Turnover Treachery

This is a beautiful week both in college football and in the NFL.  Fantastical in fact!  Especially for Florida State athletics, seeing as the Seminoles are now the top ranked Florida football program!  Woohoo!  Second fantastic piece of news:  Number 7 Ben Roethlisberger is back from his suspension and will be starting as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday!  Needless to say, I am expecting a very successful weekend.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 21: Ben Roethlisberger  of the Pittsburgh Steelers passes against the New York Giants during their preseason game at New Meadowlands Stadium on August 21, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Onto this week’s football lesson!  Today we are going to discuss a nasty horrendous event: the turnover.  A turnover occurs when the team possessing the ball loses possession to the other team.

This can happen in one of two ways:

  1. A Fumble:  This is when an individual player who has possession of the football loses control of it.  This can be a result of the ball being dropped or pulled from the player’s hands.  In the case of a turnover the other team recovers the fumbled ball and ownership is awarded to them.
  2. An Interception:  This is when the quarterback throws a pass that is caught by a member of the opposing team.  An interception occurs when the player defending the intended receiver is able to read the path of the ball and catch it instead.

Alright!  That is it for depressing football terminology.  Of course it is only depressing when your team has possession of the ball when the turnover occurs.  If your team is playing defense, well then it is cause for celebration.  So, here’s to the Steelers and the Seminoles causing lot’s of turnovers this weekend!


  1. SO glad Big Ben is back in the game! and WHOO! for the win today!


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