Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Domain, About Me and the RedZone Channel...

So, a few things to report. I have a new domain name! What this means is that "blogspot" is now taken out of the equation and the new address is: YAY!!!!

Don't worry, the old site will get redirected to the new address so you don't need to do anything to your bookmark unless you want to. It may take up to 3 days to work, so don't despair if it doesn't show up immediately. It also makes it way easier to tell people about it without all the "dots" and "dashes" and "blogspots" in the address. Kind of exciting for me. I also am floored by who is reading Chick 101!! We have readers from the US, Canada, Panama, Russia, Argentina, Australia, Italy, India, Germany and South Korea! Not to toot my own horn but, well, TOOT! Thanks so much for taking the time to really means a lot to me.

Also, check out the new "About Me" tab at the top of the page to gain some insight in to why Chick 101 exists. 

Another thing I've been wanting to tell you about is something called the "NFL RedZone Channel."  You might already have it on your cable service (you can call to ask if you want), if not it costs about $5 a month and man is it worth it! Their tagline is "Every touchdown from every game on one channel." Learn about and watch it here: 

I call it the "ADD Football channel." First of all, there are NO commercials and you don't just watch one game. How it works is that every time ANY team is looking like they're going to score (the ball is close to the endzone), they switch to that game. If two teams look like they may score, they'll do a split screen but that's actually surprisingly rare.

The channel starts broadcasting when the first games start and then it goes off the air after the last game is done. It's a great way to get into the games because it's pretty much always exciting! With the huge popularity of Fantasy Football, guys need to see so many players play on so many different teams, this channel is tailor-made for them. And us! Try it out and tell me what you think! And yes, it's also in HD.

Enjoy and until next time!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Everybody's Breaking!

Tony Romo
So more players are getting busted up as the weeks progress. Last night, Tony Romo broke his collarbone after being sacked--HARD. Ouch. Looks like he'll be out for up to eight weeks. Since there are only 10 weeks left in the season, it's questionable whether it would even be worth it for him to return.  The Cowboys went on to lose the game and are still doing terrible, with or without him. Apparently it WASN'T Jessica Simpson causing them to lose.......they just suck! I KNEW it. Jon Kitna will be his replacement.

As if Brett Favre didn't already have enough to worry about, he has a stress fracture in his left ankle. And of course we all remember that he's started for 291 consecutive games. Will he finally break the streak? He's already had arthroscopic surgery on the ankle back in May and "received a series of lubricating injections in the joint at the beginning of the season." Ick. He then threw three interceptions and the Vikings lost the game to his former team, the Green Bay Packers. No bueno.

Adam "Pacman" Jones
In Cincinnati, Adam "Pacman" Jones herniated a disk in his neck. Well, that just sounds awful. Looks like his season is done. However, this might be a good thing for the NFL. This guy's rap sheet reads like a Ben Affleck Boston crime script. Assault, vandalism, violating parole, drug possesion, punching a stripper (!), stealing, etc. Read all about it here.

That's all I have today, my peeps. Next week we'll get back on track with our Chick 101 Fantasy Team and I'll give you the rundown on all the games.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Open Fly Jeans

Did any of you catch this on SNL? Yikes. Enjoy!
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Favre Admits Voicemails, Denies Photos...

Go  Giants!
...and the Giants are going to the World Series!!! Woooooooo!!!! Now, don't get confused...the SF Giants are a baseball team. We just happen to live in the Bay Area and the city is going nuts. Great game last night and good luck in the upcoming two weeks! Halloween weekend just got a lot more cool.

Brett Favre
Back to our headline. Yep. So that's super creepy. Brett Favre admitted to the NFL that he did leave Jenn Sterger those voicemails, although he denies the lewd photos. Sigh. These days it seems that a lot of athletes have a penchant for cheating....and recording all of it. Will they ever learn?

Just wanted to mention a couple of games to watch tonight. I know if you live in the San Francisco area you're not gonna be outside anywhere! It's been raining for 3 solid days.

Anyway, the Oakand Raiders/Denver Broncos game should be good. Also the New England Patriots/San Diego Chargers. These games are both on at 4:15 pm ET. Tonight's game should be great...we get to watch Brett Favre and his Vikings (remember Randy Moss is back on the team, too) against his former team, the Green Bay Packers. This game is on at 8:20 pm ET.

Until tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gossip, Gossip, Gossip

James Harrison...FINED!
The headlines are kinda crazy today, ladies and gents.

First off we've got the ex-NY Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger hiring a lawyer in regards to the Brett Favre allegations. Hmmmmmm. Favre met with NFL security official Milt Ahlerich on Tuesday for an interview to discuss the allegations that he sent unwanted voicemails and explicit photos to Sterger two years ago.  Sterger has refused to comment and without her involvement, the investigation could hit a dead end very soon. I'll keep you posted on this one!

Pittsburgh Steelers' James Harrison, the guy who caused not one but TWO players to get concussions on the Browns this Sunday was fined $75,000 by the NFL. It was actually only for the hit on Mohamed Massaquoi--the hit to Josh Cribbs was deemed a "legal" hit. Do you think this is fair? Some, like his agent, are calling the fine "staggering" and yet Harrison has earned over $20 million over the last three years. It's a matter of opinion, I guess. He is now making claims that he may retire because he doesn't feel he "can continue to play and be effective and ... not have to worry about injuring someone else or risking injury to myself." Apparently he is skipping practice this week. Sounds like someone's pouting!

Meanwhile, two other players New England Patriots' safety, Brandon Meriweather and Atlanta Falcons' cornerback Dunta Robinson were also each fined $50,000 for their respective hits that resulted in concussions as well. Robinson and the Eagles' DeSean Jackson (one of our 'Sean's'!) BOTH sustained concussions when Robinson leaped in the air headfirst to tackle Jackson. There is mucho debate going on right now in regards to these fines. Educate yourself here.

Pat McAffee
In other headlines, Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was drunk, wet, shirtless and placed under arrest this morning at 5am. Wow. This story is craziness!! I'm paraphrasing but basically someone was stopped at a red light and a shirtless man approached her car. She feared he would try to get into her vehicle so she ran the light and called the police. "Officers asked McAfee if he had been swimming in the canal and he said, 'I am not sure,' according to a police report. They asked him how he got wet and he said it had been raining, then told officers that his shirt was 'in the water.'"

It gets worse.

"Police asked McAfee how much he had to drink. 'A lot cause I am drunk,' McAfee said, according to the report." Yikes. Someone has some explaining to do! The fact that he posted this on Twitter before the arrest: "Bye week bye week bye week. Time to get some ish done. Happy Tuesday Party people." is NOT helping the situation. Why do people post things on Twitter????? So dumb.

That's it for today everyone!
Hope you enjoy...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Kurt Warner's Wife and Their 7 Kids?!

The Warner Family!
Woah. Ok, so I just hit the "publish" button on the last blog and I went to fold the laundry (exciting, I know). I sat down for a sec and Access Hollywood Live was on. They were interviewing a good looking woman and she just started spouting off all of this incredible "mom" advice! Then she said she had 7 kids!! I was like, who is this lady? So, I rewound the DVR and listened to the whole interview. Turns out she's Brenda Warner who just happens to be the wife of two-time NFL MVP-winning Arizona Cardinals.

Ok, I'm going out to buy their new book today!! She's even an ex-marine. Damn. And I thought having a two year old was hard!!

Here's the book in case any of you are interested!

Week 6: How Did Our Team Do?

Junior Seau's totaled car
Sorry to leave you hanging, my people! I caught a nasty cold this weekend and couldn't even do anything let alone pay attention to football. Anyone know the feeling? It'll never happen again...unless, of course, I win the lottery. ;)

In our "What's Hot This Week" section in the sidebar, read about Junior Seau driving his car off a cliff AFTER being arrested for domestic abuse! That is one rough day, buddy!

Sooooo....anybody try out the Fantasy Football speak? I'm dying to hear about it! Our "team" did pretty well! Oh, AND I figured out that we really don't even have to keep score because we're not playing anyone! Ha. Even better.

Let's quickly go through it:
RB LaDanian Tomlinson on the NY Jets--he got 2 touchdowns and they beat the Broncos 24-20. Yay.
RB Chris Johnson did ok against the Jaguars on Monday night. Both QB's got injured during the game so it was the battle of the second string quarterbacks. Tennessee won, 30-3.
QB Big Ben Roethlisberger came back after his 4 week suspension and did great. He threw 3 touchdowns and the Steelers won the game.
WR Malcolm Floyd had a terrible game. Only 2 catches for 13 yards. That's bad.
WR Roddy White didn't do that great. The Falcons lost to Kevin Kolb and his Eagles (Michael Vick is still injured).

In other news:

On the Browns, wide receivers Joshua Cribs and Mohamed Massaquoi were both SLAMMED into by the Steelers' James Harrison. There were a couple of other hard helmet-to-helmet, concussion-causing hits that resulted in this statement from the AP: "The NFL will immediately begin suspending players for dangerous and flagrant hits, particularly those involving helmets." Eesh. Calm down, guys!
It really is crazy, see for yourself: click here

The Patriots beat the Ravens in overtime with no Randy Moss. Obviously they're doing ok. His replacement was Deion Branch who was on the Patriots with Tom Brady when they won the Superbowl a few years back.

Randy Moss got his first win back on the Minnesota Vikings. We hear he gave the team a rallying peptalk at halftime. Guess he's glad to be back!

In local news, the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers played in the "Battle of the Bay" on Sunday in Candlestick Park. My husband left the house at 7:15 AM to tailgate. I guess this wouldn't be weird was freezing cold and raining and THE GAME STARTED AT ONE O'CLOCK!!!  What a bunch of freakshows. Thank God the 49ers won or else he would have sat in the rain for 8 hours for nothing!

Until next time!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Chick 101 Fantasy Football Team!!!

Ok, so here's my big plan. The point of this blog, really, is to give you an overview of what's going on in the world of football. BUT, it is totally up to you if you even watch any of the games. Theoretically, you could watch no football at all and simply read my blog to know what's happening and what people will be talking about. Of course, it does help to actually watch a little bit so you can understand it and begin to enjoy it more (if you already enjoy it, that's good too!).

I decided that football really gets a lot more fun to watch when you are rooting for a team, a player, a hot guy, whatever. The reason guys watch SO much more football nowadays is because they all have Fantasy Football teams. (Read the Chick version of Barbie Playing...oops I mean Fantasy Football here.) They are watching certain players. When those players do good things, they get points. Two people's fake teams (sorry, "fantasy." Whatever.) then play each other each week so they have an extra opportunity to talk smack to each other.

In any case, I'm picking us out a team! That way, you can memorize the players (or write them down) and look for them during Sunday's games! You likey? The guys at the Sports Bar will do a double take when you bust out with,

YOU: "Nice touchdown! Yess!!"
DUDE: "Why do you care about Malcolm Floyd?"
YOU: "Oh, sorry, he's on my Fantasy team. :)"

They'll never know it's not real and you'll get to enjoy the games way more. Trust me. Tell them your league is on Yahoo Sports if pressed.

We are picking what would look like a real fantasy team. ha. real fantasy. It's not all the best players--that would be too easy and the dudes would be suspect. So here they are! Get really familiar with these names:

RUNNING BACK: LaDanian Tomlinson (NY Jets)
RUNNING BACK: Chris Johnson (Tennesee Titans)
QUARTERBACK: Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers)
WIDE RECEIVER: Malcolm Floyd (San Diego Chargers)
WIDE RECEIVER: Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons)
TIGHT END: Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers)

These are your "starters." As in, "I started Chris Johnson this week." Go crazy and ask them who they started! You also get a "flex" player each week, meaning you can start either another WR or RB. Ours will be RB Matt Forte from the Chicago Bears.

I'll go over the scoring next time. This is good for now. Enjoy and start googling!
LaDanian Tomlinson "LT"
Chris Johnson
Ben Roethlisberger
Malcolm Floyd

Roddy White
Vernon Davis
Matt Forte

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Best Names in Football

Wow, I've been wanting to write this one for a long time. How many of you have heard a commentator say things like, "Man, that Visanthe Shiancoe is really doing great today!" Visanth.....who? Or how about Correll Buckhalter? Buck....huh?

In any case, it seems that certain positions have some particularly crazy names going on. While Quarterbacks tend to have nice, plain names like Matt Ryan, Josh Freeman and Michael Vick, the Wide Receivers and Running Backs seem to be blessed with some very unusual monikers. And it's funny, after I made this list on Monday, I began hearing these names all over Monday Night Football. So listen up...if you remember the name because it's funny or just plain bizarre, you'll still remember it! These are great fodder for conversations with your guy (or football fan). Enjoy!

So, we start with what I like to call the "Seans"...we've got:
Shonn Greene, DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Keyshawn Johnson, and my all time fave "Sean," Knowshon Moreno. Knowshon? Really?

Then we have the names that sound more like products or companies rather than what you call these people every day:
Santana Moss, Plaxico Burress, Arrelious Benn, Golden Tate, Early Doucet, DeMarcus Ware (like Tupperware?), Lofa Tatupu, and Peerless Price. Remember Priest Holmes??

Then we just have the just plain mean ones. What were their parents thinking??
Ebenezer Ekuban, Kroy Biermann, Darnell Dockett, D'Qwell Jackson, Rashard Mendenhall, LenDale White, Jermichael Finley, Lavernius Coles, Jerricho Cotchery, Elvis Dumervil and Montario Hardesty.

The ones I can't pronounce:
T.J. Houshmanzadah and Oshiomogho Atogwe.

Then, of course we have the guys that just make up new names:
Chad Ochocinco and this guy I found last night. Get this: Stylez G. White. Yeah, I'm sure that's your name, dude.

My favorites, you ask?
All time favorite has to be Dick Butkus of the Chicago Bears fame. For this season, it's D'Brickishaw Ferguson. D'Brickishaw. D. Apostrophe. Brickishaw. Now that is bold.

Stay tuned for Chick 101's Fantasy Football team coming before next week's games. You'll be able to compete with your guy while you watch the games! I'll explain tomorrow!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Week 5: Beiber Hair, Sex Scandals and Tweets! Oh My!

Tom Brady and Randy Moss
I'd like to start off with a quote from Dan Wetzel from about the shananigans going on this week :
"It’s the Real Housewives of the NFL, one bizarre situation piled on top of the other. This season is a Kardashian cameo away from needing to credit Ryan Seacrest as an executive producer."
Wow. I mean, I can't make this stuff up, people!! Does it get any better? I think not. Let me explain. So, over the weekend, Tom Brady and Randy Moss had to be physically separated in the locker room because they got into a fight about...that's 

#1 Apparently Brady told Moss that he should cut his beard and Moss countered back that Brady should cut his hair because he "looks like a girl." Ouch...and yet kinda true. You be the judge: Who has the worst hair? Hmmmm.  (What makes it even better is that Tom hinted to the press that it is his wife Giselle who doesn't want him to cut said Justin Beiber hair!! Classic.) 

Jenn Sterger
#2 Adding insult to injury, wide receiver Randy Moss was subsequently TRADED this weekend back to the Minnesota Vikings where he played for seven seasons. Now, Brett Favre will be passing to Randy Moss--should make for some great games. The story goes that Moss wanted a long-term contract while his team, the Patriots, did not want to give it to him. However, the hair incident probably didn't help matters. 

#3 It gets better. Or worse, if you're Brett Favre. There are new allegations out today that Mr. Favre left  inappropriate voicemails and texts (with pictures included...ahem.) to a woman named Jenn Sterger, a former Maxim model who worked for the NY Jets back in 2008. Favre was on the Jets for one season in 2008. If you haven't heard about this one yet, you will. Yikes. 

#4 Everybody's favorite flashy guy, Cincinnati Bengals WR Terrell Owens, who has a reality show on VH1 called "The T.O. Show," is in hot water with the NFL for "tweeting" before a game. There is a rule that bans players from using social media sites for 90 minutes before a game. Duh. In case you're interested, the tweet states, "A lucky fan wearing my jersey 2day will get a signed football by Me & Ocho Cinco! My asst will pick U out!! Good luck!" No comment.

#5 Ok, now for some ACTUAL football news...Peyton and his Indianapolis Colts beat the only undefeated team (Kansas City Chiefs) left in the league on Sunday. It's pretty rare to have no undefeated teams left after only five weeks.

#6 Locally, the Oakland Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers ending a 13 game losing streak against them. The San Francisco 49ers are now 0-5. Basically their QB, Alex Smith, is turning out to be a total dud. During last night's game, fans were chanting, "We want Carr! We want Carr!" David Carr is their second string QB. Again with the yikes.

#7 Last year's Superbowl victors, the New Orleans Saints lost to the Arizona Cardinals. Rookie Cardinal QB Max Hall beat "Bad Hair" Drew Brees who threw three interceptions (this is bad).

#8 So what team is actually doing WELL this season you ask? It looks like the Baltimore Ravens are shaping up to be the team to beat this far.

And that, my friends, is that. I've got some great ideas this season for how to get us into the game and really start to enjoy football rather than just tolerate it. Check back often this week and check out the links on the right hand column like Jane Lynch's parody of Sunday Night Football on Saturday Night Live. There are some gems this week, I tell you. 
Until next time!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Our Wedding..and, oh yeah, Week 4!

Our wedding!
Ok, so I have a really good reason that the blog is just the tiniest bit late this week. On Saturday, October 2nd, my husband and I renewed our vows (we got married legally last year at City Hall) at the Santa Barbara Zoo! It was the most amazing weekend...thanks to all of our wonderful friends and family who made it one of the best days of our entire lives.

I'll post a link later to lots more pics--and even better, you'll be able to catch some of it on a new Bridal Beauty show on TLC later this month. I'll keep you posted! BUT, we can't forget about football, wedding or no wedding, so here's what happened during Week 4:

Donovan McNabb
#1 Donovan McNabb, who you might be used to seeing wearing the green uniform of the Eagles, played in Philly for first time after leaving the team last season. Even though he now sports the Washington Redskins red jersey, the Philly crowd gave him a standing ovation. After all, he was with the Eagles for 11 seasons. He and his new team then promptly proceeded to kick Philly's behind 17-12. His Philly replacement, Michael Vick, got injured (rib cartilage) so the McNabb/Vick QB showdown that was supposed to happen, turned into a McNabb/Kolb showdown.

#2 Lots of injuries this week. Along with Vick's rib injury, Bear's QBJay Cutler (Kristin Cavallari's new hottie), got a concussion. Then, the replacement QB (Todd Collins) got injured, too! The Giants defense looked great and they won the game 17-3. As of now, it is unknown if the two QB's will return for next weeks' games. It IS known, however, that Kristin Cavallari is probably pissed.

#3 The Dolphins fired their special teams coach after Monday night's mess of a game. The Dolphins lost to Tom Brady's Patriots 41-14. Ouch.

Big Ben Roethlisberger
#4 Next week, QB"Big Ben" Roethlisberger returns to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was suspended for six games due to sexual assault allegations which were never brought to trial. Let's hope he behaves himself this year.

#5 On a local note, the Bay Area teams aren't playing well. The San Francisco 49er's record so far is 0-4, the Oakland Raiders stand at 1-3.

That's it for this week! Next week Chick 101 will have two to three posts per week (now that I have some time on my hands!) and will include things like the best names in football (T.J. Houshmandzadeh, anyone?), recipes, new defensive positions explained and much, much more. 

Until next time!
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