Top Five Football Movies

By S. Samek

With football season starting I think it is time for a top five list related to it. Like the top five baseball movies I did before it, I’m taking a look at my top five football movies.

5. The Little Giants. Probably one of the first football movies I ever saw. I view this one a good bit, because it’s so fun. Good movie to just go back and watch the kids play for the love of the game that often gets lost in this win now mentality of the sport.

4. Remember the Titans. This one is simply a classic and worth watching every time it’s on TV. It’s a great drama with a lot of good football action.

3. Gridiron Gang. This one is a good blend of drama and humor. Not to mention inspiring. I mean who wouldn’t want to join up on a football team coached by the Rock.

2. The Water Boy. This one is just really funny. Its quotable as heck too. I mean who hasn’t compared water to Gatorade, or wondered why alligators are super aggressive. I like this one a bit more than the Longest Yard, though it earns an honorable mention. It’s just a good movie to show the fun side of football.

1. Friday Night Lights. I love this story of a football obsessed Texas town. It had some humor, heart break and sports drama. It’s simply the whole ten yards in one movie. Ranked Number ten in the list of best football movies by Fandango.

 

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Logo Mania 2017

By S. Samek

The chase for supremacy once again hits minor league baseball. This time in the form of Logomania 2017. A contest of 36 teams and four rounds naming one champ the best logo in minor league baseball. Here is how I voted in the first round of the contest and my thoughts on the included teams.
Pool A
Biloxi
Montgomery
Carolina
Beloit
Buffalo
Charleston
This pool features three good logos fighting for two spots in the next round. The Carolina Mudcats is a classic goofy logo that is much loved. The Biloxi Shuckers have made some waves sense rebranding from the Huntsville Stars. Either of these fine aquatic themes offering should end up advancing to the second round as pool A’s runner up. Beloit has a slightly better than average logo, but it’s in a strong pool and should not advance. So many negative points to whoever though to include the likes of the Charleston River dogs and Buffalo Bison in this tournament. They are so boring and uncreative that they don’t deserve a shot at the best logo title. The easy winner here is Montgomery. The Biscuits are the original food themed logo. Take that Lehigh Valley and Fresno.  They will make you laugh and take the title belt with it. Vote Montgomery.

 

Pool B
Clearwater
Corpus Christi
El Paso
Eugene
Hillsboro
Las Vegas
This is the strong, but not strong enough bracket. With the likes of Threshers, Hooks, Chihuahua’s, Hops, Emeralds and 51’s in the house. Each with great local flare, but not really well known nationally. Except maybe the infamous little doggies. I vote for the aliens to back up the pups in this one. Vote El Paso
Pool C
Ashville
Binghamton
Chattanooga
Durham
Frisco
Jacksonville
Quirky meets classic in this bracket. Mr. Moon of Ashville graces a glow in the dark cap that does look really cool. A horse meets Rocky in another option. Famous Bulls put the classic in this grouping. Combined with a new rebrand effort, a weird look and a United States President and you have a pool C where anything can happen. Two of these names I talked about here and I agree with my thoughts today as I did before. Frisco owns the president on the cap and Teddy Roosevelt does hit hard in this competition. My vote goes to the RoughRiders over the most likely picked Jumbo Shrimp. Vote Frisco
Pool D
Stockton
Tennessee
Albuquerque
Salt Lake
Tacoma
Akron
A very underwhelming selection of teams. A standard script R logo yawn. A bee, a bear, an anchor, try no. An Isotope and the RubberDucks should be the picks to move on. I vote for the one mentioned on a long running cartoon. Vote Albuquerque.
Pool E
Rochester
Syracuse
Vermont
Modesto
Ogden
Richmond
A bracket that looks underwhelming at first. The Red Wings and Chiefs are a weak start to this bracket. The next four redeem this bracket. Nuts, Raptors, Lake Monsters and Flying Squirrels make this a tough pick. Lake Monsters advance as does Richmond. My vote goes to the super hero Squirrel. Vote Richmond
Pool F
Harford
Norfolk
Reno
Lansing
New Orleans
Portland.
Save the best for last as the saying goes. This bracket will see two strong players come out of it. Lansing, Portland and Reno could be sleeper picks to advance and surprise people. Hartford and Norfolk also look impressive, yet retain a certain comedy to them. As for New Orleans please do yourself a favor and not rebrand to something stupid. Read more there. Voting here for a tasteful rebrand. Vote Norfolk.
You can vote in the contest to crown a champion here.

 

Steel City Football

By S. Samek

Texas is a football state. Even at the youngest levels the sport is dominant. Pennsylvania is another upper tier football state. Western Pennsylvania and the WPIAL highlights this list.

Texas young football player got national exposure on Esquire Networks Friday Night Tykes show. It has lasted four seasons, and can be further reviewed here.

Pennsylvania son followed with a season one based in Beaver County and the Beaver County Youth Football League, or BCYFL. Season one thoughts can be chronicled here.

The main difference between the first and second season of Steel Country was the move to USA from Esquire and the elimination of Monica and Ambridge being covered and replaced with Sto-Rox and more emphasis on Beaver Falls. Central Valley, Aliquippa, and Blackhawk return to the field as well. The age bracket went up to the highest age too.

Blackhawk was a decent team this season after playing in last season’s finals. The Cougars created a team in the highest division to end with a championship and play with each other one more time. Best of intentions, not the best season.

Sto-Rox was the worst team on the show. The newcomers were more into fighting and goofing off than playing football. It showed on the field as the season ended short of the title. Though it was pretty cool to see the players get to do a bit of firefighter training as a team bonding activity.

Beaver Falls impressed me a lot. They clearly knew what they were doing this season. Though a host of star power still couldn’t get them the prize. Also, a plus for their big rivalry with Aliquippa.

Central Valley was the champs from last season. They looked to keep winning this season. A surprise entrant in the finals after playing one of the best games of the season, can CV win it all?

Aliquippa is the defending champ, but in this seasons age bracket. They are going for the undefeated title win this year. Off the field issues in the community threaten the season. Can this team keep it together and rally the community with another championship?

The main action of the show was on the field. Games were close and rivalries are highlighted. Teams play for community pride. It gives it a dimension that the Texas edition doesn’t. In Texas, it’s the organization more than the town that matters. In Pennsylvania, it’s often times the best thing to happen to a town is to play football with all the violence and negativity.  Granted it doesn’t make for a lot of creativity in storyline, but it is real and true. I would say the second season improved a lot on the first season of Steel Country. I recommend checking it out if you’re a local football fan, or fan of the original show.

QB1:Beyond the Lights

By S. Samek

Ran across a new show on a website called go90.com. The show goes by the title QB1: Beyond the Light. The show highlights three quarterbacks during their senior year of high school on their way to major universities. My review of the show is as follows.

The first is Tate Martell of Bishop Gorman High School. Martell is on his way to Ohio State. Martell is a good quarterback and led his team to many wins over nationally ranked teams during the show. However, he bugged me. He’s the standard rich entitled QB that gives more time to his appreances than his football it seems. Several instances in the show demonstrate this. Interesting to see if he does live up the hype at Ohio State next year.

The second QB is Tayvon Bowers of Harrisburg’s Bishop McDevitt. Bowers is a Wake Forrest commit. Bowers showed a lot of promise, but didn’t quite have the weapons needed to excel this season. An injury also limited his time in the playoffs. Bower’s isn’t stuck up like Martell is and it was refreshing to see. Though Bowers may not quite have the skill set of Martell.

The third and final QB is Jake Fromm from Georgia. Fromm is going to the University of Georgia in the fall. Fromm is a tough quarterback that dealt with some tough losses this season, while chasing individual records and glory. Though the neat thing was he had his brother as his backup QB. Fromm does have swagger, but is also humble and is a mix of the two other QBs in the series.

Three unique story lines was a strength of the show. However, I don’t feel like the stories went more than surface deep. I don’t feel like I really knew the QBs and what was going on in their lives as much as I could have.

The on the field action was good. The matchups seem to be high level ones with frequent rival battles and ranking teams going head to head.

Though the action wasn’t enough to save the show. It just seems forgettable at times and not a must watch every week. It’s a good series if you’re interested in up and coming backs or football. Though I would say skip if you’re looking for a deeper story line. I would probably give it barley a three out of five-star review. I just wish it had the deeper connection sense it was only covering three QBs.

Check out the show here.

 

Playing for Peanuts

S. Samek

Got to love YouTube. Through this wonderful social media channel I was introduced to the topic of Todays Post.

Introducing the show Playing for Peanuts. The show was a 10-episode mini documentary about the South Coast League of independent baseball. It mostly focused on the entry known as the South Georgia Peanuts. This motley crew was led by former big league player Wally Backman.

The shows 10 episodes focused on the trials of independent league ball. Problems ranging from bad umpires to lack of clubhouses and mediocre pay.  Though a lot of good things happen to the Peanuts. They play exceptional baseball and sit atop of the league standings for all 10 episodes. The roster featured a couple former big league players in Curtis Goodwin, Desi Wilson and Mike Caruso. Sad to say now of the former players made it to the majors, but a few did get picked up by professional teams.

I must admit this show is filled with drama. The league is criticized for poor facilities awful umpiring and poor handling of drug testing. Fans fail to show up for games as the league tries to make its mark on independent baseball.

Backman takes a lot of heat for standing up for his players against the leagues short comings. It gives the show a bit of the scripted feel, but Backman does care for his players. Not to mention he gives a rousing pregame speech in an extra episode. Pg13 on it though lots of cussing. Not to mention it does show just how hard it is to start up a league. Though it was just so comically bad how much this league failed.

Though the Peanuts were good sports the entire time. They had a lot of fun on the field and played pranks and tried to stay out of trouble off the field. It made the show very lite in tone despite some serious issues going on.

I highly recommend checking out this show. It’s fun, but serious at the same time. It really appeals to casual and serious fans.  You can enjoy the good on field play and the silly off the field antics. It also serves as a historical marker as the league only lasted 1 season. Read more about it here.

Watch the first episode here.

 

 

 

Forth Down

 Friday Night Tykes returns for fourth Season.

By S. Samek

10 weeks is gone and a new set of champs has emerged. We talking about the fourth season of the Esquire Networks hit show Friday Night Tykes. The show that takes you inside two youth football leagues in Texas. This year the show covered five squads in a mix of new and old. Overall I enjoyed this season as one of the best for on the field play. I’ll break down what I thought of each team’s involvement here.

Starting with the Texas Storm. The Storm made the playoffs last year, but lost the state runner-up Texas Wolfpack. This year they had no shot at repeating it. A small roster and a quarterback with limited experience was dooming for the Storm. Every week the undersized squad complained of illegal hits and targeting. None of these complaints were acted on and the Storm finished the year 0-8. This included a forfeit loss in the third episode to the 210 Outlaws at halftime. Three episodes and their arch was done and the real football could be played.

The JYSF Venom was a new team in the league and to the show. The Venom formed as part of a merger this season. While the name is cool and the uniforms bright and shiny the season was anything but. Coaching staff issues and other off the field drama made it a short season for the 2-6 Venom.

Third squad up is the return of Judson Jr. Rockets. While not a favorite team of mine in prior season, they grew on me. A 6-2 regular season put them in the playoffs. Though a game with a lot of arguing and calls that may not have been right the Rockets bowed out in the first round. Though I do feel like there was a chance they got cheated out of that playoff game. Not that it mattered as the Wildcats team the played got beat on in the next round.

The final two squads match names and roots. We have my favorite team that I have followed all three seasons the San Antonio Outlaws. Then from them you have the 210 Outlaws. The 210 as they are called (rather tha 210) broke off from the Outlaws to stay in the Texas Youth Football Association. The San Antonio Outlaws left last year to start the Texas chapter of Snoop Youth Football. The Outlaws are known for domination. They did live up to that standard this season, but did have a couple of refreshing close games.

Tha 210 were a great squad to watch too. They played with the similar skill to the originals. In fact, I would love to see a matchup between the two. The matchups with the Austin Steelers and the 210 were easily the highlights of the season. I won’t spoil how these two teams finish. Watch it and see for yourself.

So, while this season had a lot of drama the play on the field makes up for it. Recommend you check this show out as season 4 was high quality.

Top 10 Green Sports Logos

S.Samek

Today’s first post is going green. Yep the color we all sport on St. Patrick’s is pretty common in sports logos. This post will celebrate the top 10 logos that feature the color green as the primary color.

10. Dallas Stars NHL

It’s a very simple yet effective logo. A star to represent the lone star state in silver with green to accident it. It looks sharp. The updated logo doesn’t have as much green as the old logo, but there is still plenty of it to go around.

9. Hawaii Warriors NCAA

This one is another sharp and simple logo. The H is super green while accented with silver. Though it looks good I wonder why it doesn’t look like it belongs with a team called the Rainbow Warriors, or Rainbows.

8. Daytona Tortugas

A 2014 affiliation switch gave us this better name. The former Daytona Cubs became the Tortugas after becoming a red affiliate. The logo sports a turtle swinging a bat. The logo is green with a sea blue and white letters. It looks cool and gives the local squad a much more unique name than its predecessor.

7. New York Jets NFL

No denying this logo is green. The Jets have used this classic green and white look for ever. While it may not be super flashy and full of New York swagger it still is a clean logo.

6. Green Bay Packers NFL

This logo is another sharp green logo. Combine it with white and a tasteful yellow and it works really well. The Packers’ logo to me is more iconic than the Jets logo due to the success of the team making it the number six pick.

5. Michigan State Spartans NCAA

Michigan State has had a lot of recent success in both football and basketball. With that success comes a lot of exposure with the dark green and white uniforms.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx NBA

These two hoops teams share the same color palate and have similar logos. While the Timberwolves are rebuilding with young talent the Lynx are excelling. The Lynx were WNBA runners -up last year after going in as defending champions.

3. Oregon Ducks NCAA

Most likely when you think green college logos you think Oregon. A green o with yellow and white form a wining logo combination. However, Oregon often forgoes the classic look for one of its many uniform combos. Though no matter how many combos they have green is definitely a mainstay in the looks.

2. Tulane Green Wave NCAA

It has green right in the game so of course it belongs on the list. The Wave goes behind a white T trimmed in green. Green is plentiful in this logo. Though with Tulane not having much success on the national scene this logo isn’t seen much.

1.      Boston Celtic NBA

This is a pretty obvious pick. There’s no mistaking this logo for anyone other than Boston. The T logo is very Irish looking in nature with the leprechaun smoking the pipe with green and gold to compliment it.  Combine Boston’s successful history in the NBA and you have an iconic logo worth of being the best green logo.

Have a favorite green logo? Let us know.