• July 5, 2022

It’s That Time of Year Again, Football Season!

The cool, crisp feeling of early morning; the site and sound of the roaring, yellow school buses, the crunch of leaves under your feet, the smell of wood smoke tickles your nose; that’s right; it’s that time of year again…Fall. What wonderful event that makes men drool and wives widows on Saturdays and Sundays? FOOTBALL!

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Time to break out the credit cards, men, and hand xem bong da them over to your wives; fall is here and football is on the menu. Whether you are a college fan rooting for your alum or you are a pro fan rooting for your home state team; excitement is in the air as the players take the field.

Let us not leave out your own hometown-with the return of kids to school also signifies the return of high school football. The season starts with you sitting comfortably in shorts and a t-shirt on those metal bleachers as you root your team to victory; but as the season quickly progresses, the chill of the night air bring on jeans, sweatshirts, coats, gloves, blankets, and the warmth of hot chocolate.

The game of football is broken down into four quarters (15 minute for pro and college, 12 for high school) and two halves. The game is played in two quarters then a 12 minute half-time (where the band takes the field and put on a wonderful and entertaining show for the fans) while the players head to the locker room for a pep talk from their coach; then the game is concluded with the remaining two quarters.

The football field is one hundred yards long, with yards being marked in five-yard increments starting with the five yard line progressing up to the fifty-yard line then it is marked in five-yard increments backwards to five. A “drive” is what it is called when the team moves the football in either a possession (where the team has the ball) or a single play. The game is started off with a coin toss and whichever teams wins the toss, they decide on whether they want to receive the ball or kick off (the kicker of the team kicks the ball to the opposing team and they have first chance to score). Once a team has possession of the football, they have four chances to move the football ten yards (you may hear announcers say, “1st and 10, 2nd and 5, 3rd and 3, or even 4th and inches). If the team does not move the ball at least ten yards in four chances, the other team automatically takes over where the other team leaves off. You will see many team do what is called punt the ball on the third down so the opposing team has farther to go to reach the end zone and score.

The end zone is the area in which you see the name is the school written in on each end of the field. When a player of the team either runs into or catches a ball in the end zone, that team scored six points for their team. After that play, the kicker will come out and kick what is called a field goal (the kicker kicks the football through the ‘Y’ shaped posts, which are called goal posts) and that is worth one point. After scoring a touchdown (when the team scores six points), the team may also try what is called a two-point conversion where either they run the ball into the end zone or pass into the end zone again; thus making the play worth eight points instead of seven.

In football, your objective is to score as many points as you can, get as few penalties as you can, and stop the opposing team from scoring any points. An official throwing a yellow flag on the field signifies penalties in football. The most common penalties you see are delay of game, made by the offense where they do not snap the ball in the allotted time and is a five-yard penalty, which means the offense is moved backward away from the end zone by five yards. Holding, where either the offense or defense grabs the opposing team’s player, holds them, and is a five-yard penalty. Offsides, can be either offensive or defensive penalty, where the player is on the wrong side of the line of scrimmage and is a five-yard penalty. Facemask where either offense or defense, grabs the facemask of the opposing team’s helmet and is a fifteen-yard penalty and automatic first down.

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