American football-- a funny game.

GV Rama RaoStarred Page By GV Rama Rao, 6th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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American Football is a popular game. My grandsons love it and get excited while watching it on TV. I, however, find it a funny game.

The ball.

American football, one of the most popular games in the continent of North America is an odd game. My grandsons love it, but I find it funny. The very name is strange, for in this game the foot is hardly used. The shape of the ball is indeed unusual to say the least. Unlike other games in which the ball is round and spherical, the football here is oval shaped with two points at the extremes.

Goal posts

The goal post also looks different standing high like an inverted goal post of soccer. A goal is scored only when the ball sails over the horizontal and between the posts. It's the antithesis of what the goal is in soccer. Field goals are few and far in between and the goal shot is taken with the ball held firmly on the ground by a teammate. It looks like a swing on the tee in golf.

The big fuss.

The game primarily consists of taking the ball over a distance of a mere hundred yards. When eleven players are employed for this purpose, it's difficult to understand what this fuss is all about. The players brace themselves with padding and legging heavier than what the combat soldiers use for this simple objective.

Role of players

The role of players is also baffling. A quarterback is the pivot of the team and plays a bigger role than the half back and full back. His name implies he plays a stellar role in the defense, but he is essentially the guiding player of the offense. Since he plays a central role in the game, one expects him to be tough and sturdy. Often, these players turnout to be of medium built and of average strength. Quarterbacks, surprisingly, are the heartthrobs of girls in schools and colleges and command a premium in the NFL. All that he is required is to spot a player free to make a run towards the opponents' goal and pass the ball to him. The longer he throws the ball, the most valuable he is to the team.

The coach

The game itself played in two halves of thirty minutes. It's always played in winter at night in subzero temperatures. It's difficult to understand how the players and spectators enjoy watching the game in severe cold.

The coach, the most important cog in the machine is paid astronomical amounts to guide his team. Guide he constantly does, for he is constant radio touch with most of his players and keeps issuing instructions or what are called tactics. He spots the man free and guides the quarterback to throw the ball to him. In most of the games, it's a duel between the opposing coaches and the players appear to be nothing better than the pawns in chess.

The game

What is most baffling in the game is an advance of ten yards with the ball is considered a significant achievement. A team can make incremental progress of ten yards each and reach the ultimate aim-touchdown.

Touchdown, the valuable point in the game, looks ridiculous for the player is required to do nothing more than touch the marked line with the ball in possession. A simple thing like a touchdown is celebrated with great hurrah as the player exults and hits the ground with the ball in a show of triumph. No pumping air for the footballers nor closed fists, but a violent hitting of the field with the ball.

The defense employs all tactics and tackles to stop the player in possession of the ball in his tracks. These include throwing themselves at him and butting him in the stomach if required all aimed to fell the player and prevent him from gaining ground. For a few seconds, the game looks like an infantry charge with bayonets drawn. Head injuries including concussion are common. Recently, the NFL made an out of court settlement for about $500 million with the players in this regard.

Much ado about nothing.

The action lasts for a few seconds as the players stop the play when one is knocked down and await the verdict of the referee. Here again, the game has many referees with different roles and they make a big song and dance of each tackle.

The teams take time out frequently probably for the commercials to be aired on TV. The timeouts are one too many and are used to regroup the players and change the strategy or tactics of the game thereafter. During these timeouts, the players quench their thirst and saunter along the field. Although the game should last sixty minutes, it has been established each player runs for not more than thirteen and half minutes. The game lasts for about two hours and keeps the spectators glued to their seats.

In short, a player earns enormous amount of money to play for less than fifteen minutes. He spends considerable effort and time for training and expense for his gear and leggings.

That makes me wonder whether all this trouble is worth it and why the spectators torture themselves in cold watching this spectacle?

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Photo credits. All photos are from public domain and are from Google images.

With due apologies to all lovers of American Football.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
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 Denise O
7th Dec 2014 (#)

I love the section about the quarterback/halfback/fullback, funny! I am writing this as my daughter has a game on right now. I watch somewhat but, I do it up for the Superbowl, it is just an American thing to do, gotta love it. Good take on this American past time, thank you for sharing. :)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
7th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Denise O,
Thanks for your comment. I know Americans love it and go the extra mile to watch or see on TV the Superbowl. This is just my funny take.

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author avatar Retired
7th Dec 2014 (#)

nice....post....sharing

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
7th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Nirajsinh Darbar,
Welcome to my pages. I'm happy you liked it.

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author avatar M G Singh
7th Dec 2014 (#)

Nice post

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
7th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you, Madan.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
7th Dec 2014 (#)

Its not funny when you play it!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
7th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Fern Mc Costigan,
I find it difficult to swallow why people play this game knowing full well it may cause severe injuries including head injuries.

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author avatar viewgreen
8th Dec 2014 (#)

I think this is not a funny game but a horrible game. I ever seen in a news sport that 5 -10 players must take the medical checking after play this game. Thank you for sharing this information.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Dec 2014 (#)

Sometimes we get addicted to games the more we watch it - anyway it is all marketing blitz for 1% to gain at the cost of others. Now even Tennis is bringing some players from the past through IPTL with money being the lure. Thanks for this frank take GVR - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
8th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear viewgreen,
I'm surprised how this game turned out to be one of the popular games in the USA.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
8th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Siva,
Thanks for your comment. You have taken a philosophical take whereas I wrote it in a lighter vein.

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author avatar Utah Jay
9th Dec 2014 (#)

You sound like my son-in-law GV and it is good insight from the outside of the game, you made me laugh. I guess it is something in our blood. It is like a small war played on the field. Two coaches, or generals, trying to stop the other by using a set of tactics that seem to build a can-do attitude in young men. I have an ex-football star in my group, he caught touchdowns in two super bowls, but at that time made very little money. Peace to you GV.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
9th Dec 2014 (#)

This piece was posted under humor, and if you laughed it served its purpose. Except for throwing the ball to my grandsons to catch, my experience or knowledge of the game is practically nil.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Dec 2014 (#)

well i do prefer English soccer...american football can be a killers game...

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
15th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear crwriter,
I couldn't agree with you more.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Dec 2014 (#)

love you GV... you have a most loving heart...

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