Baseball fans can get a tune-up from this week’s episode just in time for the beginning of the season. The Steve and Keith machine transforms inane Spring Training commentary into a global view of the game, while a rant focuses on how fans can be more involved–not by wearing more of their team’s color but by actually cheering! And we throw in a segment assaulting football’s circusesque character! Circusesque? That sounds like dickery! And another noise: a sucking sound…of football!!!
In this week’s rapid-fire episode, listeners learn how March Madness promotes poor basketball, how rule changes relate to behavioral, and ultimately value, changes in sports, and what’s so bothersome about the new minor league baseball rule about starting a runner on second in the 10th inning. Listeners won’t learn about one thing they already know so well–football sucks!
As inevitable as the tides, the podcast is back! This season, the recrimination continues to crash over football, but the boys elevate baseball, like a joyful surfer, in new ways and with a new format! Our theme and jingles give way to segment overtures. This week, the pitch clock is thoroughly lacerated and a more positive encouragement for playing baseball (at a palatable pace) is introduced. The following needs no introduction: suck it football!
Exciting Super Bowl Season-Ending Double Episode! All jingles played!
Football’s “aesthetic” is mutable and unsatisfying because a team can decide to sit on its heels, “protecting” the lead, but inviting its inevitable demise. A full expression of football’s aesthetic–regardless of state-of-the-art safety equipment–results in broken bones and broken brains. Baseball’s aesthetic is stable, and craftily contains the game’s action, whether hyper or docile, which is much to the observer’s satisfaction. It contains its violence to inanimate objects: ball to bat, ball to glove, foot to base. Take that and suck it football!
Football has a celebrated one-game format for playoff advancement, but that means gameplay doesn’t deliver a story like a seven-game series in baseball or hockey might. So, viewers are left to accept the story told about the game entirely outside of the game, and then burst with reaction relative to that story once the action begins. Fans get out of football only what they’re primed to expect–making the unexpected such an outsized feature of the experience. Baseball is enjoyable to a neutral observer, and withstands biased commentating. Happy New Year! This year, football still sucks!
Isn’t football at its best when played at a sub-pro level, like collegiate Division II, where the players and referees, in their imperfection and modest talent, embody what football is: a flawed, goofy novelty? Across the sports leagues, we see the basketball is utterly predictable, hockey is–to its credit–still a bit of an enigma, and football doesn’t have anything worth predicting. Baseball winter talks leave us craving the day-to-day performance of our favorite teams. You can’t say that about football, but we can say that it sucks!
Football is ungovernable! A late game drive by the Lions featuring 8 runs into the defensive line, three late-call penalties, a QB stuff touchdown, booth replay and a frustrated player on the Chiefs chucking a ref’s flag into the stands leaves the impression that this game is out of any official’s hands! Football’s zazz gets so dense and heavy, its rotten core can’t support this artificially puffed-up spectacle and causes the sport to degrade and lose viewership. Why? You know why–it sucks!!
Football co-opts common sayings and conventional wisdom as if the sport represents reality, like the way they say “he made it look easy,” but it’s a fallacy, because the play was actually easy! In baseball, no play is easy, but players achieve wonderful feats of apparent simplicity amid difficult circumstances. And, can you believe that NFL games feature a near 1:1 ratio of plays to commercials!? What a joke. It’s so unwatchable! Suck it football!
Football is so aesthetically deficient that it features a play known as a “fade pass,” in which a player’s feet determine a touchdown call at the back of the end zone, but at the front end, at the pylon, the ball is the determining object. Inconsistent much? And, as the NFL experiments with new video game-like camera angles, are they winning fans or just exposing their weaknesses? We’ll let you decide!