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 Post subject: Football: 11 Minutes Of Action
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:48 pm 
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Football fans everywhere are preparing to settle in for the NFL's biggest and most electric weekend of the season—a four-game playoff marathon that will swallow up at least 12 hours of broadcast time over two days.

But here's something even dedicated students of the game may not fully appreciate: There's very little actual football in a football game.

According to a Wall Street Journal study of four recent broadcasts, and similar estimates by researchers, the average amount of time the ball is in play on the field during an NFL game is about 11 minutes.

In other words, if you tally up everything that happens between the time the ball is snapped and the play is whistled dead by the officials, there's barely enough time to prepare a hard-boiled egg. In fact, the average telecast devotes 56% more time to showing replays.



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And yet, those 11 minutes of action require a lifetime of preparation.


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We always tell kids they need to play hard for 3 to 5 seconds at time but be thinking hard for 3 straight hours.

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During the OT in the Saints-Vikings game, when they challenged three straight plays, I kept saying, "And people hate baseball!" Football has always been secertly insssssssssanely slow. But they just do it once a week so I guess it's okay.

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Football and baseball can be pretty slow but to me there is nothing worse than the final minutes of a close basketball game...timeout,foul,free throws,foul,timeout,free throws and another timeout and on and on it goes one minute in the game translates to at least 20 minutes.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:14 pm 
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Boricua21 wrote:
Football and baseball can be pretty slow but to me there is nothing worse than the final minutes of a close basketball game...timeout,foul,free throws,foul,timeout,free throws and another timeout and on and on it goes one minute in the game translates to at least 20 minutes.


Totally agree. Basketball is the only sport where the end of the game is manipulated and changed from the normal flow of the game. Obviously, you have no choice if you are losing to do that but it just stinks watching it, because it is soooo drawn out.


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Boricua21 wrote:
Football and baseball can be pretty slow but to me there is nothing worse than the final minutes of a close basketball game...timeout,foul,free throws,foul,timeout,free throws and another timeout and on and on it goes one minute in the game translates to at least 20 minutes.


Totally agree. Basketball is the only sport where the end of the game is manipulated and changed from the normal flow of the game. Obviously, you have no choice if you are losing to do that but it just stinks watching it, because it is soooo drawn out.


I actually disagree. I love seeing a guy knock down clutch free throws to ice a game. True badassery.

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TrueBlue15 wrote:
Boricua21 wrote:
Football and baseball can be pretty slow but to me there is nothing worse than the final minutes of a close basketball game...timeout,foul,free throws,foul,timeout,free throws and another timeout and on and on it goes one minute in the game translates to at least 20 minutes.


Totally agree. Basketball is the only sport where the end of the game is manipulated and changed from the normal flow of the game. Obviously, you have no choice if you are losing to do that but it just stinks watching it, because it is soooo drawn out.


I actually disagree. I love seeing a guy knock down clutch free throws to ice a game. True badassery.


I don't know why, but this made me think of this:

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