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Who will meet in Super Bowl 51?

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Green Bay takes on Atlanta, Pittsburgh faces New England.  Who do you think will win?

 

Green Bay Packer vs Atlanta Falcons

There is all this talk of Matt Ryan being the MVP this year but the Dirty Birds better not sleep on Aaron Rodgers.  Hollywood is digging into Rodgers personal life, nevertheless that will not distract one the finest quarterbacks around.  The family may air their dirty laundry to reporters but I would expect Rodgers and the Pack to be prepared for the Falcons.

The Falcons have all the pieces in place this year.  The Falcons have home field, a good running game, good defense and the play calling of Kyle Shanahan for “Matty Ice”,  going against the worst passing defense in the league.  There is no way they can lose.  Right?

 

Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots

 

Someone pulled the Steelers team hotel alarm at 3AM this morning. This is not the first time a rival of the Patriots has been the target of a false alarm.  What now, ALARMGATE?  Seems suspicious because it happened in Boston but I am sure Belichick had nothing to do with it…WINK!  Steelers fans better hope that their offense can put up some points this week.  Field goals are not going to get the job done.  Tom Brady is mad.  Deflategate just pissed him off and he wants vengeance.  He is about to take it out on Ben Roethlisberger’s team.  Even with the best running back and receiver in the league, I don’t see Pittsburgh beating the Patriots in Foxborough.   I expect to see the Patriots win their 9th Lamar Hunt Trophy.

 

 

Former NFL player created a specialty gym for disabled veterans

Mr. Irrelevant is making all the difference in his post-NFL career


Former NFL linebacker, David Vobora, was in a dark place after his football career was cut too short due to a shoulder injury. Now, five years later he has found a new passion away from the gridiron.


Brian Aft had no idea how much his life would change when he first met former NFL player David Vobora.

“I was rolling back to my truck in a parking lot,” Aft said, “And all of a sudden I just hear ‘HEY! HEY!’ and I look over, and I see this giant Spartan dude running over at me and I’m thinking, ‘Oh my God…you’re gonna get robbed, Brian. You’re gonna get robbed.’”

Instead of robbing him though, Vobora and Aft connected. Aft had his limbs blown off after stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan in 2011. After failing to find help at the VA, he became addicted to drugs, suicidal, and unemployed. Vobora was able to identify with those struggles, since a shoulder injury in the NFL the same year landed him a bad addiction to pain pills. After working with Vobora, Aft has strengthened his muscles as well as his mind. He can walk now with the aid of prosthetics, and has a job and a fiancée.

 

David Vobora was the man known as “Mr. Irrelevant” – the last player taken in the 2008 NFL Draft.  He played 5 seasons in the NFL and then his career was over.  A devastating injury led to off the field issues that would change his life in ways that would see him come out stronger for it.  What happened in 2014 is what legends are made of.

In January of 2014 David Vobora,  met US Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills.  Since retiring from the NFL, David owns and is head trainer of Performance Vault Gym, providing personalized performance training for elite athletes.  David opened his gym, and offered up his training expertise to Travis, who despite being a quadruple amputee, never lost the inner desire to live “Army Strong.”  The pair started working out together, customizing and adapting to the unique challenges posed by Travis’ injuries.  Through working with Travis and engaging the veteran community, specifically those that were severely injured, David developed a hunger for helping those with life-altering injuries find a path to life-fulfilling activity and fitness through adaptive performance training.

The gym focuses on self-reliance and strength, and teaches people that they are more than their injuries.  On this Veteran’s Day, it is nice to see a former player helping those who served improve their life.   Looking back to 2008, David Vobora was the last player taken in the draft.  His post career included his own personal struggles with pain and prescription drugs.  Unlike other pro athletes in his similar situation,  “Mr. Irrelevant” made a positive change and  has become relevant to many of our true heroes.

 

Thank you to all who served – Happy Veterans Day!

Are NFL TV ratings in trouble?

What is the impact of Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem kneel?

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I have been trying to avoid the whole Colin Kaepernick issue but I had to write a little something now that he has been named the starter again.  He can protest all he wants, I don’t have to agree with him but lately I have been reading about the declining TV ratings for NFL football games.  I get the feeling the NFL is not going to panic anytime soon.  Colin Kaepernick would like to think that his pregame protests are having an effect on viewership but that remains to be seen.  Is he the modern day Rosa Parks or Ghandi or whoever?  Perhaps.  I personally don’t care what he does.  Putting aside the racial component of this,  I get bored by the involvement of politics/protests in entertainment.  Much like I hate when an actor espouses their views on politics, I equally can’t stand when a professional athlete has to take the attention away from a game.  If they want to tweet or Facebook their opinion outside the game, fine.  Let them deal with the feedback there.

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I would love to see demonstrations during professional sports or Hollywood award ceremonies set aside for the audiences sake.   Most of us pay for entertainment because we want to escape (and yes we pay if it involves cable/satellite, going to a game or a purchasing a movie ticket or Redbox),  even if for a few hours.  We work 40-60 hours a week and just want to socialize or enjoy the moment without stress.  Actors and athletes get paid to entertain.  Plain and simple.  The money they earn comes from the people who pay to watch.  A Supreme Court Justice is calling Kaepernick’s protests “dumb and disrespectful”.   I agree but my point is the distraction of the protest.  I am tired of the distractions.  We get enough clutter in our daily lives from the 24 hour news cycle, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, group text messages, you name it.

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You get the point.  I just want to watch a movie or a God damn football game in peace.  Leave your message to another venue.  Pay for your own stadium or theater and invite people to that event.  If they show up then you know your voice is being heard your way and not irritating others that want an escape.  I am not trying to take away from his message.  Whatever he thinks is wrong with this country is on him.

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I am old enough to remember the late 70’s and the beauty of the 80’s.  Life was simpler then.  I was excited when MTV came out and it let me escape with mindless hours of music videos.  No messages, just entertainment.  No internet, no twitter, fewer cable channels, no cell phones.  Back then NFL games or movies were majestic.  Big events, great escapes.  Terrorism was distant, the world was safe to travel, there were no selfies or Kardashians!  I love America.  I loved it then and I love it now.  There is only a handful of times I experienced discrimination and it happened during my college years (all the intellectuals there!).   I am Mexican and have a some insight into the racial side of life. I studied sociology and criminal justice in college, played professional football and had plenty of friends of every race, color or creed.

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The irony about all this has now come full circle.  A lot of people have said Kaepernick isn’t starting because of his protests, or because he is black.  Some have said Chip Kelly cut previous black stars like DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy (see the idiot known as Skip Bayless) because of his racial views.  Colin Kaepernick is going to start again for the San Francisco 49ers so I think that puts that issue to rest.   I think it’s safe to say that the ratings for his upcoming game will probably get a big boost.  Your welcome NFL, I don’t think your ratings will be in trouble this week.

#BillyManziel has gone viral

According to ESPN, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was seen wearing a unique disguise at a Las Vegas nightclub.

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Sources saw Manziel sporting an odd outfit — a blond wig, a fake mustache, glasses and a hoodie. And he introduced himself as “Billy.”

After being placed in the NFL Concussion Protocol last Wednesday, it was reported by multiple outlets throughout the weekend that Manziel was seen at a Las Vegas casino rather than being at home resting and rehabilitating from the concussion he reportedly suffered in a 17-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 27.

You can’t make this stuff up! I can only imagine the shit he is going to get from his teammates if and when he returns to the Cleveland Browns locker room. The Browns recently fired Mike Pettine, what does it take to fire Johnny Football? I mean #BillyManziel!