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Old 2010-06-15, 21:15   #12
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edit: If I say 'football' I always mean 'soccer'.
What is the game the Green Bay Packers play?
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Old 2010-06-15, 21:25   #13
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We need a smilie for 'that just went straight over my head'.
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Old 2010-06-16, 01:58   #14
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We need a smilie for 'that just went straight over my head'.
I'll rephrase: What will the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos play at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 31st October 2010?
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Old 2010-06-16, 06:57   #15
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What is the game the Green Bay Packers play?
American football. :-)

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I'll rephrase: What will the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos play at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 31st October 2010?
Same answer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_football). The adjective "sloppy" may be applied in post-game commentary (http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Not+al.....-a0170401953).

I was in London just before the first NFL exhibition game there in August 1983. In local pre-game commentary and publicity, it was always called "American football" -- never, ever just "football".

There's also the more generic term: gridiron football (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gridiron_football).

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Old 2010-06-16, 10:11   #16
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In Posts 1 and 2 I learned "soccer" comes from Oxbridge "-er" slang for Association Football to distinguish it from Rugby Football. What would the term be for the game played in America by the National Football League? Perhaps "natters"? It seems fair to me that people annoyed by the American usage of "soccer" retaliate by using the term "natters".

Based on Cheeseheads post, perhaps "griders" would be also work. But "natters" is funnier.

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Old 2010-06-16, 11:02   #17
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Context is everything.
e.g. "We have a whole new ball game".

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Old 2010-06-16, 11:09   #18
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i dont think so england win this world cup. Brazil is strong partner of this
world cup. i hope Brazil win this cup.
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Old 2010-06-16, 11:42   #19
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In Rugger (be it Union or League) it is called a "try", and
the grounding of the ball is critical and subject to many
action replays and much scrutiny.

Why do you Yanks say "touchdown" when the guy makes
no attempt to do so?

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Old 2010-06-16, 20:54   #20
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And now a couple of Dutch women arrested and charged for wearing the national colours to the soccer. This is getting silly.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/africa/10331583.stm
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Old 2010-06-17, 00:06   #21
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And now a couple of Dutch women arrested and charged for wearing the national colours to the soccer. This is getting silly.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/africa/10331583.stm
Sad times we live in, when mini-skirted young lovelies get booted to protect the interests of well-heeled "official beer sponsors". Hello ... they were wearing orange dresses ... orange is the Dutch national color ... get it?

Next thing you know, they'll be arresting scantily-clad Brazilian-fan lovelies for "impersonating scantily-clad Anheuser-Busch/InBev marketing models in order to sow confusion and terror amongst Budweiser drinkers." And the sad thing is, the "Budweiser" in question won't even be the real Budweiser, it'll be the pale yellow name-ripped-off American pretend version of the real thing.

In other World Cup news, a funny thing happened to the Spanish armada today...
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Why do you Yanks say "touchdown" when the guy makes no attempt to do so?
Because when the term was introduced in 1876, it did indeed involve a touching of the ball to the surface, but:
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In 1889, the provision requiring the ball to actually be touched to the ground was removed.
See? It's just that simple to eliminate all those replays and scrutiny. :-)

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