Super 32 Challenge - October 26-27, 2013
"Good things happen when you wrestle for a full seven minutes." -- Jayson Ness, post-finals press conference
wannabe national champ headed to a new home:walkman:
"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).
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.
no i think basket ball
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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