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[–] 8_billion_eaters 1 points 61 points (+62|-1) ago 

Hey, NFL....How's that BLM shit working out for you?

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[–] madazzahattereboot 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

Maybe the NFL should express their anger by kneeling during the national anthem...

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[–] Mr_Wolf 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

no one wants to see men getting on their knees....think I just found the mental problem.

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[–] The_Duke_of_Dabs 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Biggest CisWhiteMale boner right now.

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[–] redgoldblue 0 points 17 points (+17|-0) ago 

and men too. its amazing how much the NFL shits on men in order to get women viewers. its like women cant enjoy anything unless they are ruining it for men.

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[–] IfIDidIt 0 points 34 points (+34|-0) ago 

They have made some seriously questionable decisions. The celebration of Colin shitting on the flag regularly while simultaneously not allowing teams to show homage to fallen police officers rubbed a good chunk of their fan base the wrong way. I don't know if they're ever going to genuinely recover from this.

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[–] Repo 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Don't forget drunks and addicts. Weed is a big no but pain pills a-okay! Have you seen Michael Floyd's DUI footage yet? Dude was out of it sleeping through two light cycles!

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[–] knightwarrior41 0 points 30 points (+30|-0) ago 

too much social justice causes and pinko faggot gear for the players plus the game has been pussified with so many rules

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[–] bloodguard 0 points 17 points (+17|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I've never really understood watching a televised football game live. It's 6 seconds of millionaires in padded suits wandering around followed by 3 minutes of older millionaires describing how amazing the wandering was. Then it's followed by 10 minutes of obnoxious commercials.

Lather, rinse and repeat.

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[–] gosso920 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Minimal colored players, too...

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[–] VillaLopez 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I used to download condensed NFL games. It cut out everything between the whistles. Pure action. Games were 30-35 minutes long. Truly the best way to watch the game if action is what you seek.

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[–] bloodguard 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Supposedly there's only 11 minutes of actual game play in an average 3+ hour NFL game.

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[–] tomlinas 2 points 1 points (+3|-2) ago 

I'm not trying to convince you otherwise, because your description is factually accurate, but here's why I do like watching football, and how I think of it compared to baseball and soccer (the other two big arena sports in my area; Seattle doesn't really have a hockey team, sadly. I like hockey too). Basketball is just unwatchable for me so I'll leave it out; THAT'S a game of pampered, flopping millionaires IMO.

(Also a quick note, while it's almost universally great money, not everyone in football is making big money and their careers are quite a bit shorter than basketball or baseball players)

Athleticism: Football requires a really wide variety of skills compared to the other two sports, IMO. You need to be able to move quickly, and most positions that aren't on the line need to be able to run fast like soccer. You also need to be able to effectively block / grapple within the rules, some positions need to be able to catch an oval-shaped ball, and at least one guy has to be able to throw. Soccer has some of these as well, and certainly there's a variety of field-position specific kicking that goes on, but the subset seems quite a bit smaller. Baseball has a quarterback analog in the pitcher, but otherwise every fielder performs the same general functions outside of the catcher; acquire the ball and return it to a specific base based on fairly predetermined logic. I'm not saying this is an easy thing to do -- I'm not a pro athlete -- but it's fairly predictable. For this reason, I feel like I see more athleticism on the football field.

Teamwork: In a perfect baseball game, there are only two players on defense: pitcher and catcher. The rest of the team is only there for when their plan of striking out every batter goes awry. This is one thing I hate about baseball; it's play after play to see if anything even happens. Each inning feels like a football series where they get to throw at least 9 passes incomplete. Zzzzz....in soccer there's quite a bit more teamwork and you get to watch a team try to outmaneuver the other team. This I enjoy more. But in football which is my favorite, teamwork is really fun to watch because each player has a very specific role. Only the right guard is assigned to his job on a play. When play breaks down a team might be able to react and save it if they're very alert, but generally speaking a successful football team has to be firing on all cylinders, which is why some teams assemble star-studded rosters that just suck and other teams are great at growing talent organically.

Strategy vs. Tactics: In baseball, the majority of the strategic battle occurs between the pitcher and the batter with very little outside influence. The pitcher is trying to surprise the batter into poor hits or strikes, and the batter is trying to anticipate the pitch for a maximally effective hit. Unfortunately when either side gets this completely right the play ends there with a strikeout or a homer. When it's somewhere in between and field play occurs, the game becomes purely tactical -- not that that's bad, but the planning is over at that point. Soccer feels almost completely tactical -- teams obviously run drills a la basketball to keep the ball moving, but since it's nonstop action there's not much opportunity to step back and assess. Football, on the other hand, has a tactical battle occurring on the gridiron accompanied by a purely strategic battle occurring between each play. Each team's defensive coordinator is trying to anticipate the offensive coordinator's calling and come up with a defensive counter. Each player's offensive coordinator is trying to surprise his opposing defensive coordinator. The difference between this and the pitching battle is that every player is involved, so there's a lot more opportunities for misdirection. Play action, screens, delayed handoffs, sneaks...there are a lot of ways to trick a defense, and on the defensive side of the ball, spies, robbers, pass rushes, and the many flavors of blitz all come into play.

For me, the complexity of football (it has more rules than any other professional sport in the U.S.) and the play - evaluate - reset- play cycle are actually exactly what I love. But I get that for you maybe it seems like there's not a lot of action; it's definitely not a constant contest like soccer, rugby, hockey, or even the slower paced baseball.

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[–] Fitblue 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

Looks like the boycott is starting to bite

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[–] RumpRangerRick 2 points 13 points (+15|-2) ago 

The NFL has been dead to me since they allowed players to get away with their protests during the National Anthem.

They have become an Un-American Institution; pandering to SJW's.

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[–] ursaggybutt101 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's why a lot of people have stopped watching.

I read an article (might have found it on Voat) about how the NFL was confused with the dropped ratings. This was in the middle of the season, during the political debates and the NFL wanted to blame the ratings on that. hahaha.

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