I can do that job – well, maybe

I would like to say yes, “I can do that job,” but frankly, this is one I’m not sure! Could you? Could you be the signaler of the flyover? I mean that looks really, really high up there. I know it’s a large area but again, it’s really, really high up there. These guys are there before the game, waiting patiently and signaling the guys in the aircraft for the flyover then they disappear. What are the qualifications? Stand tall, have good timing and super good balance, and definitely, no fear of heights. Yikes!

Soldier Field pre-game flyover watchers
Soldier Field pre-game flyover watchers

Touchdown Celebrations-Stop please!

Am I the only one or is anyone else tired of the touchdown “celebrations”? I posted a blog on this last year and well, it’s gotten WORSE! Oh my gosh! How much time do you guys spend practicing your little routine? I can’t take it! I don’t know why coaches don’t “hint” just act like you’ve been there before. Score, hand the ball to the official, and get off the field! The NFL changed their stance on celebrations to make the game more “fun.” I have fun when my team plays well and wins. 

If you want to see more on my thoughts from last year, see the blog for Nov. 2nd.

Let me know what you think. 

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Thanksgiving is Gameday

Thanksgiving is a day for taking time to give thanks for the blessings in one’s life. No matter what is going on, you do have blessings. I’m thankful for my faith, family, and friends. Today I’m blessed to be spending Thanksgiving with my “extended” family, my beloved Chicago Bears. They are one of six teams “blessed” to play today and be in the “spotlight.” 

Please bless me with a victory!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! GO BEARS!

 

I can do that job – Down Marker Flipper

Downs keeper – Qualifications:  Ability to count to four, tall enough to flip numbers, ability to stand and walk for several hours at a time. Look good in yellow stripes. Stripes are slimming, that works for me!

I can do that job!

I can do that job – Time for a TV Time-out

I can do this job I’m sure! You’ve seen him! The television commercial signaler guy.

Qualifications: must have big bright orange gloves, ability to frantically wave hands and capture attention of man wearing white hat. Oh ya, for sure can do that job!


Time-out on the Field

I saw this guy a week ago at the Buffalo game. My first thought was “why is he sitting all alone in the corner? Is he in a time-out? Did he win some sort of contest?” I mean his backpack (which doesn’t pass the bag rule test) is hanging on the back of his chair. Then before the end of the game, he disappeared. Any ideas?

Salute to Service

Thank you to all who have served our country and for those currently serving. So appreciate your time and dedication to protecting our freedom. Keeping you in my prayers for your continued safety. 

Here’s a look back at some amazing flyovers at Soldier Field. The first picture is our clue there’s going to be one. That in itself is bravery. 

Follow up to Standing at games

I blogged recently about when someone is standing and everyone else in the surrounding area is sitting. Sunday while at the Bears game in Buffalo, the opposite occurred. EVERYONE was standing for well what was supposed to be the entire game I’m sure. It became blow-out by the visitors, which I think hindered that from taking place.

This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced this. There are several stadiums or at least part of the stadium around the league that stands for the entire game. WHY can I ask? There are times yes when fans should stand. Yes stand when the visitor has 3rd down. Yes stand when an exciting play is taking place and your team is about to score or did score. I’m all for it. That’s great. I also am not talking about any stadium that has designated standing areas. If you’re in one of those sections, by all means stand. No one should complain about someone standing if you’re in the STANDING section. 

That said, I’m talking about the majority of the stadium where this isn’t the case. Standing the entire game can put a damper on another fan’s experience. Everyone should be able to enjoy the game as much as possible. If everyone stands kids attending might not be able to see much of or any of the game. Why would he/she want to come back? Or if a person is elderly or just unable physically to stand the entire time, that’s not fair. What about those in wheelchairs? At Soldier Field, the wheelchair section is the last row of the first level. If everyone is standing, they would not be able to see any of the game. 

So, for me, standing should be for the appropriate time during a game. That to me makes a bigger impact to the team. Just my thoughts. What’s yours? 

Cheering for the Home team

Recently a group of Miami Dolphins fans were asked to either quit cheering or leave. Several fans of the opposing team complained.

Now I don’t know what they were cheering or what tone of voice they used. Thus, my thoughts are not directed towards them. I wasn’t there and don’t know the true context of the situation. These are more general thoughts on cheering.

Cheering is definitely needed and welcomed by the home team. It’s encouraging to the players and makes it harder on the visiting team to get their plays in and can be a factor in getting penalties and botching plays from being completed. 

Everyone cheers and shows their enthusiasm in their own way. However, one must be conscientious of those around them, including visiting fans. Visiting fans have the right to cheer for their team. That said, I do believe they have to understand they are not at home, it is not their house. For visiting fans, sometimes the amount and intensity of their cheers can be determined by the number of fellow fans in attendance. The more fans, the more cheering. You know the saying, there is strength in numbers. Be respectful.

Back to cheering by home fans. I’ve been at home games where, quite frankly, there have been some obnoxious home fans screaming and yelling where I would have like to have asked them to please stop and welcome security to at least ask them to stop or leave. It’s a rare occurrence, but I get it. 

Everyone has the right to enjoy the game and cheer, but again, it shouldn’t be something that interferes with someone else enjoying the game. It’s called respect.

Go cheer for your team when it’s appropriate, don’t use profanity, don’t say rude things about the other team or fans, don’t SCREAM. Keep things in perspective, as it truly is, just a game. 

I can do that job – Holder of Tablet for Reviews

In my book “Tailgating Tales – Diary of a Female Football Fan” I have a number of “I Can Do That Job” idea. As many fans do, I’d love to work for my favorite NFL team. So I’ll be posting jobs I saw during the game, etc. that I know I could do.  The first one is the Holder of the Tablet for Challenges/Reviews.

What qualifications do I need? Hold up to five pounds? Stand still for 90 seconds? Be ok wearing striped pants and a maroon shirt that doesn’t really match well. I can do all of that. I can do that job!