How to watch an American football game
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How to watch an American football game

Feel left out when people are talking sports? This course will provide you with an overview of the game & terminology.
2.3 (25 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,019 students enrolled
Last updated 1/2013
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn referee signals and why they matter
  • You will better understand the strategy of the game
  • Terms such as "drop the ball" or "let's do an end run" will make more sense
  • You'll hear behind the scenes stories from someone who has been a coach
  • Understand the field, markings, uniforms
  • Learn where REAL fans watch Super Bowl
  • ALSO - you will learn about networking .....
  • How to pick your events ... aka the "whether report" (whether or not you go!)
  • How to get into (and out of) a conversation
  • What happens if you make a mistake (for example, don't stay in touch with people)
  • How to stay on top of business cards
  • Feeling exhausted? What are some ways to find time to network
  • Introvert? You'll learn some tips so that you don't feel overwhelmed
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UPDATE - September 2016

Football season is here. Don't be left out of the conversation. This course will fast-track your knowledge of both football and networking. Skip around as you wish. (If you want to learn the networking later, just skip over that and come back later.)

Get a 2-for-1 course at a special rate.

UPDATE - August 2014

Join over 900 registered to learn about American football and networking. You get a 2-for-1 class.

The season is just starting and there's lots of talk (good and bad) around the watercooler about football. Don't be left out!

UPDATED INFO - August 2013

This is a "two-for-one" online class. It's a combo teaching networking and the fundamentals of football. The purpose was to help people feel they could attend a game or party and participate in the conversation then and later around the watercooler.

It is unlikely you'll be ready to be a football commentator after watching it.

As noted below the class is made from a live event.

DISCLOSURE - This event was filmed in front of a live audience at the British Consulate.

CBS Sunday Morning with Bill Geist filmed this event. There are times when there are multiple cameras angles but it's not too distracting.

There were ~ 100 in attendance from 7 countries.

Welcome to Watercooler Football - where football and networking meet to have fun!


  • You’re at a party with a football game on, people cheer and you have no idea what happened – do you feel left out?
  • At a meeting someone says, “let’s do an end run” – do you feel lost?
  • When you hear “football” do you think people mean soccer?

If you don't know how to watch a football, you may be left out. This can have a negative impact on your career and perhaps social life.

Join former Boston College Athletic Director, Gene DeFillippo, and published author and networking expert, Diane Darling, as they talk about Understanding American Football and how to watch it.

You'll also learn some best practices for networking. How to pick your events (aka "whether report"), how to get into a conversation, and ... how to get out of one. What are some best ways to follow up?

Learn how to be a part of the game with tips and from Gene and Diane. (And wait until you hear how they met!)

Through 7 video lessons, we share with you all the fundamentals you need to know about American football...Simply watch, take notes and have fun as this course has all American Football Explained!

You can fast forward and repeat as you need.

BONUS - You'll also get excellent tips on networking. You'll learn:


  • How to pick events
  • How to get into (and out of) a conversation
  • Best ways to follow up
  • What to do when you fumble in networking (eg don't follow up)

Category: Sports


Who is the target audience?
  • Non-US nationals who think football is soccer
  • Women who now have an American football player and/or fan in their life and they want to follow along
  • American men who never played but want to "talk sports" around the water cooler
  • ANYONE who wants to improve their networking skills, increase business, and have more time for the fun things in life
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
Quiz - Getting started
2 Lectures 01:24
Introduction and pre-game - What to expect, how the course got started, game plan
2 Lectures 10:23

The first of seven sections is the introduction/pregame for The Super Bowl of Networking.  This two hour course presented by Diane Darling, author of The Networking Survival Guide, and Gene Defillipo, former Athletics Director at Boston College, showcases the concept of Water Cooler Football

This segment was a workshop that was presented to Greater Boston American Society of Training and Development and was filmed by Bill Geist as part of a pre-SuperBowl segment for CBS Sunday Morning on January 13, 2013.  

This pregame section showcases to individuals:

  • An introduction of the presenters
  • An understanding of why the workshop was invented
  • An overview of the workshop and a discussion of the agenda
  • A description of the cultural differences between American Football and its perception in other countries.
  • Highlights of the political and societal influences of football in the world
Preview 10:23

Slides - Intro and pre-game
5 pages
First Quarter - Field, scoring, picking networking events, introverts
2 Lectures 14:54
In the 1st Quarter, the Game of Football will be discussed by Diane and Gene.  A further explanation of how the game of football relates to networking will be discussed.  Specifically, at the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain of concept of the football field and how to score points
  • Understand how the game of Networking is played
  • Provide the differences between how introverts and extroverts can network
  • Give the appropriate handshake under various circumstances  
NOTE:  You might want to have the slides accessible while you're taking the class.
Preview 14:54

Slides - 1st quarter
11 pages

Quiz - 1st quarter
3 questions
Second Quarter - Safety, penalties, body language, gender
2 Lectures 25:01
In the 2nd Quarter, Gene uses his skills from Boston College to show the audience how to recognize the uniforms, understand the referee signals, and the penalties associated with them.  As in Football, Diane explains the penalties found in networking.  She discusses how we communicate for both males and females.  At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the differences in uniforms for home and away teams
  • Recall the referee signals used during plays 
  • Convey when penalties occur through the referee signals
  • Recognize forms of communication between males and females
VIDEO // 2nd Quarter - Safety, penalties, body language, gender

Slides - 2nd quarter
11 pages

Quiz - 2nd quarter
3 questions
Half-time - what happens in the locker room, how to network during a break
3 Lectures 13:03
During the Halftime Show, we show you some of the networking that was conducted for this specific workshop.  In addition, Diane Darling interviewed, Susie Kitchens, British Counsel for New England regarding her experience of American Football in the United States.  During this lecture, you will:

  • Gain a cultural understanding of how Brits perceive American Football
  • Understand the cultural differences that affect networking
  • And you'll even hear an explanation of cricket!
VIDEO // Halftime Show - what happens in the locker room, how to network during a break

Slides - Half-time
2 pages

Step-by-step diagram - How to work a room
Chart - How to work a room
1 page
Third Quarter - positions, getting into (and out of) conversations, strategic networking
2 Lectures 20:49
In the 3rd Quarter, Gene and Diane strategize the Offense and Defense and take the audience through the role of each player and their importance on the field. Diane then leverages the plays that can be made in order to work a room when networking and how an individual could strategically network like a pro. By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Define the position and the role that each player serves on the field for both Offense and Defense
  • Provide strategies for strategic networking
  • Get in an out of a conversation
  • Determine strategies on how to work a room when networking 
VIDEO // 3rd Quarter - positions, getting into (& out of) conversations, strategic networking

Slides - 3rd quarter
10 pages

Quiz - 3rd quarter
3 questions
Fourth Quarter - formations, terminology, serendipity, follow-up
2 Lectures 16:36
In the 4th Quarter, Gene will walk the audience through the plays, the players who make them happen, and the football terminology involved in the sport of American Football.  Diane then discusses how these same role correspond to your networking strategy.  At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the strategic and explain the standard plays within American Football
  • Define each player's role within standard plays
  • Explain the formations for both Offense and Defense
  • Discuss and become familiar with American Football terminology
  • Form a strategy for networking with people and how to effectively follow up with individuals
VIDEO // 4th Quarter - formations, terminology, serendipity, follow-up

Slides - 4th quarter
11 pages

Quiz - 4th quarter
2 questions
Post-game - celebrate winning, deal with loss, exchange contact info
2 Lectures 14:26
The Postgame show provides a question and answer segment for workshop attendees.  In addition, both Gene and Diane field questions and comments by the audience on the workshop, football, coach experiences, and how to strategically network. 
VIDEO // Postgame Wrapup - celebrate winning, deal with loss, exchange contact info

Slides - Postgame
3 pages
Bonus material
1 Lecture 00:00
This is the entire slide deck in one document. 
They were used in the presentation at the British Consulate for the Super Bowl of Networking Workshop. Please feel free to use these slides to follow along with the presentation. 
Slides from presentation - January 8, 2013
54 pages

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About the Instructor
Diane Darling
3.8 Average rating
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1,023 Students
2 Courses
Author, Speaker, Consultant and Entrepreneur

Looking for easy-to-follow information that is delivered with a sense of humor and common sense? You've come to the right place.

I'm a keynote speaker at conferences, sales meeting, and fundraisers. I also offer training classes and executive coaching.

McGraw-Hill has published my books in 7 languages. Very bizarre to write a book, but I can't read it. :-)

I enjoy sharing my knowledge and am delighted to be an expert on Udemy.

The classes will vary from learning from my professional life as well as my personal life.

Clients I've worked with include:

  • 20th Century Fox
  • American Bar Association
  • University of Michigan Ross School of Business
  • American Cancer Society
  • Canadian government
  • London School of Economics
  • Department of Defense
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • American Society of Training & Development
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Guidant
  • University of Texas Law School
  • SunTrust
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
Michael Sanders
2.3 Average rating
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1,019 Students
1 Course
Impact Learning and Development Professional

Michael has contributed 15+ years to the field of Learning and Development and is currently thriving as an independent consultant focusing on online learning, problem solving, marketing, and Lean initiatives. As a jack-of-all-trades, he has proven experience in the areas of management, LMS management/implementation, instructional design, multimedia, courseware development and video integration.

Prior to working as a consultant, Michael managed the technical training for Canon North America for Service Technicians and Systems Engineers within the Imaging Systems Group. Throughout the years, Michael has served as a hands-on manager on large scale online initiatives for companies such as Computershare, State Street Financial, Monsanto, Solutia, and Brown Brothers Harriman. To support these initiatives, Mike has attained his Master of Science degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Springfield College and his Bachelors in Psychology from Stonehill College.

In his leisure time, Michael spends time writing music as well as crafts abstract artwork. As an avid collector, Michael has assembled a large display of guitars, artwork and vintage memorabilia. Michael loves attending concerts and sporting events. As a technical hobby, he has been developing immersive interactive 3D programs for marketing and sales applications.

Gene DeFilippo
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Former athletic director of Boston College

Gene DeFilippo

Director of Athletics

  Gene DeFilippo became Director of Athletics in September of 1997 and he led the BC athletics program to an unprecedented period of innovation, growth, fundraising, athletic and academic success.  His stated goal of keeping the student-athlete at the heart of the program has produced undeniable results.  He also led the program through one of the most significant periods in its history as it transitioned to full membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  Under DeFilippo’s leadership, Boston College student-athletes’ achievements in the classroom have become an immense source of pride for the University and its supporters.  Boston College, along with Duke University, tied for second in the nation for overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in all sports among FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools, according to data released by the NCAA last October. The 97 percent that both schools registered was second only to Notre Dame’s 99 percent.

  In addition, 21 BC sports teams received a perfect GSR score of 100, the most teams with a perfect score of any FBS athletics program in the country. This marked the third consecutive year the Eagles recorded the most perfect scores among their FBS counterparts. In addition, the football team’s score of 93 was one of only six FBS programs in the country to receive a score of 90 or better.  Last year, 331 BC student-athletes maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or better, earning the Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement. BC’s graduation rate for all student-athletes has consistently ranked in the nation’s top ten.  

  "Boston College is, above all, an academic institution," DeFilippo said. "We want to field competitive sports teams, and we want to win, which our teams do. But when we recruit student-athletes, we tell them they have an opportunity to receive a degree from one of the greatest universities in the country, and our mission is to ensure that they are successful. We are extremely proud of our student-athletes' accomplishments in the classroom."

  Outside of their academic and athletic endeavors, BC student-athletes are perhaps best known for their devotion to community, as they spend numerous hours helping those less fortunate.  In 2010, the BC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee was awarded the National SAAC Award of Excellence in recognition of the community service endeavors of Eagle student-athletes.

  DeFilippo has undertaken an impressive overhaul of BC’s athletics facilities that includes new football practice facilities, a total renovation of Conte Forum, including a new sound system, floor and video boards, new soccer, field hockey and lacrosse stadiums on the Newton campus, and an air-inflated bubble to cover the Alumni Stadium turf to provide an indoor practice facility for all sports during the winter months.

  Most recently, a new AstroTurf surface and brick work have been added to Alumni Stadium and the Conte Forum weight room and equipment room have been totally renovated.  DeFilippo was instrumental in raising money to build the privately funded $27 million, 72,000-square-foot Yawkey Athletics Center, which houses the football program, the Office of Learning Resources for Student-Athletes, and a large function area for general University use.  After football moved into the Yawkey Center, BC undertook a multi-million dollar renovation Conte Forum to provide additional locker room and office space for many of BC’s 31 varsity sports.

  DeFilippo renamed the Athletics Department’s fundraising arm (formerly Blue Chips) in honor of longtime Athletics Director Bill Flynn. Thanks to the support of more than 4,500 donors, Boston College Athletics completed a highly successful fundraising campaign for the 2011-12 fiscal year.  With more than $20 million cash contributed from alumni, parents and friends, the department experienced its most successful cash year ever for varsity athletics when taking into account past years’ totals that included significant capital payments for the Yawkey Center.

  Commitments – often a indicator of future cash payments – were also strong with a varsity athletics record of more than $25 million pledged.  This includes the largest commitment ever made in support of a varsity athletics team from an alumnus with the announcement of a $5 million gift to endow the head men’s ice hockey coaching position.  Additionally, the baseball program received the largest ever one-time commitment from an alumnus with a $2.5 million gift.  The aforementioned gifts were among five commitments at the $1 million+ level.  They also contributed to the 43 commitments of $100,000 or more.  In the last two years, BC Athletics has received 87 commitments of $100,000 or more – a 45% increase over the prior two-year total.

  Anne and Gene DeFilippo cemented their commitment to Boston College by announcing their pledge of $100,000 to endow a scholarship.  The scholarship will be awarded annually to a female student-athlete who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and financial need.

  In athletics competition, DeFilippo has overseen some of the most successful seasons in Boston College Athletics history.  The men’s ice hockey team just won its third NCAA Championship in the past five seasons, its fourth since 2001 and fifth overall.  The hockey team has competed in five of the last seven national championship games.  The women’s hockey team returned to the Frozen Four in 2012, and the sailing team has won 11 national team or individual titles in the past five years. 

  In football, BC produced an unprecedented 12 straight winning teams (1999-2010), capturing 103 victories during that streak.  BC won an amazing 88 games in the 2000s (2000-09, including bowls), tying Auburn and Southern California for 11th among all teams in college football. DeFilippo also has overseen record-breaking success in men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s soccer.

  From 1993-97, DeFilippo served as director of athletics at Villanova University.  He served as Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Kentucky from 1987-93, Director of Athletics at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg from 1984-87 and Director of Administrative Services at Vanderbilt University from 1983-84.

  His coaching experience includes three years as offensive backfield coach at Vanderbilt (1980-82), which included the 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl.  From 1975-79, he was offensive coordinator at Youngstown State University, during which time the team won two consecutive Mid-Continent Conference championships, 1978-79.  In 1973-74, he was graduate assistant football coach for the University of Tennessee, coaching in the 1973 Gator Bowl and 1974 Liberty Bowl.

  A 1973 graduate of Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science degree, DeFilippo earned three varsity letters as a quarterback in football during his undergraduate career.  He received a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Tennessee in 1974.

  He was named the 2010 recipient of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Martin Williams Souders Award, presented annually to a graduate of a New England independent school who made a distinguished record in sports and who since made a distinguished record in life through his/her ideals, leaderships and accomplishments.  Past recipients have included George H.W. Bush, Sargent Shriver, Michael Erizione, Dee Rowe, Bill Cleary, and former BC Athletics Director Bill Flynn.

  DeFilippo and his wife, Anne, are the parents of three children – Christine Eldred (married to Matt Eldred), John and Mary and have one granddaughter, Katherine Eldred.

The DeFilippo File

Years  School  Position

1973-74  Tennessee  Graduate Assistant Football Coach

1975-79  Youngstown State  Assistant Football Coach

1980-82  Vanderbilt  Assistant Football coach

1983-84  Vanderbilt  Director of Administrative Services

1984-87  University of South Carolina-Spartanburg  Director of Athletics

1987-93  Kentucky  Assistant, Associate Director of Athletics-

  External Operations

1993-97  Villanova  Director of Athletics

1997-2012  Boston College  Director of Athletics