Ode to Football with my Dad (throwback)

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Oh football with my dad
Makes me smile just
Think about it, so glad
The two teams fighting
For eternal glory
Each individual team has a story
The Bears have
Made the comeback of
The century, and the
Play of the millennium
My body no longer tame
We jump up and down
We scream and dance around
Lights and more screams
Like aftershocks
Whiffing aftershave and
Hearing broken English
But I wouldn’t have it any other way
Sitting on the couch
Analyzing plays
Wondering if his bad passing is merely a phase
Hot, fresh pizza
Green, glowing jello
Glass after glass of Coca Cola
The Couch is sleep Soothing
But I’m wide awake my team’s reputation
At stake
How many more
Turnovers can I take?
I saw my first safety ever,
But something else
Takes the cake
Spending time with my dad, seeing passion
In his blue eyes
I love him more than
Life itself, my smile is proof
Ode to football with
My dad – you, dad, made me
Motivated, sharp, a good
Debater, analyzer, captivated,
Focused and determined
You gave me my voice of skepticism and passion
To go 4th and goal
Causes an interception
Run 108 yards back
Beautiful deception
Touchdown for us
Game is secured
Till next week
Ode to football with my dad
To the next game, and the hundreds after.

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Some of the reasons I love October

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 Some of the Reasons I love October 

1) The Foliage that surrounds my world, the deep orange, red, and yellow that make reality collide with fantasy.
2) There are great movies at the Theater!
3) Halloween Wars is on Food Network.
4) I met my best friend in October.
5) Football is in full swing, an experience my dad and I turn into a series of angry and happy screams.
6) The Good Doctor has enchanted me.
7) I am finally comfortable in school,my schedule and otherwise.
8) There are the memories of homecoming week.
9) I turn 29 this year!
10) October is an in between period. It’s fleeting and ever-changing – just like me.
11) Weather is unpredictable; sometimes the best things in life are the ones that are not for sure.
12) The rivalry between the Bears and Packers is on and I know my loyalty.
13) ♫ Marching Band memories, the thrill of the game and the marching that captivates me.♫
14) The last days of the bike trail- I love that sudden and intense rush.
15) It’s the last month I will wear sandals … maybe
16) A warm day that surprises everyone is really nice.
17) I love raking the leaves and basking in the sun.
18) I love crunching the leaves, running purposely crunching them.
19) The Jump from Summer Mode to Sweater weather is on point.
20) Halloween, a time for costumes, candy, pumpkins and the beginning of house decorations.
21) I learned how to ride my bike in October.
22) It’s cold enough for a lovely cup of hot chocolate.
23) The color orange is everything, assaulting my eyes in the best way.
24) I get to see my family from far away because it’s my birthday month.
25) This year I got the ultimate gift for my birthday – a sense of who I am, and who I could be.
26) The color orange is everywhere!!! I ♥ orange! (yes, this one is there twice.)

[My birthday is the 26th so there are 26 reasons!]

In the Calm Night

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After that frenzy, that madness
That whole day in turmoil
Because someone tried to steal my information
I sat on the phone assessing the situation
Then exhaustion assaulted my body
But also great relief
The real humor:
I had joked about hackers the previous night
Like a fool
Lesson Learned

Then
In the calm night
I watched Halloween Wars in peace
I ate my bacon cheese burger on a pretzel bun with glee
And in the calm night
The Chiefs play
I sit contently and pray
And slowly I drift off to sleep
In the calm night

Throwback Thursday: Just in time for football season! Ode to Football with my dad

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Oh football with my dad

Makes me smile just

Think about it, so glad

The two teams fighting

For eternal glory

Each individual team has a story

The Bears have

Made the comeback of

The century, and the

Play of the millennium

My body no longer tame

We jump up and down

We scream and dance around

Lights and more screams

Like aftershocks

Whiffing aftershave and

Hearing broken English

But I wouldn’t have it any other way

Sitting on the couch

Analyzing plays

Wondering if his bad passing is merely a phase

Hot, fresh pizza

Green, glowing jello

Glass after glass of Coca Cola

The Couch is sleep Soothing

But I’m wide awake my team’s reputation

At stake

How many more

Turnovers can I take?

I saw my first safety ever,

But something else

Takes the cake

Spending time with my dad, seeing passion

In his blue eyes

I love him more than

Life itself, my smile is proof

Ode to football with

My dad – you, dad, made me

Motivated, sharp, a good

Debater, analyzer, captivated,

Focused and determined

You gave me my voice of skepticism and passion

To go 4th and goal

Causes an interception

Run 108 yards back

Beautiful deception

Touchdown for us

Game is secured

Till next week

Ode to football with my dad

To the next game, and the hundreds after.

Concussion: The struggle with an unfortunate truth

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As a devoted football fan (go Bears!) of many years, I have often wondered about the other side of the sport displayed as tough but as described in the film, “Shakespeare”. I adore the roar of the crowd and the thrill of a close game. Sunday is my special day for pregame and many games after that: I feel happiness and a part of something.  Football floods me with joy and I was hesitant to see this film. 

When I saw a trailer for concussion, I knew I had to witness the truth and face it. Based on a true story I had never heard, I was worried. My greatest worry: I would stop watching football. 

The movie was so unexpected and had incredible life lessons and not giving up, even when a “company that owns a day of the week” is who you are battling. Will Smith gives the performance of a lifetime. Beyond his new accent and demeanor perfectly executed, the character Bennett discovers something odd in a legendary football player in Pittisburg where he works as a coroner. His findings and demands for the truth drive him to play ball with the whole country in hopes he will be heard and lives will be saved as more players due young from a condition that Bennett gives a name to, the mystery broken wide open.  The NFL did not do an adequate job with this issue. Alec Baldwin plays a team doctor for the Steelers that leaves his job to aid in Bennett’s quest. Will Smith’s love interest encourages him to fight.

I really admire courage to speak up when everyone wants to shut you down and furthermore threatens your life. This is a special story about the American Dream, one man’s journey to reveal an inconvient truth about a glamorous sport. Watch Consussion. Whether you watch football or not, you will come away with an amazing set of lessons. Maybe you will fear football afterwords, I hope you don’t. 

I still plan to watch football, but with a more careful eye and sense of awareness.