NFL Football: The Little Man

I want to start off by saying that the national football league has and always will be a favorite sport i watch on television regularly.

But it has come to my attention that maybe some of the television rights has gone to the bigger more powerful markets, thus leaving the little man (so to speak) out in the cold…before i continue i would also like to add that this is a real issue that should be dealt with on an adult level, instead of handling it like they have been…

Sports in general is what makes up a lot of companies getting funded. Investment deals, gambling, advertising and profit-sharing are just a few that i know about.

They can also be mighty greedy when it comes to all the money that is, has been and can be made in athletics. Not everyone is cut out to be an athlete in this world, but maybe somewhere down the line they can get into another profession like a coach, a manager or personal assistant or just someone that needs their help.

What can we do to help the people who watch and support this game…always seems like to me that the owners and vice presidents makes all the decisions…maybe they should just sit back and take a long look at one another and vote on taking a wage deduction and stop making the tickets so high in price, and then and only then may they be the ones on the outside looking in.

The bottom line is I'm just trying to speak a language so the average joe has an understanding of the point i'm trying to get across…owners and billionaires think they can do what they want, when they want, well I'm one of those average joe's and proud of it…i think it is time to talk back and take back what is rightfully ours…so I'll be the one to stand up and say its time to finally give the little man the credit he deserves!…thank you

Texas High School Football

I suppose every state, large city , or small town in the United States has its bragging rights on being champion in one sport or the other. Football comes to my mind, especially high school football in the State of Texas. Statistically, three states contribute more high school athletes to division 1A college football. California, Texas, and Florida are leaders in this category.

I am most familiar with football, especially District IV- 5A. These are considered large Texas schools and pre season is never overrated. This district has proven to be one of the most prepared, hardest fighting, and well supported by Texas fans.
To put things in perspective, here are the teams in District IV-5A: Odessa Permian, Odessa High, Midland Lee, Midland High, Abilene High, and Abilene Cooper. Of course these teams are in Odessa,Texas,Abilene,Texas, and Midland,Texas.

Odessa Permian is probably most recognized. The movie, ” Friday Night Lights” was about this team’s struggle in a very competitive district and the journey to a Texas State Championship. The movie was right on as far as depicting a town and its attitude for expecting a state title year after year. The few scenes showing a grilling pre season was also correct. I can tell you by personal experience this; town businesses shut down early on Friday nights and filled the stadiums to the tune of twenty to thirty thousand out of control fans- parents and alumni. By out of control, I only say the passion and fierce competition and support for teams filled the night air with roaring chants and yells.
Statistically, here a brief history on this team: State 5A champions in 1980, tied for state in 1984, 1985 lost in the finals, 1989 won title, and 1995 lost title by 3 points.


Odessa Permian is not the only factor in District IV-5A. Midland Lee gets national respect when winning three high school state championships in football in 1998-2000. They were ranked nationally in the Super 25 Ranking #10 in 1998, #1 in 1999, and #8 in 2000. Even with three titles in a row, Midland Lee had only one year, 1999, with a perfect 15-0 record. Their losses were to teams in their district during the year.
Talk about rivalries, here are a few worth mentioning.
Midland Lee vs Abilene Cooper, 1998 Abilene Cooper wins in a defensive , hard hitting, spit and blood spattering game. Actually no one was seriously hurt, than goodness and the crowd got one hell of a game. Midland Lee licks its wounds and starts their three year run, winning the state championship.

In 1999, Midland High was supposed to win about half its games. But when it came time to play their rival and last years state champion, Midland High fought a great battle and had Midland Lee in the arms of defeat until the last few seconds of the game resulted in an interception that gave Midland Lee the victory.

These are just two, at least most memorable to me but if you were to ask any person in any other Texas town, they would have a story to tell.

Finally, I can list a few athletes that are now professional that came out of District IV-5A:
John Lackey- Pitcher for Anaheim Angels
Dominque Rhodes- running back for Annapolis Colts

Join the Football Party

The air is starting to get a slight chill, school is back in session, and you can almost hear the roar of the crowd off in the distance…football season is here!!! For those of you who are football fans you can hardly contain the excitement welling up inside you each preseason game makes you drool a little more. The taste of beer and wings in on your lips, and you have your jersey out to wash one last time before it becomes lucky and is no longer washable. For those of you who do not follow football and have no idea what I am talking about…what the hell are you doing! You are missing one of the greatest excitements in America. Stop fighting it and join in!

I grew up in a basketball family. My excitement revolved around March and I can vividly remember exactly where I was when Christian Laettner hit "the shot". Then, I got married. He was a football guy. The first football season we were together I hardly saw him. He would disappear on Saturday to resurface on Tuesday then go again on Thursday. I went to a big time ACC school and while basketball reigned supreme it was still a southern school. For those of you not from the south let me educate you on southern college football real quick. If the game starts at 7:00 p.m. you arrive at your tailgate at 9:00 a.m. You listen to pre-game talk while cooking out and drinking. Then around 6:00 p.m. the stadium begins to come alive with the sound of thousands of fans beginning their pregame routine. Then, when the ball kicks off the stadium shakes and you can't hear your thoughts over the roar of the crowd! It's a big deal! Coming from that college background joining in with him on Saturday was not hard. I loved cheering for my team and cheering against our arch nemesis in-state rival. Passion was easy to muster for college football.

The NFL was another story. I had no allegiance to any team, and frankly did not care one bit about pro-athletes. I found them a bunch of overpaid whiners to decide to strike when they didn't get their way. Then, I had to make the choice to be left on Sunday and Monday or join in. I became a Washington Redskins fan, and I have not looked back since.

Sundays became one of my favorite day of the week. We would put on our jerseys and head to our local redskin bar. Strangers became friends, and pitchers were passed around without worrying about who was paying for it. Campbell would connect with Moss for a 55 yard touchdown and the room of burgundy and gold would erupt in "Hail to the Redskins". Taylor (may he rest in peace) would absolutely annihilate a cowboy and grown men would hug each other and women would high five whoever was closest. I would be on cloud nine the day after a Cowboys defeat and I would be blue with an Eagles defeat. I had become an NFL fan, and I was loving it.

So all you women out there who hate losing your husband on Sundays, if you hate having to watch stupid games all day even when his team is not on, if you hate his inability to get anything done on Sunday, if you hate him not coming home on Monday nights after work the solution is simple…join the party. He will think you are totally amazing for doing it, and you will get many good karma points (i.e.-shoes, purses, and clothes). Not only will you get bonus points but you may find yourself having fun.

The first step is to try going somewhere to watch the game. We could not get the games on our TV and so we were forced to find a bar, but it really did make a difference. Just getting out of the house made it more like a date then game. Second, order a beer and junk food and don't feel guilty about the calories. This is your chance for a "get out of jail free" card with junk food so eat everything you want. Next, buy a cute jersey. I chose a bigger one to wear with legging and a belt. Next, talk loudly and not get shushed, and remind him in front of other women how lucky he is to have a girl that likes football. Finally, let go and enjoy watching those buff men run around in tight pants.

Trust me ladies, take it from a designer wearing, pink loving, high heel wearing girl…football can be fun!

SEC Football Preview

2009 SEC Football Preview

East Division

1 – Florida

They come off the national championship and have a Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback. No seniors are on the offensive line but their receiving corps and defensive front seven make up for that. They will be rated no. 1 overall in a lot of polls at the beginning of the year.

2 – Georgia

The loss of Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno bears watching. Joe Cox is the new QB and is a senior but doesn't have a lot of experience. This ranking is based strictly on talent.

3 – South Carolina

Don't think Steve Spurrier won't yank Stephen Garcia if the quarterback is ineffective. However, that means a child (freshman) could lead them. The defense is experienced with a plethora of seniors and juniors. Spurrier is enough of a factor to get the Gamecocks into the top three of the division.

4 – Kentucky

This team is the wild card. They are looking for an unprecedented fourth straight bowl win. Mike Hartline will have to fend off the quarterback challenge from two touted freshmen while wideout Randall Cobb is Mr. Excitement.

5 – Tennessee

Lane Kiffin's mouth will either be this team's undoing or motivate them to a return to top-dog status. Safety Eric Berry is a dark-horse Heisman candidate. The Vols need more of those .

6 – Vanderbilt

The Commodores won't come out of the gate like raging bulls this season. Their offense has never been strong and it will wear this team out trying to win every game 7-3.

West Division

1 – Ole Miss

Everybody's on Alabama's bandwagon to win the West. The Rebels have a softer schedule than the Tide and the best quarterback not named Tim Tebow. The big key is if Greg Hardy can be in top form following his off-season car accident.

2 – Alabama

Nick Saban is one of those coaches who can take a team to new heights with his knowledge of the game and recruiting savvy. However, this is a young team that will stumble when people don't expect it. That's why they're not selected to win the division.

3 – LSU

Jordan Jefferson takes over at quarterback. Again, youth is the issue for the Bayou Bengals. However, Charles Scott is a workhorse at running back and that could make the difference resulting in a top-three divisional finish.

4 – Arkansas

Quarterback Ryan Mallett dwarfs some offensive linemen. He will certainly get some opportunities to throw, throw, throw under Bobby Petrino. That might help the Hogs steal a couple of games that they normally wouldn't have won with a conservative offense.

5 – Mississippi State

Their offense has been abysmal for some time and are the West's version of Vandy. The experienced defense will have to carry the Bulldogs to whatever victories they will get.

6 – Auburn

Auburn could have had Turner Gill, who coached Buffalo into a team that is no longer a laughingstock. They settled for Gene Chizik who won a couple games a year at Iowa State. That will be their downfall this season.

Three Biggest SEC Games

Sept. 5 – Alabama @ Va. Tech (Georgia Dome)

The winner could be entrenched in the top five. This game looms large for BCS reasons.

Oct. 10 – Alabama @ Ole Miss

If the Tide have a loss against Virginia Tech a loss on the road to the Rebels would kill their hopes of getting to BCS bowl game.

Oct. 31 – Florida @ Georgia

Mark Richt will want revenge, even if he doesn't say so, for last season's debacle against the Gators.




Football Fingernails

What you'll need:
Brown nail polish
White nail polish

You don't have to be a guy to love football; many women adore the sport. But whether you do or you don't like football, you could still find yourself doing football-type things – like wearing football fingernails. Whether you love the sport, or you're just helping your guy throw a Superbowl party, you'll be amazed at how many people notice your football fingernails. It's one of the great designs that any regular person can do without help.

Making your fingernails look like footballs is easy enough to do. Instead of going to a salon, where specialty nails are done, you can do them yourself, and save. Many fingernail designs are quite involved, requiring taping off areas, painting again and again, or even using tiny stencils. But when you paint your nails to look like footballs you won't have to bother with any of that.

The most important part of creating nails that really look comparable to footballs is to choose the right color of fingernail polish. Brown polish is ideal, of course, but the right shade of brown will make the most convincing football nails. Brown isn't the most common shade that you'll find, when it comes to shopping for nail polish, but you can certainly find it online.

Apply two coats of brown nail polish to your fingernails, letting each coat dry completely. A toothpick can help you make the stitches on the footballs. Dispense some white nail polish onto a paper towel, or onto a disposable, flat object. Cut the very tip off of the toothpick and lay that end of the toothpick in the polish. Coat just one side of the toothpick, about halfway up, but make sure that the polish isn't too thick. Lay the toothpick on the fingernail, right down the middle, to make a white line that goes from the tip of the nail, nearly to the nail bed.

Cut the ends off of another toothpick so that you have a piece that is a bit longer than the width of your fingernail. Hold it on the ends, lay it in the white paint, and "stamp" small, white lines across the main white line. Each small line should go from near one side of the nail, to near the other side. Depending on how long or short your nails are, you could make 4 to 7 lines across the main line.

Football fingernails are a simplistic design that can be done on all of your nails, or just on one. It's a great look for a woman who loves the sport, for a cheerleader, or for someone hosting a football-theme party.

How to Make NFL Football Exciting to Watch Again

When John Madden finally announced that he was retiring from the broadcast booth you could hear a groundswell of cheering across the nation. Oh sure, there are people who inexplicably find John Madden useful for whatever football knowledge he may still possess, but considering the fact that on average it takes John Madden about 30 seconds to catch on to the penalty that even a casual football viewer spotted as it was taking place, the only possible way to really enjoy John Madden is as camp or performance art. Madden’s goodbye to the NFL announcing booth is perhaps twenty-five years too late, but welcome all the same. That Madden made any football game he provided commentary over an absolute case of sheer torture goes without saying to a multitude of people. Equally so, again inexplicably, there are people who seem to actually believe themselves when they say that watching a football game without Madden’s so-called wit and wisdom is the real torture.

John Madden made watching NFL football, which has increasingly become the single most boring sport I can think of besides soccer, into something even more atrociously horrifying. Aside from the fact that Madden seems incapable of identifying any action on the field before the youngest kid in the stands, there is also Madden’s incalculable ability to state the obvious. These flaws and failings of John Madden are known to everybody and apparently overlooked by quite a few. I’m certainly not the first to point them out. But nobody has managed to do justice to the mystery of why John Madden had such a long career and acquitted himself with so many fans as comedian Frank Caliendo.

Frank Caliendo does dead-on impressions of George W. Bush and Al Pacino. Such is Caliendo’s mastery of Bush and Pacino that it would be hard to distinguish the real from the fake if presented both with your eyes closed while listening. Nevertheless, I posit that Frank Caliendo’s masterpiece of impressionism is his astonishing riff on John Madden. It isn’t just that Caliendo sounds exactly like John Madden, which he does, so much as it is that he gets the pointlessness and almost surreal lack of insight that is associated with John Madden. To listen to the meandering monologues of Caliendo’s John Madden is to be presented with insight into why listening to Madden provide commentary of an NFL game is somewhat akin to watching Luis Bunuel remake Gone with the Wind. Caliendo is especially good at pointing out Madden’s unique ability to say something with supreme authority that is more obvious than the assertion that Dick Cheney is a just a tad paranoid.

The best thing about John Madden’s retirement is that he won’t be around to make what has turned into the least exciting professional sport in America even less enthralling to watch. The second best thing is that it opens the door for making NFL football somewhat less than excruciating to watch. If only Fox or whichever network recently employed John Madden would hire Frank Caliendo to do commentary in the guise of John Madden, I might just occasionally pop in to watch an NFL game; something I haven’t done in over a decade. Frank Caliendo doing NFL commentary on Fox would also almost make me not scream in agony when 7:00 Central Time is nearing and I flip it over there in preparation for watching the Simpsons and see that it’s a tie ballgame that may go into sudden death. (Sudden death; that’s what we used to call overtime back when NFL football was actually kind of exciting to watch.) Of course, I’d still rather watch the entire Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy back to back than have Fox continue to screw up my Simpsons with another boring football game, but Caliendo would be a welcome addition.

Watch Caliendo’s dead-on impersonation of John Madden.

Some of Them Kick Footballs

OK, well it's half time in the Liverpool v Reading FA cup game and it's one all. It's one all! Shouldn't Liverpool and their ridiculously well paid players be entirely dominating Reading? Steven Gerrard gets paid £122,400 per week, and Simon Church (the Reading goal scorer) gets not a fraction of that, I imagine. Playing for Reading he probably gets a pat on the back from the manager and a drunken blowy from a Reading tart in the changing rooms.

So how can this happen? It's simple. Liverpool couldn't play well lately to save their lives. In fact, I think that's a good system for games like this. If there is a 20 position difference between the two teams the better team has to win, or they're killed. Maybe that'd make them earn their money. Simply make them earn their wages or we put them down like mangy, flee ridden, useless dogs that were bought solely for Christmas by malicious, neglectful parents. Get Rolf Harris to host it as an extra after-the-match special on ITV2, it can be called 'Players in Practice'. Harold Shipman could be the doctor. Two birds. One stone.

Maybe that's just a little impractical, but seriously they could make it more interesting, rather than chucking great, mind-boggling wads of money at football players. Luckily for you I have the solution. If the distance between the two teams is a vast a chasm as it is between Liverpool and Reading, have a communal pot. Both sides earnings for the game go into a pot then the winners keep it. I'm sure the Reading players would be up for that kind of mad-hatter gamble for a possible hefty pay-packet, but Gerrard and his merry men wouldn't be so eager, I'm sure.

Liverpool could have had this in the bag if half their players were at training instead of prancing off, trying to suck book publishers sex-stick's to get a ghost writer to do their bidding, for yet another annoyingly boring and pointless auto-biography. Who cares what has happened in Jamie Carragher's life? Definitely not me. Almost certainly not you. Possibly not his Mother. Probably not even his wife and children. If I wanted to know what it was like to come from Liverpool, have a silly accent and be a bit dim I'd watch a Donal McIntyre 'documentary'. Which I have. And as far I as I can tell they just go around gobbing on each other and/or stabbing one another. Some of them kick footballs. Very little get signed to good football teams. One or two have books about them, which litter shops shelves.

"a player who never fails to be intelligent, controversial or just downright hilarious."

Now, I've heard Jamie Carragher in interviews and he doesn't seem like he's hilarious, intelligent or even controversial. Far from it. I doubt he will be breaking into a Chomsky debate about linguistics; or lay out an hours worth of quality Prior-esque material or even be a little bit racists just to tick the controversial box. I don't expect him to do any of those things, in the same way I wouldn't expect a rape victim to get in an unmarked taxi (that's more like it, if you want controversy). I expect him to play football well, not break his way into Waterstones. To say he has 'never failed' to do something might simply mean he never attempted it. I shall not fail in my quest however. Now where is Harold's number….

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