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ivy6
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   Posted 2/3/2008 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   
... I don't get American football.

I tried to watch the Superbowl, and all I saw was a bunch of guys falling on top of each other, and nobody kicking the ball or scoring any goals. Is it always like that? Are goals are rare in the NFL as they are in soccer?

tongue Ivy, perplexed.

PS. And those football leggings leave NOTHING to the imagination. Do American footballers feel self-conscious in their uniforms?
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kimberlayn
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   Posted 2/4/2008 12:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't get soccer, a bunch of running around in chaos, at least to my eyes! I have two boys who play football, a husband who played in school, and come from a family that is full of rabid fans, and this was one of the best games I had seen. A defensive battle with the right team coming out on top! Sorry pats fans. But ivy, the men have the cheerleaders on the sidelines to watch, so the tight pants on the guys are just a bonus for us gals! My husband tells me the tight pants are the real reason I watch the NFL, and it definitely doesn't hurt!!
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randynoguts
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   Posted 2/4/2008 3:02 AM (GMT -7)   
hey ivy, i assume you mean the tightness in the front of the pants? cups maybe? anyhoo, not all games are that boring, sometimes you will have a score differance of 20-30 points. so like 4 touchdowns or more. unlike rugby ( the closest i can think of) its more of a power game instead of a speed game. you dont get much speed out of a man that weighs in at 300 lbs. if you watch often , you will see that very few of the men move more than 10 feet per play. only the guys that catch the ball or try to run with the ball will move from the central area. and only certain players are allowed to handle the ball unless someone else drops it, then anyone can pick it up. to many rules nowadays, to keep high paid players from getting hurt, in the old days, no facemasks, even just leather helmets! you could even gouge somebodys eyes if you could get away with it! no cameras back then!
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   Posted 2/4/2008 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
hey ivy...I used to think the same thing. Just 12 guys running at each other. hehehehehe Until a brother in law explained that it was 11 guys and then patiently explained a lot of what was going on. Ever since, I am a fan. But honestly I am more of a fan of the event around the games. I became a fan right before my hometown made it to 4 Super Bowls (and yes they lost all four, but no other team made four straight!!!)

I am a fan of almost all sports, but I think you have to really understand them to enjoy them. I still don't get professional basketball and think they rules are random----but husband loves college BBall so I am learning. Like Randy said, the rules tend to ruin the game.

Now take this with a grain of salt as I am a huge Hockey fan---and there aren't many of those AND I am a big fan of curling -- and no one gets that sport!
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   Posted 2/4/2008 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree with HHF .I had to learn to understand what was going on and now I am a fan .....

But I do like most sports especially Hockey

Ya betcha they need that cup for protection or owwieeeeeeeeee ........


Good thread IVY

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   Posted 2/4/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Honestly the only thing that I get out of football is seeing the nice tight "ends" LOL...I'm a baseball fan myself...out of all the sports I can think of, the only ones that impress me are baseball and lacrosse...my son plays baseball and the speed of those balls comming in and going out after they're hit impresses me more that football and soccer or most any other sport...and lacrosse is no baby's game either, talk about most all the players having extream cardio, and they all have nice legs too!!!

Yup, with lacrosse you've got to have quite the longevity and with baseball you've got to have quite an arm...hockey, soccer football, I just find them boring.

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   Posted 2/4/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Ivy.............those football players get mucho bucks for wearing those nice areodynamic uniforms.  I think perhaps they like to strut a bit too.  It seems to be a guy think..........lol  tongue  


 
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   Posted 2/4/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
LSU National champions!

"nuff said

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ivy6
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   Posted 2/4/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
And that was the other thing I wanted to ask: where were the cheerleaders? I'll admit that I only saw about 45 mins of the game - and most of it was taken up with cuts to the studio where a couple of blokes sat around patiently trying to explain that this game is a HUGE deal in the US - but I didn't see the cheerleaders at all. I thought they performed at half-time, and that was the main reason I watched - I wanted to see what they do.

Randy - it was the front *and* the back that astounded me. Jiggle jiggle jiggle. Not a good look. LOL.

Kimberlayn and Randy, thanks for the explanations. So this was an unusually close game, and that's why most of the time was spent with people falling on top of each other and fighting over the ball?

Randy, what do you mean when you say that only certain players are allowed to touch the ball unless someone else drops it? What are the other players there for?

I still shudder at the memory of that eyeball gouging scene in "Any Given Sunday".

I.
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bentwistle
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   Posted 2/4/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Ivy,
You've given me a different perspective on how certain sports are seen by others outside of North America. I guess it's like me watching Aussie rules football or hurling. Those sports look downright suicidal. Or for that matter, another game that completely baffles me is cricket. It makes no sense to me. I LOVE soccer though!!! It's the world's game.
I love soccer players bodies - nothing left hidden under a bunch of padding! I find half the defensive players in football look like they spent too many trips at the all you can eat buffet. The running backs sure look sweet in their tight pants though.

OK, I've finished drooling...thanks for the fun topic!

Bev

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   Posted 2/4/2008 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
ivy, the other guys, the big huge ones , are there to keep the other bug huge guys from stopping the guys with the ball. so the offense, (guys with the ball) try to keep the defense, from stopping the guy with the ball, so he can run down the field and score. all the defense guys want to catch the guy with the ball and hit him so hard that he drops the ball (fumble) then any one can pick it up and run to there goal, unless they get stopped by the other big guys.

oh also the tightness of the unforms has developed over the years. the tight fitting of the uniforms keeps the oppossing players from grabbing hold of the sirts, pants etc.... also made of slick material. thats why most of the guys now wear sticky gloves to help them hang on.

BTW i was on my high school team for one season... our coach was Mike Holmgren, the current coach of the seattle seahawks, formerly of the green bay packers.. hes still an idiot after all these years.
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 2/4/2008 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Ivy- I only saw the cheerleaders for like 2 seconds and they were wearing these little hot shorts that were shorter than most underwear. Didn't they used to wear skirts???? And even those were short. This leaves NOTHING To the imagination.
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   Posted 2/4/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Ivy...I understand the game and I still think it's BORING! Baseball family here! Both sons now coaching college b-ball! As to the tight uniforms....well I have to believe that most those guys are to heavy, muscular and beat up to be agile in all the right ways....get my drift! And what is with the dreadlocks hanging out the helmets....Randy....why spend all the money on the tight uniforms and sticky gloves if you can just sack the guy by grabbin' a fistful of that nappy lookin' stuff! Sorry if I offend anyone with dreadlocks here! I have a fungal infection you know!
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   Posted 2/5/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
hey broom, most of the guys that have the dreds, are the ones grabbing, not the grabbee's..
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   Posted 2/5/2008 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay Randy...point taken! Still think it's nappy though!
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