Some numbers lie. Some get twisted. Others are too big to ignore.
Like the 114 million people that watched the Super Bowl, or how the 2014 NFL season set record television ratings despite numerous scandals. Or how 49 percent of respondents list football as their favorite sport, according to a respected polling service.
It means America is becoming less diverse as a nation of sports fans, regarding football the way Europeans and Latin Americans worship soccer.
That should scare the cleats off Major League Baseball.