19 Jan 2011 10:17 UTCWed 19 Jan 2011 - 10:17 am UTC
Very late last year for the first time we got regular transmissions of NFL games. Apparently one of the three networks/16 channels( the free networks) decided that there was not enough sport to cater to its 24 X 7 sports channel and went for the NFL. (Of course it is our off-season for most physical sports so currently 24 hours is hard to fill I guess, as its the middle of Summer). Tennis Open is on of course but belongs to another network. We get live football games direct from US at 8am, then replays of that and other games and then something called "America's Game" which goes into historic games of last 40 years and then a game analysis show as well. Quite odd considering very few know anything about the game and there was no popular call for such a near saturation coverage, relative to its exposure here that is.
Anyway, to everyone's surprise it has become popular, and I am now a fan also.
However I just have some small queries that I am sure are easy answered that will assist me to understand the game better , as follows-:
(a) What exactly are the options in terms of plays available to both teams at the kick offs. IE the ball is kicked by the main kicker high in the air and lands well up field. What can the receiving team do when they catch the ball or pick it of the ground and what can the kicking team do, and why do they let it run along the ground while slowly following it.
(b) I watched a game recently where right in the last minute of the game the player who caught the ball threw it to another player along side him who then ran with ball before passing it to another player. Umpire stopped play saying it was a "forward pass" and therefore not allowed. Well firstly I did not think ball could be passed more than once and secondly I thought a forward pass was what was required, so what was happening in that passage of play please.
(c) At what point in the game can a team or a player opt to go for a field goal in general play. Is there a particular time only, or is it any time or ??
(d) I could be wrong on this one but very recently I saw a touchdown scored after which I thought I saw a play that was not an" extra point" via the usual kick. I mean the team that scored the touchdown then looked like they lined up normally for the extra point kick but actually scored two points by taking it over the line again. Is this what happened possibly or did I misunderstand the run of play.
(e) I need to select a team to support. Who do you suggest? Ideally I think I would like to support a team that has not been too successful over recent years and needs a break and a bit of good fortune
John From Melbourne