Millions of people around the world will tune in to the Super Bowl this Sunday and have absolutely no clue what they’re looking at. For a quick primer on America’s favorite sport, which remains ragingly unpopular most everywhere else, they could do worse than watch Fraser Davidson’s “A Guide to American Football.” In just under three minutes, the British animator, writer, and director covers everything you need to know about a game based on “taking other people’s land by force”: team nicknames, artificial turf, end zone celebrations, and more. For more of Davidson’s work, visit his YouTube and Vimeo pages and his website.
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