June 27, 2007
Can I tell you how tired I am of single women complaining about how hard it is to meet a decent man? The problem is not a dearth of quality men, in fact I know quite a few single gems, but rather where the ladies are looking. You arenít going to find the right man in a sleazy bar or pickup joint. If you want a man who values integrity, honor, and good sportsmanship than you have go where the real men are, and in the fall, that means your local sports bar.
Football is the all-American game, if you canít get into the game, you are shunning some of the best guys in town. Here you will find men that truly believe in honor both on and off the field. Football players arenít stereotypical big dumb jocks, they have had to work incredibly hard to get where they are, and there are no NFL players that havenít made a true commitment to the game. The fans are equally committed to the game and their teams, so much for the common complaint that itís impossible to find a man who can make a commitment!
Personally Iím hooked on the game itself, I love the strategy, the element of surprise, the emotion, and Iím not terribly opposed to cute butts in tight football pants either throwback jersey dress. You may or may not develop your own passion for the game, but you need to garner a basic understanding of how it works if you donít want to come off like a fool. Guys can spot a fake miles away so itís better to admit to your ignorance and ask questions, than to try to pretend you know the game. Of course this only works for so long and you need to bone up on football if you want to hang with the boys. Start with the basics, you need to know what teams are playing and it really helps to have a favorite. Iím a tried and true Raider fan myself, but they arenít for the weak-hearted being the only team in the NFL that has to play against both the opposing team and the selectively blind referees.
If you donít have a favorite team lined up you could simply go with your hometown team, be it the town you live in now or the one you came from. If that doesnít work for you, than you probably come from Cincinnati or Cleveland, and should pick a random team. I know women who made their selection based on which jersey color looked best on them, which logo they liked best, or which team their despised ex-boyfriend hated the most. However, you make your selection choose your team and stay with them through the good times and the bad.
Start reading the sports page. You need to understand what is going on in the football world. At first very little might make sense but keep reading, youíll be surprised at how much you can actually learn. For a high level overview listen to the sports segment on your local network news. ESPN has a great web site where you can always find the latest stats on all the teams. At the very least try to know the latest disputed calls, injuries and controversies.
Get a good pal to tutor you in the basics of the game. I recommend you choose a male friend, not boyfriend, who is a patient soul. You are also best learning from a taped game, so that he already knows the outcome and wonít mind stopping the tape to explain what just happened. I was totally anti-football until a good friend sat me down with a taped game and a few brews. Thanks to his patience and understanding of the game Iím now a regular Sunday inhabitant of the sports bar. Donít forget to check among your gal pals, you may have a hidden football fan in your midst. The bonus is not just a great lesson, but also a buddy to join you in your foray into NFL Sundays at the sports bar and football fandom!
I will also be following up with a series on the basics of my favorite game.
About the Author: When not watching football, Jessica Hardwick is building a startup, http://www.SwapThing.com that changes the way people exchange goods and services through the Internet.
June 26, 2007
It's starting to get a bit chillier outside and the sun is setting earlier. This can only mean one thing. Football season is upon us again. As the New England Patriots embark on an historic attempt to win three consecutive Super Bowls, every other team in the league is gunning to take them down. The Philadelphia Eagles are hungry to the championship having been to four consecutive NFC championship games. And the AFC is stacked with several teams who would love to dethrone the Patriots including the Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis Colts, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders with new addition Randy Moss. And in the world of college football it's up to everyone to see if they can upset vaunted USC from their throne and prevent another team from winning three straight titles.
Let's face it. You love football. But sometimes sports talk radio gets a little tiresome throwback jersey dress. So if you're looking to learn a little more about the game you love why not check out some football audio books and podcasts? It's a great way to gain a great understanding of the history and intricacies of the game.
Why not start your football audio odyssey with "Namath" a biography of Joe Namath, one of the sports' most colorful characters. Follow "Broadway Joe" his childhood, collegiate career and the Super Bowl III victory where Namath infamously guaranteed victory. Namath was a trend-setter both on and off the football field and his story is truly an amazing one.
Another interesting looking title is "The Junction Boys". This is the story of Paul "Bear" Bryant's 1-9 Texas A & M team of 1994. If this title sounds familiar it's likely because this book provided the inspiration for an ESPN movie bearing the same name.
Interested in learning more about some of the game's most vaunted coaches? Try taking this trifecta of audiobooks on for size. "When Pride Still Mattered" is the story of Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers. "Bootlegger's Boy" by Bud Shrake is the story of Barry Switzer, the outspoken former coach of the Oklahoma Sooners and Dallas Cowboys. "Paterno By the Book" wanders from football but is insightful nonetheless as would be expected from one of college football's winningest coaches.
Round out your football knowledge by learning more about fantasy football from a trio of new podcasts. Regardless of whether you're a hardcore fantasy football with a half-dozen teams or simply a newbie who belongs to the local office league, you'll be able to gain the edge on your competitors by listening to The Fantasy Football Guys Podcast, The Football Fantasyland Podcast and THE Fantasy Football Podcast.
The best part of all of these football titles is that they can be listened to on your way to work or while you're on the treadmill burning off all those calories you ate last Sunday when you were watchingÖfootball. Happy listening!
About the Author: For the HTML version of this article complete with links to the titles, please visit http://www.learnoutloud.com/football01. Jon Bischke is the Founder of LearnOutLoud.com and is passionate about helping you improve your life. He invites you to check out the complete selection of educational and self-development audio and video material at http://www.learnoutloud.com