Monthly Archives: September 2013

Tom Brady blames himself for Patriots’ red-zone woes

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Tom Brady blames himself for the team’s redzone woes. Promises to be better; to help his team and my team down the stretch

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Matthew Berry’s Love/Hate for Week 4

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Matthew Berry tells the story of how he almost got to live out his childhood dream and about sticking to the things you love, then gets into the players he loves and player he hates for Week 4 of the fantasy football.

Nolan Parker‘s insight:

ESPN ‘expert’ says to sit Arian Foster.  The season just keeps getting worse for Foster and with the Seahawks Defense next up, it won’t get any easier for him, or my fantasy team

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How Much Does It Cost To Be A Football Fan?

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For the 2013 season, National Football League teams are charging an average of about $82 per game for general season ticket holders, up 3% from last year, according to Team Marketing Report’s annual “Fan Cost Index.”


“Teams are aware that cost is always an issue, and they are very conscious to make sure that there are a wide range of ticket prices for the fans,”


For some teams, resale prices can easily reach $200, or even $300, since there are relatively few games and high demand, said Jesse Lawrence, founder of TiqIQ, a website that aggregates event tickets from a variety of sellers.


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Nolan Parker‘s insight:

The already expensive price to be a football fan, increases 3% for the 2013 season

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Firebirds Defense Locks Down Indians

It was a beautiful night for football and a great atmosphere to start off the season after all the players had gone through all their off-season workouts, but Shawnee Mission North would have rather had more practice, then have to play this game.

The game started off quickly when Sam Skwarlo caused a fumble on the SM North four yard line on the third play of the game, which was returned for a touchdown by Keith Loneker 52 seconds into the game, which Lawrence Free State would go on to win 47-7.

“The touchdown by Keith really set the mood for our team and it got our fans hyped up,” said Blake Winslow, senior linebacker for the Firebirds.  “Once we got the momentum early, we just kept going.”

From there the Free State defense never let up, causing three turnovers on North’s first three possessions.

Free State capitalized on their field position, scoring on their first three offensive possessions. Senior quarterback, Joe Dineen, had a touchdown pass to Winslow and a rushing touchdown, which sandwiched the rushing touchdown by Stan Skwarlo, and he score was 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Then it was 47-0 at halftime and all but over, but Firebirds coach Bob Lisher couldn’t let his team think like that.

“The challenge at halftime was how do we keep the intensity up,” Lisher said.  “We had 47 points on 26 plays and that’s easy to relax then.”

The Free State defense forced two fumbles and two interceptions and seven sacks while the offense only surrendered one fumble to the Indians, but all of that happened in the first half.

Dineen was relieved with eight minutes left in the third quarter, along with most of the starters following him on the next series.  The Kansas Jayhawk commit finished 6-9 passing for 73 yards and two touchdowns along with 65 yards rushing and another score on the ground.

Shawnee Mission North did have one glimmering moment when senior Jesse Patterson hauled in a 63 yard catch and run.  That drive ended with Dominic Degraffenreid-Snell scored on a three yard run.

“It was a good game because we got the twos, threes, and fours [on the depth chart] some playing time,” Lisher said.  “But the intensity has to be there from every guy on the team.  Trust me; we will bring the intensity tomorrow, for the whole film session.”

Winslow led the defense with 5 tackles, 3 of them sacks, a fumble recovery and a touchdown catch on offense.  Not to be outdone, Loneker had four tackles, a sack, the fumble recovery for a touchdown, and a receiving touchdown on offense.