RE: Kindle now apparently "English"
2011-03-31 23:47:58 GMT
> > I remember Bennett - he was the only kicker I've seen that would run
> > down the field after a punt and make a tackle.
> The first time he did that was in a pre-season game against the Seahawks, and he laid the guy out. No one apparently had told him that punters weren't real players and as soon as they made the kick they were supposed to amble towards their own sideline.
> Best, R.E.F.
Heh, thats AFL for you. If it wasn't for the weight of the pads he'd probably be punting it, running down and catching it himself.
Really the core differences between American Football, Rugby and Australian Rules Football is power to endurance and planning to intuition.
Australian Rules Football is often known as Aerial Ping Pong. You're running up and down the field with the ball kicked high all over the place. If a tackle occurs then it usually means something has gone wrong as generally guys are catching a kick for a mark or just doing more running, kicking and hand passes. You need great endurance to play the game or you'll be puffed out in no time. Its intensely about intuition and reactions as there's little time to strategise. Usually there will only be overarching plans to make a certain player run harder or avoid an area of the field, etc.
Rugby sits a little more in the middle, you need to be strong enough to tackle or charge through tackles and also to push through scrums. But the game just keeps on going and going so there's need for endurance but usually there's only a few guys from each side who are tackling, scruming or running hard at any given time so its like running 50 metre dashes then jogging 50 metres before running another 50 metres. Intuition and reaction is a big part again, but as a scrum sits at rest the others can quickly setup for a strategised play and put planning to work.
American Football goes to the extreme of power. The entire teams are going hard for maybe a minute then resting for a few as they setup the next play, but for that minute their going, they're carrying pads, wrestling with other players, running hard and tackling harder. But you're getting the rests inbetween and its bursts of power. The planning goes to the extreme as well with
If you tried to get an entire team of Rugby players to play American Football and presumed they had a heap of plays worked out so they weren't simply going to get out played, then the American Football players would still simply work on running over or through them and likely succeed. If it were an entire team of Australian Rules Football players they'd likely get snapped like tooth-picks.
Try to get an entire team of American Football players into Rugby and, presuming they know the rules and plays without a problem, the Rugby players will just wear them out by keeping the ball going non-stop then dance around them with ease in the second half... Australian Rules Football players would get snapped like tooth-picks again ;)
Rugby or American Football player in Australian Rules Football... They'd just get sick of watching them run, jump and kick around the place, snap them all like tooth-picks and go get pissed XD
To sum it up:
American Football = 100m run
Rugby = 800m run
Australian Rules = Marathon