Resolved: Major League Baseball is better overall than the National Football League
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(Round 1) Pro: Outline and rules, opening argument. Con: Rebuttal and opening argument.
(Round 2) Pro: Rebuttals. Con: Rebuttals.
(Round 3) Pro: Closing Arguments. Con: Closing arguments.
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Opening Argument: Baseball and football are two of the most successful sports known to man, especially in the United States, but there are plenty of reasons that show that Major League Baseball is better overall than the NFL. I've narrowed those reasons down to three:
1.) Having 162 games a year is 10.125 times as good as having 16.
- 162 games in a regular season truly shows which team is the best. If you can win enough games to come out on top of your division after 162 games, then you have truly earned it. 16 games: that in my opinion leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
2.) Baseball has no clock.
-In football, you aren't just playing against the other team: you're also playing against the clock, which can ruin your focus on the game itself. No clock allows the game so much more freedom: If a baseball team is just getting hammered by the offense and can't seem to get 3 outs, then that punishment will continue until that team earns those three outs. No clock also gives more chances for a comeback, which any fan loves, yet at the same time it makes the winner look that much better. The winning team in baseball earned all 27 outs, every single run scored, and didn't come out on top because they got lucky that the clock ran out before the other team could score and win.
3.) Baseball gives every player a chance to make the big play.
-Football has a designated position for everything. If you're the QB or the RB, odds are more in your favor that you will score a touchdown. The offensive line will most likely never pick up the ball. Also, most fans of football teams couldn't even name one offensive lineman on their favorite team, or even the fullback on their team, just the play makers. Your average fan can name the majority of their favorite baseball team, because every player gets the same exact chance to do the same exact job: score. To win in baseball, everyone has to be good, not just the 1st baseman or the shortstop; everyone on the team.
These three reasons all show how much better MLB is compared to the NFL.
Re: Length of Season
Because the physical toll taken on football players during each game is so severe, each season is limited to just 16 games in order to protect the players and preserve their careers. Assuming a player makes it on his team's roster opening day, the average NFL career for that player is just 6 years . Indeed, the nature of the game itself is very violent and dangerous; head injuries and wear and tear are common . As such, the length of each regular season - 16 games plus training camp, pre-season, practice and playoffs - is appropriate. To contest this, my opponent will either have to defend disregarding player safety, or explain why the entire nature of the game is unacceptable. On the other hand, I will be arguing why the demanding expectations of football is a contention in favor of its superiority later on in the debate.
Moreover, fans of a sports team want to follow that team and its players. Who can realistically be expected to watch 162 games? That schedule is inconvenient for big fans. In addition, the nature of baseball is slow and methodical. Football's high-intensity experience makes the games more exciting to watch despite there being less of them. Most importantly, because each game is weighed more heavily in determining wins/losses that get you to the championship, players play at their highest level each and every week because every game counts. Every game is highly competitive. You can assess the teams pretty accurately by their win percentage and other aspects of the playoff ranking system. This has hardly ever been an issue in the NFL like it is at the college level.
Re: No Clock
The clock in football is used as a variable to be accounted for in game play. The strategic use of the clock on both sides of the ball and its implications is just another factor to consider when devising a strategy to win. Ball control is an important element. The defense's job is to minimize the opposition's time of possession, particularly if they have a strong QB. This isn't a disadvantage of football-- it's an integral part of the sport itself that fans can appreciate in terms of strategy. Moreover, Pro's assessment is wrong in that the clock doesn't allow for a comeback opportunity. Unlike in baseball, the defensive side of football can score points (as can the Special Teams division). This makes football exciting, because even when a team is not on offense, they can make big plays that impact the score or put the offense in a better position to score.
Re: Every Player Is Important
Partially because of what I mentioned above, it's not true that some players are less significant in football. Football is 100% a team sport. Every sports team has its stars - the players who go above and beyond expectations and are known to make big, game winning plays. Typically these stars are known for their offensive scoring. Putting points on the board is exciting because points determine who wins games. However every position is important. Because sports are unpredictable, you'll never know which position/player will be called upon to make a huge play. On a deep pass to a Wide Receiver (WR), the Corner Back (CB) might make an amazing interception that prevents a big score. On a running play, a linebacker (LB) might have a crushing tackle that forces a fumble and puts their team in a position to score and win the game. The same applies to a defensive lineman, or any position really. Even the kickers have to be clutch players, expecting to make huge kicks from far down the field when the game is on the line.
Even if the defensive player does not directly contribute to a play, unlike in baseball, their contribution is still important because their play is part of a larger defensive scheme. In that way, every single player on the field has an important role. For instance consider a defensive lineman. If they aren't able to penetrate the O-line and put sufficient pressure on the other team's QB, it is likely their QB will be successful. The CB's on the team have to make sure the Receivers are covered and accounted for; same thing with linebackers on other offensive players. More about this in my arguments...
[ In Defense of Football ]
As I was saying, football is a very mental in addition to physical sport. What makes football so interesting is the fact that it's played like a chess match. Coaches are expected to use players like chess pieces: each person has a special role and unique abilities and goals for that role. While it's true that baseball requires some strategic match-ups, ultimately each and every play is the same. At best the manager makes a few strategic decisions throughout the game, such as whether or not they want a player to try and steal a base, bunt, etc.
However in football, each and every play has a different potentiality for changes. For instance the QB can call an audible, which means a change in the defensive play call if they think that the way a defense is set up would interfere with their original call. Offensive players have to learn a handful of routes, which change multiple times per season (as opposed to a limited number of options which are usually predictable, such as bunting or stealing in opportune situations). The offense's job is to keep the defense guessing, and the defense must guess right. This starts with the coaches and ultimately goes down to the players on each and every play. In fact, the strategy of play calling is so important in football, that teams have even been involved in cheating scandals such as Spygate where the New England Patriot videotaped a Jets' defense coach's play calls from the sideline of one of their games in order to figure out their plays.
The football player (and their coaches) must also be mentally tough. This is important. They must believe in themselves and their team, have confidence in their abilities, work extremely hard to prepare, practice diligently, study (film, the play book, their opposition, each other, etc.) and persevere. They also can't allow themselves to dwell over mistakes. Every play presents a new opportunity.
Football players exhibit a lot of physical toughness, too. Unlike baseball players, stamina is of paramount importance in football. If you're going to be overweight in the NFL, that extra cushioning is topped over a lot of muscle, and football players work out quite a bit hence their massive size. Unlike a baseball pitcher who typically just has a strong arm, or a first baseman who doesn't really move around a whole lot during the entire game, or a designated hitter who only participates in a few plays and might not barely move at all, football players are running at each other full force on every play they're involved in (assume half the plays of the game). They don't get to stand around in the outfield without possibly every touching the ball the entire game. No, they're always involved, and each player's role is important in EVERY play. If they miss an assignment, it can create an opportunity that could allow the other team to win. If one player does happen to make a mistake, they can work together to rectify it and pick up the slack for each other.
I think 's interesting that you can score points in different ways in football. For example, a field goal is worth 3 points, but only 1 after a TD. FA touchdown is worth 6 points, and afterward you can go for an extra point, or a 2-point conversion that's harder to make but could give you an edge. It's another aspect that makes the strategy more fun, as well as game more interesting and complex.
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Linkin_Park_7 forfeited this round.
Rather than think I'm forfeiting this entire debate as he has, I'll just say "extend my arguments." I have more points to make, but obviously he can't respond.
If he wants to try this debate again, re-challenge me! I'd be more than happy to discuss it further. I love football.
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Vote Placed by wrichcirw 3 years ago
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