American football nuttiness

Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by Dave55, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    One in a million play last weekend. 106 yard return of a missed field goal with no time left on the clock.
    Thought you guys might like a laugh
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    As I'd say to English football fans.

    ''It's only a game.''
  3. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Well Dave,

    If you don't mind me saying so our ex-collonial friends (septics) get a little carried away with the 'armoured sportsmen' playing a sort of soft rugby. What is the Iron Bowl anyway?

    If I recall correctly when England won the Rugby Union World Cup by a last minute Jonny Wilkinson drop goal my reaction (from the armchair) was 'Oh, well done Jonny. Want a cup of tea Dad?'.
  4. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Hi Mike

    The Iron Bowl is an annual game between the University of Alabama and Auburn University, which is also in Alabama.

    The southeast United States didn’t have any pro teams in any sport until the mid twentieth century and Alabama still doesn’t, so college football has a huge following here.

    The reactions to this one are especially nuts because U of Alabama was the best team in the country going into the game (Auburn was good but most people didn't expect them to win) and also because no one had ever seen a game ending play like that one.
  5. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    Not "Soft Rugby".

    In my UK playing days, ( along time ago!) we played against a team from Newport who played Rugby in the winter and Gridiron in the summer. We asked them which was tougher. To a man they replied the game from across the pond.

    Nice understated English reaction to JW's winning kick, very stylish. Not like Jonny Foreigner!
  6. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member


    Thanks for that explaination - it is remarkable to see such a sporting fixture going back to 1893.

    I guess our closest comparison is the Calcutta Cup dating back to 1879:

  7. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    …….and that was just the adults...

  8. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Alabama's last game of the year against University of Oklahoma or 'OU'

    Good looking but as crazy as an outhouse rat :)
  9. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Was she arrested & charged ?
  10. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    Was she provoked?

    Was she drunk?

    Much as I love Seven Nation Army, I would rather have heard what was being said.
  11. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

  12. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Here is the end of yesterday's Superbowl.

    Seattle had victory almost locked up. All they had to do was hand the ball to the best running back in football and have him gain 1 yard.

    Their coach told them to throw a pass which was intercepted by the the other team to end the game.

    That play call by the coach was like 10 Own Goals in your Football and is being called the dumbest call in the history of the game.

    Their fans reactions indicate how dumb the play was. Pretty funny
  13. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    I suspect a fair percentage of people living in the UK (and other parts of Europe), who were watching went to bed at 230am or so when it was 24-14.....

    that absolutely dreadful half time thing that lasted about 1/2 an hour almost put me over the edge...perhaps it's my age...

    edit update - the video is highly amusing, I've been there with Spurs (not the San Antonio ones) a number of times over the years
  14. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Seahawks losing the Superbowl -chap at work was explaining this to me earlier so I actually understand what it's about.
    I watched up to the bit with the National Anthem then went to bed.
  15. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Ahh, shame. So it's not cos they realised they've been playing the wrong football all these years. ;)
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  16. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Dave 55

    I thought Seattle lost the game when they stopped fighting Brady for the ball at 14 -24 - Brady then came through his own men - no Seattle people near him to
    throw TWO touchdowns - to make it 28-14 …the last minute was extra…looked a bit curious but what do I know - I'm a soccer fan..!

  17. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Seattle & Boston...been there...years ago. :(
  18. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    No doubt in the 1860s or whenever, they should have called the game by another name...

    The bloke chewing the gum and his mate on the touchline have a book of different manoeuvres for every possible scenario and then had a few minutes (including a clock stop) to be able to decide the best approach in getting the ball 2 yards forward - the first attempt was thwarted after their best player carried it a yard or so, but instead of repeating that simple tactic to gain the second yard (and which would have only left about 30 seconds), they decided to throw the ball in the air - almost the only possible way they could lose...and the Quarter back actually agreed with this logic...

    At least in Soccerball, the manager can legitimately lay the blame sometimes on the players.

    Both cities are pretty nice places to visit...
  19. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Dave would Seattle have scored and won the game and if so how many points
  20. Puttenham

    Puttenham Well-Known Member

    If you like the weather in the UK, you will feel right at home in Seattle, Washington State USA or Vancouver, British Columbia Canada right next door. :D


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