For the 4 years we have been together, one thing has always been awkward when visiting America. SPORT! I have never really bought into US sports and dread the moment in a conversation when people talk about ‘real football’. My defence mechanisms appear and I end up reeling off every reason I know why English football is better. How dare somebody tell me that watching an NFL game is better than watching West Ham away at Stoke on a cold December afternoon.
Well anyway we were given the opportunity to watch an NFL game over Christmas and all I can say is WOW! The atmosphere in Seattle was electric and for the few hours I was there I could see the appeal of following a team and worshiping the players that put their bodies on the line for them. I enjoyed the game so much that since I have been back in China I have looked at buying Seahawks gear and even got up early last Saturday to watch the playoff game. Now all I am thinking about is a potential SUPERBOWL game during our Chinese New Year holiday!
So, to me American football is not ‘real football’, but it is still one hell of a sport all the same!