American Football Vs. Australian Rules Football Vs. Rugby

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by superstring01, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. superstring01 Moderator

    American / Canadian Football Yeah, there are difference between the two country's rules, but the game is basically the same.

    Australian Rules Football What's with the guys in the nifty top-hats that just seem to stick their hands out whenever the ball hits the inzone? Somebody told me that it's a hereditary position. I didn't believe them.

    Rugby (in all it's forms) This sport seems to have a million incarnations and it looks like, in its original form, was the great grand-daddy of American/Canadian football and Australian Rules Football.

    Which one is superior. Which one is for pussies.


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  3. Steve100 O͓͍̯̬̯̙͈̟̥̳̩͒̆̿ͬ̑̀̓̿͋ͬ ̙̳ͅ ̫̪̳͔O Valued Senior Member

    I like watching both Aussie rules, and rugby football.

    Rugby League being my favourite, then Aussie rules, then Rugby Union.

    I don't like American Football.

    Rugby seems to be the toughest (possibly on par with American football, but I don't watch that much so I don't know).

    Where as Aussie rules seems to be the tamest.
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  5. shaman_ Registered Senior Member

    There's nothing tame about aussie rules.

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    Due to the free flowing game with the players all over the field, not organised in to two teams facing each other, it requires a more rounded athlete who can run all day - although the stronger bodies still have the advantage. Each player has to be able to mark (catch), handpass and kick the ball accurately as well as tackle.

    So the majority of the players are faster, have more endurance and have superior ball skills than rugby. So yes you could say it was tamer because it doesn't have the beefcakes that rugby does but I think it is a better game.

    Rugby players are tough.

    Aussie rules is a faster game though and some of the bumps and collisions are pretty bad considering there is no padding and they can come from any direction.

    I can't say much about American football because although I like it (I like them all) I'm not an authority.
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  7. Steve100 O͓͍̯̬̯̙͈̟̥̳̩͒̆̿ͬ̑̀̓̿͋ͬ ̙̳ͅ ̫̪̳͔O Valued Senior Member

    I really enjoy watching Aussie rules, and I hold it almost on par with Rugby League.

    Whilst they may be great athletes it's no where near as physical as its cousins.
  8. shaman_ Registered Senior Member

    Fair enough
  9. Challenger78 Valued Senior Member

    I'm so tempted.

    Sport is a <Self censored> and should be <Self censored> and <Self censored> and <Self censored>...

    Anywho. .

    Whats grid iron ?
  10. Anti-Flag Pun intended Registered Senior Member

    If you're talking toughness it's hard to make a case for American Football, sure the hits are worse but they do get a full suit of armour.
    Makes more logical sense to me than rugby though, who the hell would want to run forwards only to pass the ball backwards, thus undoing all their hard work?

    I know next to nothing of aussie rules though. It seems more similar to rugby but can you pass the ball forward? I think it has more use of the feet too. Could be wrong though.:shrug:
  11. iceaura Valued Senior Member

    It's not armor, it's weaponry - it's what the hits are made with.

    And there's a tradeoff - the more pad, the slower. Football is a game of extreme quickness and speed - you don't want extra weight and hindrance.

    The stuff on TV is small, tends to fool people sitting at home - the stuff on that field is happening very quickly.

    Try this: suit yourself up in that "armor", find one of those freestanding mailboxes they put on city corners, take a five meter full speed running start, and launch yourself through the air into that box as hard as you can - knock it off its bolted concrete feet with your shoulder. Then consider that you are slow, and not hitting very hard at all compared with a serious football player.

    But the greater violence of football collisions does not answer the question of toughness. Olympic freestyle wrestling is a very tough sport, with few collisions. Rugby is more a contact sport, like wrestling, rather than a collision sport, like football.
  12. Steve100 O͓͍̯̬̯̙͈̟̥̳̩͒̆̿ͬ̑̀̓̿͋ͬ ̙̳ͅ ̫̪̳͔O Valued Senior Member

    I just watched the NRL Grand Final. What a drubbing.
  13. G. F. Schleebenhorst England != UK Registered Senior Member

    Bring back gladiatorial combat, I say.
  14. CarpetDiem Burnin' hours, season days Registered Senior Member

    AFL rules and now also do my beloved Hawks-Premiers 2008.

    Take the armour off and see if they throw themselves with such gusto in human chess American Football. Admittedly, I don't know all the rules, so could be off beam.

    Rugby League is excellent too and probably the toughest code.

    Mind you Rugby Union seems to attact the sporting romantics worldwide. Sometimes though it just bores me to tears as the referee just seems to have such an impact on the final score.

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  15. Steve100 O͓͍̯̬̯̙͈̟̥̳̩͒̆̿ͬ̑̀̓̿͋ͬ ̙̳ͅ ̫̪̳͔O Valued Senior Member

    I prefer Rugby League, it's easier to follow, easier to learn, and seems more teamwork based.
  16. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

    I vote for the new lingerie league....
  17. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

    i used to umpire for Aussie rules both boundry and field. A game seen from the eyes of a boundry umpire is a 16km PLUS sprint with very few breaks along the way, its slightly better for the field umpires and the players because for the most part they dont have to go end to end but you get a free flowing game and play the wings (and deep into the pockets) because your the most athletic player in the team and *shrug*.

    There is NO padding whats so ever in aussie rules, which is why tripping for one thing is banned. If you combine the ability to trip someone sprinting from end to end with the zero padding you asking for ALOT of neck injuries.

    Rember one of the best players in the 1994? bommers flag (gaven wanganine) had to give up playing AFL and all football forever because the doctors were VERY concerned that if he hit his neck again he would be at BEST a quadraplegic if not instantly dead.

    That being said when the game stops flowing the punches start and then the game is more like 34 boxing games all held in the same ring, or maybe a HUGE bar fight
  18. Anti-Flag Pun intended Registered Senior Member

    Tough to make a case but you do it well I'll give you that!
    I'm a big hockey fan myself so despite what I see on TV I always imagined the NFL to be along those same principles of speed and throwing your full body weight into a hit. It's about being effective at taking someone out of a play.
    It also seems to me the NFL is far more tactical than the other sports, and less focused on being tough enough to grind down an opponent.
    My views on the toughness of the sports probably also has something to do with the fact that almost every NFL player I've seen after a career in the sport still has the ability to construct coherent sentences, think clearly, and despite injuries is obviously not affected in any long term way. In contrast almost every rugby player I've met has trouble with these things, speaks slowly and thinks even slower, apparently due to having taken so many batterings in the field. I could perhaps however be more unkind and say most of them weren't too clever when they started playing, whereas the NFL mostly consists of well educated people due to its structure. :shrug:
  19. mikenostic Stop pretending you're smart! Registered Senior Member

    Although football is my favorite, I have a huge respect for all three sports.
    While all three have intricate strategies, I think football is the most technical: you can have all sorts of offensive and defensive formations, including up to 5 wide receivers running routes to catch the ball. It can get very confusing. I also like the fact that you can hit in football.
    From my understanding, in Rugby/Aussie rules, you are not allowed to only hit someone, you must also tackle them. A rugby friend of mine says you are allowed to hit someone with your shoulder at first, but you also must wrap them up and try to take them down, or you will get penalized for an illegal tackle.
  20. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

    umm your wrong (for aussie rules), its called a hip and shoulder and its used to protect the person with the ball or take out there protection. However its highly inefficent when someone has the ball because the idea is to stop them from getting the ball away (either by handball or kick) so you need to trap there arms and bring them down. There are only two legal ways of doing this, pinning there arms and driving them down to the side or pinning there arms and pulling them back onto yourself. Neck injuries again
  21. iceaura Valued Senior Member

    Their lifespan is shortened, statistically, especially compared with their income class - and yes,they do start out with at least a pretense of a college education. The Harvard grads are on the offensive line, the concussions are in the backfields.
  22. Dr Lou Natic Unnecessary Surgeon Registered Senior Member

    Rugby union players are usually fairly intelligent, they're mostly from priveledged backgrounds and well educated at private schools, in interviews they'll sound like 19th century gentlemen (they just look like shrek), rugby league players are usually from scummy backgrounds and poorly educated, in their interviews they're either stunned mullets with nothing to say or rough as guts and ignorant.
    Complications arise lately because many people who grow up paying league end up getting paid to switch to union, so there are a lot of idiot league guys playing union these days, but traditionally union players are extremely well read, intelligent, eloquent, even charming, and it's always hilarious hearing what they're saying and how they're saying it and then seeing what big monster oafs they are.

    American football players come from a variety of backgrounds but they're all force fed education and groomed to be in the public eye, they can all talk very well and with confidence, but a lot of the time they're talking shit and are deep down very stupid. Alot of them have lengthy post-football careers as sports analysts just because they are skilled in giving off the impression they know what they're talking about and that what they're talking about is significant and important, when if you pay attention it's largely redundant jibberish any idiot could and would say, they just wouldn't say it so convincingly.
    (although I'm more and more convinced this applies to life in general, that people succeed by faking greatness)

    More on topic;
    I think both sides of this argument are impossibly ignorant about the opposing side, maybe (and uncharacteristically) the non-american side is even more ignorant. Most people outside of america just can not begin to understand american football and don't try, while americans are used to being the ignorant ones so they've put some semblance of an effort in to trying to understand (rugby, at least).

    Aussie rules truely isn't on par with either, it's more like soccer- a haphazard mess of a schoolyard game that's inexplicably popular. There are a lot of great athletes playing it, and there's a lot of skill involved, but the game itself is very primitive and really quite silly.
    Rugby (union and league) and american football are all great sports with different strangths and weaknesses. Realistically american football is the most sophisticated and refined (I might get into it when I can be bothered), but that's not to say rugby and it's players aren't underestimated by americans.
  23. shaman_ Registered Senior Member

    Enlighten me as to why aussie rules is primitive compared to Rugby and American football.

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