Saturday, November 10, 2012

Asian Eyes' USA, Texas American Football

American Football or America
styled rugby.
          Oct/12/2012: While in Austin, I have a chance to watch a game that was not played outside the North American continent - an American Football match. It was not the National Football League (NFL)but just a high school match. Nonetheless it was no less exciting, considering it was my first live match. After work that night Timmy and I drove to Tom's house. We had some quick dinner at Tom's house before we proceed to the Westlake High School's Chapparal Stadium for the match between Westlake High School's Chapparal and Anderson High School's Trojans. Even though it was just a high school event, I can see that it was a commercial affair indeed from the way the ticket sale to souvenirs book to T-shirts sale to beverage/food to scoreboard sponsorship was run. The home supporter and visitor had different entrance/exit doors, and sat at different side of the stadium to prevent unforeseen event from happening. We make our way to the open seats when the match was well into the second quarter. Tom explained the game rule to me so that I got to understand and enjoy the game better. American football, known in the United States simply as football, is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone by running with it or throwing it to a team mate. Points can be scored by carrying the ball over the opponent's goal line, catching a pass thrown over that goal line, kicking the ball through the opponent's goal posts or tackling an opposing ball carrier in his own end zone. In the United States, the major forms are high school football, college football and professional football. Each of these are played under slightly different rules. High school football is governed by the National Federation of State High School Associations and college football by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The highest level league for professional football is the National Football League. American football is closely related to Canadian football but with some differences in rules and the field. Both sports can be traced to early versions of association football and rugby football.
           The home team, Chapparal, in red, was leading the white jersey's Trojan 30:0 in the second quarter with 2 minutes left. Shouts, claps and cheers from supporters were non-stop. Cheerleaders from both teams did a great job to entertain the crowd by giving a good acrobatic dance whenever the game was stopped by referee. During the second quarter 30 minutes break, brass band from both schools, plus dancers and cheerleaders, all took to the center stage to strut their stuff. The scoreboard, illuminated with local businesses advertisement, displayed the score. Final score was 47:3 for the home team. This American Football match was indeed a very memorable experience for me. Next on my to do list is a NFL match. Thanks Tom.
           Here are some pictures I took from that match:
Location: Westlake High School stadium, 4100 Westbank Drive, West Lake Hills, Texas, Travis County, 78746 United States.

First stop before going to the match - Tom's house where dinner was served.
At the stadium entrance with Tom and Timmy - entrance fee $8 per person for adult.

Orion (Tom's youngest son), Timmy and I at the open grandstand seats

The red Wakefield High School Chapparal cheerleaders preparing for a routine while waiting for a break.
The white-attired Anderson High School Trojans' cheerleaders took a breather when the game was in play mode.

Coaches and assistant coaches barked order onto their headset to their players. Each team would have as many as 60 players at home game. 
Flag bearers took every opportunity to run around the stadium to parade their school flags with pride
The red Chapparals on offensive against the white Trojans close to the latter goal line
Players in action in this fast paced and very physical game. Temper flare were common occurance in these matches.
Half time break was a big fanfare with dancers and school bands for both school took turns to put up a splendid performance

School band performance took to the field during half time to entertain spectators
Wakefield High School mascot among the cheerleaders waiting for a game break

Wakefield High School cheerleaders in action added festivity to the atmosphere
Multi million dollars billboard displayed the result, and gained big advertisement dollars too.

A Wakefield High School Chapparal player trying to convert a goal kick after touchdown near the end of the game

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