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.