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ALL EDIT 28 Th6 Arizona Republic Phoenix, Tiies., Nor. 4,1969 Now, 'blitz' your husband with this jargon of the gridiron By ELAINE TARKENTON & MICHAEL B. RICH Last in series of articles Professional football has its own special language, words and phrases Which every fan must understand if she wants to talk frequently about her favorite game. It is often impossible to comprehend what is happening on the field if you aren't familiar with gridiron jargon — particularly if you listen to the game on radio. At first, you may consciously have to memorize parts of this vocabulary, but with increasing exposure to pro football, whether from the stands or via television or radio, the words will become familiar. Aerial: A forward pass. Attitude: Referring to a team's esprit de corps. Being "up for a game" is a function of good attitude. Automatics: Numbers of words which, when the QB inserts them in his signal call, change the play. Also known as audibles, check signals, and, more loquaciously, as "changing the call at the line of scrimmage." Balanced line: Three linemen — a guard, a tackle, an end — on both sides of a center. Blitz: Originally a reference to a defensive back — usually the weak-side safety — who leaves his normal defensive position and attempts to break through the line to reach the QB. The term is often applied (if you're a purist, misapplied) to the same action by linebackers. See Red Dog. Bombs A very long pass to a receiver going deep. Bootleg: Describes the act of a QB running In opposite direction from the apparent movement of the play, while hiding the ball on his hip. Cutback; The sharp change of direction of a ball carrier heading to the outside and suddenly veering to the in* side. Double-team: Two offensive linemen blocking one defender; or two defenders guarding one receiver. Forward progress: The point at which the ball carrier's progress toward the opponent's goal line is halted by the defenders. Barring penalties, it is the point at which the ball will be put in play on the next down. Note that regardless of how far back a carrier is shoved by gang- tackling defenders, only his More about Namath plans Continued from Page 27 would think of calling either man a sissy, because personality outshines the clothes, not vice versa. Mr. Fred of Fur & Sport, New York, has just been deluged with orders from Establishment-oriented businessmen. Real estate entrepreneur Bill Fox, from Jenkintown, Pa., just ordered a black muskrat coat. George Barrie, president of Faberge, bought Fred's sheared seal coat worked into plaid with leather strips. And Robert Laidlow, chairman of the board of Coats & Clarke (the famous thread company), scooped up a rabbit duffle coat. Here's the point: All these furs are under $1,000. 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Flood area; When all or several eligible receivers run their patterns into a designated area of the opponent's territory. An offensive tactic frequently used against zone coverage. "I" formation; An offensive alignment in which at least three backs — including the QB — line up directly behind the center. KEYING: When a defender has responsibility for a particular offensive player and operates as his "shadow," moving with him (on opposite sides of the line of scrimmage, of course) wherever he goes. Man-for-Man; Pass defense in which one defensive back is responsible for covering one receiver. Outside Kick: A short rolling kick — one that is difficult for the up-front members of the receiving team to field cleanly. The kick following a touchdown or safety must travel a minimum of 10 yards. Thereafter it is anybody's ball and if recovered by the kicking team, theirs. Option play: The ball carrier can either run or pass.'Often specified as "halfback option," or "fullback option." Pitchout: QB takes the center snap, pivots, and toses underhand to a back who is usually in motion. Plays loose: Of a defensive back who doesn't get too close to a fast receiver. The opposite of plays tight. Quarterback sneak: QB takes the snap from center and plunges directly ahead. Quick opener: Short plunge through the line by a halfback without any faking (by the QB) before the hand-off is ac- complshed. Red Dog: The act of one or more linebackers crashing through the offensive line at the snap. Target: the quarterback. Red. dog is sometimes shortened to dog. Second effort: The refusal of x a ball carrier to submit to the first attempt to halt his progress and thereby gain additional yardage. Slotback: Halfback who lines up directly behind the hole created by the end splitting. From this position he is essentially a 1 receiver. Taxi squad: Includes those players who, although under contract to a team and allowed to participate in its practice sessions, are not on the official roster and therefore cannot play in league games. When a regular player is injured, his replacement is usually a player promoted from the taxi squad. Trap: When an offensive interior lineman — most often a guard — pulls out of line and blocks a defensive tackle or end who has been "allowed" to come through the line. Two on one: Two offensive players blocking one defensive player. Also see Double-teaming. Zone defense: A pass defense in which each member of the secondary, as well as the linebackers,, is personally responsible for a designated area of the playing field. As a receiver moves from one such designated area to another, the defender will "pass" his covering responsibility to the defender responsible for the area the receiver is entering. 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