Pop Project Explains: Football


Welcome to another exciting edition of “Pop Project Explains.” In case you are new, this is where I explain things to help clear up any confusion there is in the world. On this week edition, I will be explaining the basics of the game of football. This is for American football. This is here to help people attending Super Bowl parties and asking questions that will be annoying to the people who know what’s going on. This is to prevent any deaths, breakups, or murders that will result of asking questions during the game-yes, these things actually occur during the Super Bowl. Americans take their football games very seriously, especially when it comes to the Super Bowl. Don’t get inbetween Americans and football.

So what is the game of Football? It’s pretty much a bunch of men in tight protective gear hitting and rolling around with each other in order to move a ball up the oppositions side of the field to score points. The team that scores the most point in four quarters, will win the game. Sounds simple right? Well it’s get more confusing from there.

Each game begins with a coin toss that is overly produced at the start of the game. While it’s important to the overall game, it’s really unnecessary to air it. The visiting team is the one that will call either “heads” or “tails.” The winner of the toss decides what they want to do during kickoff. Kickoff literally kicks off the game. A team can either kick the ball to the other team, or have the other team kick it to them. This also set which set of players play first.There are two set of players on the field: Defense and Offense. Defense is trying to prevent the scoring of points. Offense is trying to score.

Offense tries to score using either by throwing the ball, called passing play, or running the ball, called rushing play. The offense has four plays, is it called downs, to advance to the defense’s goal. If the offense gains 10 yards, then the downs start over again. If the offense reaches fourth down, then they will punt the ball to defense that will cause them to have a longer ways to score when they switch to offense. The offense can also attempt to kick a field goal, if they are in range, which will give them a three points.  If they score a touchdown, then that will give them six points. After that, the special teams players come out. They deal with punts and field goals. Special teams can either score a field goal for an extra point (yes, this one is less than other field goal. It doesn’t make any sense, just go with it) or the offense can do another pass or rushing play to score two more points, called a two point conversion, because they are greedy bastards. Two point conversions hardly ever work unless you are playing Madden.

While this goes on, the defense is trying to prevent the offense from moving up the field. They either tackle the person with the ball, try to take possession of the ball by causing them to drop the ball, called a fumble, or catching it, called an interception. If they succeed, then the defense become the offense. The defense also has a special teams. The defense’s special teams main job is to look like utter jackasses and try to stop the kick by either jumping up in the air to block it, or charge at the kicker. It really doesn’t make any sense. Just remember to just go with it. Oh, if the offense does a fake out, remember to massive freak out like it’s the best thing you have ever seen.

This continues the entire game. There’s a break in-between the second and third quarters called halftime. This is a big deal during the Super Bowl, but during regular season it’s just a stupid waste of time. Literally, they just go over other games that you obviously don’t care about because you aren’t watching them to begin with. I’m not going to explain penalties because the referees will turn on their mics and say it. There’s also too many because you can never have too many penalties. I’m also not going to go over why the referees have letters on their shirts because I frankly don’t know and I’m pretty sure that the no one knows as well.

That’s pretty much it. Like I said, this was the basics. It’s enough to save some lives. Just remember to go with the flow and you’ll survive. If you have questions, make sure that it’s a damn good one. Don’t ask it during anything happening during the game. Wait until break.

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