When someone hears “America’s Pastime” they normally think about baseball. This may have changed over time. Football might be considered the new pastime.

Sure, in decades past, baseball was considered the pastime. What is more American than cars, baseball, and apple pie? When I was a kid, I played tee-ball. Baseball played a part in my childhood, therefore.

Baseball played a large role in entertainment as well. It still does. But I feel that the sport is rather vintage. Who can forget The Sandlot? What about Angels in the Outfield? These movies are classics. But we haven’t gotten a baseball movie like this in a long time. Instead, football seems to be more popular these days.

TV rating proves this. The Super Bowl is more popular than the World Series. The Super Bowl is the championship game of football. The World Series is the championship game of baseball. More people watch the Superbowl than the World Series. It’s been this way for a long time. Given this hard fact, it shouldn’t controversial, then, to say the football is America’s new pastime.

Football movies in the past decade also seem more popular and common. Friday Night Lights, The Blind Side, and The Longest Yard come to mind. What about The Waterboy? Hollywood can even make successful comedies surrounding football. I actually really liked that movie. Remember the Titans and Varsity Blues are also among the heavy hitters when it comes to football movies. The only popular baseball movie in recent times, that I can think of, is Moneyball, with Brad Pitt. I didn’t even see that movie, but it looks good.

Given these facts, I think it’s safe to say that America’s new pastime is football. That’s not a bad thing, either. I love watching football on TV. It’s a faster game than baseball. Since we’re mid-season, enjoy a game this week!