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BB's official Super Bowl Sunday topic!
7 February 2012
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I wont become an avid viewer of American Football, too start/stop for me, but it was fascinating watching how the Giants slowly ebbed their way down the field to eat up the clock with the intention of kicking a field goal in the dying seconds. The match commentators were very good in helping me have a very small idea of what was going on. Tho i did get caught up in the moment and berated the Patriots for letting the touchdown happen (in fact i couldnt figure out how Manning got thru until after 2 or 3 replays and the commentators explanation and reasoning - and its not something you ever see in football, ie soccer).

 

I have a very hazy memory of sky sports showing a last minute superbowl kick being missed but that could easily have been in a movie instead.

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7 February 2012
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meanmistermustard said:

I have a very hazy memory of sky sports showing a last minute superbowl kick being missed but that could easily have been in a movie instead.

"Wide right! wide right!" When the Giants (same Giants) beat the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV, the Bills were down by just one point with a few seconds left. A field goal would have won the game - but the ball sailed just to the right of the goal post.

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8 February 2012
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meanmistermustard said:

I wont become an avid viewer of American Football, too start/stop for me,

 

That's exactly what I dislike most about the sport (and its Canadian version), that and the very notion of "eating up the clock" make it excruciating for me so much of the time. Not enough fluidity – it seems like a miracle if I see sustained action for a full eight seconds.

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9 February 2012
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The fluidity is in the mind... During the pauses, you're thinking along with the coaches: this would be a good time to run right; no, maybe a long pass down the left sideline; maybe a little trick play right about now. Ooo, they're substituting this player for that player; could this mean a screen play? Ah, they're about to kick a field goal  - but maybe a fake field goal: The holder will actually try to pass the ball downfield for a first down....

Same with baseball which is even less fluid.

Of course, to play this little chess game you need to know the players, the rules, the possible plays.... Clearly a game of higher intellect!

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Which is what I love - the chess game. I am bad at acting like I know better then the coaches… but Bellicheck was right, I maintain. But if you aren't predisposed to like football, it'd be a bore.

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9 February 2012
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I realize I'd need to watch a lot more before I could begin to figure out what the coaches are thinking and how their strategies affect the various plays and etc. Not worth the mental effort on my part, thanks! I know how football coaches are worshipped and understand why that's so. I guess I just prefer to see the players decide it.

Baseball's easier for me to watch because it boils down to the drama of one pitcher/one batter, rather than two opposing huge walls of flesh. Plus there's no misleading clock involved.

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9 February 2012
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In my opinion, the "chess match" aspect of (American) football and baseball are what make them so much fun to watch...much more fun live.

It seems like there is a lot of "down time" in both sports and people who don't watch a lot of either sport complain about the lack of action. However, if you are calling the shots from the sidelines, the games move at the speed of light.

In football, you have to make sure your defensive personnel can match up against the offensive players; who is covering the slot receiver?, do we blitz?, play zone?, what if the QB calls an audible? are we ready for that? etc... Before you know it, the play starts and you'd better be ready. Not much different in baseball. What pitch to call depends on many variables; how many outs? runners on? can this guy hit the curve? how is the defense set up? lefty or righty?

This is why I love watching sports with the sound down and the music turned up. I don't need the announcers to tell me what is going on. I am so into it.

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