The NFL now stages one franchise game a season in the United Kingdom
For the majority of us sports fans, football makes perfect sense - that is one of its joys. Well not all of it does. Nobody really understands anything that Jose Mourinho says, or why Fabio Capello insisted on giving pitch time to Emile Heskey at the last World Cup. But for the most part it’s pretty easy: you kick a ball with your foot in an attempt to score points. The clue is in the name right? Right?

Actually it turns out that for a few select places ‘football’ means something a little different*. The NFL preseason has begun and for many across the pond, Sunday evening will be spent watching large men in armour and leggings smash into each other at pulverising velocities.