Would you watch a sport where the players spend over 80% of a game just standing around?
Chances are, you already do.
The Wall Street Journal did a study on four recent NFL broadcasts and found that the ball is in play for an average of just 11 of the 60 minutes it takes to play a game.
The rest of the time players are either picking themselves up off the ground, running to the huddle or standing at the line of scrimmage waiting for the next play to get underway.
That’s a ratio of inaction to action of about 10 to 1!
So what do players do with all that free time? Some guys, like San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson, work on their dance moves.
“Electric Glide” has cheesy lyrics and even cheesier graphics, but I’ve got to say: I’m a fan!
For those of you that haven’t seen that before, it appears to be some kind of Nike thing judging by the close-up on the shoes at the beginning.
Unfortunately for LT and the Chargers, he had one of his worst games in about a month and a half in a 17-14 loss to the Jets on Sunday, ruining an otherwise perfect weekend of playoff prognostications from yours truly.
One more thing…
Full disclosure: I only wrote this blog today to give myself an excuse to post this amazing Pavel Datsyuk highlight from Detroit's 4-3 loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday.
Datsyuk pulls the move that made Oilers prospect Linus Omark a Youtube sensation last year and is probably the shootout goal of the season so far.
Just for good measure – here’s what happens when those moves just don’t quite work: