After starting the NFL pick the winner football game, I realized not everyone knows as much about the game as I do. In order to give everyone a fair shot in the weekly pick the winner game, I thought it would be a good idea to explain American football.
1) There is a regular season consisting of 17 weeks. The regular season is like any other sport, it separates the good teams from the bad teams. In regular season, all teams try to get the best win/loss record because the teams with the best records in each division move into the playoffs.
2) The NFL moves into playoff season once the regular season is complete. There are 12 teams that will qualify for the playoffs. The playoff season is an elimination period. If a team loses, they are out of the playoffs. The championship game is called the Super Bowl where the two remaining teams play each other.
3) Common words used in football:
A) Offense-the team who has possession of the football
B) Defense-the team who is trying to get the ball
C) Down- starts when the ball is put into play and ends when the play is over.
D) End Zone-the area at each end of the field where the offense is trying to run the ball to in order to score a touchdown.
E) Touchdown-A score worth 6 points. The offense scores a touchdown when they run the ball all the way into the end zone of the
F) Extra Point- A kick that is worth 1 point. The extra point is only kicked after the offense has made a touchdown. The ball must be kicked
through the goal posts to count.
G) Field Goal-A kick that scores 3 points. The offense kicks the ball between the goal posts on the defense side.
How the game is played:
There are 11 men on the field for Defense and 11 men on the field for Offense. The offense tries to move the ball down he field by running with the ball or throwing the ball to get to the end zone to score points. The defense tries to stop the offense from making it to the end zone and scoring points. The offense gets four tries to go 10 yards. If they do not make it, they have to give the ball to the defense. If the offense is able to make 10 yards in 4 downs, they get another 4 possessions to make 10 more yards.
There are four 15-minute quarters in a football game. There is a 12 minute halftime between the 2nd and 3rd quarter. The object of the game is to have the highest score at the end of the game. I hope this gives everyone a little better understanding of the game. Of course if you have any questions before entering the next weekly contest, please feel free to ask me. If I don’t know the answer, I will find out!
Now for the interesting and fun side of football here are some Interesting football Faqs:
1) American football actually started out as two games, soccer and rugby. The first American football game was played on November 6, 1869 when two Ivy League colleges competed against each other.
2) Walter Camp is known as the father of American football. He not only helped write most of the rules for the game but he also helped form the positions.
3) In 1906 football almost got banned. There are around 12 deaths related to football that year and President Teddy Roosevelt was able to save the game by helping implement stricter rules so the game would be less vicious and dangerous.
4) Footballs are made out of cow hide and it takes 600 cows to make enough footballs for one season.
5) Tony Dorsett who played for the Dallas Cowboys holds a record for running the only 99 yard touchdown that can never be broken.
6) Of the NFL players who retire from football, 78% of them go bankrupt within two years.
7) NFL cheerleaders only make between $50 to $75 per game.
8) Deion Sanders if the only player in history who hit an MLB home run and score an NFL touchdown in the same week. He is also the only player to play in a World Series and a Super Bowl.
9) The Baltimore Ravens are actually named after Edgar Allan Poe’s story, “The Raven” and their mascots are Edgar, Allan and Poe.
10) The G on the Green Bay Packers helmet does not stand for Green Bay. It stands for greatness.
11) The wealthiest team in the NFL is the Dallas Cowboys.
12) Football players didn’t have to wear football helmets until 1939.
13) More pizza is sold on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year. Ironically more pizza drivers get into wrecks on Super Bowl Sunday as well.
14) Americans drink 50 million cases of beer on Super Bowl Sunday.
The next Smeet weekly pick the winner contest will be posted on Tuesday, October 7 along with the winners from last weeks contest. Get your votes in early so you don’t miss out on great prizes as well as great fun! *Mia*
English Premier League
Saturday we had a big city rival game: Liverpool V Everton: it was an early kick off on a cold windy afternoon. The game started steady where Everton had most of the possession the first half with 6 shots on target and 3 off. Liverpool's one of many star players, Mario Balotelli, came close with a 32 yard shot that just drifted past the Everton goal keepers post. The game went on with both teams having shots that came closer to either team grabbing a goal. Half time came 0-0, and the teams came on for the second half which started dull. But as time went on Liverpool had a free kick in the 65th minute. Steven Gerrard, a Liverpool legend, stepped up to take it. With bending strike over the Liverpool wall, it smashed past the keeper and Liverpool got the goal they wanted which sent the Liverpool fans crazy. Everton then started to attack more. There were few shots for either team and then Liverpool started to tighten up with Everton having the most possession of the ball. Then there was a corner kick to Everton; the ball drifted and was headed out by a Liverpool player. The ball fell to Everton’s Phil Jagielka. He struck the ball from just outside of the box as it sailed past two players and went into the top corner of the Liverpool goal in the 90th minute.
The Everton players celebrated like they had won the league title and the Everton fans went crazy. There was 3 minutes added time. Both teams passed the ball about and the game ended in what you could say was an entertaining 1-1 draw!
Italian Serie A TIM
Sunday we had a game in the Italian league which would have shocked many footballing fans across the world. Inter Milan played Cagliari at home. Cagliari is a team that hasn't been in Serie A for long at all. Inter was the odds-on favourite by a country mile to win this game. The game started surprisingly with Cagliari having more of the ball. Then Cagliari went through on goal and took the lead 1-0. The game went on as Inter Milan was on the attack, then scored a great goal to pull the game back to 1-1 in the 18th minute. Cagliari looked to be the better team as Inter fans started to get restless, and the game looked dull for them. Cagliari attacked the most, and then all of a sudden Cagliari took the lead AGAIN in the 29th minute.
Inter was as shocked as everyone watching the game. The game went on with both teams having a few shots on goal which came to nothing. Cagliari had a free kick and GOAL to make it 3-1 to the away side in the 34th minute. Inter had a player sent off which left them down to 10 men. Both teams were still attacking, and then another goal by Cagliari in the 44th made it Cagliari 4 Inter Milan 1. Like many others, I could not believe what they were seeing. Half time came upon us with Cagliari leading 4-1. The second half wasn't as entertaining for the neutral viewers as there were few shots, and no goals scored. FULL TIME: Inter Milan 1 Cagliari 4, a result that Inter Milan won't be forgetting for a long time!
Spanish La Liga
Saturday 27th September. All the 3 big teams played: Barcelona played at home V Granada CF. Real Madrid played away at a good Villarreal side and Atl Madrid played at home against a solid Sevilla. Barcelona thrashed Granada CF 6-0 with a hat-trick from Neymar, two goals from Messi, and one from Rakitic. Real Madrid put in a great away performance at Villarreal, winning the game 2-0 with goals from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo. Atl Madrid, Real Madrid's biggest rival, won at home 4-0 against Sevilla which took them to 3rd place in the table, with Barcelona leading La Liga and surprisingly Real Madrid in 5th place!
Well that is my sports report on a eventful weekend of soccer/football around the world!
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Make sure you read the whole story and then look below for the first annual pick the winner NFL Smeet football contest, where you can win some fabulous prizes! I was going to write an analysis of the first four weeks of the NFL season, but after all the controversy surrounding the NFL right now, I thought I would post something positive.
This is an article written by DFW Fox News reposted with their permission. Pictures are also compliments of DFW Fox News
In a time when there seems to be nothing but bad news from professional athletes, here’s an uplifting story surrounding the Cincinnati Bengals.
Devon Still plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, but this year has been anything but easy for him. He was distracted during training camp and a hamstring injury left him off the final roster. But the Bengals found out why he wasn’t totally focused on the game: His 4-year-old daughter Leah had been diagnosed with stage four, high risk Neuroblastoma. This is a rare type of cancer that almost always occurs in infants and young children. It is a malignant tumor most commonly found in the adrenal gland, the triangular glands on the kidney that produces hormones that are responsible for controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Leah was only given a 50-50 chance of survival.
The team decided to keep Devon on its practice squad so he could keep the health insurance he needed to get Leah the best possible care. Devon and Leah visited doctors and even went through an experimental treatment to reduce the size of the tumor. The tumor was too large to be removed. Finally, the experimental treatment worked, and Leah was able to have surgery on Thursday, September 25, 2014.
Before Leak went into surgery to remove the tumor, Devon gave Leah a pep talk. Devon posted the video on his Instagram account and as of today, Friday, September 26, 2014 he has over 25,000 likes.
The procedure went well, and the doctors have said the entire tumor is gone however, Leah is not out of the woods. She still has to go through more chemo, radiation and stem cell transplants. Leah’s story has inspired football fans everywhere, along with the NFL. During Leah’s experimental treatment, Cincinnati moved Devon from the practice squad back to the team. Everyone that is actually on an NFL team has a team jersey for sell. The Bengals then announced for every jersey that was sold, they would donate 100% of the proceeds to pediatric cancer research.
Devon’s jersey is now the fastest selling Bengals jersey, in fact almost 10,000 have been sold. That equals out to almost one million dollars to be donated. In fact, not only Bengal fans are participating. Sean Payton the head coach for the New Orleans Saints didn’t just buy one jersey, he bought 100.
Now for the contest: The contest will run through the super bowl. Be sure to play each week to accumulate points for the grand prize of 2000 coins, 2000 dimes and 2000 fame points.
Rules: Each person picks the winner of each of the 16 weekly during the regular season --- choose the winner by clicking the dot beside the team you think will win. Once you have completed picking all the winners of all 16 games click submit. .The person who has the most correct picks at the end of the week wins. The weekly winner will be announced each Wednesday. In the event of a tie, each person also predicts the total combined points scored in the Monday night game. Whomever is closest wins. You must have competed in the weekly contest to be eligible for the play off contest. In addition, the points will be calculated for the entire regular season and the play off season to determine a grand prize winner once the Super Bowl game has been played. There will be a grand prize as well as a weekly winners.
Weekly prizes are
1st place: a Smeekie, 1500 dimes and 1000 fp
2nd prize: 1000 dimes and 300 fp
3rd prize: 500 dimes and 200 fp.
Grand prize is:
1st place 2000 coins 2000 dimes and 2000 fp
2nd place: 1000 coins
3rd place: 500 coins.
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Hi Smeeters! How you surely know, in Smeet is possible (and desirable) to find a soul mate! Many users fall in love and even get married (as we know from a lovely Italian couple!) for real! Today we want to show you some flirting and dating relationship statistics coming from the web! Curious? Go on reading
- How many Americans use online dating services? 40 million!
- Percent of married couples who said they found their mates through a friend? 63%!
- Average amount of time to make a first impression on a man: 15 minutes;
- Average amount of time to make a first impression on a woman: a hour!
- Percent of singles that find a great smile the most attractive feature: 53%;
- Percent of singles that have Googled someone on the internet before a first date: 43%;
- Percent of singles that feel they are too busy to meet other singles: 52%!
- Percent of breakups in online relationships that happen by email: 48%.
Well, I was going to write an insightful article on the benefits of following chat room etiquette, with some funny remarks about situations I’ve seen. But when I thought about the target audience (hello, my target audience), it occurred to me that in all probability the only people reading this are already experienced chatters. I’m either preaching at the converted, or at an empty chair. You know what you’re doing; you’re well-versed in the world of Online. Welcome, fellow keyboard experts.
There’s no point me telling you about how excessive capitalisation is widely listed at the First rule of chat etiquette, or when it’s best to ignore people who are clearly out to upset you, or any of the other many facets of online “social niceties”. You know how to conduct yourself. We’re experienced – we don’t need someone to hold our hands.
So, I have an article to write and no topic. I’m well known in Smeet for sprouting random facts, so here’s one for you now: A study in 1986 found that 80% of the participants put themselves in the “I am a better Driver than average” category when comparing their ability with others in the same study.
I like the similarities of driving a car (or automobile) to driving a keyboard in a chat-room. Usually in both cases, you’re in an environment you consider your own space and you’re in charge of how it’s used. We can put on our own music and block out the external world for a while. We can get our seats good and comfy, and settle down to enjoy ourselves.
Admittedly on the road there are some basic sense traffic laws, appropriate speed limits for certain types of road, traffic lights for our safety, and those inconsiderate drivers we have to put up with. Oh god, inconsiderate drivers are pain, aren’t they? And tourists. And buses. And bus lanes. And people who approach a junction in the wrong lane, and think they have the Right to pull out across everyone and demand entry to the correct lane. Or middle-lane hoggers. And people who stick to 40 regardless of whether the speed limit is 60 or 30.
And don’t get me started on cyclists. Or on elderly drivers in hats.
I mean, I’m a better than average driver. I shouldn’t have to put up with those other morons on the road who don’t know what to do. Someone should teach them manners. Officer, remove this person from my presence immediately as they are interfering with my Rights as a driver. What did he do? Well, Officer, he burst into my regular room, shouted at everyone in capitals and demanded I friend him instantly. He then proceeded to insult others in gibberish, and then to top it all he stood next to me. So I told him where to go, and how to get there. For good measure I also insulted his parents and his country too. Honestly, he has no idea about chat room etiquette.
Ah, I appear to have side-tracked myself.
You will meet peoples from many different lands, cultures and time zones on Smeet. Some drive on the left, some will shout “Oi Oi” as a greeting and some will refer to the more “mature” chatter as Uncle or Auntie. Most are here to meet you and to get to know you, and some will be learner drivers. Treat them kindly, and they will learn that politeness is the correct manner in which to conduct themselves as they drive.