So I was mulling over the sporting preferences of my friends, colleagues & family.
For the most part, my elders of Portuguese heritage like soccer. Likewise my friends from Stoney Creek seem to have affection for soccer since they are mostly of European decent. I don’t know if they actually like soccer or are simply infatuated with the sweat pants and super hero costumes they buy at SoccerWorld. The consensus amongst those here at Ryerson University seems to be a mild interest in hockey. People at Ryerson tend to be apathetic toward sports in general since its a tech/artsy-farsty school aspiring to become a real university. They tend to be casual Leafs/Jays/Raptors fans when its fashionable to do so.
Amongst my immediate friends and family, I am the only one who enjoys football above all. Being the minority in this case I’ve often had to defend the merits of football against those of hockey, baseball or soccer.
Here’s why I know football is the greatest team sport:
No sport features the entire spectrum of athletic skill sets & athlete types. Football is the only sport where you have gi-normous sumo wrestlers on the same field as nimble acrobats & sprinters. Throwing, catching, blocking, tacking, running, kicking and punting are all features of football. No other team sport encompasses all of these things, not even Rugby football.
No sport puts such demand on the brain. Give me another game with 700 page playbooks, pre-snap reads, hidden coverages coupled with live read & react intuitive play. No other sport requires the analysis that’s placed on the opponent or the dissection of video records of your own play as well as your opponents tendencies. Execution in football is 90% in the head.
No sport requires the team cohesion of football. The success of a team is based on all 11 or 12 players on the field executing their individual task while reacting to the events of the play and working as one.
Football is a game of everything. You get robotic technological feats including radio communication coupled with man at one with nature; blood & mud.
I have the utmost respect for all team sports and I’m more than adequately entertained by the likes of hockey & soccer. But nothing encompasses everything you could want in team athletics as football… finesse, speed, agility, brute strength, crushing hits, laser-pinpoint or long bomb passing, swift kicking, precise punting, acrobatic catching & form tackling. You get a bit of it all…
It’s really too bad its a relatively expensive sport to play. If it weren’t for the $150 fibreglass helmets & hundreds of dollars in other necessary equipment as well as the need for roughly 30 participants & 6 or so dedicated coaches to really make a team, grass-roots programs could spring around the world and I’m sure it would be a sport that could compete with Rugby in popularity. This is really the selling point of soccer and why it’s taken a strong-hold around the world. It’s a game everyone can play and relate to. Football simply is not.
I think because I was fortunate enough to play minor & high school football I came to see the greatness of the game. I’ve also played soccer and basketball but football definitely was my favourite. Here in Canada more people have had a chance to play hockey, baseball or soccer since those are the team sports with the most registered participants. That’s my best guess why the majority of people just don’t see it the way us football fans do.
I figure this being the CFL fan forum that most here consider football their favourite sport.
Is football your favourite sport and if so, why?