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  •  American in a negative sense (3+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, rbird, charliehall2

    But I don't think that makes it our passtime in terms of soul.

    Football requires expensive equipment to play according to the real rules. It's too exclusive to really be part of what makes America great and always has.

    America is jazz. It's spontaneous. It's all these different parts moving to their own rhythm, but still working somehow. Not as one thing, but as many overlayered things. It's not planned, like a European city. Now I'm getting out on a limb philosophically...

    Football's an elitist sport in my opinion, which yes... maybe makes it uniquely American in the ugly truth sense. But it's not aspirational.

    But I think basketball is the soul of rural places like Indiana, but also the real soul of the "other America" that nobody talks about - the America where most of the people and culture and economic productivity really come from these days... urban America.

    •  As much as I hate basketball, you're right..... (1+ / 0-)
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      benjim

      Every park has a b-ball court, every park I've ever been in.   You can shoot hoops by yourself if you want, practice free-throws, sharpen your lay-ups, and someone will always come along and ask if you want to play a game of one-on-one.  Every kid, even the ones like me who hate the game, every American kid knows how to play the game.  Every one of us has handled a b-ball at one point in our lives.

      It is THE AMERICAN GAME.

      Please feel free to HR me for my informative and argumentative nature. 'To know what is right and to do it are two different things.' - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin

      by rbird on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 07:17:59 PM PST

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