Football 101

Hey Dolls! 
It is finally September and that means FOOTBALL is almost BACK! 
If you have been around here for a while, you already know that sports are kinda a big thing to us. To be in this household, you must be one thing: a New England Sports Fan. 
We John takes football very seriously around here down to the superstition level, really. I like it because of the yummy craft beers, the cute outfits, the ribbons and bows, and the food!

So, as previously stated, J is a football maniac and has been since he was three, maybe even before then. There are no "ifs", "ands", or "buts", about if we are going to watch the game or not. If the Pat's are on, we will be watching in full game attire. When we first started dating, I thought he was kidding..when I realized he was serious, I didn't fully grasp to what extent he was going but, I quickly learned. At first, I was irritated. I didn't get it and I didn't care. 

However, seeing the passion he had for this team changed my mind and I figured I could spare four hours on a Sunday to try and learn...when in doubt, fake it! 

Here is my "cheat sheet" of sorts for the fellow friends, girlfriends, fiancées, wives, whoever that just simply doesn't get it! 


Football is war. It is, essentially, a strategic game of Risk, where the 100 yards on the field are the battleground.

The offense (the team with the ball) makes their way up the field to score a touchdown. The defense must stop them…simple?….not quite.

The offense has four chances or downs to get the ball 10 yards. Once they get those 10 yards, they are given another set of downs. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get the 10.

So when you hear 2nd and 6 it means that the offense has 6 yards to go and they are on their second down. It gets a little more complex when you get to the 4th down. Yes, technically, this is your last chance to get your 10 yards and why not take it?

Because if you take it and miss, the opposing team then gets to start, from exactly the spot that you left off, only they are headed in the other direction…..much closer to the end zone. You could also use your 4th down to kick a field goal (see Scoring).

This is where strategy comes in, is it worth the risk to try for the 1st down? Or is it better to punt (which is like a mini-kickoff)?

When the offense makes it into the end zone (the other side of the field), It’s a touchdown which is worth 6 points. They then have the opportunity to score an extra point by a kick.

Field goal- 3 points. A field goal is made when the team has run out of downs and aren’t close enough to the end zone to go for a touchdown, but close enough that the kicker can kick through the goalposts

Safety - 2 points – This is when the quarterback is sacked in their own end zone.
Hold Up! What’s a sack?

A sack is when the quarterback (think Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers) is tackled before he is able to throw the ball. Sacks are a big deal. Quarterbacks have had their careers ended by properly timed sacks, remember the beginning of The Blind Side?

A turnover can happen one of two ways: a fumble, which is just what it sounds like, someone on the offense bumbling a pass or toss and it falling to the ground to be picked up by the opposing teams defense.

Or the ball can be intercepted, which is also, just what it sounds like, the ball is intercepted when the quarterback throws it to someone.

There are many intricacies to turnovers. Whether someone has been downed (tackled) or not. If it is a fumble vs. a dead ball. We’ll get to that in “advanced” football.

All in all, it is a lot to take it but, it is not that hard to grasp! Plus, if you have a cute guy with you, I am sure he will want to show off his knowledge and teach you a few things so, don't be afraid to ask!


  1. Good explanation! When I was 11, my best friend's mom explained football to me during super bowl 22. I've been a fan ever since..although baseball remains my first love. I married into a family of Saints fanatics, & for awhile, I didn't let them know how ferocious a fan I am. Then one night I just couldn't help myself. My father-in-law went home & told my MIL that I was one of them. Lol!

  2. I am SO excited for football season! I'm more of a college fan- Hail State!- but by this time of year, I'm so starved for it that I'll take whatever I can get.

  3. Thanks for sharing this. I always have to ask my boyfriend to help me understand what happened in a play lol

  4. So excited for football to be back but going to miss baseball!! I just love all sports. Happy Tuesday!

  5. What a great cheat sheet. I grew up watching football because of my Dad and Brother, but my husband loves watching too. Although his team isn't always on TV, he loves the Bears and we live in California, so we only get a few games a year, if that. I also nominated you for the Sisterhood of the blogging award, hope you check it out and answer the questions!

  6. I love football! Sometimes I think I am worse than a guy when it comes to watching it. This is great for those who don't know as much about football and as you said may have a significant other that is obsessed with it.

  7. Love this so much, and even more so that you're wearing Patriot's Jerseys. I'm a born and raised New Englander and I grew up with the Patriots and learning to love football with my dad. I actually had to teach my husband about football (he never was into it) and now he loves it, too.

    xo, Chelsie @ Life with Rosie

  8. Haha this is so much fun! Bring on the football, the beer, the fun jerseys, and all of the food :-D

  9. I like football for the same reasons you do- food, beer, and clothes! I could have used this Sunday night... I participated in my first fantasy draft and was SO lost!

  10. Football is a must in our house hold! I'm sure many people who don't know football lingo really appreciate it. I will be hosting a link up tomorrow that is all about football, this post would be perfect! you should definitely link up :)

  11. I grew up in Texas, living and breathing football. I get so excited for the season each year! We love college around here and are counting down the minutes until kickoff on Saturday!


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