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Are you Ready for some Football? A Woman's Guide to the Sport of Football!

Updated on November 16, 2014

I am inspired to share my personal knowledge regarding football because I have realized that women have a hard time understanding the game from a man's perspective. Additionally, men's obsession with this brutal sport is perplexing to some women. Finally, football watching can monopolize the entire weekend beginning with Thursday night college games, Friday night high school games, all day Saturday college games, all day Sunday NFL games and concluding with the ever-so popular Monday Night Football. This schedule can be taxing on any relationship if your guy is a super fan. However, there is something you can do to ensure you spend quality time with your significant other during football season. You can learn a little bit about the game and instead of giving him dirty looks while he is enjoying the game, you can curl up next to him and enjoy the game with him. This type of bonding and loyalty will certainly leave a lasting impression on your favorite football fan. So one may wonder how I, a women, have so much football knowledge. Well, when you grow up in a household with four brothers and a dad, sports become an integral part of your existence. Not only was I subjected to watch football ( we only had 1 television), I attended games and practices and I even played "Powder puff" flag football in high school. My love for football was not of my own making. However, over the years I have learned that my football knowledge has scored me some serious "cool points" with the gentlemen. Whether it was with my significant other, casual conversation with random men, or with the men at work who often seek my opinion regarding the upcoming game, standings, and even fantasy football. So ladies and gents, if you don't quite understand football, continue reading this article to become enlightened by the sport of Football. It's sure to have you screaming, "Are you Ready for Some Football"!

History of Football

Let's start with some interesting facts about the sport of Football that just might impress your beau. Walter Camp invented football in 1879. He was both a player and coach at Yale University.The first televised football game aired in 1939. We can thank NBC for bringing football into our homes.

Objective of Football

The object of the game is to advance the football into the opposing team's end zone or kicking the football in between the opposing team's goal post in order to earn points. Each team is allowed to have 11 people on the field. The game is played in 4 quarters which last 15 minutes each. Halftime occurs between the 2nd and 3rd quarter. A typical game last approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes. The team with the most points wins the game.

Offense: Let's Go Offense

The game begins with a coin toss. The winner of the coin toss determines whether they will play offense or defense. If the winner of the coin toss choose offense, they will start the game in possession of the ball. The team in possession of the ball will attempt to score by running or catching the ball in the other teams end zone. In order to get to the end zone, the offense gets four tries to move the ball ten yards. The four attempts are called "downs". For example, if the offense picks up 3 yards on the first down, the team will have 7 more yards to pick up for a "first down". So, the technical term is 2nd and 7. Some popular positions on the offense are, quarterback, running back, and center. The quarterback is the player who controls the offense. The quarterback determines if the ball is thrown or carried in order to pick up yards.

Defense: Shut 'em down "D"!

The team that does not have the football is playing defense. The defense job is to defend their end zone. They attempt to prevent the offense from advancing the football up the field. Some popular positions on defense are linebacker, defensive end, and safety. For the novice, learning specific positions is not necessary, but they are some cool terms that you can use to illustrate your understanding of the game.

Offense and Defense

Patriots on offense; Steelers on defense
Patriots on offense; Steelers on defense | Source

Scoring and Penalties

A team can earn points in multiple ways. The common way is to score a touchdown which is worth 6 points. The touchdown is earned if the team enters the opposing teams end zone. After each touchdown, the scoring team can attempt an extra point. 1 point is earned if the team kicks the ball through the goal post and 2 points are earned if the ball is carried or caught in the end zone. Additionally, the offense may choose to attempt a field goal, whereby the team will kick the ball though the goal post. If successful, they will earn 3 points. Finally, if a player in possession of the ball is tackled in his end zone, the defense will earn 2 points. At times, penalties will make or break a team and can be the final determining factor in a close game.

Penalties are established to maintain the fairness and safety of the game. Since, it is difficult to identify penalties, especially if you are new to the game, remember this one fact. If you see a yellow flag thrown onto the field by an official, then someone caused a penalty.

Flag on the Play!

Flag on the play!
Flag on the play! | Source

Playoffs and Super Bowl

Only the best teams earn their way to the post season which is commonly referred to as the playoffs. The playoffs are built on the premise of "winner takes all". If you lose in the playoffs your season is over. This process of elimination identifies the two teams that will compete in the Super Bowl for the championship title.

The Super Bowl is the final game of the football season. All season long teams compete week after week in order to have a chance at making it to the Super Bowl. The grueling 16 game schedule is proof enough that these men are poised with athleticism that is enduring. It is here, at the Super Bowl, where the best of the best compete in order to earn the respect from other teams and to win the treasured Vince Lombardi trophy.

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Well ladies, I hope that you learned a little more about football. Your knowledge will earn you a little more time with your guy during this football season. Your understanding of the game will allow you to be more creative while preparing game day food, selecting game day clothing and d├ęcor, and quite frankly, I believe he will love you just a little more because you actually took an interest in one of his favorite past times. Before I end I would like to leave you with a non-exhaustive list of things you shouldn't do on game day:

Don't start an argument

Don't vacuum

Don't cook a family style dinner

Don't make plans for him

Don't change the channel during half time or overtime

Don't ask questions, refer back to this HUB if needed

Don't cheer against his team

Don't start a phone conversation while sitting next to him

Don't comment on how attractive the players are

Do enjoy the experience and time you spent with your favorite football fanatic!


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