Football is one of the largest and perhaps the only love that keeps men alert and stays alive as years go by! The truth is that men don’t just watch football. They live it. They spend hours every week to become a part of the action. If they can’t be on the field playing or coaching, the second-best thing is to be in the stands or on the couch, watching. Why? Psychological explanations, sociological analysis, inquiries attempted to explain this global phenomenon and now it’s my turn to try to explore the labyrinth of the male brain overwhelmed by an untreated football mania!
Football is the definition of masculinity based on force and domination. It portrays the way they are. Aggressive and action-oriented. Men love football because it’s an aggressive sport that stirs their competitive nature while it is associated with a dream that let them reach out and touch a venue they would have liked to have participated in.
Football is one of the last great hide-outs for men, an escape into a less responsible mode, a pleasant diversion and distraction from their dull routines that provides excitement. A stimulating amusement that gives precious, uninterrupted hours away from the females in their lives. Yet there remains an underlying truth that they don’t want to explain the sport to women, even to those who might be actually learn it. They believe that it’s the last thing on this planet that’s still exclusively them.
Football is a unique source of bonding between men. Every father dreams the moment his son shows an interest in football, and they get to kick a ball about together. It gives men something to talk about, to be social, to communicate, to hang out with friends.
Football is a war between two opposing teams defending their honor. Two opponents that they want to accomplish a common goal. To fight and win. A military game full of strategy. With war like tactics and terms that invokes the warrior spirit. The football field, is a miniature battlefield, a chessboard with real life movable objects.
Football is a 60-minute metaphor for life with rules, good guys and bad guys, drama, penalties, consequences, blood, broken bones and R-rated language that is venting male aggressiveness. It’s an inexpensive form of psychotherapy.
In conclusion, football is and will be a steadfast leader in the psyche of men, a characteristic of their existence that offers them the magical feeling of freedom of expression and behavior and probably nothing can compare with it.