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    Aug 11, 2012 10:58 PM GMT
    Anyone wanna take on the awesome responsibility of teaching me how the hell Football works? I've always been intimidated to ask or know cuz I feel like I'd look stupid as a 25 year old, not knowing, but I'd love to learn if anyone would wanna take me under their wing. Would love to learn Baseball too....
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Aug 11, 2012 11:32 PM GMT
    I need help too!
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    Aug 11, 2012 11:39 PM GMT
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    Aug 11, 2012 11:53 PM GMT
    Try Wikipedia, or Google, Slim. They'll get you down into every technical detail, in every venue, you would like to know, and...beyond. The Internet: it's a powerful thing!

    Smart people get smart, because they dig, ask questions, and know where to look! :-)

    Nearly every day, I'm asked to solve challenges that have never been done before. I figure it out. "Don't worry, Chuck will figure it out." That's why I make a good living. It's a lesson that would serve you well.
  • jock_n_ca

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    Aug 12, 2012 12:09 AM GMT
    Well...there are other approaches other than the "just google it". After all there have been plenty of people in your spot prior to google. The basic premise is two teams are trying to advance the ball down the field and score points. If you have the ball, you're on offense, if you don't you're on defense. Defense is trying to prevent the offense from advancing the ball. The offense has four try's (downs) to move the ball 10 yards. If the offense fails to move the ball 10 yards it has to turn the ball over to the defense who then goes on offense. If the offense succeeds in moving the ball 10 yards it gets four more down's. As long as the offense moves the ball at least 10 yards it keeps possession of the ball. The objective is to drive the ball down field and either score a touchdown, which is possessing the ball in the endzone and is worth seven points, or score a field goal, which is kicking the ball through the uprights, two poles in the endzone, which is worth three. If you score the other team takes possession of the ball and they try to score. Watch a few games and you'll catch on. College f'ball is more fun than NFL but NFL is played at a higher level. Phew...it seems so simple but this could take up many pages. Lucky for you there's Google... Go Niners!!
  • joxguy

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    Aug 12, 2012 12:12 AM GMT
    Retired educator/football & baseball couch. If you want to chat about this sometime I am joxguy on yahoo or skype. A dialogue usually helps with understanding the concepts of both games.

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    Aug 12, 2012 12:14 AM GMT
    I played football shoot me any questions
  • Sportsfan1

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    Aug 12, 2012 2:47 AM GMT
    El Crankodor really summed it up very nicely. There are multiple offenses(this is when a team has possession of the football) such as the power I, the wishbone, the veer, the pistol, and the spread offense. Each one has it's advantages and disadvantages. The team trying to stop the offense plays defense and there are variations on what they can play. The most basic are the 4-3 or 3-4. This refers to how the lineman and linebackers line up. To stop a passing attack this is when the quarterback throws the ball, the defense can either play man to man or a zone. It's great you are willing to learn about American football. I have season tickets at the Rose Bowl. I am looking forward to the first game of the season. It's all about the pageantry, the bands, the fans and of course the game itself. I follow college football more than professional football since Los Angeles does not have a professional team. Feel free to ask any question, that is how we all learn. If I do not know the answer I will try my best to research it to provide the best answer.
  • booboolv

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    Aug 12, 2012 4:24 AM GMT
    jock_n_ca saidGo Niners!!


    ^ This!
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    Aug 12, 2012 4:26 AM GMT
    http://www.google.com
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    Aug 12, 2012 7:58 AM GMT
    Hahaha I know exactly how you feel OP.
    Especially with all kinds of football and rugby (i.e. AFL, NRL, League etc) being very poppular in Australia, I cannot understand or let alone differentiate between the lot of them.

    When people ask me if I watched a game, I feel bad for not watching because I feel like I've skipped an Australian right of passage even though I grew up here haha.
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    Aug 12, 2012 8:54 AM GMT
    simple really. we r totally nuts and crazy but love it so all good. u have 4 down to get 10 yards for a 1st down. then the pint is to move the ball to the endzone and get a td. the rules r crazy so wont get to into that part. it is one crazy fool running really fast into another crazy ass person and then laughing after it is over.
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    Aug 15, 2012 9:41 PM GMT
    I was in your shoes about 7 years ago and this is what I did. If you are a gamer and have a gaming console, I recommend picking up one of the Madden games. Doesn't have to be the newest one, any of them will do, can probably find an old one for cheap in a bargain bin.

    It will help give you a basic grasp of the rules and strategies involved, especially since you'll actually be playing it as opposed to just watching it on the TV. And don't worry about being good at it, you are just using it as a learning device.

    I'd also recommend focusing on learning how the offense works, don't worry about the defense just yet. Look up the different positions, see what their job is and then paying attention to them during the games. They throw a lot of slang and terminology out there so it's easy to get confused quick. Don't know wtf they just said? Write it down, look it up on the internet.

    Once you get started and begin to understand the strategies involved you'll be hooked. icon_smile.gif

  • SportsRI

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    Aug 15, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    I would suggest just watching a few games with a friend who knows football. Of course the best way to learn anything is by doing. Do you live in an area that has a gay flag football team. You can learn the game and meet some athletic men at the same time. A win win situation.
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    Aug 15, 2012 10:12 PM GMT
    jagerbolt saidI was in your shoes about 7 years ago and this is what I did. If you are a gamer and have a gaming console, I recommend picking up one of the Madden games. Doesn't have to be the newest one, any of them will do, can probably find an old one for cheap in a bargain bin.

    It will help give you a basic grasp of the rules and strategies involved, especially since you'll actually be playing it as opposed to just watching it on the TV. And don't worry about being good at it, you are just using it as a learning device.
    Great advice. I sort of did this accidentally with baseball. I was force to play as a kid and hated it but when I had a son, he played and I learned with him. I ended up being the scorekeeper for most of his little league career and with the help of a computerized scorebook that doesn't allow you to do thing wrong, I learned a ton about baseball. Now I love the game, can announce an entire game, pitch by pitch base on my scorebook from a year ago and now understand much of the trading that goes on and why and when certain plays are made.

    A game console would be a big help in getting you started and it would be fun.
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    Aug 15, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    jagerbolt saidI was in your shoes about 7 years ago and this is what I did. If you are a gamer and have a gaming console, I recommend picking up one of the Madden games. Doesn't have to be the newest one, any of them will do, can probably find an old one for cheap in a bargain bin.

    It will help give you a basic grasp of the rules and strategies involved, especially since you'll actually be playing it as opposed to just watching it on the TV. And don't worry about being good at it, you are just using it as a learning device.

    I'd also recommend focusing on learning how the offense works, don't worry about the defense just yet. Look up the different positions, see what their job is and then paying attention to them during the games. They throw a lot of slang and terminology out there so it's easy to get confused quick. Don't know wtf they just said? Write it down, look it up on the internet.

    Once you get started and begin to understand the strategies involved you'll be hooked. icon_smile.gif



    BANG ON!!! That's what I usually recommend for people who want to get into it. And when you come across former pro players and even D1 players ask them questions because they know AND understand the game going onto wikipedia wont teach you anything when it comes to plays. When it comes to wikipedia and learning sports, that site is only useful if you want to know what a hit-and-run is or what a Pick6 means.
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    Aug 15, 2012 10:47 PM GMT
    Here's everything you need to know.

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    Aug 15, 2012 11:07 PM GMT
    What you describe is a condition known as FKD - Football Knowledge Deficiency. Many adult men secretly suffer from this condition and harbor needless shame and embarrassment over the condition.

    But there is hope. FKD can be overcome.

    El_Crankador offered good advice. I also recommend the one-on-one therapy suggested, by carefully watching football games with a knowledgeable friend, asking many questions along the way.

    You can realize major improvements in your condition right away, but optimal recovery can take years and you may never fully recover 100%. Even hardcore football fans are often unfamiliar with some of the arcane nuances, such as the "safety", when a member of the offense is taken down with the ball in the end zone and the team on defense (usually, but not always) scores 2 points.

    Then there is the "free kick rule" which had almost died out altogether and wasn't seen in professional football for some unknown number of decades until the Tennessee Titans attempted it in 2005, during which the coach had to pull out the rule book to familiarize the officiating crew with this rule.

    Many people also don't realize that a professional football game can, and occasionally does, end in a tied score.

    Good luck!
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    Aug 18, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    Of course, at some point you'll want to also learn about the Wildcat, the West Coast offense, the nickel defense, the dime package, and the 3-4 and 4-3 defense. There's also the down by contact rule, the push out rule, the fair catch, and the on-side kick.
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    Aug 18, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    Capn_A saidAnyone wanna take on the awesome responsibility of teaching me how the hell Football works? I've always been intimidated to ask or know cuz I feel like I'd look stupid as a 25 year old, not knowing, but I'd love to learn if anyone would wanna take me under their wing. Would love to learn Baseball too....
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