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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.