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American Football vs Rugby
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boltbrigade
Jun 16, 2011
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boltbrigade
Jun 16, 2011
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American Football needs pads. This is due because of the much more violent hits than rugby. I have had the pleasure of playing both sports and i found American football hits much more violent and rugby tackles to be more like wrestling take-downs. As for stamina, the two sports use different types of stamina. In Rugby, they have long term endurance, similar to association football (soccer). In American Football, you need explosive stamina. Which is a burst of endurance than a short break, then another explosive stamina for about anywhere from 20-40 plays in a row. Not to mention the enormous amount of beating each player takes. Brandon Jacobs, an NFL running back was measured to hit with over 4000 pounds of force, the equivalent of getting hit by a bull.

 
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draconic
Jun 17, 2011
2 convinced
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Annoying to run with all that armour.

 
trotsky
Jun 18, 2011
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What are you on about? The tackles in American football are harder BECAUSE they wear armour. You got the cause and effect the wrong way round.

I don't really understand how you measure how good a sport is by it's level of violence ether. Rugby players can't tackle like that because they aren't wearing (that rather silly) armour, every tackle would atleast break a rib if they did. I see no reason for them to wear armour apart from to make tackles more violent (which is pretty pointless really).

I'm not even sure if i'm arguing for rugby here, just don't get your logic for justifying your opinion at all

 
james67
Jun 18, 2011
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I think you're confirming that american football is more violence-centric as opposed to rugby, hence all the ridiculous armour. Why that makes it better than rugby, I don't know. If the aim of the game was purely to maim the other team then yeah. Also, by this logic you could argue that rugby is better because players subject themselves to the same violent hits without the pussiness of wearing armour. Rugby takes stamina and strength, I used to play for 5 years and know how tough it is to retain stamina for a whole match, in which you have to ruck, scrum and lineout (things you don't in american football). Also in rugby you don't get the luxury of having a break every 10 seconds after a play ends. american football is boring . . .

 


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