Friday, February 13, 2015

Football is THE Men's Game

The Super Bowl is over, and the sports dead period has begun. This is the same period of the year where they slip in all of the award shows for the entertainment industry. I grew up in a sports family. My dad's family was a huge baseball family, still is. My mom's family was football, as my uncle was a quarterback for a high school state championship team and a cousin was all state as a linebacker. I played the normal American three, football-basketball-baseball, all growing up. Baseball was my least favorite. Football was my favorite. I played quarterback. We were the only team that the coach sent in plays using hand signals. I was 12, so this was unique. I never got why my coaches in school wouldn't trust me with signaling in plays when I was doing it at 12. Football is the guy's game. It captures being a man and gives every man an opportunity.

You need to work as a team but also do your specific job well. You need to know how your job fits in with the whole. You build a drive or stop a drive. You need strength, speed, vision, intelligence and stamina in a variety of doses. You need to be aggressive but you can't have a loose cannon. No passing play is successful without an offensive line doing their job. No goalline stand works unless all defensive linemen generate a push. You have a head coach, a father type figure, and plenty of assistants, your uncles. There is an honor to the game. Help up your teammates and even opponents. Even if you did not play in school, backyard football games are guy time.

Football also gives every man a job. Baseball is such a skill sport that if you can't hit, you're done no matter how strong or fast you are. After a certain level, you need to hit a high number on the radar gun to pitch. Basketball is skewed significantly towards height. Fat guys don't usually play long in either baseball or basketball. Hockey involves skating, which makes it the most difficult sport of all the majors. Football allows every man to compete. Fast guys, strong guys, smart guys, agile guys all have a job. A fat friend who doesn't run well can still be a lineman and knock you down. A fast skinny friend afraid of contact can still play wide receiver or defensive back. Strong guys who are just a step slower than your fast friends can still play a variety of positions. Skinny or fat, short or tall, it does not matter. You can always put a game together with as few as 4 guys, and the more the merrier.


I love football. This post is basically a response to the whining on Return of Kings. One writer is in Seattle, so his area is undergoing what Red Sox fans experienced during the boom times of the 2000s with the Pink Hat invasion. The sport becomes a social thing, including a place to be seen. Women will leave the moment the Seahawks start losing again. I'm a season ticket holder, women shout for the big hits and violence just like the guys. My favorite fellow ticket holders are a brother-sister duo that drink a lot, high five and swear just like a duo of guys would. My mom loved football because of her brother and family. She loved watching me play, and she was the one to cry when I couldn't play due to an injury anymore. She still watches NFL games with me and my dad if they visit during NFL season. Is this a horrible feminization of my sports experience? No, but I'm not a sad MGTOW, looking at every negative for validation of my worldview.

Yes, let's whine and bitch about the invasion of women into football. Oh noes! Keep crying guys. Maybe it is time you realized that our modern world is a Matrist society. Yes, more women are fans now of the game, but quit your bitching. An invasion of space where you can't talk about everything? Are you talking about sex while watching football? Christ man, give it a 3 hour rest. Professional football is a business. Right now they are trying to hook the marginal viewer in any way they can, which means silly pink jerseys for women and having September be Hispanic heritage month (seriously). You're still likely to just watch games with the guys. You're still going to just play the annual Thanksgiving pick up game with the guys. You're still just going to have your son be the one lacing up cleats to play. The advertising for No More has been annoying, as has the pink in October for breast cancer, but women will find something new to move onto within a few years. The few that remain will be knowledgeable fans or at least wives who will watch football with you on the couch for a Sunday afternoon. Oh the humanity, a woman who doesn't gripe about your sports fandom.

*Deliberately using men's not man's

15 comments:

nikcrit said...

Football took a huge hit in the '90s, not-so-coincidentally tandem to Basketball's rise and, once again, havoc wreaked among adolescent passions as the critical-mass-era of video games and other digital distractions became prime.

Football, as you said, is the ultimate 'company-man' sport; each unique individual has a role for the greater good.

The Green Bay Packers are the real "A merica's Team'; The Cowboys, ironically, are the antithesis of Football's all-for-one, one-for-all aesthetic.

Jokah Macpherson said...

I'm fine with women wearing pink jerseys. But I draw the line at actual players wearing pink jerseys for the entire month of October.

Crud Bonemeal said...

Sorry, but buzkashi (or goat dragging) is the only masculine sport.

deconstructingleftism said...

It's too black, and getting blacker. TPTB want football to be like basketball, and to the extent that is possible they will.

Anonymous said...

Depriving men of their own space has been a feature of leftism for a couple of generations now. It was only a matter of time before they got around to sports as it is one of the last male bastions. The NFL, of course, has its own reasons for wanting more women to watch as it means more revenue.

American football is just weird to the rest of the world. Men wearing tights. Plays called from the sidelines. Players who only have one job like the punters. The seemingly arbitrary rules - if the knee is down the play is over but the ball is spotted not where the knee is down but where the ball supposedly was. The spot of the ball is always imprecise like the baseball umpire guessing whether it is a ball or strike. Lack of precision is not a regular and major feature in non-American sports. Judging by the commercials they show during NFL games the sport's followers are very prolish - chain restaurants, "lite" fake adjunct lager, sugared drinks, promos for moronic sitcoms etc.

Sorry, but buzkashi (or goat dragging) is the only masculine sport

Those crazy Afghans. I noticed that Afghanistan is playing in the cricket World Cup that is going on in Australia and New Zealand. The Spanish gave up bullfighting for real football and basketball decades ago. Maybe buzkashi is on the way out too.

nikcrit said...

Judging by the commercials they show during NFL games the sport's followers are very prolish - chain restaurants, "lite" fake adjunct lager, sugared drinks, promos for moronic sitcoms etc.

Are you implying through comparative suggestions that the brit ads geared to football hooligans and lager louts are more upscale?

However, i will grant you that beer quality is much better overseas; that's one aspect my particular american hometown once owned but never keot up the pace worldwide

nikcrit said...

p.s.,

forgot to post this link with my last comment; (not exactly higher-brow stuff, but a good-looking bird was cast)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLHPNOEJ8Uc

Suburban_elk said...

High school is where boys become the men they get to be for the rest of their lives.

And if they don't become those men, then and there, well what then.

I made this same comment on another thread. Athletics and sports are supposed to be rites of passage - with the problem being that they don't do the job for a good 80 to 90 percent of the "guys".

This very evening i crossed paths with an old classmate, and acknowledged a greeting. This guy would be one of those 80 per cent. He is 6 foot 3 and better looking than average, and his older brother is a cop. But this guy is dazed and confused all the way. Nice guy and a lost soul. It wasn't that he didn't make the team, it was that he never went out for it.

Whatever. Americans are lost. I was thinking earlier that everyone you see, around here in the suburbs - this is not the country, and it is not New York or DC or Boston or Chicago or LA - everyone you see, is clearly a winner or a loser. And what would you put the percentages at? i would say about 80 to 90 per cent losers.

There are always people on the edges. Perhaps those are the struggle nerds. But them aside, everyone is on one side of that line. Springsteen made that observation in one of his songs about Atlantic City, and now it is like that here.

nikcrit said...

Americans are lost. I was thinking earlier that everyone you see, around here in the suburbs

Hey elk, then get out of Minnetonka or St. Louis Park or whatever and get back to dinkytown or Uptown or wherever!!

Nice guy and a lost soul. It wasn't that he didn't make the team, it was that he never went out for it.

Well, now the stage is set: YOU are the one to carry on the mission of David Carr! Get to it, upper-midwestern soul scriber! lolzz.

nikcrit said...

@elk,

serious reply to commment: i think some of the reason you sense a 80-90% total is the view is to obscured out there in Cheever country; it's so easy to get an unclear view out there, re. who's a 'winner' or 'loser'; the real estate is a equalizer, in terms of assessing who's got what, and inherited wealth heavily obscures the assessment on who's-making-what; then there are all the 'sort-of-to-outright trophy wives, who have the materials but are enervated from too much time and way too little to do, etc..... it's good to spend time for a stretch where everyone around you is either your better or lessor; only then can you get some kind of realpolitik gauge of what you're social effect is, and everyone needs to know that, to get the attention from that, at some p0eriod in their life..... if you spend all your time trying to make an impression upon social facsimiles and peers, well, all you end up doing is feeling frustrated... a fate that befell me ten years ago, before i got into my new vocational clime.
anyhow, that's my belief and vantage point, from my neck of the upper-midwest.

PA said...

i think some of the reason you sense a 80-90% total is the view is to obscured out there in Cheever country

Here in the Beast Metropolitan Area, nobody shuffles around in a daze. Not even the losers. And the winners do not have that mellow air of satisfaction about them either. Everybody is chronically at a slightly unhealthy level of alertness. Nobody likes anyone else. Cold blank stares on the subway, everyone pretending they don't see each other, and snouts buries in smartphones.

In other parts of the country it's more mellow. You drive three hours out west toward the mountains and things are a bit more relaxed. There, you see some faces of people who are satisfied and many faces with the tell-tale passivity of those who feel like things are passing them by.

Suburban_elk said...

The suburbs as a living arrangement are inevitably deteriorating, and the people go along with that.

But the topic of football and high school is tied in there. Football is a great game to play as a kid, and perhaps as a young adult, but it is too rough and injurious for grown men. Who has ever heard of a recreational football league for middle-agers? but there are such leagues for basketball and softball and even hockey.

The institution of high school sports as a rite of passage is broke down. To "go out of the team", back in the 50s and 60s, was, i think, de rigueur, or at least that is how they portrayed it in Grease. You had to go out for the team to be a top-half kid. And even if you weren't going out for the team, you were still going out for this or that, and participating one way or another. I bet that half the kids in high went out for one sport or another, back then. Now it seems more unevenly selected, and if you are not an athlete then you are either a hipster or a sperglord, and those are your choices and that is that.

And for those not making a choice, there is the default which is the wannabe gangster. Which for some kids is for real, but which for most is abject failure.

But football, or whatever is the premier sport, is supposed to select the best kids and make them into the leaders of the community. But when the community is broke down, it does not do that, it no longer works.

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People naturally sort things, and other people, into categories that make sense, which categories make sense because they have a kind of evolutionary stability. For instance jocks and geeks and everyone else is an arrangement that corresponds to warrior and priests and farmers. It is a triptych arrangement with stability that allows for something which is good. Winners and losers is another example of such a categorical arrangement. A person's estimation of the percentage of losers is their estimation of their place. It is not as if people are not on a continuum, but it seems that they are not, for the purposes of navigating a crowded place.

A person has to know where they stand. But these days, in this modern world, in the this multi-race non-culture, people do not know their status, they do not know their place in the hierarchy.

This is not about me, i don't exist, fuck this gay earth.

dsgntd_plyr said...

Yes, more women are fans now of the game, but quit your bitching. An invasion of space where you can't talk about everything? Are you talking about sex while watching football? Christ man, give it a 3 hour rest.

This attitude concedes all male spaces to women. It supports the Leftist entryism tactic for taking over institutions:
"Why are you complaining about women entering X? They'll leave soon. Okay, so women stayed in X, and now have entered Y. SO WHAT! Man up. Ugh, now you're whining about women entering Z. You aren't a misogynist are you?"

nikcrit said...

Everybody is chronically at a slightly unhealthy level of alertness. Nobody likes anyone else.

there've been times in which i've casually weighed and assessed your muse and ventured to myself that you'd have been more content living in another part of this country, granted, of course, that I really don't know how much I truly know to makes such a guess; plus, i also recall you mentioning driving around the south and having done some real investigating of 'inside' america in your younger years,..... still, i sometime wonder if immigrants get a warped view of America, because, of course, for obvious reasons, they tend to be overrepresented in NY, LA, DC and the ohter likely coastal supsects

Anonymous said...

Are you implying through comparative suggestions that the brit ads geared to football hooligans and lager louts are more upscale?

Not at all. One thing in the Europeans' favour though is that a substantial number of them still play their most popular sport. Suburban_elk points out the lack of recreational football leagues. It is something you consume passively from a couch. Baseball has inspired writers and even historians. The NFL inspires consumption and apparently little more. Why are there so many great American films about baseball and boxing yet so few about football? It doesn't seem to capture the collective imagination in a romantic way as baseball, boxing and even horse racing did. Maybe there is no longer a collective American imagination as the country hollows out.