However I have to be honest I'm finding it hard to like American Football. For one thing I don't know why its called Football at all. Over here the football they play the ball is lucky to connect with the foot 12 - 14 times in a game (and they need a specialist to do that play) which doesn't really spoil my enjoyment of the game its just a small thing that I've noted. What does spoil the game for me is the insistence in stopping and starting all the time. I'm used to sports that have continuous play for 40 to 45 minutes before having an extended break of 10 to 15 minutes. In American Football as far as I have observed it seems that someone will throw the ball a few players will run in the direction of the thrown ball, whilst a few others will have a skirmish and after 20 seconds or so the man in black and white will blow the whistle so that everyone can have a little rest. Except of course the coaches who I believe use their headsets at this time to direct the players next moves. Although I really suspect thats just the rumour that has got about as a cover story for the headsets real use which I believe is linked to the local drive thru burger joint. Have you seen those players? They are seriously big guys, they have a lot of 'natural' padding there, is it any wonder they have to stop the play every 20 seconds or so. All those burgers and cokes add up. Now that stop start nature kind of spoils the game for me. I tend to get bored and fall asleep by the end of the third quarter just when the game should be getting interesting. And I'll be honest I don't get the need for the artificial padding, or the helmets. I grew up playing Rugby when I was 4ft 10' and just skin and bone and I was getting tackled and in turn was tackling guys a foot bigger than I was. Sure it was painful sometimes but it was also fun. Maybe its the high cost of health insurance here or the culture of injury lawyers but I think the game is spoiled by the lack of sighting of the odd broken arm.
I have to admit I much prefer watching Basketball. For me it's a much more exciting game. The play is almost continuous. Its end to end stuff, and the veins in my neck even have the added benefit of getting a workout as the play shifts from one side of the court to the other.
But then there's the National game of Baseball which I can't get my head around. It seems to me that Americans generally take they sport too seriously at times but in Baseball they have taken it to a whole new level of seriousness. In Baseball they have a World Series where I believe only one token gesture Canadian team is invited to take part whilst all other teams are American. And the object of the game is to go home. They never leave! And the English like to say that Americans don't get irony. Hah!