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Are you tired of how some girlfriends perceive you as ‘one of the boys’ when you are really just a girl who loves football? Do you notice that look you get from them like you’re a freak of nature when you enthusiastically talk about the start of the football season? Or that glazed look as you try to explain the difference between offensive pass interference and an illegal block? I feel you. I figured if I wanted to keep my friends in the fall, while still watching football, I needed to explain the sport in a way that might appeal…

Super Bowl Sunday will inspire 7.5 million home parties and 43.9 million partygoers, according to the National Retail Foundation. Hallmark says it is the top occasion for parties at home, even topping New Year’s Eve. Based on those statistics alone, there’s a 1 in 7 chance you’ll be heading to someone’s house this Sunday, if not hosting an event yourself. With that in mind, I’d like to make a couple suggestions to help make your party extra memorable (or cement yourself as the best party guest ever). Green Apple Guacamole: I’ve brought this crisp, refreshing dip to just about every…

Being a non-fan in the land of Big Football has its challenges. Lucky for me, after this piece ran in my column, a friend sent me a link to Football 101 on TheFootballGirl.com. I’m still confused, but I’m learning a thing or two. Horse collar! Pooch kick! Amiright? Seriously, true fans – on behalf of everyone like me, I thank you for your tolerance. And I ask you experts: What tips do you have for helping the football-challenged get through a game? —- The Loneliness of Football Season I am afraid to say this out loud, so I’m whispering it to…

The Jets, Cardinals and Bucs, among others are all looking for offensive linemen to fill a void left by injury or subpar performance. Within a week, 1184 NFL players will be unemployed when rosters are cut down to fifty-three.  Position battles are being won (and lost) all day every day.  Having gone through this myself one year ago as a member of the Redskins, I can’t help but think about the transition many of these players will soon be going through, as I had to do it myself: from the NFL to the Office. That transition has been a big…

With the MJD holdout situation at a stalemate, Jones-Drew keeps falling, this time from #16 to #27. Rashad Jennings has had a stellar preseason and the Jags are quite comfortable with him (at least publicly, for posturing reasons). Jennings with an almost guaranteed start Week 1 (and possibly beyond was moved up to #85. The more I observe the Bears the more convinced I am that they will emphasize the aerial attack in ways they never have. Therefore, I moved Matt Forte from #7 to #11. While these rankings are for standard leagues, PPR owners should rank Forte higher. Maybe…

As a fan from the Lone Star State, yeah, I occasionally hate on Romo. Sometimes it’s hard to believe he has the stats to back up his sometimes-designated status as one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. Although Romo has – don’t bother getting your calculators out – just one playoff win since taking over for Drew Bledsoe in 2006, he has pushed through a broken rib and made gutsy, successful read adjustments at the line of scrimmage and managed to dodge defensive players while in the pocket. Last year’s resume? Threw for 4,184 yards Just ten interceptions 66% pass completion…

Four hours before the Virginia Destroyers took the field in last October’s UFL Championship game, owner Bill Mayer had a message for his players. Mayer’s words were not the typical pep talk an owner might give in that situation, something like being the “pride of the community” or “making history.”  He was there to make a simple promise: play in the game and you will get paid by the following Friday.  The Destroyers beat the Las Vegas Locomotives 17-3 that day.  But the paychecks did not come.  Just as they hadn’t come for the 2010 champions. As it stands now,…

Four hours before the Virginia Destroyers took the field in last October’s UFL Championship game, owner Bill Mayer had a message for his players. Mayer’s words were not the typical pep talk an owner might give in that situation, something like being the “pride of the community” or “making history.”  He was there to make a simple promise: play in the game and you will get paid by the following Friday.  The Destroyers beat the Las Vegas Locomotives 17-3 that day.  But the paychecks did not come.  Just as they hadn’t come for the 2010 champions. As it stands now,…

He had hair of dried chili peppers, teeth that were made of garlic and his lips were covered in barbeque sauce.  No, this is not the mirage of a girl trying her best to cut calories before her wedding/prom/spring break.  It was the unveiling of the life-size food statue version of Robert Griffin III.  Made of Smokehouse BBQ Chicken, RG3 aptly pointed out that while the sandwich boasts a low six grams of fat, his statue-self, known as RG3.5, couldn’t say the same. Appetizing. (Photo: Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Subway) Under normal circumstances, no New Yorker would ever endure the…

Big game. Big markets. Big QBs. Big rematch. Super Bowl XLVI could X-ceed all others in ratings. But how will its star players rate with Madison Avenue? Which Giants and Patriots will land seven-figure endorsement deals, go to Disneyland, and show up on talk shows, Wheaties boxes and Dancing With The Stars? Here’s how this expert rates the endorsement talent: TOUCHDOWN: Tom Brady.  With $10M a year in current ad deals and a record-tying fourth Super Bowl ring in his sights, Brady is well-positioned to overtake Peyton Manning as the NFL’s richest endorser—but only if he’s willing to devote the…

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