NFL for rookies

5 December, 2012 at 20:16 (GMT)

By Steven Roy

Sidepodcast F1: Denver Broncos players during the pregame ceremony

Credit: Fort Carson / Creative Commons

Denver Broncos players during the pregame ceremony

A while back we live commented the Superbowl. Initially this was going to be a one off event but Sidepodcast being Sidepodcast it grew arms and legs and after live commenting one game a week for a season or two we now have a live commenting thread open all weekend where people can discuss whichever NFL game takes their interest. Now we are getting near the end of the regular season we tend to be keeping an eye on the games we are not watching as well as those we are to see how they affect the play off positions.

When Channel 4 first introduced the NFL to the UK in the early 80s they did everything they could to make the game easy to understand. For the first two seasons they provided a special commentary track that explained the game to people who had never seen it before. From the start of the third season the American commentary was used and has been ever since regardless which channel was showing the game. Of course the disadvantage of this is that anyone who has come to the game since then has had to try to understand the game without the benefit of a beginner's guide.

This Sunday at 5:45pm Sky are doing a show for rookies. As well as a pre-game show explaining the game to newbies they plan to provide a commentary like we used to get at least in the early part of the game. This is the ideal chance for anyone who thinks they could get interested in the game, but who could never understand it before, to learn what it is all about. Of course they are really just copying Sidepodcast. Who can forget the badgers and mascara guide published before the 2011 Superbowl?

Commentors on Sidepodcast will have the advantage of being able to get their questions answered in the comments if there is something that the pre-show or TV commentary does not explain clearly. Any time there is a game on there is always someone around to discuss it with. Obviously not everyone has Sky but there are normally streams of their coverage available.

So if you have ever thought you could be able to get into the game or you could never figure out what was going on this is the ideal opportunity to find out what it is all about.

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