Our Patriots Save the Date went viral today

Holy moley.

So, my fiancé gave me free reign to do whatever for our Save the Dates. There’s your mistake. If you’re marrying a girl who was raised in a football-obsessed, competitive, New England family, something Patriots will end up in the wedding. It could be as small as people tossing the pigskin on the venue’s lawn.

But, we love laughter. We love to make people laugh. My college superlative was Most Likely to Make You Laugh.

I needed to up the game for my wedding.

So, I designed our Save the Dates from the popular meme of Bill Belichick with his usual deadpan face, and the text “Let’s Party”. I replaced the normal block-like font with a thinner, more classic font, used my limited Photoshop skills to edit out logos etc. We thought they were fun, and that even our friends who were Giants and Seahawks fans would laugh. (Ha ha, you have to look at Belichick’s face taped to your fridge until October).

I was supposed to buy stamps and send them out on Saturday. I procrastinate. I feel like a bad, lazy bride, so I figured I’d do something and sent a photo of our Save the Dates to the New England Patriots on Facebook.

Then, it blew up. Most people thought they were funny (actually 99%). Then you had the random future serial killers who were like RAH I HATE EVERYTHING HAPPINESS AND JOY AND LAUGHTER SUCK. Oh well. That’s the internet for ya, I suppose.

Thank you so much to all the media outlets who have picked up our Save the Date. We truly hope you got a good laugh. But don’t crash our wedding. Seriously, there’s a fire code. :)

Why Aaron Hernandez SHOULD be allowed to watch the Super Bowl

Michele McPhee broke a story for ABC News yesterday that former New England Patriot TE Aaron Hernandez, currently on trial for murder, would not be allowed to watch the Super Bowl in his solitary confinement cell today.

While I understand why prisoners are not allowed televisions, cell phones, or to read newspapers in solitary, I actually think they should allow Hernandez to watch the Super Bowl. Why? It’s simple:

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Addressing the (Underinflated) Elephant in the (Locker) Room

I’ve been asked so many times over this past week or two about my opinion on Deflate-Gate. Can I first just say how stupid it is that anything that the media deems remotely “scandalous” now deserves the -gate suffix? It’s irritating.

Anyhow, I’ve expressed my feelings over time in 140 characters or less. I’ve laughed at some memes, called people out when they weren’t thinking rationally about the whole thing, but I haven’t written a blog about it. Well, for those asking, here you go:

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Getting back to running after the flu

Has anyone else gotten absolutely laid-out sick this winter? It seems something is going around – some sort of flu/cold hybrid that is resistant to the flu vaccine. Anyhow, I got it. I got it BAD. And I couldn’t run, much less get up off of the couch, because everything hurt. The medicines I was taking weren’t working to clear up my awful sinuses, so my head felt like it was being squeezed by a vice.

Have you been there? It’s terrible. And then, you fall out of your routine. You’re tired while you’re sick, and then when you’re on the mend, you’re tired from being sick. Meanwhile none of your responsibilities have gone away. As soon as you feel better, it’s back to work, school, etc. Heck, if you’re a parent, you don’t get the luxury of any days off. So your routine suffers. And you’re miserably tired, just trying to catch up on all the sleep you missed.

Plus, if you were sick over the holidays like I was, you still eat all the deliciousness put in front of you. You can’t move or go anywhere, so why not eat your mother-in-law’s homemade peanut butter butterscotch fudge rice krispie treats? Speaking from personal experience. They’re incredible, by the way. SO incredible.

Anyhow, when your doctor forbids you to run or exercise, it breaks the routine. And then I always find that the other pieces fall too. Like diet.

Has this ever happened to you? How do you get yourself back on track?


In Defense of Rex Ryan

Let’s get this out of the way. I feel bad for Rex Ryan.

More on that later.

First, I wasn’t too thrilled with the Patriots for most of yesterday’s game. The offensive line, which seemed to have turned over a new leaf a few weeks ago, was right back to its old shenanigans. Also, the Jets defense was GOOD. Very good. Rex Ryan had our number, there. We allowed FOUR sacks in the first half. That is unacceptable.

But the Jets truly beat themselves here. They could have beat the Patriots. They really should have beat the Patriots. But after a third-down sack of Geno Smith, a random sideline argument between Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg, and a partially blocked Nick Folk field goal, the Jets had put the final nail in their own coffin. Actually, the nail in the coffin for the Jets was that the Patriots properly used their timeouts and were able to wind down the clock and have Brandon Bolden convert on a 3rd and 1.

The Jets seemed to be in great shape after Marcus Williams’ interception at the Patriots’ 30 with 7:18 left in the 4th quarter. On 3rd and 4, the Patriots blitzed and sacked Geno Smith for a 10 yard loss. The line of scrimmage was at the 42, well within kicker Nick Folk’s range. The sack brought the Jets back to the 52-yard line, the upper limit of Nick Folk’s range. Then they had to waste a timeout because the play clock was winding down, and they stink at clock management. At 4:38, the Jets wasted another timeout on a replay challenge. In the final 1:55, Rex would have no timeouts left.

Does Rex Ryan ever agree with his offensive coordinators? Remember Brian Schottenheimer? Rex Ryan likes a run offense. They have always done better with the run offense. They have fared poorly when they use the pass offense. Why they hire OCs with a different approach is beyond me. If you can’t develop a good QB, stick with the run.

Back to my first point. I feel bad for Rex Ryan. Yes, his clock management isn’t great. Yes, he does a lot of it to himself. The man is a great leader, however, as evidenced by the players who will constantly go to bat for him. His first year as head coach, he sought to remove players from the distractions they faced on and off the field, and moved the practices to SUNY Cortland, away from the media attention. He tries to develop team chemistry and loves his players. But his execution skills have lacked as a Head Coach. I do think he is a good coach, but he needs something to work with. I could be the most talented potter in the world, but if you have me use Play-Doh as opposed to Sculpey, it probably won’t result in a masterpiece. The talent is there but the material will cause some limitations. I truly believe that is the case with Rex Ryan. As a Patriots fan, I love beating him, and as a football fan, I hope we play against him again as a Head Coach, wherever that may be.


Lenovo + NFL: A Winning Partnership

Guys, something amazing happened to me this week. Well, a lot of amazing things actually.

First, I was selected to be on TLC’s newest bridal show.

But, this isn’t a bridal blog, so let’s talk about the craziest thing that happened to me that’s sports-related.

I tweeted a thank-you to Redskins RB Alfred Morris after his awesome performance last Monday evening led to me win my super-close Fantasy Football matchup. A couple of hours later, I received a tweet from Lenovo US thanking me for expressing my gratitude to Morris and asking me if I would like an autographed jersey. WOULD I EVER! How incredible! I was always taught to express gratitude as a child, and that is something I have continued as an adult, but never though I would be rewarded for it!

So, I am super pumped to receive my oddly heavy FedEx package this morning. I open the box, and a black box is at the edge. I’m thinking, “Oh, they must have sent a shadow box for me to put the jersey in.”

Nope. It was a freaking tablet. A TABLET.

More specifically, a brand new Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ tablet. It is INSANE. INSANE. The graphics are amazing. The display is crystal-clear. The battery life is incredible. And there is NO better way to play NFL Fantasy Football. I was able to keep real-time tabs on my players while watching highlight videos and posting on Twitter.

I was also able to check out Tough Season, a video collaboration between Lenovo, the NFL and the Onion that is BEYOND hilarious. Seriously, you need to check it out here. And, while you’re there, sign up to become a Lenovo Fantasy Loyalist. You’ll have the chance (like me!) to win sweet gear signed by your favorite players and also be in the running for Fantasy Coach of the Year!

Thank you again to Lenovo for the jersey and the gorgeous tablet! Check out all of the amazing things Lenovo is doing in their partnership with the NFL!