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ERIC Number: EJ923469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Football: Action on the Gridiron
McIntosh, Phyllis
English Teaching Forum, v48 n4 p30-40 2010
On any fall weekend across the United States, football reigns as the nation's favorite sport. Thousands of high school teams, the pride of communities from coast to coast, compete under the lights on Friday nights. Saturdays feature the tradition and pageantry of college football. Sundays belong to the 32 professional teams that play in the major metropolitan areas. A rough and tumble game of sometimes violent physical contact, American football is not for the faint of heart. Although it has roots in soccer and rugby, the sport as it is played today is purely American, having evolved through countless rule changes over the past 150 years. But football in the United States is more than a game. For legions of fans, it is a source of school pride, a social event, and an integral part of holiday celebrations. This article provides information on the history of football and describes the football fundamentals and some of the terms used in football. (Contains 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A