There is no such thing as soccer.
There is football, and many different types of it!
There's regular "Football" that we play here in England and around the
world. There's American Football, mainly played in the United States
as NFL Europe has never really taken off. The Canadians have their own
version of it. There is Rugby Union and Rugby League. There is Aussie
Rules. And I'm sure there are many other types of football as well.
Football (English, soccer to the Yanks) may be the worlds number one
sport but nobody can doubt how major American Football and the NFL is.
If you decided to host a regular season Premiership football match
between Liverpool and Man Utd in the United States at Giants stadium,
how many people do you suppose would turn up to watch the game? Would
the stadium fill to capacity? How many ticket requests would there be?
If you want to understand how big the NFL is outside of the USA then
you have to take a look closer to home and to next weekend at Wembley
Stadium 28 October 2007. The first ever regular NFL game to be played
outside of North America in London between the New York Giants and the
Within 72 hours of the website being set up at the beginning of the
year there were over half a million (500,000) ticket requests. That's
enough to fill Wembley 5 or 6 times over and this is just for a
regular season game.
For those of you that say only Americans are interested in American
Football or that it's not a real mans game like Rugby because they
need loads of padding and protection you seriously need to think
They need the protection because it is a high impact game. Neither
regular Football that we play here in England or either of the Rugby
codes are high impact sports. Rugby League is a good game, but it
isn't that aggressive and it certainly isn't as tense and exciting as
the NFL. Rugby Union is a southern softies game. Both Rugby games they
seem to spend a lot of time rolling around in the mud having big group
hugs and grabbing each others bollocks. Good old regular Football
(English) is great, but you can't deny there are those long boring
dull games that make up a large percentage of the fixtures. There are
hardly any games like this in the NFL, it is the greatest show on
Every play is tense and very tactical. It is like a bunch of warriors
meeting each other on the battlefield just before they are about to
charge at each other.
I always hear these bollocks comments from time to time about Rugby
being a real mans game. What's that supposed to mean? Isn't it just a
bunch of bulky blokes on steroids rolling around in the mud together,
and hugging each other in scrums (amongst other things they do in
there!)? Sounds more like a thicko working class/dole bludger game to
me. I mean I like Leeds Rhinos but as for it being a real mans game,
they can't even invent their own songs up they have to pinch Leeds
United ones to sing.
I love American Football and support the New York Giants, have done
since a young age. Am off down to London to see them at Wembley
against the Dolphins at the end of October. For this regular season
NFL game let me remind you again, there were over 500,000 that's five
hundred thousand i.e. half a million plus ticket requests. The number
of people wanting to go and watch this "regular season" game could
fill out the new Wembley stadium six times over. The first 40,000
tickets were sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale. There is now
even talk of franchise teams outside the United States, in Mexico,
Canada and even in the UK in London.
I can't see the same being the case for the Challenge Cup or a Grand
Final between the Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls in this country
never mind another one can you? And they aren't even regular season
games. Even Leeds United games don't sell tickets as fast as this NFL
game has done for next weekend, though we do manage to sell more
tickets than all the League One, Championship and half the Premiership
teams despite being in the third tier of English football. Our
supporters are simply the best and most loyal in the World. If the
likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Man U or Arsenal dropped down two
divisions their entire stadiums would be bare. Hell, Chelsea's stadium
is bare at the moment for Premiership games and has been bare in the
last few months for Champions League games too. What does that say for
top tier football and the loyalty of the supporters? I like the
Rhinos don't get me wrong, but Rugby isn't at the top of my list of
favourite sports. I have Football at the top followed by American
Football, probably followed by F1, Aussie Rules and Female Tennis
before I'd scribble Rugby in.
A real mans game is one where you have to make the most use of
intelligence, skill, speed and tactics. Rugby is one of the more
simpler of games where you don't need much in the way of skill to play
it, you just need more brawn than brains.
Football may be the number one sport in the world but American
Football and the NFL is the greatest show on Earth, of that there can
be no doubt.
New York Giants
Super Leeds United
The Future is Bright
The Future is White... and Big Blue.