As an Australian, I am very much in the minority when it comes to following the NFL or American Football. For some reason, the game has appealed to me from the perspective of its tactical variables and the use of players for specialist roles as opposed to a free flowing game like all other codes of football. I am not saying one code is better than the other, but I do not understand how some people seem to have such a narrow view of the game. Case in point yesterday when discussing the Super Bowl yesterday with a work colleague… “its just a game when one guy throws the ball down the field and they hope to catch it”… this degenerated into a ‘discussion’ on tactics vs free range instinctive play. She is an Aussie Rules fan and that for a start gets my goat up… damning “point for missing” crowd!
Then last night when watching the end of the game on repeat on Fox Sports, I tell Niki that there is 2 minutes to go and the Giants were driving to win. Of course 2 minutes of game time is not 2 minutes of real time, so Niki proceeded to say things like “come on! Hurry up!”…. all while the teams, particularly the Giants were trying to make the right play call.
Gridiron is a game of nuances and calculated risk. Its pretty much a human game of chess. It has moments of athletic brilliance – such as the classic 3rd & 5 play yesterday when the receiver took the catch on his helmet, but it is the mental side of the game that is to me what makes it a good spectacle. To see the “God Like” Tom Brady falter in the last 30 seconds when I thought the most likely option would be to go for comparatively short yardage for the field goal and to see Eli Manning, younger brother of the respected Peyton Manning beat his older brothers rival is a classic reason why the NFL is a game within a game.
Well done to the Giants as well… beating the previously 17-0 Patriots and causing a great upset… was a good thing to see. Whilst I am a Redskin fan and hence the Giants are a rival team, it was good to see the NFC come out on top.
To add to the sporting spectacular this week, Australia plays a World Cup Qualifier against Qatar tomorrow night! Cant wait for that one either!