What Football Broadcasters DON’T Mean

Giving him the ball in space. What it doesn’t mean.  Unlike Star Trek, in football, space does not refer to the final frontier.  Thus, this doesn’t mean that you trust him so much that you would let him take the ball to space (as in Mars).  It also isn’t a cute way to say you’ll […]

Football Cheat Sheet: Home for the Holidays

Yes, it’s that time of year again…Christmas…and even those who don’t celebrate have time off to spend with family and friends, including those certain friends, uncles, brothers-in-law, fathers-in-law, grandmothers and cousins who are obsessed with football.  You will eventually have to speak to them and chances are the least awkward conversation with any of the […]

Stuff You Should Know: Delay of Game & Reading Zone vs Man

Did you know… If you signal for a fair catch and then advance the ball, you will get a penalty for delay of game.  In the Notre Dame vs Michigan State game, Irish punt returner Davonte’ Neal signaled for the fair catch, then bobbled the ball.  When he recovered it, he took off running.  They […]

Chika’s Guide to Football…a place to start for beginners

While watching football all day at Blondies in NYC on Saturday, I met a great group of Northwestern fans, which included a girl named Chika.  Chika was dressed up as a perfect football fan in her Wildcat purple, but when initially invited out to watch “the game” on the first Saturday in September, she asked, […]

Angelique’s Mathematical Guide to Football Strategy: The CFB Rule of 4

Although Angelique thinks of football as just a bunch of guys running around in tights with a strange shaped ball, this guide will help her understand football better by teaching her something about the numbers (another thing she isn’t too fond of). Whole Yards, never partial. In football, we determine the position on the field […]

Angelique’s Study Guide to Super Bowl XLV

(so that your girlfriend– or friend– or you have something else to watch besides the commercials) You may have already heard of Pittsburgh’s quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, either from watching the Steelers or perhaps an awkward encounter in a bar or bathroom stall.  He has gotten into a wee bit of trouble (i.e., a four-game suspension) […]

The Rose Bowl: New Rules and Why They Might Impact Stanford

 The reason why there has already been discussion about the Rose Bowl (taking place in January 2011) is that the likely Pac-10 Champion, Oregon, may ultimately play in the National Championship Game.  If this happens, then the question becomes:  who plays in the Rose Bowl game in Oregon’s place?  Under normal circumstances if the Rose […]

Broadcast Terminology: The Pistol, The Stutter-Step Curl Route and More from UCLA vs Oregon

This following is an explanation and/or further details on terms and statements the broadcasters referenced in Thursday night’s UCLA vs Oregon Game Double Move Curl Route Manageable 3rd Down The Most Signif Reg Season Last Time Oregon was ranked #2 in BCS Pistol Offense Pistol Not for Catch-Up Stutter Step Curl Route The last time […]