It's more than that.
In baseball and football, there's ebb and flow. There's strategy. There's analysis. There are statistics.
80 yards to go, 2:32 on the clock and one timeout, down 4. Do you dump it over the middle? Do you run a draw play? Do you throw only sideline patterns?
Completed over the middle. Now you have 67 yards to go, but now it's the 2 minute warning. Draw play for 7 yards. Do you spike it? Do you run a draw to get a first down or do you throw the ball down the field? Now it's fourth and 1 from the opponent's 37. Do you run it to get the first down and chew up 20 seconds or do you throw it?
Complete to the 22 yard line. 38 seconds left! Do you use your last timeout or quickly run up and spike it? Will they fake the spike and throw the ball in the end zone?
Do you want to try to score with a minute left or milk the clock and try to score with 10 seconds left because you know that if you score with a minute left, you give the ball back to Tom Brady who's standing on the sidelines glaring and just waiting for his chance?
It's 3rd and 7. You're up 3 points with 2 minutes left. Do you throw the ball and risk stopping the clock with an incompletion or do you run it and make the other team burn its last timeout?
You're down 11 with 3 minutes left. 4th and 3 from the 22. Do you kick it to move within 8 and try for a TD and a conversion to send the game into OT or do you go for the TD? You score. Great! Now that? Kick it away and trust your defense to get a 3 and out or onside kick and risk giving the other team great field position?
etc. etc. etc.
In soccer, either the ball goes into the net or it doesn't. It's a dichotomy. A play works to the nth degree or it's a failure. Nothing in between.
You're team is down 2-1 in stoppage time. They're pressing. Deep inside you know they probably aren't going to score and until and unless they do, it's just frustration. They have a great chance but the defender kicks it down the field. Now time's a wasting. Is that as exciting as Joe Montana or Tom Brady or Eli Manning getting the ball deep in his territory with 2 minutes left down 4? Really? How can it be?
Watch Eli Manning's drive to end the Pats' perfect season in the desert a few years back. Or Joe Montana going 96 yards against Cincy in the SB or Elway running all over the place and marching his team 99 yards in the slop against the Browns.
And these things happen every week.
I'm a Jets fan and I have never seen my team go tot he SB. But last year's playoff game at Indy was a dramatic classic. Manning has a 3rd and 8 at the Jets 32 with a minute left. He rolls out to the right and throws but just short of the receiver. Vinatieri comes on and kicks a 50 yd FG to give Indy a 16-14 lead, but everyone in the building knows that though they have the lead, they blew a chance to put the game away. But can the Jets take advantage with 50 seconds and 2 timeouts? Big kickoff return to the 44 by Cromartie. Great first step, but not there yet. Completion to Edwards. Time out. Wait. the play is being reviewed. It's a catch. IT's 3rd down. Run it up the middle. Get the first down, spike it. Completion to Holmes on the left sideline. We're at the 37; kind of at the border of FG range. 30 seconds left and one timeout. How many more yards do we need? 10? 20? Do we have time to go up the middle? Wait. It's a deep pass along the right sideline. Caught insider the 20. Now what? Do you call the timeout and kick with 25 seconds so you can fall on a bad snap and have time for another try? But if you do, you give Peyton 20 seconds even if you hit the FG. So instead you run the clock to 3 seconds and call your last timeout. The whole game rides on this try. Your kicker is a goat or a hero! There's no "well, I tried but the goalie made a great save." Either you make it and win or miss it and lose. It's GOOD! We win!
I'm sorry, but you just don't have that level of excitement and tension and strategy in soccer.
If you can watch that and not get chills down your spine, you either have no soul, know nothing about football or are a Pats' fan.