I’ve been wracking my brain for a gardening-Super Bowl tie in today. Since half the world is probably watching the Super Bowl now, I could simply make something up. I doubt anyone is reading a gardening blog.
Instead I consulted the ‘For Dummies’ series to educate myself on the following football terms. I’ve come up with my own (gardening) interpretation of the same:
Down: A period of action that starts when the ball is put into play and ends when the ball is ruled dead (meaning that the play is completed).
Down: A period of time known as winter. Gardening down time.
End zone: A 10-yard-long area at both ends of the field — the promised land for a football player.
End zone: The only zone in which you can’t grow a thing. I garden in zone 14-15.
Extra point: A kick, worth one point, that’s typically attempted after every touchdown.
Extra point: When you plant one thing, and two things come up instead.
Field goal: A kick, worth three points, that can be attempted from anywhere on the field but usually is attempted within 40 yards of the goalpost.
Field goal: My goal is to grow a garden as big as a football field.
Fumble: The act of losing possession of the ball while running with it or being tackled.
Fumble: The act of losing possession of the bulb you just dug up when the resident gardener runs after you saying “No! Not the tulip bulbs!!!” This usually pertains to squirrels.
Hash marks: The lines on the center of the field that signify 1 yard on the field.
Hash marks: The indentations left on your knees after pulling weeds all day.
Interception: A pass that’s caught by a defensive player, ending the offense’s possession of the ball.
Interception: The sunflowers saved by a defensive gardener who figures out clever ways to outsmart the squirrels.
Kickoff: A free kick that puts the ball into play.
Kickoff: Also referred to as ‘Spring.’
Punt: A kick made when a player drops the ball and kicks it while it falls toward his foot.
Punt: A kick made when a gardener drops a packet of seeds and tries desperately to keep them from hitting the ground.
Return: The act of receiving a kick or punt and running toward the opponent’s goal line with the intent of scoring or gaining significant yardage.
Return: The act of returning to the garden center again and again because you simply can’t help yourself.
Sack: When a defensive player tackles the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of yardage.
Sack: A great place to store and dry last year’s seeds.
Snap: The action in which the ball is hiked (tossed between the legs) by the center to the quarterback, to the holder on a kick attempt, or to the punter.
Snap: The sound a gardener’s neck makes, when she realizes that what she just brushed off her shoulder has six furry legs. A snap may also warrant a trip to the chiropractor.
Touchdown: A score, worth six points, that occurs when a player in possession of the ball crosses the plane of the opponent’s goal line, or when a player catches the ball while in the opponent’s end zone, or when a defensive player recovers a loose ball in the opponent’s end zone.
Touchdown: When you brush your hand across the surface of a ‘lambs ear‘ it’s like touching down.