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I am sure everyone here has seen the movie Let It Ride. There is a scene in the movie where a despondent wife of a degenerate horseplayer asks two questions to a group in the clubhouse:
"Why does there have to be betting on horseracing?" "Can't you people just watch the horses race around the track without betting?"
The reply from the group was unconable coughing and hilarious laughter, that led to the disbelieving question: "She asked if we could just watch the horses run around the track without betting?"
It got me thinking: what's so good about football? I don't bet on the game, and trying to sit through 5 minutes of a game is boring. The game itself is boring. The action is brief, the pauses are long, and the plays are dull.
So my question is: Let's say you lived in Seattle or Denver or San Francisco, how likely would you be to sit through a Jacksonville/Detroit game, on a Sunday night, without having a bet on the game?
Football is boring and let me guess baseball is exciting.
Please, Be-Leaf, Me, On, This.
Fantasy football for years has kept me interested in games that I would never care about. I think the league has greatly benefited from so many people playing fantasy.
Mr. Super Bowl
If it is bet, they will take it.
For me baseball is much more exciting than football and I would not need to bet on baseball to hold my intereet. Strategy, baseball has much more strategy involed than football. Football is more like horseracing, in that, I believe, the average football watcher also needs to have a bet going to keep his or her interest. I read an article some years ago by a fan who timed the actual action in a season of pro football. Through the season the total real action in an average football game came out to about 6 or 7 minutes a game. The rest of the time you're watching players get up off the ground, walk back to a huddle, call a play in the huddle and walk back up to the line and most of the time the clock is running. I guess what keeps some interest is the instant replays. They seem to replay a play three or four times between snaps. But what I believe really keeps many fans interested is the "bet." IMO, without betting football would the behind baseball and hockey and on par with basketball in popularity.
I bet horseracing occasionally, but can honestly say I have never BET on any other sport. I adore watching football and except for office pools, have never bet a dime on any of them....and think they are prolly the most exciting sport there are....bwtfdik? I'm just a mere woman....lol...to each his/her own. Baseball is boring as far as I'm concerned.....Nascar too...lol....and basketball or hockey? UGH....
It sounds like you like football like I like baseball. The reason I ask about football, is because it seems everytime football is discussed at work, betting is also discussed. If it isn't a weekly pool, it's betting against the spread etc. I wonder how many true fans of the sport, fans like yourself, are out there, that can enjoy a game without a bet?
Congrats Bart, you finally got one right!
The reason football is our new "National Pastime" has nothing to do with the sport itself..it is ALL about the gambling. That's why it is such a crock when the NFL comes out with their anti-gambling statements, knowing full well much of their income is due directly, or indirectly, to gambling.
“Baseball is dull only to dull minds.” - Red Barber
I enjoy watching baseball when something like a WS is at stake...but on a daily basis, no. And I'll watch hockey or BB too for the same reason. I think one of the reasons football is so popular too, is that it's just once a week...not everyday or almost everyday....that gets boring. As does horseracing sometimes. JMHO
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