05 January 2013

'Twas Creative, Now Football's Successfully Less Interesting

The NFL used to be interesting ... but then it became successful. Thus spaketh Dan Daly's National Forgotten League. Guaranteed, it's more fun than the NFL on tap this weekend. (Honestly, how big a "meh" do the Bengals v. Texans or Colts v.  Ravens rate?)

Washington Times football writer Daly introduces his book with the argument that not enough has been written about the NFL. The conceit seems to boil down to it getting a raw deal compared to baseball (because we certainly can't compare its column inches to the woes of professional air hockey, for example). That out of the way, he refers to the Goodel led international hydra as just not being as "creative" (and so, boring) as it was in its more interesting days from the 1920s through the mid-60s. And then with anecdotes and stories and bits of the crazy old days all strung together — players were not smart enough to wear helmets; Sid Luckman had a shady past; armed guys suited up; teams played as many games as they wanted for a season; etc. — he goes on to try and prove that.

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