A Brit Trying To Understand American Football: Soccer vs Football

American Football is the most popular sport in the USA…and I don’t understand it.  Not in the sense of how can people like watching football, but more of trying to follow the game play.  I get completely lost!  I was recently invited to Ames, Iowa to watch the Iowa State Cyclones play the Texas Longhorns.  It was my first college football game and even with help from the people around me, I still walked away a little clueless!  So here are some lighthearted observations from a British person trying to understand American Football for the first time!

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Home Of The Hawkeyes: University of Iowa Athletics Hall Of Fame & Museum

So the Hawkeyes are making headline news at the moment, you may have seen the ‘Kinnick Wave’ on the news.  During the football home games in Iowa City, the whole of Kinnick Stadium turn to the Children’s Hospital that overlooks the stadium, and everyone waves at the patients on the 12th floor.  They even do it at night and wave phone flashlights (if you’ve ever been to a music gig where people wave a light during a song, you’ll know how awesome it looks)!  On December 7th they will be receiving the ‘Disney Sports Spirit Award’!  But did you know that in Iowa City there’s a ‘Hall of Fame and Museum’ celebrating Hawkeye sports and all the athletic achievements of the University of Iowa?

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