American Football Vs. Australian Rules Football Vs. Rugby

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

  1. camilus the villain with x-ray glasses Registered Senior Member

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    AMERICAN FOOTBALL is the shit!!
     
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  3. vslayer Registered Senior Member

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    bullrush beats them all i reckon, no rules to it, just line up in a row and try to reach the other side of the paddock while the guys in the middle try to nail you as hard as possible, each person that gets tackled becoming another tackler.
     
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  5. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    actually im a fan of international rules
     
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  7. Spud Emperor solanaceous common tater Registered Senior Member

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    It's not.
    Rugby league is the primitive one. It's basically two dimensional and brutal. Having said that it would be by far the most physically taxing to play. The only reason they survive is because they are built like Staffordshire Bull terriers ( and almost as clever).
    There are a handful of players who have any hand eye coordination whatsoever, the rest are brutes with no sense of fear.

    Aussie Rules is far, far more elite in terms of overall fitness, three dimensionality and skill level.
    American Football is clearly highly tactical but to an outsider to the sport seems ridiculous( you just want them to play footy instead of stopping and stopping and changing players and measuring shit.)
     
  8. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    i do have to say to all the surporters of american rules football

    STOP STEALING THE BODY ARMOR YOUR TROOPS NEED IN IRAQ

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  9. shaman_ Registered Senior Member

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    Yep. I was waiting for Lou's answer but I will comment anyway.

    As everyone isn't lined up next to their teammates facing the same way it may seem confusing at first. However to therefore think that means it is silly and primitive is just ignorance.

    Each aussie rules player would require a wider range of skills and attributes than the other sports. They have to be more balanced athletes. There are still roles of the field that are somewhat specialist such as the ruck or full forward but even then you are still expected to be able to kick, mark, handpass accurately as well as sprint, tackle and run all day.

    Set plays are an important part of the tactics but they are nowhere near as complex as the american ones.
     
  10. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    actually i herd that the ability to kick in AFL was getting alot of players picked up in the US for yanky football
     
  11. shaman_ Registered Senior Member

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    Ben Graham (Geelong), Darren Bennet (Melbourne) and Sav Rocca (Collingwood) all had successful aussie rules careers before heading to the NFL. Mat Mcbriar played aussie rules but tried for the NFL instead of AFL.

    Sav's brother Anthony may try for the NFL next year. He can kick the ball a mile as well.
     
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  12. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    its sad to see them all wasting there tallents like that. There is just about zero chance that they would be able to keep up that level of fitness for a game which is what, half the size? if that
     
  13. shaman_ Registered Senior Member

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    Those guys went there after their AFL career was over.
     
  14. G. F. Schleebenhorst England != UK Registered Senior Member

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    Fixed.
     
  15. robbh Registered Member

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    afl the clear winner

    i dont understand how many people think that nfl is the best game. It is more of a coaches game that places there so called warriors in tights on a tinyfield made of astro turf with a rubby underlay.. with the ultimate goal is showing off something that looks just like a circus. i watched a bit of it the other day. 1 minute to go in the fourth quarter and it went went for 15 minutes of stop start tactical b/s. come on 30 plus players wearing helmuts and protective gear, and tights,with only a dozen on at a time maybe a spectacle if you enjoy going to the mardi gras. how expensive is all that crap if you cant afford it. it shold really be called team sumo cause all they do is push. NFl is for show ponies where a team relies on two people- the coach and the quaterback, the rest is just sumo wrestlers who do nothing but fumble.
    Im glad to say that i live in australia where the two best games are played, afl and rugby league, and looking at the websites they are becoming a popular sport over there, where as gridiron has no chance of catching on, as for soccer that is a game for wannabe actors who take a dive if a fly lands on there face. i hate them both and will always discourage any one from plaing either of them.
    if only you guys understood afl properly only then youd agree like so many people who have given there time to a great and superior cause. Do yourself a favour and let it get the better of you. afl will become the number 1 game ever played and rugby league not too far behind- love watchin them both and always will....
     
  16. Shogun Bleed White and Blue! Valued Senior Member

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    Who dug this up? Well IDK, robbh, you are dumb, you never played football before I'm guessing, or you were benched and/or never got passed to.

    If people actually start reading this thread, I'll explain my POV.
     
  17. zomg Registered Member

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    @robbh "i hate them both and will always discourage any one from plaing either of them". Well looks like you missed Brad Wing and Jesse Williams lol. Both aussies who are now playing "gridiron" at Div1 Universities, oh well guess they will have to continue playing in front of 100k screaming fans every week, leave with a 4 year degree and go on into the nfl to make millions, yeah gridirion is horrible lol. I doubt they would want to trade places with any afl or nrl player at this point. You really dont know crap, you even admit you only watched just a little of the sport, so how can you possibly know anything about it? American football is THE shit btw, (fixed for you G. F. Schleebenhorstnd) its a very explosive sport, those guys on the field are extremely fast, big, and strong, brian orakpo could probably bench press 2 of the heaviest afl players lol. "NFl is for show ponies where a team relies on two people- the coach and the quaterback, the rest is just sumo wrestlers who do nothing but fumble" Wow! just ignorant, please dont talk about american football if you dont know crap about it.
    And Dr Lou Natic, of course they force feed them education, there is MILLIONS to be made in the NFL and if a 16-17yr old kid could skip college and go straight into the pros, they would. You dont see Lebron James going back to get his degree, do you? You need atleast 3 yrs of college to be eligable for the draft, but some do stay for their 4th year and leave with a degree. You said yourself, NFL players have a variety of backgrounds, some are from the hood, some middle class families and there are some who are privileged but play because they love the game. AFL players are drafted at 17! Teenagers basically going on to play a professional sport, NFL drafts MEN not kids. Go look at Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III and tell me those guys are ignorant and stupid, both are very intelligent and well spoken athletes and its not just for show, and theres many in the league just like them, but you also have your share of ignoramuses in the leage aswell.
     
  18. Yazata Valued Senior Member

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    It's a function of what people are used to, I guess.

    As am American, I've never really been able to appreciate Australian Rules football. For one thing, the name seems like an oxymoron. (Rules??) In real life I'm sure it does have rules and plays and strategies and lots of fascinating stuff, but I'm not educated enough about the game to fully appreciate it.

    American football is the same way. To a foreigner, it's just a bunch of steroid-crazed behemoths dressed up like astronauts, running into each other, falling down, and TV cutting to commercial.

    But to an American, each play is a unique situation. Every player does something different. And oftentimes offensive play-calls and defensive counters to them are fascinating strategies and their athletic execution are works of art. All of that with the added bonus of huge men bashing each other. (America's a bit like ancient Rome, as far as our taste in sports goes.)

    The game that's really hard for me to relate to is the kind of football what we call 'soccer'. It's seemingly just a bunch of guys in shorts running around kicking the ball aimlessly while spectators make exotic sound effects and occasionally riot. Then the game is eventually decided on penalty kicks, or whatever they call it. (Boring.) But Mexicans seem to think that the game is a thing of transcendent beauty. It might be if you grow up watching and playing it.
     

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