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Red Sox return to ALCS; with the exception of a few minutes, football still more exciting

I’d like to say I watched the entire Red Sox game last night, from first pitch to last, but that would be a big, fat, giant, stinking lie. I was fortunate enough that Monday Night Football went to a commercial just in time to catch the bottom of the ninth inning last night when the Red Sox finished off the Angels. Call me a bad Bostonian but most of what I did catch was only during commercial breaks from the Minnesota-New Orleans game on ESPN.

And that’s where I stand, a football-freak lost in a baseball city. I need the bruising hits, the intricate strategy of an offense, the intensity of a defense, the non-stop, heart-pounding, make me say, “Holy Crap!” moments that football gives me over and over and over.

Case in point… Sunday night, during a commercial break in the Pittsburgh-Jacksonville game, I turned over to TBS to see how the Red Sox were doing. David Ortiz was at bat, I don’t remember the inning. I watched a couple pitches and switched back. I watched a possession change, a few intense first downs and then a punt. Switched it back to the Red Sox game and, low and behold, David Ortiz was still at bat.

And I think it’s clearly apparent that Boston is still, and always will be, a baseball city. The majority can feign interest (and celebrate Super Bowls) in the Patriots during the winter, but the way the crowd is at Gillette (silent), the way they’ll turn on the Pats at even the most remote indication of trouble… there’s just not the ardent support that the Red Sox enjoy. I’m not complaining about it, I’m just making note. It’s all about personal preference, I guess.

My preference just happens to be football. This time of year, I soak in each game because there are so few of them. And this season seems to be more exciting than any I can remember. What was that whole “parity” thing again? Every single game I have watched has been exciting (except for *cough cough* Miami-New England *cough cough*). Washington vs. Dallas, Dallas vs. Philly, Philly vs. Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville, Jacksonville vs. Indy.

At least the ALCS, for the most part, won’t conflict with football.


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  1. Yeah I feel the same way. I love the Red Sox but i have a hard time sometimes sitting through a whole game. I am glad they are pushing through with wins though.

  2. Doug

    I’m more interested in football as well. I cant stay up for the playoffs the way I did in 03 and 04. I DVR it and *maybe* watch it later.

    Half of the magic is gone for me. It’s no longer “wait until next year” anymore and I think in a way that was a part of the tradition and that will never be.

  3. melanie

    i’m all about football, too.

    definitely get more excited about football season.
    i watched a few of the games vs the angels but until that point
    i barely knew the red sox got into the playoffs.
    to me, unless you are there, baseball is a snorefest.
    can’t watch it for long on tv.
    football though, is exactly how you described angela.
    (note: don’t expect me to wear those lame a** pink versions of jerseys!)

    so who’s looking forward to seeing the san diego/pats matchup?
    quite a rivalry there.


  4. The Excitement Scale goes from 1 to 10, with 1 being cleaning your toilet and 10 being Hugh Hefner in his younger years.

    A regular season football game between Pittsburgh-Jacksonville scores around a 4.6.

    Baseball playoffs scores around 7 gazillion.

    Sorry, it’s just proven science 🙂 I mean, you missed a busted suicide squeeze!

  5. Maybe it’s just because baseball is so slow moving and boring to watch…especially on TV!

  6. Now that the World Series is over, what moves do you think the Sox will make in the off season? Teixeira?

  7. Unfortunately I think those yanks are taking Tex. Let em have him. Let’s get Sabathia… And by the way, why didn’t we get Matt Holiday? I think we need to start looking into stealing him the the A’s in 2010

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