American Football.

GV Rama Rao By GV Rama Rao, 10th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2l3d75ah/
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American Football, far different from its distant cousins Rugby and Soccer, is one of the most popular games in the USA. It sure is also an odd ball of a game.

American Football

The Americans are extremely passionate about their games and sports. Games such as football and Basketball have followers not less than 50 million, and the professionals of these games earn in millions. My grandchildren think it is the most wonderful game and love it immensely. So do millions of Americans.

However, I find American Football odd to say the least. To start with, Football is a misnomer for the foot is hardly used in this game. Secondly, it's an outdoor game and should be played in a congenial weather. However, the season starts at the end of the summer and culminates in the thick of winter. The finale of the season is termed the world championship although the participants are only 25 teams from two conferences in the continental America. This game called The Super Bowl is played amidst much pomp and grandeur. The top artists are invited to perform in the half time, and the advertisers parade the new advertisements during the telecast.

Weather

This prestigious game is often played in the stadia in the North in subzero temperatures. The ground is first cleared of heavy snowfall before the game. The spectators sit in the stadia not fully covered, freezing in the severe cold.

The season could start at the beginning of spring or summer and end at the end of the summer or beginning of fall to spare the players and the spectators the severe weather. It'd also help millions of students to watch the game on TV without upsetting their homework or studies.

Captain.

In most of the games each team will have one captain. NFL team has not less than four captains. There is a captain for offense and one for defense. Similarly there is one for the forward and one for the rear lines.

Similarly, it has quarterbacks, half backs, full backs. A one eighth back introduced in the years ahead should not surprise the spectators.

The ball

In NFL each team brings its own ball. In soccer, several balls are used to save time when the ball goes out of the play. In Cricket, the ball is kept with the umpires lest the players tamper with it. Recently there has been an unholy controversy about a celebrity of a quarterback getting suspended for deflating the ball to gain advantage. The player under reference happened to be enormously rich and could get the suspension thrown out in court. Such incidents could have been avoided if the umpires had brought with them a few balls tested to the correct standards before the game.

Umpires

Speaking of umpires the NFL games have so many umpires and they often outnumber the players. The way they announce their decisions in their inimitable style is to be seen to be believed.

Positional game.

Football is like conventional warfare and is a positional game. The success of a team depends on positioning the players or the players changing their positions so as to receive a pass and make a sprint to the touchdown line. The coaches make a song and dance of this simple tactic and earn millions.

Duration.


The game is played in four quarters each of fifteen minutes but with repeated timeouts, itt extends to well over three hours and keeps the spectators riveted to their seats all this time. The playing time is hardly worth mentioning. Each scrummage is followed by the play for a few seconds until the one with the ball is felled by the opponents. The total playing time in any NFL game barely exceeds fifteen minutes. Players earn millions just for playing fifteen minutes. The advertisers have a field day during the game.

Headgear

In NFL, a player with the ball is tackled and felled by one or two opponents and is prevented from progressing further. Often during these tackles, most of the defending players pile up on the player with the ball. This is ridiculous, unnecessary and hazardous to the head and spine of the player with the ball.There ought to be a rule limiting the number of players used to overpower any player to say three. Recently the NFL settled out of court a huge claim running into two hundred millions about the concussions players suffer from.

Touchdown.

Finally, after a Touchdown, the offense team is allowed to take a shot at the goal. Here the ball is kept steady by another player to enable the hitter to score the goal. It's ironic the only occasion when the foot is used to kick the ball is marred by ritual that takes the fun away from hitting a ball with the foot.

In the USA where gender equality is practiced with missionary zeal, football is one of the few games not open to women.

In NFL the ultimate aim is to take the football to a distance less than hundred yards. The quarterback, who is revered no less than a god by the followers of the game, is required to spot a player clear of the opponents and pass the ball to him to take it to any point of his choice on the wide line marked Touchdown. Big Deal!

The script is mine and the pics are from the public domain:Google images, except the positions of players is from wikipedia.

Wikinut is the best site to post one's writings and hone his skills with the help of a community of writers and wannabe writers.

You may like to read my blog Super Bowl XXXXIX.

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I am a retired naval officer and a published author with three books to my credit. I am a winner of nanowrimo competition for 2008,9, &10. I like humor best..

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author avatar brendamarie
11th Oct 2015 (#)

great article thanks for sharing!

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author avatar M G Singh
11th Oct 2015 (#)

Very informative post

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
11th Oct 2015 (#)

My dear Madan,
Thanks for your comment. How are you at Fanbox?

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author avatar M G Singh
13th Oct 2015 (#)

GV, I am confused as I have recieved a mail that they are closing down. Also asking for payments???

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
12th Oct 2015 (#)

interesting game but with time your body feels the pains!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
12th Oct 2015 (#)

My dear Fern Mc Costigan,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
12th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing your article about football. The Cleveland Browns won yesterday so I'm very happy about that. Football is a great sport but my very favorite sport is basketball. Smiles to you today and always.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
12th Oct 2015 (#)

My dear Nancy,
Many thanks for your visit and comment.

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author avatar Retired
12th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks for the share!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
12th Oct 2015 (#)

My dear Jessica,
Many thanks for your visit and comments.

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Oct 2015 (#)

Good share my friend, Blessings.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
13th Oct 2015 (#)

My dear Kingwell,
Thanks for your visit and comment.

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