Baseball may be America’s pastime, but football is America’s passion.
Football is the only team sport in America that conjures up visions of Roman gladiators, pitting city versus city, state versus state 一 sometimes with a Civil War feel, like when the Jets play the Giants in New York or the Dallas Cowboys play the Washington Redskins.
Football is played in all weather conditions 一 snow, rain, and sleet — with temperatures on the playing field ranging from -30 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Whatever the conditions may be, the game goes on. And unlike other major sports, the football playoff system, in the National Football League (NFL) anyway, is a single-elimination tournament. In other words, the NFL has no playoff series; the playoffs are do-or-die, culminating in what has become the single biggest one-day sporting event in America: the Super Bowl.