Tuesday, September 17, 2013

England's answer to America's pro football-Rugby

Rugby, a sport that is difficult for Americans to understand is fairly similar to American football. That similarity is the shape of the ball.
The rest of a rugby game is totally different. For instance, rugby players wear no padding whatsoever, not even a helmet. Broken necks are common and fatalities aren't unheard of.
Shorts, short-sleeved shirts and cleats are about the only concession to any sort of uniform. Instead of scoring a touchdown, the score in rugby is known as a try.
This Thursday I have been invited to attend a rugby game in Huddersfield against one of it's rivals Hull.  Locals say this should be a good game sort of like the Blackhawks and Wings.
Where our footballers are distinguishable by a bulk up body, many with hardly any necks, rugby players are recognized by their over size ears, broken noses, and faces that look like they have been through a war without any defensive equipment.
Coincidentally, my daughters neighbor is both the captain and on the way to becoming the rugby player of the year.
So even though fall-like conditions have started here in the UK, unlike U.S. football, rugby has been in season and will continue for some time.
Not to worry, though. This Sunday's column won't have much if anything to do with rugby. Rather it will shed some light on another kind of "junk" fish that actually is good for lake ecology. Stay tuned as they say!

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