How about this as the opening paragraph on a story about why the writer prefers the NFL over college football?
For the past six years I have watched almost every NFL game and, aside from a few pre-draft projects, zero college football games. This is partly because covering the NFL is my job, but mostly because I enjoy pro football infinitely more than college.
It only gets better.
I realize many fans watch football mainly for that glitzy presentation. They love the pageantry of football. The tradition. The sense of community. Most people say that in this regard, college beats pro. To those people, I say: you’re right. In fact, it’s really not that close. But there are those of us who like football’s pageantry but love its strategy. We see the game as a chess match, only where everyone’s pieces are not the same, those pieces are not confined to individual squares, they move not one at a time but all at once, and that movement usually doesn’t stop until someone scores or gets hit.
I guess that explains why the pros keep stealing all kinds of college offensive strategies.
Look, it’s fine not to like the college game. I don’t watch the NFL because its soulless uniformity tends to bore me. However, I’m not going to wear my attitude proudly like a badge. Instead, I’ll simply settle for quietly cringing every time I hear someone suggest how college football would be better if it would only follow the NFL in some way.
At least I follow the sport that hasn’t tied itself in knots over the national anthem.