By: Schuyler Higgins
Thanksgiving and football are synonymous. But while it may be one of America’s past times, many students when they head home to stuff their faces struggle with the disconnect between the football fanatics in their family and their art school selves. If art was a sport, we would be Super Art Bowl champions, but when it comes to football, some of us aren’t so keen on the subject, especially for those whose home countries’ “football” is soccer. However, do not fret, because here at the Prattler we’re going to help you understand the sport or at least seem like you do. When it comes to football in NYC, you can count on Alex Rubenstein of SB Nation to give you all the details about football. Some say he is more than just obsessed, but in fact he really is just the walking encyclopedia of football that will train you on how to impress your family’s football fanatics this coming Thanksgiving.
First thing you might want to know is that like most sports, the object of the game is to score more points than the opponent. Each game has four 15-minute quarters, creating a total of 60 minutes of play not including timeouts and overtime. Each team is comprised of 52 players, but only 11 play at a time.
You’ll probably be hearing a bunch of words that don’t make sense either from those screaming at the TV or the announcers blasting out of it.
RUSHING = When a game is in play, the ball can be moved down the field.
PASSING = The quarterback throws the ball to a team-mate.
INTERCEPTION = During a passing, the other team catches the ball instead. His team will now take over from where he is tackled, but the defensive player cannot make a touchdown.
FUMBLE = Offensive player loses possession of the ball and the defensive player gets it.
DOWNS = There is this crazy term called, “downs” which means plays. Don’t ask me why they are called “downs,” but what happens is that the offense gets four downs, to move the ball 10 yards. The fourth down is the last play. However, if they are successful then they can gain another set of four downs.
SACK= Quarterback is tackled behind the line of play.
Field Goal = 3 POINTS
-A field goal is essentially a penalty kick. This will happen during the fourth down to one of the teams.
Touchdown = 6 POINTS
-You’ve probably heard of this one, but a touchdown occurs when one team gets to their opponent’s end zone at the field. Relatives will probably shout a team’s name and there will be some booty shaking for the player who made the touchdown.
Conversion = 1to 2 POINTS
-This occurs after a touchdown, teams can attempt a field goal kick for one point or try to pass or run the ball into the end zone for two.
Safety = 2 POINTS
-When an offensive player is tackled inside his own end zone.
If you end up watching with your family this coming Thursday on TV there are motion graphics that indicate how far the team has to go to get a first down. This is indicated by a thin magical yellow line that only appears on screen, not in real life folks. Another motion graphic that will pop up is a block of red, called the “Red Zone” which shows up when the offense has possession of the ball 20 years or closer to the end zone meaning that the team will most likely score soon.
But lingo aside, most importantly, you should know what teams are playing on Turkey Day. This Thursday there are three games playing.
Who’s Playing Who:
-Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens - Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys
For your convenience, we have listed their logos so you can at least figure out who’s on what team and scream out when one team gets a touchdown.
You may not understand the game fully just yet, but at least no one will know. So put on your game face on whether it’s for devouring turkey or suiting up for one of the three big games of the day.