It’s Super Bowl week – the official build up to one of the biggest sporting events on the US calendar. The Super Bowl is the grand final of the National Football League in the United States, seeing the two conference champions battle it out for the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.
I am a keen fan of American football, having followed the LA/Oakland Raiders since 1983. Watching a recent game ‘with’ my partner, I was despairing at the futility of trying to get her to understand the game when she suddenly fell into fits of laughter. A referee had solemnly announced that “Number 53” had been deemed guilty of “unnecessary roughness” in a game that, as far as she could tell, involved large men running into each other quite a lot, whilst wearing crash protection.
As a result of the ensuing ‘debate’, and to help celebrate Super Bowl week, we have put an Unnecessary Rough Guide together to explain some of the more bizarre or amusing (as deemed by Jo) language that is commonly used to describe the game of football.
To read our Unnecessary Rough Guide to the Language of American Football or to get access to some of our other language materials, just visit our free language resources page.