“There were nine mistakes ahead of me”

That was the comment made by former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen when he fell to the #10 pick in the draft. We probably won’t know for years whether he can back those words up, but you have to admire his motivation.

Sports alive and well in the United States

There are some doom and gloom prognostications about the state of professional sports in the United States. Football has a concussion problem. Parents are no longer allowing their children to play. Baseball has a millennial issue. The game is too slow for the new, “I need to know everything now” generation. Pro basketball does not relate to the common fan.

Well, over 100 million people watched the Super Bowl, Major League revenues continue to soar, and the NBA’s ratings are up 30% this year. What is America’s pastime? Watching sports, enjoying our teams, and rooting for athletes. We believe it always will be.

Today’s Quote

We’ll send you into the weekend with this deep thought by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” Enjoy the weekend of football, basketball and exercise!

Your NFL weekend

Playoff races are heating up. And in case you forgot, Christmas Day is Sunday, the usual day for the NFL schedule. This year there won’t be a full slate on Sunday. Here, courtesy of CBS Sports, is a list of where you can find all the games this week.

What more could a sports fan want?

The Cubs and the Indians in the World Series. College football. NFL. Hockey season has started and so has the NBA. It’s that magical time of year when the four major sports seasons collide in spectacular fashion, if only of for one more day. Savor it, sports fans. It is like the Hailey’s comet of fandom!

Does football have a future?

On the eve of Super Bowl 50, her is a chilling article from CNN.com about what’s happening with the sport America loves.

NFL vs. Youth Soccer League

The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League is suing the NFL for taking over its soccer fields in preparation for the upcoming Super Bowl. Who should have priority here? It is up to you to decide, but there are no other options for the kids to play soccer.

We can’t wait for football!

And, luckily, we won’t have to long. College offers a full slate on Thursday and then begins wholesale Saturday. The pros wait another week. It is finally that time of the year when there’s a good gridiron contest nearly every day. And don’t forget those boys playing on Friday nights everywhere as well. Hut, hut, HIKE!

We’re rooting for Lorenzo Mauldin

This defensive lineman from Louisville has had a tougher life than most of us can imagine. Read this great article from Bleacher Report about how he has overcome his anger and turned into a model citizen with a college degree who will likely play in the NFL, but will almost definitely become a success and positive influence on others.

How every Packers fan felt Sunday

If  you haven’t seen this video, it’s only 50 seconds long, but it will make your day. This poor little six year-old can’t stop crying after watching his beloved Packers lose in overtime to the Seattle Seahawks. When he sees a ‘Hawks player riding a bicycle around the field in celebration he goes over the edge. The little boy’s mother is tremendous.