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NFL Football

Modern American football is a descendant of rugby, which came to the United States via Canada in the late 1800s. Professional football was first introduced in 1892, and the American Professional Football Association (APFA) was introduced in Canton, Ohio, in 1920.
In 1921 the organization changed its name to the National Football League, and popular early franchises included the Providence Steam Rollers, Framingham Lion Tamers, and the LaRue, Ohio Oolong Indians, which was a team comprising Native Americans.
Today, the NFL boasts 32 teams divided into two conferences - the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). Each conference is then further divided into four divisions -east, west, north and south. Each division includes four teams.
The NFL season lasts 17 weeks between the months of September and December, and during those 17 weeks each team plays a total of 16 games. At the end of this regular season, six teams from each conference a total of 12 have earned the right to play in the NFL playoffs. The playoffs are single elimination, and end with two teams - one from each conference - that play in the Super Bowl, which is the NFL championship.
It is evident that America supports its football teams, as spectators arrive in droves to watch their favorite teams compete. In fact, the NFL has the highest per-game attendance of all the United States professional sports leagues. Each game enjoys, on average, more than 60,000 spectators.

National Football League (NFL) Teams

AFC East Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins New England Patriots New York Jets AFC North Baltimore Ravens Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers AFC South Houston Texans Indianapolis Colts Jacksonville Jaguars Tennessee Titans AFC West Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Oaklands Raiders San Diego Chargers NFC East Dallas Cowboys New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles Washington Redskins NFC North Chicago Bears Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings NFC South Atlanta Falcons Carolina Panthers New Orleans Saints Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC West Arizona Cardinals San Francisco 49ers Seatttle Seahawks St. Louis Rams


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1. In 1910 football teams were penalized 15 yards for an incompleted forward pass.

2. The Green bay Packers were the first team to win the first two Super bowls, the years were 1967 and 1968. It too them 30 years to win the Super bowl again.

3. A football is 11 to 11 3/4 inches long and weighs 14 to 15 ounce.

4. In the old days footballs were made of pig skin.

5. The home team must provide the referee with 24 footballs for each national football league game.

6. Jim Brown led the NFL in rushing more times than any other running back in history. He led the league eight times from 1957 to 1965 in his spectacular career.

7. The Grey Cup, awarded to the champion of the Canadian Football League, was introduced in 1909.

8. Emmitt Smith ran for more than 18,000 yards in his 15-year career, more than any other player in history. After his retirement, he went on to win the third Dancing with the Stars competition.

9. Beattie Feathers was the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He did it in 1934 with the Chicago Bears.

10. Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, who first came up with the name "Super Bowl" in 1966, was inspired by the Super Ball, an extremely bouncy rubber toy that was his children's favorite plaything at the time.

11. More than 30,000 tickets to the first Super Bowl went unsold, meaning the game was played before a stadium that was almost half empty.

12. Americans eat more food on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year except Thanksgiving

13. Janet Jackson's nudity-revealing "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show led to "Janet Jackson" becoming the most-Googled internet search term of all time

14. There are fewer weddings in the United States on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year.

15. Steve Young, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is the great-great-grandson of Mormon leader Brigham Young.

16. The 1990 New York Yankee pitching staff set an all-time record with the fewest complete games, three. Rick and Paul Reuschel of the 1975 Chicago Cubs combine to pitch a shutout, the first time brothers do this.

17. Green Bay Packers backup quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck, has been struck by lightning twice in his life.

18. Five NFL teams have bird nicknames: Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks.

19. The "huddle" in football was formed due a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him.

20. The highest consumption of Pizza occurs during Super Bowl week.

21. For the 2000 Super Bowl, about a third of the TV commercial spots were purchased by dot-com companies.

22. Soldier Field in Chicago is the oldest stadium still in use in the NFL.

23. Joe Namath signed a $400,000 contract with the New York Jets in January 1965, becoming the richest rookie in pro football.


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GREAT MOMENT: The Catch

The Catch was the winning touchdown reception from Joe Montana to Dwight Clark in the January 10, 1982 NFC Championship American football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. The Catch is widely regarded as one of the most memorable events in NFL history. Montana threw a high pass to the back of the end zone. 49ers receiver Dwight Clark made a leaping grab with his fingertips from the back of the end zone for the winning touchdown with 51 seconds left in the game.

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How the NFL Football Got Its Shape

Every coach of American-style football preaches it, but few players learn: If there is a fumble and the ball is loose on the field, don't try to pick it up! Just fall on it. Instead, players envision a flash of glory in the end zone, reach down to scoop up their prize, only to be fooled by a strange bounce of the ball just out of their reach.

It's almost like the creators of American football imagined this very scenario and designed the ball' shape to frustrate these over-confident players. The truth is that the American football's unique contour is an evolution of history more than design.

Technically shaped, at least roughly, as a prolate spheroid, the football's nickname of pigskin explains a lot of its history. In the early days, before Charles Goodyear made better use of rubber, balls for early rugby, then football games were made from inflated pig bladders. They were relatively round, durable and in plentiful supply. Later versions covered them in a leather skin, stitched together by laces. Those laces are still on today's balls, even though they're not needed for closure. Players use the laces to better grip the ball.

It's almost like the creators of American football imagined this very scenario and designed the ball's shape to frustrate these over-confident players. The truth is that the American football's unique contour is an evolution of history more than design.

Technically shaped, at least roughly, as a prolate spheroid, the football's nickname of pigskin explains a lot of its history. In the early days, before Charles Goodyear made better use of rubber, balls for early rugby, then football games were made from inflated pig bladders. They were relatively round, durable and in plentiful supply. Later versions covered them in a leather skin, stitched together by laces. Those laces are still on today's balls, even though they're not needed for closure. Players use the laces to better grip the ball.

even when pigs were spared in favor of rubber versions in the late 1800s, the early versions were difficult to blow up manually. Their ultimate shape varied from game to game as the bladders were inflated. Moving into the new century, the quality control improved, but the watermelon shape was retained.

Over the years, as production methods matured, the ends of the ball became even more pronounced. With all leagues promoting the forward pass, being able to grip the ball with one hand, as well as throw a spiral pass, has ensured the current shape will be retained. [The First Forward Pass in Football]

Today, the ball size and shape have been standardized. For both NFL and NCAA balls, the dimensions are 11 to 11 1/2 inches along the long axis with a circumference around the middle of the ball at 28 to 28 1/2 inches and around the pointed ends of 20 3/4 to 21 1/4 inches, and weighing 14 to 15 ounces. A rubber bladder is surrounded by pebble-grained leather with the characteristic laces to provide better grip.

Footballs used in college and high schools have white lines painted on each end; high school balls have lines all the way around while college balls paint just the top half. These lines were added with the advent of night games to provide better visibility of the ball in flight when playing under the lights.

So, the football itself still has the ability to change a game. As the longtime college coach Lou Holtz said, "The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it."



NFL Cheerleaders

The history of NFL cheerleaders goes back to the 1960s when the Baltimore Colts (now the Indianapolis Colts) had formed their very own cheerleading squad. It was the first team to have an official cheerleading squad out of all the other NFL teams. A few other teams decided to have their own cheerleaders as well. NFL cheerleading was nothing like it is today but when the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders came around in their revealing outfits and dance routines, cheerleading became incredibly popular in sports entertainment.

The manager of the Dallas Cowboys knew that women could have an important role in promoting their team and their public image. He first tried to put some models out on the field for the audience. The models couldn't survive the heat during the games and turned out to be a failure in terms of entertaining the sports fans. Determined to make his idea work, the Dallas Cowboys manager thought of a brand new concept at the time. This concept was to bring athletic dancers to perform choreographed routines on the sidelines. He held auditions where women were selected for their dance skills, looks, and style. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders were formed and the squad took to the field their custom-made uniforms and dance routines. The sports fans loved this and the NFL cheerleaders skyrocketed with popularity at Super Bowl X where America's millions of people sitting at home saw a glimpse of these newborn stars on television.

With their complex dance routines and pretty looks, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders created the new image of NFL cheerleaders. More NFL teams decided to take on a cheerleading squad of their own in order to increase their team's exposure to the public and media. The latest NFL cheerleading squad to be formed was the "New York Flight Crew" (formed in 2007) who cheer for the New York Jets. With this spurt in popularity, the cheerleaders made guest appearances on television shows, paid events, charity events, and also overseas performances for the US military troops. The NFL cheerleaders contributed greatly to the public image of the NFL greatly as the media began to recognize their presence.

NFL cheerleaders were no longer just dancers on the field but also participated off the field to heighten the public image of the NFL teams. Though the stereotype of cheerleaders is that of a simple-minded, dancing girl, bear in mind that they are actually contributors to the community as well as sophisticated entertainers in the field of sports entertainment.


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