Understanding the Fuzz: An Overview of the National Football League (NFL)

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American Football Conference logo.

American Football Conference logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A lot of individuals these days, both young and old, seem enthused and entranced by NFL professional athletes. Each season, the world has its eyes fixed on the big screens, watching each athlete in every team, each coach either smiling or smirking at the way the game is heading and each fan screaming to the top of their lungs just to cheer for their favorite group.

Indeed, while some people can’t get past thinking about the NFL, there are those who just do not know anything about the league. What is it about the league that makes it so appealing? What is it beyond the lives of the athletes except that they are getting handsomely paid? If you don’t know anything about the NFL, this article should give you some ideas.

NFL is tagged as the nirvana of all the world’s professional football organizations. It humbly started with eleven competing teams tracing its beginning back in 1920. Back in 1922, the NFL was known as the American Professional Football.

From the humble eleven, there are now 32 teams across all states. Just like other professional leagues, the conference is split in two: the first is the American Football Conference or AFC, and the second is the National Football Conference or the NFC. For each conference, there are four divisions which consist of four teams—making a total of sixteen teams.

The regular season starts on September and lasts until the last week of December or the early days of January. This makes seventeen weeks of play (one week for each of the sixteen teams plus an extra one for the bye). After the regular season run, twelve groups will vie their chance in the NFL playoffs until they slug it off for the most awaited part, the Super Bowl championship. During the said event, a city that supports a specific NFL team will serve as the host for the games. This is a big event for NFL fans.

For those who are not really that invested in the games, points of interest include speculating on the celebrity who will be chosen to sing the national anthem, as well as watching awesome commercials being aired during halftime, sponsored by major corporations such as Coca-Cola. Celebrities who have been previously invited to sing the national anthem include Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, and other big names in the music industry. For the most part, NFL games are played on Sunday; major sports networks like ESPN often provide live coverage of every play as it happens.

At around this time, the team owners of the NFL are preparing for one of the most awaited yearly events—the NFL Annual Player Selection meet, more popularly known as the NFL draft. Each April, each team will have the chance to add more players to their respective rosters as they recruit new team members from the ranks of college football.

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If You Were Lebron James – How Would You Feel

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LeBron James playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers

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Michael Jackson, Willow Smith, Michali Caulkin, and… LeBron James. What do they all have in common? They were all famous before the age of 16. LeBron James has been cultured by the United States media and fans, and by the age of 16 he had no choice; He was going to be an NBA basketball player, and he was going to be compared to Michael Jordan for the rest of his life.

LeBron James is coming off of one the worst NBA performances of his career, and it couldn’t have come at a more critical time. He only scored 8 points in game 4 of the NBA finals and Deshawn Stevenson of the Mavs said that LeBron James “checked out” of the game.

This is not the first time this year’s NBA villain has been put under the microscope and has had his heart questioned. But really, would you be mad at LeBron James if his heart wasn’t in it? Maybe “mad” is the not right word, but I surely wouldn’t blame him. Since the 8th grade the man has all sorts of outsiders abuse him, use him for his talents, and take advantage of the dollars that his ‘seemed to be genetically engineered for professional basketball’ body can make the poeple that are around him.

If LeBron James heart isn’t basketball – who can really blame him? Just like all the 7 footers out there that only play basketball because the ceilings at the corporate office are just too low, LeBron James was going to be an NBA player from the 8th grade.

That all being said LeBron needs to step up his game, if not for himself, for his teammates. He needs to find a way to come alive, and needs to make the best out of his situation and everything will start to come to him. It starts with the willingness to give up the villain role, and just like many things in life, if he wants to make the changes on the court than he is going to make some attitude changes off the court first. If he wants everyone from home that are watching on their Vizio TV, judging him every second, to shut up for two seconds, or to not misunderstand him – he needs to put his guard down and just start playing for the right reasons. If you want to get results on the court, you have to start off it, and it begins with realizing that the media will never stop hounding him to be the best he can be – which isn’t really a bad thing. No, not a bad thing at all.

This article was written by Philip Rudy. Philip is a freelance writer and enjoys writing on many different topics. Especially on topics that offer help to young students, as well as young entrepreneurs. Philip enjoys gardening, writing his own music, and learning more and more about Internet marketing everyday. Catch Philip all around the Internet by chance!

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