Bad Movie Logo
"A website to the detriment of good film"
Custom Search
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?
June 18, 2018, 12:50:54 PM
598872 Posts in 46193 Topics by 6137 Members
Latest Member: indiana Forum  |  Other Topics  |  Off Topic Discussion  |  Ignorant questions for people living in foreign countries « previous next »
Pages: 1 [2]
Author Topic: Ignorant questions for people living in foreign countries  (Read 1858 times)
Flick James
Frightening Fanatic of Horrible Cinema

Karma: 489
Posts: 4642

Honorary Bastard of Arts

« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2010, 09:23:22 AM »

I have a question: What's with the 'football' in NFL?  Not only do they rarely use their feet, but when they do, it isn't kicking, it's punting?   Question


That's a good question. This is quoted straight from wikianswers. Not exactly an authoritative source, but it mirrors some of my other research, since it's a question I was wondering myself recently since my father-in-law from Ireland is visiting and the World Cup is on the t.v. frequently. It's also a nice short answer:

Some might say, simply, "because they kick the football." But the real story is deeper. The origin of Gridiron (American football) is in the history of the world's most popular sport: Football (soccer). When soccer -- more universally known as "football" (which of course makes sense because football players use their feet) -- players decided to change their centuries-old game with restrictions such as the no-use-of- hand rules, people who disliked this broke away to create rugby. In the states we have created our own version of the game under the same old name "football" (Gridiron) with more of a rugby style, the whole time forgetting why we call it that. Here are other answers: * Gridiron (American football) is a derivative of rugby football, and while the feet are used more often in rugby than on the gridiron, much of the game is still played by handling the ball.

It would be appropriate if they called it Gridiron, but, of course, that will never happen. I have noticed a slight culture change, since soccer, or the real "football," is becoming more popular in the states, in that people are using the word "football" less in relation to American gridiron football. I hear people say NFL more and more, or just "I'm watching the Patriots/Lions game."

On a similar note, I also wonder why we American's have sports that are exclusive to the USA, yet call the victors of the culminating championship competition "World Champions." There is talk that baseball will still have a MLB championship, but that there may someday be an actual world competition between teams from countries with an established baseball culture, such as Japan, Mexico, or the Dominican Republic. I would welcome it.

I don't always talk about bad movies, but when I do, I prefer
Pages: 1 [2] Forum  |  Other Topics  |  Off Topic Discussion  |  Ignorant questions for people living in foreign countries « previous next »
    Jump to:  

    RSS Feed Subscribe Subscribe by RSS
    Email Subscribe Subscribe by Email

    Popular Articles
    How To Find A Bad Movie

    The Champions of Justice

    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Manos, The Hands of Fate

    Podcast: Todd the Convenience Store Clerk

    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    Dragonball: The Magic Begins

    Cool As Ice

    The Educational Archives: Driver's Ed

    Godzilla vs. Monster Zero

    Do you have a zombie plan?

    ImageThe Giant Claw - Slime drop

    Earth is visited by a GIANT ANTIMATTER SPACE BUZZARD! Gawk at the amazingly bad bird puppet, or chuckle over the silly dialog. This is one of the greatest b-movies ever made.

    Lesson Learned:
    • Osmosis: os·mo·sis (oz-mo'sis, os-) n., 1. When a bird eats something.

    Subscribe to and get updates by email:

    HOME B-Movie Reviews Reader Reviews Forum Interviews TV Shows Advertising Information Sideshows Links Contact is owned and operated by Andrew Borntreger. All original content is © 1998 - 2014 by its respective author(s). Image, video, and audio files are used in accordance with the Fair Use Law, and are property of the film copyright holders. You may freely link to any page (.html or .php) on this website, but reproduction in any other form must be authorized by the copyright holder.