Baseball columnist Thomas Boswell wrote in the Washington Post his 99 reasons why baseball is so much better than football. Here are the Top 20. Is he right?

  1. Bands.
  2. Half time with bands.
  3. Cheerleaders at half time with bands.
  4. Up With People singing "The Impossible Dream" during a Blue Angels flyover at half time with bands.
  5. Baseball has fans in Wrigley Field singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at the seventh-inning stretch.
  6. Baseball has Blue Moon, Catfish, Spaceman and The Sugar Bear. Football has Lester the Molester, Too Mean and The Assassin.
  7. All XX Super Bowls haven't produced as much drama as the last World Series.
  8. All XX Super Bowls haven't produced as many classic games as either pennant playoff did this year.
  9. Baseball has a bullpen coach blowing bubble gum with his cap turned around backward while leaning on a fungo bat; football has a defensive coordinator in a satin jacket with a headset and a clipboard.
  10. The Redskins have 13 assistant coaches, five equipment managers, three trainers, two assistant GMs but, for 14 games, nobody who could kick an extra point.
  11. Football players and coaches don't know how to bait a ref, much less jump up and down and scream in his face. Baseball players know how to argue with umps; baseball managers even kick dirt on them. Earl Weaver steals third base and won't give it back; Tom Landry folds his arms.
  12. Vince Lombardi was never ashamed that he said, "Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing."
  13. Football coaches talk about character, gut checks, intensity and reckless abandon. Tommy Lasorda said, "Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it; not hard enough and it flies away."
  14. Big league baseball players chew tobacco. Pro football linemen chew on each other.
  15. Before a baseball game, there are two hours of batting practice. Before a football game, there's a two-hour traffic jam.
  16. A crowd of 30,000 in a stadium built for 55,501 has a lot more fun than a crowd of 55,501 in the same stadium.
  17. No one has ever actually reached the end of the restroom line at an NFL game.
  18. Nine innings means 18 chances at the hot dog line. Two halves means B.Y.O. or go hungry.
  19. Pro football players have breasts. Many NFLers are so freakishly overdeveloped, due to steroids, that they look like circus geeks. Baseball players seem like normal fit folks. Fans should be thankful they don't have to look at NFL teams in bathing suits.
  20. Eighty degrees, a cold beer and a short-sleeve shirt is better than 30 degrees, a hip flask and six layers of clothes under a lap blanket. Take your pick: suntan or frostbite.
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