Still America’s Pastime?

As the years come and go things change. Some for the better and some for the worst. When it comes to sports, players and coaches always come and go. One thing that will never change is the past.

It has always been said that baseball is America’s pastime. The word pastime is a word that means, doing something fun, amusing and it usually something that is done as a hobby.

Many people like to argue that football is the new pastime of America. I will tell you that baseball is still America’s pastime today and it will always be Americas pastime even in the future. Football has only been around about 50 years and is recently becoming popular in the United States.

Baseball is a sport that has been around for more than 100 years and was around before people even knew what a football was or who Peyton Manning is.

There are many reasons why baseball will never be replaced as America’s pastime. The first one is because of the atmosphere of coming to a ball game. When you come to a baseball park you are there to watch a sport that is like a piece of art. The movement and the flow of the game from inning to inning is nothing compared to any other sport. There is no time limit or clock to stop a  baseball game, it can go on for as long as it takes someone to win.

There is nothing better than going to the ball park with your family or friends during a sunny, breezy afternoon. When you attend a football game it is in the cold, frigid days of the winter.

No one wants to sit outside in the cold, snowing weather to watch a game. Baseball starts right when Spring does and it welcomes the warm weather and fans to the ball park.

The football season is only 16 games long. While a baseball season is 162 games. Let’s say your favorite football team starts off the season 0-7, you know right then and there it will almost be impossible for your team to make the playoffs. All of that money you spent on season tickets are all to waste. When your favorite baseball team starts off 0-7 they will eventually turn their bad luck around.

There is no way a team can lose 162 games, well we haven’t seen one yet.  Football tickets are far too overpriced as a result of a 16 game schedule. You can arrive at a baseball game the day of the game and purchase ticket that aren’t too expensive.

Many argue that football is the more exciting sport to watch. I may have to agree with that point, but football is on the same lines of UFC and boxing. Instead of two people fighting it is two teams going back and forth trying to tackle and stop the other team. Baseball is a much more relaxing, family welcoming type of game.

When you come to a ball park on a summer night you can sit back, relax and even read the newspaper as you watch the game. Football doesn’t have that same welcoming feel as baseball does when you arrive to the stadium.

Finally, baseball is a much harder game to play than football. Argue this as you may, but trying to hit an 95 mph baseball coming right at you is nearly impossible, not to mention pitches that are sliders and curve balls that move around and make it even harder to hit. Being able to throw and locate a pitch is just as hard as hitting. In football there are certain positions that are so easy to play.

It really doesn’t take much talent to be an offensive line man or even a punter. Baseball is a game of finesse and overall skill. These players have to play almost every day during the baseball season, that is no easy task. Football players, granted it is a far more physical sport, have a week off during each game.

It’s hard for a sport to claim that they are the new pastime of America. I don’t think any sport will ever claim that spot. Football maybe the most popular in America now, due to ratings. That still doesn’t make it a America’s pastime. Baseball is and will always remain America’s pastime.

Best Fantasy Sport to Play?

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I know how it feels when your favorite sports team is constantly losing. It’s not fun and very frustrating. Sitting there yelling at the television, saying that everyone on the team should be fired is an everyday occurrence.

Every sport fan out there thinks that they can run a team better than the management  in place now. Well, actually, now you can run your own team.

In the mid 1990’s fantasy sports were created and every sports fan dream came true. Fans were now able to draft players from the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA, NASCAR, and even golf. Fans are now able to run a team however they wish. They could set line-ups, drop players, pick up new ones and execute trades.

But which fantasy sport is the top of the bunch?

The most popular fantasy sport is football. Fantasy football is by far the easiest one to play.

All you need to do is set your lineup once a week and your team is set. For me, fantasy football is the most frustrating. You might have the most dominant team on paper, but your opponent can get lucky for that week and beat you. Trust me, you will never live it down either, especially if you’re in a league with your close friends, or people at work.

The next two popular fantasy sports after fantasy football, are fantasy hockey and fantasy baseball.

These two are pretty similar.

Fantasy baseball and fantasy hockey  take a lot more of your time, especially if you are in a league where you need to set your lineups daily.

Instead of one game, a weekend, and a winner you have a full week of games (almost everyday). Now, in case your team has a slow start, they can make up for it later in the week. The roster in fantasy hockey and fantasy baseball is a lot deeper, and there are a lot more spots to fill on your team. Managers really need to know all of the players and the potential breakouts who could help their team.

Well then… who is the (fantasy) winner?

For the busy, casual sports fan I would say fantasy football is your choice. Don’t get me wrong, fantasy football is pretty intense because every game matters and that one lose can hurt your season.

I think that the best fantasy sport has to go to both baseball and hockey. Obviously, if your only a hockey fan or only a baseball fan, and not both, then you have your own personal winner.

So next time your yelling at your computer screen or phone, and your fantasy team is losing, the only one you can blame is… yourself.