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Here’s Why You Should Date A Girl That Loves Football..

It’s that time of the year again.. We are officially days away from the first game of the 2017 NFL season and College football is now in full swing. Everyone’s got their fantasy teams ready to go and are counting down for game time. Some would say, scratch that, most would say, that it’s the best time of the year and I could not agree more. Guys, having a girlfriend may seem difficult during football season because let’s be real, some girls will just never understand the game and they definitely don’t get why you love it so much, but hear me out, some of us are actually dying for the season to start just as much as you are and I must say, when she’s not only a total babe but she loves football too, that is a huge plus. Here’s just a few reasons why dating a girl that loves football may just be the best decision of your life..

She’ll keep the fridge stocked with cold ones.

She knows the deal, ‘there will be no beer runs to the store while football is on.’ She knows that you’re gonna need a celebratory beer every time your team scores, but she understands that you will also need a beer if your team starts losing, so she makes sure that there is always enough and chances are, she’ll be right there shotgunning one with you.

She’ll never get annoyed when you check your phone for scores.

She understands that keeping up with your team is important, that includes the players on your fantasy team as well, so she’ll never nag you when you continuously check your phone for updates. She’ll probably be on hers too, keeping herself up to date with the latest football news.

She knows what the weekends are for.

Whether you have tickets to go to the game or are just watching it at home, she knows better than to make special plans with you during game time and she will never ask you to change the channel because she knows the importance of it. There will be no distractions. If anything, she’ll be right there cheering with you. 

She will make you the best snacks.

Wings, Buffalo Dip, Pizza, you name it.. She’ll make sure you and the guys have all the best snacks available, but understand that you need to save some for her too, because she’ll join you in stuffing her face with no hesitation. Football Sundays just aren’t the same without all the good food.

She knows the rules.

You won’t have to worry about her embarrassing you when it comes to football talk, she knows the rules and understands the game. She’ll throw out information you didn’t even know and will start calling out penalties before the refs even say it. She is not afraid to yell at the TV for stupid calls. Trust me, you’ll be impressed with what she knows and it’ll only make you like her even more.

She gets your mood swings.

She knows that if your team loses, it’s like you’ve lost too, so she accepts your little attitude with no questions asked. But you also need understand that she may be the same exact way, if not worse, when her team lets her down, so there should be no judgements from you when she gets emotional too.

She enjoys SportsCenter.

Yes, you read that right. She won’t fuss when the TV is on SportsCenter because she likes catching all of the game updates too. You can only see so much flipping back and forth between games during commercials, so she’ll be totally okay with watching the highlights with you.

She’ll go to the game, regardless of the weather.

When she’s a true football fan, she’ll love going to any game whether it’s -10 degrees or pouring rain. She’ll stock you up with hand warmers and you’ll never be without a poncho. Not to mention, she’ll make sure that you have plenty of your teams hats, hoodies, and jackets to wear throughout the season. She will be there right along with you rooting them on and she won’t mind getting to the stadium to start tailgating extra early.

She understands shit talking.

Every team has their rival. She knows what teams to hate and what teams to cheer for. Don’t be surprised when she starts the shit talking if she sees someone wearing the wrong teams jersey. She knows that’s just part of the game and will enjoy it just as much as you do.

If she likes the same team as you, the two of you will be the ultimate duo, like Tom Brady to Gronk. You’ll never argue over who’s team is better. If she likes a different team, you will probably end up in serious debates with lots of football conversation, but there’s nothing better than that right? Basically, dating a girl that loves football just as much as you do is a total win and regardless you can’t go wrong. 

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Tom Brady is Innocent Until Proven Guilty, Right?

Anyone that knows me, knows that I am an avid football fan. It is easily my favorite sport ever and football season is by far my favorite time of the year. I grew up with a family that never misses celebrating a football Sunday; so as a little girl, I got very into the game. Living in the suburbs of Cincinnati, it was only right to claim I was a Bengals fan like everyone else. It wasn’t until I was almost 12 years old that I watched my first ever New England Patriots game. I remember it like it was yesterday. Everyone was into it that day because it was the first game that former Bengals player, Corey Dillon, had suited up as a Patriot. That game changed everything for me. Sounds crazy, I know, but ever since, I have been a Tom Brady and New England Patriots fan, a diehard one at that.

As a fan, I’ve realized that you either like Tom Brady or you don’t. It seems as though there isn’t much in-between when it comes to the 4X Super Bowl champion quarterback, especially not since the 2015 AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. As I’m sure many of you have heard, it was this game that started the never-ending discussions about, ‘Deflategate’.  Putting my fan like personality aside, I am going to give you some revealing evidence that might not only sway your opinion to see Brady’s innocence but also show the irrelevance of Deflategate altogher.

Let me start by giving a little explanation for those of you who are not up to date on what Deflategate is. It is said, that during the New England Patriots 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015, that there was some tampering with the weight and inflation of some of the Patriots footballs (each team provides 12 game balls that are measured and weighed to keep the playing field even between teams). After several months of investigating, it was determined by the NFL Commissioner, Rodger Goodell, that Tom Brady was to be suspended for four games. This suspension was originally revoked and Tom Brady was free to play; however, the NFL was not going to give up that easily, so here we are heading into the 2016 season and Tom Brady is to be benched for the first four games of the year.

I’m sure you’re probably thinking that as a quarterback, Tom Brady would have something to do with this type of situation to better suit his throwing needs, but before you make any decisions or form any opinions on Deflategate, please hear me out..

The final score was 45-7.
The Patriots scored a total of 17 points in the first half when the balls were deflated below the limit, to the Colts only 7 points that were scored in the second quarter. The balls were weighed and corrected at halftime, when the Patriots then came out to score an additional 28 points, while completely shutting out the Colts in the second half. So take away the first 17 points that involved the deflated footballs and the Patriots would’ve still come out with a 28 point victory. That’s still a huge lead in a championship game, so tell me, why are we still worried about the weight of the footballs again?

There was no logging of the pregame measurements.
Throughout the investigation, officials have openly stated that although the game balls were checked prior to the start of the game, none of the weight measurements were recorded or logged. So, who’s to say that there was not already an issue going in to the game that the Patriots had nothing to do with?

“We test them. It’s 12.5 psi to 13.5 psi. We put 13 psi in every ball. Dean tested a couple in the office and had one underinflated and one to specs, and you really couldn’t tell the difference unless you actually sat there and tried to squeeze the ball or did something extraordinary. If someone just tossed you the ball, especially in 20 degree weather, you’re going to pretty much just play with the ball. They are going to be hard. You’re not going to notice a difference.” – Official Bill Vinovich.

The officials have repeatedly stated that you wouldn’t even notice the difference in the ball pressure, especially while playing in that cold of weather, so how is everyone so certain that Tom Brady is guilty? In 2015, Tom Brady threw the ball within 2.5 seconds of his dropbacks 80.5% of the time. So he was holding the ball for the less than 3 seconds the majority of each game? Yes.. Sounds to me like he could’ve very easily had no idea.

20 degree weather.
I’m not sure if you’ve ever been to Foxborough, Massachusetts or not, but the average temperature for January is 29 degrees Fahrenheit with an average of 43.5 inches of snowfall. That is freezing. This game took place in mid-January, one of the coldest months. Scientists included in this investigation, have said that this low of a temperature could cause up to a 1.8 psi drop in the pressure of the footballs.  So, just like how the weather may affect our car tires in the winter, the weather could’ve also very easily been the convict in this mess, not Tom Brady.

“Generally aware”
I quote this because this is one of the many statements made by investigators when speaking about Tom Brady and his knowledge of Deflategate. There is no hard proof, no hard evidence to find him guilty, yet because it’s “more probable than not” that he may have had something to do with it or known something about it, they can suspend him. It’s like trying to explain to your teacher in grade school that you weren’t the one kicking the notes across the floor, but someone accidently kicked it in your direction, so you look suspicious. Tom Brady is the quarterback, he is the one throwing the footballs, therefore, if something goes wrong with them, it’s automatically assumed that he’s the guilty one.

These are just a few of the many signs that reflect Tom Brady’s innocence. Don’t they say, that as citizens, we are innocent until proven guilty? Well, what happens when nothing can be proven but the multi-billion dollar industry of the National Football League cannot just overlook the possibility of someone or something being the cause of the deflated footballs in a championship game? Let’s be real, Deflategate has been the topic of so many discussions and has crossed too many headlines to just ‘sweep it under the rug’. Someone needs to pay the price, guilty or not. Tom Brady was selected. Trust me, his Hall of Fame career will not be affected and if nothing else, Rodger Goodell has just simply fueled the fire, because as we’ve all seen before, Brady is unbelievable when he plays with a chip on his shoulder.

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Life of a Softball Player’s Girlfriend.

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We all have our ‘thing’ in life right? Clearly mine is writing, but some people love to cook, bake, dance, sing.. The list goes on forever. It’s great to have a hobby or do something that just makes you happy. It’s even better to see someone you love do what they love. That’s what it’s like to be a softball players girlfriend. If you’re considering dating someone that plays this game, here’s a few pointers to get you prepared for the journey you’re going to embark on every season, every year:

It’s NOT a game. 

There’s actually a saying, “SOE” which stands for softball over everything. If you hear it, don’t get offended. When he’s at the fields, it really is softball over everything. If he’s anything like the average player, he will take it very seriously. If he makes an error or gets out, it’s best to steer clear of him for at least 10 minutes, unless you’re bringing him a beer, in which case, he may not pout for nearly as long.

Enjoy it.

Trust me, it may seem like softball season is never ending, sometimes you’ll be convinced that every weekend for the rest of your life (or as long as your dating him) will be spent at the ball fields, but enjoy it. You’ll come to find out that those 3-4 months out of the year that he’s not playing are actually pretty boring, you may end up missing the season more than he does by the time winters over. Going to the fields can actually be fun.

Don’t be stuck up his ass.

Excuse my language, but seriously. Like I said, going to the fields can be fun, but not if you’re that girlfriend that cannot be away from her boyfriend for 2 minutes. Softball is HIS thing. Remember, you’re solely there for support & beer (who doesn’t love a tub or five of alcohol?!) so if he goes off with his friends during a game break instead of having a make out session with you, it’s NOT the end of the world. This will actually give you time to meet some of the other wives/girlfriends and make friends of your own! I’ve met some of my favorite people and best friends at the ball park!

Traveling.

Yup, that’s right. Depending on what team he plays for & just how into it he may get, there’s always traveling in softball. This could be the perfect time for you to get to know the team and spend time with them or it could be your own mini-vacation from both him AND softball so you just have girls days back home instead, whichever you prefer. Please don’t make it an argument if he decides to go and you’re not/can’t. There are plenty of other things he could be doing instead of playing with balls with other men (LOL jk) but don’t hate him too much for playing.

He loved it first.

Chances are, you’re boyfriend was playing ball long before he even knew you existed or at least before you took part of his heart.. Anyway, because of this, when phrases like “SOE” are heard, know it’s nothing personal, but softball has a place in his heart too. He’s allowed to love you both, definitely you more, BUT when it’s game time, that becomes his priority.

Plan ahead.

This will save you a lot of arguments and spare you a lot of time. If you want him to come on a family vacation or you want to plan a romantic getaway for just the two of you, PLAN AHEAD. It’s a lot easier for him to go into the season knowing when he can’t play then wait until a week or two before hand to let him know about it, after he just found out they have a big tournament that same weekend. He’s not trying to choose softball over you, but he doesn’t want to let his team down either. Make it easier and don’t wait, so that everyone will be prepared.

It’s family.

Like I said earlier, I’ve met some of my best friends at the ball park. When he’s been playing softball for awhile or played on the same team for several years, you’ll soon realize just how close they are. There’s nothing like the friendships of those teammates. You’ll most likely know everyone’s entire family by the end of the season & you’ll feel like part of the gang. Don’t take those friendships for granted, once the seasons over, you’ll be surprised how often your schedule will allow you to hang out with them and you just never know what team he may end up on next year.

Basically, dating a softball player can be challenging at times for different reasons, but ultimately, it’s pretty great. Drink up and enjoy it. Love him for loving the game, you’ll learn to love it too, if not, there’s always more beer, and you can never go wrong with that. Here’s to the start of the season and the first tournament down.