*note: you must know the basics of sports (i.e. sports 101) to follow this guide. You must know the meaning of words like offense, defense, captain, coach, foul, referee, etc.
NFL RedZone: NFL RedZone is produced by NFL Network. It whips around every NFL game on Sunday afternoons; the time when most of the games for the week are playing. When a team goes inside the 20-yard line, NFL RedZone tunes in so you can witness the the most exciting parts of the game.
- team names
- the city team plays in
- team nicknames
- and team colors...and there is an easy way to do it just by looking up the team name.
- The cities they play in are in their names: Atlanta vs Pittsburgh.
- The Falcons are sometimes called the “dirty birds” and the Steelers are often referred to by their colors: black and gold (with a touch of white).
- The Falcons are black, red (silver and white).
*a quick Google search “Falcons colors” and “Steelers nickname” will direct you to the right answers here.
#3: Know what offense and defense looks like
But you can also Google "best player on the [insert team name]" or "[team name] star" and you can easily find the most written about players. If they are talking about the player it is because the player is relevant and the odds are that he is the star of the team.
But, you can always start with...the Quarterback!
Extra tip:Once you find the star player(s), memorize his name and jersey number. You'll turn heads if you know the college the pro-star went to!
|Here's some popular QB's in the NFL. Can you name them?|
#5: Know the field and how they score the game.
- The playing field is 100 yards, divided by 10 yard markers, numbered to meet mid-field at the 50 yard line.
- The short stripes on the field indicate 1 yard.
- And the end zone extends the field by 10 yards on each side.
To score, a player has to cross the plane of the goal line (the line that connects the field to the end zone).
- a touchdown is 6 points
- the kick after a touchdown is 1 point (which is why most of the time you’ll see score in 7 point increments)
- just a kick through the goalpost (without a touchdown) is scored as 3 points.
- and sometimes teams will “go for two”, a two-point conversion, after a touchdown. The team that just scored will try to score again from the opponent's goal line.
You should also know that there are four (15 minute) quarters, the first two quarters are the first half and then there is half-time which is usually 12 minutes (but for special games like the Super Bowl, it will be longer). The last two quarters are the second half.
So here are the basic fundamentals...a good stepping stone for you to master and then build upon. When you are ready for more, Football 102, then you should learn how to read defenses, football jargon, coaches names, team histories, and penalty signs from the refs...and so much more!
Or you can just keep it simple with my guide!
Here's a clip of Football 101 on Charlotte Today.
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