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Achad  (Level: 204.1 - Posts: 661)
Sun, 16th Sep '07 8:32 PM


It would be appreciated, at least by this English FOOTBALL follower, if American "football" (played mainly with the hands) could be properly described so that one is not disappointed to find a lack of trivia about FOOTBALL! Maybe even a WP about proper Football? We have had Nascar after all! Pretty Please!

Sploofus Editor
Sun, 16th Sep '07 8:44 PM

I beg your pardon, Achad. I am not a follower of any sports really, but created that puzzle because the Americans were beginning their football season and no one else had done a puzzle. I'll see what I can do about a puzzle about the other kind of football.

Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 16th Sep '07 9:03 PM

I think soccer should be promoted. It is an excellent passtime for those without upper body strength, or too feeble to retain plays or strategies, or perhaps those born with flippers instead of arms or some other terrible misfortune.

(don't freak out, I'm just winding you up)

Berylm  (Level: 156.0 - Posts: 478)
Sun, 16th Sep '07 9:04 PM

Trouble is, Achad, that while you can define that you mean English Football by calling it Soccer, there's no way (certainly within the length-of-field restrictions we're told the WPs are written under!) to say that you mean the American version!

And since this site is mostly populated by Americans you can't really blame poor Sploofanatic for not specifying that the puzzle name meant the most popular meaning of the word ... in fact, come to think of it, everyone has always insisted that should be the default meaning of any word in this game - the most popular one!

And no, I'm not American - I'm true Brit, too!

Ladyvol  (Level: 205.2 - Posts: 5484)
Sun, 16th Sep '07 9:14 PM

The Word Puzzle I just took was entitled Ready For US Football Trivia...Could Sploofanatic
changed the title to appease everyone and show that this puzzle was about American Football?...Or was it always listed this way?

Sploofus Editor
Sun, 16th Sep '07 9:24 PM

I changed it after Achad's complaint. I hope that doesn't offend anyone.

Ducttape  (Level: 188.1 - Posts: 159)
Sun, 16th Sep '07 9:34 PM

i was so offended that i flipped my keyboard in the air, roared at the screen, then ran around the room beating my chest, breaking furniture, and flinging my poo at the walls

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 16th Sep '07 9:35 PM

Oh, hush up. You do that every day.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 16th Sep '07 9:53 PM

I've always contended that if Americans played FOOTBALL the way the rest of
the World does - no padding, guards, helmets etc. - it would be an entirely
different game....say - more like SOCCER!!!!
And don't forget, they also play RUGBY without protections of any kind!!!!

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 16th Sep '07 10:01 PM

If they played American football without protection they'd have dead people on the field every week.

I guess there's a market for that.

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Sun, 16th Sep '07 10:11 PM

Smaug..........I AM freaking out at your comment!!!

I kind of knew it would be American football when I saw the WP title, no surprise.

I'll second Achad's request and say pretty please, Sploofanatic, for an English Football WP.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 16th Sep '07 11:59 PM


Achad  (Level: 204.1 - Posts: 661)
Mon, 17th Sep '07 2:33 AM

Hey guys, comments much appreciated, and the change of title! Look forward to the "footy" WP. By the by, who plays in the World Series? At school it was only the girls that played 'rounders'! Ooops, that's started another debate, sorry! Cheers, Andy.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Mon, 17th Sep '07 4:45 AM

I enjoyed that - although I'm not a football triva person - I escaped with all my points and made one stupid mistake that cost me 3 moves - I learned FIVE new things today!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Mon, 17th Sep '07 4:57 AM

Hey ANDY....PLEASE stop with the sexism....whenever men want to
insult each other, they use "female" names and adjectives!!!!
For anyone who doesn't know - "Rounders" is the English name
for Baseball. Real men play Cricket!!!!

Achad  (Level: 204.1 - Posts: 661)
Mon, 17th Sep '07 8:09 AM

Hey Rowlanda, apologies if I sounded sexist- wasn't the intention. The girls always battered us boys at hockey and were very vicious with those sticks! I'm sure it was the same on Penny Lane Playing Fields!

Tuzilla  (Level: 133.8 - Posts: 3777)
Mon, 17th Sep '07 8:46 AM

Now that comment just wasn't cricket, which as we all know, is baseball on valium. I think soccer has potential if they were to incorporate a few new rules from basketball and hockey, like no go back across the center line once you cross it, and the checking rules were tweaked. Maybe everyone could have a stick or something, since arms a current useless to the game except for throw ins and pulling your shirt off and looking stupid running around waving it.

Achad  (Level: 204.1 - Posts: 661)
Mon, 17th Sep '07 8:55 AM

Perhaps we should get someone from down-under to explain Aussie Rules (Are there any?): You there Rick?

Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Mon, 17th Sep '07 11:07 AM

No explanqtion needed. Last man standing wins. And bonus points if you get the guys in the lab coats to wiggle their fingers.

All kidding aside, Aussie Rules is fun to watch.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Mon, 17th Sep '07 12:56 PM

How about a shinty WP?
If you thought Welsh placenames WP's are bad...
(For those who don't know shinty: think hockey on steroids, played by very angry sword wielding Jacobites. And you've just insulted their mum. And surely cricket isn't a sport - I was under the impression it was a penance of come sort .)

Allena  (Level: 255.0 - Posts: 1389)
Mon, 17th Sep '07 3:48 PM

Achad is driving from Liverpool down to Windsor at my invitation. I am hoping Rowlanda, Chickfbref1, Smoke20 and Geniuswaitress will join me for the eveing to discuss hockey sticks.

Allena  (Level: 255.0 - Posts: 1389)
Mon, 17th Sep '07 3:57 PM

Just heard from them.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Mon, 17th Sep '07 8:29 PM

Shinty was one of my wp's

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Tue, 18th Sep '07 2:40 AM

Are you talking about Liverpool and Windsor in ENGLAND....
or the one's in CANADA????
Please let me know - before the meeting????

Funnily England, Hockey was also a "girl's" game.
I always played in Goal - because I was "on the ball".

Also ANDY....I was ALWAYS sweet and wonderful, NEVER vicious.
I wasn't upset about your choice of words to make a point.
Just making my own point!!!!

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Tue, 18th Sep '07 5:24 AM

Hey Donna, toughen up! Have you seen our Aussie guys play a game of Aussie rules football? These guys are insane! There is far more contact than in US Football and a LOT more running by ALL team players. They can jump metres in the air , using others' shoulders as step ladders; they can run 100 miles/hr at each other and NOT even have the ball; There is NOOOO protection in AFL other than a mouth guard! Toughen up! {Play a REAL sport - The sport of aerial gladiators! LOL Thanks for the mass debate!
If you don't believe me, watch a game if you see it on FOX sport. You will be hooked!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 18th Sep '07 5:57 AM

.....Plus they're VERY watchable from a female point-of-view........

~Bev, another DownUnderian.

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