Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Baseball versus Football

tags: , , , , , , , ,

I despise baseball, but enjoy football (and futbol, too). My fellow NYCers were brainless drooling idiots when it came to the Yankees, and I reminded them of this as often as possible. The fact that I am still alive to talk about it means that all you religious wingnuts have yet another defensible “miracle” you can cite. (But that’s another video). But here’s George Carlin’s commentary about baseball (which only serves to further elevate his status in my opinion).

Comments

  1. #1 Bob O'H
    January 28, 2010

    I think Grrl means the sort of football played without applying the feet to the ball. A bit like handball, but with armour.

  2. #2 pk1154
    January 28, 2010

    I remember him doing that live many years ago when I was in college (in the 70s).

    Lousy seats, great performance.

  3. #3 Adrian
    January 28, 2010

    Hi Bob, I see, you mean the noble game of Rugby as corrupted by American big business money and television advertising. As for baseball it is infinitely more boring to watch than setting porridge. Awaiting the explosion of American fans in 5…4…3…!!!

  4. #4 tsc
    January 28, 2010

    As 17 of my 21 years coincide with the 17 straight losing seasons of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, I couldn’t agree more with St. Carlin.

  5. #5 sparc
    January 28, 2010

    the sort of football played without applying the feet to the ball

    In all fairness it was God’s hand rather than his foot that controlled the ball on June 22, 1986.

  6. #6 dhogaza
    January 28, 2010

    Hi Bob, I see, you mean the noble game of Rugby as corrupted by American big business money and television advertising

    Uhh … it was the British Army that introduced a modified version of rugby to McGill University, which then invited Harvard to come up and play a match. Which led to McGill going to harvard to play a match. Harvard didn’t have a regulation rugby field, though, and to this day Canadian and American football are played on different sized fields.

    There are other differences, similar to the differences in, say, 13-man and 15-man rugby.

  7. #7 SimonG
    January 28, 2010

    Although Rugby Union is my first love, I quite like American Football. There are some superficial similarities but a whole host of differences. Mainly the continuity of play and the fact that much more of the game is up to the players, rather than to the carefully choreographed plans of the coach.

    I also have some appreciation for cricket, but despite that I find baseball incredibly dull. Sure: in cricket we can play for five days and still draw but at least we can’t play an entire game and only score 1 run. Maybe people go for the picnic and festive atmosphere, but if I want a picnic I’ll go out into the countryside and if I want a festive atmosphere I’ll find a festival.

  8. #8 Bob O'H
    January 28, 2010

    In all fairness it was God’s hand rather than his foot that controlled the ball on June 22, 1986.

    It’s a shame, that overshadowed his other goal.

    Hmmm. We’ll see what happens this summer. We’ll either meet in the last 16 or the final.

  9. #9 sparc
    January 28, 2010

    Hmmm. We’ll see what happens this summer. We’ll either meet in the last 16 or the final.

    I am afraid you will meet Argentina in the last 16 because

    „Football is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.“

  10. #10 Comrade PhysioProf
    January 30, 2010

    That’s a great Carlin bit. My interpretation is that it is actually meant to put baseball in a better light than football.

The site is currently under maintenance and will be back shortly. New comments have been disabled during this time, please check back soon.