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Understanding Football – Offense and Defense

Understanding football makes it more enjoyable to watch. The men I’ve been around for most of my football watching were usually too caught up in the game to explain how it’s played. I learned a lot from my first roommate, who knew a lot about football because her brother played in high school and college. I learned more when I was married to my first husband, from the total immersion that began in our house with the annual draft and continued through training camp, pre-, regular and post-season play. ข่าวบอล Spreads, over/under, who was favored, who was injured, who would win and why, how the Dolphins did in the past season, what their prospects were in the next season – there was football talk all year.

My ex-husband subscribes to Dolphin Digest, reads The Sporting News, watches all the games televised, attends Dolphin games (and tapes those that are televised), and reads whichever newspaper has the best sports coverage. When I lived in Fort Lauderdale, a group of guys (Don, Rick, Gary, Arun, and Russ, occasionally Ron, Chuck, John, and Carl) would watch the games at our house. (And yes, they did this for college games too.) Fortunately I enjoyed the game, and learned a lot from being around all this.

Football should be an easy game to understand. Run the ball, throw the ball, kick the ball, score. One hour and 12 minutes later the team with the most points wins. Not quite. Add players performing amazing feats of athleticism, players making errors, factor in rules and regulations, injuries, timeouts, commercials, and NOW you have a football game.

Football basics include how to score. There is nothing like being at an exciting game, either because there is little defense and the game is high-scoring, or because the defense is so good and it’s low-scoring. Both make for exciting plays.

The offense is the team with the ball, trying to score. The quarterback is generally handed the ball from the center, who snaps it to him; then the quarterback hands it off to a runner, or throws it to a pass receiver. Their goal is to go down the field and score points, while avoiding losing the ball to the other team (called a turnover).

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