Saturday, October 10, 2009

Social Saturday: A Football Game

Today we are going to take part in an American fall tradition... football!

Football is a very odd sport.  For one thing, the players don't touch the ball with their feet very often.  Mostly they throw or carry it.  It is played on a field with two large tree-like structures at each end, and the field is painted with white lines to mark the ball's position.

However, the ball is not actually a ball, but shaped like a large, brown egg.  It looks quite a bit like a chocolate egg, actually, which may be why all of those overweight men are fighting over it. 

In any case, the overweight men chase the ball up and down the field in a game that resembles Keep Away.  Sometimes, they also jump into a huge pile.  At other times they get turnovers.  However, I don't know if they are apple or cherry.  Or perhaps they are pizza turnovers.  I've never actually seen the turnovers, but I assume they get to eat them after the game.

This type of contest appears to be a way for the various states in the United States of America to work out their aggressions and prevent wars from breaking out.  It seems to be effective, despite the fact that the men wear their armor underneath their clothing instead of over it.

It's a bright, sunny day here at the stadium.  While we are waiting for the game to start, would you like a hot dog? I don't think they are really made of dogs, but then... you never know.  Perhaps we should stick to soft pretzels and beer instead. 

Here come the players and cheerleaders now!

30 comments:

Bo said...

I'm here for the cheerleaders. How many can I have? Is there a limit?

Nevin said...

I'd like some popcorn, please. I've heard this game can be a bit violent. Is that true? I don't know if I want to stay if it's going to be violent.

Michael Harper said...

Boys, boys. You're at a football game - just enjoy the show! And, Nevin, popcorn, really? You have to try a beer while you're here, or do you abstain?

And, uh, Christine, I just wanted to say, that was a very interesting description of the game. Pizza turnovers? Very funny.

Olivia Harper said...

Here's your pretzel, honey, and your beer, of course. Enjoy!

Ooh, this is fun. The air's a little nippy, too. I like it.

Nutmeg Cross said...

I just can't believe Bo's already snagged a cheerleader. Sigh. Hasn't he heard of discretion?

Indigo Cypress said...

Apparently not.

Marc said...

Bo is my new idol.

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Jason said...

Can't say I've been to an American football game. We go in for football at home sometimes. Why are they kicking?

Aidan said...

Ok, Jase, I'll explain it one more time. Kae? You mind running down and grabbing another round of beers?

Nevin said...

I don't much care for beer. Is there wine here? No? I'll conjure some, then.

Ricky said...

Well, I'll take a beer, thanks. Good game so far. I'm glad Bo returned that cheerleader. I really don't feel like missing a play to go chasing after him to make him behave.

Uh-oh. Bo, why are you looking at the quarterback that way? Yes, they all wear tight pants. Get over it. *sigh* Have another cheerleader, then.

Jeez. Keeping demons fed is no joke.

Kalila said...

I think this is a rather silly game. It appears to be a substitute for warfare. The formations remind me of the Greek phalanx. Spears and shields would make this game much more interesting.

Michael Harper said...

Kalila, it sounds like you might be more interested in mixed martial arts - something where anything goes...

Olivia Harper said...

I really wish Bo would stop absconding with the cheerleaders. It's really throwing off their rhythm.

Ricky said...

Olivia, it's better than letting him abscond with the football players. Males are a second-rate food source, as far as he's concerned, but if he's hungry enough...

Hey, did you see that? First down!

Gabby said...

Wow, this is exciting! Those hot dogs sure smell good! Think I'll go down and swipe one from someone. Maybe some little kid. It's OK really because I don't have any money and his parents will just buy him another one. Sounds fair to me.

Do you think they'd let me join in the game? I'm so small and fast those big guys'ld hardly see me.

That ball isn't made of chocolate. Honestly, Christine!! Girls!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't get this game; it's a bit like rugby but with a lot more protection.
I don't think I'd be much good out there on the pitch, even in my cycling helmet.
Go team!
I can run around aimlessly following a soccer-style football (I'm at the "bees around the honey pot stage" in my soccer development)but, what the heck, if I can't catch up with the ball I can do good standing around in the goal mouth chatting to the keeper!

Egg's in Durham visiting - not such a git - he'll play in goal for you.

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Flower said...

I don't get this game; it's a bit like rugby but with a lot more protection.
I don't think I'd be much good out there on the pitch, even in my cycling helmet.
Go team!
I can run around aimlessly following a soccer-style football (I'm at the "bees around the honey pot stage" in my soccer development)but, what the heck, if I can't catch up with the ball I can do good standing around in the goal mouth chatting to the keeper!

Egg's in Durham visiting - not such a git - he'll play in goal for you.

That makes it twice I've forgotten who I am ... back to therapy, after all!

Jil said...

They don't look like a bunch of chubby guys to me. Look at those enormous shoulders and cute little bottoms. They must work out all the time to get into that shape! They seem to do a lot of piling on top of each other which is kind of boring. I like sports with more action but, as i said, those little rear ends are fun to watch.

Where are the turnovers? I'm getting hungry.

Candy said...

OOps, that was Candy. I'll join Flower in therapy.

Samantha Harper said...

Somebody call Ginger. She'll bring the turnovers for sure!

Olivia Harper said...

Ricky, you have a point. I mean, really, who watches the cheerleaders anyway? Well, besides Bo, that is...

Aidan said...

Um. I look at them once in awhile.

Kaelin said...

Me too.

Olivia Harper said...

All right, all right. So do I.

I mean, they're very talented.

Aidan said...

They're talented? I hadn't noticed. ;)

Samantha Harper said...

Mmm-hmm. I know what you noticed, Aidan. *winks* Well, they were pretty cute.

And, hey, the game was fun! Thanks for inviting us, Christine.

Kain said...

You people eat dogs? Not me, but I will take a bear if you don't mind. This game sounds similar to something I've seen in what you all would call Mexico(?), and I was just wondering if they decapitate the winners just like they do in the earlier hoop games?