Summer topic for Patriot junkies: Each year I raise a little money for a local school by putting on a NFL football viewing clinic for neophytes. They all get confused by the "cloud of dust" problem: 22 men in motion at once, where's the ball, what just happened? I tell them that TV is a terrible way to watch football, but you can mitigate the shortcomings with a system. Here's my barebones system for beginners: How to watch a play: 1. Generally know the score and game situation (what is each team trying to do?). 2. Note the down and distance to go (at end of last play). 3. Are they bunched tight or spread wide? (i.e. formations and tendencies) 4. Follow the camera (...the ball, usually). 5. How did they do versus down and distance? (I give them a chart of good, fair, and poor results for each down.) 6. Repeat cycle. So, all you football zealots, two questions: 1. What tips do you have for beginners? 2. What tricks have you learned as a expert TV football viewer to get the very most out of watching each play on TV? For example, what keys to line play do you look for?