Which sport is America's true national pastime: Football or baseball? | The Tylt
Which sport is America's true national pastime: Football or baseball?
There is no other sport in the United States that garners so much attention during regular season games, and so much sadness when it is gone. Every week, from September to February, America eats, sleeps and breathes football. From NFL Sunday to College Football Saturday, the sport is being played somewhere at a high level during the weekend.
According to the latest Gallup Poll, 37 percent of adults surveyed say football is their favorite sport. It's no surprise why. Some of the world's best athletes compete in football. No one is supposed to move with the speed and power that those monstrous human beings do–350-pound men thunder down the field and crash into one another. As brutal as it is, fans revel in the violence, cheering on their warriors as they clash with other teams on the field of battle.
Football may be popular, but it doesn't necessarily mean it's America's sport. Baseball is ingrained in American culture. Americans grow up eating apple pie, drinking macro-lagers, and tossing around a baseball with the old man. Baseball's popularity exploded in the early 20th century and has not strayed far from the national conscience since.
Baseball cemented itself as America's sport with heroes like Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in MLB. Babe Ruth became a legend with his long drives and home runs. Even now, when baseball is supposed to be "less exciting" after the league cracked down on performance-enhancing drugs, the sport is thriving with new stars like Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw destroying opponents and records alike.
Football is a popular sport, but baseball is America's pastime.
Football is fast-paced, hard-hitting and exciting. Baseball is bogged down with slow-moving action and archaic, unwritten rules that deter from the on-field product.
Baseball's slow trod was meant for another era, an era that demanded less physical talent. Today's athletes are bigger, stronger and faster, and football gives them a place to show those skills off. In a world that craves instant gratification, football provides short bursts of action that keep people coming back.
Baseball is also a grind to follow with its 162-game season. Every game and every play matters in football. People want more!
People like to complain about the length of the season, but if you're a real sports fan, you know this is one of the great things about baseball. During baseball season, hardly a day goes by without at least one game. When it comes to this sport, too much of a good thing doesn't exist.
Having so many games also allows fans to enjoy the baseball at their leisure—and without breaking the bank. NFL game tickets can easily run into the hundreds of dollars, but baseball games have the most affordable tickets on the market. You can head to the park, have a hot dog, a couple of beverages, and still have cash left over to save for another game. Plus, the baseball stadium experience is the best in all of professional sports. The natural breaks in the game make it perfect to be to have a friendly conversation with whoever you want.
Sometimes, you fear for your life at football stadiums with the mix of alcohol and brutish violence. Baseball is a much more relaxed environment.