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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.
My only regret is that Brady didn't spend enough time sitting on his butt in the grass.
Philly defense almost didn't save the game. Fortubatly their offense player well above their ability!
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Neither team's defence had much to be proud of - the game was all about offense, and the final score reflects that. But the Eagle's offence was inspired, whereas the Patriot's forgot turn up til the second half... when they did start to play, we must all have thought "Uh oh - here we go again..." but whereas most teams in the past have crumbled at that point, the Eagles just kept on going. It really was great to watch - I've been watching the SB for years now, and that was the best by far.