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Do or Die Sunday
December 29, 2012 – 5:31 pm | No Comment
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!

Fantastic Finish
December 22, 2012 – 2:36 pm | No Comment
Fantastic Finish

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.

Week 15 – Football as a distraction
December 15, 2012 – 12:14 pm | No Comment
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?

Week 14, Tats and Upsets
December 8, 2012 – 7:04 pm | No Comment
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.”