Why We Need Football Back

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We watched in horror and disbelief early this year as the Coronavirus spread across the globe, changing our world and our lives seemingly forever. 

For many Americans, it didn’t hit home until the sporting events were cancelled – the NBA and college basketball were the first to fall. Then came baseball, golf, even motorsports – the virus was real and it was here.  

One unimaginable day after another, I found myself saying, “Thank God it’s not football season.” 

Surely, it would be over by then. We would be free by the Fourth of July, or so we were told. 

Days and weeks turned into months. We continued to distance ourselves from the people and things we loved. 

Then, there was the killing of George Floyd and the social unrest that followed. Chaos erupted in the streets and our cities burned.

But as sports slowly returned, so did something else – hope – that life as we knew it would also someday return.   

The start of football season is like a national holiday that goes on for months. Sundays, Thursdays, Saturdays – there’s always something to look forward to. 

This year, I’ve tempered my excitement. Who knows if the season will start – or if it does, what it will look like. Like so many other things, I knew football could be taken away from us at any moment.

With training camps closed and no preseason games, we haven’t had the usual buildup and to be honest, it feels a little surreal – but after months of uncertainty and unrest, week one of the NFL season is upon us. It finally feels real. It finally feels like football season. And I didn’t know how much I needed it until I saw ESPN’s It’s All Coming Back To Us Now video and the tears started flowing. 

Seeing the game we love and players we adore (and even the ones we don’t) brought it all back to me.  

I’m not going to say football will solve all our problems. But the truth is, we’ve never needed it more. 

On game day, the things that divide us fade away. 

Fans in the stands cheering and embracing each other regardless of race, religion, and politics is the America I know and love.  

It may look a little different this year, but America’s game can still bring Americans together. 

There may not be tailgate parties. 

There may not be stadiums filled with people.

But by God, there will be football. 

And this year, that’s enough. 

“It’s so hard to believe but it’s all coming back to me now…”

We’re Crushing: On Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder on the 2014 ESPN Body issue   (Photo: ESPN Magazine)

Prince Fielder on the 2014 ESPN Body Issue
(Photo: ESPN Magazine)

ESPN’s 2014 Body Issue comes out this week. And prior to its release, some of the covers have been strategically leaked. One coverboy drawing great interest is Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder.

Much like the Dove real beauty campaign, Prince Fielder has put a new shape on a magazine…only this time, for males. Posing nude, Fielder proudly represents the men with buddha abs, toddler thighs, and sweet cheeks (four of them).

As a female with a backside, the one (and only) thing I can thank the Kardashians for is changing the image of a woman’s body in society. See ya, Kate Moss! Don’t let the door hit your skeletal ass on the way out…

No, you probably won’t see Prince Fielder wearing skinny jeans and Uggs like some of the cool cats we know. But, as women have discovered…skinny jeans are not for everyone.

Representing the National Football League are Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald…

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (Photo: ESPN Magazine)

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
(Photo: ESPN Magazine)

And giving new meaning to BEASTMODE, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (who, funny enough, is too shy to speak to the media).

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch  (Photo: ESPN Magazine)

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch
(Photo: ESPN Magazine)

I personally love Prince Fielder’s cover. I think he’s adorable. And I love ESPN for using it.

It also backs up my theory that baseball players are the least athletic and most overpaid athletes in professional sports. But, that’s just me.

Still, Fielder hits a home run as a model.

Because happy and confident is always sexy.

XO

Fans respond to ESPN and blame Cutler…for everything.

Dear ESPN,

Congratulations! One show. One segment. One ridiculous graphic. That’s all it took to accomplish what no one else in sports has been able to…unite the entire NFL fan base behind one unlikable player.

ESPN Sports Nation (DEADSPIN)

ESPN Sports Nation (DEADSPIN)

Sports Nation had no idea the favor it was doing for the Chicago Bears quarterback when it aired a graphic asking viewers: “How much do you blame Jay Cutler for RGIII’s injury?”

Fans reacted on Twitter with the hashtag #BlameJayCutler, pinning everything from global warming to bad grades on the notorious sourpuss quarterback.

Here are a few of my favorites:

So, just so there’s no misunderstanding…No. We do not. Blame Jay Cutler. For RGIII’s injury.

At all.

P.S. Cutty says, “Thanks!”

XO