I don't know. I find it hard to believe that football is such a strenuous sport that a one-hour game, once a week, is too much for players to handle. Hockey players smash each up other a lot, just like football, and they can handle multiple one-hour games per week. I wonder how often boxers and pro wrestlers fight each other.
Actually, I think soccer is probably the most strenuous sport. It's about 90 minutes of nonstop running. Isn't cross-country skiing the sport with more cardio than soccer?
But Mike York, who commented on yesterday's blog post, makes a good point. Football is extremely violent, resulting in a huge number of concussions and physical trauma. It certainly slows down the pace of the game, when everyone on the field is basically trying to put each other in the hospital. If I had my way, I'd probably cut down on violence in football by handing out suspensions left and right.
Another problem I have with football is the fact that every year, a lot of the coaches get fired because the team didn't win an arbitrary number of games. This year, five coaches were fired; last year, it was seven. Yes, other sports fire losing coaches, too, but it is a yearly ritual in football, which basically gives the message that "winning is everything".
On a personal note, I don't like how football players feel the need to do stupid little victory dances, after every single play. It would help if there was some variety to football victory dances, but pretty much every player on every team does the same victory dance. Guys, build up your repertoire.