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The "They Play Football in the States, Too" Thread
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Mizike



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 1:28 am    Post subject: The "They Play Football in the States, Too" Thread Reply with quote

Surely Agamemnon and I cannot be the only fans of American Football on this board. If anyone feels like making predictions or insulting other teams, this is a good thread for it.

I'm starting this because my beloved Green Bay Packers will kickoff their first Preseason game in just over 30 minutes. The Packers sucked it up last year, but after a very solid offseason I'd wager they'll do better this year. In particular, I think they'll beat the much-hated Minnesota Vikings (That's right Ags, I'm calling your team out).

Anybody else ready for some football?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shame on you for making me click on this thread under false pretense! Or however you spell pretense.

I demand you add the word 'American' to the title of this thread.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

American football requires less pure athleticism than football, less toughness than rugby, and less strategy than basketball.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My experiences with American football always ended at halftime, when they let the band leave. We all rushed home to warm up and do something more fun.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guccipiggy wrote:
Shame on you for making me click on this thread under false pretense! Or however you spell pretense.

I demand you add the word 'American' to the title of this thread.


I was going to actually, but there wasn't enough space.


Monkey Mcdermott wrote:
American football requires less pure athleticism than football, less toughness than rugby, and less strategy than basketball.


Well, if by "pure athleticism" you mean the ability to run around a lot, then I agree. The ting about American Football is that the positions are much more specialized than in most other sports. Even the fat offensive linemen are tremendous athletes.

Less strategy than Basketball? Surely you jest. American Football requires more strategy than any professional sport I've seen. Unlike basketball (with only 5 on the floor per team), one player cannot take over a game. Every play is different and tries to find a weakness in the enemy defense. Then when you have really good coaches you see that some plays are called just to confuse the defense later in the game. I'm sorry, but basketball cannot compare when you're talking about strategy.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't pay attention to football this early... wake me up when the season starts ... *snore*
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

English football is what North American's call soccer, right?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never heard it called "English Football" before, but you are correct. What is called "soccer" in the states is "football" pretty much everwhere else.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:03 am    Post subject: Re: The "They Play Football in the States, Too" Th Reply with quote

Mizike wrote:

I'm starting this because my beloved Green Bay Packers will kickoff their first Preseason game in just over 30 minutes. The Packers sucked it up last year, but after a very solid offseason I'd wager they'll do better this year. In particular, I think they'll beat the much-hated Minnesota Vikings (That's right Ags, I'm calling your team out).


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mizike!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

English football.

Pffft.

Pfffffffffffffffffft.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guccipiggy wrote:
English football.

Pffft.

Pfffffffffffffffffft.


Arsenal ftw.

That is all.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fact that the sport is called 'football' is almost as bad as the fact that up here in canada, we have a football league too, and for a long time, with only eight teams, there were two that were called the 'Roughriders'.

The sexual connotations are pretty hilarious though.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a big Manchester Utd. person. I EVEN OWN A HAT.

Also, I was pfffting cause football isn't english.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bengals in the AFC, and overall this is my fave team.

And this year, my NFC loyalty is somewhat split. Traditionally, I'm a 49ers fan(ever since the 5th grade, when they beat the everloving shit out of the Broncos in the Super Bowl), so I want to see them make a comeback to contention. But it's been really hard to root for their total incompetence on the field these last couple of years.

So ...

I would like the 49ers to do well, and I see good things for the Alex Smith/Vernon Davis/Frank Gore core.

I would also really like to the see the Cardinals do well. Their new stadium is awesome, and it seems they're making a new commitment to spend $ on the team to bring in top-shelf free agents and really invest in winning. If Warner stays healthy, he should have a great year with that pair of receivers and the upgrade in the running game with Edgerrin James.

And don't even start with the crap that I'm not a true fan because don't have a "true" favorite pro team. That's just silly, and you'd be wasting your breath.

BUT, at the college level, I am a die-hard West Virginia University Mountaineers fan. That's where I went to college. Go WVU!

We should have a a great year and a legitimate shot at the national title. We've got one of the best 1-2 combos in the backfield in QB Pat White and RB Steve Slaton. In case you haven't heard of them, check replays of the Sugar Bowl last year to see how devastating these 2 guys can be. We've also got a favorable schedule, plenty of games on TV, and a high enough pre-season ranking that when the BCS ranking start coming out, we should have a good chance of making it to the title game.
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