Baseball is one of the dumbest sports ever - hands down.
football is just as bad.
rugby, on the other hand, is a thing of beauty. We don't have to wear all the stupid armor, we just play and take our bumps as bruises as they come.
I will say that the book Friday Night Lights was excellent, and gave real insight into what football means to the people of Texas. I don't get it, but I understand it.
...not that I'm opinionated or anything.