It’s A Touchdown: American Football Weekend on English Attack!
American Football is a feature of backyards, school playing fields, and television screens in sports bars and in homes all across the United States. Whether it’s tossing a ball around on the weekend, shouting from the stadium stands for your favourite team, or watching the Superbowl with friends, American football has become a unique expression of the country’s identity and character.
Like other American sports, American football has seen its vocabulary and idioms migrate from the playing field to become commonly used metaphors in business and society. This weekend, English Attack! immerses you in diverse aspects of the sport, giving you a feel for these language effects. On Saturday, Sandra Bullock talks us through game psychology in her Oscar-winning role from the film Blind Side, and on Sunday we travel to India to find out whether you can take the “American” out of “American Football” while still retaining what makes the sport so special.
This week’s SayWhat? video karaoke game focuses on two top-ranked American football teams this season: the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. Pick your favourite and help them score a touchdown by getting a good score!
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