Monday, April 24, 2006

Are You Not Entertained?

Gladiator[Dave/Scott]
Recommended Reading: Ewalt, David M. “In Praise of Blood Sport.” Forbes.com. 18 Apr. 2006.

I have to admit that after spending years of eating at Woodruff with Bruce, I can’t look at football the way I used to. He pointed out that though the sport is purportedly of the contact variety, on about 75% of the time plays end within seconds of contact (Bruce likes hockey). I am aware that an average man hit by a NFL linebacker (aka moving wall) would likely knock the man out cold, but I’d rather watch something proposed in the article linked above. I’ve pasted a snippet below if you don’t feel like taking two minutes to read it. Bring back lions vs. Christians!
It's hypocritical to suggest that we're somehow above violent sports. Consider what happens on the average football field or hockey rink; men tackle and hit one another, using physical strength to knock the other down and move ahead. If someone hip-checked you in a grocery store, or on a street corner, you'd have them arrested. But in a stadium, we accept it and embrace it.
Movie of the Moment: Gladiator starring Russell Crowe

4 Comments:

At Mon Apr 24, 04:09:00 PM EDT, Blogger Jack and Coke said...

Although football has taken a somewhat complacent tone in years past with the emphasis on passing the ball. Contact remains unpraised in the 'trenches' of the sport between the tackles. By that I mean the offensive and defensive lines battle play in play out for feild position to give their supporting cast an advantage for the rest of the play. That is where the constant contact takes place for the full 45second to 1 minute the play will transpire, 60 times over, during the game.

On the other hand, the speed, tenacity, and raw hatred that is exhibited on the ice in the cherished past time we call hockey is paralleled probably only by crazy rugby. Between getting hit by the puck and the 6'6" 230 defensive men at full speed on the ice, hockey probably has no rival. It also allows fighting as a means of settling disputes and protecting the smaller guys on the team. Helluva a sport.... GO WINGS!

 
At Mon Apr 24, 04:28:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dave/Scott said...

Given up on Blueland, have you?

 
At Tue Apr 25, 11:55:00 PM EDT, Blogger Jack and Coke said...

thrashers aren't in the playoffs so I'll cheer for the wings, it's really that this season I didn't cheer for the wings for the first time in a long time

 
At Wed Apr 26, 08:37:00 AM EDT, Blogger Dave/Scott said...

I guess you have to cheer for some team.

 

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