This weekend is Super Bowl Sunday and I have to say that there is little doubt in my mind that in this great country of ours life pretty much revolves around this annual championship game of the National Football League. It is the highest level of professional football in the U.S., culminating a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. Super Bowl 1 was played on January 15, 1967, following the 1966 regular season. This Sunday’s game is Super Bowl LII (52), and for many that will be tuned in, nothing else matter in life but what happens on the gridiron. For others it might be how creative the commercials are during the breaks, or how will Justin Timberlake do during this years Pepsi half time show
For me, while no longer a real big fan of the NFL, (I prefer college) I will be watching. Although truth be told, I do take comfort in knowing that baseball is just around the corner.
With that said, in the spirit of this annual event that for many is all that matters this weekend, I wanted to share a quite humorous comparison between Baseball and Football by the late great comedian, George Carlin.
Baseball and Football by George Carlin
“I’d like to talk a little bit about Baseball and Football. Starting with Baseball; Baseball is different from any other sport in a lot of different ways. For instance, in most sports you score point or you score goals. In Baseball, you score runs.
In most sports, the ball or the object is put in play by the offensive team. In Baseball, the defense puts the ball in play, an only the defensive team is allowed to touch the ball. In fact in Baseball, if an offensive player touches the ball intentionally, he’s out. Also, most sports, the team is run by a coach, and they have to wear the same uniform the players do. Can you picture Bill Parcells in his New York Giants uniform?
Now Baseball and Football are different from one another in other kinds of interesting ways. First of all, Baseball is a 19th century pastoral game. Football is a 20th century technological struggle. Baseball is played on a diamond in the park, the Baseball Park. Football is played on a gridiron in a stadium, sometimes called Soldier Field or War Memorial Stadium.
Baseball begins in the spring, the season of new life. Football begins in the fall, when everything is dying. In Football, you wear a helmet. In Baseball, you wear a cap. Football is concerned with downs, where as Baseball is concerned with ups. Who’s up? Are you up?? I’m not up- he is up! In Football, the specialist comes in to kick, in Baseball the specialist comes in to relieve someone. In Football, you receive a penalty. In baseball, you make an error. Whoops!
Football has hitting, clipping, spearing, blocking, piling on, late hitting, unnecessary roughness and personal fouls. Baseball has the sacrifice. Foootball is played in any kind of weather, be it rain, sleet, snow, mud. Doesn’t matter if you can’t read the numbers on the field, can’t read the markers, can’t read the players numbers or names… the struggle will continue.
In Baseball if it rains… we don’t come out to play! I can’t come out to play, it’s raining out! Baseball has the 7th inning stretch, however Football has the two-minute warning. Baseball has not time limit. We don’t know when it’s going to end. We might have extra innings.
Football is rigidly timed and it will end even if we have to go to sudden death. In Baseball, during the game in the stands there is kind of a picnic feeling. Emotions may run high or low, but there’s not that much unpleasantness. In Football, in the stands during the game you can be sure that at least 27 times you are perfectly capable of taking the life of a fellow human being … preferably a stranger!
And finally, the objectives of the two games are totally different. In Football, the object is for the quarterback, (known as the field general) to be on target with his aerial assault. All the while riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz even if he has to use the shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing his aerial assault with a sustained ground attack, which punches holes in the forward wall of the enemies defensive line. In Baseball, the object is to go home and to be safe.”
Here is the link to the Carlin sketch. His delivery really adds something and I have no doubt you will get a good laugh.
Did you know that Sunday’s game equates to some really big spending? Yep, according to the National Retail Federation, on average people will spend a whopping $15.3 billion this Sunday. That marks an 8.5% increase from the $14.1 billion that was spent in 2017.
And where does the money go?
Why Food and Beverage of course. That’s right, about 80% of Americans plan to stock up on food and of course drink. And among the more popular items on the menu are chicken wings. According to the National Chicken Council, people in the U.S will eat 1.25 million chicken wings on Sunday.
So, it appears that life for many will revolve around eating wings, drinking their favorite beverage and watching the game this Sunday.
Oh, and btw, for all you baseball fans out there… pitchers and catchers report in less than two weeks!