As my own form of social belated celebration for the 4th of July, I organized an American Football afternoon with friends. Matt and some of his friends have played together some in the past, but yesterday I introduced them to the concept of “flag football.” We all wore socks or towels tucked into our shorts to make for tackling without all the injuries. Though there were several late withdrawals, we still had 11 people show up to play. Despite forecasts of rain all weekend, it was a gorgeous day.
Ian’s looking serious with his cool gloves. Some of Matt’s and my friends are just as into NFL as we are, so they came to play in all the right gear! Though, Maria and I did wear our football boots, so I suppose we brought our A-game as well.
It was hard to get good photos at this time of day with all the shadows from the sun. This was Matt’s team. Luckily we don’t get too competitive when we play on opposite teams. Though he did tackle me “for real” once by accident. Claims he was trying to punch the ball out while I was running after a catch…lol. Didn’t hurt me of course, it was all in good fun. Everyone was in a serious fit of giggles.
This was my team, plus Li who was playing offense for both teams. I’ve had a bit of a throw and kick with Danny and Li before, so I knew they had the skills, but I was blown away by Jonny’s throwing abilities. We’d never played together before, but he sure was a great weapon at quarterback! Also at one point he turned a not-so-great throw from me into a fantastic touchdown catch.
It started to get cold once the sun dropped, but what a beautiful day! It was sunny, but not hot. This was definitely a good winter activity. I think some people were surprised to learn how much fun gridiron can be. It’s the perfect sport to play with friends because you don’t need previous skills to participate and have a good time. I am so appreciative to those who came. Most are keen to get another game going soon. Hopefully word will spread and we’ll get heaps of new recruits!