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As I soaked in the ambiance of an NFL game, I found myself marveling at how fully awesome football is. Like a Minnesotan tucking into a deep-fried Twinkie, I just can't get enough. I've been lapping up pre-season games with an intensity usually reserved for the playoffs. You'd think after the whole lock-out thing there might be some lingering bitterness. A slight diminishing of enthusiasm coming into the season. Instead I, like most NFL fans, am greeting the start of football like a rabid hyena clawing for zebra scraps.
It all begs the question: why exactly is football so awesome? Well, there are lots of factors, but I've boiled it down to 3 fundamental reasons. The 3 "S's":
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2) Strategy. There is so much planning and preparation that goes into each NFL game. Sure, other sports have "plays" too -- like when a basketball guard holds up a number 1 finger as he comes down court. It must be hard for players to remember which of the two play options they are supposed to run. Football teams have hundreds of plays. For every play, eleven players on each side of the ball need to know where to go in 40 seconds. Each play requires meticulous preparation, studying playbooks and practicing it on the field. And each play has hundreds of hours of analysis behind it -- with dozens of coaches, scouts, and assistants combing through tape of their competition to determine the exact time to call the exact right play. The results of all that strategic planning, and the players' ability to execute the strategy, directly determines the outcome of the game. Unlike basketball, you can't just give the ball to LeBron James every play.
|Civil War picnickers before the advent of NFL Sunday Ticket.|
There you have it: the three basic reasons that you'll be glued to your TV every Sunday through February. It doesn't matter how much they strike. It doesn't matter how much money they make. It doesn't matter how much they mis-behave off the field. You may be disgusted at times, but you watch. You have to watch. It's just too compelling.