Posts Tagged ‘NFL’

Memorial held for star football player

May 12, 2012

Fans appreciating Junior Seau, by attending memorial at Qualcom Stadium

 

Hello world,

On May 11, 2012, there was public memorial held in San Diego, California. The memorial was held for legendary linebacker Junior Seau. The public memorial was held at Qualcom Stadium, and was attended by more than twenty thousand fans. In attendance were fans who donned Junior Seau jerseys. The jerseys worn were from all the collegiate and professional sports teams Junior Seaus played for during his time  in College Football, and the National Football League.The fans wore Junior Seau jerseys from his playing days at  the University of Southern California, the San Diego Chargers, the Miami Dolphins, and the New England Patriots. Even his cousin made a custom jersey of all the professional teams he played for during his time in the National Football League. Among the people in attendance were his former teammates in start running back LaDainian Tomilson, Dan Fouts, former San Diego Chargers coach Bobby Ross, San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos, and former division rivals in John Elway from the Denver Broncos. Also Peyton Manning, and San Diego native John Lynch were in attendance.

During the memorial, San Diego Chargers Owner made it official, and announce the retirement of Junior Seau’s number 55 jersey being retired. Only two Chargers jersey were retired, in the franchises history of football. The two jerseys retired other than Junior Seau, were quarterback Dan Fouts, and Lance Alsworth. Both players wore the number nineteen, so only two numbers are retired in Chargers history.

Junior Seau took his life away on the second of May, 2012. It was shocking news, since Junior Seau always had such an upbeat personality. He seemed to always be so happy, and just loving life. Especially since he comes from a Samoan ethnic background. He was known for his catch phrase “buddy.” People close with Junior Seau, always mentioned how he used to say the word buddy to everyone. Even strangers in San Diego recalls him mentioning the word buddy to them. He just made everyone feel like they were friends. Even I have a story of Junior Seau. I was with my older cousin at a nice restaurant. It was a normal day, and out of no where we see Junior Seau walking into the restaurant. I told my cousin, “Look, it’s Junior Seau.” My cousin noticed, and tried to make it seem like it was no big deal. And my cousin looks at me, and say’s “watch this.” I notice my cousin shout out towards Junior Seau, and told Junior, “Aye yo Junior, whats up. Its Ehsan.” And then Junior flashes this huge smile and told my cousin, “What’s up. How’s it going buddy.” And that was it. My cousin came back towards me with the biggest grin. Before, my cousin could say anything. I asked, “Did he call you buddy? Junior tells everyone buddy. So please just sit down.” That was the coolest part of Junior. He was a great man on the field, but a way better man off the field. If you ask anyone who had an encounter with Junior Seau, most of the times they will say the touching experience they had with Junior Seau. Here are players reaction to Junior Seau’s death.

Tiaina Baul Seau Jr. (Junior Seau) was born January 19, 1969, in San Diego, California, the fifth child of  Tiaina Seau, Sr, and Luisa Mauga Seau. He lived a humble life in Oceanside, California. His brothers and Junior shared the garage as a bedroom. He later attended Oceanside high school, and lettered in three sports. He lettered in football, basketball, and track and field. After high school, he attended the University of Southern California, and played football for three years. After entering the National Football League draft, he desperately wanted his hometown team(San Diego Chargers) to draft him with the fifth overall pick in the 1990 draft. Junior Seau dream came true. He was selected with the fifth overall pick.

His career in the National Football League was absolutely stellar. He played in a impressive twenty years of professional football. Quite impressive, since the National Football League career average for a player is three and a half years. And if you look at rookies entering the league, then the average is six years according to the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Still quite impressive for all the years played in the NFL. Junior Seau was named to twelve consecutive pro bowls,  was an all-pro(best players in the NFL at respective position) eight times, part of the NFL 1990s all decade team, and posted a staggering one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine tackles, fifty-six and a half sacks, and eighteen interceptions in his career.

Junior Seau was heavily involved in his hometown community. He started the Junior Seau Foundation, during the early 1990s. His foundation have helped needed families in San Diego, helped develop recreational centers for youth, scholarships, and many more. He is beloved in San Diego California, since he was a hometown hero. He did everything for San Diego, through his playing days in high school, to his thirteen stellar years with the San Diego Chargers, and most of all through his effort in San Diego. Junior Seau will be remembered in San Diego.

Goodbye,

Mansoor Paghmani

Thoughts on NFL schedule

April 19, 2012

Thoughts on the 2012 NFL schedule

 

Hello World,

This blog will primarily be about sports, and I will focus more on the National Football League. Although, I will focus nationally, I will also focus on the local sports teams of San Diego. Today, I will discuss the release of the NFL schedule. Some people will be asking, “Dude, you are so late!,” And, I know I am one day late. But, no need to worry. I will be giving the details of  all the prime time games, this upcoming season in the National Football League.

So here is a list of all the prime time games being played on Monday Night Football, and the National Football League network presenting games on Thursday night, and a few games played outside of the normal Thursday Night games. These games will be played in the upcoming 2012 season of the National Football League.

The two teams playing during the season opener are the Dallas Cowboys versus the New York Giants (Reigning Super Bowl Champions), which will be played at New York(actual location is New Jersey), and will be played Wednesday night. It was originally going to be played on Thursday night, however the National Football League decided to move the schedule date back to Wednesday, since the President of the United States of America will be giving a speech on Thursday night. I predict that the Dallas Cowboys will surprise everyone, and beat the freshly Super Bowl Champions New York Giants, and silence the fans in New York.

On Sunday night, the Denver Broncos will be traveling to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It will be an anticipated game, since it will be Peyton Mannings (arguably the best Quarterback to ever play football), debut with his new team the Denver Broncos. I expect Peyton to pull off a victory, and make his former team (Indianapolis Colts)  realize the biggest mistake they made by releasing him.

The Baltimore Ravens will be hosting the Cincinnati Bengals as the first Monday Night Football game being  played in the 2012 season, followed by a double header, where the San Diego “Super” Chargers, travel to the Black Hole of the Oakland Raiders! Both games are divisional games, where I expect the Baltimore Ravens to defend home turf, and have the San Diego Chargers steal a close game in Oakland.

And the game of the week will start a lot sooner in the week then usually. It will be the two historic rival franchises playing each other. none other than the Chicago Bears traveling to play the Green Bay Packers, at the historic cite of Lambeau Field. The Packers are having all the confidence in the world for coming off a 15-1 season, and having beaten the bears for 3 straight years. But, not so fast. The Chicago Bears have finally started to give Jay Cutler the big time receiver he has been begging management to bring him. Where they reunited him with his former teammate in Brandon Marshall (expect a big night from this duo), and bringing in the best back up running back in the league. I expect the Chicago Bears to torch the Green Bay Packers, and just blow them out, in front of a shocked Green Bay Packers team, and fans.

I have only mention less than two weeks of the National Football League schedule, but I will finish the rest of the schedule in a couple of days.

-Mansoor Paghmani

Signing Off