Football, especially the way it is played at the professional level, is not a delicate game. Rather, it’s a dose of blunt force trauma in a world that typically goes out of its way to avoid such things. Maybe that’s why football games are such a spectacle, requiring tens of thousands of people in the
Football, especially the way it is played at the professional level, is not a delicate game. Rather, it’s a dose of blunt force trauma in a world that typically goes out of its way to avoid such things.
Maybe that’s why football games are such a spectacle, requiring tens of thousands of people in the stands–and millions more watching on TV–to fully appreciate the struggle taking place on the field.
Fans who are able to pay the high prices for acquiring tickets to an NFL game expect to see their team–generally the home team–win the game. Whether it’s a blowout or a squeaker that comes down to the final play from scrimmage, the home team emerges victorious more often than not in professional football.
The words “if necessary” add a layer of unpredictability to ticket sales that doesn’t exist during the regular season. Regular season schedules are released months in advance, and airfare and hotel accommodations can be taken care of months in advance. If someone has a business trip to Seattle in the Spring, for example, and wants to take in a game at Safeco Field, there’s now plenty of lead time to make that happen.
This weekend is something that a sizable part of Chicago has waited for 71 years to see happen.
Some Philadelphia sports fan set down his sour grapes long enough to call into a national sports talk show on Thursday night, and lament that Cubs fans who claim to have waited “all their life” for this moment are forgetting about the White Sox in the World Series back in 2005. That shows how little a Philly fan knows about baseball in Chicago.
With the World Series kicking off in Cleveland on Tuesday night, it’s as good a time as any to consider how different baseball’s championship is from football. Why football? Because its title game has become synonymous with a really big event. It’s so big the NFL aggressively protects against unauthorized use of the term. Hopefully baseball is a bit more relaxed than that.
Anyone who’s ever seen the movie Field of Dreams knows all about the James Earl Jones speech toward the end of the movie. It’s as though Darth Vader came back from the future, put on an amiable face and an old hat, and told us all what we should already know: Baseball marks the time. There’s some imagery from this speech–“America has been erased like a blackboard”– that is playing out right now at the intersection of Clark and Addison Streets in Chicago, where Wrigley Field is located.
If you plan to go to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field this year, or even a road during the regular season or the playoffs, chances are very good that you’ll see lots of Ws. They’ll be everywhere, from t-shirts to car flags to building windows. And when the game ends and the Cubs win, they’ll be all over the ballpark, as well. So what exactly does all this mean?
Biking has exploded in Chicago over the past five years. There are many reasons for this, from moving away from fossil fuels to the expansion of bike lanes–and the creation of some protected bike lanes–throughout the city. And the city’s rideshare program–known as Divvy–has made bike riding in Chicago more commonplace than ever before. Drive on Milwaukee Avenue at any time, day or night, and the number of bicyclists sharing the road will truly blow your mind.
There might not be a more overused sports metaphor than the immovable object meeting an irresistible force. Put any power pitcher on the mound–particularly in a save situation–against a good contact hitter, and it won’t be long before this phrase shows up. The idea is that somebody has to win, and somebody else has to lose. There can’t be any other outcome.
by R. Lincoln Harris
The farewell tour has become a thing in recent years, with Chipper Jones, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and now David Ortiz taking a victory lap in their final seasons in the majors. But such a tour was probably never in the cards for Alex Rodriguez, one of the most gifted–and most disliked–baseball players of his generation.