What's Behind America's Love of Football

 By: Matt Ristman
One of the most popular team sports in the United States is football. Their version combines soccer and rugby and wasn't played until the nineteenth century. Millions of spectators and thousands of players participate in football games every year.

Football has a unique tradition in the US. American football is like an institution in the people of USA. Football gets the center stage of students' activity in the high school. The entire school comes to back their team during tournaments. The homecoming games and dances are nearly bigger than prom. The quarterback of the football team is the most popular guy in the school.

Football rules are fairly complex. Those who don't understand them, or care, can find the game slow moving and boring. On the surface it looks like running and tackling is all the players do, but actually the strategy is difficult and confusing. The coaches and assistants spend years studying offensive and defensive moves that go into making touchdowns. Often they aren't given enough credit for their hard work.

Professional football started back in 1895 when the first professional games were played in Pennsylvania. In the ten or so years that followed, teams started popping up and colleges created their own teams as well. In 1920, the American Professional Football Association was formed and two years later turned into the National Football League.

The NFL and football are very popular in the US and has given many superstars and celebrities to American Football. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest attractions on television, as it is the finals for each season of football. It attracts millions of spectators even from Canada.

Television commercials are a big part of the draw of the Super Bowl game. The networks charge their advertisers millions of dollars for a few minutes of air time. The elaborate and star-studded half-time show is also a major event. Thanks to the recent "wardrobe malfunction" it will probably be more popular than ever.

Football is popular in the US due to a variety of reasons. No one particular reason can be attributed to its success. Many are of the opinion that the game is very violent and barbaric. Many people end up with injuries due to the brutal tackling methods of the game. Some find the anticipation as the most exciting part of the game. For the one who has been a football player, the strategy employed in the game is of paramount interest. Spectators also like the way players scream at the coaches for employing wrong strategies.

Football continues to draw more people into the excitement of professional sport. Football is just as popular if not more so than the nation past time of baseball and of hockey. Canadians play their own brand of football, with slightly different rules. However, the sport of football has not seen nearly the same amount of popularity in Canada as it has in the United States.

Football is introduced to many when they are just small children and it's not just a game for boys anymore. Girl's teams are sprouting up all over the place and are proving that any gender can play any sport, and play it well.
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