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Everything You Wanted to Know about Football but were Afraid to Ask.

Everything Birthday Girls wanted to ask about football.

Before we can continue, we need to start with the basics of the game: 

  1. NFL: It stands for the National Football League. It consists of 32 teams broken into 2 conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC) and each conference has 16 teams. The teams are furthered separated into 4 divisions in each conference. Each division contains 4 teams. The season begins in September and lasts until February, and each team plays 16 games in 17 weeks. Each team has a Bye week or a week off.

  2. Time: A football game consists of 4 15min quarters that are split into 2 30min halves. 

  3. Players: In total 22 players are on the field at once, 11 players on offense who are trying to score a touchdown and 11 players on defense who are trying to prevent the offense from scoring. 

  4. Yellow line on the field: The yellow line on the tv is where the first down marker is. (And no, the players on the field can’t see it) It helps the viewers see how far the offense has to go for a first down. First downs are good if your team is on offense, it helps you get closer to scoring. 

  5. Scoring: When a team crosses into the “endzone” it is called a touchdown. Touchdowns are 6 points; Extra Points are 1 point, when the scoring team kicks the ball through the yellow goal posts. Teams kick extra points after every touchdown or they can go for 2 points (2-pt conversion). To accomplish this, the team must enter the endzone again. Field goals are 3 points, and while they are similar to extra points, they occur when the offense doesn’t score a td.. 

Now that you have a basic understanding of the rules, we can move on to our second part, The Football Viewing Experience: 

  1. Sunday Funday: Sundays can be a great source of entertainment, even if you don't like football. You can host football parties at your place if you like to entertain people. It would be wise to learn how to make game day food, like buffalo chicken dip. And also make sure the fridge is stocked with plenty of drinks.  

  2. Attractive Players: If you think a player is cute, keep it to yourself (unless you’re watching the game with your girlfriends!) Nothing will annoy your guy friends more than hearing you talk about your heartthrob throughout the game.   

  3. Its Football Have Fun Don't be afraid to cheer with the group but make sure you’re not the "Woo Girl" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6eWeMhbx_w

  4. What is…? Questions are welcomed but remember you’re not in school. It isn’t wrong to ask questions, however asking too many will disrupt the game and can start annoying the other viewers. The commentators do a good job of explaining what is going on, before you ask some questions be sure to listen to them. PS you might not even need to worry about this, after making a delicious buffalo chicken dip, everyone will want to teach you the game. 

  5. Fashion, Fashion, and Fashion There are plenty of cute apparel, made for Birthday Girls like you so don’t be afraid to show your spirit.

  6. NFL.com: Be sure to log onto this site, to learn more about the individual players, teams, current news, and rules. By doing your research, you will be sure to impress your male friends or even that cute guy you’re interested in when you can recite facts about the game. Here, you will be able to read about whom the best teams are and which teams still need some improving. So, if you were to say the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Bronocs are the early favorites to play each other in the Super Bowl (championship), you will sound intelligent. 

 

Have any more questions? Please feel free to ask below…

 



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