I'm on vacation solo and bought my husband a really cool soccer ball, but the store did a bad job of deflating it, and cracked the outer shell. Will it be okay when I inflate it again, or should I be looking for a backup gift? [more inside]
posted by scrute
on Mar 9, 2014 -
In 1971, during the halftime show of a game between the NY Jets and the Patriots, my dad's high school marching band performed. My dad, a trumpet player, had a solo in the show. He asked me if I could find video of that performance. Can anyone point me in the direction of where that could be found or who could possibly provide it in a physical format?
posted by rbf1138
on Feb 8, 2014 -
I have an old TV in a fireplace next to my primary TV. The primary TV will show the Super Bowl, with the old TV - I'd like to display scores or some other info.
posted by mildred-pitt
on Feb 1, 2014 -
I'm trying to remember the name of an early '90s DOS-based football game which featured various horror movie-type monsters instead of human players. And it's not Mutant League Football. [more inside]
posted by hiteleven
on Dec 8, 2013 -
We're going to a Broncos game in Denver this Sunday. I've never been to an NFL game, nor to Denver - how should we dress? [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve
on Dec 2, 2013 -
I'm a dork who's never been interested in any sports at all. I've never played or watched any sport. I don't see why it's so interesting. But sports, especially football, is one of the most-watched type of show on television. The Superbowl is like a national holiday. I feel like I'm missing out on something big. How do I develop an interest in football (or other sports) after a lifetime of disinterest? What makes football exciting that should be obvious?
posted by Sleeper
on Nov 21, 2013 -
I'll be in London soon and wanted to see the West Ham vs Aston Villa Premier league game. I could not seem to get tickets through either team, and the only other options I see are websites that have lots of reviews that people got bad tickets and no refund. Are there any suggestions from people in London or premier league fans on how to get tickets?
posted by bucksox
on Oct 27, 2013 -
Just wondering if I should invest my time/money into this game (having NO experience with it in the past). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum
on Oct 7, 2013 -
I'm visiting Baltimore and am staying in the Mt. Vernon/Midtown area. Is there a good place nearby to watch the Chicago Bears game tomorrow?
posted by nightwood
on Sep 28, 2013 -
Tips for a lifelong 11 a side football (soccer) player making the switch to 5 a side? [more inside]
posted by Albondiga
on Sep 22, 2013 -
I'm going to be in New Brunswick NJ on Saturday morning and I want to watch this game. Where should I go in New Brunswick that will be showing it? Bonus if it will be full of Arsenal fans I can troll in person.
posted by josher71
on Sep 18, 2013 -
In an attempt to cut the cable cord, I'm using NFL Gamepass this year. My favorite feature so far is the ability to switch between the televised broadcast audio to the home and away teams' radio audio during the game. (I only get the tv audio on rewatch.)
So who should I listen to? Is there a Vin Scully equivalent I'm missing out on? Or is there a tv broadcast pair that I should always listen to, no matter what?
posted by zix
on Sep 10, 2013 -
I am in the doghouse with my boyfriend. I want to send him a gift basket. Something to do with beer, snacks, Seahawks, or any combination of the three. A local Seattle touch would be nice, but if there are unique gift baskets for men online that would have him smiling, I would love to know about them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 7, 2013 -
I'm not a big NFL fan but have joined a pool "cause I have to". I figure if I can get basic stats: offense/defense/QB rankings, injuries...I won't embarrass myself too much.
Any help would be appreciated.
posted by larry_darrell
on Sep 1, 2013 -
Can you help me find Washington Redskins apparel that doesn't feature the name Redskins, the visage of an Indian chief, or a reference to any specific players? [more inside]
posted by juliplease
on Aug 4, 2013 -
During the Canada vs USA friendly women's soccer match, many of the Canadian players had a single rectangular shaped protrusion located high between the shoulder blades and under the jersey. What might this be?
posted by Feisty
on Jun 3, 2013 -
I remember once reading a number of stories about old trick plays (in particular, some old American football plays) that were deemed to dirty and the rules were changed to outlaw them. But now my Google-fu is failing me, and I can't seem to turn up anything about them online. In particular, I remember a story about a team bringing in a very small player, handing them the ball, and having another player or to heave them over the tops of the heads of the opposing team and into the endzone. I also remember a story about a team sewing the image of a football onto the bellies of all of their jerseys to make it harder to tell who had the ball.
Anyone who can help me track down sources for these stories (and/or similar tales from sports) will have my unending gratitude. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 19, 2013 -
So an exec at my company walks into my office, looks at my pictures of my wife and kids and says, "You really overpunted your coverage there."
I understand the (U.S.) football metaphor of punting past your coverage (i.e. giving the returner too much room to get a run started) ... but what is that metaphor supposed to mean here? That my birth control failed? That I married "out of my league" (ugh)? I couldn't figure it out, nor did I want to ask "what the hell does that mean?"
posted by mrgrimm
on Apr 1, 2013 -
My sister would like to send my nephew to a football camp that will specifically aid him with developing his game with his new prosthetic. You can read more about my nephew here: Former question about Koni.
I've found some amputee camps, but they either focus on soccer, or various outdoor activities, not specifically football.
Koni's fundraisers were very successful, and he will have the funds for travel, etc. if needed, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
posted by Jayed
on Jan 26, 2013 -
I'd like to organize a family touch football game on Thanksgiving. None of us have ever played touch football, as far as I know. Including me. How does it work? What makes a great family touch football game? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed
on Nov 20, 2012 -
I am visiting Dubai next week and want to watch the Emirates Cup game between Al Nasr Dubai and Al Ain on 13.11.2012. Where do you buy tickets in Dubai for a football/soccer game? Do they take cash on the gate at the Al Maktoum stadium? Any extra info gratefully received.
Here is the club website
if your Arabic is good. I cannot find a section for ticket info.
posted by priorpark17
on Nov 3, 2012 -
We're moving to a new place in DC and would like to explore television that includes watching NFL games and do not include just paying for a big ol' Comcast or DirectTV contract. Are there other options? [more inside]
posted by calcetinporfavor
on Sep 16, 2012 -
Where is a good place to watch a non-Steelers football game on TV in Pittsburgh? [more inside]
posted by tryniti
on Sep 12, 2012 -
Where do you go (online) for the best and most current NFL info for fantasy football purposes? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt
on Sep 9, 2012 -
In a Premier League match this weekend, one of the referee's assistants could not continue after halftime (hamstring). He was replaced by the fourth official. But then Mark Clattenburg showed up to replace him as the fourth official. Are BPL games assigned 5 officials, and we just never see the fifth ref? The announcers did mention that he was local to the area (Newcastle).
posted by kuanes
on Sep 4, 2012 -
[KidsSportTraining/StrengtheningFilter]My son has been asked to play "up" an age division in soccer (football). He is excited about this, but a little nervous about some things... [more inside]
posted by kuanes
on Aug 20, 2012 -
I might be the commissioner for a 12 team fantasy football (NFL) league this year. What can I do to be the best commissioner possible? I'm looking for any and all suggestions, annecdata, and websites that would help me make the season fun and engaging for all parties involved. [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44
on Aug 19, 2012 -
How far in advance is it decided whether a La Liga (Spain) game will be played on Saturday or Sunday? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield
on Jul 27, 2012 -
Tugafi: where in South London should i go to watch the Portugal/Spain game tomorrow? I'd like to watch in a Portuguese place, not a Spanish one. There are 30,000 Portuguese in South London, I think mainly around Vauxhall, Brixton, Stockwell. I know there are a bunch of restaurants on South Lambeth Road, but not sure how good they'll be for the football. We'll hopefully be between 5 and 10 people. Suggestions?
posted by omnigut
on Jun 26, 2012 -
What are some great soccer/football books available for the Kindle? I'm looking specifically for books that were released in the UK but not in the USA. I'm also looking more for magazine/non fiction type of writing rather than books about tactics or the more mechanical aspects of the game.
posted by josher71
on Jun 22, 2012 -
While helping a widowed lady friend clean out her attic and closets for a move, we found an old Rose Bowl program for the 1938 game between Alabama and California. After exhausting all combinations of phrasing for searching Google and eBay, I'm coming to you. What makes this program different is that the cover is a black and white version of the official program—but this program was published by the Student Association of University of California. Does anyone know anything about this program? My friend is eager to "get rid" of stuff and is donating most of what we're finding to thrift shops or charity. But a few items we're unsure of value—if any—and thought someone on MetaFilter might know. Thanks!
posted by EclecticLady
on Jun 11, 2012 -
Can you help me find football match reports from between the two World Wars in Esperanto? Specifically I'm looking for any match report featuring the Austrian national team of the era (1918-1937) but anything even remotely connected would be of help. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on May 15, 2012 -
Where should I go in Duluth to watch the Champions League final?
posted by nickmark
on May 11, 2012 -
Football (soccer): if a player does a cautionable offence (or an offense that has been repeated enough times to warrant a caution), but it does not affect the run of play at all, can they still be given a yellow once the ball is out of play? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by omnigut
on Apr 30, 2012 -
Soccer/Football refereeing question: When watching soccer games on television I often see an immense amount of clear fouls happening in the box when there are corner kicks being taken. Why don't referees blow these fouls more often?
posted by josher71
on Apr 10, 2012 -
When an English Premier League team gets relegated down, what does that actually mean to the players, coaches, and fans. Do salaries plummet? Contracts expire? Do top players get recruited back up? For fans is it easier/cheaper to get tickets? What is the impact?
posted by ecorrocio
on Mar 30, 2012 -
What is the origin of the "golazo de brasil" sound that is played on Brazilian TV when the national football team scores a goal? (Also used in Formula One when a Brazilian wins a race, and really any sporting context where Brazil succeeds at something). [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water
on Mar 10, 2012 -
Why doesn't the English Premier League (soccer/ football) offer a service similar to the NBA's League Pass or MLB's MLB.tv? Or does it? (I'm in the U.S.) [more inside]
posted by hwickline
on Mar 5, 2012 -