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Sport of the Week: Football

Welcome to our very new Sport of the Week column!!! Every week I will introduce a new sport to all you peeps. We’ll start with Football!!!

Football is a sport people play with a prolate spheroid (uncommon shape, don’t you think) called a football, and a field that is 100 by 53 1/3 yards wide. At each end of the field is an end zone. Sometimes, when people have to measure stuff that are too big for feet and too small for miles, they measure stuff in football fields. In football, there are two competing teams. Each team can have 11 players on the field at a time. Players start at the central 50-yard line. The snapper passes the ball to the quarterback, who then passes the ball to whoever’s open. After that, you can’t pass any more times. Whoever catches the ball runs toward their end zone. The players on the opposite team try to stop them by tackling them. If anybody succeeds in bringing the football to the end zone, they get six points, and then play passes to the other team’s quarterback (or QB for short). If the other team tackles the runner, then it’s considered a down. After four downs, play passes to the other team. However, the first time they pass the 20-yard line, the number of downs goes back to 0. At any time, the person with the ball can try to make a field goal (a big post shaped like a 2-pronged fork.) If they make it, they get three points. Otherwise, play passes to the other team. At the end of the game, whoever has the most points wins the game

A football

Football is only played professionally in the U.S. Almost every state has a football team, except my home state, New Jersey. Fortunately, Pennsylvania has two. They’re called the Eagles and the Steelers, and they’re not too bad. As you can see on the football (above), The league is called the NFL. The championship was last Sunday. It is called the Super Bowl. It was between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (the Buccaneers won 31-9.) The game is split into four quarters, fifteen minutes each. After two quarters, there is a halftime break, where the athletes rest and ads are displayed. Since so many people are watching, Super Bowl ads are VERY expensive. At the end of the game, everybody in the home team’s state rejoices.

The Super Bowl trophy

10 Fun Facts about Football 1. The inventor of football was named Walter Camp. 2. Footballs used to be made out of inflated pig’s bladders. 3. Footballs are slightly shorter than a foot. 4. The Eagles played the Dodgers in the first game ever on TV. 5. The last time the Dallas Cowboys, a big rival of the Eagles, actually played in Dallas was 1971. 6. A NFL rookie earns a minimum of $420,000 a year. 7. 78% of NFL players go bankrupt two years after they leave the team. 8. Americans eat 8 million pounds of guacamole on the Super Bowl. 9. In the rest of the world, football is actually called soccer 10. In 1939, football helmets were made mandatory

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