The pads are apprently used to protect 300 lb men from 300 lb men. Seems silly really. Whats the difference between that and a 200lb men hitting 200lb men. They seem to pull it off downunder in that AFL game and rugby.
Somehow named "Football" when the entire game consists of throwing and tackling with the occasional "Foot to ball" contact.
Game follows a distinct pattern. "4 seconds of gameplay, 30 seconds of ads, 20 seconds of commentators rambling crap... 4 seconds of gameplay" etc etc etc
Seems to collect large crowds of men who would rather watch big men in tights then spend some time having fun with their family.
"I could help my son with his school project that means something, instead im going to go to "The Game" and drink my self silly with other men who prefer to be away from their loved ones"
"Wow, American Football is very cool, ask Miley Cyrus"
Fan 2: Hells yeah. The Lions actually won, if you can believe it.
Fan 1: Did any fans or refs get murdered by a seething mob after the game?
Fan 2: No... Why do you ask?
It's no better than rugby, defianately no worse. It's totally different is all. Footbally players hit harder mainly because they are on average bigger faster stronger and meaner than those in any other impact sport.
We played american football in germany, taught some of the locals how to play and by the end of the day they were a wreck and realized why pads are needed, in American football.
We educated them, most euros are too enamored with themselves to learn. They'd rather assume everything.
..I will grant all the breaks are boring, even to me as a rabid football fan.
Kudos to you.
Critics (normally foreign) seek to compare the playing style of American Football to Rugby. This is inaccurate, however. They are two different sports. While in Football certain positions require significantly larger stature and others do not, virtually all positions in Rugby require relatively large size. Linebackers, Tight Ends, Full Backs and (larger) Quarterbacks are often suitable for Rugby while positions such as Safeties, Half Backs, and Cornerbacks are normally not. Lineman can also suitable for Rugby play but few are. Unlike Rugby, American Football is a strategic sport and hence more importance is placed upon skill in positions. This, along with size differences, is why players rarely play both defense and offense.
Unlike Rugby, by rule, Football play requires one wears protective gear. While in Rugby very large players tend to tackle other very large players, in Football very large players tend to tackle players inferior in size to them which can result in higher rates of injury. In addition to this, turf is becoming increasingly common as a replacement for grass in Football stadiums again reinforcing the necessity for protective gear. Attire includes a hard helmet with facemask, numbered jersey for identification, shoulder and chest pads, tight pants with buttock, knee, and thigh pads, and cleats. Regardless of protective gear, Football has a higher injury rate than Rugby.
It is played on High School, Collegiate, and Professional (namely NFL) levels. Rules are generally the same throughout all levels but differ to varying degrees by league and skill level. American Football’s popularity rages in America overwhelmingly as the most-watched sport, but has failed to catch on in popularity in foreign countries (only Canada has a variation). Because of this, however, it remains a trademark of modern American culture.