Football Fun!

Before I even begin this post, I have to say I am not knowledgeable about football. For me, the start of football season means fall is officially here…that is about it. I kind of fell into watching football as it is practically tradition to watch the games on Sunday afternoons, and you HAVE to watch the home team if you have not officially declared yourself to be a fan of any team in the league. And even then, if your beloved team to whom you have sworn  your allegiance is out of your coverage area, you still have to watch (and root for) the home team.

I further got into the football watching because of men…either I had one and would watch with them (Married Man was the worst ever football fan to watch with: I was not allowed to talk while he screamed, hollered and once tried to attack my TV…AND you had to root for his team, regardless of who your team was. AFO was the best because he explained things and encouraged me to pick a side and trash talk except when it came to Green Bay) or I was single and used it to initiate conversations with men I thought were flirt worthy. It’s DC…all we talk are politics and sports. It was easier to watch a game than try to decipher the party affiliations of various people who were only names in a newspaper.

I did pick a team…the Washington Redskins, but they piss me off so badly every.time. I gave up on them. I wanted to go with Denver, Indianapolis, even San Diego but they were all out of my coverage area and for real I chose them not on their records but because I thought Peyton Manning was cute and funny, I liked San Diego’s colors and Denver…I still harbor a secret crush on a younger John Elway. So while I have no team at the moment, I do appreciate a good game (and this season, all the teams seem to be playing better for some reason) and the one team that consistently gives a good game, win or lose is the Baltimore Ravens, in my humble opinion.

Below are some fun (and hopefully educational) facts about the sport which has surpassed baseball as America’s favorite pastime (it even has its own unofficial holiday: The Super Bowl):

  • The National Football League (NFL) formed in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, adopting its present name 2 years later (1922)
  • In 1922, there were 18 teams on the NFL roster; today, there are 32 and divided evenly between the NFC (National Football Conference) and the AFC (American Football Conference)
  • 22 states are not represented in the NFL
  • The New England Patriots represent 6 states: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island; therefore they are considered to have a shared NFL team
  • 7 states have more than one NFL team: California (the Oakland Raiders, the San Diego Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers); Texas( the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys); Ohio (the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns); Florida (the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Jacksonville Jaguars); New York (the NY Giants, the NY Jets (who both play in New Jersey, thus representing the New York Metropolitan area) and the Buffalo Bills; Missouri (the St Louis Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs) and Pennsylvania (the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles)
  • The Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets and New York Giants do not have cheerleaders
  • In 1978, the NFL expanded its regular season from 14 weeks to 16 weeks
  • The Cleveland Browns defeated the  New York Jets 31-21 on September 21, 1970 in the first ever Monday Night Football game
  • In 1948, the Los Angeles Rams were the first team to have an emblem emblazoned on their helmets
  • CBS and NBC both televised Super Bowl I on January 15, 1967; at the time it was known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. It was dually broadcast because  CBS was the network of the National Football League and NBC was the network of the American Football League.
  • Did you know….the NFC Champions receive the George S. Halas (of Chicago Bears fame) trophy; the AFC Champions receive the Lamar Hunt trophy
  • Lamar Hunt (then the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs) came up with the Super Bowl name
  • The NFC leads the NFL with 25 Super Bowl wins; the AFC has won 21, but the Pittsburgh Steelers (an AFC team) has made 8 Super Bowls appearances and won 6 Super Bowls, more than any other franchise in the NFL
  • The Dallas Cowboys and The San Francisco 49ers have each won 5 Super Bowls apiece
  • The Buffalo Bills have the most consecutive appearances with four losses in a row from 1991 to 1994. The New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings have also lost four Super Bowls. Buffalo and Minnesota are both 0–4, Denver is 2–4 and New England is 3–4
  • The record for consecutive wins is two and is shared by seven franchises: the 1967-68 Green Bay Packers, the 1973-74 Miami Dolphins, the 1975-76 and 1979-80 Pittsburgh Steelers (the only team to accomplish this feat twice), the 1989-90 San Francisco 49ers, the 1993-94 Dallas Cowboys, the 1998-99 Denver Broncos, and the 2004-05 New England Patriots
  • Four NFL teams have never made a Super Bowl appearance: the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans, though both the Browns and Lions had won NFL Championship games prior to the creation of the Super Bowl.

Okay, you know what? I could go on and on with this post…I kill me. Takes me forever to write the thing and then I don’t want to stop. I must thank Wikipedia and NFL.com for all the interesting reports, articles and trivia that assisted with the creation of this post. Hopefully you readers enjoyed it and learned something new from it…and before I end the post, curious to know which NFL team is your favorite and who you think will be the teams to make it to the Super Bowl this season. Feel free to leave a comment or inbox me…inquiring minds want to know.

As always, thanks for stopping by and reading and as usual….enjoy your day!

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Childhood is Calling

I want things to be simple again.

I want to go back to a time when mommy woke you up for school and lunch was packed in a metal lunchbox with matching thermos that had your favorite cartoon or toy character on it. When getting your hair done meant sitting in the kitchen on a Saturday while mama took the straightening comb that had to sit on a lit burner on the stove and took care of your kitchen and got them edges and you had to hold your ear all the while  making the psst sound as the heat grazed your skin. Does anyone else remember Saturday mornings having actual cartoons? From like 7am until noon…cartoons that actually entertained without tons of action and violence…followed by American Bandstand and Soul Train.

I want to go back to when homework did not involve reading an entire textbook and 100 math questions….and algebra was a high school subject. When collecting different leaves for science class was considered hard work and kids had to look things up by actually reading them and using the library for books and research was the norm. I remember not being allowed out on a Saturday until my room was clean and chores were done. I remember when the microwave was cutting edge technology and all the meals were home cooked…kids actually having to help set the table for a family dinner and wash dishes afterwards.

Does anyone else remember jumping rope in the middle of the street or riding your bike all day…the wind in your face and you going so fast you felt as if you were flying?  Hanging with your girlfriends at the basketball court while you watched the boys play, walking to the park and swinging so high you felt as if you could touch the sky? Or spending  rainy days sitting indoors reading Nancy Drew books, playing with paper dolls and staying up late on weekends to catch Friday Night Videos and Creature Feature? Eating now&laters until your tongue and teeth were green (or red or purple) and mama yelling because the taffy would pull your fillings out? When going house to house on Halloween was actually safe and you got to keep all your candy?

Fights on the school playground both began and ended there…you were not allowed back into the classroom until the difference was settled. There were no metal detectors and no fear of your classmates as the class bully was no match for his mama and her belt. And it was actually legal to discipline your child for backmouthing you or cutting up in school. Neighbors knew each other and families got together for birthday parties and cookouts, not just for funerals. You were safe and loved and fish sticks with tater tots always put a smile on your face. A time when there were no worries, no rent or mortgage to pay, no marriages to try to hold together, no broken hearts (that would come soon enough though)  or processes. The only things you were responsible for were the family pet, taking out the trash, keeping your room clean and getting good grades. Working and cooking and paying bills was what grown-ups did.

Somehow, somewhere along the line…I became an adult, and a somewhat responsible one (and ALL that entails) at that.  When did it happen, and how do I make it stop?