Sunday, August 30, 2009
STORYHEARTS SUNDAY UK BLOG - US FOOTBALL
Before I start this page of further views of the USA, I should apologize to any that I might offend. These are my own personal views of the USA, or that part of the USA that I have known in the time that I have been living in America.
The Football Season is just about starting in the USA, large men trying to squeeze themselves into ever tightening trousers. to appear on the filed, pitch or whatever you want to call it for a couple of minutes. Before going to sit down again there work done.
To a person from anywhere else in the world except America and perhaps Canada, the word football means eleven players a side, charging around varying types of land chasing a round ball, throughout the world. Names like Pele, Charlton, Best, De Steffino, Maradona, and Beckham bring visions to ones mind. However in America it brings forth a totally different vision.
What the rest of world calls football, the Americans call soccer. This being the fact that to an American football is this totally different sport.
Now, in England we do actually know what "American Football" is, our screens being filled on "Channel 4" during the early nineties on a early Sunday evening.
Names like Dan Marina and Number 44, John Riggins were discussed around schools in the local pubs. When the fridge, was not a place for storing food but a Chicago Bear's player the size of a small out house. For those who do not know any better "Football" as we will now just call it, is played by what seems to be several hundred players a side, who stay on the field a few minutes at a time, before having to go off for what seems to be an endless supply of "Gatorade" a drink, seemingly invented for the event.
Players have to ware what to any rugby player would seem a suit of Armour, complete with a crash helmet center. Touch downs do not mean the player has "touched the ball down over the line. God forbid anybody trying to bend down to do that in those trousers... one can't call them shorts. And when the conversion/kick is done for an extra point. Kicking from where the "touch down" was scored would be way to difficult, so they have to take it from in front of the posts.
Don't get me wrong I do enjoy the game, it's one of the nearest sports that might actually be classed as physical except of course Ice Hockey.
Anyway I will be there, sipping a cold one watching the games and wondering where all the people play.
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