you do realize sports game don't stop time for every tackle/shot/pass right? the game is no more than a disguised TRPG. the FFX version at least, X-2 is indeed a sport team management game
I mean, Madden and MLB games are almost as stop/start as blitzball. Just you're selecting to run a HB dive or throw a curveball instead of breaking to Balgerda (just kidding; you might as well just hand her the ball and your lunch money).