Time Essay: Football: Show Business with a Kick

No sport stands to reason. Horsehide struck with a stick, a fuzzy object whacked over a net, an inflated sphere thrown into a metal loop — any thinking child can see the absurdities of such games. A thinking adult, of course, is another matter. The intelligent, mature, reasonable fan can see no nonsense in his favorite game. On the contrary, the more ridiculous the better. This weekend some 70 million viewers will parse and analyze the most gripping, controversial absurdity of them all: professional football.

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