Wanted to share with everyone this great piece written by Ryan Lambert from Puck Daddy, an NHL blog through Yahoo! Sports. As much as I love football, Ryan makes great points for the sport of hockey -- my all time favotire sport.
Well, yesterday marked the full start of the NFL taking over the next 22 Sundays for countless men, women and children across America. And it served as a perfect reminder of just how stupid, boring and interminable the sport this nation has grown to love really is.
Being in Boston as I am, I was "treated" to the Patriots beating the absolute hell out of the Cincinnati defense for three hours, and this was an actual sequence of events: the Patriots kicked an extra point after a touchdown, so the network took a commercial break. Then they kicked off, Cincy kneeled it for a touchback, and there was another commercial. Then the Bengals ran three hilariously unsuccessful plays, and someone got hurt, so they took another break. Then the Bengals punted, so more commercials were played.
Watching this, I wasn't sure exactly what type of person would be enraptured by this revolting display of commercialism run rampant ... unless of course they are particularly big fans of Denis Leary witlessly extolling the virtues of fuel-inefficient trucks several times per quarter-hour.
Sports fans in the U.S. often knock hockey as being boring, and why wouldn't they? In football, there's all the fun and excitement of running for three yards, standing around for 40 seconds, watching a pass fall incomplete, then standing around again. Now that's entertainment. You don't get any of that exciting stuff in hockey, where it's all skate-skate-skate, shoot, hit, grind, skate-skate, save, block, icing. Then you don't get to take a break for longer than 15 seconds or so. What a snoozefest.