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  1. #1
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    Sports Tutorial

    Many of you have been gracious enough to share your vast
    knowledge of computers with me, a subject I feel I have small
    knowledge about. I wanted to share something some of you
    might not know about, so a decided to write this tutorial on
    American football.
    Maybe you have heard people at work or school talking about
    sports and felt left out or wondering how people could waste their
    time watching and memorizing such petty facts and names of greedy
    millionaires. While this tutorial may not be able to help you
    understand these people, it will try to help you interact with them

    Part I.

    There are 32 teams in NFL. I will not list them, but if you
    want to know more go to
    This site is full of fluff but has important basic information.

    First you must know the most important positions of football.
    Offensive and Defensive Line can each be broken down further, but
    in order to keep this simple this tutorial will see them as one.

    1. Quarterback. Without a competant leader, your chances of
    winning are reduced greatly. The exception is 2000 Ravens.
    2. Running Back. Must be able to withstand the pounding and
    catch the ball. Pass blocking is becoming more of a necessity.
    3. Wide Reciever. Catches the ball from Quarterback and provides
    blocking for running back on the outside.
    4. Tight End. Blocks and catches passes.
    5. Offensive Line. Main blocking for offense.
    6. Defensive Line. Attempts to control line of scrimmage.
    7. Linebacker. Main tacklers of running backs.
    8. Cornerback. In charge of covering wide reciever.
    9. Safetys. Provide help for corners and linebackers. Last
    line of defense.

    Here is the basic offense that most teams run.

    x x x x x x x x

    I shall use numbers above to show where players (11 on each side)
    line up.

    3 5 5 5 5 5 4 3

    Now for the basic defense.
    x x

    x x x x x
    x x x x

    Again, numbers indicate which position lines up where.

    9 9

    8 7 7 7 8
    6 6 6 6

    Now the above diagrams may not help you with conversations with fans,
    but it lays the foundation for beginners.

    Part II.

    In order to interact with sports addicts, you will need to know a few
    player names. Most fans actually lack quite a bit of intelligence and
    only care about offense, so most of the names will be directed there.


    Brett Favre - pronounced "Farve" - leader of Packers, won Super Bowl in '96
    Tom Brady - led Patriots to Super Bowl after starter got a punctured lung
    Kurt Warner - came out of nowhere to lead Rams to SB in '99

    Running Backs.

    Marshall Faulk - best running back in NFL, plays for Rams
    Fred Taylor - could be best if he wasn't always injured - Jaguars
    Terrell Davis - I mention him because he used to be the best until
    tearing his knee. He has been injured constantly for four straight
    seasons - Broncos

    Wide Receivers.

    Randy Moss - best talent in NFL, wasted on ego and not working hard - Vikings
    Terrell Owens - Won't shut his mouth, but overachieved to surpass Moss -49ers
    Keyshawn Johnson - also won't shut his mouth. Wrote a scathing book
    about his team before being banished to Tampa Bay

    Notable Defensive Players.

    Ray Lewis - Linebacker - Ravens -best defensive player, sold out his
    friends who stabbed a man to death
    Ty Law - Cornerback - Patriots - had a good SB, so office workers may
    be talking about him
    Michael Strahan - Defensive Lineman - Giants -set NFL season sack record

    Part III.

    Hopefully, this tutorial shed some light on football and helped you
    understand a little bit about the sport.

    Football can be complex and this was very basic so if you would like to
    learn more about the game or just need general smut on players to impress
    coworkers feel free to contact me at

  2. #2
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    Sep 2001

    no offensce but this is not the place for that kind of tutorial. I am happy u r making an effort!

    Anywho; nice of you to post

  3. #3
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    Oct 2001
    And while we're at it.

    Notable secondary:

    Brian Dawkins
    Why am I still here?

  4. #4
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    Oct 2001
    Well, I did post it in general chit chat which has way worse things than this.
    My brother is an Eagle fan and I would have to agree with you.

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