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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.
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!’
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.