Friday, January 28, 2022

A Guide To American Football

The Super Bowl quickly approaches, so animator Fraser Davidson made a little guide to help you understand American football as it is played by the NFL. If you're one of those who watch for the commercials and the food and since everyone else is watching, but you don't really understand the game, well, honestly this won't help a whole lot, but kit will probably make you laugh a little, and that's worth something. (via Viral Viral Videos)


Bicycle Bill said...

He forgot to mention that the game is called football for no apparent reason whatsoever, seeing as how (except for punts, kick-offs, and field goal and extra point attempts) it has always been against the rules to advance the ball by kicking it with one's foot.


Kolo Jezdec said...

From the pro football Hall of Fame:

Like the game itself, the word “football” has foreign ancestors. Historians trace American football back to two European cousins, soccer and rugby. Both began as kicking games.

Soccer- the most popular sport in the world – was originally known as “association football.” Newspapers seeking a shorter phrase began to refer to it as “assoc.” That name was soon shortened to “soc” and then grew back a bit to “soccer.”

While rugby also began as a football game, in 1823 something occurred that changed the kicking game forever. A player named William Webb Ellis, instead of kicking the ball over the goal line, picked it up and ran it across. At first, observers didn’t know what to think. Eventually, the agreed it was a good idea. The game was played at the Rugby School and became known as rugby football, later shortened to rugby.

Both soccer-style football and rugby-style football eventually found their way to America. What resulted was an American combination of the two games. It was until much later (1906) that forward passing was allowed. So because the American game was really just another form of the European football games, it too became known as football.

xoxoxoBruce said...

Spend 3 or 4 hours watching 20 minutes or less of play.

Anonymous said...

I think Andy Griffith has a better explanation:

Bicycle Bill said...

Then there's this absolutely classic little piece by Thomas Hornsby Ferril entitled “Freud, Football and the Marching Virgins.”
(you will have to scroll down a little ways before you come to it)

I remember first coming across it in Readers' Digest, although I believe it was originally printed in Psychology Today, and the Digest picked it up from there.  Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to find in its entirety on the web, so I suppose I will have to appoint myself as 'caretaker' or 'curator' of this piece – find its original source and copy it to my hard drive, guaranteeing that so long as I live this bit of inspired wit and satire will survive as well.