To my girls who don't know anything about football and hate reading this blog on Friday, just give me 5-10 minutes of your day today. Just 5-10 minutes, I'm not sure how fast you read. Pretty please please please? Then if you're confused at the end, I won't bug you again. But if you learn something, then you're welcome.
A football team on offense has four chances to move the ball 10 yards. That's why when they first get the ball it's called first and 10.
Let's think about this in dating terms...
You meet a guy and he asks you on a first date. As most guys would be, he is on the offense, and like any good girl would be, you are on the defense. He is trying to move his "ball" forward with the ultimate destination: the bedroom (or end zone). You are trying to slow him down, try to keep him from moving too fast. You are a lady after all, right?
You sit down to dinner. He is really cute.
Since he moved three yards closer, the blue line (the starting point or what in football is called the line of scrimmage) moves forward three yards. He now starts trying to move his ball closer to your endzone.
He informs you he lives in his mother's basement, and enjoys it there.
He orders a peach bellini.
So here is where it gets tricky. Two possible situations can happen now.
Situation 1 (This happens 95% of the time)
Since he only has one attempt left, holding the offensive ball, he brings in his friend, the kicker, who will kick his ball all the way down the field just so that you are further away from getting married. Bros before hoes. Because after this date is finally over, guess who is now on offense, looking to score a husband and crash into that wedding touchdown full force? YOU!
Why? Well, if he were to try one more time (possible situation #2) to move the ball 7 yards, and fails (i.e. orders the Strawberry Spinach Salad, fat free italian on the side please). Guess what, you would only need to move the ball 20 yards to score a wedding, instead of 70 if he had just given up. Not that you'd want to marry that guy or anything, just work with me here, people!
And the game of girl vs boy (offense vs. defense) plays on. Each week, a new matchup.
So how is that for basic? Was that confusing? Are you in any form of physical pain from learning about football? Should we call a doctor?
If you are feeling extra football-y (over achiever)... check out the only other post in this "series" here!
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