Football vs. Baseball: or The Agony and The Ecstasy

I enjoy watching professional football games on TV with my husband. I really do.  But I tell you what….I think this game is going to be the death of me! (Well, probably not, but you know what I mean!)


It is so intense!

Every year I tell him how much I hate it, and every year, I come back for more.

Now, baseball on the other hand…I have never said that I hate it.

Frustrated, yes. Annoyed, some times.

I might even get disappointed from time-to-time, but it’s just so much easier to watch and enjoy baseball!

There have been many days when I have looked forward to sitting down in the evening, with a good cup of coffee, just to relax and watch the baseball game.

Have I ever had that thought cross my mind when it comes to watching a football game? Have I ever thought, hey, I’m just going to sit down and “relax” and watch the football game this afternoon?


After many years of watching them both…I have concluded, watching pro football is like watching bases loaded, 2 outs, 3 balls, 2 strikes, last batter up, baseball”… Every. Single. Second of the football game!

Every single play!  Every single drive!

It’s insane!!

There’s no lulling you into the fact that the bases are loaded. There is no calm announcer telling you that there is the possibility that with just one swing of the bat you could have a grand slam on your hands, and that the game is over, and your team lost.


There’s no calm anything in football! It smacks you upside the head (literally) from the very first second of the game!

When they start running after the kick-off, my heart starts racing, and stays that way pretty much throughout the whole, entire game! Oh, sure. We have half-time to re-group, but in some cases, all that does is prolong the inevitable, and make it even more stressful!

I’ve tried hiding my face with a pillow so that I don’t have to see what happens next.

I’ve tried watching through my fingers, as they were spread across my eyes.

I’ve tried every way I can to watch and not watch at the same time, but I just keep coming back for more, and at times, it is just pure agony.

Why, oh why, do I do this to myself?

I asked him just that.

He said; “Because that’s what makes this game so great! It’s intense, and exciting. It’s like watching bases loaded, 2 outs, 3 balls, 2 strikes, last batter up, baseball, every single second of the game! It’s fun!”

I don’t know if it’s fun or not. The jury’s still out on that one.  It’s certainly not fun when your team doesn’t win.

But when they do….it’s like watching, “bases loaded, 2 outs, 3 balls, 2 strikes, last batter up, baseball,” … only this time your guy hit the ball for the grand slam! 🙂

I guess that’s what keeps me coming back…to both games.

Fun? Maybe.

Exciting? Definitely!


8 thoughts on “Football vs. Baseball: or The Agony and The Ecstasy

  1. Anonymous says:

    Your “blogs” make me smile and fill my heart with joy. I am so thankful that God gave you to me. I love you – Mom

  2. Life&Ink says:

    Tellya what, you can watch football for both of us okay, because I can’t sit still for a football game, they seem to go on F-O-R-E-V-E-R. What I do love about them though, living in Alabama where football is king (and Meg goes to U of Alabama) is going to the grocery store while everyone else is watching the game. It’s like I get the whole place to myself. It’s great! And I can go to the grocery, run other errands, walk the dog, come home and it’s still only the 3rd quarter!!! Glad it makes you happy though. 🙂

    • Becky says:

      Yep, I use to do the same thing before I started watching it with him. It would be my day to go to the grocery store, or take my daughter to the library. I’m not sure when it changed, but somewhere along the way, I guess I decided he needed someone to watch it with, or I just needed to add a little stress to my life 🙂

  3. Monique says:

    Love my Texans. The Astros ..meh? I’ll go if I get free tickets.

    • Becky says:

      Ha! That’s pretty funny! I don’t care too much for the Astros either, but for a completely different reason!
      Still love my baseball though. I was a fan of baseball, long before I became a “fan” of football 🙂 but hey! I would sure go to a football game if I got a free ticket 🙂

  4. Power Summit says:

    And yes she does all she says she does – I particularly like the watching through fingers mode as if somehow she can’t see what is unfolding before her only half-cloaked eyes. Pretty cute actually! – I thank you for watching with me because win or lose . . . I’m considering it cardio exercise 🙂

  5. Becky says:

    Well, at least it was good for something! 🙂 I’m sure I’ll be back for more.

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