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October 21, 2003 12:00 am
With no baseball games last night, I watched, or tried to watch, Monday Night Football. I cannot for the life of me fathom how people can directly compare baseball and football and conclude that baseball is boring. The pace of a pro football game is completely unbelievable, with television timeouts after nearly every possession in some stretches, regardless of length. Play, play, play, punt, break. Play, play, turnover, break. Or my favorite: towards the end of a drive, one team calls a timeout. Commercials. On the next play they score, kick the extra point, commercials. Kickoff, touchback, more commercials. You end up with one actual play run in a 12-minute stretch.
If it's interminable watching at home, what's it like at the game? I haven't been to a pro football game in nearly a decade, and the idea of sitting through that kind of stretch--10 minutes without any actual football in some spots--isn't likely to push me into breaking that streak anytime soon.