NFL: The World's Best League?

Alex JohnsonCorrespondent IJune 26, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 28:  Falcon fans show their support as the St. Louis Rams take on the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 28, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons defeated the Rams 31-27.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Clearly, the NFL is the world's greatest sports league.  But for those of you that still can't see that, I'm going to tell you why.

You're reading this article because you're a sports fan, right?  Everything we sports fans look for in a sport or league you can find in the NFL.  The NFL brings to the table sportsmanship, controlled violence, excitement, unpredictability from game to game and season to season, strategy, passion...I could go on for days.

The short 16-game season makes each week in the NFL very, very important.

For example, Major League Baseball's 162-game season means teams are going to lose quite a few times no matter how good they are.  If you're watching an MLB game in May and your team plays awful for that one game, you don't go crazy and act like the world is coming to an end. 

It's not that big of a deal is it? OK, you're going to finish 99-63. OH NO! Really?

But in the NFL, each game means everything.  Losing one game can mean the difference between home field advantage, a division championship, or even making the playoffs at all.  Each game is so important; that's why the fans are so passionate about each week.

This time we'll use the NBA.  In basketball, often there are games in back-to-back days or every other day.  With your favorite team playing day after day, the anticipation for the next one can be diminished.

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In the NFL, normally you have to wait a whole week for the next game.  That can kill a person!  (Make sure to see your doctor if you have this problem. He'll probably prescribe a magical pill called NFL Network...it has worked great for me!) 

The anticipation is just so much greater, which keeps fans glued to their televisions each and every Sunday.

The NFL playoffs rule over every other system in sports. 

The NFL has four rounds of playoff games, but what makes the NFL far superior is that they use just one game each round.  With just one game, if your team loses you can't say: "We'll get 'em tomorrow!" 

If you lose in the NFL, it's over—done. You have to wait another eight long months to see another game!

Finally, the salary cap gives the NFL its pure greatness.

Having a salary cap is why the NFL is so competitive, and why a team can go from worst to first in one season. 

Just go back and look at 2008.  The Miami Dolphins went from 1-15 to 11-5 and AFC East champs.  The Atlanta Falcons went from 4-12 to a playoff team.  The Ravens went from 5-11 to the AFC Championship Game in one season.

It's these types of turnarounds that make the NFL so unpredictable and why each new season is so anticipated by fans.  We've all been making predictions for 2009 already...Heck, I made predictions myself

We just can't help it!

With the salary cap, no NFL team can go Yankees on the league.  NFL teams cannot "buy a championship."  But in baseball you see teams like the Yankees go out and spend ridiculous amounts of money that teams like the Pirates couldn't even dream of having.

In the NFL, each team has the same limit of spending money.

I could continue all day, but I'll stop here.  I think you get the point: 

The NFL is the best league on Earth!

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