Because I want to be one.
Blitzball is a cross between hockey, soccer, water polo and rugby. Can one train for a sport like that?
Apparently, one can train to be a blitzball player. Yuna’s doing it here, the story bridge between Final Fantasy X & X-2. And she’s had experience with the underwater activity.
But she had to hold her breath to be underwater. During Eternal Calm training, she can hold her breathe underwater for two minutes and forty-one seconds. This is the roughly same amount of time Tidus and Yuna were underwater during the first game! And she isn’t using an al-bhed device, either; she’s doing it the old-fashioned way: holding her breathe.
That seems like a long time, but it’s possible. Navy SEALs can hold their breath for about two to three minutes. Several people have broken Guinness World Records holding their breath for nearly 20 minutes. And Blitzball players can hold theirs for at least hours at a time, during gameplay and practices.
During Final Fantasy X, Yuna could hold her breath for as long as a Navy SEAL.
Wakka says the best Blitzball players can sleep underwater. Sounds like a rumor. Then again, they might be dead.
Wakka can talk underwater, which is impressive. A blitzball player’s lungs must be huge. But that’s not healthy to do.
But blitzball players like Wakka and Tidus are also kinda dumb. Especially Tidus:
Lulu: Don’t tell Wakka about Yuna’s lineage. The thing about Wakka–he never had much love for the Al Bhed.
Tidus: Whoa! I gotta tell Wakka!
Lulu: I thought I told you not to tell Wakka!
Dude, she just told you…
They have to hold their breather for so long while doing strenuous activity. They must have brain damage from oxygen deprivation. It’s probably a subtle nod to American football as the players can suffer brain damages from concessions.
This means Yuna’s gonna git dumb (and she’s already been starting since Final Fantasy X-2).
But I don’t know what the water is like in Final Fantasy X-2, or if it’s even actually water or a substance like water that’s actually Pyreflies. Breathing underwater might just be a form of Pyreflie manipulation.
Next question: how does one train to be a blitzball?