In honor of College Football staring this weekend, and us not getting to watch any of it.
-Footy, Football, and Rugby all can mean the exact same game. They call American Football, Grid Iron.
- They wear really short shorts.
-They play 13 players agains 13 players.
-Their coach does not come on the field with them. They sit in the "press box" area
-They play two 40 minute half, with no time outs. They have a 20 minute half time. They can only exchange players ten times total during a game.
-They line up against each other, and run into each others line. It reminded me a lot of little kids playing Red Rover, but instead adults, and not holding hands.
-They hit really hard. They do whatever they can to get someone down; pinch, choke, sit on their head, whatever it takes. All without pads on.
-If you go out of bounds you loose the ball.
-They basically run a "no-huddle" offense the entire game. The game is going all the time, no breaks.
-If the player is about to be tackled they pass the ball to someone from their team. You can only pass backward or lateral.
-The refs (not exactly sure they are called that) wear hot pink
-They get five tries to run it down 100 yards. Each time they are tackled is counted as a time. If the other team touches the ball during the five tries, the number starts back at one.
-To score a try (touchdown) you have to cross the line and the ball has to hit the ground for it to count. (Doesn't football get punished for making the ball hit the ground after a touchdown, celebrating?)
-When they score a try (touchdown) the ref does his hands like calling a time out and then the play is automatically reviewed. The cheering does not really start until after the review has been announced. (Then the cheering was not that loud.)
-When the team scores a try, which is worth four points, the scoring team gets some water while walking down the field. The team who just got scored on huddles in the corner.
- They must not be very good kickers or something. When they get to kick an extra point, which is called a goal and is worth 2 points, it is a completely unguarded kick.
-Actually they never block for anything. It is against the rules to block.
-When they kick a goal they have to kick from the side they scored the try. They do not get to go to the middle like football (grid iron) does.
-They do not stop the game for an injured player unless the injured player is in the way of the plays.
-If a player causes a big foul they have to go sit in the "sin box" for 10 minutes. While the player is in the "sin box" they do not get to replace him. The team has to play with one less player.
-You can bet on a game while game is going on inside the arena.
-Everything is FOR SALE. Their jerseys have ads, the cheerleader's uniforms have ads, the Broncos' flag has an ad. Basically, if they can sell the space and make money, they do.
-Their cheerleaders do back-walkovers, round-offs, sit down and take brakes during the game. Remind you, this was a professional game. When they are not taking breaks or doing short little dances, they walk around and just wave to the crowd.
Like the food selections? We chose the seafood basket. Yes, seafood at a sporting event. They did not have hotdogs, nachos, "the Boom Stick", or anything like that as even an option.
All in all, it was a lot of fun. It was a totally new experience, and I still have a lot of learning to do. Yet again, the Australian's were very kind and patient with the ol' American and explained as much as they could to me.