Why Do We Love NFL Football?

Donna CavanaghCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2009

As Valentine’s Day approaches, much of our attention turns to love and romance.   I know that this mushy stuff is the last thing NFL fans want to talk about, but I have a point, I swear. 

While Valentine’s Day is the day of true love and romance, many NFL fans will argue that all that romantic love cannot hold a candle to the love they feel toward their beloved game. 

As a woman, I have to confess, I am torn when it comes to this argument.  Let’s face the facts, the female genetic code just adores the idea of the romantic stuff, but as an NFL-stat company owner and NFL fan, I can see what NFL fans are saying. 

This time of year is the hardest for fans because the season just ended, and we are all feeling the pangs of loneliness that a Sunday afternoon brings.  Now, instead of waiting for the 1:00 and 4:00 games to come on our TV sets, we are forced to watch competitions such as professional bowling. 

I may be wrong, but somehow a strike or a spare is not nearly as exciting as a touchdown, or even a pummeling sack.   

So, as Valentine’s Day approaches, I would like all the NFL fans out there to think about why we love football.  Do you like it because it is a physical game, or because it is a mental game?  Do you admire the strength and endurance of the players?  Or do you admire the strategy and tactics the coaching staffs provide?  For you, is it the pure emotion that keeps you coming back week after week, and season after season? 

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Is it the intimidation factor and the player bravado?  Or the in-your-face attitude, that we fans can only dream about adopting in our daily, work lives, that make you cherish this sport? 

I believe it is the momentum of football that drags me in. Momentum transfers easily from players to fans.  We almost feel what a player feels when he makes a great catch in the end zone, or a great block that stops a first-down conversion.  We feel a player’s pain when he drops the pass that might have saved the game. 

Okay, I think it’s a safe bet to say we don’t feel a player’s physical pain, nor do we want to. That is why they get the big bucks, and we eat nachos and watch the game from the safe confines of our living rooms.

We fans see what is coming with every play.  We fear or anticipate the joy in the result of each play, and we react with all the emotional screaming, hollering, and cursing we can muster.

At Possessionpoints.com, we say that we stress the unemotional part of the game—the statistics. However, PossessionPoints.com sprang to life because of the momentum and emotion of the game. Yes, that bit of irony never fails to amaze us. And, we are going to grow that irony even more. 

In the off-season, we are going to work on an “emotional index.”  We are going to try to capture the feeling of the game and put it into numbers.  An ambitious project it is, but one that the sport of football and its fans definitely deserve. 

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