Tips for Watching Football on TV
Here you are, watching football on TV with your dearly beloved.
You studied the
You looked at the diagram on
You know the backfield from the line, and how points are scored.
Yet you still feel left out.
Well, it's no wonder! Unlike the information on this website,
those football players do not stand still! It's like
you're back to that Filene's basement half-price sale.
Not to worry. We've got some tips to slow down the action.
But first, a word about motivation. Being able to enjoy and
share a football game is well worth the effort, a subject we
talk more about in our section on football for lovers.
But since you can't enjoy OR share the game if you can't
follow what's going on, try some of these tips the next time
you watch a football game on television, which, by the way, is
a whole lot easier than watching football live.
Television provides you with all kinds of helpful guides:
Lines are superimposed on the television screen to indicate the
line of scrimmage (usually bright blue) and the point to which the
ball must be carried for the team to complete their ten-yard
requirement and begin another series of downs.
(As you will recall, line of scrimmage and downs are explained in
the football rules for playing a game
section of our Football Rules page.)
Get close enough to the TV so that you can listen!
Again, if you have familiarized yourself with
you'll be able to match what you see to what you
hear. The announcers give you an incredible
amount of information if you really zero in on what they're
Again, listen. Listen also to the referees, who
are usually miced for a game, and give you even more information
about what's going on.
When it comes to slowing down the action, nothing beats
Instant Replay. If you missed it the first time, pay attention,
and you'll get to see it again. Sometimes even in slow motion.
With explanations by the announcers and/or the referees thrown
in for good measure.
So. Prepare for watching football by first understanding
Then look and listen. After a game or three, the wild bargain sale will
begin to slow down as you connect what you know with what
you see, and an actual football game will appear in its place!
Then you can go from
watching football to enjoying football.
And from enjoying football to sharing football.
And that's a good thing!