The pads in football are for hitting with - delivering a blow, not receiving one. Like a boxing glove. And the tactics are the most complex in sports (hence the huddle). Meanwhile the baseball players manage to confront hardball pitches thrown from full windups without wrapping themselves in mattresses, hit them squarely without needing a ruddy canoe paddle, and navigate a rule book as thick as a phone directory in split second decisions at full speed. It takes thousands of innings and good coaching to make an average professional baseball player - chess, indeed - plenty of time to think, for sure. Plus surfing and beach volleyball and lacrosse and the Alaskan Olympics https://www.google.com/imgres?imgur...QMwhEKBgwGA&iact=mrc&uact=8#h=825&vet=1&w=550 And we don't - yet - play soccer, the goofiest and least interesting sport in the world. So we get points there - a little cushion to keep our rating up while we figure out how many square feet there are in an acre, buy two complete sets of wrenches and drills for every toolbox, and pretend we always wanted to auger in with our Mars rover under 137 ft/lbs of thrust. Seismic studies.