Jumble Spoiler – 10/16/21

Explaining Kickoff Coverage: The Importance of Safeties - Inside The Pylon

Visual Description:  Beginning the game.


Clue/Question:  The school’s football field was brand new, and everyone was excited to – – –

Explaining Kickoff Coverage: The Importance of Safeties - Inside The Pylon


(Europeans – and pretty much the rest of the world – are always a little bit peeved by American’s – United States and Canada – use of the name Football.  To them Soccer is Football, or Futbol.  Granted Soccer/Futbol is the much older sport, and players are supposed to use just their feet – and their heads – to stop or advance the ball.  The only exception being the goalie, who is allowed to pick up and throw the ball.  On occasion, the other players can/do handle the ball during a throw-in, which happens when an opposing player kicks the ball out of bounds.  But I believe their throw-ins have to take place out of bounds.  The referees watch the player’s feet, to make sure he/she didn’t step in bounds on the throw in.  Anyway, as a result of only advancing the ball via your feet, scoring a goal can seemingly take forever, and final scores are typically very low.  Conversely, in American Football, players either run with the ball in their hands, or one player throws the ball to another via the forward pass, and occasionally the lateral.  The only times an American Football player actually kicks the ball is when they either punt, kick a field goal, or kick an extra point after a touchdown.  And, typically, those functions are handled by two specialist; the Punter and the Kicker.  The non-specialist players cannot advance the ball by kicking it.  It has to be caught or carried.  I think this is one big reason why Soccer/Futbol fans don’t like us calling our Football “Football”!  We use our hands much more than our feet!  Also, in American Football each team’s players are divided into Offense and Defense, and they’re generally not on the field at the same time.  It’s one team’s Offense versus the other team’s Defense.  The Defense will hit and tackle the other team’s Offense players to prevent them from advancing/scoring.  In Soccer/Futbol every player plays a combination of Offense and Defense, and you’re not supposed to hit, trip, or tackle the opposing player, or you get called for a penalty.  You have to intercept, or take away the ball – cleanly – from your opponent with your feet.  It results in a non-stop kind of action, but as I said earlier there’s relatively little scoring.  Americans like lots of scoring, and of course lots of hitting!  American Football is inherently violent.

All of today’s clue words are very familiar to Jumble fans.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “sokki” in the past.  I was able to unscramble all of them without trouble.  The answer letter layout was a rousing thirteen letter jumble.  I thought that it was wonderfully cryptic.  I knew that the third word of the final answer had to be OFF.  There weren’t enough spaces for KICKING in the middle spot, but KICK fit very nicely in for the first word.  That’s when THINGS made sense!

Fine cartoon of anxious teens awaiting the start of the game.  Most likely a high school game.  You can clearly see both the kicking team and the receiving team lined up on the field.  And some other players along the far sideline.  I hope it’s an evenly matched game, and of course that no one gets hurt.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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4 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 10/16/21”

  1. 1 lwc October 16, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Additionally, Soccer/Futbol vs Football:

    Soccer players may be tall, short, or medium height but all of them are usually slender and lithe, while football players are usually muscular, while some are behemoths, like my brother when he played football in college.

    Soccer players only get to rest when the ball goes out-of-bounds, but footballers get a few seconds break until it’s time to line-up to start the next play.

    It’s only my guess that soccer has an old history derived from Medieval periods. But, I can’t imagine that football and soccer are derived from that same linage. Their histories must be completely different. I’m sure someone knows !

  2. 2 LindaLee October 17, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Well — Kick Things Off makes much more sense than my answer of Kick Nights Off! It was missing something, like Friday Nights!!

  3. 3 unclerave October 17, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    I don’t think they’re really all that far off, lwc. American football has changed/evolved greatly over the last 140 years, or so.
    It started as a kind of hybrid of Soccer and Rugby. Soccer has pretty much stayed the same over the years. — YUR

  4. 4 unclerave October 17, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Hey! Friday Night Lights! I like it, LL! — YUR

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