Couch Philosophy

Philosophy for the commonish. Updates Wednesdays and sometimes Saturdays.


12th Apr 2014, 12:00 AM
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Giberion 12th Apr 2014, 12:00 AM edit delete
F.A.I.L.I.N.G... I like sports but they hate me... am I not the best wordsmith you've ever encountered? Any conversation with me is bound to devolve into a who-knows-the-least-about-sports contest. And that's a fact!
Sivolock 12th Apr 2014, 7:29 AM edit delete
I don't know a whole lot about this institution of "sportsball," as I oft refer to it as. But American football is among the weirdest to me. Most other sports are at least somewhat intuitive in their rulings, but football departs from the norm in many ways. Passing is highly restricted, and I'm still not exactly sure what the goal posts are for because I haven't seen a game which they are used in. Scoring is achieved by somehow running to the very end I believe, the "end zone"? Compared to other forms of ball-centric activities, football places a lot more emphasis on the people rather than the ball, as well as zoning out and controlling space rather than dexterous ball manipulation.

I would probably find the game interesting if I took the time to understand the rules. But in my not-so-long-ago youth, physical activity was not my preferred mode of entertainment, and playing a game is often the best way to understand it, leaving me stranded in my own ignorance.

I'm pretty invested in e-sports though, and I follow a lot of the competitive video gaming that goes on. I'd recommend people go check it out at least once ( is a good place for it). It's an interesting concept. Are "sports" defined more by athleticism, or competitive spirit?
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Stever 13th Apr 2014, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
When you grow up with it, american football is easy enough to understand, but when you step back and look at the rules objectively it does seem a little crazy.