Baseball vs. Football

by on June 1, 2010   10 Comments

I frequently get harassed at work for being a baseball fan.  Most of the insults are thrown by football fans.  They love to argue how football is better, and they say things like, “There are too many games in baseball” and, “who cares about a sport where every game doesn’t matter?”  I usually reply by giving a couple of “come from behind wins in the 9th” examples and insults to their mothers.

Here are some reasons why I love baseball over football.

Time. Baseball games are not restricted to time.  There is no running out the clock.  There are 9 innings, and anything can happen.  Two weeks ago, the  Braves came back from a 9-2 deficit in the 9th inning to win the game.  In football, if a team is winning 30-10 in the beginning of the 4th quarter, you already have a pretty good idea of who’s going to win.  Now, I have seen some football games with surprising comebacks and finishes, but they aren’t common.  Also, take away all of the time-outs, the time between plays, the time between quarters, and half times, and you’re looking at about 12-20 minutes of actual football.

The season. Baseball season crushes football season.  16 games?  Seriously?  Okay, I admit that a game of football takes a big toll on the body, and of course it’s more physical than baseball.  However, I would argue that a 182-game baseball season is just as physically grueling as a physically demanding 16-game football season.  But 16 games in 17 weeks?  Don’t blink or you’ll miss football season.  A classic football fan will argue that the reason football has so few games is because of the extreme toll it has on the body.  Here’s my answer to that: HOCKEY, 82 games a season.  Booyah.

Challenges and Official Reviews. To me, this takes some of the fun out of football.  Baseball has recently adopted the home run review… if a home run is questionable the umps are allowed to review it.  I’m okay with the home run review, but any other reviews would be crazy.  No challenges and reviews make the game fun.  If we had a bunch of challenges and reviews, then what’s the point of having good ole’ blue umpiring the games?  We could just have little computerized robots calling the shots.

Jimmy Dugan. Tom Hanks’ character, Jimmy Dugan, in A League Of Their Own, automatically makes baseball better than football.  While Rudy is a great flick, Jimmy Dugan prevails.

For the record, I actually do like football.  College football, in fact, and my reason for the season is the Georgia Bulldogs.  I just felt the need to represent America’s pastime in this article and put some folks in their place.  Don’t stop the chop.

Author: Josh Brown
Categories: Baseball Movie Reviews,Major League Baseball (MLB)
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10 Comments »

  1. Isn’t baseball 162 games?

    Comment by Andy Weiler
    June 2, 2010 at 3:55 am

  2. Durnit, you’re right Andy, thanks! 162 games.

    Comment by Josh Brown
    June 2, 2010 at 9:51 am

  3. Let us not forget that in a 60 minute football game(that take 4 hours to televise) there is only about 12-15 MINUTES of actual gaemplay.

    Yeah football is so exciting. Guys standing around in a huddle, a play that lasts 4 seconds, guys walking around after the play to get to the huddle, guys stand around in huddle, formation shift, play last 3 seconds, guys walk around….tv timeout. Back from tv, guys standing huddle…..

    You get my drift.

    Comment by Mac
    June 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm

  4. Baseball: a bunch of dudes standing around for hours scratching themselves. Every once in a while a ball gets whacked. There’s probably a total of 12-15 minutes of actual play per game.

    Comment by Clint
    June 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm

  5. Actually, Clint, there is only 11 minutes of actual play… in football, that is. If you time the amount of football actually in a football game, from snap to tackle, you get a average of a whopping 11 minutes. Here is my source for that – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704281204575002852055561406.html

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    June 2, 2010 at 7:57 pm

  6. After what happened to Armando Galarraga last night, does it change your mind at least a little bit about the instant replay kind of thing? I feel terrible for the kid, but he’s been a class act about it.

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    June 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm

  7. Man, that was an awful situation last night. You’re right, Armando is a class act. It seems that he’s just grateful to be pitching and to get a W more than anything. It does make me entertain the idea of more replays, however I think that if a replay was granted in that sort of situation, then it would become a domino effect for other situations. It completely sucked that Armando didn’t get it, but I still like no replays. Umpires represent humanity and they make it exciting. My hat’s off to Joyce, as well, for being man enough to apologize face-to-face to Armando (that never happens!) and for taking full responsibility of the situation. Perhaps Bud will step in and do something about this?

    Comment by Josh Brown
    June 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm

  8. Yeah, I don’t think that we need to see replay implemented. How many close plays are there in just one single game? How would you determine what gets reviewed and what doesn’t? It would be nearly impossible. This situation, though, could be made right by Selig, but it won’t be. He said he won’t be reversing the call, which I disagree with, but I tend to disagree with most of what Selig does.

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    June 4, 2010 at 12:18 am

  9. CHEEEEEEEEEE FOOTBALL IS TEN TIMES BETTER THAN BASEBALL!!!!!!!!! In baseball you only have to do three things: hit, catch and throw but football you have to do hundreds of things… there’mothafuckin’fore baseball is easy

    Comment by Snowflake808
    October 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm

  10. You’re right, Snowflake808, you only have to do 3 things in baseball. And it is so easy. Sorry. What was I thinking?

    Comment by Josh Brown
    December 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm

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