Category Archives: NFL Business

Video: The NFL Chick’s Week 7 Picks

 

TGIF boys and girls! Sorry I wasn’t able to post a video last week. I had technical difficulties that somehow resurfaced this week, but I found a way to overcome it!

This week’s video is my own rendition of Chris Berman’s, “Fastest 3 Minutes”, but instead I did it in about 2. Hope you enjoy and hopefully next week I’ll be back on track to give you the longer version.

 

Video: The NFL Chick’s Week 3 Picks

Last week I did pretty good with my picks (minus the Ravens pick.. Meh!), but i want to up the ante a little this week. With so many unpredictable matchups this weekend, it was extremely hard for me to pick 4 great games to pick from. So I randmonly picked a few quality games that fans will be interested in this weekend.

I also have a brief moment of distraction, as I show my love for Chargers QB Philip Rivers…. I do apologize for the brief interruption.

TGIF everyone! The Weekend has arrived! Happy watching.

 

 

The NFL Chick’s Picks- Week 2 Edition

Week 2 is underway and hopefully it’s better than last week. In doing my predictions for BmoreChix.com I thought I’d do better than 2-4, but that’s what the NFL is the first few weeks- a crap shoot. This week I try to do better as I pick from the hottest 6 games of the week.

In addition to picks, I’ve decided to give you guys some fantasy football tips for the week, courtesy of Ken Zalis at FansFantasyFootball.com. Hopefully these tips can help you get the points which will lead to FF domination!

Feel free to comment how genius I look or how silly I appear in my hat (bad hair week). Enjoy the video and the games this weekend.

Video: The NFL Chick’s 2012 NFL Predictions

 

If you’re a football fan like myself, then you’re absolutely ecstatic about the return of football. SInce the beginning of February I’ve had this week circled on my calendar and it;s finally returned to mama!

As always,  the beginning of a new season means every analyst and expert gives us their rundown of how the teams will season at the beginning of each season. It’s only fair that I do the same thing, or my namesake is in huge jeopardy! Of course there are a couple of surprise picks in my predictions, but that’s what the NFL is all about- surprises.

Here’s my predictions for the 2012 NFL season. Feel free to tell me how genius I am with my picks- or how idiotic they sound if you disagree.

 

Ray Rice Accepting Role As Community Leader

On Thursday, when I talked to Ravens running back Ray Rice on his line up for the upcoming, “Ray Rice Day” events, Rice slightly got off topic and talked briefly about his path in the NFL.

Ray Rice: “I’m excited about it.. At this point in my career, I should be living the life, like most guys would. But football isn’t about living the life for me. For me, football is about providing for my family…..”

Coming from a 25-year-old  running back  at the peak of his career in the National Football League, that tells you how mature and ahead of his time Rice is. He extended that sentiment by having his 1st Ray Rice Day in Baltimore this past weekend.

About 700 children attended Saturday’s events at Calvert Hall that included a football clinic. A plethora of Rice’s teammates came to support the cause, including FB Vonta Leach, WR Torrey Smith, CB LarDarius Webb and OT Michael Oher, to name a few. On such a beautiful day, The event was a success. Rice didn’t disappoint in getting involved with the kids.

Perhaps Rice is taking over the helms of “Big Ray” Lewis, who has been a stature in the Baltimore community since being drafted by the Ravens in 1996. But Lewis is in the sunset stages in his career, and it’s a pretty fair assumption that Rice is now the BRIC (Big Ray In Charge) in Charm City. He’s younger, personable and a rising superstar in this league. To choose to hold his event in Baltimore now is perfect timing in transition.

This event isn’t just a photo op for Rice. It’s clear based on his interaction that he loves the kids. “Look at these kids, they’re nothing but smiles,” Rice said. “I love the kids, I love being active in the community. I kind of feel bad for the kids that didn’t get in. To see the smiles on these kids’ faces is priceless.”

Rice is as genuine as they come. One parent lost their child in the midst of the excitement and was frantically trying to find her daughter. Rice ended up being the one finding the little girl, and brought her back to her mother, holding the little girl’s hand. The mother was so elated that she embraced Rice affectionately- and he returned the gesture. Some things you simply can’t fake.

For many players of Rice’s age and popularity, partying and bottle popping is usually a top priority. But after our conversation it became clear to me that Rice has a bigger, better plan. It would be wise to see the Ravens re-sign Rice (the Ravens have used their franchise tag on him), not only for what he can do on the field, but for all the things that he does off as well.

Note: This is the 1st year Rice has held his event in Baltimore. He has previously held his event in New York, and revealed that he will hold events in both cities.

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A Visit To The New NFL Office In NYC

Before I headed to the NFL Draft on Thursday night, Steelergurl and I were invited to an exclusive  tour and a Q&A with Commissioner Goodell at the new NFL headquarters office in NY. To say I was excited is an understatement. I couldn’t wait to see what the new office looked like (and to brag to all of my friends and family that I was there, I won’t lie).

As we walked into the office we’re greeted by the biggest TV screen I have ever seen on an office wall, followed by an awesome receptionist desk shaped like a football.. We were then escorted to the officiating command room, which is the room where every NFL game is aired live while officials watch everything, to make sure they’re not “surprised” with anything during games.

 

We were greeted by Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s head PR guy, followed by Ray Anderson, the Executive VP of football operations.Then, the moment we all waited for- the Q&A with the commish.

 

In a room of about 20 football bloggers, the commish answered every single question that came his way. Questions from Bounty Gate, to the future of the Pro Bowl, to whether or not he gets a nap in before the NFL Draft starts. My question to him: How he feels he was perceived by the fans on his job so far. His answer: While he loves the fans and respects their opinions and views, he’s not the commissioner to be a part of a popularity contest. Well said. Check out the video below of some footage from the Q&A event.

 

Once the commish was done with the Q&A session, Ray Anderson came back and it soon became clear what the message was that the NFL wanted us to relay- they are SERIOUS about illegal hits and fines in the league for the 2012 season and beyond. After explaining the process of how and when players are fined for hits, we then watched a 12-minute video showing us what hits were legal and what hits were not. The NFL is not playing about this subject, and having us there to reiterate this message became evident as the day went on. With the class action suits building each day with new players joining in for compensation for concussions, the NFL is really cracking down and they want everyone to know it.

 

After the 12-minute video, we were able to tour the entire facility, which had 4 floors. Interesting enough, each floor was themed- one geared to the teams, one for the fans, one for innovation and an executive floor. The best floor was-of course- the fans floor. They have a wall called the, “Wall of emotions”, random pictures of fans with all kinds of facial expressions to explain their mood with their favorite football team. The fans floor also had a wall that complied of over 4,000 game stubs from over the years. I was able to find the Ravens inaugural ticket from 1996 on the wall The football nerd in me collects game tickets so I loved the concept of the ticket wall.

The NFL really made the bloggers feel comfortable by reaching out to us and allowing us to view their beautiful new home. I’m glad I was able to share this with you. To check out how the rest of my NFL Draft experience went, click here to check it out

 

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