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  • #16
    Originally posted by MeenMutha View Post
    I know all about American Footbal cos I got a game called NFL Head Coach - all the different plays you gotta do on the thing left me with a headache for a week. I think I played one actual game and never played it again, but I understand the fundamentals - you have three attempts to get ten yards forward, otherwise you lose the ball. You also have different teams on the bench - your attackers, defenders and field goal personnel.
    Not exactly. A team gets four downs to go 10 yards or score. If the team doesn't obtain a first down or score after three plays, they have the choice to either punt the ball away, or go for it (either the first down or a score). If they choose the latter option, and fail to convert, the other team takes over from the spot of the ball.

    You're generally right about the different personnel. Ninenty-nine-point-nine percent of the players play only offense or defense. VERY infrequently you will see someone play on both sides of the ball. Usually this occurs if a defensive back can play some wide receiver (Deion Sanders being prominent), or if a big defensive player goes in on short yardage or goal line situations (think Refrigerator Perry).

    Because rosters are limited, the special teams units (field goal and punt units, and both return units) are made up of either offensive or defensive players (though typically not the big stars). Other than the kicker and punter, the only other specialist (i.e. who does nothing else) teams sometimes carry is a long snapper.

    Sav Rocca was in the Collingwood 'Neanderthals' team. They call themselves the 'Magpies', but the knuckle dragging gives them away. (A top AFL player will earn about a million a year now, and when they retire at about 35 they get a job in the US for 5 times the money, and 5% of the work load.)
    My Canes in their glory days resemble that remark:

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    • #17
      Big Bumps in the AFL



      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BOzQ...eature=related


      John
      The PLO claims ALL of Israel!!! There will and can NEVER be a "2 State solution".

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      • #18
        AFL highlights.

        Note the skill and daring of the men in red and black!!!!

        Black and white vertical stripes are the Collingwood 'Neanderthals'.


        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIReS...eature=related



        John.


        PS,,

        EVERYBODY hates the Collingwood, both team and supporters!
        Last edited by ozjohn39; 01 Apr 10, 16:10.
        The PLO claims ALL of Israel!!! There will and can NEVER be a "2 State solution".

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        • #19
          Highlights in mostly minor league games.


          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0Mg-...eature=related



          John.
          The PLO claims ALL of Israel!!! There will and can NEVER be a "2 State solution".

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          • #20
            Originally posted by MeenMutha View Post

            Not much different to Rugby then? Our biggest heroes are usually the ones who deal out the most punishment, but I must say, as a coach and trainee ref, we are trying very hard to make Rugby a clean game. A lot of mothers prevent their kids playing now cos of injuries and we need to change that.
            It isn't really apart from the 3d deal. If I've ever been pressed to explain it to a foreigner I say it is a cross between Union and Ice Hockey without the goalie and with more skill.
            Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

            That's right bitches. I'm blessed!

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            • #21
              "Big BAD Barry Hall"


              Has fronted the AFL Tribunal so many times he has lost count, and has been drummed out of lots of sides.

              A BRILLIANT player on his day, and has won lots of matches off his own boot.




              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bylIE...eature=related



              John.
              The PLO claims ALL of Israel!!! There will and can NEVER be a "2 State solution".

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by ozjohn39 View Post
                  EVERYBODY hates the Collingwood, both team and supporters!
                  No. We love Collingwood. Nothing like a good September wobble to make us all laugh.
                  Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

                  That's right bitches. I'm blessed!

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                  • #24
                    92.1 metres!!!!

                    In a local club game.


                    Not sure how this was measured, boot to landing point I suppose.

                    I shall try and find the 83 metre one.

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtWuO5WS09Y



                    John
                    The PLO claims ALL of Israel!!! There will and can NEVER be a "2 State solution".

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                    • #25
                      Nope!

                      "Long Bombs" long goal scoring kicks.

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCPnQDJaUvU



                      John.
                      The PLO claims ALL of Israel!!! There will and can NEVER be a "2 State solution".

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                      • #26
                        There's some footage on YouTube somewhere of Benny Graham (who now of course plays for Arizona) unloading a massive kick at Geelong, from the goal square to almost the centre circle...although it had the wind.

                        Geelong's actually got a bit of a tradition with the NFL and punting; 'Carji' Greeves spent the summer of 1928-29 at the University of Southern California teaching the players how to kick, he allegedly doubled the distance players kicked for field goals and greatly improved accuracy and they won the championship.

                        PS: If you want to get a sense of what makes Australian Rules truly great I don't think looking at best marks or best goals is particularly helpful; it's the open, ferocious, never-ending nature of the contest that does it. Something like this:


                        Geelong had lost two of their most important players in Taylor and Scarlett to injury, were fighting back from a deficit and were missing key players to long term injuries. The Hawks needed to win to keep their premiership defence alive. You can see that the players are absolutely exhausted and there's skill errors galore, but nothing demonstrates the drama of the game better.
                        Colonel Summers' widely quoted critique of US strategy in the Vietnam War is having a modest vogue...it is poor history, poor strategy, and poor Clausewitz to boot - Robet Komer, Survival, 27:2, p. 94.

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                        • #27
                          GROAN!

                          SOB!


                          My beloved 'Bombers' are off to a terrible start season 2010. THUMPED by a team we should have beaten, the Fremantle 'Dockers'.

                          I have the horrible feeling that I shall not live to see another Essendon premiership.



                          John.
                          The PLO claims ALL of Israel!!! There will and can NEVER be a "2 State solution".

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                          • #28
                            Only two rounds in and already the pre-season assumptions have been turned on their head - Fremantle and Port unbeaten, Adelaide languishing 0-2, Collingwood and the Dogs uneven early, and Melbourne rubbish and then ferocious. Gotta love footy.
                            Colonel Summers' widely quoted critique of US strategy in the Vietnam War is having a modest vogue...it is poor history, poor strategy, and poor Clausewitz to boot - Robet Komer, Survival, 27:2, p. 94.

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                            • #29
                              tj,

                              Not sure what makes me think it, but can i guess that you are a Geelong 'Cats' fan?

                              ;-)



                              John.
                              The PLO claims ALL of Israel!!! There will and can NEVER be a "2 State solution".

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by ozjohn39 View Post
                                tj,

                                Not sure what makes me think it, but can i guess that you are a Geelong 'Cats' fan?

                                ;-)



                                John.
                                Sure am - and feeling my stubborn refusal to ditch the Lingy avatar has been rewarded!
                                Colonel Summers' widely quoted critique of US strategy in the Vietnam War is having a modest vogue...it is poor history, poor strategy, and poor Clausewitz to boot - Robet Komer, Survival, 27:2, p. 94.

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