Baseball vs. Football

The best TV not enough people are watching

At noon central time today millions across America will watch “their team” play football. For some that’s the Cleveland Browns; for others, the Buffalo Bills. People will watch dull football games with bad teams or that are completely lopsided and still somehow muster up the excitement to yell at their TVs.

It’s not that I don’t get it. Football is, fittingly, mainstream America’s favorite sport. It’s “fast paced.” There’s lots of HITTING AND SMASHING! Millions of dollars have gone into successful advertising campaigns. The NFL has successfully manipulated TV on every level, radio on most levels, and has saturated the internet. That and, y’know, it’s a fun game and everything. I get it.

But what I don’t get is people who are such sheep that they pedestalize football and everything about it while always talking down baseball or calling it boring. Maybe it isn’t baseball that is boring, though. Maybe it’s the individuals that don’t have the patience to understand the intricacies of baseball in our fast food, easy answer, zero attention span culture that are boring. Truthfully, football is often pretty boring, too. Most of the game is handoffs that don’t go anywhere, short completions, punts, field goals, and undramatic incompletions.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a fan of both football and baseball. It’s just sad that so many Americans and mainstream sports fans are missing some of the best baseball in decades yet they’ll dutifully watch, say, the Chiefs play the Buccaneers today and think it’s great, even if the score is 35-3 Tampa Bay (which it probably will be).

Erik Ritland is a journalist and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North and writes frequent Daily Rambles. Ramblin’ On catalogs his writings on culture, music (including his own projects), sports, religion, and many other topics. You can reach him via email here.

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