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Crappy US Football Is Too Stop-Starty!

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by , 06-02-11 at 16:41 (3984 Views)


People in England always say about how American Football is far too stop-starty, but they’re fooling themselves.

The great thing about US football is that from the split second that whistle blows until (just after) if blows again, it’s 100% intensity and commitment. You have to have total awareness or you’ll get murdered.

I assume the people saying it’s stop-starty are comparing it wih rugby and soccer… when if you think about it for 90% of the game in those you’re jogging about half-assedly barely even paying attention. How’s that better than giving it absolutely everything you’ve got and then stopping to discuss the next best way to give it everything again?

Until you’ve played in full kit you really can’t appreciate how intense it all is.

When you’re playing, believe me when I say it doesn’t stop.

The other big whinge most Brits have is “They wear all that padding, the big puffs!”.

First off, I was watching some of the Six Nations rugby yesterday (my first time watching rugby in a long time), and I was very surprised to see that not only are a lot of players wearing head guards now, but many also appeared to be wearing shoulder pads?! So that’s pissed on your bonfire!

Having played both, I understand how totally different the two sports are. Sure, rugby is hard, but if you haven’t got the ball and have no intention of getting it, you won’t find some 300lb linebacker is suddenly all you see before sky, ground and pain.



That ‘padding’ in US Football is also very convenient to use to try and hurt whoever you’re hitting. Again, if you haven’t played in full kit you’ll never be able to appreciate how hard people hit BECAUSE of the ‘padding’.

It’s a brutal game. It’s very tribal and primitive, and even much like a small scale war.

If you haven’t played it (and I notice that I’ve NEVER met anyone who’s actually played who still thinks it’s for pansies), then you’re missing out on an extreme experience!

And on that note, today is Superbowl Sunday!

Tonight, my favourite team – The Pittsburgh Steelers – will take on what is probably my second favourite team – The Green Bay Packers – in the Greatest Show On Earth.

It’s just a shame about the adverts….



So I have beer and snacks in, and can’t -ing wait for what should be a great match up!

*waves his Terrible Towel*

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  1. The afterburner's Avatar
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    If you are on a rugby field and have no intention of getting the ball..........you have no right being there !!
  2. MrFiction's Avatar
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    Yeah but you only get twatted when you have the ball in rugby. In US Football you can be across the other side of the field minding your own business when *SPLAT* and you're getting stretchered off quite within all the rules!
  3. Supermofo's Avatar
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    I wouldn't say its a game for pansies, not that I've played. Still prefer Football/Rugby due to the 'flow' of the game rather than the 'speed'.

    An interesting article about US footballing injuries and 'ethics' I guess. Basically each tackle is like a car crash to the brain, not good for long term health though.
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  4. MrFiction's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supermofo
    I wouldn't say its a game for pansies, not that I've played. Still prefer Football/Rugby due to the 'flow' of the game rather than the 'speed'.

    An interesting article about US footballing injuries and 'ethics' I guess. Basically each tackle is like a car crash to the brain, not good for long term health though.
    gladwell dot com - pandoras briefcase
    I don't doubt it one bit. Playing on a UK team I can tell you they hit HARD. They also use their head/helmet in tackles a lot more over here.

    I've had a few mild and delayed concusions from it, and broke all my ribs in one tackle where he hit me head-first as we both ran full speed into each other (I still caught the ball lol)!

    I also know that even the US college and military teams we played hit stupidly harder, so the NFL players would be on a whole other level again!
  5. Cousin Jack's Avatar
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    .....They also use their head/helmet in tackles a lot more over here....
    And that is what makes it so dangerous!

    I don't think it is a game for pansies, idiots maybe. I still prefer rugby, it is more of a thinking game.
  6. Editor's Avatar
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    rugby league...

    It's a bloody awful game to watch, & so is punt rugby for much the same reason.

  7. rockjock's Avatar
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    Spot on, Mr. Fiction. The game is much maligned on these shores. Soccer players have no idea about hard work and commitment. The best team won. It was the Packers that defined the Superbowl with I and II under the great Vince Lombardi. To say the trophy is coming home is no understatement.
  8. MrFiction's Avatar
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    I can't deny that!

    They did a great job of stopping the running game, and by half time I could already see that would be a serious problem. I'm sure the Steelers will be back there again next year, though...