Mother Nature vs. NFL

Winter just isn’t winter without a good old fashion snow day (technically winter doesn’t start until December 21st, but who’s counting).  Over the weekend the Midwest was blanketed with a snow storm that hit in Minnesota the hardest. With over two feet of snow it was the worst snow storm that Minnesota has seen in years. All of that snow (roughly 2,000 tons) blanketed the top of the Metrodome (home of the Minnesota Vikings) and caused the roof to collapse. Yikes! A collapsed roof meant no Sunday afternoon football in Minnesota.

What does any good owner do in that situation? Find another place for the game to be played. Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail – shall keep the NFL football from being played. Tonight the Minnesota Vikings will play its home game against the New Gaints at Ford Field in Detroit. Detroit fans came out in the fridged temperatures this morning to get their hands on the free tickets. And some turned their free tickets into a money making opportunity — who said business was dead in Detroit.  

My brother and his best friend will be at the game tonight. They didn’t score the free tickets, but they managed to find another set for $40 and get interviewed by NPR.  They’ve been downtown since 9:00 am this morning, and I don’t blame them. How many times does something like this happen?

Ahhh…For the love of the game.

Giving Thanks

People of faith believe that people journey into one’s life for a reason.

                                                                                            –– Carolyn Henry Glaspy

2010 has been a great year. I started a new job, gained a new member of my family, and declared my dream of becoming a professional sports owner. I am so incredibly thankful for all of my blessings, and I have to admit that I’m often too busy to take a moment and give thanks for my greatest blessing – Life!

On Thanksgiving Day, Carolyn Henry Glaspy shared the story of the life and death of her son, NFL player Chris Henry. This remarkable story of faith and courage reminded me of how precious life really is.

Last December, Chris was projected from the back of a moving truck. He sustained serious head injuries, and ultimately was placed on life support. His injuries were so severe that his family was forced with the difficult decision to let him go. His NFL family honored him with moments of silence and by placing decals with #15 on their helmets. This is where we all thought Chris’s story ended.

We now know that Chris’s mother made the brave choice to donate his organs, which included his lungs, liver, pancreas and kidneys. One of the recipients of Chris’s kidneys spent years on dialysis and said “I couldn’t make plans for the future because I was too busy living for today.”

Today I am giving thanks for Chris Henry’s legacy and for his mother’s courage to share the lesson of life with the rest of us.

Good night sports fans,

Alana 

Jerry Jones embarrased that the Cowboys are “1-7?”

The Dallas Cowboys lost again today. Jerry Jones was not happy about his team’s performance and apologized to the fans for being “1-7.”  They are actually 1-6 so maybe Mr. Jones is anticipating that the team will lose again next week. Either way you look at it the Cowboys organization is not happy about the way this season is turning out.

I will say that I appreciate the fact that Mr. Jones to taking responsibility for the poor record. He’s not blaming Romo, Wade Phillips, or any of the other players. That’s not to say behind closed doors he’s not pitching a fit, but in front of the camera he’s doing it the right way.

Nicely done Mr. Jones.

Good Night Sports Fans,

Alana

Madieu Williams – NFL humanitarian

Have you heard of Madieu Williams? He’s a Safety for the Minnesota Vikings and a true humanitarian. He’s working to educate and bring health care to the young children in his native Sierra Leone.

All too often we hear about athletes buying expensive cars and jewelry or flossing in the limelight, but here’s a guy that want to make a difference.

Week 2 NFL Huddle

Hello Sports Fans it’s week 2 of the 2010-2011 NFL season and week 2 of the inaugural I Want To Be An Owner fantasy football league. Week 1 had plenty of winners and losers and here they are….{drum roll please}

The WINNERS:

Arian Foster and the Houston Texans. Arian rushed for 231 yards and had 3 touchdowns, which was the most yardage ever allowed by the Colts defense. The Texans have had the talent for 3 or 4 years and finally they were able beat their AFC rivals. The Texans’ offensive line completely bullied the Colts and if they keep playing like this they’ll be knocking on the playoffs doorstep.

Tom Brady, Wes Walker, and the New England Patriots. Tom Brady showed that he is worth every penny of his new contract. He threw for 258 yards and led the Patriots to their 21st straight regular season win at home. Wes Walker is back from a torn MCL & ACL in his left knee. He scored 2 TD’s and is back in action. I love a happy ending.

Pittsburg Steelers.The Steelers are playing four games without their starting QB, Ben Roethlisberger. The entire team shouldn’t have to suffer because of one players bad choices. The Steelers are showing that they’re moving forward with our without Roethlisberger.

Michael Vick.I haven’t been a huge fan of “Ron Mexico.” He’s made one bad decision after another and to be honest if I was an NFL owner he probably wouldn’t be on my team. But I have to get it to him. He scored 1 TD and put up 17 points in the second half. Even though the Eagles lost, he showed some of his old form. Once Kevin Kolb recovers there will certainly be a QB controversy in Philly.  

The LOSERS:

Randy Moss.The post-game press conference is always the worst place to air dirty laundry. Ok, we get it – you’re made that you don’t have a new contract. Win or lose it’s not a good look to share your displeasure with the front office in the media. This upset just might be a distraction this season.

NFL Rules Committee.Ok, so I don’t know if there is a “rules committee.” But whoever is in charge of the crazy rule that caused the Lions a win – is on my list. That was a great catch by Calvin Johnson and he had control over the ball. Let’s just hope for the “rules committee’s” sake that the loss doesn’t end up being the difference between going to the playoffs and staying home for the Detroit Lions. Otherwise there’s going to be a whole lot of angry Honolulu Blue fans.

San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers lost 31-6 against the Seattle Seahawks. And to make matters worse there’s “a rat” within the organization. Word on the street is that Offensive Coordinator, Jimmy Raye, had trouble with the play calling. And as usual someone within the organization shared this information “anonymously.” Coach Singletary isn’t happy about this and said that there’s a rat! (check out the video below and you can see it for yourself) This is NOT a good way to start the season. Let’s hope that they can turn this around.   Continue reading “Week 2 NFL Huddle”

10 Predictions for the 2010 – 2011 NFL Season

This evening I was reading “10 predictions for the NFL season” by Peter King from CNNSI. So after looking into my crystal ball I thought I would quickly jot down my own predictions for the NFL season. Here’s what I quickly came up with…what are yours? 

1. Ocho Cinco will pay at least $100K in fines. It’s all going to charity…right?

2. TO and Ocho will clash. Sorry but it’s bound to happen. And there’s only room for one VH1 diva in the NFL – let alone the Cincy.

3. Tony Romo will be watching the Superbowl in the Big D from…the stands. I just don’t see Dallas going to the Superbowl this year. But it would be super cool if Dallas could play a superbowl home game.

 4. The Lions will go .500. Hey, I gotta believe. Alright so maybe not .500 but their record will be a whole lot better than last year.

5. SUH will bring pride back to Detroit’s defense and go to the pro bowl as a rookie.

6. Revis will prove to the Jets that his holdout was worth it. I want to see this guy have another big year and show that he was worth the media circus.

7. Favre will make it to the Superbowl. You’ve gotta believe in happy endings. And maybe if he makes it to the Superbowl it will be the end.

8. At least four coaches will be out of jobs by week 4. I wish I could guess who is on the chopping block, but my crystal ball is a bit fuzzy right now…lol.

9. Mike Tomlin will whip Big Ben and the Steelers back into shape. Have you Coach T on the sidelines? He’s too cool.

10. I will win the fantasy football challenge. Hey, I had to throw that in here.

 Good Night Sports Fans,

 Alana

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Are you ready for some football? Yes, it is that time of year again. Training camp is in full swing and the first preseason game is just days away. The Cincinnati Bengals will be playing the Dallas Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame game. Every year I say that I’m going to make it to Canton, but I never do. Ok, next year is the year.

Anyway, I saw an interview with Tony Dungy and it inspired me to to take a moment to hit a few of the NFL highlights to get everyone up to speed.

Favre-hound Day. Favre-ageddon. Call it what you want. The rumors are swirling around Brett Favre’s return to the Minnesota Vikings for his 20th season in the NFL. I think he’s coming back and so does Tony Dungy. Favre is a competitor and there’s no way he’s going out like that (I’m referring to the devastating loss in the NFC Championship game against the Saints). Please everyone calm down. Favre has done this many times. It’s just his unconventional way of doing things. If I’m the owner of the Vikings I’m just playing it easy and letting Favre, well be Favre. He’ll come around and let us know his decision. He always does. And by the way…has he ever let us down?

Michael Vick on the other hand he is someone that I feel let us down. Will he ever learn? Tony Dungy is mentoring him and says that he’s “quote proud of him.” I don’t know Michael Vick and I don’t know Coach Dungy either. But I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Dungy so I will side with coach on this one. I have to say I was very disappointed to hear that he was at a club where a shooting took place. I’d really like to see Michael Vick mature. This incident was not a good start toward rebuilding his image. Philly’s owner Jeffery Lurie said that Vick’s mistake in judgment should not be confused with wronging.

Maybe the Eagles don’t have a choice with this one. Based on his contract and the availability of another quarterback – does the ownership have to keep him? If it were me I think I would have let Vick go. Sorry. I am a believer in second chances and I was one those people last season that said let Vick play. He paid his debt to society and he should be allowed to work. It just so happened that work for him was playing professional football. Believe me. I would have told him I don’t want to see your name in the paper about ANYTHING. Wasn’t the dog fighting incident a lack of judgment issue too? I will say that I give the Eagles’ owner credit for supporting Vick in the media. The last thing an owner wants to do is air dirty laundry out in public. “Ne-va ev-va” chastise a player in the media. That’s ownership 101. Again, I’ll side with Coach Dungy on this one and l’ll watch this situation play out.

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