Being a fan of American Football and even playing the odd pickup game (a hard thing to do in Ireland where you have to explain the rules to everyone as you go along), I started to wonder about the amatuer playing of sports by adults in the states.
I know college sports are huge over there, but if someone doesn’t make the pros? Is there a culture of playing sports (in particular football) at an organised (beyond pick up) amateur level on the evenings and weekends*?
In Ireland there are lower level leagues in most sports that allow even the most unfit, working 9 to 5 guy an oppurtunity to play. This includes rugby, which would provide the most obvious comparison to football in terms of fitness levels needed and risk of injury to people with jobs and kids to feed.
- I realise that this culture may vary from region to region