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Sigh... context for the uninitiated: The Super Bowl.
Surely no-one but the most die-hard Patriot fans would begrudge the Eagles that win. They were tremendous. On paper the game should have been a walk in the park for the Patriots, but the underdogs came out fighting with such spirit and courage. That first TD, one of the best you’ll ever see, set the tone, and their relatively unknown QB Foley playing against the almost legendary Brady played the game of this life. A couple of close calls by the referees – which I am not expert enough to have an opinion on so can only bow to their greater knowledge (though no doubt many Patriot fans won’t) – helped, but all in all, as a relative neutral, I have to give the honours to the Eagles as deserved winners.
But it isn't.... even with all that "armour" there are serious concerns about the long term health effects in the game. Just about every contact they make would be not just illegal in rugby, but get you banned for life. Those guys are big and heavy, and they crash into each other hard.
The only resemblance to rugby is the shape of the ball.
That's the trouble with pre-judging things... they aren't always what you think they'll be. I don't actually watch American football as a rule, but the Super Bowl is different... everything about it turns it into something bigger than the sum of its parts, and last night's game was a classic. Really fast and exciting stuff. End to end action, and you never knew up until the final throw of the ball who would win.
Fair enough. But it mirrors the commonly held perception of the game over here, which doesn't do it justice. Much like how Americans view cricket, unless one is prepared to try and understand the game properly, it's probably best not to have an opinion of it.