Every now and then, you need a feel-good movie, a movie to watch when you are down to motivate you and make whatever you are going through feel a little but better. I am also not sure why but it seems that so many great motivational movies are sport related. Could be the element of the underdog story is always one that makes you feel better, like you could do anything. My top three are the following:
Sometimes fans forget that even though NFL players rep their team and most likely live in the city where they play, they aren't always from that city or even state. If the players are good enough to make it to the NFL, they typically take whatever team they will get the most playing time with or the most money from. And they are often traded and relocated a lot throughout their career on the field.
Fall or Autumn, whichever you call it, the season is the beginning of one of the greatest sports in human history: football. The crispness of the breeze as built men all gather onto the field, to gain points which leads to a trophy and numerous accolades. Yells and joyous canter echoing through the stadium as one sees the progression in which of their teams in the end will bring home a win, while the other team leaves with nothing but anger and disappointment. The balance that this sport has is what I look forward to every season, outside of Pumpkin-flavored everything and Halloween.
If you're from the Mid-Atlantic area of the US and you're an HBCU football fan, then you know that the landscape there is chock full of colorful and storied institutions and rivalries. The CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) reign supreme in these parts, and they both have a rich and vibrant brand of sports culture. Hampton University's recent jump to the Big South Conference may have officially removed them from the MEAC as an athletic program, but they're still a huge part of the HBCU tradition that exists in the Virginia Corridor that's part of the footprint of both leagues. The long-standing 'Battle Of The Bay' rivalry of Hampton vs. Norfolk State has gotten most of the visibility over the years, but HU's conference move has put that on a bit of a hiatus. It's also allowed an older rivalry to be renewed. Virginia Union University is a small, private HBCU that's located in the state capital of Richmond, Virginia. The school is part of the CIAA and already has a nationally-recognized championship pedigree when it comes to hoops (they've got more National Championships at the NCAA Division II level than any other HBCU, at ANY level), but the match-ups on the gridiron with the then Hampton Institute back in the golden age of CIAA football were must-see attractions for the HBCU football head.
The 2018-2019 season in the NFL was not an exciting one for your average Buffalo Bills fan. For your rabid fan, it was probably a bit stressful. But regardless of your perspective, the Buffalo Bills introduced Josh Allen to Western New York and may have finally found their future. Some parts of Western New York were overjoyed at the prospect of finally finding Jim Kelly’s heir as apparent and franchise quarterback, while others were just looking at and feeling the pain of past history.
August is always a really great time to be a football fan. Training camps and the anticipation of the upcoming season alone are enough to really get the juices flowing, whether you're a fan of pro football, big-time college football, or otherwise. HBCU football games, in particular, could be considered home to some of the most unique and enjoyable fan experiences imaginable for the sport. Black College Football holds a special place in my heart in terms of an overall game day experience. I'm an alum of the Alabama State University "Mighty Marching Hornets" band program, so I've been blessed to view the HBCU game day experience as both a game day participant, and as an old-fashioned fan. There may not be a spectacle more representative of the unique nature of the Black College Football fan experience than one of the oldest HBCU Football Classics in existence, The Magic City Classic.With the organized version of the event starting in 1945, it's considered one of the oldest and most venerable of the HBCU Football Classics in existence today. The Bayou Classic (Southern vs. Grambling State), The Florida Classic (Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman University), and the Southern Heritage Classic have all had a TON of visibility over the years, but the MCC has a fan and overall game day experience that rivals some of the best in the nation. The typical MCC festivities start almost a week in advance of game day with a myriad of parties, social events, and student recruitment efforts. Performances by major R&B recording artists, Stepshows and related events, and a "Battle of the Bands" face off between the MMW (Marching Maroon & White) of AAMU and the MMH (Mighty Marching Hornets) of ASU really make the entire week an exhilarating experience for any fan. Sensory overload is a REAL thing for this event prior to any turf in venerable Legion Stadium being disrupted by cleats and pigskin.Then, there's Magic City Classic game day...
Football is almost upon us. The pre-season has started, fantasy leagues are up and running, and Cleveland fans are once again thinking that this will be their year. But before we get into the thick of the 2019-2020 NFL season, let's take a walk through memory and revisit the 2018 games that made our jaws drop. Here are the top-ten "Oh Shit" moments from the 2018-2019 NFL Season.
Draft season is quickly approaching, and with it the promise of a new season. If you and your friends always do a live draft together, this year might be the one to make things a little bit more fun by throwing a party to celebrate the beginning of your season. You can ask your friends to go in on supplies together, or just make plans yourself as commissioner of your fantasy league.
I'll admit you may find it overly dramatic, predictable, and cliche to play on Shakespeare's iconic line, but it's more apt than you may care to admit or realize. Hamlet was contemplating suicide, life, and death. And if concussions are the deciding factor in Football-As-We-Know-Its life or death, then the kickoff is the leading suspect and major culprit. Up until last year I was a stubborn defender of Gridiron Football's most dangerous play, mostly out of pure tradition.
The previous NFL season brought us yet another Super Bowl trophy lifting by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. It is safe to say that their franchise is one of the most successful in the League’s history, but they’re far from unbeatable. The biggest allure of the NFL is the fact that each new season is hard to predict. The Cincinnati Bengals, for instance, had a single victory in two whole seasons before 2018, but they were real competitors last year. The 2019 season will, therefore, be super interesting to watch as athletes are preparing as we speak for it. But what exactly do these preparations consist of in terms of fitness?
Heading the list for top quarterback in the league is young star Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City. The Chiefs signal caller made the most of his opportunity as a first-year starter in 2018 by being named the league's MVP.