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American football nuttiness

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

  1. CL1

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

    Im so sorry
    I need to go with a Yank to watch a game to encourage me to understand what the hell is going on.
    I have tried to understand the rules even staying up to watch the Superbowl which I will do again on the 3rd Feb.

    No idea what goes on
     
  2. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Here you go :)

     
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  3. CL1

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

    Thanks Dave I will get back to you on that mate.
    Meanwhile if you need to know the rules of cricket (just in case you did) you better ask someone else I have no idea of that either
     
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  4. CL1

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

    I quite enjoyed it and think im getting the hang of it
     
  5. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Glad you liked it. I enjoyed that one too. I like the Patriots and Brady.
     
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  6. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    My God! What's become of you Clive? You've gone over to the dark side. .
     
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  7. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    One of the poorest SuperBowls I have seen, and I've seen them all since XVIII. The Rams offence were like rabbits in the headlights. I think that the occasion really got to them. It makes you think that the "unlucky not to be in the SuperBowl themselves" Saints might have done a whole lot better.
     
  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I watched the last quarter and it was tedious, the game just petered out.
     
  9. Gary Kennedy

    Gary Kennedy Member

    I didn't think it was that bad a game overall. I prefer close games to absolute blowouts, and I've seen plenty of those over the years, normal season and play-offs, not just Super Bowls. I think the two defences both put up a good display, not all a matter of the offences not performing. It reminded me a bit of the Broncos and Panthers game when Peyton Manning got his last SB ring. Had my Saints been in this game I think the Patriots might have been a lot better moving the ball, we tend to lose concentration on third down, and I don't know we'd have necessarily done better than the Rams in putting points up. Perhaps defences are just getting better after decades of neglect.

    And the CFL starts again in June!

    Gary
     
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  10. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    I watched the Ireland v England rugby game on 2 February, which is fairly similar to American football without the Kevlar and girlie time-outs.

    There are reasons why the rebels should never have prevailed in their terrorist ousting of their British government and replacing the god given games of cricket and rugby union, with baseball and American football (which is really handball with the rare intervention of a foot) which are two of them. Down with the rebels.

    Anyway, Stateside, you should watch the aforesaid Ireland v England rugby game: ireland v england 2019 full game youtube - Bing video

    This is what real men do on a Saturday afternoon.
     
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  11. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    Steve.

    I think that you are being slightly tongue in cheek, but it may interest you (and others ) to know that The Newport Rugby club used to (and may still do) play league American Football in the Summer for fun and a way to keep fit in the Rugby off season.
    After they had duly thrashed us to nil one time. in the bar after the game we asked them, in their opinion, which was the tougher sport, and much to our surprise they all said to a man "American Football". You could have knocked me down with a feather.
     
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  12. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    I've never played rugby and have only watched it a few times but it seems to me the big difference is closing speed of the hits. Football players are often running at each other at 90 to 180 degrees with plenty of time to get up to full speed. There is a lot of down time between plays but when the ball is snapped they are at 100 percent intensity for the next 10 to 15 seconds.
     
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  13. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    Correct!
     
  14. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    I was being ‘tongue in cheek’...

    Also, although I have never played American Football, I did play rugby union with USAF servicemen. They served at an RAF base about 5 miles from where I live, which was then staffed wholly by USAF and essentially a soon to be redundant Cold War ‘listening post’, listening to USSR/Eastern Block Forces signals and radio traffic.

    These guys were American Footballers that played rugby whilst over this side of the pond. They were not especially faster than rugby players, but you should have seen them tackle the opposition. I think the word ‘ferocious’ understates the tackling.

    Alas, the Americans have all gone home now and the RAF runs the base, albeit most of it is let for use by businesses.

    Best,

    Steve.
     
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  15. CL1

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

    I have never played Rugby no idea about the rules either

    All I know the players have arse cheeks the size of a bulls rump and arms bigger than my thighs
     
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  16. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    To wit:

     
  17. Margaret Ann

    Margaret Ann Junior Member

    Being slightly tongue-in-cheek myself, what exactly goes on inside that Rugby Scrum?
     
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  18. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Dark arts, oh and there are two ‘hookers’ in there.

    That is a fact... If you don’t believe me, google it - Rugby Union.

    Best,

    Steve.
     
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  19. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    The Crimson Tide didn't lose that game. They got their asses kicked.

    It is a big difference.

    The young lass's accent is spot on.
     
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  20. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    It's 'Merican football. We spell it with an 'S', not a 'C'...Defense, offense (dee'-fense, awe'-fence, be sure to drag out that first syllable)
     
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