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Anonymous asked in SportsFootball (American) · 2 months ago

Why does America care so much about the NFL?

Basically everyone has a favorite NFL team. Cities with NFL teams are quiet on Sundays on the fall cause everyone’s either at the game or watching it. Bars and restaurants get so much extra business. Take out like pizza and wings is the prime food. Super Bowl Sunday is considered a holiday. In fact, it’s the 2nd most food selling holiday (behind Thanksgiving). 9/10 most watched events in America are Super Bowls. Why is this like a life style in America?

Update:

Sorry how incoherent this sounds...

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  • 2 months ago

    The poor souls who have been fooled into thinking that versions of rugby are football  will eventually realise that what has been called soccer is in fact real football.MLS is far and away the ,most popular among young people so the days of liars are numbered.The NFL's game should be called what it is.Whatever it is.It sure as hell is nothing like football,which is played only with the feet and a real round ball!

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  • 2 months ago

    It's the sport people here grew up watching and playing from a young age like soccer in mych of the rest of the world.

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  • Kathy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Because they like the sport.

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  • 2 months ago

    Because we are die-hard fans in America.

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  • 2 months ago

    Because football is awesome!  :)

    It's the perfect blend of elements.  It's the most intensely team focused of any team sport.  Most team sports, only a couple guys are truly doing anything useful at any given time, usually the couple right around the ball who are either handling it, or who could be directly passed to.  Football on the other hand is an intricate ballet of cooperation where multiple athletic contests are happening at once, each capable of altering the flow of play.

    It's the most strategy heavy game.  This should be pretty obvious if you've ever seen a playbook, but it actually goes even deeper than that. 

    It's a very physically demanding game.  This is both in terms of athletic ability, stamina, toughness, and physicality.  Sure, sports like soccer or rugby don't have the frequent stoppages, but most of the guys at any given time also aren't going as all-out as football players.  Add in the hitting and the tackling and such.  

    It's a very diverse game.  You can see power slugfests, speedster ballet, catching, throwing, and so on.  There's so many different elements to it to appreciate.  Most other sports just have a couple.  And there's room in this game for big powerful guys, small quick guys, specialists, and everything in between.

    And the games come just infrequently enough that it doesn't overstay it's welcome.  Baseball, basketball, hockey...these all have 80-160 games.  Not counting playoffs.  They play every day or every other day.  Seasons last 3/4ths of the year.  They're grinds.  Football you play 16, and mostly only on weekends when you have the time and freedom to attend without leaving yourself exhausted for the next day at work.

    The sport is perfectly built for television also with well timed breaks and so much going on that replays and camera angles give a lot more insight.

    • bobby1 month agoReport

      The name is awesome but it doesn't describe plastic rugby men in tights.

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  • 2 months ago

    Your perception is wrong. Very few, if any, cities shutdown because of any sport in the US. There is a small subset of people, just like for any sport in any country, which act the way you say. The vast majority of the country and individual cities couldn't care less.

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  • Cory
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Because basic humans love barbaric sports. Which happen to fall on a Sunday when everyone is at home relaxing from the stressful work week. Ever since the Roman times. Something about the adrenaline rush of seeing men practically kill each other, every few seconds, gives a person life. 

    There's also an immense level of athleticism and wonderment at how these giant men can take a big hit and keep on moving or can catch a ball the size of a small lot of bread that travels 60 mph.

    Plus it's also a thinking mans game. It's a guessing game, trying to strategize and figure what's going to happen on the field before it happens, gives you a rush when you're right and anger when you're wrong. It's fun.

    As far as the food part. It's cool when you get to share this experience with other people with good eats.

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  • 2 months ago

    We have great pride in football.

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  • Mark
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    >Sorry how incoherent this sounds...

    Well, as long as you're aware of it...

    I don't really have a fave team...

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  • 2 months ago

    I don't know and what's worse  they put these wife beating thugs up on a pedestal like they can part the seas. A lot of it appears to be social conformity, basically sheep. You're part of the in crowd if you obsessively talk about football

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