Marine Detachment Commander lectures on American
football to teams from Uruguay, Argentina
Teams from US Embassy, Uruguay’s
Xtreme Football and Flag Football league and two teams from
Argentina played a tournament at the Uruguayan American School
May 27, 2004
The Marine Detachment Commander, Gunnery
Sergeant Wesley Moran opened a four-team football tournament
Saturday (May 22) with a brief lecture on the history of
The teams, two from Argentina, the Mercenarios
and the Pretorianos, one from Uruguay Xtreme Football and
Flag Football league (UXFFF) and the US Patriots, employees
of the U.S. Embassy, gather occasionly to share their appreciation
of American football in a country where soccer overshadows
all other sports.
Moran traced the development of the sport,
from soccer to rugby to football. He gave a brief explanation
of the rules of the game, highlighted several of the great
players and explained the structure of the Super Bowl, the
“Baseball is referred to as America’s
pastime, but football is America’s passion,”
To the amusement of the players, Moran pointed
out that last year’s Super Bowl was won by the New
England Patriots against the Carolina Panthers. Despite
the precedent, the US Embassy Patriots placed last in the
tournament, winning one game, losing one and tying the third.
A barbeque was held at the U.S. Marines'
house Sunday (May 23), where the tournament winners, the
Mercenarios, were presented a trophy.
learn about the U.S. game.
Gny Sgt. Wesley Moran
talks about U.S. football and the Super Bowl.