Cross-Cultural Curiosity. A question for my American Friends.Posted: February 6, 2012
I am fascinated with all the
hype interest that is shown in the Super Bowl. I have heard so much about it, I had to have a look to see what it was all about. And I have to say, I don’t get it!
I don’t see how the terminology of Super Bowl is connected to Football. Here in Australia, its normal to talk about “The bowl” or the “Super Bowl” in regards to the game of cricket. For the aim of the game is to get your opponent out through the means of a catch, a leg before the wicket (LBW), bowled out, All of which is caused through the ball being bowled, by a person whom we call the bowler, who bowls the ball.
Even our terminology of “Football” can cause some international havoc. I mean, our UK friends call Soccer, Football, and their football is called Rugby. But that’s the UK for you. Here in Australia we play Football which depending on the state you come from, can mean AFL (Australian Rules), NRL and then our national team also plays Rugby.
I watched on our news this morning some of the Super Bowl teams as they walked through the corridors of their locker rooms in a procession and thought. What! They seemed to be dressed up for battle. Huge helmets, big pads that looked like bullet proof vests. All they seemed to be missing was some big guns. Compared to our guys who play our football, and whose only protection may be a subtle head guard and mouth guard, your guys looked overly protected. Now to tell you the truth, I don’t get the game, with all its stops and starts.
But crying out loud. Can someone tell me why its called the Super Bowl when it has nothing to do with bowling?