Daniel and Dave Discuss Every Episode of DGL

A weekly podcast in which Daniel Gray and Dave Brown talk about a specific episode of the hit family radio drama Down Gilead Lane.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Slow Walk DGL Episode #73!

We're finally on to discussing Season Six on the SWDGL! In our 73rd podcast, we give our concluding thoughts on S5 before starting on S6 with "Deal with It," an episode which prompts discussion on kickboxing, slights toward Stanley, confusion about storyline connections, generally blasé opinions toward Zach, silliness from Dave because of feeling sick, and the resurgence of a once-popular chorus (or is it really a children's song?). We hope that we transfer some of our excitement for DGL on to you during this week's slow walk!
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  1. As our beloved SWDGL hosts brought up in the beginning of this podcast, some of us Gileadites are unfamiliar with the game of American football. I am not one of them. I'm not sure how much help this will be for the remainder of the season, but I'd like to take the opportunity to explain the sport to those who are unfamiliar with it. Hopefully you can enjoy some S6 more this way! If you would prefer to see this in a more organized form, use this Wikipedia link. And for the Wiki doubters out there :P you can trust this page to be true.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_football#Rules

    But here's my explanation.

    OK, the basics:
    Football has two teams on the field at a time, with 11 players per team on the field at a time. The field is 100 yards long, which is equal to 300 feet or 91.44 meters. There is an "end zone" at either end of this 100 yards, and it can be thought of as the scoring zone.
    When the offense has the ball, they have to advance 10 yards within four tries (known as "downs"). If they fail, the ball is turned over to the other team. Most times, if the offense doesn't advance 10 yards within three downs, they will kick, or punt, the ball as far down the field as possible so their opponents have farther to go to score.
    Speaking of scoring... it's called a touchdown when you run the ball into or catch the ball in the end zone. This gives you six points. Before the ball goes to the other team, you have the opportunity to score one extra point by kicking the ball between two goalposts set 10 feet high or two extra points by getting into the end zone again from two yards away.

    On offense, your job is to get the ball into the end zone. The offensive positions are:
    Quarterback, (just one) who can hand the ball off to the running back or throw to his wide receivers;
    Running back, (one or two on the field at a time, depending on your choice of strategy) who can take a hand off from the quarterback and try to run as far as he can down the field with the ball, can also occasionally catch a short pass from the quarterback or block for him;
    Wide receiver, (usually two or three at a time) whose job is to catch balls thrown by the quarterback. If receiver catches the ball, he can run towards the end zone until he is tackled;
    Offensive lineman, (five at a time) whose job is to block the defense from tackling the quarterback before he can throw, and to get the defense out of the way so the running back can run with the ball as far as possible;
    Tight end, (oftentimes zero, most times one, occasionally two) who plays next to the offensive line and can do either wide receiver-like duties or lineman duties.

    Defensive positions are:
    Defensive backs, who are divided into cornerbacks that number one for each wide receiver, and safeties, who play far down the field just incase the ball makes it all the way back there. Their job is to make sure that the ball thrown by the quarterback does not get caught by the receiver. They follow the receivers around (unless you get into deep strategy) and try and knock the ball down, or catch it themselves to give their team the ball;
    Defensive line, whose job is to stop the runner from getting past them and to tackle the quarterback before he can throw it;
    Linebacker, (minimum 1, maximum 4, depending on strategy) who does pretty much anything the coach tells him to do.

    It's a complicated sport, but one millions of Americans enjoy watching every weekend in the fall. I'm not sure why it's so popular, but my guess is because it's a true team sport. One position cannot exist without the other. In other American sports like basketball, you can have just one great player and be one of the best teams in the country. In American football, a quarterback must have good receivers, a running back must have good offensive lineman, etc.

    Hope this helps any confused fans out there!

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