Super Bowl weekend has arrived! And that’s great news for those of us hoping the media will shut up about Tom Brady’s balls and start focusing on more important matters, such as lost puppies and heroic horses.
All the hype of The Big Game got me thinking about the sport we obsess over. Football is great and all, but anyone who ran cross country in high school knows who really rules the fall sports season. For many of us this Sunday’s main event (and main excuse to binge on nachos) is our long run, and while the pregame show is debating deflating, I’ll be icing my butt and feeling superior to those guys on TV who painted their bulging beer bellies to match their team.
I can think of so many, but for your Friday, here are 5 reasons running is better than football!
1. Our cheerleaders are much younger and way cuter.
Buxom babes in miniskirts are fine, but who doesn’t love a little kid on the sideline with a “Go Mommy!!” sign? In fact, it’s pretty amazing to me that the NFL hasn’t figured this out yet and strategically placed players’ children in the front rows. It could really help them win points with the “wholesome family entertainment” crowd!
2. There’s no such thing as a Hail Mary in a marathon. Any surge a runner musters in the final seconds of a race can be traced back to miles and miles of training. And while it’s true for most of us that our opponent’s best defense is a steep incline, at least it won’t give us a traumatic brain injury. And in the last mile we might do a little of our own wishing and praying for a natural disaster to bring the race to a premature and merciful end, but when we see we’re close to our goals there’s no back-pocket strategy to employ other than Go Faster. Luck has nothing to do with it!