And the CHAMPION of the Football Movies Tournament is….

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor NFC West / NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

We hope you are all staying healthy and finding your way through this strange time we are living in.

The lack of sports has really opened my eyes to exactly how much of my time was devoted to following these entertaining athletic events. But it’s also given me a greater sense of humor when trying to find things to occupy all this free time.

Hence “The Sweet Sixteen of Football Movies” that we hosted last week.  Thank you to everyone who voted. If you didn’t vote then you don’t get to complain about the results! Yeah, that’s how I roll!

Anyway, without further ado, congratulations to…

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What’s in a name? The fun in Fantasy Football monikers.

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Its almost time. You can almost smell the compeition start to bubble up from within. Stats, lists, scheme breakdowns. Its all just around the corner. No, I’m not talking about NFL training camp. I’m talking about FANTASY FOOTBALL.

There are thousands of websites dedicated to fantasy football. How to build a team, how players are ranked, how to draft in the best way possible, everything you could possibly need. But lets be honest, we all know what the most important part of Fantasy Football is. Its all about your team name.

Every year I am amazed by the creativity some people use when creating a team name. A great spin on current events or pop culture. A snarky twist on a players name. So many ways that people find the perfect name.

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Nashville to add music to the 2019 NFL draft

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

The 2019 NFL draft is this week in Nashville, TN. When this was first announced, it was a bit hard for me to reconcile Nashville, Music City, with the hard-grinding men of the NFL.

Well, they’ve gone and one it – added music to the list of draft festivities, giving visitors a multitude of options on how to spend time waiting for their team to make a pick!

Here’s all the information from the press release that you’ll need if you are making the trip!

The NFL and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced that MOON TAXI, an indie-alternative rock band founded and based in Nashville, will kick off the 2019 NFL Draft Experience with a free performance on the Draft Main Stage on Thursday, April 25.

The performance is part of the 2019 NFL Draft Experience – a free three-day football festival, held outside of Nissan Stadium, that will feature a variety of activities for fans of all ages.

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The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Official Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Yes, there are parties for hosting, marshmallows for roasting, and caroling out in the snow.

But there’s also football for watching and talking and tweeting about.   Nothing says “Home For The Holidays” like when the Cowboys Fan Faction of your family meet up with the Redskins Fan Faction of the family, mixed in with the Steeler fans and the trash talking ensues. (Which is really my family Y’all!)

And there’s also Christmas lists for wishing and hoping.  For our inaugural Christmas, I asked the OurTurf writers what they wanted most for their teams for Christmas.   The answers were great and I hope that these wishes go straight from this post to Santa’s ears.  So, for everyone’s enjoyment, here are what some of the ladies from OurTurf’s Christmas Wishes want for their team!

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Seattle battles back but falls just short on Monday Night Football

Official Seahawks Reporter

By Shannon Sanchez  // @ShannonSanchez3

Atlanta Falcons 34 – Seattle Seahawks 31

There is gnashing of teeth in Seattle. There is pulling hair and screaming at TV announcers. When did Jon Gruden start sounding so condescending? Was it the first turnover by quarterback Russell Wilson? Or was it the first questionable call that head coach Pete Carroll called on a fake field goal? We had every chance to win this game, and somehow we came up short. Literally.

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Seattle falls to Washington at home, 17-14

Seahawks Key Contributor

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Washington Redskins came to Seattle with a slight limp. They were facing the fierce Seahawks defense with a very injured offensive line. The stat line showed this, however, the scoreline did not. Seattle rarely loses in November. Today that wasn’t the case.

The game didn’t start well for Seattle and never got better. In fact, the only points the Seahawks had in the first half came from the defense. They are now at 21 games without scoring on 1st possession. Slow starts have become commonplace for the Seahawks, but they often pick it up come the second half of the season. This game was not an example of that.

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Representing A Pride of Lions

Official Lions Reporter

Introducing: Sonja Greenfield, Detroit Lions Reporter // @Mom23RN

My dad used to always ask me if the Atlanta Braves had won when I was a teenager.  Finally, I figured out who they were, and followed them.  As I got older, I started paying attention more to sports.  First baseball, then onto football.

Being born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michigan Football was a way of life. Ohio State is the enemy, and that’s just how it was. My love for college football grew, and eventually expanded to the NFL.

I enjoyed watching the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl in ’98 and ’99. When I came back from college, I moved to downtown Detroit, right across from what would eventually be the Detroit Lions new home. I loved football, so I was all about the Detroit Lions.

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She Loves Football

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

 

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.

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The Black Hole

By Teverly Lazenby // @TeverlyL

 

It had never been my life endeavor to become a sports writer.  I just kind of fell into it.  Several years ago I was approached by Liz Panucci, the founder of a site called NFLFemale.com.  She asked, ‘Do you want to write about your Raiders?’. The next thing I knew I was the Official Fan Reporter for the Oakland Raiders at NFLFemale.

My love of football began when I was a child.  My father coached football at a local high school.  Since I was a “Daddy’s’ Girl” I was either with him while he was coaching, or with him and his friends watching USC football or The L.A. Rams.

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Fly Eagles, Fly!

Official Eagles Reporter

By Roxaann Herrera // @roxaaneh

I fell in love with football when I was in the 5th grade.   My family tried to brainwash me to like baseball and soccer, but they did succeed in making me a Los Angeles Lakers fan; but that’s for another day. I volunteered to play flag football one lunch recess and for my first run, I completed a first down and the rest is history. It really was that simple.

That same day, I had my brother explain the basics of football to me and though I had no particular team I was rooting for, I followed quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Brett Favre throughout their journey as two of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. 

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