SF 49ers, Putting lipstick on a pig
This, just as fans were beginning to believe that their team was headed for years of winning football, this as the 49ers were touting the new stadium and selling us SBL’s and high priced tickets.
This is the moment when Jed York and his sidekick, Trent Baalke, pulled a dirty little trick on everyone.
They fired the coach, installed an incompetent coach, they divested themselves of talented coaches at every position save for Tom Rathman as the running backs coach, and left the pantry empty of talented players.
We had a treasure trove of draft picks and plenty of room under the salary cap, but Baalke squandered it all.
There is not enough lipstick on the shelves of Walmart to turn this pig into a winner anytime soon.
Oh Say Can You See?
I have not been feeling much love for the NFL, as evidenced by my lack of posts recently.
I have been an avid, yes, almost, fanatical NFL fan for the last 60 years.
That passion led to the creation of this website, which I began nearly 20 years ago.
But over the last several years I have been struck by the NFL’s inherent greed and thirst for power.
This is not to say that I don’t love watching the game and watching strong and powerful athletes compete at the highest level.
I do. But it is the NFL and its almost monopolistic and self-serving practices that are calling for serious examination.
The recent anthem protest initiated by Colin Kaepernick is the most recent wart on the NFL’s pristine ass.
It has become as nasty as our 2016 Presidential Election, and that ain’t good for the NFL.
Goodell – Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain
I have grown increasingly critical of the NFL, but I am not alone.
The 2014 NFL season has been, to put it bluntly, a freakin nightmare for the league that thinks it can do no wrong.
It has gone from the No Fun League to the No Freaking Leaks league. Tony Soprano would be proud of how these guys circled the wagons.
Goodell’s Rope a Dope
Roger Goodell has managed to keep the media at bay and direct attention to the field of play.
How? By using Muhammad Ali’s “Rope a Dope” strategy.
The league is meeting with owners and the players union behind closed doors. The media is not getting much information from any of the parties so the NFL has been able to quell the noise, for now.
Everyone connected with the NFL is acutely aware of the public relation hits they have taken and they are taking a page out of Ali’s game plan, the “Rope a Dope”.
The plan is to cause the opponent to “punch himself out” and make mistakes which the boxer can then exploit in a counter-attack.
NFL Kicks Off as Goodell’s Nose grows
Well here we are heading into the second week of NFL football.
And what a week it has been.
First and foremost, the Ray Rice fiasco has been at the forefront of the news all week.
And rightly …
I call bull shit on the NFL
The start of the NFL regular season has been overshadowed by the stunning video released on Monday by TMZ, graphically showing Ray Rice knocking out his fiancee in an hotel elevator.
How can the NFL say it did its due diligence before imposing the 2 game suspension on Rice?
Obviously there was an altercation in the elevator, obviously the hotel had all the video. You can not convince me that the NFL was “not afforded the opportunity to look at the video”, as Goodell stated.
So then how is it that the all powerful NFL was unable in the last 5 months, to see that video?
I call bull shit on the NFL.
Of Kick-Offs – Domestic Violence and Picks
It is a mere two days before the NFL regular season kicks off. YAY!
The highly anticipated kick-off to the season features the Green Bay Packers’ explosive offense vs. the number one ranked defense in the league, Seattle’s legion of boom.
The Seahawks look ready to defend their title.
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?
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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
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
Calling all readers, Femmefan has been taking time to reflect and live life.
Starting this year I am going to switch things up a bit, doing a little more creative writing and focussing on the important …