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What it takes to become an NFL Fan

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Are you a fan of the NFL? How do you consider yourself as one? Well, to be a true and proven NFL fan, it goes without saying that you love everything about football—the rules, the regulations, and the intrigue surrounding the league.

What do the letters NFL stand for? NFL is otherwise called the National Football League. This is the biggest among all professional American Football leagues that was formed year 1920. The NFL started with merely 11 members. At present, there are now 32 teams divided into two conferences and four divisions.

Each regular season of the NFL culminates into the championship event that is the Super Bowl. This consists of the division champions from the American Football Conference as well as the National Football Conference. These division champions meet on neutral grounds to garner every NFL fan’s dream, the Super Bowl championship.

The Super Bowl is a big event in the United States, and not just for NFL fans. Some people who do not care that much for the game still watch the Super Bowl for its amazing half-time shows multi-million dollar commercial sponsorships from major US corporations like Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co. A big-name celebrity is also picked to lead the singing of the national anthem.

Compared to baseball and auto racing, NFL football have twice as many fans and spectators for each game. This only proves that NFL Football has become a huge phenomenon, with fans that come from every age group, gender, and economic class. And because NFL Football has grown a huge popularity, the NFL sports memorabilia are becoming lucrative investments for various sporting goods franchises. Most of these items find a ready market, whether jerseys, hats, helmets, keychains, mugs, and many more.

Most NFL fans display their loyalty to their respective teams in a number of ways, like wearing the team colors at every game and sporting body paint. Some choose a more subdued route by rooting from their favourite players from the bleachers and participating in various social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date and weigh in their own opinions. There are also various sports websites and forums where fans and expert sports analysts alike can share their take on the current NFL seasons. In fact, at around this time, NFL team owners and strategists are preparing for one of the most exciting events in the NFL circle: the NCAA collegiate draft. From a pool of promising rookies playing college football, each team will have the chance to recruit new players into their time. For the rookies, it is the start of a professional career in football. For the teams, it is a chance to get fresh blood that can hopefully improve their teams’ performance. For the fans, it is an exciting time as the next football superstars take their places among their new team rosters.

Thanks to live media streaming and international cable channels like ESPN, the NFL is also winning fans outside of the United States. In fact, NFL games are also being aired and viewed by people around the world.

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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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My Fearless League Predictions

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It is time again for my fearless attempt (note:  no dart boards were injured during this exercise) to predict the outcome of the 2011 NFL Season.  I know that some of you will doubt my crystal ball but it seldom fails me (except when it needs repair which happens around this time every year).

AFC East

  1. Pats –
    This team has struggled in the playoffs but always has a great regular
    season.  This year it will get to the AFC
    Championship game.
  2. Jets – I wonder how good the O will be because I
    am not sold on QB Sanchez.
  3. Dolphins – This team is without a QB and it will
    show.  Daboll is the OC which is good
    news for the TE’s.
  4. Bills – This team is going to be in the running
    for the 1st pick QB Luck.  But
    will they be willing to pay enough to sign him if they get the 1st

AFC North

  1. Steelers – They have a D older than the “over
    the hill gang” of Redskin fame and the window to winning is closing because of
  2. Ravens – They just can’t seem to find a way beat
    the Steelers and they will not this year.
  3. Browns – They can be 8-8 or better IF they can
    keep QB McCoy healthy.  Otherwise 3-13.
  4. Bengals – This team is in serious trouble with a
    new QB and questions about their D.

AFC South

  1. Texans – The team has a great running game to go
    with an outstanding passing attack.  The
    only question is their D.  Williams as
  2. Colts – The latest on QB Manning is that he will
    be out for a couple of months.  They
    could end up with a top 5 draft pick in 2012 without him.
  3. Titans – RB Johnson is the key.  The O line has to give him just a step and he
    can go all the way.  The D and passing
    attacks keep them from contending.
  4. Jags – Look for this team to be the first choice
    to move to LA.  The city is in a
    financial hole and the team is bereft of talent.

AFC West

  1. Chargers – This team can not possibly get off to
    as bad a start as they have for the last couple of years.  Any improvement in their start will vault
    them into the playoffs.
  2. Chiefs – QB Cassel is hurt and the running game
    alone can not make up for a porous D.
  3. Raiders – I am the only one they did not call to
    play QB.  Key losses cannot be overcome.
  4. Broncos – This team has a long way to go to
    become competitive.


NFC East

  1. Eagles – The team has gone all out to win this
    year.  QB Vick will not have as good a
    year as 2010 but the D is better and this is the year.  If not, HC Reid is gone.
  2. Giants – QB Manning is not as good as most think
    and that again prevents them from getting far in the post season.
  3. Cowboys – Owner Jones is still looking for a HC
    that can win.  The problem is JJ is the
    GM and this team is not that good.
  4. Redskins – Another team without a QB.  McNabb was not the answer.  If HC Shanahan doesn’t find the answer soon
    he will be gone as well.


NFC North

  1. Packers – Despite a flurry of injuries last year
    the team made the playoffs and won it all.
    Those wounded players are back and the team is better than last year.
  2. Lions – No one is going to want to face the D
    front this season.  If QB Stafford stays
    healthy this team can get into the playoffs.
  3. Bears – HC Smith will likely be replaced if they
    slip below the Lions.  Bye Lovie.
  4. Vikings – The window is now closed on this team


NFC South

  1. Saints – They will lose game 1 vs the Pack but
    still win the division.  Sproles will
    help this team.
  2. Falcons – Their time will come next year but
    they still have some issues on D.
  3. Bucs – This is the best 3rd place
    team in the league.  They will challenge
    the Falcons next season.
  4. Panthers – They had the top pick and I am not
    sure they used it wisely.  While QB Newton
    will improve this year will he ever be willing to pay the price to become a top


NFC West

  1. Rams – The D is much better and the O behind QB
    Bradford will flourish.
  2. Cardinals – QB Kolb will make this team better
    but not enough to overtake the Rams.
  3. 49ers – QB Smith is a white flag indicating this
    team might be looking to bring Stanford QB Luck to the team next year.
  4. Seahawks – This is a bad team without a QB.  Jackson couldn’t make it in MN with the best
    RB in the league so how will he do here?
    It won’t be pretty.

That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.

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