Fighting for Respect: Conor McGregor and Six-Man Football

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Fighting for Respect: Conor McGregor and Six-Man Football

Postby granger » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:10 pm

Fighting for Respect, How Conor McGregor represents Six-Man Football:

Sport has always been a means of escape; a distraction from everyday life. This past week, I finally had enough of all the news feeds, tweets, posts, and arguments that have fueled so much strife here in America lately, so I engaged in that age-old remedy for such problems and turned to the biggest sporting event of the year, plunging myself deep into the analysis and hype that is Mayweather vs McGregor.

I have watched both these champions fight before; at least the last four fights each fighter has had. My knowledge of boxing is easily the strongest out of the two disciplines and to be honest, up until this week, I didn’t give this fight much thought because I believed there was just no way Mayweather could lose. However, this week I saturated myself in interviews with boxers, fighters, reporters, talking heads and casual fans alike. I listened to all the boxing people talk about this bout on Saturday and I listened to UFC folks, including Conor McGregor himself, talk.

As I listened, I began to feel like I had heard all this before. I began to realize many of the same thoughts and opinions the boxing crowd were vocalizing are very similar to things I hear out of those who say six-man football isn’t real football. How it is a joke the boxing commission is letting this fight take place; how while McGregor is great at his fighting discipline, boxing is just so much harder and no way he can walk in and compete with Mayweather.

How he has “Zero percent chance”.

They’re in a boxing ring. For Conor McGregor, “there’s no universe in which he can win.”

If you are from a six-man town or school, doesn’t the air of all this blather sound familiar?

So, the more I listened, and the more I watched, the more I bought into the underdog Conor McGregor and the more I wanted him to prove them all wrong. McGregor, who has fought his way to the UFC pinnacle, was once living the tough life in Ireland. He has now become a symbol, a beacon of hope and source of great national pride to the Irish people. In fact, he has come to represent so much for that nation and its people, that when McGregor is being written off and disrespected by the boxing and sporting world in this fight, they feel like THEY are being written off and disrespected.

It becomes personal.

Much in the same way six-man football is personal to those who have come to know and love it. These are the same things being shouted by the six-man football players, coaches and fans every Friday night across Texas, who say they are just as good as their more accepted 11-man counterparts and should be looked at and treat as equals proclaiming that “it is all football.”

The idea of acceptance, of validation, and the fight for respect McGregor is experiencing right now is the same fight playing out on those 40x80 fields in the outlying small towns across Texas every football season. Those who live in these small towns that play six-man football have come to make up their own nation, a six-man nation, and that sport has become a symbol of their lives, much in the same way Conor McGregor has come to represent Ireland and the world of UFC/MMA, in this fight against Floyd Mayweather.

Maybe I’m thinking a little too much about this. Maybe I’m vicariously hanging the weight of the six-man football community on McGregor’s shoulders in this fight, and maybe it isn’t as symbolic as I want it to be.

But I can tell you this…

I sure hope McGregor makes all those boxing folks look ignorant come Sunday morning.
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Re: Fighting for Respect: Conor McGregor and Six-Man Footbal

Postby smokeyjoe53 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:19 pm

.......and the people said, AMEN............
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Re: Fighting for Respect: Conor McGregor and Six-Man Footbal

Postby GregTepper » Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:36 pm

I like the overall sentiment here. I'd also draw a larger parallel.

In the past decade-plus or so, I feel like both mixed martial arts and six-man football have made major strides toward becoming more "mainstream" and accepted by their respective audiences (combat sports fans and football fans). There are many reasons behind this, but I think both have grown in overall popularity and recognition thanks in large part to the Internet. As a result, I think MMA and six-man football are not nearly the underdog that they were as recently as 15 years ago.

Don't get me wrong: six-man football, in part because of its inherent reliance on small towns, still has room to grow. But from a mainstream acceptance standpoint, I believe the playing field has leveled significantly.
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Re: Fighting for Respect: Conor McGregor and Six-Man Footbal

Postby Leman Saunders » Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:45 pm

Very well said Mr. Tepper and I would say there are no real arguments against those points.
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Re: Fighting for Respect: Conor McGregor and Six-Man Footbal

Postby Leman Saunders » Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:46 am

While I was rooting for McGregor, I think he did better than many gave him credit for. With that said...this is a jumping off point to really consider this...the lingering question is...should we derive from this fight...if MMA/UFC is not like Boxing (both combat sports)...is 6man football not like 11man football (both forms of football) and thus should be viewed and treated as such respectively????

Or was this fight close enough for people to say all fighting forms are fighting it doesnt matter the discipline and thus all forms of football are football no matter the style???
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Re: Fighting for Respect: Conor McGregor and Six-Man Footbal

Postby swires » Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:54 pm

Fighting is fighting although there are many different skill sets in fighting. There are also many different versions of football (except for the one with the little round ball and goalies). Put Mayweather in an octagon and McGregor destroys him. However, 6 man football players can get on a crowded field and still be 100% effective!!!!!!
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Re: Fighting for Respect: Conor McGregor and Six-Man Footbal

Postby sixman Dad » Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:06 pm

swires wrote:Fighting is fighting although there are many different skill sets in fighting. There are also many different versions of football (except for the one with the little round ball and goalies). Put Mayweather in an octagon and McGregor destroys him. However, 6 man football players can get on a crowded field and still be 100% effective!!!!!!

100% agree Swires. Very well said!
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Re: Fighting for Respect: Conor McGregor and Six-Man Footbal

Postby Leman Saunders » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:22 pm

This reminds me of the Throckmorton v Windthorst game...when it was 11man Throck was hanging in there with Windthorst down 7-0 at the half...then it went to 6man andThrockmorton could have 45ed them if their coach hadnt put in his JV to play....bottom line 6man guys can compete with 11man...just like McGregor competed with Mayweather...but 11man guys in there with 6man and they will get killed...just like Mayweather would get killed in the octagon.
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Re: Fighting for Respect: Conor McGregor and Six-Man Footbal

Postby WindthorstFan3 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:04 pm

Leman Saunders wrote:This reminds me of the Throckmorton v Windthorst game...when it was 11man Throck was hanging in there with Windthorst down 7-0 at the half...then it went to 6man andThrockmorton could have 45ed them if their coach hadnt put in his JV to play....bottom line 6man guys can compete with 11man...just like McGregor competed with Mayweather...but 11man guys in there with 6man and they will get killed...just like Mayweather would get killed in the octagon.

Windthorst was "rebuilding" in 2012, record was 5-5 not including the exhibition game as agreed by both schools. The five teams we beat that year were a combined 8-42. State Champion Munday drilled us 68-7 in the first game of the season and it wasn't that close!! It was 54-0 at the half and they could have put up a 100 if they wanted to!!

IMO Throckmorton was the Nation's best 6 man team that year. Munday with their speed would have given Throckmorton more of a game that year. Our best offense that year was our jumbo package with our two of our bigger lineman in the backfield!!! Slow and methodical!! If memory serves me correctly that was the package we used to score our TD in 11 man portion.

IMO 6 man football is football. It's still about blocking and tackling, getting your players into space, being physical, etc.
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