NFL – New Found Loot
The power and influence the NFL wields continues to grow.
The league has become so dominant that few, if any, challenge it.
My first inkling of their master plan, to control every aspect of its product, was the introduction of the NFL Network.
The control of TV rights is a major piece of the NFL bottom line strategy.
What better way to get a bigger piece of the NFL pie than to own the TV rights?
A’s vs. Raiders – It’s Oco Loco
If you live in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area and are an A’s or Raiders fan, you are to be congratulated for being damn loyal and persistent. The glory days of the A’s and the Raiders seem like distant memories.
I bet you’re tired of all the drama and the fighting. Can I hear a “JUST WIN BABY”? Amen.
As if the losing seasons weren’t enough, now there is political drama to mix into this bowl of misery.
LeBron – I’m Coming Home
Who says you can never go home again?
After weeks of speculation, LeBron James made it official, he is returning to his roots to play for the home team.
I think it’s the smartest decision he has ever made.
It shows that even fame and fortune can take a back seat to making things right.
Acacia Walker, Ambassador for TheLocker
The world of social media is growing and evolving at a pace few could ever predict.
The most recognizable of course are Facebook and Twitter.
But there are some sites targeting specific audiences and interests.
Among those are LinkedIn, Pininterest, Instagram, etc.
The sports world, thus far had not created a “place” of its own.
That is until now.
There is a new social media concept that is unique and different, it is www.TheLocker.com.
It is the first ever-Social Commerce Community that is opening the playing field for female athletes worldwide.
The Locker is revolutionizing the way athletes, pros and amateurs, can connect and share off the field.
Acacia Walker is an Ambassador for TheLocker.
Brazil World Cup Winner – Odds and Predictions 2014
The greatest football show on earth is almost upon us as World Cup 2014 kicks off in Brazil in June. You can be sure that new legends will be born and there will be one or two surprises on the way to crowning the world champions on 13 July. As the excitement builds, check out the teams, players and trends to look out for ahead of this year’s World Cup.
Draft Day – Hype or Hip?
I have long suspected that the NFL was going to completely dominate everything “NFL”.
Nothing proves my point more than the NFL’s artificially created “event”, the NFL Draft.
The avid NFL fan, of which I am one, has separation anxiety after the Super Bowl.
Snowboard Tips From Birgit
My name is Birgit Rofner, I live in a little ski resort called Kühtai in Austria and I am 19 years old.
I now snowboard for 6 years and love every second in it. I travel the world, compete, meet new people and see all kind of places. I am so grateful I got into this sport, the whole scene is so familiar and funny. I would never give it up or change it to something else!
Gambling and the City
As the Cincinnati Bengals enter the market with a healthy cap space of around $27 million, bets are on in and around the NFL that the seemingly large financial package will quickly vanish once re-signs and player extensions occur. Nevertheless, some Bengal fans, regardless of the wealth, fear that if the building up of their lines for future seasons doesn’t happen immediately, the next few seasons for the Ohio outfit may look less prosperous.
Gambling with the future
Yet, it’s not just the Cincinnati fans that have concerns for the future development of the things they love. Cincinnati’s state, Ohio, is facing a constitutional test which could quite literally change the future and the behaviour of gambling lover’s state wide.
Ohio, known for its constitutional ban on gambling, has softened its tough stance over recent years to accommodate bricks and mortar style casinos in order to compete with other states opening their doors to economic boosting initiatives.
Miami Dolphins Host Girls High School Flag Jamboree
The Miami Dolphins hosted their annual Girls High School Flag Football Jamboree presented by Under Armour at the Doctor’s Hospital Training Facility in Davie. Approximately 400 student athletes participated in the 13-game event. The Jamboree, a follow up to the girls flag football clinic was a great success, as 26 of the top programs from around South Florida played in the annual tune up.
“We had another successful event this year,” said Miami Dolphins Executive Director of Community Affairs Twan Russell. “Every year, the participation continues to grow and the girls are getting better. This shows how much girls flag football has evolved as a sport and we look forward to doing it again in 2015.”
Winthrop University Grabs Title
The 2013-14 Winthrop University women’s basketball team (24-8) captured the program’s first Big South Conference championship on Sunday, March 9, and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament. The team will find out who it plays in the first round of the tournament on Monday, March 17, when the 64-team bracket will be announced during the ESPN Selection Show at 7 p.m.
It’s a Kaep World After All
Sports are an antidote to what ails us. We can immerse ourselves in the games, the news, the gossip and the seemingly endless dialogue. It is an escape that we can all use at one time or another.
There was a time when only avid sports fans, primarily men, were interested in things such as the injuries, stats and the draft. It’s a whole new NFL world now.
Jonny Bag…for the Female Fan
Ladies, the NFL has tried to woo us. They have acknowledged they want female fans to grow in numbers. To that end they have, finally, introduced team apparel in sizes for women. And women have responded by buying a record number of shirts, jackets, jerseys and other items that are made for the female fan.
Women did not embrace the rhinestone “look”, ugh. They refused to be pigeon-holed and rejected the Pink, fits all, stereotype.
Recently the NFL implemented a stadium policy that prevents ladies from bringing in any of the items they may deem essential for game day.
But now there’s an alternative to your backpack or small purse.
The Jonny Bag. I’ve got mine and I am taking it to the San Francisco vs. Atlanta Falcons Monday Night Game and using it for my travel. Get yours!
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel wins the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix!
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won this weekend’s Formula One U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. This spectacular racing event was the second racing of the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix since they started racing in the States again. Vettel, who started in pole position, kept the lead the entire race. No other driver even came close to passing him or taking over the lead. The fastest driver on the track, with the fastest racecar, the German took off in pole position at the start of the race, and kept up the fast pace, leading the rest of the drivers till he took the checkered flag.
Three Teams – MLB Predictions for 2014
While the 2013 World Series gets underway this week, many baseball fans will be wondering if their team will make it to the sport’s ultimate showcase.
For those not backing the Red Sox or Cardinals, the last week of October is a miserable one. Forlorn glances at the television as players no different from yours seeking baseball’s ultimate glory shatter your nights – and you’re left dreaming of what might have been.
Not Your Grandma’s Bingo Anymore
Not Your Grandma’s Bingo Anymore
Do you remember the days of a single Bingo card, wooden markers and your grandma or mom and her friends getting together for a little fun? I do. They played for pennies and they would spend hours laughing and concentrating on the numbers being called. Well Bingo has reached a new level.
Over the course of the last 20 odd years Bingo has become automated and now moves at light speed. I have to admit that I took part in a Bingo day at the local senior center and came away exhausted, confused and a little bummed out.
I was dazed and confused. When you have multiple cards to keep track of, color markers, electronic boards and good luck charms adorning the table, you know you have been transported to another level of Bingo!
Wild and Crazy NFL Joy Ride
We are heading into week Six of the 2013 NFL season.
If you follow the NFL (and millions of us do), you know that the NFL Roller Coaster rivals the best, the fastest, most stomach churning rides featured at any amusement park. And that’s why we love it.
Weak Six teams heading into Week Six are:
1. The New York Giants
2. The Pittsburgh Steelers
3. The Atlanta Falcons
4. The Washington Redskins
5. The Minnesota Vikings
6. The Tampa Bay Bucs
7. Plus one, the Jags
Would you have predicted that the New York Giants led by Eli Manning would be 0-5? I doubt it.
That Big Ben and that normally dominant defense would be 0-4?
Hotlanta’s Falcons are 1-4 and have lost Julio Jones for the season, ouch
The Redskins (otherwise known as the offensively named team) are 1-3.
The Vikings sit at 1-3 and it appears that Christian Ponder’s future is in jeopardy as the are are poised to add Josh Freeman to the line-up.
Even the Packers are getting off to a rough start at 2-2 and now Clay Mathews is out for a month.
The Houston Texans are at 2-3 and in third place in the division behind the Colts, 4-1 and the Titans, 3-2. Really.
Who could have predicted that some of last season’s playoff teams would be in such disarray?
Who would have guessed that the once scary NFC East would have an overall record of 5-19?
Hang on tight as the coaster dips, spins and hurdles you into space.
End of the First Quarter
My Week Four Picks was 7-8! Ugh, lots of weird stuff happening (WTF!) but that’s what makes the NFL so much fun.
In the WTF! Category of Week Four:
Bills beat the Ravens
Browns beat the Bengals
Lions beat the Bears
Seahawks came from behind to beat the Texans
The unexpected is always expected in the NFL. What will week Five bring?
I predict some of the undefeated teams will lose this weekend, the Saints, Chiefs, Seahawks and Patriots. Leaving only the Denver Broncos with a perfect record.
The Sky is Falling
Oh the agony of defeat. For this 49er fan the loss last Sunday at Candlestick vs the Colts, was unexpected, therefore, painful.
I can accept when the Niners lose to good teams and I can accept losses for away games. Oddsmakers set the odds in part, using those parameters.
The Niners got hammered in Seattle. It wasn’t pretty but it was a loss that can be tolerated because of the hostile environment and Seattle’s great defense.
I expected that beat down would provide motivation as the Niners were served a big slice of humble pie.
But losing at home to the Colts! Now that really stings.
It stings in particular because every phase of the Niners team, offense, defense and special teams and the game plan was awful.
It stings because the offense could not generate anything.
It stings because the offensive line got manhandled.
It stings because the defense is allowing teams to run and catch with impunity.
It stings because the receiving corp has done virtually nothing to challenge defenses.
NFL Week Two Recap – Week Three Picks
Week two dealt me a devastating blow, from which I am still recovering.
My Niners went to Seattle and the Seahawks pooped all over them.
There is nothing positive to take away from the beat down they received.
But there is always a lesson to be learned from getting kicked in the teeth.
The kick in the butt might be an early wake up call to the team and the coaches.
If Chicks Ran the NFL – 2009
If Chicks Ran the NFL is the place for fun and insightful ideas from all Female Fans.
2011, yet another season of of fun, food, booze and big bodies colliding.
What can be better than that?
The Rebuilding of New Orleans
This week I am making my picks and leaving it at that because I want to tell you about New Orleans and the object of their affection, the Saints.
I though that by now the city and the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina would be restored and life would be normal again.
It is sad to say that in this great county of ours, with all the riches we possess and in spite of the hard work of many wonderful, humane and compassionate people, things are still not back to normal in New Orleans.
But, there is one positive in New Orleans, the love affair the City of New Orleans has with its team, the Saints.
The Saints did not reach the Super Bowl in 2006 and yet to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
Beer and Broads – I’ll Have Another
Back in May of 2001 I wrote a story about beer and broads.
It was perhaps my most popular story and men as well as women enjoyed debating the topic.
Almost ten years later, women, and more specifically, young, female, sports fans, are the object of the beer industry’s affection.
I felt it was time to review what has happened in the last nine years.
Now we have a new generation of women, women who enjoy a pint or two. They are young, beautiful, vibrant and sexy. They are the new generation of female sports fans.
Men and women alike are enjoying some of the same sports “pleasures” and activities heretofore the exclusive domain of men. Men and women can place bets on big games over at gamebookers.com
We’ve Come a Long Way Baby
Picture this, the year is 1970, two women are sitting at a bar, they spot a nice looking man bellying-up to the bar. They exchange glances and tell the bartender they want to buy him a drink.
Sound plausible? In the year 2001 yes, in 1970, hell no.
Football Is No Longer a Man’s Sport
“Football is no longer a man’s sport,” said Twan Russell, Director of Youth and Community Programs. “Young women across South Florida are competing on the gridiron scoring touchdowns and learning life skills that only just thirteen year ago was exclusively for boys. The Dolphins are proud to continue to host this exciting clinic for youth development.”
Female Sport Fans – What Do Women Want?
Several months ago I was contacted by Aine Power. She was working on a research paper on female fans of male dominated sports for FIFA. I offered my opinion and some of my comments can be found in the research paper (although the spelled my last name Rocco not Ricco).
If you are interested in the way women feel about sports that have been considered the male domain, will find this research paper interesting.
It does support some of my early obesrvations, that women do not fit the stereotype the sports industry would like to use, it is much easier to sell to male fans than to women fans. Women can not be plugged into beer and boobs promos quite so easily. The whole PINK THING sports apparel idea the NFL started was beyond ridiclous and has been soundly repudiated by true female fans.
Check out the most recent stories on female fans below (click links). Seems as if female fans are now being regarded as vital and relevant. I knew that all along people!!
Who’s Got It Better Than Us? The Anthem
Who’s Got It Better Than Us! (listen to it here)
Some Niners fan and rapper dude by the name of Bailey came up with this little tune. Now I am not a fan of rap, but I am a passionate Niners fan. My first thought was, oh no, some nasty rap tune that will make me cringe. But as it turns out Bailey has written a catchy little tune that is G rated and expresses the excitement and team spirit Jim Harbaugh has brought to this team and to its fans this season.
With the NFC West clinched it is now up to the Niners to keep Fred P Soft at bay. The New Orleans Saints are one game behind in the conference and can land the #2 seed if the Niners get sloppy.
Their post season starts this Sunday in Arizona.
Female Super Bowl? Ladies in the Spotlight
Sundays are just not the same. I don’t jump out of bed and turn on ESPN, the NFL Network, or Fox. “The Boys” on Fox are my favorites.
No Sundays just aren’t the same without NFL action.
Some fans seem content to fill their sports void with basketball and baseball.
But I find that these sports pale in comparison to American Football.
Where’s the excitement, where’s the physical presence, where’s the non-stop action? Where’s the – every play – every game counts – do – or – die mentality?
No these games just don’t do it for me.
Kap vs. Smith – The Chevy vs. the Porsche
As a Forty Niners season ticket holder for the last 15 years, I am riding high this season. Last season wasn’t bad either. Good things do come to those who wait, and wait, and wait.
We should have expected Harbaugh to kick the tires on Number Seven. Now that he has kicked the tires, and sees that the reliable Chevy, Smith, can still run but needs a little time to warm up and may not be able to shift into fourth gear, but that Kap goes from 0-60 in no time flat, well, the brand new sports car is going to get the nod.
The opportunity to try out the new wheels came when Alex suffered a concussion in the Rams game. In came “Kap” and he rallied the team getting them in position to win the game in OT. The “Kid” looked good in his first “up at bat”.
Serendipity was on Harbaugh’s side. Alex wasn’t able to shake off the concussion symptoms for the next game against the Bears.
Week 13 – The Crystal Ball Says
Femmefans and football fans we are fast approaching the end of the regular season.
With only 5 games left for 30 teams (4 for the Saints and the Falcons), this week’s slate has important playoff implications.
I am making my bold “The Crystal Ball Says” week 13 picks below. I am also providing links (below) to picks made by Barabara Bruno, Huffington Post and the ESPN Experts.
Week 14, Tats and Upsets
Before I get to this week’s Crystal Ball Picks I wanted to weigh in on the article written by David Whitley for AOL FanHouse, about Colin Kaepernick’s tattoos.
“San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick is going to be a big-time NFL quarterback. That must make the guys in San Quentin happy. Approximately 98.7 percent of the inmates at California’s state prison have tattoos. I don’t know that as fact, but I’ve watched enough “Lockup” to know it’s close to accurate. I’m also pretty sure less than 1.3 percent of NFL quarterbacks have tattoos. There’s a reason for that. NFL quarterback is the ultimate position of influence and responsibility. He is the CEO of a high-profile organization, and you don’t want your CEO to look like he just got paroled.”
Seems to me Whitley has reached an unfair conclusion about Colin Kaepernick and his tattoos. Frankly I don’t think Whitley was so much making a racial comment, as some have said, as much as he is clearly out of touch with this generation of athletes. And for that matter with the perception average people have about tattoos.
As a mother and a grandmother I won’t pretend to understand the fascination with body art. But I’m old enough to understand that every generation looks for ways to identify themselves and separate themselves from their parents and elders.
To say that Colin Kaepernick doesn’t represent his position in the NFL well because he has chosen to have tattoos placed on his body, seems more about creating controversy, something this article has certainly accomplished for Whitley.
But his parents, Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, who adopted him when he was five weeks old, have his back. Read the USA Today article, “Tattoos but a fraction of Colin Kaepernick’s story”.
“We were so lucky to get Colin,” Teresa says. “It’s the smartest thing we ever did. We get this really perfect child. It blows me away to think that we’re so fortunate.”
Week 15 – Football as a distraction
Another week of NFL madness is in the books.
Looking back on the season it seems pretty clear that nothing is guaranteed.Teams favored to win their divisions and/or get into the playoffs:
Saints: The Saints’ season has been a disaster. How much of their losing record can be attributed to the Bounty scandal?
Eagles: The Eagles free fall continues. I suspect the “Dream Team” tag will not be used by other teams any time soon.
Jets: The J-E-T-S big talk has not translated into big wins.
Cowboys: “America’s Team”? Says who? Jerry Jones?
Bingo Game: A Female’s Game
Mobile revolution is at its peak in the second decade of the 21st century. Mobile phones serve the purpose of not only calling and texting but also provide a wide range of entertainment sources. Companies are competing hard to lure their customers with new and useful applications every now and then. Records state that online game application is the most downloaded app all around the world.
The NFL regular season is drawing to a close, and it is fascinating to watch. The final two weeks hold the promise of drama and fantastic finishes. In case you missed it there were several fantastic finishes last week, the 49ers great game vs. the Patriots and the Cowboys over the Steelers. Expect the unexpected.
Several playoff spots and division titles will be decided in the next two weeks.
The do or die scenarios are what make the NFl so intoxicating and addictive.
Do or Die Sunday
Here we are boys and girls, heading into the last Sunday in the NFL regular season, Week 17. It’s do or die time in the NFL regular season, it is Do or Die Sunday which will be followed by Black Monday.
I don’t know how the NFL brainiacs manage to schedule these showdowns in the final two weeks of the regular season, dumb luck I guess. But I like it!
Free Bingo Sites
Bingo is by far one of the most played games around the world, land based and online. Whilst the lotto style game started its origin within brick and mortar venues dating back to the early roots of the 1500s, it’s gained its popularity online for many reasons with the main one being enjoying the games for the chance to win real cash all from the comfort of your home, and two, for the social aspect, meeting new players.
Wild Card Weekend – Hang On
Wild card weekend is my favorite NFL weekend.
Every game is important. Every game’s outcome could have ramifications that reach beyond the final score. Teams that lose this weekend will turn their attentions inward as they review players and staff. For some players and coaches these final games are live auditions for their future teams. All these ingredients increase the already elevated level of anticipation and excitement. Not to mention a little thing called money, every player and coach is hoping to earn playoff bonus money.
And then there were Eight
I must admit, last week’s wild card games were a little disappointing.
The games were not that close, there were no last minute heroics, no great moments of suspense and drama. The best game of the weekend was the NFC wild card, Seahawks at Washington.The Redskins started out by scoring twice and leading in the first quarter 14-0. It was my second opportunity to watch RGIII and I was happy to see him moving around in spite of his brace. But that lead and RGIII’s mobility disappeared rapidly as the game progressed. As you know he was hurt late in the game and has had knee surgery. He is a talented young man, I hope he can recover and be as electrifying as he has been this rookie season next year.
Get Your Game Face On Ladies
Are you ready for some football?
Calling all ladies & gents who need a little help understanding the game of FOOT BALL. Yes, no need to be ashamed…Pear Street Bistro and Femmefan.com will be hosting a Foot Ball 101 series to help us get the basics of this great American sport.
Come join PSB & Allan Kennedy, former San Francisco Forty Niners offensive lineman part of the 49ers Super Bowl winn9ing teams, on Saturday 1/26/13 @ 1:00.
Enjoy cocktails, finger food, autograph session & a photo opt while learning how to watch this exciting game!
I don’t mind gloating. Yes, I repeat, gloating, because after witnessing Colin Kaepernick make his first start as the Niners quarterback in a Monday Night game December against the Bears, I said he was something special. I have never ever gone out and purchased a player jersey until they have retired with great careers, the only jersey I own is a Ronnie Lott jersey.
But I told my husband after that game that I was very tempted to get a number 7 jersey, that how impressed I was with this young man. I knew he could very well be the next 49ers superstar quarterback
Kaeping off the season with a Super Bowl!
After 18 long seasons, the San Francisco Forty Niners will make an appearance in the Super Bowl 47. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the excitement and pride is evident and tangible. For the many Faithful who have supported the Niners during the 18 year drought this Super Bowl trip means more than word can express.
I am Super Bowl Bound!
Yes, I am going to New Orleans to cheer on my Niners! I am thrilled, excited and beyond surprised. I was set to watch the game at home or at some-one’s Super Bowl Party. But I was so honored and surprised to be invited to join my friend as part of her group of family and friends. I am still pinching myself.
Super Bowl Hangover
Hangovers. I’ve had a few.
But none as painful as the gut churning, heart-stopping, slightly sick to my stomach feeling I had as I watched the 49ers lose to the Ravens in Super Bowl 47.
Although this feeling may not qualify as a real, alcohol fueled hangover, I contend that it has all the residual effects that a full blown binge leave and one that threatens to last until the start of the 2013 NFL season. It’s the mother of all hangovers.
I’m sure Ravens fans had a massive Super Bowl hangover, but sore heads and upset stomachs seem like a small price to pay for victory. I can’t say I have any sympathy for them.
The Draft – The NFL’s Newest Media Event
Drafting NFL players, what was once a necessity for coaches, players, general mangers and the most die hard of fans has become a media event.
The NFL leads all sports leagues with aggressive and yes, the creative marketing and promotion of its product.
The NFL network is a 365 fix for the NFL junkie.
I envision a time in the not too distant future when the NFL network will control every game played and thus control the revenue generated by the current and traditional revenue stream known as the commercial networks.
Betting on baseball
Now that spring is almost over, baseball season is in full swing. Since opening day, the Major League Baseball teams have given fans a glimpse of what they have to offer this season. Can the league leaders keep it up? Will the teams in the bottom of the standings get a new momentum and rise? All of this remains to be seen.
Nico Rosberg wins the 2013 Grand Prix of Monaco
The Grand Prix of Monaco took place this Memorial Day weekend, and what a spectacular race it was. Nico Rosberg racing for Mercedes team, started in pole position, while his teammate Lewis Hamilton started in second, followed by Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull team in third, and his teammate Mark Webber started in fourth. This was the six race of the exciting 2013 Formula One racing season.
NFL Preseason betting tips
The NFL preseason is now upon us and during July’s training camps these fixtures were at the forefront of players’ and fans’ minds alike. No one wants to let the side down on their opening preseason game; new signings want to prove their worth and rookies have the chance to show what they’re capable of.
NFL Kick-Off – I Been Kaep-tured
My life has been very busy and somewhat stressful for the better part of this year.
But that doesn’t mean I’m not the crazed football fanatic I’ve always been. It simply means my time has been taken up with the more important matters of life.
Here we are a mere two weeks away from the start of the 2013 NFL regular season.
I am sooo ready for some football.
The pre-season has never meant much to me. It may give players and coaches a chance to gauge their players, but it isn’t compelling football for most fans.
I am perfectly content to wait until the regular season kick-off on September 5 to see real football action
New Season – Fresh Start
We are one day away from the start of the 2013 NFL season.
I have been somewhat reflective this year. Age really does make one stop and reconsider priorities. What I have concluded, relative to my unabated football passion, is that football fills some of the innermost nooks and crannies of my mind, psyche and emotions. It takes me away from everyday problems and let’s me just live in the moment.
I am so ready for football!
The NFL and its Female Fans
There’s a common, and increasingly less accurate, idea out there that the NFL is a league to be enjoyed mostly by men. The basic notion certainly makes some sense. After all, if you look at the foundation of enjoying a sport – playing it yourself, in many people’s cases – women are at a disadvantage as football fans. The majority of schools in the United States don’t have football teams and programs for girls, so from the beginning it’s sort of a male-dominated sport. But that doesn’t mean that the only involvement women can have is in dressing up as cheerleaders
Damn I’m ready for some Football!
I have had a very busy and hectic personal life this past year and a half. Sometimes life, well, it does get in the way of fun.
I feel like a bear coming out of hibernation and boy am I ready for some honey.
For me, football is fun. It allows me to yell and scream, it allows me to use profanity and it allows me to forget about serious matters. It is an escape, often very much needed.
I approach the football season with tempered expectations and with excitement and nervous anticipation.
Plushenko Wins Gold Medal & Retires on Top!
One of the best skaters to ever skate on the ice, Evgeni Plushenko skated the short program and the long program to help his Russian team take gold in the first ever team skating competition. Skating in front of his home crowd, the audience lit up when Plushenko skated on the ice. Both his short program and free-style long program were incredible to watch, as he performed several quads and skated to perfection.