**PLEASE SET YOUR TIVOS AND DVRS FOR EVERY SUNDAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FROM 11PM-6PM CST, AS WELL AS MONDAY NIGHTS 7PM-10PM BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE A MAN, YOUR TV WILL BE ON THE FOOTBALL GAME! UNLESS HE'S WEIRD**
While conversing with my coworkers this week, I heard the same complaints about football that I heard about basketball! Most women don't understand the game! So This week I'm going to break down the basics for you ladies, and next week go over teams! Let's get you girls ready for some football!
Football is played on a field, which is exactly 100 yards from goal to goal. The coin toss starts the game, which doesn't happen in any other sport. This determines which team will get the ball first, and which side the other team wishes to defend against for the first and fourth quarter or the second and third quarter.
The first thing that happens in a game is called a kickoff, which is when one team kicks the ball across the field to the other team. The other team tries to run into the other teams end zone and score. Along the way they have 4 chances to move the ball ten yards at a time.This is called a DOWN, or a PLAY . They can do this by throwing the ball or by running the ball. If the team doesn't get to a place they feel comfortable after three downs they can do one of three things, either go for the yards to make the ten, punt the ball which is kick the ball to the other team, or go for a field goal which is kicking the ball between the yellow posts which are located at the end of the end zone.
That is basically the point of the game and what they are achieving.
The point system is: when they score a touchdown, which means run into the other teams end zone with the ball they score 6 points. After the touchdown they can either kick for a point or do another play to get into the end zone for two points.
Another way to score is called a safety. This is when you tackle the other team when they are still inside their end zone, this will give the team that makes the tackle 2 points.
Along the way there are obstacles to get to the end zone. The receivers are being covered by defenders and you block for everything. The other teams goal is to not allow you to get any points so they will try their best to knock down passes and tackle against the run so no yardage is gained. Also to make things harder, there are penalties such as offsides, which means that the defensive team went before the ball was snapped and this gives the offensive team 5 yards. On the same lines there is a false start which means that a player on the offensive side of the ball went before the ball was snapped to the quarterback and that team will loose 5 yards. There are other penalties such as holding, face mask (grabbing or tackling by a players face mask), personal fouls, roughing the kicker, roughing the passer, chop in the back, illegal formations, halo rule (being within 2 yards of the kick returner before he catches the ball)
There are three time outs given to each team for each half of the game, there are also two challenges given to each team, but they can only be used as long as the challenging team has a time out to use. The challenge means they are not agreeing with the referee's call on the field and want the ruling overturned.
I hope this Can hold you guys over until tomorrow. Monday I'm going over each postion , But for know it's football time for me!
LET'S GO BEARS!