Professional football teams, whether public or privately owned are representing communities and, believe it or not, to most of their fans and all of their sponsors, winning is the most important option, Winning, makes the fan proud, the team and it's sponsors thrive, and the community benefit. The second most important is that, failing triumph teams must retain the fans perception that winning is their only option. Accomplish that option and everything else beneficial will fall into place too.
When friendliness and fraternizing distractions between opposing participants overshadow intensity during any part of a high level athletic competition, and they too often do in the CFL, fans have every right, and will question the value that some of those participants are placing on winning. Sure there is a little room for respectful exchanges between game foes before, throughout, and after competition, but over doing it is not respectful to the supporting fans.
Football is a war. The game day presentation by the players and the league should reflect that. No fan comes to the games to see players having fun.
Good post. I agree entirely with your perspective throughout the first two paragraphs but take some exception to your statement "Football is a war." Not so my friend, football at a professional level is entertainment and business, nothing more.
Ridiculous, I see guys in the NFL all the time chatting and when the camera zooms in, they are smiling at each other. And you see them tap other guys bums on a good play and lend a hand to help them get up.
Again, what a ridiculous thing to say laughing, this isn’t “pretend I’m tough” hockey you’re talking about here.
Good point johnny.
what did bret farve do when in a play during the game rolled out to strahan and basically fell down to give him the sack. laughinghard you are a complete jackass if you cant understand how a sport can remain intense competitive and be a big rivarly and still have a laugh here and there. get over it. maybe you take it too seriously and need to grow up.
I agree and I don't want to be entertained with love as you say. But football players are different than hockey players and do act differently and you can't compare the two, NFL guys do show this lovey type stuff like CFL guys, it's just part of the football environment and I have no prob with that, partly because football is just an intense game to begin with because there is hitting on every play, unlike hockey which is yet to figure out exactly what it is or isn't with regards to physicallness. Football, no question, we know what it is exactly. which is why football is a better game IMHO.