Broncos received the kickoff of the second half, the announcers were falling all over themselves with praise for his "incredible" "extraordinary" (fill in the superlative adjectives) sympathy toward Everett--the tight end who ran into him. Not to take anything away from Hixson, but how was his reaction extraordinary?

    3. Everett the tight end, whose (football-related) injury dominated the media for days.

    4. Accolade rained upon defensive player for Raiders (big guy who intercepted ball), who not only is a great football player but (here's the most important thing of all--the thing that makes him really special): HE LOVES THE GAME OF FOOTBALL (accolades given by announcer Rich Gannon).

    5. Sunday night game half-time: Al Michaels lobs softball questions at Pats owner Robert Kraft who says all the right things about the cheating scandal.
    Bottom line: neither NBC, nor the owners, nor the NFL office is going to let the game be tarnished in any way.

    6. Sports broadcaster (ESPN?) calls Robert Goodell (NFL commissioner) a great man. His importance is obviously greater than the President of the United States.

    7. Obsessive and extensive media coverage of all things football related.

    8. It's usually pretty safe to talk about the Broncos (or your regional team) in mixed company, anywhere in your community.

    I'm sure other examples could be noted. The question is, what are our priorities?
    Most of your examples are from the mouths of sportscasters who, of course, exaggerate the importance of what they cover. If you only watched C-SPAN football would not seem that important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    I will give an example. Stardust is a football fan as many female posters on here but none of them played football themselves because there is no female football.
    I don't know about in other regions, but high schools around here often have powder puff football games. These games are where the girls play the football, and a few of the high school guys are the coaches. Every grade will have a team and it's a big deal around here. No girl wants to lose to a girl from a different grade.
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    "But if I were an anthropologist studying America at the turn of the 21st century, I might conclude that Football is more important than just about anything else to the people of this society."

    I think future anthropologists will equate football's reverence in these times to that of the gladiators during Roman times.

    In fact lots of societies have featured competitions that have become part of the fabric of daily life. Soccer would be another modern example.

    And EVERYBODY loves their winners (NOT just Americans).

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    Most of your examples are from the mouths of sportscasters who, of course, exaggerate the importance of what they cover. If you only watched C-SPAN football would not seem that important.

    Good point. I agree. Many sportscasters of today have little or no frame of reference and over use terms like "classic" "Greatest" "extraordinary" etc. Every guy is the best that ever was, every game that's remotely close and some that aren't are instant classics, every team that wins more than one titles in a few year span is a dynasty and on and on.

    I do agree with Big about how we're expected to follow certain sports. An example for me was last march. I was filling out my brackets for the NCAA wrestling tournament when a co-worker noticed and asked me why I had so many copies of the bracket. I had to explain to him that it wasn't basketball, and that there are ten weight classes. Point being that most Americans really only know what they're told on sportcenter and the local news about sports in general. Heck, even those who claim to be fans of football often don't know crap about the sport. All you have to do is go to a major college football game and you'll hear at least one dumbass say something so stupid as it relates to football that you'll feel dumber for having heard it. I seem to sit in front of this guy every time I go to an Ohio State football game.

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    no i think basket ball

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    I will give an example. Stardust is a football fan as many female posters on here but none of them played football themselves because there is no female football.
    Actually there are plenty of female only football leagues and I disagree with you that many people never pick up a football...everyone has picked one up and played catch with it, not everyone has PLAYED organized football...

    I agree with the group on here that says football is a great distraction to the stressed out mind of most American's. I think the Roman's saw the Coliseum as a similar outlet.

    I guess I see it as that I have a choice whether to watch it or not and until something better comes along, I will probably watch football 2-5 hours per weekend.
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