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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.