a: National football league stadium strategy ~
b: A sliding tile puzzle

What: The NFL has been very successful over the past decade or so in convincing local government to pony up large amounts of local public money to pay for stadium in which they are often a major financial beneficiary. How is this done? Well, ask yourself, "Why doesn't Los Angeles have a football team?" Quite simply it is an empty space, The LA Coliseum, in a sliding tile puzzle game into which any local government can have their team slid into if they don't cooperate in building a new stadium. It's a simple yet effective tactic. They are playing cities against each other.

Writer: mattyflynn
Date: May 1 2010 9:48 AM

Stock Car Racing In The Rain

a: Running stock cars in the rain ~
b: playing basketball on roller skates

What: "Running stock cars in the rain is like playing basketball on roller skates. It is ridiculous. About the only thing worse than NASCAR road racing is doing it in the rain"

Writer: Pete Pistone
Date: May 19 2010 7:20 AM

Professional Wrestling Is Like.....

a: Professional wrestling ~
b: Greek Tragedy

What: "The audience knows the story already. The plot moves along according to symbolic pathways already ingrained in the culture......" A nice discussion by a funny authoress.

Writer: Lindsay M. Starke
Date: Nov 27 2010 3:01 AM

The Nfl Players Walkout

a: The nfl ~
b: an incredibly hot ex-girlfriend

What: "I think the NFL has become so popular that it won't be adversely impacted regardless of whose fault a work stoppage is. The NFL is like an incredibly hot ex-girlfriend who treats us like sh**, but we're weak and we'll always come back for more. The allure is simply too strong to pass up. Nothing can possibly take its place."

Writer: xpensivewinos
Date: Jan 25 2011 5:30 AM

Football As The Iliad

a: Watching football ~
b: watching live battles from the Iliad

What: "Watching football is like watching live battles from the Iliad, only (for the most part) without the blood-Achilles, Patroclus, Hector and all the rest strain, in my silly imagination, trying to stretch their bodies, in a ferocious battle, all the way to a glorious death."

Writer: Laurie Fendrich
Date: Jul 31 2011 12:09 PM

The Nfl Womb?

a: A domed space ~
b: A uterus

What: Hmmmm. Maybe that why this architectural form is popular. Many churches, buildings, NFL stadiums and sometimes houses have this shape. It looks like a collective return to the womb. According to the link, if this association holds true, and how could it not, these cities have domed stadiums: Atlanta, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Dallas, Houston, Minnesota, Detroit, Arizona and St. Louis.

Writer: LucretiaGermanica
Date: Mar 15 2012 3:04 PM

It Hurts More Than Protects

a: Football helmet ~
b: boxing glove

What: "A football helmet is like a boxing glove; it serves a different role in practice than it does in theory...Theoretically speaking, boxing gloves protect the guy being punched and make the sport safer than bare-knuckle brawling."

Writer: Morgan Campbell
Date: Apr 20 2013 3:24 PM

The Sport

a: Sumo wrestling ~
b: soccer in Peru

What: "Sumo wresting, or this international tournament we attended cost $500 a seat, and we sat in the third tier, 9th row. Nothing is cheap in Japan, and everything is different; perhaps that is what you are paying for. Sumo wrestling is like soccer is in Peru, or baseball in America, number one sport. I really enjoyed it, and we stayed to the very end, and I got to meet a few of the wrestlers. From there we went to the Castle, got a little lost, and found our way to the bus, no trains from here on in, to Kyoto."

Writer: Maxim
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Aug 5 2013 8:59 PM

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