For the game day boneheads: Super Bowl Cheat Sheet

The former NFL star Femi Ayanbadejo’s ABC’s of football are perfect for those who may not be up on the game, and don’t want to make a gridiron gaffe at their Super Bowl party. provided the score for those not in the know:


   1. The most important part of an offense is to score points.
   2. The offense must also avoid fumbles (dropping the ball) and interceptions (the other team catching the ball). These are called turnovers.
   3. It is an NFL fact that the team that turns the ball over the least usually wins.
   4. Another important aspect of an offense is to get as many first downs as possible. (see below)
   5. A consistent offense keeps a defense fresh and well-rested.
   6. The best offenses have balance. They can run and pass the ball.


   1. The most important part of a defense is to keep the offense from scoring.
   2. The more disruptive a defense is the more turnovers it can force on the opposing offense.
   3. A good defense does not allow an offense to convert on 3rd down and get a new set of downs.
   4. Solid defensive units stop the run and defend the pass.
   5. Defenses in the NFL must have some ability to disguise what they are doing in coverage.

Here’s a top 10 list of required information for the big game.

   1. The football field is 100 yards long and 52 1/2 yards wide.
   2. The area in which a touchdown is scored is called the end zone.
   3. A Touchdown is worth 6 points and the point after kick is worth 1 point.
   4. There are four ways to score points. Touchdowns, extra point after a TD, field goals and a safety.
   5. A field goal is worth 3 points, this is a way to secure points without scoring a touchdown.
   6. A safety occurs when an offensive player with the ball is tackled in their own end zone.
   7. A safety is worth 2 points and are relatively hard to come by.
   8. A first down is given to the offense when the ball moves 10 yards or more in 4 downs — or tries — or less. Each team has four chances to move the ball 10 yards. For example, “3rd and 7″ means this is the team’s third attempt to move the ball 10 yards. They have 7 yards to go.
   9. Punts secure field position for a team’s defense if they feel they cannot score or get a 1st down.
  10. The length of a football game in real time is 60 minutes with four 15 minute quarters.

Sunday’s Super Bowl features the Arizona Cardinals versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Femi Ayanbadejo’s a former player for the Cardinals and he really likes what they have done in this playoff run. Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt, after a lackluster end to the season last year, got the team geared up for a a playoff run they have pulled off several incredible upsets.

Femi Ayanbadejo’s writes: “Offensively, they are led by former NFL MVP Kurt Warner who won a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams. Receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin are regarded as the best receiving duo in the NFL. Steve Breaston, only a second year player, actually had over 1000 yards receiving to join Fitzgerald and Boldin as the only threesome with 1000 yards each in receiving on one team. Edgerrin James, a future NFL Hall of Famer, has been hot in the playoffs after a slow start to the season. On defense, they use pressure and turnovers to keep opposing offenses off-balance. Pro Bowlers Adrian Wilson and Darnell Dockett lead this group emotionally charged with aggression and passion.”


Femi Ayanbadejo’s revelation? “I hate to say it, but I don’t think I hate a team more than the Steelers. Having said that, I don’t think I respect a team more than the Steelers either. Led on offense by Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward — nothing is impossible. Running back Willie Parker can take off in a flash.”

“The Steelers boast the #1-rated defense in football and also feature the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, James Harrison. This team was favored early on in the season by many to win it all. With their ability to shut down opposing offenses and score via the big play, they are solid from head to toe.

What not to say during a football game is just as important as what you should say. Femi Ayanbadejo’s equipped you with valuable tools and words to impress your husband, boyfriend, dad or brother on Super Bowl Sunday.

What men Do NOT want to hear:

    * No team wins a game based on the color of their uniforms.
    * We don’t care how nice the athletes butts look in their game pants.
    * We don’t care how cute any of the players are on the field or on the sideline.
    * We don’t care how pretty some girl is in the stands.
    * We don’t care what you think about Giselle, Jessica Simpson or any other player’s significant other.
    * Never say that you don’t understand, just ask questions. Football is not rocket science or calculus.
    * Football is fun. Never say you’re bored or act bored. Just drink more and cheer louder!
    * During the game, all talk should be centered around football play unless its halftime or a timeout.

Here are five phrases you can throw out anytime during the game. Work these into conversation and I promise you will be most impressive.

   1. There are three phases in a football game: Offense, defense and special teams.
   2. To win, you have to dominate two of out of the three phases of the game.
   3. Offense wins games, defense win championships.
   4. Who ever turns the ball over more is going to lose.
   5. Who ever has more explosive plays on offense is going to win.


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