It’s a shame that as a serious sports fan it has taken me this long to recognize such an amazing sport that has been sitting in front of me all this time. Oh how the Almighty John Madden would frown upon me now. I can almost hear his voice …suggesting audibles and plays without me asking.
Rugby, much like futbol, has not received the following in our country that a sport of such immense physicality historically has. Here we have a game that takes the violence and physicality of american football, the stamina and endurance of futbol, and the precision and coordination of basketball and mixes it all together and is put on display for 80 minutes of non stop entertainment. The major sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) have cornered the market on American interest in sports, but I’m here to show you just why you need to give rugby a chance right now.
1.The Most Brutal Sport That’s Legal
Rugby players are truly some of the most intense and durable human beings to walk the earth. While any sport with high risk of physical contact (american football, hockey, lacrosse) requires extensive protective equipment, rugby players wear nothing but their uniforms, on occasion a protective cap and the blood of their enemies (I’m only slightly exaggerating). American football is sits atop the food chain in the United States ( with the Super Bowl being the highest viewed program every year, constantly breaking it’s own record for views each year) for one unanimous reason – Americans love violence. No one watches american football for the graceful floating of a football or the mesmerizing route running of a wide receiver. We watch because we want to see people colliding so hard that they somehow defy the laws of physics. American football does provide this to us in bunches while, rugby is a non stop pain train skipping every stop until it crashes with the train ahead of it. It’s clear that the two sports share a lot of similarities (considering the creator of rugby was playing a sanctioned match of football and decided to make his own tweaks to the rules) but what most fans love about american football is the what the embodiment of rugby is x9000
2. Home to One of the Greatest Franchises in Sports History
Baseball has the New York Yankees, American football has the the Pittsburgh Steelers and the world of rugby has the New Zealand All Blacks. Since their introduction in 1903, their achievements and trophy rooms would make the Los Angeles Lakers look like a JV team. Just to list a few accomplishments in their historic club tenure:
-77% winning percentage in test matches since 1903 (international play).
-Have only lost to 6 of the 19 rugby nations they’ve played.
– Have won the Rugby Championship 15 of the 22 years against teams ranked top 5 in the world (Australia & South Africa).
-Since the creation of the World Rugby Standings in 2003, New Zealand has held the the top spot longer than every other country combined.
-New Zealand has won World Rugby Team of the Year 10 times since the awards creation in 2001 with 15 New Zealand players winning World Rugby Player of Year over the same span.
With even more ridiculous accomplishments and accolades just continuing to piling on top of each other, it’s quite evident that this club deserves to be in the same category as the Yankees and Celtics. Want to know the best part? They’re still playing at legendary levels even now. Since they’ve entered rugby, New Zealand hasn’t had a losing record. If you want to witness history being made every year, just watch the boys from New Zealand.
3. It’s The Next Big Thing In the United States
While most of the more popular sports require you to be a freakish athlete with thighs capable of blocking out the sun, rugby is much more accessible for those of every age and body type. No average man in their 40’s is going to step on to a basketball court and try running up and down a court with a bunch of twenty year olds. Rugby clubs usually consist of athletes that range in body type. Someone with an average build or even a slightly overweight build would be able to compete on an equal playing field since most of the men or women on the pitch will be ranging in athletic ability and body type. It’s less demoralizing when you can look around and see others in your range and sense the feeling of hopefulness in your chances of victory. In any medium, if any product is easily accessible ad can provide equal or better service and results then there is competition to be had the marketplace. I won’t say the NFL is in trouble, but they shouldn’t bat an eye to rugby’s growing influence in the States either.
In conclusion, watch more rugby and the Mets still suck.