The boys are still roiling from the Nationals’ horrifically calamitous playoff exit, and they expel their upset feelings in today’s podcast. An upset in football means a worse team beat a better team, but how is it possible to predict anything in an unpredictable sport? Does measuring football only glorify the upper crust (commentators, officials, etc.)? And, despite all the talk of appreciating the art of baseball, it’s still incredibly difficult to take your focus off of winning. No matter what, you lose! Just like football! Arghh!
The playoffs are here and the boys reflect on their trip to Nationals Park for game 1 of the NLDS. The trusty ballpark programming, gags, and features that sustained us all summer have turned dim, or faded, as if the summer had sun-bleached them and are now too weak to power the new playoff atmosphere. Also, the ‘error’ in baseball describes a world where players execute the sport as it was intended, to the delight of fans, but football is often a game where the unexpectedly good and unexpectedly bad things happen–and that’s somehow a good thing!? It’s a sucky thing!
Why does the NFL think it can intrude into your life, showing commercials about moms delivering babies in the hospital while watching the game, but act like kneeling players are inappropriate cultural intrusions to the game? Also, instant replay robs both football and baseball of aesthetic unity because of its focus on ungovernable minutiae. And, replay, as a physical act–think of the players holding their hands to their ears in the “headphones” motion–doesn’t have an aesthetic movement or outcome. It messes everything up! Thanks football!!
The quickened pace doesn’t abate in this fierce episode! The term ‘football play’ stands for something magnificent and unreasonable, but also mundane and regular, but also, in an announcer’s verbal defeat, anything at all, because the game is so unintelligible and they need to fill dead air. Speaking of which, inscrutable action leads football spectators to scream about what should have happened! Doesn’t that indicate that viewers expect a certain outcome, but are betrayed? Baseball gives a satisfying, expected outcome, spiked with fun violations of expectations–like good art! Go figure! Suck it football!!!
It’s our seventh season and we’re comin’ at ya! Our new format hustles through salient arguments rich with S&K dogmatic splendor, punctuated by high-demand jingles. We praise baseball’s permanence, especially as we focus our attention toward season’s end. Like us, football is back for another season, and we’ve let simmer our withering disgust for this aesthetic atrocity for too long, so it’s time for cathartic release!! Oh, in case you couldn’t tell, football sucks!
The democratized view of sports appreciation reveals, as we suspected, that seeing the sport how you want doesn’t lead to knowing it on an aesthetic level, and one’s engagement with a sport matters. It determines whether the sport is being seen for its own qualities instead of the qualities of the medium in which it’s delivered. Going to the game itself and watching it is the best way to appreciate it for itself. And when you go to a football game, you realize it sucks!
What’s your answer when someone asks you, “Do you like sports?” Being a sports fan is different than simply liking sports, and the loudest devotees–often known as the fans–control the understanding of sports, whereas those who like the game, and maybe even played as a kid, are tamer, but have an interest closer to an aesthetic appreciation. How do we persuade the casual viewer to disregard the loud fools? Tell them football sucks!!!
Points and counterpoints rebound off the walls of the balmy S & K Studios as a discussion about being “cool” versus being “authentic” heats up! How do those concepts intersect sometimes in a quality rock tune, or maybe a sport? Authenticity seems to be something worth showing up for. And being cool…well, you can find that on any smartphone. Who can claim victory in this back-and-forth!? One thing you can’t claim–football is worthwhile!
Sports operate best when you remove the cool. At least, that’s the outcome of this week’s discussion, which examines how rebellion has migrated from rock to hip hip and whether a similar transference has taken place from baseball to football. This analogy isn’t an apt one, so the discussion, while interesting and revealing of new truths, such as football’s cheap stick-on cool factor, swirls around its subjects like a disoriented secondary. But our orientation doesn’t falter–football sucks!
It rains jingles while topics of suburbs, cities, sports and modernism flutter over the broadcast. The suburbs’ conditions easily map to football and the city’s to baseball, but what does that mean for the Cardinals, a team that portrays itself as America’s team, but plays an “urban” sport to a mass of fans with a suburban mentality? It leads to football solutions in a whirlwind of post-post-modern zaniness and filler zazz! Jingles rain! Football sucks!