Sat Jan 5, 2019, 10:37 PM

Stranger in a Strange a Land: American Football

Exodus 2:22 (KJV)
And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.

As i’ve noted previously, I am on holiday in the States for a couple of months as I need to clean up a few things, including getting a DL. As it’s my first time over a couple of weeks in the States in 9 years, it’s a bit of a culture shock. I’ll be posting about the various aspects of that — dependence on cars, plastic bags, etc. — but today I am watching American football, specifically Seattle v Dallas.

Full disclosure. I was a huge fan of the NFL in the late 80s when Joe Montana was king. Since he left the 49ers, I have continued to watch sporadically, having lived abroad most of those years. I’ve probably watched three or four games since 2009.

Watching this game, I’m reminded what a slow sport this is. Time outs for game checkpoints, time outs for injuries, time outs for commercials. And in every case, they want to sell you some crap. Defensive players and offensive players. Unlimited substitutions. Yahweh!!!

I watched City beat Liverpool the other day. No commercials. No time outs. Three substitutions max. Players play full time with no offence, no defence.

I guess.

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Response to Cold Warrior (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2019, 11:01 PM

1. I agree. Too many time outs & too many commercials.

In America, the commercials are not going away. B/c of all the interruptions, what is an hour long game according to the play clock now stretches a min. of 3 hrs.

Played both American Football & soccer in H.S. I liked soccer, b/c like you said you play for a solid 90 minutes. Found it much more physical b/c you're running & sprinting the entire time.

More than once, in HS we played Tahlequah - Capitol of the Cherokee. So many on the opposing team had native NDN names. Many were named after Buffalo & Deer.

It was a hoot to listen to the announcers play-by-play: "Running Deer makes pass to Big Buffalo who scores Towchdown !"

I was like what ?!

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Response to Cold Warrior (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 12:37 AM

2. i was gonna talk shit about soccer..

but that’s kinda lame.

i love football. and i doubt i will ever like soccer more. but we are entering a lull with football winding down and baseball a few months away.

basketball is meh. i could use another option in sports viewing.

what are some matches i should watch coming up in the near future? i know nothing of leagues, seasons or even if the announcers speak ‘murican..

i will give it a shot and give my honest feedback. which is worthless, but might be fun.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 12:48 AM

3. Big games in the League coming up

01/13 - Tottenham v ManU
01/19 - Arsenal v Chelsea
02/03 - Man City v Arsenal
02/10- Man City v Chelsea
02/24 - ManU v Liverpool

Plus Champions League and Europa Cup matches.

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Response to Cold Warrior (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 01:06 AM

4. Tottenham Spurs v. Manchester United would be fun to watch !

H.S. Soccer team was named after Tottenham. Coach was new expat from Britian.

Would take years to find out who they were. They have a good team this year, so I think. BBC here in town use to broadcast the matches, I miss that.

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