At the base of it was the urge, if you wanted to play football, to knock someone down, that was what the sport was all about, the will to win closely linked with contact.
The reason women don't play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public.
Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words.
Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen, soccer is a gentlemen's game played by beasts and US football is a beastly game played by beasts.
Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.
Football is easy if you're crazy as hell.
We are inclined to think that if we watch a football game or a baseball game, we have taken part in it.
In the football match, everything is complicated by the presence of the other team.
Football brings out the sociologist that lurks in some otherwise respectable citizens. They say football is a metaphor for America's sinfulness.
Football is not a game but a religion, a metaphysical island of fundamental truth in a highly verbalized, disguised society, a throwback of 30,000 generations of anthropological time.
You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four.
Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
One of the great disappointments of a football game is that the cheerleaders never seem to get injured.
No star playing, just football.
If football players were armed with guns, there wouldn't be stadiums large enough to hold the crowds.
Football players, like prostitutes, are in the business of ruining their bodies for the pleasure of strangers
When people talk about my dark days, when I sit down and think about it - the misdemeanours I've had, with the things that go on in the real world, - the things I have done are stupid and foolish. But they are not war crimes. That's what gets me. When footballers are on the front page and on page seven is something about soldiers dying or floods or the real tragedies in this world, I ask myself how we can justify that.
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