Audible - this is when you can hear the coach screaming at the players from the concession stand. His voice was audible all the way from the parking lot.
Automatic first down - when the referee drops his yellow hanky on the field and the boys run over it and fall down on it, the ref gets mad because his hanky gets muddy and that's gross. Then he moves the football away from the players as punishment and says, "automatic first down".
Blocking - This is when a couple guys smash into each other. Sometimes it looks like they're dancing with each other, but don't say that aloud because shirtless, beer-swilling guys with their stomachs painted blue would be offended if you implied the players were anything less than manly. Unless they're on the opposing team. Then you can say what you want.
Bomb - this is why security has to check your bags before entering the stadium - to make sure you don't have any.
Carry - One of the cheerleaders on Lexi's squad.
Chain gang - sometimes prisoners have to be chained to each other and clean up the side of the highway as punishment for their crimes. If their crimes were really bad, they're chained to each other and forced to endure a football game while walking up and down the side of the field holding flags.
Completion - Something I'm still waiting for Austin to do with his homework.
Dead ball - if the players step on the ball with their pointy-bottomed shoes and it deflates, it's dead.
Down - goose feathers
Drop Kick - What Lucy did to Charlie Brown show after show
Eligible receiver - this is the term for the single, available men who catch the ball. This term could also be used for single women who line up to catch the bouquet at a wedding.
End zone - the place where the players spike the ball and dance
Extra point - it's like a game show - if the players answer the question correctly, they get an extra point
False start - When you tell all your friends and family that the game's at 2:00, but when you all get there, you realize you wrote the time down incorrectly and it doesn't really start until 3:00.
Field goal - The goal of the field is to...hmmm, I'm not sure what it is. I think it has something to do with kicking the ball.
Formation - See all the players in a bunch on the field? It's not totally random. I know! I was surprised too! It's actually a specific formation.
Fumble - This is what causes major booing from the crowd. You don't have to know what a fumble is. Just groan and shake your head in disappointment if you hear the word.
Goal posts - this is the thing that Mork is standing on at the end of the intro for Mork and Mindy. No, I have no idea how I remember useless stuff like this.
Gridiron - It's another name for a George Foreman grill. I'm not sure why it's in my glossary of football terms other than because George Foreman is a famous football player.
Halfback - Who is Quasimodo, Alex?
Hand-off - What I'm telling Savannah's homecoming date. What? Homecoming is the day after the big football game. See? It relates to football.
Hike - This is when the players walk the length of the field because 100 yards is quite a hike.
Horse Collar -
Huddle - This is what the parents do while watching their kids play. It usually involves warm blankets and coffee.
Interception - When the fans start groaning and the other side jumps up and down and screams in excitement and you try to figure out why everyone's moving in the opposite direction suddenly. See reverse.
Kickoff - When a player kicks the ball and his shoe flies off.
Offensive - This is referring to the smell that comes from the players after a game.
Pass - When a player hits on a girl
Pass interference - When the other players make fun of the guy making the pass - see above
Play - I know it looks just like a bunch of guys running around and jumping on each other, but it's actually a highly organized plan of Xs and Os moving in precise, strategic maneuvers called plays.
Possession - This is what overcame me when I agreed to let Jackson play football.
Quarterback - the guy who throws the ball and gets paid the most
Referee - the guy on the field in the zebra costume who always makes bad calls against your team and fails to see all the fouls the other team makes.
Reverse - when everyone on the field suddenly starts running in the opposite direction for some reason.
Right Guard - men's deodorant
Sack - another word for bag
Safety - This is what they call it when a player with the ball is tackled in his own end zone. It really should be called a screw-up though.
Scrimmage - I don't know what it means, but it's fun to say. Repeat after me, scrimmage, scrimmage, scrimmage...
Shotgun formation - See formation definition above, but this time the players have guns
Sidelines - Where the coaches stand to block your view of the field
Snap - The fastening device that holds up the players' pants
Tackle - A box of fishing lures and such
Touchdown - This is what the players spend two+ hours trying to do
Yard - It's the thing that gets covered in toilet paper for homecoming
Yellow flag - This is the stuff we spray to keep the bees away. Oh wait, that's Black Flag. Hmmm, maybe this is what the refs call their yellow hankies because it sounds more manly.