This article has been sitting here a long time and I guess I thought I’d get around to making it longer. However, with the upcoming school year, that seems unlikely. I think it’s a pretty good length for a short rant anyway.
Anyway, you probably think I’m being sarcastic in my title, but I’m not. I thought about making the title “I hate ‘Negative Football’” or something as commentary on the term negative football, but decided that would probably just get lost in the shuffle, and that’s *not* what I wanted. There’s also the term “anti-football,” which is even worse, unless it is directed at flair players diving all over the place like they are 13-year-old Chinese girls. No, I wanted to say I’m sick and tired of all the people calling the football boring or bemoaning that teams don’t play 1-3-8. If the USA played 0-0 draws all the way to the World Cup I would be ecstatic.
It’s my dad’s fault. He brought me up on Bama American football and the Vikings’ Purple People Eaters. I wasn’t alive for the great Bear Bryant years or when purple was worn by tough guys, but the 6-3 win over Tennessee is one of my favorite Bama memories. There’s a nostalgia for something I never experienced. And while I may be different from other Americans in that way, why are Americans so enthralled by the no-hitter and the perfect game in baseball? How is a no-hitter any different than what Inter did to teams time and time again under Mourinho?