Of all the "Big Four" American professional leagues, the NFL commands the most respect form me. It's the most efficiently run league, has the most stupefyingly athletic players, and, since no other country's play football, is quintessentially "American."
Because my obsession with anything in the NFL, I wanted to set in stone why I think the National Football League and Roger Goodell make Bettman, Stern, and Selig look like high school SGA presidents.
10. Fantasy Football
Sure other sports have fantasy games, but no league can compete with the NFL's situation. They have created maybe one the nerdiest things on the planet and made it not only socially acceptable, but cool.There is even a show solely devoted to it on FX! Everyone plays it. Every group of guys around the country has a league. You're actually more of a loser if you don't sit at your computer at 4 am and meticulously monitor injury reports. How they did this, we may never know.
9. Mike Tomlin
First of all, Tomlin is as smooth as Shaft. In his post-game press conference after the loss to the Ravens, he made me honestly scared for the teams who have to play the Steelers (The Raiders must not have seen that interview). He wears fresh sunglasses on the sidelines at games. Tomlin, in short, is a boss.
8. C'mon Man!
This segment on ESPN not only features Hall of Fame players calling out current stars on bone-headed mistakes and poor efforts, but also holds coaches, fans, and even cheerleaders responsible for their actions. Moral of the story: Do not do something stupid at an NFL game these days. Chris Carter and Mike Ditka will find you.
7. Coors Light Commercials
Maybe the most culturally relevant beer commercials ever made. They have brought me more laughs over the past few years than any other ad on TV. Period. I do have one request Coors. Give us more Herm Edwards. I know he's on ESPN and sort of insightful, but the guy's press conferences were made for these ads. Thanks.
Just when you thought Chad's career and antics were slipping, he is a featured player on HBO's Hard Knocks . Aside from coining hilarious colloquialisms like "Child Please" and "Kiss the Baby," Ochocinco spoke about himself candidly and his poor knowledge of the banking system. 85 is vastly more entertaining than any movie Nicholas Cage has made in the last 5 years.
5.The Screen Pass
Can you imagine anything more beautiful on the football field than a perfectly called and executed screen pass to the running back? I didn't think so. It might be because it so frustrating to defenses, but I love the screen.
Yeah I know. College sports have body paint, too. But give me a fat guy with two beers in his hands at Reliant Staium in January over some "Dookie" and I'll be happy. Plus, you have to take into account how embarrassed his wife is to be sitting next to him as yells "Brady! You gawtah hit Welkah!" And don't even get me started on his kids watching the game at home.
3. Offensive Linemen
Maybe it's the fact that these guys are 3-8 inches taller than I am, weigh 150-160 pounds more than I do, and can beat me in a race. Offensive Linemen are the best athletes in the NFL. Don't believe me? Look at last years combine results for O-linemen. Incredible.
2. NFL Draft
For NFL teams and fans, late April is the season of perpetual hope. It's the time of year when lowly GMs can give their fans something to cheer about. And that's beautiful. It's also incredibly fun to listen to irrational and disgruntled fans of 8-8 teams wish their coaches and players had tanked the season so they could pick 7th instead of 15th.
1. No Name College Superstars
In a sport with such a high profile college feeder system, it is truly amazing that every year some rookie from Nichols St. emerges as a team's best pass rusher or wide out. This is a league where anyone with the talent can make it. Sometimes guys slip through the cracks in recruiting, or their combines are sub-par, but in the NFL if you're a player, you've got a shot. And they always make for great stories. Famous college no name alums: Steve McNair, Pierre Garcon, Johnny Knox, Mike Sims-Walker, Tim Hightower, Terrell Owens, Tony Romo, Al Harris, etc......