Random Football Facts

It’s no secret that I’m seriously obsessed with sports, football in particular. Here are some of the most unexpected and random facts about the sport.

1. Just two years after finishing their careers, about 78% go bankrupt. 

This statistic is pretty crazy to think about! We always think football players have so much money all saved up. However, I think they must spend a lot of the money while they have it then once they retire, it all stops coming in.

2. The Steelers and the Eagles once combined and called themselves the Steagles. 

During World War II, so many football players were serving in the military that the two teams were forced to combine.

3. NFL games last three hours but only just 10 minutes and 43 seconds of actual action. 

Commercials account for about 60 minutes of the three hours.

4. The huddle was invented by Paul Hubbard. 

Hubbard was a legally deaf quarterback at Gallaudet University for the deaf and hard of hearing. He used to huddle his team together so they could see and hear him better and so the other team wouldn’t be able to read their sign language.

5. It takes 3,000 cows to make a year’s worth of footballs. 

The cows supply the NFL with leather to make the footballs. 3,000 cows for just one season alone? Man, that’s a lot of footballs.

6. Mr. Irrelevant is the name given to the last guy in the NFL draft. 

It seems like a rather harsh name to give the 487th pick in the NFL draft. The name has just stuck for many years although there are several of these guys that have gone on to do good things. Jimmy Walker was Mr. Irrelevant in 1967 even though he didn’t even play college football. That same year, he was the number one overall pick in the NBA draft and chose basketball over football.

Birdman Review

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Birdman is a weird yet brilliant film starring Michael Keaton, who is most famous for playing Batman. In this role, he plays Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who played the superhero Birdman in the popular franchise decades earlier. He attempts to make a comeback by acting on Broadway.

A lot of this film deals with Riggan being haunted by the role he previously played. Literally, he hears the voice of Birdman and it even follows him around. He also has magic powers and can fly which is definitely the weird thing about the movie.

However, it’s directing is really great and there isn’t a bad acting performance in the movie. Emma Stone shines as Riggan’s daughter who just got out of rehab and is now acting as his personal assistant. She resents her dad for missing out on most of her life and holds it over his head every chance she gets. This is one of the best performances I’ve seen from the Hollywood star.

As far as Oscars go, Boyhood started winning Best Picture awards early on in the award season. But Birdman hasn’t been counted out just yet. It’s pretty clear that the race is between Boyhood and Birdman to take the top award. Personally, I think Boyhood should win the award for reasons SMJ already talked about. The movie is easy to relate to and Birdman is only something that a specific group of people- those in show business can relate to.

Edward Norton has a memorable performance as an experienced Broadway actor Mike Shiner, who fills in for an actor that gets injured just days before the show opens for previews. Mike causes Riggan more harm than good. The two constantly clash and don’t agree on really anything. The tension between them creates an interesting but small part of this complicated plot.

There’s some dark moments of the film. Such as, the times when Riggan constantly battles with the fact that he wasn’t there for his wife and daughter. The movie is actually depressing at times. I heard that it was a comedy but I didn’t expect it to be so dark. The funny moments are brief but also memorable.

In my opinion, the best scene comes towards the end of the film. You’ll have to watch it, but I’ll give just a little hint. Basically, let’s just say that Michael Keaton’s character ends up running around Times Square in nothing but his pair of briefs. The moments in the show that go horribly wrong are when the movie finds it’s funny moments.

All in all, the movie is unique and I’ve never seen a movie quite like it. It’s also one of those movies where so much happens that you have to watch it back a second time just to catch everything. Whether or not it wins Best Picture, Best Actor, or any of the other Oscars it’s nominated for, this is still a movie worth watching. Did any of you see Birdman? Do you think that Michael Keaton played too much like Batman in this role? Let me know your thoughts!

Best Celebrity Couples

These are just a few celebrity couples out there that have seemed to really last. Who knows what the future holds, but these love stories have given just the slightest bit of hope.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z

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I feel like they have been together for forever. But they still look Crazy In Love despite all the rumors that have happened over the past year or so. Bey and Jay are still going strong. While all the while raising the cutest daughter ever. What relationship could be better really?

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

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People have varied opinions when it comes to this relationship. All I have to say is I definitely believe in this relationship. If any girl could tie Kanye West down for this long, she must be pretty important.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

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Could there be a cuter couple? These two should never change.

Victoria and David Beckham

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The couple is just a force to be reckoned with. They are one of the longest lasting couples on the list. They also make really cute babies. They seem to just balance each other out. Plus they both have killer model looks and just altogether perfect for each other.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

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These two seem perfect for each other. The chemistry between them is undeniable. I really couldn’t picture either of them with anybody else. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are definitely my relationship goals for sure.

Leighton Meester and Adam Brody

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My younger self should’ve been beyond heartbroken that Seth Cohen got married to someone that wasn’t me or Summer Roberts. But Adam Brody married Blair Wardolf so I suppose that’s okay with me. Both of them are beautiful and deserve to be happy.

Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond

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Even though she’s taller than him and it may look weird sometimes, they are seriously adorable. Tina and her composer husband have been together for what seems like forever in Hollywood years. They seem to work so well together and that’s something you love to see.

Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt

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Known for being a powerhouse couple, few Hollywood couples can come to the power couple status of Bradgelina. Who doesn’t want their kind of relationship? They are both perfect.

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake

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Two beautiful people that actually belong together. That’s exactly what these two are and it just warms my heart. It makes me even happier that Jessica is pregnant and it brings me comfort that they are bringing a baby into this world.

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally

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Nick and Megan are two of the funniest human beings so them being together is absolutely hilarious. I love how silly they act around each other. I have to admit that they are definitely one of my favorite celebrity couples.

Weird Wedding Songs

Some people obviously missed the message when they planned their wedding and end up playing some songs that just should be avoided at wedding. I mean, it’s your day and you can pick what you want. It just really bothers me when people pick breakup songs as wedding songs. Like what are you trying to say about your marriage?

Skinny Love by Bon Iver

I don’t care if you play the Birdy cover version or not, the lyrics are still the same. They tell a story about a couple that CAN’T be together. He’s letting his lover go and that’s what the song is about. The love has died out, it’s a skinny love, there’s no nourishment left of it. Why would you want to play a depressing song like that at your wedding? It just makes me all kinds of different shades of sad.

Every Breath You Take by The Police

This is the definition of a stalker song that Sting wrote about his ex wife. Goodbye, why would you want to play that song at your wedding?

I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

Yeah, it’s one of the most beautiful songs of all time but it’s also one of the most depressing.

Gold Digger by Kanye West

It’s just a big red flag if this is played at your wedding. Even if it’s in an ironic way, it just looks bad for you and your husband.

Creep by Radiohead

A song that big Radiohead fans might want played but let’s not. It’s another of those gut wrenching songs that absolutely is out of place at a wedding.

Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton

It’s a song about a dead child. Let’s just not play this at weddings EVER okay? The song has a lot of feelings as it is and it just feels like the biggest sin to play it at a wedding.

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2

Well, why are you getting married then?

Get Low by Lil Jon

It’s not exactly the classiest song in the world.

Who Let The Dogs Out by Baha Men

Playing this song just gives me the vibe that you’re referring to the bride as a dog which just feels wrong on so many levels.

Hey Ya by Outkast

Yeah, it’s a fun track in theory. But the lyrics are about divorce and just the general concept of love not lasting. That’s sending some major negative vibes for the newlyweds.

Famous People Who Changed Failure Into Success

No one has it easy in life. Even these extremely successful people faced their fair share of setbacks. Being rejected and having negative things happen to them is partly what allowed them to succeed.

1. JK Rowling

Rowling faced hardship after hardship in her life. She was a single mother living in London, just scraping by to make ends meet to provide for herself and her daughter. Rowling ended up writing the first Harry Potter novel in Starbucks. After being rejected by publisher after publisher, a small London publishing company finally accepted it after his young daughter begged him to. It’s a good thing that he did considering the tremendous success Harry Potter has over the years.

2. Steve Jobs

The co-founder of Apple was fired from the company he helped create. Besides that, he was also a college dropout. The cool that happened after he dropped out was that he started taking calligraphy classes he wouldn’t have otherwise taken. What he learned from those classes came to play when he designed the calligraphy on the Macintosh computers. During him time off from Apple, he founded next which made Toy Story and later became Pixar. He then got his job back at Apple and became CEO until his death.

3. Joan Rivers

This female comedian was constantly questioned due to the fact she was a woman. She also faced serious loss after her husband committed suicide unexpectedly. Rivers was then left a single mom forced to provide for herself and her daughter. She then became one of the most innovative comedians who paved the way for other women in the comedy word.

4. Stephen King

The famous horror writer was working as a high school janitor when he was inspired to write Carrie. He then faced repeated rejection and threw the manuscript away. His wife fished it out of the trash and encouraged him not to quit.

5. Maya Angelou

Angelou had a rough childhood filled with unimaginable circumstances and was raped by her mom’s boyfriend. Writing about her childhood and where she came from benefited her work. She’s most known for the successful story of her life, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.”