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.
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