ponderings

Aug. 23rd, 2007 12:43 am
burntcopper: (colin)
[personal profile] burntcopper
Just read a rather good piece of characterization AU of SGA as a high school american football team (Shep being the new coach that screwed up elsewhere, the marines being the team, Ronon and Teyla as assistants, scientists being teachers, Rodney subbing for Jeannie while she's on pregnancy leave). Over on [livejournal.com profile] parrotfic.

Of course, the actual mechanics of the play left me going 'er... no, still doesn't make sense. Why do you need padding to play a bastardised, not quite as skilled form of rugby?'

Does anyone know if they've ever made an American football team play a rugby team, and what the result was? (Of course, I wouldn't ask a pro US team to play against a national side. That would be ... well... rather nasty.) And now I have images of the antipodean members of the Atlantis expedition introducing Ronon to the concept of Jonah Lomu. Some time later, the sounds of the haka echo through the halls of Atlantis...

Date: 2007-08-23 02:06 am (UTC)
pocketmouse: Q from Star Trek, in his judge outfit: world's worst anthropologist (anthropologist_q)
From: [personal profile] pocketmouse
I seem to recall a British friend of mine telling me about the time that they tried to bring American football to the UK, some sort of Cup or Bowl of some sort, and after a while the US said 'um, you know what, I think we're okay not going overseas' and basically chickened out because all the UK teams were made out of guys who grew up on rugby, and they played mean. I don't recall more details, but something along those lines has been tried, and of course America wimped out.

Date: 2007-08-23 08:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] burntcopper.livejournal.com
I have a tendency to look at the ratio of cauliflower ears and broken noses between the sports. Plus the fact that you're not expected to stop every five minutes, which certainly increases your level of fitness, if nothing else.

Date: 2007-08-23 08:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] derryderrydown.livejournal.com
There is a sort-of American Football scene in the UK. One of my friends met her fiance because they were both fans.

The average crowd is apparently around 200. The average crowd for a rugby* game in my town is 15,000.

*Rugby LEAGUE, for I am northern and strongly believe it to be The One True Rugby, no matter what those pansy-ass southerners say.

Date: 2007-08-23 07:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] davidcook.livejournal.com
Apparently (some) Americans find Aussie Rules football scary too - ok, the tackling can be a bit enthusiastic sometimes, but most of the players seem to survive :-)

Date: 2007-08-23 08:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] burntcopper.livejournal.com
:snicker: Aussie Rules a tad rough? but... but... I thought it was a gentlemanly sport, along the lines of netball.

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