Arena Football is a lot like real football, only not really.

Arena Football” by the_robio is licensed under CC BY 2.0

They got this sport called Arena . It looks a lot like NFL football, but it's played indoors on a field half as big. (If you're really curious, it's on ESPN too much. Arena Football is marginally entertaining if you're really bored and Dan Quayle isn't on C-SPAN putting to rest any doubt that he's an idiot.)

“Tampa Bay Storm” by greyhound dad | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Arena Football is enough like football to still be fun.

The Tampa Bay Storm are the reigning butt-kickers in the AFL. We beat everybody last year and only lost once this year. Frankly, since it's not real football, I haven't been keeping up. The games are ridiculously high-scoring. Since the field is only 50 yards long, they score on a decent run up the middle.

It seems kinda stupid, but you do get to cheer a lot. (Very important after a few too many beers.)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on the other hand, are often not really real football either. But they fake it better by playing teams people have heard of. Bucs' games are not anywhere near as high-scoring, but lately, we've pretty much stopped embarrassing ourselves. (Except for the recent loss to the Colts.)

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