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 -
Could someone explain the sentence from a Guardian article
on yesterday's Liverpool v United cup tie:
No Liverpool devotee left the ground wondering what the point was of buying Jordan Henderson or, through gritted teeth, having to steel himself not to admit his dissatisfaction with Carroll in the presence of people who are not fans of the club.
posted by therubettes
on Jan 29, 2012 -
What are the best sports bars and other places to watch the Giants vs. 49ers game in the city? I've recently moved back to California and into San Francisco after eight years living in the Midwest & East Coast, and want to watch the game with other fans. [more inside]
posted by Gori Girl
on Jan 19, 2012 -
What (if any) soccer matches will be in Quito, Ecuador in the first half of January 2012? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil
on Dec 7, 2011 -
Going to the 1:00pm Patriots game at Gillette Stadium on Christmas Eve. Are we crazy to make dinner reservations back in Boston that same night? [more inside]
posted by lydhre
on Dec 6, 2011 -
From my experience, the language along the front lines of a football game is...salty, to put it mildly. Trash talk, insults, plenty of swear words. Yet, during football games on TV, I rarely hear this. Despite all the parabolic mics aimed at the line that let me hear all the grunts and clashes after the snap. Despite the fact that they mix in the quarterback's snap count and audibles - sometimes I can make out individual words and numbers. So how do they keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out so effectively?
posted by jtajta
on Nov 8, 2011 -
Where in NYC can I watch today's USC-Arizona -- aside from the "official" sports bars of the two schools' alumni groups? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer
on Oct 1, 2011 -
Watching the Notre Dame v Pitt game, and I'm wondering about the extra hash marks between the numbers and the sideline. I've never seen those before, can anyone offer an explanation? Thanks [more inside]
posted by bach
on Sep 24, 2011 -
Berlin. Will be there celebrating my son's birthday, between 25th and 28th of september.
He runs a cool restaurant in Stockholm, loves beer, football and music and will be 47.
I am 70 love museums, art shows, wine -and still like whooping it up. Will be staying in Kreuzberg.
What shouldn't we miss?
posted by jan murray
on Sep 20, 2011 -
NCAA football question: In college football, the offense will often get to the line of scrimmage, and then everyone will turn and look at the sidelines for the play. Why isn't this considered a false start? Are the players not considered "set" even though they're standing still at the line of scrimmage? It just always looks odd to me when I see the entire offense, including the linemen, suddenly turn to the coaches (or to the signs and placards) for instructions. Looks like a false start.
posted by jackypaper
on Sep 18, 2011 -
I need help figuring out if the Patriots Jets game will be shown locally on Dish Network on 10/09/11. I have some diehard Pats fans visiting and will need to come up with other arrangements if it won't be shown. [more inside]
posted by meta87
on Sep 18, 2011 -
My son, a soccer player and avid Manchester City and Manchester United fan, is turning 17 on the date of the Man City vs Man United match (April 28th, 2012). Since we were considering a trip to Europe next year, the stars all seemed to be in alignment for us to schedule our visit around his birthday. I wrote to inquire about tickets for the match
. In return, I received a lovely reply...but I don't understand it! Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by misha
on Sep 7, 2011 -