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NFL update

The fortunes have been shifting at least for some teams, from the games that we have seen so far. A big surprise has been the comeback of teams like Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills. The super powers of the League – the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles – are finding it hard to stay on top. The changes in the football landscape have been so drastic that the earlier predictions no longer hold true.

Even New England Patriots who began the season with a loss is proving to be a tough challenge for other teams. With Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in the team, such a strong comeback was perhaps only to be expected. Also flying high as possible Super Bowl contenders are the Baltimore Ravens, with Joe Flacco and Ray Rice.

The Houston Texans was the next surprise this season when they became the AFC South champion. Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Arian Foster and Wade Philips continue to give nightmares to coaches and players alike.

With new and refreshing defense moves form Philip Rivers, the San Diego Chargers are also making waves.  However it is hard times ahead for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets. They have to be satisfied being the wild card entries this season. It must be hard for them because these were the two teams that met in the conference championship game last season.

Tony Romo and Bob Ryan will prove lucky for the Dallas Cowboys with the strong defense that they bring to the team.  The Green Bay Packers are also a surprise package this season.

Enjoy the NFL. It has been all about separating the boys from the men and it is just getting started!

How Ryan Fitzpatrick compares to other NFL Greats

The Amish Rifle, the quarterback from Buffalo Bills – Ryan Fitzpatrick has been rocking the NFL arena with his most amazing skills and moves. What is it that makes him a top-notch player?

He is the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL. As an offensive player, he has been the key factor in helping the Buffalo Bills reach victory many a time. Fitzpatrick has been a helping hand for his team, ever mindful of his team’s specific needs and complementing or adding to his teammate’s skills.

The Buffalo Bills player reminds us of the past great players in NFL. Let us look at whom Ryan resembles in his playing style:

Ryan is known for his never-ending energy and he never hesitates to run with the ball. This is similar to league greats like Randall Cunnigham, Steve Young and Norm Snead.

Ryan’s toughness at handling passes and throwing blocks reminds one of Brett Favre and Jim Kelly.  His skills at quick release have striking similarities with the great Dan Marino.

As a Harvard graduate, Ryan Fitzpatrick has a high football IQ comparable to Peyton Manning. He is cool under fire, his instincts help him to assess and analyze all situations. The skill of his comes as an advantage in scrimmages.  His down to earth and practical approach to the game makes him at par with stars like John Elway and Eli Manning.

His tact in creating open zones by his creative ball handling and play faking is reminiscent of talented players such as Steve De Berg and Kurt Warner.

His deep understanding of his teammates makes him a team player and he believes in them too, much like how Brett Favre and Dan Marino used to.

Watch Ryan Fitzpatrick in action, buy your Buffalo Bills tickets today!

 

 

Finally, Los Angeles Welcomes Farmers Field!

Football fans rejoice as the final approval in building a home stadium in Los Angeles has been given.  To be called Farmers Field, after Farmers Insurance, the new NFL Stadium hopes to share the downtown scene alongside other big venues such as the L.A. Convention Center, the Staples Center, and the L.A.Live.  Farmers Field will be developed by AEG, the company that developed and owns the Staples Center and the new LA Live complex.

On July 29, 2011 the City of Los Angeles released an official memorandum of understanding that affirms their approval plans to develop and build the new Los Angeles Football stadium.  A public hearing was also held July 30 with mostly supporters for the venues construction in tow. The memo is not yet an actual approval.  The approval came by a city council vote on August , 2011.

There is no question the introduction of a football stadium and soon-to-follow Los Angeles NFL team will boost the economy.  It is a much needed aspect of continuing development of downtown, which ten years ago only had the Convention Center to boast.  However, with the whole of Los Angeles in an economical budget crisis, there are concerns about funding.  If the plan moves forward to build Farmers Field, it would be funded entirely by private money and from future revenues.

As part of the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles, AEG built the Staples Center, home to the LA Lakers and LA Kings, LA Live, an entertainment district destination with nightclubs, restaurants, theaters and now hotels. The Ritz-Carlton and J.W. Marriott both opened within the past year and the NFL stadium will complete the entertainment complex. NFL fans in LA have waited almost two decades to have an NFL team in Los Angeles again and it seems this time downtown was primed for the arrival.

The Farmers Field Stadium deal is projected to cost $1.5 billion.  The unanimous City Council vote on August 9 approved the implementation of a 72,000 seat stadium in Farmer’s Field.  The upside to the $1.5 billion cost is that with additional development comes tax revenue.

There are a few glitches that LA will face.  Currently the NFL is not planning to expand the number of teams.  Therefore, if Los Angeles wants a team, they will have to bring an already existing team here. Once a team decides that it wants to make the big more, a vote between team owners of three-quarters majority must take place.

Even if all the stars line-up and votes get made, funding is accrued, and so forth, at best we are not looking at the arrival of the new Farmers Field until 2015.

Top 10 Football Movies

10. The Waterboy

An goofy movie is everything an Adam Sandler movie should be and more. A feel good football movie with the underdog team, the struggling player and the final triumph.

 

9. Remember the Titans

One of the best football movies of all time, Remember the Titans is based on a true story about the racial harmony brought about by football.

 

8. The Replacements

This is a nice little movie that will let you indulge in a bit of football fantasy, and where one man trumps all.

 

7. Varsity Blues

A great movie which is all about football, it doesn’t get any better than Varsity Blues.

 

6. Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire got Tom Cruise a best actor nomination, how about that? There must be something in there! Jerry Macguire is not just about football, but also about, love, friendship and life.

 

5. Invincible

Invincible is the true story of Vincent Papale, a part-time bartender who lives the dream of making it to professional football.

 

4. Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights is about a town that finds courage to face life through a football team.

 

3. Any Given Sunday

Any Given Sunday is one of the best football movies, especially so because of the excellent pep talks by Al Pacino’s character, Coach Tony D’Amato.

 

2. All the Right Moves

Back in the day, Tom Cruise did some good acting. This movie is one of those. He plays a high school football player with a lot of promise.

 

1. Rudy

Rudy is a true story and the most inspirational football movie ever made. It is a heartwarming story about a little guy holding his own and even triumphing over giants.

Four-time Pro Bowl center Forrest Blue dies at age 65

Forrest Blue, the Pro Bowl Center who led the San Francisco 49-ers to 3 division titles in the 1970’s, has died at 65 years of age. The cause of death is not specified. Blue was living at an assisted living facility in California. Forrest Blue was selected in the 1967 draft and he never missed a game for the 49ers. Blue founded the Forrest Blue properties Inc., after his NFL career came to an end and moved back to California.