Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s Super Bowl!
No kryptonite will stop arguably the world’s greatest sporting event happening in a city once ravaged by hurricane Katrina, New Orleans.
Brothers are coaching both teams- San Francisco 49’ers and the Baltimore Ravens, so who their parents are going for, is as up in the air as who shot JFK, how did Big Brother ever get on TV or why is sliced bread the greatest invention.
Bourbon St will be a buzz but it won’t be with New Orleans fans, as in keeping with tradition, the host city won’t be playing in this spectacular which will be watched by a mere 111 million people.
Melbourne cup might stop Australia but only the die NFL hard fans will be drinking touch down bombs (mandarin vodka and red bull) at 10.30am on Monday morning, to celebrate San Francisco’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick or Baltimore’s Ray Rice scampering into the end zone, which we have seen our own Cameron Smith do many times over the years, in the NRL.
The game will feature more stoppages than a Qantas flight and more ads than you find on the Gruen Transfer, but it won’t deter many as the boys from the tram capital of the world try and stop the fairy tale finish of the Raven’s legendary Ray Lewis.
Of the 90 players competing only 45 will take home a coveted Super Bowl ring with their padding, helmets and concussion.
How does this game work? Think Usain Bolt at top speed running into men twice the size and with twice the strength of Paul Gallen.
Balls will be thrown as far as a Joey John’s kick and the entertainment will go for as long as the game actually takes-in real time.
The hits will be bigger than anything Simon Cowell or One Direction could produce.
Brace yourself New Orleans a new hurricane is on the way. Super Bowl 47- San Francisco v Baltimore.
DATE: Monday February 4th, 2013.
TIME: 10.30am (AEST)
Here are the rules of the game as well:
Games are divided into four, 15 minute quarters. At the end of the first and third quarters, the team with the ball retains possession heading into the following quarter. That is not the case before halftime. The second half starts with a kickoff in the same way as Rugby League or Union.
HOW IT WORKS
Each team essentially has 4 tackles to try and make 10 yards (just over 9m).
If a team manages 10 yards (or longer) they are then given the opportunity to try and make another 10 yards within 4 tackles. In NFL terms it is called a down rather than a tackle. Eg/ if it is 2nd and 8, this means that the offensive team is on its 2nd tackle and they still need to make a further 8 yards to reach 10 yards and receive their next set of 4 downs (tackles).
On the 4th down, if the offensive team is too far away to kick a field goal, they will kick the ball for field position, like in League on the 5th tackle.
The main difference between Australian codes of football and NFL is, that after the ball is kicked, the kicking team isn’t allowed to re-gather the ball.
Play begins at what is called the line of scrimmage. The offensive team is allowed to only throw the ball forward, once, behind this line of scrimmage. However each team may pass the ball backwards as many times as they like (which is termed ‘a lateral’).
A player is tackled when one or both of his knees touch the ground. The play is then over (even if the ball comes loose).
A touchdown (which is the same as a try) is worth 6 points. To score a touchdown if you are running towards the goal line, the ball simply needs to cross the goal line (it doesn’t have to be grounded over the goal line). If someone is catching the ball in the ‘end zone’ (in goal area), the person catching the ball needs to have two feet in bounds at some point in time.
After a touch down is scored, the offensive team tries to convert the touch down which is worth one point. This kicking conversion attempt is taken from directly in front of the goal posts.
Teams can also attempt a 2 point conversion, which is where they will try and score a touchdown again, from the opponent’s 2 yard line.
Like in Rugby, field goals are worth 3 points and can be attempted from any position on the field.
In order to win the game, the team who wins the coin toss must score a touchdown on their first possession.
If they only score a field goal, the opposing team then gets a chance to score. If they kick a field goal, the game continues. If they score a touchdown, the game ends.
If the game is tied after both teams have had a possession, then the next score wins.