Time to talk smack to your friends and get the old pigskin out, because November 5 is American Football Day! Sure, they could have just called it Football Day, but if we want the rest of the world to join in on the festivities, we need to be more specific.
American Football Day celebrates the U.S.A’s most popular sport and reminds us all that it’s mid-season and we should probably check ‘n strategize to beat our buddies on our fantasy teams. So…how will you be celebrating this great American pastime?
IDEAS FOR CELEBRATING ‘N MAKING SOME GOOD MEMORIES
THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL DAY
Rugby and soccer both paved the way for American football in the late 1800s. Yale grad Walter Camp gets the credit for pushing innovative rule changes including the line of scrimmage, down-and-distance rules (i.e. “1st and 10”), and the legalization of blocking. Later, coaches like Knute Rockne and Amos Alonzo Stagg capitalized on the new “forward pass” play. College football took off well before the pro version in the early 1900s as Bowl games attracted a national audience for college teams. (erhm…go dawgs!) The NCAA version remains immensely popular today — with media coverage easily rivaling that of the NFL.
The pre-NFL American Professional Football Association began in 1920. Things took off quickly on the pro side. The NFL had grown to 25 teams by the mid 20s, and although the rival AFL folded after one season, it marked a growing interest in the game. Several college stars joined the NFL, most notably the University of Illinois’ Red Grange.
More teams entered the league during the 1950s and the 1958 NFL Championship Game, known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” changed everything. The Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants, meeting at Yankee Stadium, played the first “sudden death” overtime game in NFL history. Tied after 60 minutes of play, it became the first NFL game to go into sudden death overtime. The final score was Colts 23, Giants 17. The game has since become widely known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played”. Many believe this set the stage for America’s current NFL addiction.
Today there are 32 NFL teams split evenly between the NFC and the AFC. For nearly 100 years, football has been part of the fabric of America, unifying communities and bringing fans together to support their favorite teams and players. That's why it’s so important to us! It brings us all together. Time with friends, family, making NEW friendships, starting unique traditions…etc! This shiiii**s important!
WHY WE LOVE AMERICAN FOOTBALL DAY
It’s a game of strategy - People who are not fans of the sport like to paint the game as simple minded and barbaric, but they clearly have no idea how much strategy is involved in making a winning team. You can have as many star players on your team as you can afford, but without the brains to back it up, you’ll be eating dirt.
It brings people together - In America, the three of the biggest holidays that bring family and friends together are: the opening day of deer season…jkjkjk excuse us,Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Super Bowl Sunday. Even people who never watch a single regular-season game will head on over to a neighbor’s house to watch the Super Bowl and have a wing or two with some of the best hot sauce ever created, Major Merritts SAUSSEEE! But seriously though, even Super Bowl commercials are now an event.
It’s a true team sport - There are a few sports out there (we’re not naming names, but we’re looking at you basketball) where one star player can really define a whole team. Football is a sport which relies heavily on a team working together. Each play is designed with a desired outcome in mind and if one player is sleeping at the wheel, the whole plan falls apart. This is one reason why football is such a popular sport. It requires unity to achieve a desired goal (or in this case, touchdown).
So, if you haven't celebrated American football Day, here’s YOUR SIGN to start a worthy ‘n new tradition!!!