My perspective of the American football played yesterday between two Central Asian teams is a bit different from my husband’s. I stood on top of a snowbank at about the 40 yard line among the cute little, Bishkek cheerleaders. They said their team from Kyrgyzstan was undefeated for the past six games. Yet in yesterday’s game their boys struggled to get the first touchdown after the guys in blue had already scored two. The Bishkek team looked taller and more like American football players with their padding and smart looking jerseys of maroon and white. I kept hearing the crowd behind me cheering “Bossy, Bossy!” or something like that. I asked the AUCA cheerleaders what that meant, their answer “Snowcats” and the Kazakhstan team players are called “Titans.”
Kazakhstan vs. Kyrgyzstan in American Football!!!
“Remember the Titans” because they won yesterday’s game even though they looked shorter and didn’t have the fanciest uniforms like the Bishkek team did. When offense traded places on the field with the defense there were several players who had to share pads and jersey, I actually felt sorry for the Titans even though they were winning. I have to admit my loyalties were divided. I used to teach at the Bishkek school that started out as KAUF 15 years ago and now is known as AUCA (American University in Central Asia). So, my favorite runner to watch was number 80 on the “Snowcat” team. He was tall, slim and quick and he would often catch the quarterback’s long passes. Great passes on both sides, so the QBs get much credit. The Titans more so because they didn’t even have a coach. They had asked Ken, my husband, but he had said no, he opted for reffing.Apparently there was a quarter break which I thought was the half. The halftime show happened after Steve Green, the HEAD ref called the girls out to do their dance routines. Keep in mind there was NO scoreboard with no time to show minutes remaining so I kept in my head what the score was. My contribution to the game, besides watching “our guys” was supplying a notebook that was used by Dr. Bruce Taylor, the Vice President of Academic Affairs. He had penned in large numerals of 1, 2, 3 and 4 for the downs so the crowd and the other team could see on the opposite side of the field yardage needed to complete their 10 yards as the teams advanced up and down the field.