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'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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What are some great, classic (pre-1975, for the sake of argument) American football games I can watch, online or through Netflix? Assume I haven't seen them and avoid spoiling the outcome, if possible. [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed
on Jan 31, 2011 -
Wife and I are looking for a sports bar near Union Station / Chelsea that will be showing the most NFL games this Sunday so we can get our Steelers fix.
posted by terrapin
on Oct 14, 2010 -
I just read that Archie Manning could throw a football from one end of an end zone to the other, and that JaMarcus Russell can throw 75 yards while on one knee. What other amazing sport-specific skills do you know about? [more inside]
posted by ORthey
on Oct 11, 2010 -
A colleague of mine is in Paris for work this weekend, and being a loyal Michigander, he needs to watch the Michigan-Michigan State football game on Saturday. I'm aware of the various options for streaming the game online, but are there any bars in the city that will be carrying it?
posted by BobbyVan
on Oct 8, 2010 -
What are some sports like soccer I can play with chronic ankle injuries? [more inside]
posted by proj
on Sep 26, 2010 -
I've only really played fantasy football last year, and I did really badly. Help me learn how to play better and get through my draft this year. [more inside]
posted by PetiePal
on Sep 3, 2010 -
What's the origin of Spanish-language football announcers shouting "GOOOOOOAL!" ?
posted by Joe Beese
on Jul 2, 2010 -
I'm interested in streaming sports from around the world in Canada; what are my options? [more inside]
posted by Hiker
on May 24, 2010 -
Where can I get a crash course in soccer/football before the 2010 World Cup? I'll be in South Africa during the festivities and I want to sound like I know what I'm talking about! [more inside]
posted by Political Funny Man
on Apr 29, 2010 -
Sports filter: Clutch vs Choker. What was Larry Bird's % of hitting game deciding shots compared to other basketball greats? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell
on Apr 15, 2010 -
What are the best sports games for the Nintendo DS or Game Boy Advance? [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Apr 13, 2010 -
Is a recovered onside kick such as at the beginning of the 2nd half of tonight's Super Bowl when the ball is touched by the receiving team before it travels 10 yards but not recovered by them considered a turnover by the receiving team? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn
on Feb 7, 2010 -
Football (American) strategy question:
You're down 15 and score a TD with about enough time left to kick-off, try to force the other team to punt, then get the ball back with a chance to tie. Why do all teams opt for the extra point rather than the 2-point conversion? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia
on Oct 12, 2009 -
Where can I see the Texas Tech v. Texas game (airing on ABC, I think) in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo
on Sep 16, 2009 -
Did they really get the bright idea to host a college football game in Soviet Russia, and then have to cancel it because they couldn't sell enough vacation packages? The Wikipedia entry about the Glasnost Bowl
has a bunch of outdated angelfire pages as its sources. The 1989 New York Times article that mentions it
doesn't treat it as very interesting. I think it would make a publishable journal article if it's real and am looking for more info.
posted by srs
on Jul 4, 2009 -
Roadtrip to see Minnesota Vikings. I'm looking to head to Minneapolis in November to catch a Vikings game and I'm wondering what my chances are of getting tickets from a scalper on game day. We'll have 4 or 5 guys and we obviously want to sit together, is that even possible from a scalper? Any suggestions for accommodations and other activities to take in on the weekend?
posted by gfroese
on Apr 15, 2009 -
PhillyFilter: Looking for a Pittsburgh-themed bar in Philly to watch the SuperBowl, and Steelers regular season games in the future. [more inside]
posted by nayten
on Jan 29, 2009 -
Which club holds the record the fastest ascent from bottom division to the top of the Football League? [more inside]
posted by brownbat
on Dec 7, 2008 -
Teach me about sports like I'm six. Specifically, American football and basketball. Or, where can I learn the basics? [more inside]
posted by fogster
on Nov 29, 2008 -
Can anyone suggest a bar around Miami that will show the Grey Cup this Sunday? And what are some ways to experience S. Florida Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by bookley
on Nov 21, 2008 -
For the purposes of fantasy football, is the performance of a defense/special teams harder to predict than the performance of, say, a wide receiver? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s
on Oct 25, 2008 -
I don't have any interest in following sports, but the people I meet for interviews and networking do.
How do I play the part?
posted by abdulf
on Sep 4, 2008 -
Please help me understand the immense popularity of soccer (football, futbol) worldwide. And ... [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Sep 4, 2008 -
Is there a sports summary website? Where I can get quickly and simply up to date on any team? [more inside]
posted by Towelie
on Jun 24, 2008 -
In 1895 a Scottish printer by the name of James B. Ferguson introduced Icelanders to football (soccer) and gymnastics. Is there any way to find out what happened to Ferguson after he left Iceland in 1896? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Jan 7, 2008 -