Month: December 2019

Titans Football for Dummies

Titans Football for Dummies(i.e.: food network zombies, U.T. purists, trophy wives of football zealots and cheerleaders)

Part 1

I have not always been the chest beating, hyperventilating, touchdown signaling Titans enthusiast I am today. Unfortunately, before I got to know the Titans I led a pretty dull life where the highlight of the weekend was my cross-stitching. That was until "The Titans" came to town. I was working a mundane 9 to 5 at a middle Tennessee establishment when some new customers occasionally came in. After a while it became a regular occurrence for a Titans coach, Titans wide receiver, Titans linebacker, wives of the any of the Titans staff and others associated with the Titans to walk through the door and strike up a normal conversation with me as we tended to their business. I was intrigued but often had to ask them their names, which they gave, as they most likely checked their pride, and kindly swallowed their ego for my benefit.

I quickly realized that I genuinely liked these people. Therefore, I made the conscious effort to learn about the Titans. So I struggled through the weekly predictions by the analysts, pre-game analysis, post-game analysis, and of course sports radio talk shows and ESPN. It was a great process. Shortly thereafter I found myself yelling at the T.V. or radio as some "know-it-all" didn't give the Titans their due respect. I cried out, "Get over it" to those U.T holdout callers who still have a quiver in their voice when they talk about Peyton.

I figured I must be a genuine Titans fan when my husband and I were invited to a Super Bowl party in 2019. It was the famous hair-tearing-out, coronary inducing Titans VS rams game. The friend throwing the party was trying to be sensitive but firm when he suggested to me when inviting us, "Now, we are having a Super Bowl party to watch the game, not socialize." I indignantly shot back, "Who do you think I am, some football dummy? I'm not coming to your party to have fun! This stuff is serious!!!"

My adrenaline begins to pump in July anticipating a new Titans season, hope reviving, and another reason to thank God for creating autumn. My thoughts at red lights and when I'm cooking dinner creep back in – Will Chris Johnson get the job done and not get hurt? How is Vince doing these days? Who is going to get cut and I sure am going to miss Vanden Bosch.

My schedule now rotates not only around the Titans mini-camps and games but the NFL draft as well. All of my phone app's line up after the Titan's home page icon. My desktop and screensavers reflect my current Titan's hero. But my cross-stitch must wait until the first pitch in April. SIGH!

Please check out the rest of the articles in this series at ……………….. loismosleyarticles@gmail.com.

Part 2-Who is Bud Adams- the finger or the force?

Part 3-Coach Fisher- the running game is his name.

Part 4-Titans Offence-Is it offensive or just plain good?

Part 5-Titans Defense- Where, OH WHERE, has my little pit bull gone?

Baby Football Onesie

Yeah, sure, your baby is too young to even know what football is but that doesn't mean he won't be a great player some day! A guy – and sometimes a woman – has high hopes for that little boy, when it comes to football. One day, you can go outside and practice throwing and catching the ball with the little guy but, for now, dreams will have to suffice. Of course, there's nothing that says you can't get the baby ready for football season way ahead of time. He can go ahead and start watching the games with you and he can feel or hold a real football. Oh, and about the outfit; there's no reason why he can't go ahead and get dressed out for the game!

You can make an adorable football onesie for your little boy and it doesn't take a lot of skill to create it. Instead of making the sleeper, just buy it, and then you can dress it up to have a football theme. In fact, make the sleeper look like a football; it's the cutest little thing! Buy a sleeper in the color of brown – as close to the color of a football as possible – and it will take just a few minutes to turn it into a football sleeper.

White felt is perfect for making the stitches that you would see on a real football. The felt doesn't have to be hemmed so it won't take long to turn the onesie into a football. Since you could be making the sleeper for a newborn baby, or an older baby, you can decide on how long and wide the football stitching should be. For now, cut one long piece of felt, to go from below the neckline, to above the snaps of the onesie. Make sure that the felt stitches won't go all the way down and between the legs. Keep the felt stitching on the stomach and chest area. The long piece that you cut should be only an inch or so in width.

Besides the one long strip you'll need five or six small stitches. These, too, should be cut from white felt. Position the long white felt piece down the middle of the sleeper and sew around all four sides of it to attach it. Position five or so small stitches, across the long one, and sew each of them in place, spacing them evenly apart.

The football sleeper is just darling on a little boy. If you ordered it, you would pay nearly three times what a regular onesie would cost but, when you make it yourself, you spend less than a buck on felt. Don't have any felt? Use fabric paint and paint on the stitches.

NFL Fantasy Football

The 2019 NFL fantasy football season just finished so what better time to start looking toward the 2020 season then now. Many leagues each year are won and lost over the tight end position. It may be the one position where the great players separate themselves further from the average player, well statistically anyway. Here is a look at the best prospects at the tight end position for your fantasy football league.

It seems obvious, but I have to start out in New England with Rob Gronkowski. The guy simply put is a beast; he had 11 touchdowns in 11 games. It is hard to find the production Gronkowski gives at the tight end position. Even though he finished the 2019 season injured, he will most likely return to his dominate form in 2020. Gronkowski is as valued as any tight end and is a necessity on most fantasy teams; you will need to draft him early, first round maybe.

Next, I am going to head to Dallas to look at the Cowboys fantastic tight end Jason Witten. Witten lead all tight ends in receptions with 110, that's right 110. Now in a points per reception league all those catches really help, but he did struggle to find the end zone. I simply look at that as a fluke, it seems unlikely that Witten will struggle that much again to find the end zone, but I do believe he will keep putting up those fantastic receiving stats.

Finally, I am going to head to New Orleans to look at Jimmy Graham. Graham tallied 85 catches and 9 touchdowns in the 2019 season. He has been a consistent dominate tight end over the past few seasons and we all know New Orleans likes to throw the ball so Graham will most likely have another great season in 2020.

The tight end position is one of the most crucial positions in any fantasy football league. The simple fact that most leagues only start one tight end each week makes it just as valuable as the quarterback, but it seems there are less tight ends that consistently put up big numbers. For your 2020 NFL fantasy football league, consider drafting one of these tight ends early.

 

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