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25 Reasons Football is Better than Baseball

Posted on: July 17, 2009 2:53 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2009 2:59 pm
 
One of my fellow community members, oldstyle14 , posted a list of 25 reasons why baseball is better than football. It was a great read, and I encourage everyone to take a look at it by clicking here .

While I agree with many of his points, I'm here to argue the opposite.


Football is better than baseball, and here's why...





1. Football is the ultimate team sport. All 11 players are involved on every play.

2. Football can be played by anyone, anywhere. All it takes is at least two players, and a $15 dollar ball. Baseball requires two $40 gloves, a $7 ball, a $50 bat, and so much more.

3. Football statistics are simple and involve little mathematics to compute.

4. The average fan can pick up and understand football. In baseball, the average fan cannot tell the difference between a two-seam, a four seam, or a cut fastball.

5. Baseball is hyper-sensitive to the elements. Football players play through rain, snow, and everything in between.

6. Every baseball player is presumed a cheater until proven otherwise. Football has no such problem.

7. The individual baseball games are meaningless. Game 34 means just as much as game 134. What you're watching has no bearing on the season.

8. In baseball, a team can effectively remove the opposition's best player from the game through the intentional walk. Football has no equivalent.

9. In football, playoff games actually mean something. That one game decides who progresses and who stays home.

10. Football rules make for dramatic combacks. A team down by two scores can easily make up ground in the final period of play.

11. Football games are lively, upbeat, and exciting. In today's world of instant gratification and limited attention spans, many cannot appreciate the finer points of baseball.

12. Myron Cope. Anyone in baseball ever come close?

13. The NFL Draft is actually relevant.

14. College football matters.

15. Every football team has a specific philosophy on offense AND on defense.

16. The American and National Football conferences play by the same rules.

17. Coaches spend more time coaching in football. Baseball managers only manage.

18. Football plays can be diagramed and discussed. Baseball only uses sequences.

19. The climax of a football game always comes at the end. A baseball game can be over by the second inning.

20. A baseball game can theoretically go on FOREVER.

21. In football, team depth matters. The third best wide receiver matters where as the third best shortstop does not.

22. Football features team cheers and slogans: "Here we go Brownies, here go! Woof! Woof! " "J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets! "

23. Football rivalries are bitter and plentiful.

24. There is parity in football. You can stink today and win it all tomorrow.

25. There is a salary cap in football.

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2009 10:23 pm
 

25 Reasons Football is Better than Baseball

28. Football has cheerleaders. (I can't believe I had to be the one to point this out.)



Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2009 9:44 pm
 

25 Reasons Football is Better than Baseball

You forgot a couple.

26. The Pro Bowl has zero bearing on where the Super Bowl is played.

27. Roger Goddell > Bud Selig.



Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2009 3:01 am
 

25 Reasons Football is Better than Baseball

I did this for the other, might as well judge yours as well.
1. Football is the ultimate team sport. All 11 players are involved on every play.Well, your off to a good start, unless its a spike or a kneel thats correct, otherwise that player shouldn't be playing
good 1
2. Football can be played by anyone, anywhere. All it takes is at least two players, and a $15 dollar ball. Baseball requires two $40 gloves, a $7 ball, a $50 bat, and so much more...on an economic level thats pretty good
good 2
3. Football statistics are simple and involve little mathematics to compute.YOU HAD TO BRING MATH INTO THIS!!  Simple stats aren't all the best things in the world, and there's so much going on on the field that all the stats can be taken.  I cant give this one to you.
good 2, bad 1

4. The average fan can pick up and understand football. In baseball, the average fan cannot tell the difference between a two-seam, a four seam, or a cut fastballThe average fan still doesnt understand things in a football game, like difference between a nickel and a dime defensive set, pros and cons to 3-4 vs 4-3, spread vs triple option vs power vs wildcat.  Most fans do understand the basics of baseball though
good 2, bad 2
5. Baseball is hyper-sensitive to the elements. Football players play through rain, snow, and everything in between.This is true and its a point for you, but wouldn't a baseball game in the snow be awesome, especially with the white ball?
good 3, bad 2
 6. Every baseball player is presumed a cheater until proven otherwise. Football has no such problem.Only recently is that semi-true, and football does have that problem people are just turning more of a blind eye to it because they want bigger, stronger, faster, and dont care how for thier team.
good 3, bad 3

7. The individual baseball games are meaningless. Game 34 means just as much as game 134. What you're watching has no bearing on the season.If that was true then how come at the end of every season there are teams within 1 game of each other for the wildcard or playoff spot?  Every game in every sport is important, unless you the dominant team, but even then you want to win the most dont you?
good 3, bad 4
8. In baseball, a team can effectively remove the opposition's best player from the game through the intentional walk. Football has no equivalent.True, and I have always viewed that as more cowardly than strategic.
good 4, bad 4
9. In football, playoff games actually mean something. That one game decides who progresses and who stays home.
I think a game 7 means something, but I understand you saying single game > Series system.  This one is a push
10. Football rules make for dramatic combacks. A team down by two scores can easily make up ground in the final period of play.
Yeah but baseball can have a team comeback infinite runs in the final inning in just as dramatic a comeback...sorry but no.
good 4, bad 5
11. Football games are lively, upbeat, and exciting. In today's world of instant gratification and limited attention spans, many cannot appreciate the finer points of baseballSad about attention spans, but my ADD agrees with you, so before I get distracted I will give you the point
good 5, bad 5
12. Myron Cope. Anyone in baseball ever come close?
Unless you live in Pittsburgh your saying "Who?"  Sorry, cant give you that one.
good 5, bad 6
13. The NFL Draft is actually relevant. and way too long, but compared to the MLB draft its actually an event
good 6, bad 6
14. College football matters
Yes, and that's because of the NFL having its players go to college.  MLB doesnt need that extra edumaction to throw a ball
good 7, bad 6
15. Every football team has a specific philosophy on offense AND on defense. Styles can be important to watch, but offensively there are differences in baseball, defense in baseball is that same, catch the ball
good 8, bad 6

16. The American and National Football conferences play by the same rulesYes but wouldn't it be great if your kicker had to play in regular offensive patterns though...no...oh okay then
good 9, bad 6
17. Coaches spend more time coaching in football. Baseball managers only manage.
Unless its one of those coaches who let his coaches coach....but even then I'd still say they do more than a manager does
good 10, bad 6
18. Football plays can be diagramed and discussed. Baseball only uses sequences.
You lose this just because it involves geometry
good 10, bad 7
19. The climax of a football game always comes at the end. A baseball game can be over by the second inning
No, cant agree with your first statement here, both games can end early or have nail biting endings
good 10, bad 8
20. A baseball game can theoretically go on FOREVERAnd in some cases has...I am a man who enjoys his sleep, so point to you
good 11, bad 8
21. In football, team depth matters. The third best wide receiver matters where as the third best shortstop does notBack to your all 11 players matter point, this is a repeat..kinda...so its a push

22. Football features team cheers and slogans: "Here we go Brownies, here go! Woof! Woof! " "J-E-T-S ! Jets! Jets! "and baseball has a song, but there are chants, cant give that to you.
good 11, bad 9
23. Football rivalries are bitter and plentifulStronger on the college level, but more overall, and not as overplayed as sox-yanks
good 12, bad 9
24. There is parity in football. You can stink today and win it all tomorrowI agree with this and it is good that way every team eventually gives its team something to root for...whats the Padres done...ever?
good 13, bad 9
25. There is a salary cap in football.Yeah so instead of 12 million a year they only get 2.5 million...thats still a ton of money people, its only less ridiculous in comparison, but since thats the point of the post, its a good one
good 14, bad 9 with 2 pushes

WINNER Football over Baseball!






Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2009 1:03 am
 

25 Reasons Football is Better than Baseball

Cheeks,

You need to look up George Carlin football vs baseball.  Trust me you will enjoy it.



Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2009 6:04 pm
 

25 Reasons Football is Better than Baseball

Love the list man, but really you only need one reason, with a little explanation:

My Reason: Football is athletic, half the game every player is sitting on the bench, as when their team is hitting, and the given player is not, he is on the bench.  And in the field what do you get 1 out of 10 plays?  Football: Every Play, everyone is involved.

Really I should make a blog entry seeing as football is more athletic than baseball.




Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2009 3:42 pm
 

25 Reasons Football is Better than Baseball

Nice list, football also has a shorter season that doesn't waste every single day of your life like baseball does for 6+ months.

My only disagreement is 19. The climax of a football game always comes at the end. A baseball game can be over by the second inning.
Football games can be over just as early as baseball games.  If you put up 30+ points in the first quarter the game is over.


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