England got a further taste of 'American Gridiron' at Wembley Stadium this weekend, with another engrossing contest between a team called the Tennessee Chargers and another one called the Los Angeles Titans.
The hallowed turf had to be ruined, somewhat, by putting strange markings on the pitch, but there's always a price to pay for the exotic!
The 'Chargers' came out in fetching sky blue jerseys and white lycra leggings. The 'Titans' wore white jerseys with green lycra. Both teams arrived on motorcycles, and, amazingly, forgot to take off their helmets before taking the field!
The officials ignored this oversight, however.
The rules of this game seem a bit funny - there's a lot of 'handball' - and it's a bit 'stop/start', but the fans seemed to enjoy themselves, clapping regularly, and sometimes in the right places.
The positions have strange names as well. Things like 'Linebackers', are players who back the line; 'Running Backs', who run backwards; a 'Defensive Tackle' who constantly protects his private parts; 'Defensive Ends' specifically protect their ends; and 'Tight Ends', who keep their ends tight.
From what I can understand, the players saunter on and off 'at will', and shout odd things when lined up facing each other. Once the ball is played, it's a real mess, to be honest, and it's a wonder people don't get hurt!
It's just as well they forgot to take their motorcycle helmets off!
Halfway through the contest, there was a turnover', which prompted me to make an Apple Turnover for tea, and later on, we witnessed what was referred to as a 'Sack on the Quarterback'. I'm sure I'm not alone in wishing the sacked gentleman all the best. It's never easy finding a new job, and especially so at this time of the year, in the run-up to Christmas.
The 'Chargers' somehow ended up winning 20-19.