A question for Americans

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  1. juani

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    A question for Americans. Why you call football to a sport you play almost all the time with your hands and soccer the sport that is played with your feet?????
    Football was invented in England hundreds of years ago and has this name since. Why do you change it name????
    All arround the world football is known as football, not soccer.
    I know you can tell me that yours is American football and it's ok but you still change the name of the other one for soccer.
    No offence. I'm just courious why this happened.
     
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  2. FalconX

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    cuz they wanna mess with you.
     
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  3. tarheels2323

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    I don't know; we're stupid. I've had the same complaint for years. :mrgreen:
     
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  4. mabuhay

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    damn right! lol! america should change football to handball. doesn't sound right though.
     
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  5. alienhamster

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    The ball is kicked. With your foot. Sometimes.
     
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  6. juani

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    The ball is kicked. With your foot. Sometimes.

    I know. For that reason i wrote "you play almost all the time with your hands"
     
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  7. remyb2

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    Too much ego and pride to change name... it would be like asking the brits to change "Cricket" to "Most boring sport on Earth".

    I also think American football should start using the metric system... "FIRST AND 9.144 METERS!"

    ;-)

    Lets see if those comments generate some sparks ;-)
     
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  8. DragonNeedSpank

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    BECUZ IN AMERICAN FOOTBALL U NEED TO USE UR FOOT TO RUN WITH THE BALL!!!!!! =D!!!! lol is that a correct answer?
     
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  9. LuckyR

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    Dude, I think you are confusing futbol with football. Two seperate things. They share some letters but are two different words...
     
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  10. dmastous

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    I've heard a story that American football grew from soccer. They say that some guy got tired of kicking the ball around and picked up and started running. Everyone tried catch him and they had so much fun they played that way from then on. Or maybe that's rugby and football grew out of rugby? I don't know.
    Anyway it's not football, it's just spelled that way. It's really fuball here. :mrgreen:
     
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  11. DragonNeedSpank

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    lol
     
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    I think football should be called

    "whationlygota$100milliondollarcontractinsteadofa$1000milliondollaroneball"
     
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    Lol.
     
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  15. juani

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    great link moose
     
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  17. Freedom

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    Who cares - American football is dumb. I would call "soccer" football, but people get confused.
     
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  18. lorenza

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    i agree. im from mexico and always call "soccer" football and people always get confused. i always call american football "american football" and people here in the states dont get it.
     
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    God i hope this never happens...sorry to all you soccer fans out there, but I couldn't live with it if Football had a different name. I have some crazy friends that play frisbee golf, so they refer to REAL golf as ball golf. Crap like this drives me crazy...sorry...maybe this belongs in rants and raves.
     
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  20. Phil

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    Here's the deal. We call our games anything we want; THAT'S our reason. And if you don't like it you can either STFU and live with it or, if you persist, we'll probably go and bomb your entire country or something...
     
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  21. BigServer1

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    HAHAHA you said exactly what I was afraid to say! Way to go for having bigger balls than me. ;)
     
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    Most Boring Sport on Earth -- wouldnt that be Baseball?
     
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  23. Phillip=Tennis guy

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    Baseball is not boring!

    Hockey is boring!
     
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  24. DragonNeedSpank

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    WOW a man trying to learn some american culture.... What is wrong with a man trying being curous about the american culture??? HOW DO U LIKE IT IF U ASK A DAMN QUESTION AND WE EXPLODE ON U CUZ WE THINK IT IS STUIPD?? IF U DONT HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY DONT SAY IT AT ALL... CANT BLAME HIM FOR TRYING TO LEARN SOME NEW STUFF...
     
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  25. Freedom

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    I think the words "Baseball" and "Hockey" got switched in this post.
     
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    Phil: i have no doubt that you solve problems bombing people.
    I'm sorry for the other guys but he provoke me.
    I didn't want to offend americans with this thread I just was courious.
    It's a pity that some guys react like this for a silly question about sports.
     
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  27. Feña14

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    When quite clearly it isn't to alot of people, you try telling that to half of Asia, or Australians or New Zealanders or Brits or the entire Caribbean or South Africans.

    Maybe if America were good at it you would have a different view on it?

    I find American Football boring, whenever I watch it they all talk about what they are going to do then give a ball to someone to run into a fat man, then they have a break for a couple of minutes and do it all over again :confused:
     
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  28. Phil

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    Shut up already with your capital letters. You definitely DO need spanked. Or else, I'll bomb you.
     
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  29. BigServer1

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    Please, please don't talk about a sport you know nothing about. NFL playbooks are roughly the thickness of War and Peace, and each week there is a different playbook set up to capitalize on the weaknesses of different teams. All the members of the team have to memorize the plays. These "fat" men are in better physical condition (excluding the linemen) than we could ever dream to be, and I HATE it when people sterotype football into a non-athletic sport that is easy. You are more than welcome to have an opinion, just make it an educated one, please.
     
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  30. BigServer1

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    Just so no one gets the wrong idea, my post above (#21) was meant in humor, not in honesty, and I want to make that clear, because I usually do my damnedest not to be a hypocrite. I don't bomb people, but I thought the post was funny, as this seems to be the current mindset of our sad govt. I think soccer is fine, cricket is cool (how could it not be with those clothes), and hockey isn't my cup of tea but I'm glad it's back...just please dont s**t on American sports just because you don't comprehend them fully.
     
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  31. Andres

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    My man Phil. If you bomb HIS country, you're bombing mine... and I'm sure you won't bomb MY country. It's not safe for you... ;)
    Don't make me go alll the way to Tokyo and kick your ass, okie? Deal?
    Great. Now, get me a beer. :D
     
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  32. Feña14

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    hahaha just like the poster who wants to rename Cricket "Most boring sport on Earth"? You think he knows the ins and outs of cricket? You think he knows the LBW law and knows the prestige that goes with the game? You think he has ever watched a 5 day test in his life?

    As for you going on about these thick playbooks, yes I do know about them and sure the fat guys are in good condition. I am struggling to see how that makes the sport exciting? It's still boring, having people memorise a book and fat people in good condition doesn't mean that a sport is exciting :confused:

    I've seen quite a bit of NFL and it's just a bit stop start for me, I understand the rules and can watch it and understand what is going on. I just find that it doesn't flow enough, it's a bit stop-start for me as I like a game that flows or meanders.
     
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  33. BigServer1

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    :)
    I agree with the above, my only point was that when one understands the intricacies of a sport, it is inherently more interesting to them. I, for one, am a huge football fan, but i understand the rules and interworkings of the game. Cricket I do not, but it's still a fine sport. And no, I do knot think that he has ever watched a 5 day test... whatever the hell that means :)
     
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  34. maynardsson55

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    What up Fena.Phil. Love talking footy. Just got a new Henry jersey today. Ready for the season. I used to get really POed w/ Phil when he talks about soccer, but now he just makes me laugh. It's OK to not like a sport, but I think you should respect the fact that a lot of people do like it. I think the bomb comment was a bit much, that's why most of the world hates us with a passion.
    I like both sports, but will take soccer anyday. Just my preference. Most of the Mexican guys that work at my club say they call American Football soccer. That made me laugh a bit.
    I think the fact that we have cultural differences with a lot of the world is cool and we should try to learn about those differences more. Especially since we caucasions(can't spell) living in Texas are now the minority.
     
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    lol yes you do make a good point, I understand the rules of Hockey and American Football but not Baseball. I like some aspects of American Football but the way the game flows doesn't quite suit me.

    As for a 5 day test? Well it's the format where the two teams play for 5 days from 11am until 6pm, it can be tedious at times but the way the players work to set themselves up to go for the kill is fascinating.

    People seek different things out of the sports that they follow, Cricket does it for me and Football does for you so fair enough :)
     
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    Ahh nice one! He's going to be a handful as ever this season. Hopefully Ashley Cole will be at Chelsea to give us a few tips on how to stop him ;)

    The seasons only a few weeks away now so the talk is building as to how Chelsea are going to be stopped and the like. Going to be interesting to see how the new arrivals are going to settle in, Shevchenko especially will be under some pressure.
     
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  37. Phil

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    Yeah, you "Got" it (my post)...getting it is something that less and less of our new, teenaged posters are capable of doing these days...

    And Andres, I personally would never bomb your 'hood, but you know...I have no control over the actions of my government, and they've been known to drop a few ("accidentally")...

    Now, if you don't mind...get off yer butt and fetch me a cold one!:)
     
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    Wow. That 5 day test thing is crazy. I might just have to watch a cricket match one of these days. Fena, I like you. You are reasonable and like to have actual conversation. I don't always see that on these boards...By the way, I am a baseball fan, and I even I think its boring sometimes, so you're not alone there :)
     
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  39. dmastous

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    I recorded a cricket match between Pakistan and (I think) England while I lived in the Philippines. It's interesting. But I still don't understand it much.
     
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  40. Feña14

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    Yes likewise, your passionate and argued your point really well. You should try and get your hands on some footage from the Ashes battle last year with England and Australia that is considered one of the best series of all time. People who had never liked cricket before started watching and playing so you might like some of what you see. Just don't watch any matches in India or Pakistan, the pitches are so slow that it can become pretty boring. Seeing lots of boundaries and people getting peppered with a leather cricket ball coming at 150kph is fantastic!

    I'm pretty interested by baseball, I don't understand the rules but it looks like my kind of game. The skills seem similar to cricket so i'm sure if I knew the rules I would be able to get alot out of it.

    Thanks again for the good natured debate :)
     
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  41. BigServer1

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    Any time buddy, any time...BTW...150 mph??
     
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    ohhhh...misread that- 150kmh....still fast though...damn the metric system...
     
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  43. maynardsson55

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    You helped me with a little soccer history, let me give a little for baseball. I am from one hour South of Cincinnati,OH and the Cincinnati Reds were the first all professional baseball team in the late 1800s.According to the tour guide, The guys that started the game were cricketers that wanted a little different game. The game shares some very basic similarities. Do wikipedia for Baseball and it will explain it pretty well. There are some weird rules for some obscure and rare situations but the game is pretty straightforward.
     
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    Yeah, like the infeild fly rule. Or the foul bunt on strike two rule...No wonder some people hate baseball;)
     
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  45. TennisProPaul

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    american football should be called gridiron all over the world
     
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  46. Phil

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    I thought baseball was based on the game of rounders, which is somwhat different from cricket.
     
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    You are right, but the guys that started the team in Cincy were cricketers. Just trying to give our English friend a point of reference. Are you God? You the man, Phil.
     
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    P.S.-Your Henman quote kills me every time I read it.
     
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    Thanks for the info guys, they usually show some footage early in the morning over here so I shall try and catch a showing of it sometime.

    If it was invented by, or the team was started by cricketers then hey, it can't be bad! ;)
     
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    Phil...........now that we break the ice....................... i can't give you a cold one.............but i can throw you a Molotov. :D
     
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