Seventeen years ago today, the unthinkable happened on American soil. The United States became the victim of a horrific crime on humanity when it was attacked on September 11, 2001.
Almost every American can remember that day as if it were yesterday. I remember it well. I received a phone call from a friend early that morning asking me to turn on the news. I was shocked to see that a jet airliner had hit one of the Twin Towers in New York City. We discussed several possibilities as to what lead to the crash. Did the pilot have a heart attack? Or did the plane malfunction?
It wasn’t until I was looking at the screen did I see the second plane come around the bend straight for the second building. My reaction was simple, “Whoa, this is bad. Amiee, America has been attacked!”
Whether it’s your first year trying something new or you’re a veteran and managing 5 or more teams, this is an exciting time. Football season is around the corner and it’s time to prepare for ‘The Draft’ of your team.
Once again, at Our Turf Football, we are running five leagues. One on NFL.com and four through Yahoo.com. Three of the leagues are female only and two are coed. There is one each, female only and coed, of $20 buy-in leagues. As of this writing, all leagues are full except for 2 spots available in the female only buy-in league. The defending champs are back and ready to take the top spot once again.
The NFL Competition Committee will host it’s annual meetings March 25-28 in Orlando, FL. There are two really “hot” topics on this year’s agenda: Pass Interference Penalties and Catch/No-Catch.
Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, and Rich McKay, Competition Committee Chairman and President/CEO of the Atlanta Falcons, hosted a conference call today with some insights into what they saw happen during the 2017-18 season and to preview some of the items up for discussion at this year’s meeting.
To recap 2017, parity seems to be alive and well in the NFL. Eight of the twelve playoff teams this year were not in the playoffs in 2016. Two of this year’s playoff teams were last in their division last year and moved to first, one actually won the Super Bowl. In fact, eight of the past fifteen seasons have seen at least one team move from “worst to first.”
It’s that time of year again where I’m sure your twitter feed is getting filled with RTs from people who are trying to get their team’s nominee to win the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The Walter Payton Man of The Year Award goes to the player who is involved in their community off the field.
Each team nominates a player who they feel is most deserving. The winner will get a total of $500,000, with half going to the winner’s charity of choice, and the other half going to Character Playbook. Character Playbook is a digital learning initiative that helps children learn how to build character, and develop good interpersonal skills. This is an initiative between the NFL and United Way.
With an exciting Week 7 in the books, let’s look at this week’s Starts and Sits. There are six teams on a bye deserving some much-needed rest: Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and the Tennessee Titans.
Kate’s Quarterback Starts:
Defenses giving up the most passing yards are the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so start the following:
Philip Rivers – Even though he has been inconsistent so far this season, a match up with the Patriots defense that has allowed 300-plus points in passing yards is worth the gamble. No team has allowed more touchdowns or fantasy points to this position.
At the Fall Meeting in New York City today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Dallas, Texas, home of the Cowboys, as the host city for the 2018 NFL Draft. Goodell stated, via the press release:
“This is the first time we will be hosting the Draft at a stadium complex. We are excited by that. I want to take moment to thank both Chicago and Philadelphia for really doing an extraordinary job to raise the bar. They have set a new standard for the Draft, created a new experience for our fans that was extraordinary, and we are confident that Dallas will raise that bar even further.”
My love of the NFL game started when I was a teenager, playing a board game called Strat-O-Matic Football with one of my brothers. Basically, it is the old school version of a Madden NFL video game. We spent many fun hours coaching our teams. The game came down to strategy, both offense and defense, and a simple roll of the dice.
I have had a soft spot for the Miami Dolphins since the ‘80s. It was during their dominant years with quarterback Dan Marino that I really became hooked. I attended my first live NFL game November 18, 2010 at SunLife Stadium in Miami. What a milestone.
Every week the NFL releases an information filled capsule of the week to come and they never disappoint. This includes notes on the matchups plus some historical data as well. Finally, it provides information on the officiating crews and broadcast information on where the game can be found.