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TINO Babe HOF adds another

There is No Offseason has added another Babe to it’s Hall of Fame today. Bar has won the 2007 Yaya Swimsuit Tournament, crushing the competition. The Swimsuit Edition was the fourth poll we have completed at TINO. Next on tap is the 2007 NFL Cheerleader. Stop by, talk some football and drool a little bit while voting for our next babe!

2006 TINO Cheerleader of the Year/
Ashleigh van Gerven of the Patriots

TINO Babe Tourny#1/April

TINO Celeb Babe Tourny#1/ Salma Hayek

2007 Yaya Swimsuit Tourny/ Bar

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Let me speak at the Rookie Symposium


The annual Rookie Symposium is set to take off this week. All NFL rookies are gathered to go over what not to do as an NFL player. Well, what not to do as a person. Current NFL players and people in the know go over topics like money, women, pot, drinking, chicks, security, dealing with personal issues, strippers, “your buddies”, dealing with success, babes, life after football, media stuff, and women.

This season may be easier than ever before to put together a curriculum for the four day treat. Binders with newspaper clippings from the past year would do it. ProFootballtalk.com could be a good source. Their popular “Turd Watch” has already compiled a decent list of things not to do.

Reggie Bush, who isn’t too far into his NFL career himself, is set to speak at the event.

“I think a lot of it is very good for the rookies to hear. I just kind of wish they would just do it earlier,” Bush said. “Because by that time, you’ve kind of already started to go through some of the things they’re talking about or you’ve been through them.”

I don’t claim to be any kind of expert but I have some simple ideas myself.

First…I think that the Rookie Symposium should not be held in a shiny happy place like San Diego. It should be held in Canton, Ohio. I had discussed in the past how I felt that a tour of The Hall of Fame should be required before a rookie takes the field. What better time then the Symposium? My thoughts were there may be a slim chance that they would get a better feel of appreciation for the position they are in and what they may accomplish in their career. It may not make a difference but if we could just save one of these kids it would be worth it! I am ashamed to say it but will give credit where it is due…Michael Irvin gave me this idea…I know, right?

I’m sure it has been mentioned before but maybe these kids should have ot go through this before entering the NFL Draft. At least you could say they had warning before they have that few months between the draft and camp with too much money and time on their hands.

Okay, let’s talk about going out on the town. Traveling in a pack, you kids like to call it a posse or entourage, will not protect you, it will make you a target. The quickest way to have some nobody want to kick your ass or stick you is to say, “Hey, look at me.”

If you look at someone wrong in a bar you could be facing a lawsuit suggesting you pay $1.5 million in damages. You no longer have the right to get in a fight or hit on a woman like Larry the Redneck on the other side of the bar.

Don’t walk around with your hand in a bucket of water because at some point your ass is going to get hit with a taser gun. In fact, anyone not paying attention during the symposium should be hit with a taser gun.

No good can come from going to a strip club. You can afford to have them come to you now…like on a boat…on Lake Minnetonka.

Don’t drink and drive.

Don’t drink and drive with a gun in the car.

Don’t drink and let someone else drive.

Don’t partake in any sport that features one animal tearing apart another animal.

Don’t let family members live in your house that partake in any sport that features one animal tearing apart another animal.

If you didn’t meet a good woman up until this point good luck. You are prime game to have your ego stroked and wallet smoked. If she has a calculator in her hand all signs should point to “get the hell outta here.”

There we are. I’ll let the speakers at the get together cover the rest. Now we can wait to see who hits the San Diego Police station first this week.

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Michael Irvin Actually Made Me Think

I was on the couch with my son last night, flipping through the channels and decided to stop on The Best Damn Sports Show Period. I used to watch the show often back in the day but had not given it any of my time in quiet a while.

I almost turned the station when Michael Irvin began to speak. I find the guy very annoying. Like, cut off my left hand to distract me from his voice annoying. He is one of those guys that just gets louder the less he knows about a subject, which is often. I didn’t even know he had a job after getting the boot from ESPN.

Anyway, I’m just getting set to flip to something less like the feeling of my head in a vice when Irvin says something that catches my ear. STOP! Wait! I rewind in amazement, wondering if I’m doing the right thing (The DVR came with very stern instructions not to use it on anything Michael Irvin says).

Irvin was discussing his induction into the Hall of Fame. Getting past all his jabber, what caught my ear was when he talked about being there for Troy and Emmit. Taking a look around he was blown away. Irvin said ( I wish I had a link for the exact quote but it was TV and some how Blues Clues got recorded in it’s place) that if he had went to the Hall of Fame in the beginning of his career he thought he may have put as much into his life off the field as he did on the field.

Wow! I forgot who the source of this was as I thought about it. A very good, valid point was just made here. And then the reality of it coming from Michael Irvin set in and I thought I must have heard it wrong. Again, laughing in the face of the DVR warning, I rewind. Yep…he said it. Michael Irvin just said something that made me stop and think.

Riddle me this (it was so much cooler when I said that before all the Batman movies came out in the 80’s-90’s). What if every rookie, as a right of passage, was required to tour The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio? By himself, without distraction of other players or friends. A walk through the hall, taking in the history of the game they are about to enter. Planting a possible seed of appreciation for their position in life. The awareness of what could be if they cross the line as they pass the Arena Football exhibit. They would need to present proof of their appearance. Like a picture of them buying a “Someone who loves me went to The Hall of Fame and all I got was this stupid t-shirt” and then they have to present it personally to the league commish.


I have worked years in the Human Services field and I know that some people just plain are who they are. But I also know that with a little enlightenment, some people can make different choices. Show them what is obtainable. It wouldn’t get them all, not even close, but even a few would be a good thing. In these days of big contracts and fake injuries maybe we would even get a better product on the field if some of these guys had that seed planted early of what can become of their career. Someday a rookie may be walking past the shoes of the enlightened players and hoping to be there some day.

All fun aside now. It’s my thinking that if Michael Irvin can come to a conclusion as he did that many others could be reached with that single trip before the games begin.

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