Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Introduction to Sports Widow's Guide

[ Football 101 for Beginners ]

    A few years ago, I was at a local store, waiting in the checkout line, on Super Bowl Sunday.  I was probably picking up some last-minute snacks for the game.  Behind me in the line was a young lady, who was quite noticeably excited about something.  I asked her if she was going to watch the Super Bowl, to which she enthusiastically replied, “Yes!”  Her answer to my next question would provide the basis for this book.
     I asked her, “Which quarterback do you like best?”   She paused, then asked me, “Umm-- what’s a quarterback?” and then apologized or offered an excuse for not knowing.

     This portrays an error that we oftentimes make when dealing with others: we assume people’s knowledge or familiarity of something that we ourselves accept and take for granted.  This girl was obviously excited about spending the afternoon with her friends, watching a football game, but having no earthly idea of what it was really all about.

    Some may desire to just stay in the background, and remain clueless or ignorant of the details of this game.  However, for those that do wish to increase their awareness, this book will attempt to answer some basic questions about the game and help those that live with “sports nuts” to blend in, rather than stick out, and maybe actually enjoy the experience more.

Chapter 1 : Introduction : Why ?
Chapter 2 : The Basics of the Game
Chapter 3 : The Rules of the Game
Chapter 4 : Offensive Football
Chapter 5 : Defensive Football
Chapter 6 : The Special Teams
Chapter 7 :  History & Heroes of the Game
Chapter 8 :  Terms, Trivia & Tidbits
Chapter 9 :  Questions & Answers
Chapter 10 : What Now ?

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