Indiana / Sept. 29, 2012 / by Amy

When I was in DC a couple of years ago, I was watching a Redskins game with Robert and his family. This was my first introduction to what America confusingly calls football. I say confusingly but that’s just because it took a while for me not to think of the European football whenever it was mentioned over here.

Having never seen a game before, I was thrown into a midst of action, yelling, and energy, and it was amazing. As people ran about the field, Robert’s family was teaching me the rules as the game happened in front of us. 

From that moment, I was hooked, and I am now a proud Redskins fan. Football is an incredibly fast-paced and fun game. While I do love watching baseball, too, I find it to be, on the whole, a much slower and more relaxed game. 

Now, I love going to watch a baseball game in person and I’ve certainly watched some nail-biting games on tv, but I’ve also been to some extremely slow games. 

In one of those, the highlight of the whole game was when a bird landed on the field and started hopping from one base to the other. The whole stadium united in cheering the bird on from base to base until one of the players shooed it away, the booing started, and we were back to a somewhat dull game with an even more unappreciative audience. 

I think the low number of the games played in a season also helps make each football game that little bit more pressing. There are just so many games in a baseball season, several in a week, that each game seems to matter much less. 

It is says that teams play so many games that they say the first third of the games are won by one team, the second third by the other, and then not until the last third of the season, do things really matter. Whereas, each football team only plays one game per week before going towards the Superbowl. 

After watching that first Redskins game, I was still amazed that a game that was made up of four 15-minute quarters could last three hours. But watching it, you realize that time doesn’t work the same way on the field as it does in the normal world. Part of that is because of the tv networks and their control of the advertising between plays but it is also because of the way the clock stops between plays. 

What I enjoy most about football is that the whole game can change even with just 5 seconds on the clock. Sometimes it can cause utter chaos, as it did this past Monday when the Packers lost a game to the Seahawks. I was watching that game and it did indeed through the whole game upside down. 

Other times it makes for an extremely exciting game - you can look away for a second and someone will have scored a touchdown and suddenly won the game. 

Now, I realize that a lot of sports can have that same excitement factor but it is rare that the last few seconds of a game can be counted on to remain exciting or change the outcome of the game. 

Since my first viewing, I have watched the past 3 Superbowls, my first being in 2009 one in which the New Orleans Saints managed their unprecedented victory against the Colts - certainly a very exciting first Superbowl to watch. I’ve also tried to catch a game on tv whenever we can to learn more about the game, and I’m very much looking forward to the day when I get to go to a game in person. 

If you’ve never been particularly interested in football, especially if you aren’t from America, I really do recommend watching a game. It would help to watch it in a room full of people who can explain what’s going on to you, and who create a fantastic energy, but if not, it’s worth watching anyway. Just for fun. 

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