surely you don't suggest that strategy in american football is subtler than that of rest-of-the-world football? I cringe and giggle.quote:Originally posted by cafe350
Maybe if soccer players were allowed to fistfight from time to time it would be cooler...but then it would be like hockey, and we already have hockey, so what's the point?
In defense of American football: Yes, there is a pause between each play, instead of the almost constant back and forth action found in hockey, soccer and basketball. The use of "downs" sets up different scenarios that require different strategies. The way those strategies are employed is a much more cerebral endeavor than the beer, car and E.D. commercials would lead you to believe. It's more of a chess match. Sure, there's strategy in other sports -line changes in hockey, or "get the ball to the guy with the shoe contract" in basketball -but you really can't watch those strategies develop from your La-Z-boy the way you can with football.