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Old 03-09-2009, 07:13 PM   #1  
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It shows in many places that the NFL is the best of America's "Big 3" or "Big 4" sports.It brings in more viewers than any other sport,especially during the Super Bowl.Many gamers buy Madden NFL every year.There are more reason than i can list in these details,but let's just get to it.Why NFL over all the rest?
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:51 PM   #2  
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Because it's the greatest thing in the world. Love the strategy, in-game play, and most importantly, the physicality. Seeing players getting violently laid out each Sunday it's just so awesome to watch. Plus, playing only 16 games a year keeps fans' interest very high. If you miss a baseball game (162 games in MLB), you're like ''meh, whatever''. But if you're a huge fan like me and you miss your favorite team's game one week, you treat it like it's a tradgedy.
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It shows in many places that the NFL is the best of America's "Big 3" or "Big 4" sports.It brings in more viewers than any other sport,especially during the Super Bowl.Many gamers buy Madden NFL every year.There are more reason than i can list in these details,but let's just get to it.Why NFL over all the rest?
Football is the equivalence to modern day gladiators.

The game is violent and has terms such as sudden death, blitz, sack.

For those facing dire circustances at the end, you have a prayer and a Hail Mary.

You lay it all on the line and sometimes hope for the best.

It's a game of drama, intrigue, hate, retribution and revenge.

They call it a war and the players hate each other.

When it's over there is the celebration.

The players are adorned in armor. The spectacle itself a show.

Football is an outlet for emotions and the primitive instincts we have and are all bundled up in 60 minutes of sport.

Love it!
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No, MMA (e.g. UFC) is the closest sport to gladiators. NFL is popular since its games come on normally once per week. There are too many NBA, baseball games IMHO.
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The game is violent and has terms such as sudden death, blitz, sack.
And they often use the shotgun.
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It's once a week for about 16 weeks (more if your lucky) the playoffs are single elimination.

The other major sports (baseball, hockey, basketball) have over 80 games each plus playoffs that seem to go on forever sometimes.
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And they often use the shotgun.
Nice!

It's a spectacle. The players are looked at as heroes.

The games greats are talked about as legends and past games epics.

The number of games is trivial at best.

Compare to baseball and you have a methodical slow pace.

Basketball's pace and excitement (especially college) dosn't have the grandeur, spectacle and the type of physicality you see on the football field.

While Rugby can be compared with it's physicality, the game does not match the beauty, grace, strategy other things mentioned previous such as armor, language, etc.

Baseball can say kill the umpire but it does not have the same fire as "kill the quarterback".

Along with the physicality though is a grace and beauty.

The long pass, graceful catches, making someone miss, breaking tackles, the collision are things that generate fire and emotion in those watching.

And, of course, there are x and o's to it. The game within the game, strategy and drama.

Throw in the unpredictability and finality of the moment, the game transcends all sports.

Did I mention the fans? Fans of teams become as fanatical as one can be.

Dressed like monsters and painted like warriors, the average person becomes someone else.

It's my team! And, you don't just hate the other team, you hate their city and fans. It's personal!

It may not be the world's game. It dosn't have to be.

For millions of Americans, there is no other sport.
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No, MMA (e.g. UFC) is the closest sport to gladiators.
UFC is glorified boxing. The Romans would have been pissed if they could only watch people fight people in their own weight class. Throw hands, throw hands, try a takedown(maybe), throw hands, punch lands, fight over. At least in the NFL you get to watch little guys run over big dudes and big dudes lay out little guys. I did watch UFC 96 the other night and could have broke everyone there if I'd of bet on Carwin. They were all throwing wallets on the table when I said he'd win.
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Football is simply the most beautiful game to watch. It's very intense and physical, very complex and easy to watch all at the same time. Having said that, I do wish there was a better balance between the running and passing game.
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UFC is glorified boxing. The Romans would have been pissed if they could only watch people fight people in their own weight class. Throw hands, throw hands, try a takedown(maybe), throw hands, punch lands, fight over. At least in the NFL you get to watch little guys run over big dudes and big dudes lay out little guys.
I'd like to see any NFL or boxer step into the octagon; they'd get crushed...instantly
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I'd like to see any NFL or boxer step into the octagon; they'd get crushed...instantly
And WWEntertainment guys can make it in the UFC either.

Athletes are athletes, of course they're not going to excel in a sport with no training in that sport. You think MMA guys are going to be successful on the football field without learning how to play? I'm sure there are loads of NFL players, who, if they wanted to take a pay cut, could train and be fine MMA.

I'd also like to see these current UFC guys fight a tournament style match like the original UFC and see how they do. It's a whole lot different when you don't have weeks to months to prepare for one opponent. Ask Kimbo

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Kimbo was a gimmick from the start... If you knew anything about lesnar, he has solid credentials...

Now lets look at NFL...you have different ppl playing offense, defense... They play only once a week... wear helmets, pads, etc... NFL is not that complicated. Its a sport, not rocket science... As I mentioned before, it would be great to see an NFL player step into the octagon. BTW, I do watch NFL and I am not a huge MMA fan. But someone called NFL players "gladiators", I simply disagreed. Sorry for derailing this thread..


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And WWEntertainment guys can make it in the UFC either.

Athletes are athletes, of course they're not going to excel in a sport with no training in that sport. You think MMA guys are going to be successful on the football field without learning how to play? I'm sure there are loads of NFL players, who, if they wanted to take a pay cut, could train and be fine MMA.

I'd also like to see these current UFC guys fight a tournament style match like the original UFC and see how they do. It's a whole lot different when you don't have weeks to months to prepare for one opponent. Ask Kimbo
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I'd like to see any NFL or boxer step into the octagon; they'd get crushed...instantly
I am going to have to disagree with this statement. Not really on the part of the NFL player but on the boxer. If you regularly watch MMA as I do, you would notice how it mainly has become a stand-up fest. Now of course you still have your bjj guys but there seems to be less and less of them. The last card if you remember, every fight besides the Rampage fight was a KO via stand-up. So who better to engage in a stand-up match than a boxer? Now granted most people would say "the mma guy would just take the boxer to the ground", but that in itself also limits the guy to only the ground. Now if he is highly skilled on the ground than my point is moot, but like I stated before, you are seeing less and less guys take it to the ground on a consistent basis. That's my opinion anyways.
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I am going to have to disagree with this statement. Not really on the part of the NFL player but on the boxer. If you regularly watch MMA as I do, you would notice how it mainly has become a stand-up fest. Now of course you still have your bjj guys but there seems to be less and less of them. The last card if you remember, every fight besides the Rampage fight was a KO via stand-up. So who better to engage in a stand-up match than a boxer? Now granted most people would say "the mma guy would just take the boxer to the ground", but that in itself also limits the guy to only the ground. Now if he is highly skilled on the ground than my point is moot, but like I stated before, you are seeing less and less guys take it to the ground on a consistent basis. That's my opinion anyways.
They had to get more stand up slug fests in order to sell the PPVs. The general population can't understand whats going on when the guys get on the ground. Submissions leave everyone with an empty feeling but a head kick KO drives people crazy.
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Kimbo was a gimmick from the start... If you knew anything about lesnar, he has solid credentials...

Now lets look at NFL...you have different ppl playing offense, defense... They play only once a week... wear helmets, pads, etc... NFL is not that complicated. Its a sport, not rocket science... As I mentioned before, it would be great to see an NFL player step into the octagon. BTW, I do watch NFL and I am not a huge MMA fan. But someone called NFL players "gladiators", I simply disagreed. Sorry for derailing this thread..
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