We’ve both been told that American football is both engaging and (this was stressed multiple times) totally not gay. I have a very difficult time seeing either of those points.
“It’s about the strategy!” stated one football advocate as his mouth frothed with rage at the very thought of a man who does not watch football. As a counterpoint I offered, “Then why aren’t you so passionate about chess?” This sent the football advocate into a maddened (get it?) frenzy. Apparently football fans don’t appreciate the notion of strategy being found anywhere besides the muscular arms of a burly uber man whose rippling mass denotes the overwhelming masculinity of the sport. There seems to be more focus on the physicality, with the strategy playing an almost peripheral role. In fact, the whole defense of football as more than a Greco-Roman throwdown smacks of the same logic applied to the defense of movies like Kill Bill — sure, there’s an arguably good story, but that’s not what made Kill Bill a top-grossing film. Very few people watched it for the depth of the characters, no matter what anyone says. When you want a story, you buy a story. That’s the reason why Citizen Kane is regarded as a classic while its sequel, Orson Welles Stabs Everyone in the Face is not.
But I digress. If there are fascinating tactics to be found in the realm of spandex-clad guys grunting and tackling each other, then who are we to argue? I guess some guys are just really into strategy.