Clinton Portis

9 09 2009

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My kids went back to school today and I (like many parents) took numerous pictures this morning of them all dressed up in their brand-spanking-new first day of school outfits.  Clinton Portis seems to know the power of a fresh new outfit and he wears his various costumes to press conferences just to provide Washington fans with some entertainment.  I’m not a Washington fan, but I do find these antics amusing.  You have to be really comfortable with yourself to go out in public looking that foolish.

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I personally have a hard time recommending that you buy clothes for someone as a gift.  It is very easy to get both their style AND/OR size wrong.  I tried this once and the gift failure is a story my friends still tease me about to this day.  How could you go wrong when giving someone a plain collared black shirt?  Good question, but here’s the answer.  Apparently, Banana Republic cuts their shirts really small AND many of their shirts are designed in a more cosmopolitan style so they don’t work well for guys who aren’t into fashion trends.  The recipient (let’s call him “Jack”) accepted the shirt and claimed to like it.  He even told me he wore it once, but that was before another male friend informed me of the Banana Republic sizing issues and the extremely high probability that my shirt gift was on its way to Goodwill.  I questioned Jack, but he said it “fit” and that he “liked it”.  I knew that wasn’t true, but just on principle I asked that he wear it so I could see it.  I’ve seen Jack maybe 30 times since then, but have never seen the shirt.  I’ve seen many collared shirts on him.  I’ve seen many black shirts on him.  I’ve just never seen my super styled, super tight shirt – and I never will.

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Don’t let this happen to you.  Skip the clothes unless the recipient picked them out in advance.  Coats are one exception to this as they require less of a style and size match.  I know many of you will try this anyway, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.

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QB Weekender

6 09 2009

These are my favorite football movies.  What are yours?  Check one out if you need a way to fill the final days until the season starts.

1. RUDY

2. THE WATERBOY

3. ANY GIVEN SUNDAY

4. JERRY MACGUIRE





Chad Ocho Cinco

1 09 2009

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If you could have chosen your own name, what would you want it to be?  Our first name tells people who we are and our last name tells the world where we came from.  The player formerly known as Chad Johnson legally changed his last name to “Ocho Cinco” during the 2008 preseason.  This move forced the league to change his jersey and properly honor the union of the number eight and the number five from which Chad was created.

Like most people, I wrote this stunt off as the usually humorous mixture of arrogance and stupidity.  However, I’m starting to think Chad might have been trying to help the world evolve.  Maybe we shouldn’t have to just walk around with the names we were given at birth.  Maybe we need to take his lead and go grab our little piece of individuality.  Too often we conform to norms just because that is the way things have always been.  Why not pick our own names?  We pick our own jobs, clothes, and cars – all designed to reflect something about who we are.  Is it really that crazy?

People like to pick out things for themselves and that is exactly why I’m NOT against giving gift cards.  They allow the person to get something that is perfectly customized to their preferences.  Gift cards get a bad rap for being thoughtless, but they can actually be sentimental or romantic.  Here are some suggestions on making a gift card more personal, but feel free to reach out to me offline if you need additional ideas.  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.

 

IDEAS TO PERSONALIZE A GIFT CARD 

  • Gift Card Hunt: Fill a big box with candy (M&Ms, Skittles, Tootsie Rolls, etc) and have her hunt for the gift card.
  • Picture It: Put a romantic or sentimental picture directly on it.  Check out these Visa personalized gift cards.
  • Quirky Stores: A $50 gift card to an ice-cream parlor still seems like a fun and unique gift, whereas $50 at Macy’s seems more generic.
  • Entertain Me: Consider a Ticketmaster gift card.  This way you are giving the experience, but they get to pick which performance and/or dates work best for them.




QB Weekender

28 08 2009

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I’ve been a little slack on my posting this week, but I have a good excuse.  This is my birthday week and I have been on vacation (and otherwise celebrating).  I did a little research for this “birthday” post and it turns out that Virgo is an unpopular zodiac sign for today’s NFL quarterbacks.  Other unloved signs are Gemini, Leo, Scorpio, and Pisces.  Hmmm…why do you think that is?  Below are the more popular ones and what that sign “might” say about them.  Now excuse me while I go polish my dancing shoes – it’s party time!

 

NFL QUARTERBACK BIRTHDAYS

 

ARIES (March 21 – April 19): Pioneer, assertive

(St. Louis Rams) Marc Bulger’s birthday is April 5, 1977

 

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Practical, sensual

(Chicago Bears) Jay Cutler’s birthday is April 29, 1983

(Atlanta Falcons) Matt Ryan’s birthday is May 17, 1985

(Dallas Cowboys) Tony Romo’s birthday is April 21, 1980

 

CANCER ( June 21 – July 22): Intuitive, emotional

(Arizona Cardinals) Kurt Warner’s birthday is June 22, 1971

 

LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 22): Artistic, diplomatic

(Minnesota Vikings) Brett Favre’s birthday is October 10, 1969

(Seattle Seahawks) Matt Hasselbeck’s birthday is September 25, 1975

 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21): Philosophical, broad-minded

(Green Bay Packers) Aaron Rodger’s birthday is December 2, 1983

(Philadelphia Eagles) Donovan McNabb’s birthday is November 25, 1976

 

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19): Cautious, hardworking

(Carolina Panthers) Jake Delhomme’s birthday is January 10, 1975

(New Orleans Saints) Drew Brees’s birthday is January 15, 1979

(Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Byron Leftwich’s birthday is January 14, 1980

(New York Giants) Eli Manning’s birthday is January 3, 1981

(Washington Redskins) Jason Campbell’s birthday is December 31, 1981

(San Francisco 49ers) Shaun Hill’s birthday is January 9, 1980

 

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18): Individualistic, altruistic

(Detroit Lions) Daunte Culpepper’s birthday is January 28, 1977





Terry Bradshaw

25 08 2009

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In my circle of friends, we use the term “Outback wings” to describe anything that receives so much hype that the reality can’t live up to it.  This expression came about because a few of us have deep respect for the chicken wings at Outback Steakhouse.  And why shouldn’t we?!  They are well seasoned, crunchy, not greasy, and meaty.  I DO NOT care what anybody says, Outback makes some great wings!  The fact that I expressed this opinion so admittedly has made some of my friends insist that those very yummy wings are merely average.  I don’t know what it is about something being anointed “great” or “the best” that just makes people want to scrutinize it more.

This is definitely the case in football too.  Terry Bradshaw was the first player selected in the 1970 NFL draft.  Usually this tends to bring on the “Outback wings” syndrome and the player never really lives up to the hype.  I can think of numerous examples of this but the one that is sticking out at the moment is Courtney Brown.  Brown was the first pick of the 2000 NFL draft.  This was the same year Tom Brady was drafted #199.  Brown was plagued by injury his entire career and was ultimately cut from the Denver Broncos in 2007.  Terry Bradshaw on the other hand, lived up to every expectation (and then some).  He won four Super Bowls while quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He was a two-time Super Bowl MVP and obviously he resides in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Now maybe the story of a #1 draft pick becoming a hall of famer lacks the kind of dramatic tension we like in the movies, but sometimes the obvious answer is the best answer.

This brings me to the top mentioned “best gift” story from women – the spa day.  Sure it seems SO obvious, but that doesn’t change the fact that most women really enjoy the pampering.  I can’t express how important it is the keep your woman relaxed.  As the expression goes, “If Mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy.”  Trust me – a spa day is a gift for both of you.  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.





QB Weekender

22 08 2009

You know what time it is!  This weekend’s question: Who would make the best NFL crossover player?  If you feel up to the challenge – put your pick in the comments.  Adding a position and/or team selection is extra credit.

 

USAIN  BOLT: Track & Field

DWIGHT HOWARD: Basketball

ALEX OVECHKIN: Hockey

DAVID “BIG PAPI” ORTIZ: Baseball

QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON: Mixed Martial Arts





Jim Nance

20 08 2009

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These aren’t just players; these are people. 

One of my oldest friends recently brought to my attention the Patriots Hall of Fame induction of Jim Nance.  Nance was a two-time AFL All-Star.  He was the first player to eclipse the 1,400 yard mark in a single Patriots’ season.  He also still holds the highest yard per game average in Patriots’ history – a record he has held for 43 years.  These are amazing accomplishments and there is no doubt that Nance has meant a lot to the Patriots.  Jim Nance won’t be at the induction ceremony today.  He passed away in 1992.  His family will be there instead.  Football is a way of life, but it isn’t life.  Often we forget that after the big plays are over – these men are sons, husbands, and fathers.  I salute Jim Nance today for all he accomplished – on and off the field.

I feel very fortunate to still have my father’s presence, guidance, and laughter in my life.  We recently shared a chuckle over his “best gift ever” story.  My father grew up in Southwestern Virginia.  Following family harvests, he was often promised a bicycle.  When it didn’t arrive after a few years, he simply gave up and assumed it would never come.  One day, he arrived home from school and found a brand new bicycle sitting in front of the family store.  You have to hear how he tells the story – even after all this time.  “Oh man, it was nice!  It had everything – chrome and tassels!”  He even likened it to the iconic bicycle in the movie “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.”  My father’s mother died when he was nine years old so it is amazing that he found so much joy from events that took place only a short time afterwards.  In the true spirit of giving, he passed on his bike to a cousin when the family moved to New York City. 

Men might not be as emotional as women, but the passion my father had around this story tells me that a great gift affects everyone the same If you can, drop everything and go ask your father what his best gift ever was.  There is no time like the present!  Besides, it might give you some additional insight.  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.