Game prep – NY/NJ

For me, it’s always a challenge as the weather gets colder, trying to figure out how many layers do I need? I get cold if its below 80. You’d think after all these years I’d have figured it out, but I haven’t totally. There are so many factors that go into play, temperature, is it windy, rain, snow, dampness? It’s just not easy being me.

Today, I’m in East Rutherford, NJ, as the Bears are playing the Giants. Temperature is warmer than expected for December in NY/NJ. Forecast says it will be 53 at kickoff. That said, the forecast is for possible rain for a portion of the game. That means it’s going to be damp. 

Looks like it’s going to be a four layer day. 

I would much rather sit in snow than rain. 

Go Bears!

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!

 

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?

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. 

When a Win comes with a Loss

The only stat that really counts in football is number of wins. It’s what determines if your season continues into the playoffs or not. Many will say it’s not easy to win a NFL game. Fans of some teams will say it’s much harder than other fans. That said, every win is cherished. Every win is celebrated no matter what the record of the team you beat. But sometimes with a win comes a loss. A loss of a key player that will change the make-up of your team and maybe, in your number of wins. 

I was excited and happy my team, the Bears, won yesterday, but also sad. We suffered a big loss. One of our best players, one of our leaders, went down with a serious injury, Kyle Long. It hasn’t been said how long he’ll be out. He’s a key to our offensive line which is key to our quarterback’s success.  I feel terrible for Kyle and am praying for his recovery as he’s had a tough few years recently. Hang in there Kyle!

Anybody else have one of those days? 

Thursday Night Football

Your week is almost over. Tomorrow is Friday. The weekend is almost here which means Sunday and football. But wait! It’s Thursday! There’s football! I could watch football every night and I don’t think I’d get tired of it. From a fan’s perspective whose team is playing, is Thursday night football a good thing? Is it any different from a Monday night game? If you’re watching from the comfort of your home, probably not.  If  you are going to the game, maybe. Your answer might depend on how many Monday and Thursday games your team has scheduled. I love night games but unless it’s a Sunday night game, it does mean for home fans leaving work early to get there on time and if you tailgate, it’s even a shorter work day. Or do you use a vacation day?

For the visiting team’s fans it’s a different story. Thursday games ARE different from Monday games. You have to more than likely take at least two vacation days and maybe three depending where you’re traveling from and where you’re traveling to for the game. 

Or are Thursday games great for planning a long weekend get away?

As someone who travels to away games. I don’t mind Thursday games depending on how many away night games my team has and location. But in all realty, no matter what the answers to those points are, I will just work around things regarding vacation days and make it work.

I know the NFL isn’t going to change anything for the “small” number in reality of fans it affects, but what are your thoughts? 

Back up and running!

I should give myself a BIG penalty flag for delay of game for not posting in 11 months. I’ve regrouped and am believing I’m back on track with a new perspective! My goal is to blog several times a week. Stay tuned for more! You can follow me on Twitter @aFootballdiary as I’ll be tweeting with each new post.