Category Archives: College and Youth Football

Saturday September 1st…

Cue Ice Cube:  Today was a good day.  

It felt great to get up (run a few miles then get coffee) and watch College Game Day on ESPN.  I also had my first Fantasy Football draft of the season.  For the most part I think my draft was decent.  I’m most excited about having Matthew Stafford as my starting QB.  Typically I draft staples like Brees, Brady, Rodgers, or a Manning…It’s amazing how this year QBs are getting taken sooner than ever before.  I blame it on the lack of consistent skill players out there. I digress.  Another thing I’ve noticed: the stress of drafting never subsides.  Year after year, draft after draft–it never goes how I planned.  That also happens to be what I love about Fantasy Football drafts.  I have been playing for years with some of the same people and they never cease to amaze me on draft day.  Even when I think I know their strategy (he always drafts Eagles etc), a few surprises always come up.  

I also a Fantasy Football draft this afternoon.  This is my third draft of the season in a 10 team standard league on Yahoo.  I had the 8th pick in a snake draft.  Not the most attractive pick.  If I had my choice, I would take the 10 th pick in this kind of league.  Those back to back picks are the best.  Anyway, I did ok with the eighth pick.  I found a cool website, http://www.FootballGuys.com, that will rate your draft for you.  According to them, I have a 99% chance of making the playoffs.  I will let you know how I do. Continue reading

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The NFL Relevance of Heisman Winners

The winner of the 2011 Heisman Trophy will be presented tonight.   It’s gearing up to be a pretty close race.  This prestigious honor is given to college football’s best player.  For one lucky young man, it could be the springboard to NFL superstardom.  But for some, superstardom is not easy to come by.  We take a look at the most recent, relevant Heisman trophy winners.  Does college football’s top honor translate to NFL stud? Continue reading


She Said: Lifting As We Climb

The Lifting As We Climb Foundation, Inc is a non-profit organization composed of Hampton University graduates.  LAWCF is a “youth to youth” mentoring organization geared toward uplifting disadvantaged youth.  Here is their mission statement: “To cultivate youth development in leadership, community service, health and physical fitness and career development.  Our aim is to provide this type of essential service to all children arising from disadvantaged backgrounds, while leveraging athletics as a vehicle to motivate our youth to succeed in life.”

Team sports, especially football, provide opportunities to teach young men invaluable lessons. For me the best element of  service is the opportunity to utilize the  gifts, talents, and resources we have to strengthen our communities.  LAWCF has partnered with both  NFL players, (Antonio Gates, Antwaan Randle El, Larry Foote, Felix Jones, and Anthony Adams); as well as various collegiate coaches and trainers.  I have a special passion about mentoring! I would not be where I am today without a variety of mentors that took a special interest in me.  LAWCF uses football to connect with and mentor young men through a couple of programs I love: Continue reading


All About the U? Tell them that in VA!

Trick or Treat?  That’s how I feel about the Miami Hurricanes.  Today they had a Thursday night game on the schedule against UVA.  We already had plans to check out a local performing artist (who we didn’t enjoy this week by the way) at the Socci Restaurant inside of the Arlington Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Crystal City VA.  We went a few weeks ago and checked out another band that was OUTSTANDING! The place is GORGEOUS and the happy hour is great! Two large plasma TVs sit at the end of each bar.  One TV with the pre game coverage of the World Series on Fox and the other had pre game coverage of both the World Series and the Miami vs UVA game on ESPN.  Continue reading


Homecomings and a Heisman Surprise

Homecomings are happening at high schools and colleges all across the country  Alumni everywhere are getting reacquainted with old friends and classmates.  As a matter of fact, one of the biggest and most popular homecomings is occurring locally at historically black Howard University here in DC, along with the US Naval Academy and Virginia Tech.  But anywhere where there are homecomings happening, there’s also a football game and generally a good match-up to excite the crowd.  There’s Howard v NC A&T, Navy taking on East Carolina, Hampton battling North Carolina Central, and Va Tech playing Boston College.  Continue reading


Saturdays are good for us!

Last week our Canes dropped below .500 in a loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies.  We watched the game at Buffalo Wild Wings in College Park Maryland.  Luckily the Terps had an away game and had just suffered a loss of their own.  Otherwise things for us in that Wild Wings could have been worse.

Today I fully expected the Canes to win-and win they did…well barely Continue reading


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