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Superstitions and the NFL….

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Superstitions are a funny thing, some people have them and some people don’t whether it’s regarding sports, a job interview or day to day life. Probably the area where superstitions are most prevalent has to be sports.

Fans with superstitions have the belief that they can somehow effect the game with something they do, even if they aren’t involved with the game at all. From the point of view of fans who don’t have superstitions, it must be kind of funny to think that someone who has no impact on the game whatsoever could think that something as small as wearing a certain shirt or do a certain routine, could have any effect at all on the game. But for some reason, with no logic at all (probably) fans think and continue to believe in their superstitions.

While fans have their superstations, players and coaches also have superstitions. For instance, Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy has to have a black, or blue sharpie for the first half of a game and have a red one for the second half and New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton always has to chew Juicy Fruit bubble gum during the game. A superstition a little on the strange, or crazy side was that former NFL defensive lineman John Henderson needed to be slapped in the face, hard, a couple times before each game. To each his own I suppose!

I’m one of those fans who believes in superstitions. During the AFL season when I was working for the Orlando Predators, every home game when I would be there prepare for the game, I had to wear the same pair of khaki shorts and either a plain red shirt, green shirt or gray shirt. Every game-day before I would leave home, I would remind myself that I needed to wear those khaki shorts and one of those shirts, or it could be bad. Then during the game, I always needed to have a pen in my possession so sometimes, I would bring three or four pens with me to make sure I had a pen!

I’m not sure how these superstitions started but for some reason every game before I thought they had an effect on the outcome of the game. I don’t know if these superstitions had any effect or not but I’d like to believe that if I hadn’t been wearing those clothes, or had a pen, things could’ve been a lot worse!

During the NFL season I also have a couple superstitions that I must do before and during any Green Bay Packers game, as they are my favorite team. The first thing that I have to do is visualize every night leading up to the game that the Packers are going to win and I have to imagine the feeling I will have one they win. Then I have to repeat five times that “the Green Bay Packers are going to beat _______.” During the game, I have to repeat that mantra at least once a quarter. More if they are losing.

Probably the biggest superstition I have is that no one can take any pictures during the game. This superstition specifically applies to my mom because she is always taking pictures! This started out in 2009 because I was annoyed that my mom was taking a picture of me when I was watching a game and when the Packers lost I thought one of the reasons for the loss was because my mom took that picture of me! Since then though, I have told my mom she cannot take a picture of me during a Packer game. She has been pretty good with putting up with this superstition until she fell off the wagon in January of this year.

My dad and I were in the middle of watching the Green Bay Packers vs Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship game and I was very nervous since the Seahawks had beaten the Packers the last few times they played each other, starting in 2012 with the “Fail Mary” game. In any case, I was on edge and repeating that mantra I have over and over as many times as I could and it seemed to be working as the Packers were leading 16-7! Morgan Burnett had just intercepted a pass when my mom came over and tried to take a picture of us watching the game and based on my superstition, I tried to tell her no. For the rest of my life, I will never forget what she said and what happened next, she looked over at the screen and said “there are five minutes left! The Packers are going to win the game. You’ll be fine!” So, I let her take the picture and after that, it was all downhill for the Packers.

Suddenly their defense crumbled, Seattle’s offense got hot and somehow a player (who shall remain nameless!) forgot to follow through his simple job of blocking a guy on special teams, to allow Jordy Nelson, the Packers top wide receiver, to corral an onside kick. Needless to say, I told my mom after that game that under no circumstance would she ever take a picture of me during a Packer game again!

Now I’m not sure if any superstitions that fans, players or coaches have affect the game and even though there may not be any logic behind them, I’d like to think that they do have some effect however small. People may not be able to disprove them or prove them but I will stand by my superstition about pictures being taken of me during games!

Quick Update!

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The days are shorter and the temperature is continuing to drop. It’s Fall here in Florida and Winter is coming in a hurry! Hello all, it’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog and kept you guys up to date on what I’m doing. I was pretty busy this past summer with work, travel and volunteering with the Orlando Predators. Things have calmed down a little bit and I’m hoping I can use this time to get in a better routine!

As of right now, I’m still working at LeadsOnDemand and it has been pretty busy the last couple of months which has been intense. Lately, I have taken on more responsibilities, which is great; I love the challenge. I’m also looking for opportunities in the law field now because I plan to go back to law school in a couple of years. In addition, I’m always interested in opportunities in pro football since my long-range goal is to work in the NFL. Experience in both fields would be invaluable to me.

Because it’s football season and I’m a major football fan, I’ve been spending a lot of my free time following the NFL and NCAA. I’m more of a fan of the NFL than the NCAA though, because the Green Bay Packers are my favorite team. I even own a share in the team! 

There has been a lot of drama this season in the NFL and NCAA with regards to player behavior and it disappoints me that these guys have the opportunity to do what they love doing and they are wasting it by making poor decisions. I’m not sure why so many players continue to make poor decisions and it frustrates me because they have all of this fantastic talent and a gigantic opportunity to do what they love, and they are wasting it away. Hopefully though, all of these issues will be resolved and maybe more players will become wiser because of it. In any case though, I am happy that many of the Packer players seem to have been able to stay away from these sorts of issues as it allows them to live their lives and do their jobs in relative peace.

Exciting times!

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and the temperature is rising. Summer is right around the corner! These last couple of months have been a great learning experience for me and have presented me with many opportunities. I have been very busy working at Leads On Demand and the Orlando Predators these last couple of months and it’s been a great learning experience as I have been able to learn more about the ins and outs of the internet marketing business, as well as the running of a sports team.

It’s been an interesting and nervous but exciting time at the Predators this last month because we are currently going through an ownership change and I have never been a part of something like this. Our previous owner didn’t leave on the best of terms as he wasn’t paying his bills, so the AFL took the team away from him and he wasn’t too happy about it. So, even though it’s a little dicey right now for the Predators, there are a couple ownership groups out there who are very interested in buying the team. It’s kind of exciting and very interesting to be of part of this kind of experience because it’s nothing like anything I’ve been a part of before. Hopefully it all works out in the end!

Erik Slaby Lake Legal NewsAlso, in these last couple months, I got the opportunity to be the feature article and cover for a local magazine called Lake Legal News (LLN)! LLN is local legal magazine here in Lake County and I was contacted by the publisher and editor of the magazine, James Hope about working together on a feature article for their upcoming edition. Mr. Hope said that he “discovered” me by reading an edition of The Bunk Room and coming across my blog and becoming very interested in my story. I’m very excited to be a part of LLN and honored that someone in the legal community has taken an interest in my story and has read my blog. It is hard for me to know if people are actually reading my blog, so when something like this happens, I get very excited and happy that people actually are reading my blog. It also makes me feel satisfied and proud that my blog is being read and it’s an awesome feeling!

What’s Up!

Phones are ringing. Fingers are clicking away on keyboards. Welcome to The Jungle blasts through speakers over the roar of the crowd. These last couple months have been super crazy for me! I just got a new job working at an internet marketing company, Leads On Demand and just started interning for the Orlando Predators again! My weeks are pretty hectic with having to go to work and intern, but it’s a lot of fun.

The company I work for, Leads On Demand is a pretty interesting business idea and everyone who works there is awesome. There is always positive energy surrounding everyone and that makes working there so much better than if there was no positive energy, or not a lot. What’s also cool about working there is that my dad works there as well! He’s higher on the totem pole than me but that’s to be expected given my very limited experience in the work industry. It’s fun though because I can see him all the time and talk to him whenever I want (as long he and I aren’t busy working!).

Interning at the Predators has been a lot of fun so far this year. The office moved to a new location, the team facility is at a different location and we play our home games at CFE Arena instead of the Amway Center! There are also a ton of new players, interns, coaches and staff members. I am the only intern returning from last year this season, other than Minh who is now an employee, so it is definitely very interesting doing things I’ve done before with a bunch of different people.

So far we’ve played three games and we won all of them! We are 3-0 for the first time since 2005! It’s a big accomplishment as the whole coaching staff, players and people in the office have all helped changed the culture of the Predators around.

On gameday, I try to get to CFE Arena as early as possible to help Amie (my boss) and Mallory (another intern) set up and make sure everything is all ready for the game. Running the promotions during the game is probably the easiest thing, out of all the things we have to do. Once the game starts, everything usually goes pretty smoothly. Hopefully, the Predators keep on winning and get to the Arena Bowl!

Starting Fresh

Moving Forward

 

There’s a nervous tension in the air. The air is also filled with excitement about what the future might bring and what it might hold. I am excited and nervous for what the future might hold for me as for the first time in my life, I have no set destination with any direction. I am like Jack’s compass in Pirates of the Caribbean that doesn’t point north, but to the thing the holder wants most. I am spinning like that compass, as I’m not sure what I want to do, or where to go, but I have a lot of ideas and plans that I have to figure out.

All throughout my time at Rasmussen College I had a set direction: Finish school, get your bachelor’s degree and then go to law school. Now, I am no longer in law school so my compass has changed. It is no longer pointing in one direction, but spinning in a multitude of directions. I am very disappointed that I’m going to be back for another semester of law school but I already have a few ideas in the works. I have to plan them out a little more extensively, but I have the foundation set.

Right now, I’m going to be focusing on getting a job so that I can pay off my student loans as quickly as possible and start saving some money for the future. Ideally, I’d like to get a job in law firm so that can earn money, while still learning about the law. I’m also going to be working a lot more on my bike rental business, EL Bike Rental, to try to expand it and generate more revenue from it.

A project that I have in the works, is probably one of the most exciting things I’m going to be doing! I’m going to be working on a book about NFL General Managers! I’m planning on interviewing all the NFL General Managers and asking them a series of questions about their job and their life. Hopefully, I will be able to talk to all of the GMs and the book will be a success.

So, while I’m not quite sure what my final destination is and I don’t have everything planned out yet, I have a lot of ideas for projects for me to do. Once I get everything organized and a plan down, I’m hoping that everything goes smoothly from there on out!

Talent Show!

These last few days have been pretty crazy and busy for my family! Earlier this week, after the “Rain Game” we had Parker, Thomas and Quyen come over and played football in the cold weather. It was awesome! It was about 40 degrees out and there was a decent amount of wind which made it all the more fun. Now I’m sure not everyone there liked playing football in the cold or the rain, but for some reason, I have always loved playing football in the elements. There’s just this certain indescribable aura surrounding it that makes it amazing! I’ve been to a pro football game when it was 20 degrees — in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Playing in that kind of weather would be fun for me.

On Saturday, we had the first Annual Bunk Room Talent Show and this was such a major event for the whole family and The Bunk Room. Margo and Mom had spent a couple months planing and getting contestants for the show and they put a ton of work into it. Not only just planing the logistics, but the marketing, set up and everything!

There were a lot of people at the talent show and Margo had brought in a couple volunteers from Mount Dora and Eustis High School to help us out with selling tickets, selling refreshments and just coordinating everything during the talent show. She even got great people to judge the talent show. The judges were David Oliver Willis, a contestant on season 12 and 13 of American Idol, Cathy Hoechst, the mayor of Mount Dora and Kim Pinson, owner of the Whispering Winds in Mount Dora. The talent show was a big hit! All of the contestants did a fantastic job, everybody helping did a fantastic job. It seems like everyone had a great time.

Football Fun!

Today was a very interesting day to say the least. It had both a high and a low, much like a bell curve. This morning, Benj and I went over to our family’s rental house, near downtown Mount Dora, where we finished putting the trim up and cleaned up the mess from the wood flooring and paint. We had to get the house all finished by noon today because the new renter was going to start to move in and we were having some friends come over to play football.

Parker, Mason, Thomas and Doug came over around 1pm to play football and when we headed over to the field, it started to rain a little bit. By the time we got to the field it was pouring rain and we thought about not playing, but we decided that it might be kind of cool to play football in the rain. It was a ton of fun, at least for me, to play football in the rain! Everyone was slipping and sliding, it was a low scoring game and just a ton of fun overall!

When we got back home, I received a text from Audrey letting me know that the grades for Contracts were up. I was very nervous about the grade I would get because Contracts was probably the hardest class I had and probably the one I did the worst in. I looked at the grade and it was not great or anything but it wasn’t an F.

In order to be in law school next semester, I’ll need to have at least a B- in Torts, which might be possible because I think Torts is one of my best classes. Hopefully, I do get that grade because I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t back at school next semester. It’s pretty scary and nerve-wracking thinking about it.

New Year’s Eve!

Well, this is officially the last time I’ll be writing the date as 2013! I have had a fantastic year, filled with so many great moments and it will definitely be year that I will remember for a long time as it was filled with so many new changes for me. I started Teen Court, started my first job at the Orlando Predators, graduated college  and started law school! Also in this time I formed many great new friendships and connections with wonderful people that I hope will last for a long time.

I had a great New Year’s Eve. We had Parker (Margo’s boyfriend) and Thomas come over for dinner and some New Year’s Eve festivities, where we set off some sort of sparklers and played Monopoly. Monopoly was very fun to play and was very exciting because so many people were cutting deals, trying to avoid bankruptcy and buying property! It was a very intense game, probably the most intense out of any board game that I have played — definitely the most competitive. It probably didn’t help that I was trying to change things in my favor by cutting deals and encouraging people not to accept deals that weren’t beneficial to me. I came close to losing twice but I was able to recover and finished third. So all in all, a good game of Monopoly!

We went downtown for a bit and it was pretty surprising to see that downtown Mount Dora looked like a ghost town! There were a couple places open but usually downtown is pretty busy, even on holidays. So it was mightt weird not to have a lot of people around. We ran, threw the football around on the shuffle board court and Thomas, Benj, Annika and Dad raced across them. It was pretty funny to see Dad try to keep up with everyone!

We raced back home just in time to see the ball drop in Time Square and 2014 began. It was the ending of one era and the beginning of another. To kickoff 2014 we set off some light fireworks and it was a blast! 2013 was a great year and I hope 2014 can be just as good or even better!

Family time at the Beach!

These last few days have been pretty awesome! Christmas was a lot of fun as I got to spend a lot of time with family and have a good time. On Christmas morning when we were opening presents, Mom and Dad surprised Margo, Benjamin, Annika and I with a trip to the beach the next day! I was so excited because we hadn’t been to the beach in awhile and I thought it would be a fun trip. Mom also told us that we couldn’t bring any computers with us, which annoyed me slightly as I do a lot of work on the computer. I figured I could be without the computer for a couple of days before I will (hopefully) be back reading law books and using the computer.

The drive to the beach was very interesting because Benjamin was driving down to Madeira Beach (where we stayed), as he has his permit and I was a little bit nervous because I haven’t ridden in the car with Benj driving much. When he was driving and would go 5, 10 mph over the speed limit, or have one hand on the wheel and start talking to people, not putting his sole attention on the road. I would get nervous. Now sometimes I do these things when I drive but I’m not used to Benj driving and I don’t believe that he is experienced enough to be doing any of those things quite yet. I am a terrible backseat driver, I’m told.

When we got to the beach it was late at night so we ended up playing Monopoly the whole night and that was a lot of fun as I have never really played Monopoly knowing all of the rules. I didn’t win but it was fun to play anyway.

We were originally going to go biking the next afternoon but we ended up not going because the bike rental place did not have enough bikes available for us to rent. We walked along the boardwalk at John’s Pass. While we walked on the boardwalk we stopped and watched some fishermen unload their daily catch and sort out all of the different fish out, put them in ice and load them into trucks. It was pretty cool watching that as now I can see how the fish gets to stores, restaurants and packaging company. The smell was pretty bad at first but after a little while, I got used to it.

Later that night, we went to Bubba Gump’s, a restaurant based off of the movie Forrest Gump and I had a great time. It was very chilly that night but it was fine for me because I enjoy being in the cold weather. It’s a nice change from the seemingly constant heat in Florida! The dinner was great and I had an awesome time there with everybody!

I had a fantastic time at the beach these last few days and I’m happy Mom and Dad took the opportunity to take my siblings and I there to have awesome quality family time!

Break time

Today was a very tiring and just unproductive school day for me. I woke up around 8AM and Benj, Thomas, Jonathan and I saw a movie around 10AM. It was ok. It had great action but a terrible story, so some of the action scenes compensated for the lack of story. When I got home I read some of my readings for the week but I should’ve read more. I ended up getting a little distracted with other things like the NFL roster cuts.

So pretty much the rest of the day I read my readings and basically chilled out. I felt like I needed a bit of a break from school, so I figured this was my break. Tomorrow ‘school’ starts again.