I didn't really enjoy football a couple of seasons ago. Sure I'd watch the Superbowl each year, but never really got the game: Some stuff was happening and scores changed.
I had the instilled-in-me-as-a-nerd-in-high-school bigotry that it was a simple game for dullards. Stupid football players. What a dumb game.
I feel a bit of ashamed of that now. The game is absurdly complex. It has incredible depth.
But the thing that really gets me about the NFL is that it's the jostling of a bunch of billionaires. Are there any teams *not* owned by a billionaire or two? Okay, I can think of one -- Green Bay -- and that model so offended the league that it is expressly disallowed going forward, with only Green Bay grandfathered in.
February 6th, 2012 8:40pm
The NFL ownership is a collection of world class scumbags.
I don't like to think about it while I watch 300 lb sprinters collide with each other.
February 6th, 2012 9:32pm
It's a stupid game for dullards. No wonder you work at some crap company that can't attract talent.
February 6th, 2012 11:47pm
df also thinks chutes and ladders is an incredibly complex and nuanced strategy game for intellectuals that puts chess to shame.
Myself, I've talked to football players.
Average IQ, too low to be measured.
February 6th, 2012 11:49pm
you're trying too hard on this one.
February 7th, 2012 1:03am
When I was younger I was really in to watching football. I kind of liked Dallas Cowboys because of Landry and Stabach.
I played center and nose guard on my high school football team. It was great fun, and a lot of work. It was hard to memorize all the plays. You had to be alert to what the QB called, and what the count was until the snap.
Later I watched how my dad-in-law was wasting his life having to watch every game of every sport. I decided that I didn't need or want to get a vicarious thrill by setting my butt into an easy chair for hours and hours each week.
Now I am totally sports less. I discard that part of my newspapers unread. I turn off the news as soon as the weather is over (If I watch the news at all). I don't participate in sports discussions at work.
My life is better.
February 7th, 2012 1:07am
You have weather before sport? I am instantly and intensely jealous.
Here it's gore, war, politics/crime, business, sport, weather, latest arrival at the zoo.
February 7th, 2012 2:49am
February 7th, 2012 6:23am
Come in suckers.
February 7th, 2012 6:41am
The only reason I "watched" the super bowl was for the party.
We had it on the DVR since the 2 year old doesn't go to bed until 7. Then, we had enough buffer built up to watch nothing but the commercials all the way to half time. It was the best super bowl ever.
February 7th, 2012 9:29am
>Later I watched how my dad-in-law was wasting his life having to watch every game of every sport.
I do think there is a healthy medium in between. I know people who follow football (both college and professional), baseball, basketball, and oval-track racing. Their life is consumed with sports.
I watched -- during the football season -- about two games a week. Generally whenever the Giants or the Patriots played -- yup, I lucked into the superbowl teams at the beginning of the season. It provided a moment of relaxation during the down months.
Now spring is around the corner and outdoor time begins.
February 7th, 2012 9:57am
>Myself, I've talked to football players.
Want a trophy?
Who said football *players* are geniuses? In many cases they are directed pawns (to some degree even the QB). The game *itself* is incredibly complex though. The permutations and strategy, the time management....just an amazing game. It is a display of raw talent among all of the players, coupled with a war-like strategic element.
A game of inches.
February 7th, 2012 10:02am
DVR would have been the perfect way to watch the Superbowl. Fucking endless commercials. And, being in Canada, they were the sucky commercials repeated over and over.
February 7th, 2012 12:16pm
I bought a share of Packers stock. Partly because it is something pretty to hang on the wall, and partly an ego thing - that now I'm an NFL owner (albeit about 1E-8 of an owner).
Other stock certs to hang on the wall:
Wow the babes with your packers stock:
The wall street urinal thinks it is a piss poor idea to buy one:
If you want to treat it as a stock, then it makes a bad investment. If you want to treat it as something collectable, then it is something completely different. Don't forget, the last time one could have purchased any shares of Green Bay was in 1997. Maybe you'll have to wait another 15 years to buy any?
Oh, and I have season tickets to the Broncos. So I'm not a cheesehead.
February 7th, 2012 2:31pm