From rival to on your roster

It happens. Not often, but it happens. It’s free agency time and your team has just signed someone from the team you “hate” the most, your arch rival. Or, one of your team’s players does the unthinkable, signs with that arch rival. Is one better than the other? That could depend on who that player is perhaps.

If that player has been a nemesis for two games a year, is it easier to now cheer for that player cause well, at least they’re not going to beat you? Or, if it’s a player you like, good for your team, but for one reason or the other, he’s gone and now will be the opponent, is that worse?

For me, signing a rival will probably depend on the player and how they’ve played a factor in beating my team. Most players are in a sense “neutral” opponents. They’re your rival but no big deal. Then, there are those few that stand out and you just cringe at the mention of their name because of how they always seem to have that break-out game against you.

What are your thoughts?

Schedule – Anxious Anticipation

After the combines, the next big event is the release of the schedule for the upcoming season. I anxiously await it being released as I’m sure many other fans do. How many prime time games will we have? How many Thursday night games? When is our bye week? Any holiday games? So many variables! If you travel to games, it signifies the beginning of checking airfare, deciding to book or not to book. What hotels are in the area? Near the stadium? Need a car? How much vacation time will I need to use? Will this game be flexed? So much to think about! But as someone who travels to games, so much fun! I love it!

I looked at last year’s schedule, in particular the prime time games, and found some interesting scheduling. At least I thought it was interesting. Stay tuned to read what I found.

I got a game ball!

So excited! I got a game ball! Ok so not exactly. After Sunday night’s victory by the Chicago Bears, Head Coach Matt Nagy gave the game ball to THE FANS!!! Thank you Coach Nagy! The stadium was electric and on their feet (a little too much-see other blogs) screaming and yelling and causing False Starts and wreaking havoc with the Los Angeles Rams offense. Means a lot Coach that you acknowledged the fans for their support and their part in the Bears victory! 

Then on my phone I get notification to go to the Bears app FOR MY DIGITAL GAME BALL!!! Great move on the part of the Bears. Thank you! We could download a picture with it! GO BEARS!!!

My Cause, My Cleats Initiative

Love this initiative of the NFL! My Cause, My Cleats allows players to wear special shoes/cleats that represent a charity they are passionate about and then have the opportunity to auction their shoes to raise money for it. Originally it had been a one-week initiative in the past but has been expanded this year to span from Week 13 to the Thursday night game in Week 16. Each team has a designated home game to wear the cleats. 

This was a super fabulous idea and I personally love it! What a great way to bring awareness to so many great causes and raise money. 

In this day of NFL players being suspended for illegal drug use, domestic violence charges, drunken driving, and illegal hits, it is a great way to show players in a more positive light. There are good guys that care and want to use their talents and popularity to help others.

I’m excited this has become an annual event as it’s a wonderful idea. I encourage everyone to read about all the great stories about the various My Cause, My Cleats. If you can, choose one or several charities, and do what you can to help by simply making a donation for whatever you can. 

This one you totally got right NFL!