American football is the worst of all team sports

I read Adam Yanelli’s column (“Lots of focus on ‘foolish’ sport,” Feb. 24) with interest because I harbor much the same feeling about American football as the Dutchman you quoted.

Here are some of the reasons why I think American football is the worst of all team sports:

1. It is not only extremely injury prone in both the short and long term but players are actually encouraged to cause injury to their opponents and are held in high esteem by their coach and the fans for consistently making “crunching” tackles and for causing opposing quarterbacks to be stretchered off the field.

2. It requires way too much specialization of players. Players play only offense or only defense or only serve on “special teams”. They spend half or more of the game sitting on their buts instead of participating. I’ll wager that there are some linesmen who go through their entire careers without ever actually handling the ball during play.

3. It is plagued by needless time outs, huddles, team changes, etc. which drag the game out ad nauseam, as compared to soccer (real football), for instance, where play is nearly continuous.

4. Although it is called football in this country, it only employs the use of the “foot” for the initial kickoff and for a few punts, field goal attempts and extra point kicks. To be more realistic, American football should be renamed “Pass or Carry Ball”.

5. With all the helmets, pads, etc. fans are unable to see the facial features of the players on the field and probably would not be able to recognize them if they ran into them in public. Basketball, for instance, is much better in this regard.

6. The expense of outfitting a player with the aforementioned paraphernalia is enormous compared to outfitting a basketball or soccer player.

7. Wearing that heavy paraphernalia on a hot summer’s day has been the cause of many cases of heatstroke among players, both in practice on the field.

I could probably go on and on but I think you will get my gist.

Bill Wardle,

Galveston

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Confused about Michael Sam

Is anyone else as confused as I am?

If Michael Sam did not want to be referred to as a “gay football player” then why did he make such a big deal about announcing to the world that he is gay?

I am sure that a lot of people are like me and do not care one way or the other.

Why is it that gays want to announce their sexual orientation to the world?

I would like to hear other opinions on this question.

Netha S. Moore

League City

(3) comments

ole dad

The "why" or the "what for" reasoning about "coming out" on the Michael Sam story will play out over the coming year. Especially visible if things don't go the way they "should", in others opinion. Sort of an insurance policy so to speak...and truly, I hope I'm wrong. As talented as that young man is he should have no problem making it in professional football. He should also ensure he completes his degree if he's not on track to do so already.

Elizabeth Robertson

oledad- Mike recieved his degree last fall. He was a red shirt so he completed it in 4-1/2 years. As ar as coming out, there are a lot of people questioning his motives. I have read many stories and one of the main reasons he decided to before the draft was becasue all the scouts and GM's calling his agants and current and former coaches were asking questions about his sexuality without really coming out bluntly. How many scouts start he question process with who is his girlfriend or does he have a girlfriend. Despite his team keeping his sexuality to themselves, there were many people who knew and somehow the NFL teams had wind of it. I beleive he based his decision on wanting to be taken by a team that will know forehand and keep or cut him based on his playing ability. Thats all he can ask for, to be able to prove his worth to the NFL with out having to look over his shoulder.

Lynn Peloquin

If you do t like football or any sport, don't play! The great thing about our country is that we can all choose! I am sorry you don't like it but my family does. Our boys' will play when they are older & are aware of the responsibilities of playing. By this I mean, team work, physical strength, hydration, proper eating. What about ALL the benefits of playing sports?

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