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    (Original post by BenLynch9)
    For 364 days a year no one outside of the US really gives a damn about NFL, but come Super Bowl sunday everyone's a massive fan (and mysteriously has always been a fan of whoevers in a final).
    Now I think, NFL is just plane awful, so stop start and over commercialised. I try to watch it but just give up after the tenth break in as many minutes.
    The only thing I think is excellent is the build up and the shear enthusiasm for it, gotta give credit for that.
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    Load of ****ing ****. We've got Football, Tennis, Rugby, Cricket, Snooker. Who needs ****ty Basketball & America Football! :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by SMEGGGY)
    Load of ****ing ****. We've got Football, Tennis, Rugby, Cricket, Snooker. Who needs ****ty Basketball & America Football! :rolleyes:
    Basketball and American Football are an awful lot better than snooker, how it's classified as sport is beyond me it's a pub game. Also do we have tennis? There aren't any good english tennis players
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    I just like watching the halftime show and the adverts
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    Simply the influence of american culture on our own, holywood makes most of the films we watch, a good portion of the tv we watch is american made, so why is it surprising we are starting to enjoy their sport.
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    It's 'Handegg' not 'football'

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    My boyfriend watches it and seems to enjoy it. Then again, he watches other NFL games too. Unfortunately for me.. possibly the least engaging sport I could think of watching.

    Apart from maybe snooker. Which he loves as well.
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    I've never come across a fellow British person who cares about the Super Bowl in any way, shape or form.

    As far as I'm concerned, American football is a wimpyer, poorer version of Rugby which is just a better and more entertaining sport.

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    Basketball and American Football are an awful lot better than snooker, how it's classified as sport is beyond me it's a pub game. Also do we have tennis? There aren't any good english tennis players
    Ever heard of Andy Murray? Or Heather Watson? Both are very good tennis players that play for Great Britain (and yes, I realise that Murray is Scottish, but he played for Britain, so...)
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    (Original post by aoxa)
    I've never come across a fellow British person who cares about the Super Bowl in any way, shape or form.

    As far as I'm concerned, American football is a wimpyer, poorer version of Rugby which is just a better and more entertaining sport.



    Ever heard of Andy Murray? Or Heather Watson? Both are very good tennis players that play for Great Britain (and yes, I realise that Murray is Scottish, but he played for Britain, so...)
    Well I specifically said English for a reason. Yeah Heather Watson is great, all those grand slam wins and ranked so highly.

    There's so much less skill involved in rugby, they literally throw a ball a long a line until they almost inevitably get hit. To call American Football wimpy is ridiculous; American football players are generally bigger and the ones who hit others are usually there simply to do that so the hits are much bigger. Rugby also has stricter rules on how you're allowed to tackle people. All you have to do is watch a video of the biggest hits and then imagine taking that without any pads from a person that big
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    Care? No.

    Bemused by the spectacle? Yes.
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    Yes lots of people watch it who normally have no interest in American Football. Our SU bar always did a Superbowl night and it was always packed. I watch the NFL weekly and all my friends want to watch the Superbowl together despite normally not watching the sport.

    People enjoy the spectacle and making a night of it. It's not exactly new for people to watch major sporting events that they usually have no interest in, anyway. Lots of people watch the CL final and no other CL games. Same with the World Cup final. Even the final of Wimbledon gets a large viewing in the UK from people who normally watch no tennis.
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    Same reason as why non football fans will watch the world cup and non f1 fans will watch the British GP.

    Personally I'm disappointed the packers aren't there. To throw away that lead in the NFC championship game after managing to hold on against the poor cowboys..

    Going to see jaguars at Wembley again thus October.
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    (Original post by Wade-)
    Well I specifically said English for a reason. Yeah Heather Watson is great, all those grand slam wins and ranked so highly.

    There's so much less skill involved in rugby, they literally throw a ball a long a line until they almost inevitably get hit. To call American Football wimpy is ridiculous; American football players are generally bigger and the ones who hit others are usually there simply to do that so the hits are much bigger. Rugby also has stricter rules on how you're allowed to tackle people. All you have to do is watch a video of the biggest hits and then imagine taking that without any pads from a person that big
    The "tackling" in american football is just stupid and awful, why on earth do they always go high and just collide into their opponent? Go for the legs and one, you're more likely to be successful and two, you're less likely to get hurt.
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    (Original post by BenLynch9)
    The "tackling" in american football is just stupid and awful, why on earth do they always go high and just collide into their opponent? Go for the legs and one, you're more likely to be successful and two, you're less likely to get hurt.
    Well it's more dramatic and entertaining to try and take someone's head off. I would also imagine there's method to the madness, professional athletes wouldn't be told to do something that's not effective


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    Hipsters, mostly.

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    People criticise it for the padding the players wear... if you actually sat down and properly watched an NFL game, you'd see why the pads and helmets are necessary, these players are no girls, they're all huge guys and players will get hit a lot harder in the NFL than in a rugby game.
    They hit as hard as they do at least partly because they wear padding. They also headbutt each other for that reason. That's also why they very often get long-term brain damage and always lose 15 years off their life expectancy (that's the figure I remember, it's definitely somewhere around there).
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    (Original post by Simes)
    I have never in real life (i.e. not on telly) heard anyone ever talk about whatever it is you are writing about. Is this SuperBowl thing their version of rugby, or their version of rounders?
    I thought it was just some netball tournament.
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    The closest to following it is refreshing /r/movies for when they release a new trailer. I don't know why anyone here gives a ****. It's like a weird craze. It's like when people who did black friday, why did they go and why did they act like they do in the US? I think the rabble made me hate it even more.

    But yeah, if there was an international competition I'd care, but I don't. I bet most people don't even know the teams. From what I've played of American Football (on Xbox) it was constant stop start stop start compared to Football.
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    (Original post by Wade-)
    Basketball and American Football are an awful lot better than snooker, how it's classified as sport is beyond me it's a pub game. Also do we have tennis? There aren't any good english tennis players
    Tbh there's like four good tennis players, Federer, Murray, Nedal and Djokovic and every year 'number one' goes to either of these on rotation. No-one has heard of anyone else other than that English guy who won Wimbledon years ago.
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    I got really into the NFL about 10 years ago, then lost interest because it seemed impossible to watch in the UK, without paying for NASN.

    Realistically, it's just an excuse to stay up and have a party, nothing more, nothing less. Not to mention the NFL is all over American TV programmes, like Family Guy and so on, so you're bound to get a few people jumping on the bandwagon.


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    (Original post by BenLynch9)
    For 364 days a year no one outside of the US really gives a damn about NFL, but come Super Bowl sunday everyone's a massive fan (and mysteriously has always been a fan of whoevers in a final).
    Now I think, NFL is just plane awful, so stop start and over commercialised. I try to watch it but just give up after the tenth break in as many minutes.
    The only thing I think is excellent is the build up and the shear enthusiasm for it, gotta give credit for that.
    Thoughts?
    Errrm, we don't.....................

    Who's this everyone?

    Im guessing you're american- because everyone else in the world watches REAL football (what you guys call soccer) and doesnt understand or care about american football. All i know is its a bit like rugby, but our rugby players dont wear massive shoulder/knee protectors- they just take it like men...............

    If you dont like it, dont watch it- we dont bother here- its on sky sports but i have never heard anyone talk about it.
 
 
 
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