Skip to main content

Vaughans Vocabulary Defining football...

September 21, 2010

My wife, our son and I were at the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium for the game between the University of Mississippi and Vanderbilt University. While there I decided to devote a column to terms from the game of football.
See how well you do in this week’s Vaughan’s Vocabulary:

1. An imaginary line that extends from the forward tip of the ball to both sidelines is the
A. game line.
B. line of scrimmage.
C. first down.
D. ipse dixit (IP-see DIK-sit).

2. touchback (TOUCH-back)
A. an angle at which the ball is kicked
B. a signal given to the center by the quarterback
C. when the ball is put in play on the receiving team’s 20 yard line
D. when an offensive player blocks a defensive player from behind

A touchback is called if the ball is kicked beyond the end zone or if the kick returner catches it in the end zone and touches the field with a knee.
3. Kicking the ball over the crossbar and between the goal posts:
A. A Hail Mary
B. kickoff
C. first down
D. field goal

4. Which one of the following can’t take place on fourth down?
A. A field goal can be attempted.
B. The ball can be punted.
C. The offense can try for the first down.
D. A kickoff return

Let’s see how you are progressing across the field, as it were, in this little fun quiz. No. 1 is B. No. 2 is C. No. 3 is D. No. 4 is D.

5. rushing (RUSH-ing)
A. yardage gained by running plays
B. a foul committed against a kicker or passer
C. hustling
D. moving on the field faster than the opponent

Aside from B, rushing is advancing the football by running plays.

6. A referee placing his left hand atop his head means ___________, but stretching his arms straight out horizontally means
A. watch out for the falling ball – time out.
B. ineligible receiver – unsportsmanlike conduct.
C. offside – first down.
D. delay of game – incomplete pass or missed extra point

When the referee has his body in the shape of the letter T, it is unsportsmanlike conduct; having his hand on his head means ineligible receiver.
Last week’s mystery word clue was that I write this on the outlines of students who make assertions without backing them up. The first two letters are the same two letters of a title of an opera by Gluck. The word is ipse dixit.
This week’s mystery word can describe a football. The second letter is the letter that begins each word in the name of this column.

Contact Don Vaughan at dvaughan@eastms.edu

View more articles in:
Pasta, bread, pizza crusts, peanut butter, fried foods, beef, even certain types of chips — these are all foods that...
The memories of April 21, 2008 when we went to the Boston Marathon still lingered in our hearts and souls on April 15...
Emily Jones Deluded Diva My neighbor, (I'll call her Brenda for the sake of anonymity), is one of the best things that...
By RUTH MORGAN For Starkville Daily News General Wiley Norris Nash was one of Mississippi as well as Starkville’s most...
Creation is imagination, and being a visual artist I'm attempting to be creative, inventive, and imaginative. To...

 

Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes