Tiny Adams – Don’t let the name fool you
1. How did you get the name Tiny?
I received the name Tiny from my high school coach in the 9th grade. I was the smallest thing in the gym and initially he planned to just put me on junior varsity. After finally giving me a chance, I performed at a high level and shocked everyone in the gym. After my performance, he continuously asked me how I did the things I did. After modestly responding, he would just continuously shake his head and say ‘but you’re just so Tiny’. After saying that a couple times to himself, he looked over at the assistant coach and said ‘I don’t know who we’re going to pick just yet, but Tiny is definitely on the team!’
My 36 Pound Inspiration
I have a Master’s degree in Sports Psychology, career in the field of mental health, change my own flat tires, maintain my own home, live alone, and have several amazing friends I visit with frequently. I have a 401K, organized home and office, and a love for fashion. I was the captain of the cheerleading squad, am an Ironman finisher, and Nationally ranked triathlete. I’ve kayaked in the ocean, been white water rafting, ice climbed, rock climbed, and road cycled for 175 miles in one day. I would consider myself an “independent woman”. I felt as though I was balanced, in control, and not in need of anything or anyone else.
Then, I got a dog. This. Changed. Everything. My dog, Cole, became my daily training partner. He did not argue when we would meet up, what summit he wanted to view, what conditions he was comfortable in, or critique my choice of wardrobe (this became increasingly unique as I grew more skilled in my ability on trails).
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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?
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!
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?
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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
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
I’m a little bit country – I’m a little bit rock and roll
Are you a little bit country or are you a little bit rock and roll?
Music, it identifies and defines generations.
I can remember my dad telling me, “rock and roll isn’t music, it’s noise”.
As soon as you start complaining about your kids’ music, you know you are getting old!
But music heals the soul, it uplifts the spirit and it unites people world-wide in a way other things simply can’t.
I love music, I love concerts.
The Woman Behind Pro Volleyball Health
Volleyball season is right around the corner, and here to spike the pros into shape is NYC Physical Therapist Karena Wu, owner of ActiveCare Physical Therapy. Having her own unique net gain, she also holds the titles of Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Kinesio Taping Practitioner and Pilates Instructor, and she in on the Board of Directors for the Association of Volleyball Professionals.Benefitting from ActiveCare, professional volleyball players shared their reasons as to why Karena and her team make differences: “Working with Karena is every serious athlete’s dream for getting back into training and playing at a high level after an injury. I have done rehabilitation her after knee and shoulder surgery and was able to get back to playing volleyball ahead of schedule. Her teaching technique has helped me take better care of myself, and I’m looking forward to my next local and international tournament.”- Jason “Long” Octave, Professional Volleyball Player/Captain of St. Lucia National Team
NFL Week 11 – Geez Louise
I guess if you are an NFL fan, nothing should come as a surprise anymore.
Is it parity that causes these crazy heart stopping games?
Who expected the Jets to beat the Steelers? No one.
Who expected the Browns to dominate the Bengals in Cincy? Only Browns fans did.
Who expected the Niners to beat the Saints in N’Awlins? Only Niner fans.
Mid-Season in the NFL – Winners and Losers
I have been moping around wondering what has happened to my Forty Niners.
It seems that the season has fallen apart.
We have the same talented players, with some notable new additions on offense.
But things have gone from bad to worse for the Niners.
There are media reports about dissension in the locker room. Prime Time Sanders says the players want Harbaugh out.
But in my opinion players want to play for any coach that has them winning. They are not winning and they look uncomfortable with the game plan.
TNF – Terrible Night Football
Thursday Night Football has been pretty unwatchable lately, even for this football junkie.
The games have been boring blow-outs that is, unless, your team is the one doing the all the scoring.
For me watching a team get hammered for 60 minutes is pretty unbearable.
Last night’s TNF game started out that way.
The Colts went to town in Houston by scoring 24 points in the first half.
As Yogi Berra would say, it’s deja vu all over again.
The week after the week that was
I took a break from the blog last week as I mourned the Niners loss to the Cardinals.
It was a painful game for this Niner Faithful to watch. Deja Vu all over again after their self-inflicted loss to the Bears.
I refused to watch the replays, NFL Turning Point, NFL playbook and Inside the NFL.
There is such a thing as too much agony. I’ve been in labor for over 13 hours, I know what pain is.
But just as the memory of labor pain disappears after awhile, so did the memory of the last two losses.
The great thing about sports is that while it can make you feel as if your eyebrows have been ripped off one week, the next week your wax job looks pretty darn nice. That’s what a win does for a fan.
NFL Turning Point
The past two weeks have been unlike any other in the NFL.
The NFL has ruled their kingdom with little input from, well, anyone. They have been arrogant and insulated from outside criticism. But those days are over. The NFL has reached a turning point.