Originally posted by zootm
It doesn't seem so good as a sport in general as most other things though.
American Football is a very complex sport, and it takes a lot of time to understand all the little nuances of the game to understand it and appreciate it. This is especially true at the highest levels.
It's a lot like baseball in that respect.
Example: In baseball, a pitcher's change-up can really only be appreciated in relation to his fastball. So if a pitcher really sets a batter up with the fastball, and then gets him to strike out with the change up by completely freezing a batter, it is impressive.
If you don't understand that, it just looks like the batter was stupid for not swinging at a pitch that was right down the middle of the plate.
In the same way, it is impressive how a quaterback and offensive coordinator can setup a secondary with playaction. If you don't understand how that works, it just looks like a defensive back was an idiot for not covering the wide reciever.
In football, those types of things get very complex very quickly, like a chess match.