NFL in America

Brad FalconeContributor IFebruary 25, 2009

How much do Americans love football?

Enough that we care about the NFL Scouting Combine.

With the second half of the NBA season and MLB spring training in progress, we would rather talk about 40-times and amount of reps.

This is the NFL we now know and love. It's a year-round sport that begins now in February during the combine. The NFL Draft is an event that fans talk about for weeks, some waiting in line for hours to watch their team select a player.

Major League Baseball has steroid problems and an unbalanced league.

The NBA fairly or unfairly is a league still seen as an image of thugs.

The NHL and College Basketball are fading from the major sports scene.

The NFL has made college football more popular. Fans are evaluating players all season in hopes of landing that player come April.

They now watch their 40-times and talk about their performance in the scouting combine.

Football is the only sport where your team can go 0-16 and if you had a good offseason it can be overshadowed, because now your team has the No. 1 pick in the draft. You have hope.

Football defines people in America. We think of people in Wisconsin as Packer fans, not Bucks fans, not Brewers fan.

The Packers are a culture and football is a culture that people live every day, even in March, April, May and June.