Watching the Super Bowl: Football 101 by "Coach Steve"

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Jan. 31, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Over a hundred million people are expected to tune in worldwide for the Super Bowl. Despite Filipinos saying they will host parties and tune into the event, they admit that they fumble when it comes to the rules of the actual game.

“I don’t really understand how do they make the points because my favorite is basketball but we keep watching,” Carson resident Geraldine Aquino explained.

Some football fans believe unlike basketball or soccer, American football’s unique style of play can cause confusion.

“In soccer it’s free flowing,” sports fan Gerry Esguerra said. “Americans are never accustomed to it because there’s no definite end. Like football, American football is like an instant gratification; you gain a yard, you gain a first down. It’s kind of a small victory. You get time to go to the freezer and get a beer.”

“Everybody is watching that ball and they strike each other,” Rodalie Caratao of Los Angeles said. “Whoever gets the ball, I don’t understand how the scoring is. I just watch how the scores improve.”

We start on a field 120 yards long and 53 yards wide.

The final 10 yards at each end is every players goal; the end zone where touchdown are scored.

And don’t forget the goal posts can be worth three points if you can kick it in there.

One set of 11 plays defense and the other is the offense.

Offenses try to move the ball down the 100 yard long field and into the end zone.

The offense gets downs, or chances to move at least 10 yards to maintain possession of the ball.

They’ll run or throw, and in the case of FilAm Seahawks Wide Reciever Doug Baldwin, he catches the oblong shaped ball.

Throughout the game you’ll see big bodies pushing and shoving, and that’s what former Tennessee Titan Eugene Amano, a full blooded 300 pound Philippine-born lineman used to do.

Offensive linemen try to block defensive players from tackling their teammates.

These synchronized jobs by the 11 offensive players will keep executing their plays until they can reach the end zone where a touchdown is worth six points. The offense can get additional points with a post touchdown field goal kick or a shorter touchdown.

The defense’s goal is to stop them by any means necessary, trying to get the offense to give up the ball through a punt kick or by forcing a fumble or interception. Retired FilAm Super Bowl Champion Tedy Bruschi made a name for himself as a defensive star who managed to score touchdowns by taking the opponents ball away.

If the offense runs out of chances but is close enough to the goal posts, they can try to kick it into the uprights worth three points.

If the defense is successful and can force a punt, they have a chance to return the punt as close to the end zone as they can, another aspect that Baldwin excels in.

Every time someone scores, the ball is exchanged through a kick-off and the hard hits and action continue for 60 minutes.

The game only continues to get more complicated with strategy, formations, and rules that continue to evolve during the course of time.

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  • Kikay Pang0
    1 February 2014 at 4:46 am - Reply

    I’m glad 4tyNiners got kicked by Seattle and the Seahawks will choke at the end.

  • noz
    2 February 2014 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    H O O R A Y !!!!!!!!!!!! to the underdog, SEATLE SEAHAWK’S first time Champion of the Super Bowl XLVIII, you all did prove one thing as an underdog, by nearly murdering the Broncos, kind of weird to lose, since its the year of the Horse or the Wooden Horse, kind of dead. The Manning brothers are likable, Peyton, already won Super Bowl XLI, and was also the MVP. 1/4 Pinoy, Doug Baldwin number 89 – Wide Receiver, surely did his historic Super Bowl touchdown, the dream of a football player, many have retired after decade seasons of playing as pro NFL, but have not accomplished the dream, what Doug Baldwin have accomplished a SUPER BOWL TOUCHDOWN, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jessie
    2 February 2014 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Honestly, I don’t watch football games and this is the real American sport. I watched the beginning and ending part only. If you don’t watch super bowl, NSA and the Obama agents, will put you in their computer memory bank for being anti-American. At least NSA who monitored and spied on every residence in US is happy about me. Congrats Seahawks…