Tis the season for the start of the NFL. Fa la la la la, la la la la. For men, this often means studying stats, drafting fantasy players, and dedicating every Sunday for the rest of the year to one thing: the game. For women, the start of the NFL might mean the very same thing or it may mean something entirely different.
The first kickoff may mean women have the ability to tell their husbands anything on Sundays - that they wrecked the car, that they are having an affair, that they used to be a man - and their husbands will utter an, "Oh, that's nice honey." Football, when it comes down to it, leaves many men in a trance, from September to February.
Men's obsession with football is understandable: it is a fun game to watch. Yet, why is this obsession generally only limited to the male species. Football is a game involving well-built, good-looking men in tight outfits. So, why aren’t more women watching it?
Some women may find themselves easily frustrated by the rules and laws of the game, but nothing about the game is above female comprehension. All it takes is a basic understanding.
The Essentials: Football is a battle between two teams, with each team striving to score more points than the other by advancing a ball made of pigskin; it is a game based on selfish motives: every player wants the ball, every team wants to win, and no one ever feels sorry for the pig.
Eleven men from each team are on the field at a time. The players with possession of the ball are called the offense — their aim is to move the ball down the field and score points. They can advance by throwing the ball, running the ball, or flirting with the refs. The players without the ball are called the defense and their aim is to regain possession of the ball by stopping the offense. This can be done by intercepting the ball (catching a pass that was intended for an offensive player), recovering a fumble (grabbing a ball that has been dropped by an offensive player), pushing an offensive player out of bounds, or tackling (pulling down an offensive player until at least one of his knees touches the ground).
Ten yard increments on a 100-yard field are the cornerstone of the game (yes ladies, this only further perpetuate men’s obsession with length). The offense is given four downs (or chances) to go these ten yards. If a team goes ten yards, they are awarded a first down and four more chances to go ten more yards. If they don’t go ten yards, coaches scream, innocent clipboards are thrown to the ground, and possession of the ball is turned over to the other team. The roles then reverse.