On Mon, 25 Nov 2019 21:12:12 -0000 (UTC), "Kerr-Mudd,John"
Post by Kerr-Mudd,John
I was able/forced to watch something of this ilk this very afternoon; it
seems that forward passes, tackling off the ball and even scoring a
"touchdown" without ever touching anything down were all permissible;
what a very different set of rules to that of Rugby. There were also far
too many lines across the pitch; extraordinary kit requirements and
constant stoppages. But hey ho, each to their own.
Now, now. There are some here who like that sort of thing. Even
enthusiastic about watching it.
Still, there are things about the game that annoy me. My primary
annoyance is that the play-by-play team of announcers talk too much.
They seem more intent on displaying their knowledge of the game than
reporting what is happening.
At one time, one play-by-play announcer was sufficient to describe
game. Now it takes a team of announcers. Presumably because this
allows one to speak when the other runs out of breath.
I may be wrong, but I think this started with Howard Cosell, Frank
Gifford, and Don Merideth and Monday night football on ABC. Gifford
was rather dull, but a competent commentator. Dandy Don was at his
best when well into a bottle. Cosell was polarizing; you either liked
him or hated him at the mike. (I was in the "like him" group)
A touchdown is now scored if the ball "breaks the plane" while in
possession of a player. The player doesn't need to cross the goal
line to score; all he has to do is get the tip of the ball across.
This will be followed by seventyleven camera angles of the play
showing the ball "breaking the plane".
While I watch football, I never watch the half-time analysis and the
post-game analysis by the mob of former football players and coaches.
It's a fucking game, not something that has to be recapped and
Also on my list of annoyances is the current craze of "fashion
statement" uniforms. If I was a Seattle Seahawk, I'd hide in the
locker room rather than going out on the field like this:
Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida