Not trying to scare anybody but I think there are a couple of things worth sharing that make European football unique: no concussion regulations and no lightning restrictions.
With all the debates and lawsuits arising at home in the last few years about head injuries suffered by football players I find it interesting that none of the governing bodies over here have any rules regarding concussions. Not the Austrian Football League, not the European Federation of American Football, not the European Football League. If you are diagnosed with a concussion during a game you will definitely play the next week, maybe even return later in the same game.
In the United States if lightning is within a certain distance you MUST go inside, and you cannot return to the field until the lightning has been clear of the regulated distance for at least 15 minutes. Last night I could see the lightning bolts coming down from the clouds and they were definitely too close for comfort. The offense broke the hudle was coming to the line when the first noticeable strike flashed, I was properly aligned in a 4-down Cover-6 look and I turned to the inside linebacker standing to my right and he just smiled and shrugged. After the play I said to him "it's pretty close huh?" He responded "yeah it's probably too close but we won't go inside, we never do."
I find these things to be especially interesting because it makes the football seem "hardcore" in a sense, but at the same time every team always has players that will skip practice sometimes because they have a runny nose and feel "a sick" coming on or they have an exam the next day (or 3 days later).
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