Why Baseball is Better Than Football: A Woman's Viewpoint

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Baseball or Football?

Although most Americans now claim that football has surpassed baseball as America's favorite pastime, the debate rages on. There are so many reasons why baseball is a far superior game, especially from the point of view of women. We know that baseball is as American as apple pie, and we will list the top 10 reasons that make it the best. So come on, all you football-loving men and women alike! Read the top ten reasons below why baseball is better than football, have a laugh, then reserve your seats at the nearest ball park!

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Baseball Rules! Top 10 Reasons:

10) Helmet vs. Cap - we want to see how cute they are!

This one is fundamental to a woman's enjoyment of sports. The big, bulky helmets of football hide the face of the players! Women want to be able to see how cute they are. Under a baseball cap, their expressions, emotions and handsomeness is clearly visible. Baseball caps are way better than football helmets; a definite plus over football!

9) Baseball players = steroid abuse
Football players = domestic abuse

Okay, no one likes a cheater, that's a given. So steroid abuse is definitely not cool and its impact on the game of baseball has been a tragic one, with so many players' records being questioned, if not completely compromised. Steroids are bad. BUT.... domestic abuse tops steroid abuse any day. The steroid abuser is hurting himself, the domestic abuser is hurting a woman. While steroid abuse may indicate someone willing to cheat to gain fame and fortune, a wife/ girlfriend batterer is self-centered, abusive, violent and criminal. Baseball players are just plain nicer guys!



Hilarious George Carlin Thoughts on Baseball vs. Football

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Reasons #8 and #7:

8) "Yeah honey, I'll do it right after this inning" gets you quicker results than "Yeah honey, I'll do it at half time".

Nothing is more annoying than a football-watching husband or boyfriend whose eyes are glued to the TV, rendering him unable to do all the little things we need him to do right now! At least with baseball, you only have to wait for three outs and the inning is over. Then you can make him open the jar, take out the trash, unclog the sink or kill the spider. With football you have to wait until half time break to get him to do anything or he might "miss a great play"! Yep, baseball wins out on this one too!


7) Yankees are easier to hate than Cowboys - it's that simple. (this applies mostly to Red Sox fans)

Admit it! The Yankees are DOGS! They are arrogant, pompous, abrasive cheaters who don't care about the rules as long as they win. They think they are God's gift to baseball. Their fans are loud, and obnoxious. They start fights and flip cars if their precious team loses.... or wins. The Cowboys? Okay, so they're a little stuck-up, but nothing compared to the EVIL of the New York Yankees! Baseball is ahead in the "I hate that team" department!


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The Sad Truth of the Matter

Another reason could be the new traditions that have sprung up around football that have replaced those of baseball in prior decades. For example, Thanksgiving football games are a treasured tradition for families, a time to gather around the TV within reach of the dessert table, for the fun and entertainment of a rough and tumble game of football. The same goes for Superbowl Sunday, which has almost reached the status of a national holiday in the United States of America! In addition, since there are so few games per season in comparison to baseball, weekly gatherings with friends at home and with strangers in sports bars have become part of the fabric of American life on the weekends.

But I think the sad truth lies in another factor: the tempo of the game. Let's face it, baseball requires a longer attention span to follow than football. Time between plays makes the game seem longer, and today's fans, influenced more and more by fast action video games and instantaneous texting, are simply not willing, or perhaps able, to concentrate on the slower-paced game of baseball. We have become a nation of "I need it now" consumers, and football delivers that more effectively than baseball. This is a shame, since baseball is more nuanced and, in many ways, more complex than football, a more "intellectual" game. I see this shift toward football as the dumbing down of sports appreciation. So sue me.

Is Baseball Lost as America's Pastime?

Through much of the history of America, baseball has ruled as its number one sport and national pastime. Nothing said "America" like an afternoon at the ball park eating peanuts and hot dogs with the family. When did it change?

Gallup poll stats say that football suprassed baseball in the hearts of Americans in 1972. It is even more discouraging today, with as many as 41 percent of Americans naming football as their favorite sport and only a measly 10 percent identifying baseball as their favorite.

So what happened? Well there are a number of factors, each of which likely played a role in the sad decline of baseball in the hearts of sports fans. Some claim that the increase in ticket prices (fueled by exorbitant player salaries) is to blame. No longer can Dad treat the family to an evening of baseball on a whim. Not to mention the cost of feeding that family at the game! We've all bought $8 hot dogs and cringed. But, isn't this true of most pro sports these days?

Why Has Football Surpassed Baseball?

NFL Football: A History of America's New National Pastime (Sport and Society)
NFL Football: A History of America's New National Pastime (Sport and Society)

Offers clear explanations of why football has eclipsed baseball as America's favorite sport. Includes a concise history of the sport too.

 
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Reasons # 6, #5 and #4:

6) Too much padding prevents us from checking out their sexy physiques

With all that padding and protection on the football players, how are we women supposed to check out their bods? Baseball players are visible in all their hunky glory in their spiffy baseball uniforms (except for the catcher, maybe), while football players hide their assets under giant pads. (okay, so we can check out the tush, but that's not enough!) Baseball rules when it comes to eye candy!



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5) Stadium jacket vs.slinky tank top - fashion rules at the baseball park!

Women's fashion choices are severely limited by the fall/winter season when it comes to attending a football game. We are reduced to choosing from a bulky stadium jacket or a thick hoodie. Where's the fashion statement in that? At a baseball game we can strut our stuff in tanks, strapless tubes, colorful blouses and short shorts! (This particular reason may also apply for the enjoyment of men)

4) Fewer ER visits if your kid is in Little League than if he's in Pop Warner

Moms weigh in on this one! If your little tyke is in Pop Warner football, you are almost guaranteed at least one visit to the emergency room with a broken limb or a concussion during their career. Little league? The most you'll have to deal with is a sprained ankle or bump on the head from a stray baseball. No sweat! Little league triumphs over Pop Warner! Mothers unite!

Definitive Film on Baseball as America's Pastime

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns (Includes The Tenth Inning)
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns (Includes The Tenth Inning)

Ken Burns' film on Baseball, its history and its place as American's favorite pastime simply cannot be missed.

 
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Reasons #3 and #2:

3) Get a tan at a baseball game vs. freeze your tush off at a football game

Really? You're telling me you enjoy shivering through a long football game on a freezing cold bench? Come on! Wouldn't you much rather bring suntan lotion to a game than hand warmers? Slather that stuff on and work on your tan at the ball park and forget freezing your butt off at the football stadium. Feel that summer breeze! Baseball tops it again!

2) We have to go on a serious crash diet after Christmas to have a prayer of looking decent for the Super Bowl party.

After stuffing ourselves at Thanksgiving and indulging in all the Christmas goodies, not to mention attending a high-calorie New Years Eve bash, we women have a diet emergency when it comes to football. We are forced to go on a strict crash diet in order to have a prayer of looking good at the Super Bowl party! This puts WAY too much pressure on us, compared to the situation with baseball where we've been on a diet since New Year, so we're slim and sexy by the time of the first crack of bat on ball. No comparison! Baseball is much easier on the waist line!

Which is Better: Baseball or Football?

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Reason #1 Why Baseball is Better than Football:

1) We look so cute in baseball caps!

There's no denying it. Us women look simply adorable in a baseball cap! Whether we're wearing it to the grocery store, walking on the beach or cheering from the stands, a baseball cap is the perfect fashion accessory. What can football say about THAT? HUH?

So why don't you just admit it? Baseball RULES over football any day of the week! Don't let football crowd out the fabulous sport of baseball.... if you're not a fan already, become one!

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME!

(Go Red Sox!)


© 2016 Katharine L Sparrow

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billybuc 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

All true, all funny and I agree with them all. I'm an old baseball player and it will always be my favorite sport.


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Sparrowlet 8 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank-you so much for stopping by and commenting! Glad it gave you a chuckle!


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aviannovice 8 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I'm for baseball, too. I grew up with the Red Sox, and even though I am halfway across the country, I have still remained loyal. However, there will never be another Carl Yastremski or Johnny Bench again!


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Sparrowlet 8 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Oh Deb, I agree! Yaz was the best! I remember rooting for him and for Jim Rice, Freddie Lynn, Carlton Fisk and all of those guys! Sadly this year is unlikely to be a stellar one for the Red Sox, but I'm still on their side! Thanks for reading and commenting! Go, Sox!

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