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    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
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    Malvern's Bio:
    I have heard that the average human being uses 10% of their brain's potential. Whether that's true or not, this blog is a mirror of at least part of my brain's functionality and activity. It is an outlet through which I share my experiences and escapades here at CSS. I hope that in between the mixed metaphors and rambling in my posts, you find something valuable. I have an overwhelming interest learning new things and expanding my horizons (which is why I am here). Wait, I just lost my train of thought... Welcome to my 'Pensieve' ~ thinking out loud..

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Understanding American Football


I watched my first football game at the airport when I first came to the U.S , while waiting for my connecting flight to Duluth.

I watched almost the entire game without fully comprehending what was going on or what the rules were really. I used to wonder what really makes this game a big deal whenever I saw crowds rocking to and fro in excitement after a touchdown or when a player breaks or makes a record. Since I came to CSS, I have had lot’s of people explain the game to me, its rules, best players and teams, and so forth. Much excitement goes on whenever there is a football game and I say this because I am starting to notice the same kind of excitement more and more, especially now as the ‘Super Bowl’ approaches. Football is perhaps one of the most revered sport in the U.S. and it’s just amazing how families and friends gather to watch and support their teams playing.

It is also quite interesting how sports are played or named differently. In Zimbabwe, football would be closely related to rugby and Zimbabwean football would be the same as American soccer. My roommates are huge football fans and they have been mostly my go-to people whenever I had a question on American football and almost anything really. Learning about football from others is always a good way of connecting to people. Sometimes you learn new things which other people did not mention before and its always fascinating just to learn from different perspectives about the game. It sort of gives you an expert view into what the game is about and really means to people. Most international students learn about this game or get to know more about it for the first time when they come to the U.S. and it’s always fun how we all learn about something that means a lot to many of our friends and associates.

So…what really goes on on that field?


Basic Rules

  1. The purpose is to get the ball to the opposite team’s end zone. This is done by either running with the ball until tackled (brought down) or by throwing the ball to a team mate.
    -The team has 4 tries (called “downs”) to gain 10 yards. When the ball reaches 10 yards, that is called a FIRST DOWN. Then they earn another 4 changes to get another 10 yards.
    -If they fail to get 10 yards, then they have to kick or PUNT the ball to the other team and now it’s their turn.
    -When the ball gets to the endzone, it’s called a TOUCHDOWN and it’s worth 6 points.
    After a touchdown the team can kick the ball for 1 extra point or try to get the ball in the endzone again for 2 points.
  2. There are 11 players for each team.
    -A team is split into OFFENSE players and DEFENSE player.
    -OFFENSE players are the ones on the field when the team has the ball and are trying to score.
    -DEFENSE players are the ones on the field when they are trying to keep the other team from scoring.
    -The game is divided into four quarters, each one is 15 minutes.
    -After the first two quarters, there is HALF-TIME which is 12 minutes. The players take a break and usually there is some form of entertainment during this time for the audience.

From http://www.isvmag.com/2016/02/american-football-explained/

What about the commercials and Super Bowl??


All the time I have watched football games, commercials have been the worst part of my experience. Those I have watched do not like them either, but tolerate them more…especially during Super Bowl when companies pay MILLIONS of dollars so that MILLIONS of people watching the games know about their million-dollar companies. With that explained, I hope you look forward to watching a football game!


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