What It Means to Us

The planes went up, the towers went down, and play was stopped as America watched in stunned silence.  Whether you were a firefighter working at Ground Zero, or a professional athlete, 9/11 affected us all.  When Mike Piazza blasted a home run to give the Mets the lead and eventually win the game in the first game back since the attack, in my opinion its one the most significant moments in sports history.  Sporting events became places of comfort, where you didn’t have to think about the towers collapsing, or the War on Terror.  The flag meant something different those following months.  Since that tragic day 11 years ago, we have used sports as a way to heal and come together as a country. We have even become more patriotic as a country and sports is one of the outlets that we use to express that patriotism. One of the best places to be is at the ball park or football stadium or even in the backyard having a catch with your dad. Sports may breed rivalries and those rivalries may push us apart at times but sports can also bring us together. It is my hope that this weekend we will see the true meaning of the word sportsmanship, both on the field and in the stands.

 

Where’s The Love?

He’s an undrafted quarterback whose been to the Pro Bowl, led his team to two division titles, and he’s dated some attractive women. So where is the love for Tony Romo?

He’s made mistakes in the past few seasons, but tell me a quarterback in this league who hasn’t.  Without Romo under center taking those snaps, I guarantee the Cowboys aren’t division champs in 2007 and 2009.  If Romo would have gotten into the endzone after the bobbled snap in Seattle, no one would have said anything bad about him.  It’s not Romo’s fault that they lost to the Giants in the 2007 playoffs.  However, in a few short years, Tony Romo has  become on the leagues most hated players.

Is it because he plays for the Dallas Cowboys?  There are a few teams in sports that have a massive following, in addition to massive hatred. The Dallas Cowboys are a prime example of one of these teams.  People have hated the Cowboys for decades and in the center of this hatred is the quarterback, which just happens to be Romo.  

However, if I’m a Cowboys fan, which I am, I would be very happy to have Romo as my quarterback.  He had his best year last season and his receivers are only getting better.  We will be in the playoffs again very soon and Romo will be one of the reasons why.  Romo is a likeable guy and a good quarterback, and deserves a lot more respect than people are giving him.

Why We Love It

It’s been 93 glorious years since the NFL’s inception in 1920.  The league has gone through many ups and downs but it is now the number one sport in America.  Why is America so obsessed with this sport?

Is it the tailgating hours before games?  What’s not to like about this football tradition?  Rain, snow, or sleet, the die hard fans of each team show up with flat screen televisions, a few grills, and an endless supply of beer.  There is nothing better than getting excited for a game and chest bumping a complete stranger, while holding on to your beer.

Or is the yearly tradition of Thanksgiving football?  This American tradition was born in the Motor City in 1934 and has been here ever since.  Americans have grown to love football on the fourth Thursday in November for many reasons.  The annual Turkey Bowl between families hours before dinner is served.  Nothing is better than getting winded from your game and running inside to watch the first game as the wives prepare the dinner in the kitchen.  After sucking down a few cold ones, dinner is finally served as you can eat until your sick and watch the Cowboys afternoon game.  After dozing off near the end of the Dallas game, you finish off the day by eating pumpkin pie and watching a third game of NFL football.

Maybe it could be the great rivalries that this fantastic league has to offer.  Yes, every sport has rivalries. Baseball has the Yankees and the Red Sox, Cubs and Cardinals.  Basketball has Lakers and Celtics, and the whole world against the Heat.  But don’t tell me that these rivalries are more intense than those in football. Classic rivalries like Cowboys and Redskins, or Packers and Bears, makes every time those teams meet feel like a playoff game.  It’s so great because the point of this game is to hit each other in the mouth as hard as you can, and when the Ravens and Steelers are going at it, it’s a beautiful thing to watch. 

However, we all know why football is head and shoulders above every other sport in America, and possibly the world.  Two words, the Super Bowl.  The World Series has seven games.  The NBA finals has seven games.  The Super Bowl is ONE game, and a game that defines “no tomorrow”, and a reason why this game has been considered a national holiday for years.  It doesn’t matter whether your watching it for the game, or the commercials, everybody watches the Super Bowl.  The death of Osama Bin Laden was talked about for maybe four days, but the Super Bowl will be talked about for weeks.  The game is memorable, the commercials are fantastic, and the halftime show is epic.  More food is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday than Thanksgiving Thursday.  Oh yeah, and the game between the Patriots and the Giants drew well more than 115 million viewers.  Seriously, can any sport compete with that?