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Football (better than everything else, here’s why)

The great thinker and philosopher, Albert Camus, was once asked which he preferred, theatre or football.

He replied, Football, every time. Theatre isn’t even close. (or sumthin’ like dat, tss tss)

I happen to agree with him. Camus was of course the first choice goalkeeper for the University of Algiers football team, and quite a good one if records are to be believed.

Football has moments of beauty that far outrank any piece of film or art or whatever. Football is more thought-provoking, more evocative, more hair-tingling, more memorable and arguably more important than any work of theatre or music or art. That’s my opinion, don’t like it? Then leave a detailed argument for theatre over football in the comments, please.

Other great thinkers who preferred football to theatre include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the Sherlock Holmes novels. He also played goalkeeper, for English team Portsmouth F.C.

People remember certain games and moments in football much better than any piece of film or art they’ve ever seen. The 1999 Champions League final, when Manchester United conceded a goal in the 6th minute, looked like losing the game, then scored 2 goals in the last 2 minutes to go on to win it. Or the 2005 Champions League final, when Milan scored 3 goals past Liverpool in the first half, only to watch on as Liverpool scored 3 goals in 6 minutes of madness in the second half, then win it on penalties.

That’s better drama than any piece of fiction, because it’s actually real, it’s totally unplanned and it happens right before your eyes. Piss off, theatre!

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2 thoughts on “Football (better than everything else, here’s why)

  1. As a football fan myself, I can say that is true. I can tell you where I was when the Real Madrid one the league, in a bar with a bunch of other guys jumping up and down. As over there i imagine, here in Spain it´s very tipical to go out to the nearest bar to watch it on t.v , the atmosphere is great, gets even that more exciting than watching it alone in the couch.

    Posted by charlypriest | February 18, 2015, 4:49 pm
    • Yeah, sadly in Australia we have a few other sports that are more popular than football. But Australian national team won the Asian Cup just a few weeks ago, so I hope that gets more people into football.
      Real Madrid’s a nice team, once when they played a lower league Spanish team, they paid for all the lower team’s player’s wages because that team couldn’t afford to. haha

      Posted by sarcasticgoat | February 19, 2015, 6:30 am

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