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Finally the correct description of what Americans call football.

#1 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:57 pm

Finally! The correct description of what Americans call "football".
The writer from the article below wrote:It would be pedantic to go into all the ways football is one of the worst athletic contrivances in history,
falling just under boxing and a few notches below those Roman blood orgies fought between slaves when it comes to health outcomes.
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They should ban this "football" crap altogether and switch back to Rugby, the way Europeans play this!

Personally I never waste time with this commercialized football, baseball and basketball. :BAAAD!:
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Re: Finally the correct description of what Americans call football.

#2 Post by Cigarguy » Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:47 pm

I enjoy watching football and will continue to do so. Also understand that others are risking their lives for my entertainment. I'm also a fan of Rugby Union and understand that rugby too are facing the same issues as any contact sport.

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#3 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:49 pm

Accurate...quite so.

Also I swear like 3hrs ago I thought I saw your little icon as a pig with wings and now it's back to the Guinness bird?
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#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:02 pm

Refresh the browser?
It's not Miss Piggy...

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#5 Post by shawross » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:45 pm

Most sports get taken over by commercial interests to some degree and we only need to look at FIFA to see how that goes.

International Rugby Union is enjoyable to watch.

Personally my favorite is Aussie Rules football and we tend to mainly like the football we grew up following.
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#6 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:00 pm

RealBlackStuff wrote:
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Refresh the browser?
It's not Miss Piggy...
Ok I see....Chrome mobile is caching images.
http://imgur.com/a/p4cS5NO
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#7 Post by axur-delmeria » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:13 am

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#8 Post by MikalE » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:14 am

It's true though. Why would America call a sport where the ball is always thrown or carried, FOOTball. It should be called handball.
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#9 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:11 am

axur-delmeria wrote:
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This reminds me of John Cleese's rant about American football.
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#10 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:19 am

axur-delmeria wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:13 am
This reminds me of John Cleese's rant about American football.
Thank you for posting that!
I totally agree with him!
Couldn't have said it better myself! :mrgreen:

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Re: Finally the correct description of what Americans call football.

#11 Post by axur-delmeria » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:36 am

MikalE wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:14 am
It's true though. Why would America call a sport where the ball is always thrown or carried, FOOTball. It should be called handball.
Someone on reddit called it armpit eggball. :lol:
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#12 Post by dr_st » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:08 pm

Oh, it's always funny to laugh at America's favorite sports, isn't it? :mrgreen:

I never got into the two most popular sports in the US - American football and baseball, but I watched a bit and had a tiny bit of the rules explained to me. I hardly remember almost anything, so I cannot actually follow it and understand it. I could learn the rules, of course, if I wanted, but I don't see the point; I hardly watch sports anymore, and when I do, somehow these two, which mostly involve people standing around, yawning, and making a move once every couple of minutes before a commercial break don't really appeal to me.

I cannot deny that both American football and baseball are very deep games with many rules and intricacies, advanced strategies etc. but somehow I find exactly these things boring. It's like this for me both in sports and in video games: I prefer things that have simple rules, and a lot of depth added by clever design of the game - easy to learn, hard to master. Many Americans seem to be the other way - at least if you judge by the popularity of the sports - they seem to be attracted to games with hundreds of tiny, very specific rules, some of which are downright unnecessary, and some of which were added to change the balance or patch some exploit introduced by a previous, equally stupid rule. This makes a very structured game, where most of the time you're thinking about what you are allowed and not allowed to do; I just don't see this as fun. I don't play D&D or RPGs for the same reason.
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Re: Finally the correct description of what Americans call football.

#13 Post by Omineca » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:27 pm

I'm a long-time fan of Canadian football, err, armpit-eggball. :mrgreen:

The Canadian game is faster (shorter breaks between plays), more wide open (bigger field, more space, and forward motion permitted prior to the plays, so the receivers get a running start), and only has three downs, so there's more pressure to make every offensive play count.

Same concussion problem, though. Maybe if they went back to the vintage leather helmets the players would stop using their heads as a weapon.
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Re: Finally the correct description of what Americans call football.

#15 Post by wujstefan » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:12 am

MikalE wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:14 am
It's true though. Why would America call a sport where the ball is always thrown or carried, FOOTball. It should be called handball.
Isn't the ball expected to be round?

Note: here is already a sport called handball. And yes, it does mean a ROUND ball is being carried IN HAND and thrown.

And the "real" football is called... soccer, right?
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