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#43109 - 10/31/01 12:15 AM Re: a slight digression
Oh dear, and beak it sounded so evocative of something or other, too. I thought it might be when one of the players hurls himself face down on the ball in American football to score a try? a goal? whatever they do score in American football anyway.
#43110 - 10/31/01 10:00 AM scoring in football
I think that you are thinking of a "touchdown," Bingley.
When a team carries the ball (or catches it and retains possession in) the opponent's endzone, the team scores a touchdown, which is worth 6 points.
Other ways to score in football:
Point after touchdown: Upon scoring a touchdown, a team has an opportunity to kick the ball through the upright goalposts. If it does so, it gets another point.
Two-point conversion: Upon scoring a touchdown, a team may, instead of kicking the point after, attempt in a single play to again penetrate the endzone with the ball. If it does so, it gets two more points.
Field goal: a team may, when it has possession of the ball during regular play, attempt to kick the ball through the goalposts. If it does so, it gets three points.
Safety: if a team traps the other team in its own endzone with the ball, the trapping team scores two points.
For more football terms, and more precise definitions, see
#43111 - 10/31/01 02:28 PM Re: scoring in football
quiz, Sparteye (to which I'm not certain my answer is correct): is it possible for a football game to end with a score of 1-0, and if so, how?
#43112 - 10/31/01 11:27 PM Re: scoring in football
>a score of 1-0
And would you read that as "one nil"?
#43113 - 11/01/01 06:40 AM Re: a slight digression
Apparently the Canadian Football League (CFL) has slightly different rules about numbers of downs and scoring which some say make the game more exciting than the American version. I'm not much into football so I'm not sure, but my national pride urged me to post this bit of info anyway. The very little football I have watched was CFL football, during the Grey Cup (our finals, equivalent to the US Superbowl but played a good two months earlier, and often in the snow). Any Canadian football fans on the board want to expand on that? (Rouspeteur/BelM/plutarch?)
#43114 - 11/01/01 07:54 AM Re: scoring in football
Funny you should mention that, Kieva, since I amost remarked in my prior post that a score of "one" is the only mathematically impossible score in football.
And we would pronounce that score "one-zero" or "one-oh" or "one-nothing," Bingley, but never "one-nil."
#43115 - 11/01/01 08:02 AM Canadian football
The major differences between American and Canadian (ha! go ahead, everybody, fight about that terminology!) are: (1) the dimensions of the playing field, the Canadian field being larger; (2) the number of players, 11 in American, 12 in Canadian; (3) three downs to advance 10 yards in Canadian, but four downs in American; (4) in Canadian, a team can score one point for a rouge, awarded to a kicking or punting team if an opposing player is trapped in the end zone on a return play.
For more details, see http://www.cuug.ab.ca/~leblancj/stampeders/compare.html
#43116 - 11/01/01 09:15 AM Re: slight digression ...
Sounds like a sports thread takeover to me and some people complain about food, mutter, mutter ... How about looking in "Loanwords from German"
#43117 - 11/01/01 12:44 PM Re: scoring in football
sparteye, I believe vaguely that in some high school leagues, at least, if one team fails to show up the forfieted game is scored as 1-0 -- which can be important for league "tie-breakers" at season end.
#43118 - 11/01/01 01:27 PM Re: scoring in football
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