I’ve tried getting into football before, and it was fun while it lasted. The NFC championship game was a good time the season the Saints won the Super Bowl, and football is an interesting game of numbers if you feel like sitting through a 3-4 hour event for 60 minutes of actual play.
And football isn’t bad by any means. Maybe a little rough and dangerous, but that risk is for the players to voluntarily assume. But what bothers me is when I see my Facebook feed blowing up season after season about football. These people get so into this game – this thing that really has no bearing on their lives other than the amount of time they spend watching it and talking about it – but it seems like not nearly as many people care enough about things that legitimately affect everyone. If people cared to research economics and political theory as much as they speculated and celebrated the next big game, I wonder how different things would be in America?
Don’t get me wrong. Again, football is a harmless hobby that I’m glad so many people can enjoy, but I wish that enthusiasm translated to other things that are really just so much more important.