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> hey anon, wanna give your opinion?
User avatar #6 - dreadedsin
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#8 to #6 - Hightower
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A solid or hollow sphere or ovoid, esp. one that is kicked, thrown, or hit in a game.
A solid or hollow sphere or ovoid
sphere or ovoid
(of a solid or a three-dimensional surface) Egg-shaped.
User avatar #41 to #8 - postie
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Handball then?

Do they ever actually kick the ball?
I've never watched American football so I have no idea.
User avatar #54 to #41 - funferret
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User avatar #53 to #41 - teoberry
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For punts and PAT's.
User avatar #58 to #53 - SgtObvious
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and kickoffs
User avatar #63 to #58 - teoberry
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forgot about that
User avatar #71 to #63 - snowshark
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Whilst I have no beef with American Football (I just prefer Rugby) is it not true that the ball can only be kicked by one person and he needs to be brought onto the field from offside in order to kick it? I don't know this so I'd like this clarified.

(The name is stupid as **** but hey, it sounds better than handegg so I don't see a problem.)
User avatar #97 to #71 - horribleperson
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Actually no. There are a few people that can kick the ball, including the quarterback (the primary ball handler), but it is uncommon for anyone but the kicker or punter. When the quarterback kicks the ball, he is taking the place of the punter and it is usually meant to be a trick play.

In a typical game, there are more field goals (points achieved by kicking the ball) and field goal attempts than there are touchdowns (by quite a bit). And they also get a choice of an extra play after a touchdown to either kick the ball for an P(oint) A(fter) T(ouchdown) field goal (1 point) or run the ball in from a few yards out (2 points), and teams will almost always kick it for the PAT. Then they kick-off to the other team, who more than likely will be punting it after 3-7 plays.

In other words, there is a ******** of ball kicking in American football. It's just not the constant foot contact that football (soccer) is.
User avatar #100 to #97 - snowshark
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Actually wiki'd it (didn't think of it before... which is odd.)

The name is still stupid but it's not the fault of the game or anyone really since the game started as a merger of Rugby and Football where you weren't allowed to touch the ball and the game just sort of grew from there. It's now changed to the point where the name football really doesn't apply to it in comparrison to the original intention of the name but Rugby is called Rugby even when it's not played in Rugby so names have a way of sticking around even when they don't apply much.

I don't get uppity about it like others do and it's nice to know the roots of the game.
User avatar #72 to #71 - teoberry
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Yeah, special teams
User avatar #73 to #72 - snowshark
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User avatar #102 to #73 - teoberry
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that's what it's called. idk why
User avatar #23 to #8 - brettd
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Wow so original