- 07/20/2011, 12:35AM ET
PCH said 07/20, 12:35 AM
I got FOOTBALL, you know, that "pigskin"..
NFL and NCAA are awesome. The pro's hit harder than a sledge hammer, and the race to a national championship is very intriguing.. I mean, even highschool football is solid..
There's a reason everybody and their momma watches the Superbowl
it's not just the "halftime" show, or the commercials..
Football epitimizes TEAM WORK.. Football team's have big rosters, and everybody has a huge part..
Nothing like a HAIL MARY victory..
a rushing qb..
or a runningback that can't be tackled..
did i mention 60 yard field goals to seal it are pretty cool too?
Sabih said 07/20, 01:40 PM
With soccer excluded and football taken. Come on, pch. you really aren't making this easy but I will give it a go.
I will have to go with football's father, rugby
I have played a lot of sports in my life and rugby has to be one of the most viscous and physically grueling sports I have played.
First of all, there is no equipment. No pads, helmets protecting you from the other guy.
Second, it is non-stop unlike football which they stop after every play. in addition, you play both sides unlike football where a player will rarely play even half the snaps (with the exception of QB).
Third, in football, when the ball carrier goes to the ground play over, he does not have to worry about anything. In rugby, the play is still going and you hope that you don't "accidentally" get kicked in the head
The All-Black's haka dance.
That trumps Ray Lewis (and I am a huge Lewis fan) any day of the week.
Where football beats rugby is exposure and marketing in North America.
PCH said 07/20, 02:37 PM
Not only exposure and marketing, but actual game play..
The biggest thing to come out of rugby lately is that g.ay guy..
Sometimes the more grueling and barbaric doesn't make for the best..
I'd rather watch Ray Lewis cream of wheat somebody, then watch some rugby drunks get their barbaric on..
Start naming me some great rugby players nobody knows..
I get you argued marketing in the United STates, but at the same time, the United States knows what to pump it out and what not..
Rugby is missing for a REASON
These last nfl playoffs were GREAT.. Peyton Manning losing by a single POINT to the Jets, the reigning superbowl champs losing to the first under .500 team in the playoffs, the ATL falcon's gettting massacred :(, and the Steelers holding off Mark "dirty" Sanchez..
There's a reason Rugby isn't marketed in the "states".. trust me..
Sabih said 07/20, 11:38 PM
There is a reason rugby isn't marketed in the "states
Come on pch popularity does not make the sport better. Basketball is probably the most popular sport and there sport has the biggest stars out of all the sports in North America.
Second, a colleges have rugby programs and I remember a few months ago NBC had the NCAA Rugby 3rd place game on live.
Start naming me some great rugby players nobody knows
Irrelevant. Star power does not mean the sport is better.
But if you want one Tana Umaga of the All Blacks (New Zealand national rugby team) and Pienaar (Invictus)
Which leads me to great moments. That SA team winning the Rugby world cup in 1990 on the backdrop of all the stuff that was going on in the country. I believe it was one of the documentaries in ESPN's 30 for 30.
i could list of a lot of great moments and they will have one thing in common, Country vs country and we all know nothing makes some sports better than good ole patriotism.
Thats the reason anybody gave a damn about women's soccer last week in US. Thats the reason we give a damn about Olympic sports such as gymnastics and skiing every couple of years.
PCH said 07/21, 12:07 AM
you can't tell me anything..
the NFL is the powerhouse, the cream del lah crem..
Rugby has no story?
Nobody knows the story..
the fact are the facts.. the NFL is marketed the most in the united states, not because it's popular, but because it's.. THE BEST SPORT in the world..
Europe wishes they can do it.. alotta countries wish they could do it.. THE NFL prominent in the states..
Kick Return Touchdowns..
one handed catches..
missed field goals..
The list goes on and on..
That's why i want to watch NFL over Rugby, i'm not totally bashing the sport..
The NFL is in it's own league.. How much money were they bickering over? 19 billion a season?
They get that much money, 19 billion, because it's what the fans want.. ALL OVER THE WORLD..
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Ray Lewis, Demarcus Ware, DeAngelo Hall, Suh, and Dwight Freeney..
^ fun to watch.. yeah, buddy
Sabih said 07/21, 02:57 PM
Rugby has no story
There is the story of the 95 South African World Cup which was turned into a very successful movie called Invictus.
There was the 81 tour by the South African squad of NZ which was met with heavy protests due to the Apartheid regime leading to no more foreign tours for the South African team for the till 1990. In fact this was a common theme at the time as SA's squad face protest in AUS and ENG during there tours in that country as well
And then there is the on-pitch violence which has often boiled over into brawls (see link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99_call)
Also, while football is played primarily by US and in Canada to an extent. Rugby is played in far more countries (AUS, NZ, ENG and rest of Britain, SA, Argentina, France, Italy)
If football is so great and Europeans wish they could do it, how come the NFL Europe folded?
Maybe there were other reasons but the main reason was there was not enough of an interest in football primarily because Rugby had already captured that audience. Same reason rugby does not have as big of an audience in US because those people are already fans of football.
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