Pietari Keskinen used to play American football for Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. In fact, he was the starting center for one season.
But then he got too busy and had to give the sport up.
“I didn’t have much time, but I kind of (still) liked hanging out with the group,” Keskinen said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Then they asked me to come announce the game. I was like, ‘Okay, I have nothing special on this Friday evening.’”
Thanks to a wide-open calendar, Keskinen is now the team’s play-by-play voice.
“I would say (American football is) getting bigger (here),” Keskinen said. “It’s not really big right now, but there is this underground bubbling interest, I would say.”
The game is slightly different than the American version. It’s 8-on-8, it’s always played indoors and there are no kickers or punters.
“It’s quite cold in Finland,” Keskinen explained. “You really don’t want to play outside. It is easier for students to organize a game inside. The field is smaller. There is not room for 11 people (per team) and there is no room for kickers, so it’s 8-on-8.”