Today is a huge day in the National Football League. The AFC and NFC Championship games will be decided by the end of day. Folks are downright whacked in Pittsburgh, New York, Chicago and Green Bay, wearing their teams colors complete with cheese-heads, hard-hats, terrible towels, and ‘da bears’ gear. Just like it always is in the NFL – the best football in the world will be played today and on February 6th when the SuperBowl XLV will once again be featured in front of nearly a billion people on planet Earth.
That’s the way it always is in the NFL right? Well, just in case there is a lock-out next year and the league folks don’t get their act together – perhaps the Arsenal from Brazil will become our favorite team as football fanatics all over the world will be searching for alternatives.
Thanks goes out to Denevaldo Junior who sent me the results of the National Championship Game in Brazilian Football. Upon watching the game clips – there was remarkable similarities and glaring differences in football as its played in different countries around the world. Similar? Because the fans are no less passionate in Brazil than they are in America. Glaring differences? Just note the speed of the game when comparing clips from each league.
The Liga Brasileira de Futebol Americano celebrated its own championship recently as the Cuiaba Arsenal soundly defeated the Baruigui Crocodiles 49-21 in the Campaeo de Brasil Bowl I. In a country that manifests the pinnacle of soccer play – American football still has juice. My guess is that it’s the massive testosterone levels seeking a more aggressive outlet that fuels the passion in this sport. Or then again, maybe its the incredible combination of strength, skills, speed, and toughness that just calls out to our primordial selves as it massages our reptilian brain. Whichever the case, I for one believe that football is the greatest game on Earth. Who knows? If this labor dispute in the NFL doesn’t resolve before next season – the American audience and the rest of the world might just care about Arsenal vs. Crocodiles.