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Women-Girls in Football. Do Girls Play Football

A young Blonde haired girl running with a football

 I discussed this topic a bit in a previous post I did about women in sports but in this post I am hoping to get a little more in dept about women/Girls in the sport of Football specifically.                                                                                                                                                        As a young girl I was a tomboy and not like most girls I was by no means afraid to play “Boys Sports” and play them hard. I loved playing football and was pretty good at it. I had speed and agility that even some boys I played with didn’t have. Throwing and catching the ball both felt natural to me.
I recall the first time I played football with my cousin and his friends. None of the other boys wanted me on their team. One boy even asked my cousin why would you bring a girl to play Football and my cousins response to him was “because she can play DUH!”

 

Not to brag or anything but after that day there was never again question as to why I was there. In fact, they even sometimes argued over whose team I would be on.

 

It felt good playing football. The feeling I got when I would get a touchdown was exhilarating.

 

Girls don’t play Football.

Let’s speed up a few years to when I was in high school. I lived across the street from the school I attended so I would frequently walk to the school and watch the Football team practice. Oh how I dreamed of being on that field.

One day the coach walked over to me and said ” I see you here all the time which one of my players are you dating”

Dating? What?

No, I am not dating any player I just like to watch. Then I got the nerve up and said hey coach how could I get on the team?

His response. With a laugh Girls don’t play football why don’t you try out for cheer leading and just cheer on the boys. What a disappointment. Thing is I knew I could have done it or at least I would have given it my best. But I was never even given the chance. I know now that his remark was a bit sexist but back then I just excepted the disappointment and went on.

From that day every time I went to watch the team practice the coach would just wave to me. I wanted so bad to just go out on that field grab a ball and throw it or run with it just to show him I could.

Sadly I never got the chance to play football and if I have but one regret in my life from my youthful years it is that I never pushed and fought for the chance to play. And no, I never tried out for cheer leading.

No Rule.

There is no rule that states girls cannot play football with the boys on a high school team or the NFL or should we say NO WRITTEN RULE? There may not be anything in writing that states girls cannot play football in high school, college or the NFL and although there are some girls on high school and college teams they don’t play the typical “MALE” positions like quarterback or linebacker. They are stuck in special teams positions and people don’t give them much thought.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Take Sarah Fuller for instance. She was the place kicker for Vandebilt University in Nashville Tennessee. She made history as the first women to score in a college football game when she kicked an extra point in 2020. Only two years ago but do you hear about her anymore? No, you don’t and truth is she wasn’t the first woman to score in a college football game. The first woman to do that was Liz Heaston place kicker for Willamette University and she did it twenty- three years before Sarah did. Apparently she was forgotten. And twenty-seven years before Liz there was Patricia Palinkas. She was the Holder for the place kicker (Her Husband) for the Orlando Panthers in 1970.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Now I am by no means trying to steal any thunder from Sarah, but merely making a point that women seem to be forgotten in sports history. I bet most people have never even heard of these women. Many people still feel women don’t belong in football and make comments like the female body isn’t fit for the game, females just don’t have the agility it takes to run a ball and get past a man. The sad part is it isn’t just men that have this sexist outlook, many women do as well.

Football has always been stereo typically a Male sport. It is time for that to change.

Although the number of girls who play high school football has more then quadrupled in the past decade the stats are still very low for women playing football. Out of approximately 5.5 Million American football players only about 10% of them are women. Pop Warner (PeeWee Football) has only 1% of their players are female.

Are boys uncomfortable playing against girls?

So, I kind of get that boys feel uncomfortable playing against girls in football. I mean we are built different, we are fragile, they are scared to hurt us right? Oh, poppycock!. This is a stereotypical sexist way of thinking that is instilled into most boys. I am sorry to tell you fellas but if a girl tries out for the team I can pretty much guarantee she is going to get out there and play rough and hard. These are not the kind of girls that are going to cry if they break a nail.

High School and College.

I often wonder why high schools and colleges do not have all girl football teams. Yes, as I stated before there is no rule that states a girl/woman cannot try out for the teams, but they always get put in special teams so pretty much they are saying if you are of the female gender and you want to play football you better know how to kick.                                                                                                                             The position of kicker seems to be the only position offered to women when it comes to this sport. I can tell you right now that just as I did these girls want to play and they want positions like running back, quarterback, center ETC. These girls really want to play they don’t want to try out just so they can say they are on the team.

If they can’t play and I mean really play a position of significance for a predominately male team then why do high schools and colleges not have an all woman’s team. Is this really fair?

Shouldn’t women be able to have recruiters seeking them out for their talents and abilities on the field?

Woman’s Football Alliance.

Did you know there is a Pro. woman’s football league? That’s right the Woman’s Football Alliance was started in 2009 and has 64 teams. And yes, they are full- contact tackle football. And these women do it for the pure love of the game. They don’t get paid like Pro men’s teams do. In fact these women have to pay to play on the league. Yes, you read that correctly THEY PAY TO PLAY! They don’t get fallowed by recruiters through high school and college making them huge offers to come play like the men neither. Nope if you want to play on the woman’s league you just go try out. Maybe this would all change if women had the recognition that men have when it comes to the game of football.

Why is woman’s football not televisedWomen in full uniform playing football

There are a few channels that show some games but not enough people take it seriously enough to get the commercialized and televised recognition that the NFL gets. Simply put they don’t see the money in it.

I know I would sure watch it. I think a lot of people would. Honestly I just don’t think enough people are even aware that they WFA woman’s football alliance even exist. I know I didn’t until a couple of years ago and they have been around since 2009. I found out about them by accident when I was doing some research on how women make less then men doing the same jobs which in turn lead me to researching if women in sports get paid the same. But that is a story for a different blog and a different time.

How would you feel if your daughter wanted to play football?

Yes, Football can be a brutal sport, but I would have to say if one of my daughters had told me she wanted to play I would have supported her all the way. Every sport has it dangers. I have seen kids get hit with bats or smacked in the face with a ball when I played baseball. I saw a girl on a team we played against slip on the basketball court and break her nose and bust her lip wide open.

We take risks every day of our lives.

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Is Football BORING? What do you think

Footballs lined up in the form of a circle

Over the years I have heard several people make the comment, Football bores me. Well I am here to say it probably bores you because you don’t understand it. I mean it defiantly doesn’t take a genius to understand Football just some simple knowledge. I know when I was younger I hated when my step dad Turned on a game and I was forced to watch it. But with his explanations and watching the plays etc. I began to understand it and in turn not only began to like it but eventually grew to LOVE the game. So in this post I am hoping to give some understanding of the game. So you are a little less bored with it, and might learn to love it.

Let’s start with some Terms used in the game.

  • End Zone: This is the big area at the end of the field where a touchdown is made.
  • Field goal: 3 point score when the kicker kicks the ball through the crossbars of the goal post.
  • Goal post: The big thing at the end of the field in the end zone that looks like a huge Y.
  • Fumble: when a player drops the ball. The ball becomes available for any play from either team to take possession of the ball for his team.
  • Interception: When a ball is caught by a player on the opposing team ” The Defense”
  • Defense: The team who does not posses the ball and is trying to keep the other team from scoring.
  • Offense: The team that posses the ball and is trying to score.
  • Touchdown: When the offense advances the ball into the end zone to score.
  • Extra point: A kick made through the goal post after a touchdown is made.
  • Punt: A football kicked to the other team to give them the ball.
  • Fair catch: By giving a wave the football player making a kick return can choose to catch the football and takeA  Football player running with the ball possession where he made the catch. He can not be tailed but he also cannot run with the football.
  • 2 point conversion: After the offense has scored a touch down they can either kick the ball for 1 extra point or they can again make a play for a 2 point conversion. “This is usually only done when the other team is ahead and the 2 point conversion could put the offense in the lead of the game instead of tie the score at the time.”
  • Holding: A penalty when a player grabs an opponent.
  • Lateral: This is when the ball is passed backwards.
  • Encroachment: A penalty when any football player contacts the other team prior to the snap.
  • Snap: When the ball is hiked to the Quarterback.
  • Intentional Grounding. A penalty called when the quarterback throws an incomplete pass just to avoid a sack.
  • Sack: When the quarterback is tackled.
  • Line of scrimmage: Where the ball is spotted on the field and the next play begins.
  • Offside: A penalty when any part of a players body goes beyond his line of scrimmage.
  • Pass protection: Blocking the offensive players from the quarterback to give him time to throw the ball.
  • Turnover: When the ball is fumbled and the other team takes possession.
  • Receiver: The player who catches the football.
  • Safety: When the Offense commits a foul in their own end zone, fumbles the ball in their end zone or is tackled in their end zone.
  • Out of Bounds: When a runner goes outside the sideline.
  • Penalties: Calls made against players and can cost yardage.
  • Delay of game: Once the ref signals the ball is ready to play there is a time limit in which the ball must be snapped. Usually 25 seconds.

There are more terms you will learn as you watch and go along, but I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much.

Who are the players on the field?

Well let’s start by saying each team has 11 players on the field and it is not common for a player to play both offense and defense.

Offensive

  • Quarterback: He throws the ball.
  • Wide receiver: Runs pass routs and get open to receive the ball.
  • Running back: Runs the ball after being handed to him. He can catch the ball also but it is usually handed off to him. HeFootball players on a field and yellow lines showing the plays is lined up behind the quarterback.
  • Halfback similar to a running back,
  • Fullbacks: Usually block for the Running back.
  • Tight End: Have two jobs, Catch and block.
  • Center: Hikes the ball.
  • Guard: Pretty much blockers.
  • Left Tackle: Protects the quarterbacks blindside.

Defensive

  • Defensive End: Main job is to sack the quarterback.
  • Defensive Tackle: Help the defensive end get to the quarterback.
  • Linebackers. Tackle Offensive players.
  • Cornerback:Try to prevent a receiver from catching the ball. “One of the most important players”
  • Safety: Last line of defense.

Now I kept these pretty simple, some of these positions have a couple different forms of the position that have similar but different Offensive and defensive tactics and rolls, but again you will learn that as you watch and learn.

There is also a kicker. He makes the field goals, Kicks for the extra point and punts the ball to the receiving team. But if the team does not have a strong kicker they may have two (2) kickers.

How are points scored.

  • A Touch Down. = 6 points
  • An Extra Point. = 1 point
  • A Field Goal. = 3 points
  • A Two Point conversion. = 2 points
  • A Safety. = 2 points

What are Penalty calls and how are they penalized?

There are several types of penalties and carry different punishments of 5, 10, and 15 yards and or automatic 1st down.A referee and players on a football field

However, if a foul is committed by both teams the fouls might offset each other and the down is replayed.
  • False start: 5 Yards
  • Helmet to helmet collision: 15 yards
  • Block in the back: 10 yards
  • Block below the waste: 15 yards automatic 1st down if committed by the defense
  • Chop block: 15 yards, ruled a safety if in the end zone automatic 1st down if committed by defense.
  • Delay of game: 5 yards
  • Encroachment “OFF SIDES” : 5 yards
  • Facemask: 15 yards automatic 1st down if committed by defense
  • False start: 5 yards
  • Holding: this can be 5 or 10 yards depending on who committed the infraction and where.
  • Illegal contact: 5 yards and automatic first down.

There are several more penalties calls but these are the basics. Again you will learn as you watch.

What are the lines and numbers painted on the field?

The lines are painted to show not only the sideline “Out of Bounds” but to also use as yardage makers.

A football field is 100 yards long 120 if you include the 10 yards for each end zone. Each small line marks 1 yard, and players get a 1st down at every 10 yards marked with the full cross lines and numbers from 10 to 40 coming from each end than meeting at 50 in the middle.

Objective.

Okay now that some basics have been outlined and answered now the fun begins. How is the game played.

As stated above each team consist of 11 men on the field you have your defense, They are the ones in possession of the ball and your offense, they are the ones trying to keep the defense from scoring. There are usually different players on each team that play when the team is defense or offense but some players do both though not very common.

Let’s get started. The ball is punted by the offense downfield to the defense. The defense than either runs the ball back or calls a safety. Their goal is to get the ball to the end zone and score a touchdown.

They have four (4) downs to make this happen. Each time a player is tackled that is a down now remember that every ten (10) yards is a first down so if they make it to the first down line than those four (4) downs start all over.

If they get four (4) downs before making it to the first down than they have two choices they can if close enough try for a field goal or they have to punt the ball off to the other team. In some cases if they are close to the 1st down or a touchdown they will make a play on fourth down.                                           But this can be risky because the other team can get good field position if the ball is fumbled or intercepted.                                                                                                                                                       If they do make it all the way down the field and get a touchdown they get six (6) points. They can than either kick for the extra point or make a play for a two (2) point conversion which again is risky.                                                                                                                                                                                            If they get the extra point that is than (1) more point and that is how they get (7) sometimes they do miss the extra point leaving their score at (6). Once they have scored or have gotten four (4) downs then the rolls are reversed and the team that was playing defense than becomes the offense and they try to do the same thing get the ball to the end zone.

Now each game has four (4) quarters consisting of fifteen (15) minutes each, but depending on certain factors such as time-outs, penalties calls, injuries, ETC. That fifteen minutes can turn into much longer. That is why even though it should only be an hour and average game can take up to three hours. Plus there is also a twelve (12) minute halftime.

Now at the end of the fourth (4th) quarter who ever has the most points is obviously the winner.

What if they are tied at the end of the game?

If in the case of a tie at the end of the fourth quarter the teams will than play a ten (10) minute overtime. If the team that gets the ball first scores a touchdown the game is over if not, then the other team gets to posses the ball and try for a touchdown. But it gets a bit tricky when it comes to field goals in over time because a team can score a field goal but the other team still gets possession and if they score a field goal the game goes on and the first to score a touchdown or field goal wins. But if at the end of the overtime period if no team has scored the game ends in a tie.

This is not the same in postseason though. A postseason game cannot end in a tie. If at the end of the over time period neither team has scored they will continue to play ten (10) minute over time periods and the team must score a touchdown to win.

Just a little side note that if you are watching High School or College Football the rules and penalties differ a bit.

Now you know.

Now that you have a little insight on the Game of Football I hope you can learn to enjoy the game just as myself and many others do. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get it all at once.

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

A football player being tackled

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2022 NFL Season Schedule at a glance

The NFL draft has come and gone and the teams have made some pretty great picks for the 2022 season, or have they? The Face offs are all set Preseason Kicks off on August 4th Between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Oakland Raiders.

The fallowing is the full 2022 Preseason and Season schedule. Just in case you are not aware the NFL has made some contract changes so make sure you check your televised listings ahead of time.

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for the season to begin!

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

Preseason

Week 1 of 4

  • Jaguars and Raiders Aug. 4th at 5:00 PM

Week 2 of 4

  • Giants and Patriots Aug. 11th at 4:00 PM
  • Titans and Ravens Aug. 11th 4:30 PM
  • Falcons and Lions Aug. 12th 3:00 PM
  • Browns and Jaguars Aug. 12th 4:00 PM
  • Jets and Eagles Aug. 12th 4:30 PM
  • Cardinals and Bengals Aug. 12th 4:30 PM
  • Jets and Eagles Aug. 12th 4:30 PM
  • Packers and 49ers Aug. 12th 5:30 PM
  • Panthers and the Commanders Aug. 13th 10:00 AM
  • Chiefs and Bears Aug. 13th 10:00 AM
  • Cults and Bills Aug. 13th 1:00 PM
  • Seahawks and Steelers Aug. 13th 4:00 PM
  • Dolphins and Buccaneers Aug. 13th 4:30 PM
  • Saints and Texans Aug. 13th 5:00 PM
  • Cowboys and Broncos Aug. 13th 6:00 PM
  • Rams and Chargers Aug. 13th 7:00 PM
  • Vikings and Raiders Aug. 14th 1:25 PM

Week 3 of 4

  • Bears and Seahawks Aug. 18th 5:00 PM
  • Panthers and Patriots Aug. 19th 4:00 PM
  • Broncos and Bills Aug. 20th 10:00 AM
  • Lions and Cults Aug. 20th 10:00 AM
  • Raiders and Dolphins Aug. 20th 4:00 PM
  • Steelers and Jaguars Aug. 2oth 4:00 PM
  • 49ers and Vikings Aug. 20th 4:00 PM
  • Buccaneers and Titans Aug. 20th 4:00 PM
  • Cowboys and Chargers Aug. 20th 7:00 PM
  • Eagles and Browns Aug. 21st 10:00 AM
  • Bengals and Giants Aug. 21st 4:00 PM
  • Ravens and Cardinals Aug. 21st 5:00 PM
  • Falcons and Jets Aug. 22nd 5:00 PM

Week 4 of 4

  • 49ers and Texans Aug. 25th 5:00 PM
  • Bills and Panthers Aug. 26th 4:00 PM
  • Seahawks and Cowboys Aug. 26th 5:00 PM
  • Patriots and Raiders Aug. 26th 5:15 PM
  • Jaguars and Falcons Aug. 27th 12:00 PM
  • Commanders and Ravens Aug. 27th 1:00 PM
  • Eagles and Dolphins Aug. 27th 4:00 PM
  • Cardinals and Titans Aug. 27th 4:00 PM
  • Bears and Browns Aug. 27th 4:00 PM
  • Rams and Bangles Aug. 27th 4:00 PM
  • Buccaneers and Cults Aug. 27th 4:30 PM
  • Chargers and Saints Aug. 27th 5:00 PM
  • Vikings and Broncos Aug. 27th 6:00 PM
  • Giants and Jets Aug. 28th 10:00 AM
  • Lions and Steelers Aug. 28th 1:30 PM

Regular Season

Week 1 of 18

  • Bills and Rams Sept. 8th 5:20 PM
  • Eagles and Lions Sept. 11th 10:00 AM
  • 49ers and Bears Sept. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Steelers and Bengals Sept. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Patriots and Dolphons Sept. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Browns and Panthers Sept. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Cults and Texans Sept. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Jaguars and Commanders Sept. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Saints and Falcons Sept. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Ravens and Jets Sept. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Packers and Vikings Sept. 11th 1:25 PM
  • Raiders and Chargers Sept. 11th 1:25 PM
  • Chiefs and Cardinals Sept. 11th 1:25 PM
  • Buccaneers and Cowboys Sept. 11th 5:20 PM
  • Broncos and Seahawks Sept. 12th 5:15 PM

Week 2 of 18

  • Chargers and Chiefs Sept. 15th 5:15 PM
  • Patriots and Steelers Sept. 18th 10:00 AM
  • Panthers and Giants Sept. 18th 10:00 AM
  • Jets and Browns Sept. 18th 10:00 AM
  • Cults and Jaguars Sept. 18th 10:00 AM
  • Dolphins and Ravens Sept. 18th 10:00 AM
  • Buccaneers and Saints Sept. 18th 10:00 AM
  • Commanders and Lions Sept. 18th 10:00 AM
  • Seahawks and 49ers Sept. 18th 1:05 PM
  • Falcons and Rams Sept. 18th 1:05 PM
  • Cardinals and Raiders Sept. 18th 1:25 PM
  • Texans and Broncos Sept. 18th 1:25 PM
  • Bengals and Cowboys Sept. 18th 1:25 PM
  • Bears and Packers Sept. 18th 5:20 PM
  • Titans and Bills Sept. 19th 4:15 PM
  • Vikings and Eagles Sept. 19th 5:30 PM

Week 3 of 18

  • Steelers and Browns Sept. 22nd 5:15 PM
  • Bills and Dolphins Sept. 25th 10:00 AM
  • Bengals and Jets Sept. 25th 10:00 AM
  • Raiders and Titans Sept. 25th 10:00 AM
  • Saints and Panthers Sept. 25th 10:00 AM
  • Ravens and Patriots Sept. 25th 10:00 AM
  • Lions and Vikings Sept. 25th 10:00 AM
  • Eagles and Commanders Sept. 25th 10:00 AM
  • Chiefs and Cults Sept. 25th 10:00 AM
  • Texans and Bears Sept. 25th 10:00 AM
  • Jaguars and Chargers Sept. 25th 1:05 PM
  • Rams and Cardinals Sept. 25th 1:25 PM
  • Packers and Buccaneers Sept. 25th 1:25 PM
  • Falcons and Seahawks Sept. 25th 1:25 PM
  • 49ers and Broncos Sept. 25th 5:20 PM
  • Cowboys and Giants Sept. 26th 5:15 PM

Week 4 of 18

  • Dolphins and Bengals Sept. 29th 5:15 PM
  • Vikings and Saints Oct. 2nd 6:30 AM
  • Seahawks and Lions Oct. 2nd 10:00 AM
  • Jets and Steelers Oct. 2nd 10:00 AM
  • Bears and Giants Oct. 2nd 10:00 AM
  • Titans and Cults Oct. 2nd 10:00 AM
  • Chargers and Texans Oct. 2nd 10:00 AM
  • Browns and Falcons Oct. 2nd 10:00 AM
  • Commanders and Cowboys Oct. 2nd 10:00 AM
  • Jaguars and Eagles Oct. 2nd 10:00 AM
  • Bills and Ravens Oct. 2nd 10:00 AM
  • Cardinals and Panthers Oct. 2nd 1:05 PM
  • Broncos and Raiders Oct. 2nd 1:25 PM
  • Patriots and Packers Oct. 2nd 1:25 PM
  • Chiefs and Buccaneers Oct. 2nd 5:20 PM
  • Rams and 49ers Oct. 3rd 5:15 PM

Week 5 of 18

  • Colts and Broncos Oct. 6th 5:15 PM
  • Giants and Packers Oct. 9th 6:30 AM
  • Lions and Patriots Oct. 9th 10:00 AM
  • Chargers and Browns Oct. 9th 10:00 AM
  • Texans and Jaguars Oct 9th 10:00 AM
  • Falcons and Buccaneers Oct. 9th 10:00 AM
  • Steelers and Bills Oct. 9th 10:00 am
  • Dolphins and Jets Oct. 9th 10:00 AM
  • Bears and Vikings Oct. 9th 10:00 AM
  • Titans and Commanders Oct. 9th 10:00 AM
  • Seahawks and Saints Oct. 9th 10:00 AM
  • 49ers and Panthers Oct. 9th 1:05 PM
  • Eagles and Cardinals Oct. 9th 1:25 PM
  • Cowboys and Rams Oct. 9th 1:25 PM
  • Bengals and Ravens Oct. 9th 5:20 PM
  • Raiders and Chiefs Oct. 10th 5:15 PM

Week 6 of 18

  • Commanders and Bears Oct. 13th 5:15 PM
  • Ravens and Giants Oct. 16th 10:00 AM
  • Jaguars and Colts Oct. 16th 10:00 AM
  • Patriots and Browns Oct. 16th 10:00 AM
  • Bengals and Saints Oct. 16th 10:00 AM
  • Buccaneers and Steelers Oct. 16th 10:00 AM
  • 49ers and Falcons Oct. 16th 10:00 AM
  • Jets and Packers Oct. 16th 10:00 AM
  • Vikings and Dolphins Oct. 16th 10:00 AM
  • Panthers and Rams Oct. 16th 1:05 PM
  • Cardinals and Seahawks Oct. 16th 1:05 PM
  • Bills and Chiefs Oct. 16th 1:25 PM
  • Cowboys and Eagles Oct. 16th 5:20 PM
  • Broncos and Chargers Oct. 17th 5:15 PM

Week 7 of 18

  • Saints and Cardinals Oct. 20th 5:15 PM
  • Packers and Commanders Oct. 23rd 10:00 AM
  • Browns and Ravens Oct. 23rd 10:00 AM
  • Buccaneers and Panthers Oct. 23rd 10:00 AM
  • Falcons and Bengals Oct. 23rd 10:00 AM
  • Lions and Cowboys Oct. 23rd 10:00 AM
  • Giants and Jaguars Oct. 23rd 10:00 AM
  • Colts and Titans Oct. 23rd 10:00 AM
  • Texans and Raiders Oct. 23rd 1:05 PM
  • Jets and Broncos Oct. 23rd 1:05 PM
  • Chiefs and 49ers Oct. 23rd 1:25 PM
  • Seahawks and Chargers Oct. 23rd 1:25 PM
  • Steelers and Dolhins Oct. 23rd 5:20 PM
  • Bears and Patriots Oct. 24th 5:15 PM

Week 8 of 18

  • Ravens and Buccaneers Oct 27th 5:15 PM
  • Broncos and Jaguars Oct. 30th 6:30 AM
  • Dolphins and Lions Oct. 30th 10:00 AM
  • Panthers and Falcons Oct. 30th 10:00 AM
  • Cardinal and Vikings Oct. 30th 10:00 AM
  • Bears and Cowboys Oct. 30th 10:00AM
  • Raiders and Saints Oct. 30th 10:00 AM
  • Steelers ans Eagles Oct. 30th 10:00 AM
  • Patriots and Jets Oct. 30th 10:00 AM
  • Titans and Texans Oct, 30th 1:05 PM
  • Giants and Seahawks Oct. 30th 1:25 PM
  • Commanders and Colts Oct, 30th 1:25 PM
  • 49ers and Rams Oct. 30th 1:25 PM
  • Packers and Bills Oct. 30th 5:20 PM
  • Bengals and Browns Oct. 31st 5:15 PM

Week 9 of 18

  • Eagles and Texans Nov. 3rd 5:15 PM
  • Colts and Patriots Nov. 6th 10:00 AM
  • Packers and Lions Nov. 6th 10:00 AM
  • Chargers and Falcons Nov. 6th 10:00 AM
  • Bills and Jets Nov. 6th 10:00 AM
  • Vikings and Commanders Nov. 6th 10:00 AM
  • Panther and Bengals Nov. 6th 10:00 AM
  • Raiders and Jaguars Nov. 6th 10:00 AM
  • Dolphins and Bears Nov. 6th 10:00 AM
  • Seahawks and Cardinals Nov. 6th 1:05 PM
  • Rams and Buccaneers Nov. 6th 1:25 PM
  • Titans and Chiefs Nov. 6th 5:20 PM
  • Raven and Saints Nov. 7th 5:15 PM

Week 10 of 18

  • Falcons and Panthers Nov. 10th 5:15 PM
  • Seahawks and Buccaneers Nov. 13th 6:30 AM
  • Lions and Beara Nov. 13th 10:00 AM
  • Browns and Dolphins Nov. 13th 10:00 AM
  • Broncos and Titans Nov. 13th 10:00 AM
  • Vikings and Bills Nov. 13th 10:00 AM
  • Texans and Giants Nov. 13th 10:00 AM
  • Jaguars and Chiefs Nov. 13th 10:00 AM
  • Saints and Steelers Nov. 13th 10:00 AM
  • Colts and Raiders Nov. 13th 1:05 PM
  • Cardinals and Rams Nov. 13th 1:25 PM
  • Cowboys and Packers Nov. 13th 1:25 PM
  • Chargers and 49ers Nov. 13th 5:20 PM
  • Commanders and Eagles Nov. 14th 5:15 PM

Week 11 of 18

  • Titans and Packers Nov. 17th 5:15 PM
  • Bears and Falcons Nov. 20th 10:00 AM
  • Eagles and Colts Nov. 20th 10:00 AM
  • Jets and Patriots Nov. 20th 10:00 AM
  • Commanders and Texans Nov. 20th 10:00 AM
  • Rams and Saints Nov. 20th 10:00 AM
  • Browns and Bills Nov. 20th 10:00 AM
  • Panthers and Ravens Nov. 20th 10:00 AM
  • Lions and Giants Nov. 20th 10:00 AM
  • Raiders and Broncos Nov. 20th 1:05 PM
  • Chiefs and Chargers Nov. 20th 1:25 PM
  • Cowboys and Vikings Nov. 20th 1:25 PM
  • Bengals and Steelers Nov. 20th 5:20 PM
  • 49ers and Cardinals Nov. 21st 5:15 PM

Week 12 of 18

  • Bills and Lions Nov. 24th 9:30 AM
  • Giants and Cowboys Nov. 24th 1:30 PM
  • Patriots and Vikings Nov, 24th 5:20 PM
  • Texans and Dolphins Nov. 27th 10:00 AM
  • Bengals and Titans Nov. 27th 10:00 AM
  • Broncos and Panthers Nov. 27th 10:00 AM
  • Bears and Jets Nov. 27th 10:00 AM
  • Falcons and commanders Nov. 27th 10:00 AM
  • Buccaneers and Browns Nov. 27th 10:00 AM
  • Ravens and Jaguars Nov. 27th 10:00 AM
  • Raiders and Seahawks Nov. 27th 1:05 PM
  • Chargers and Cardinals Nov. 27th 1:05 PM
  • Saints and 49ers Nov. 27th 1:25 PM
  • Rams and Chiefs Nov. 27th 1:25 PM
  • Packers and Eagles Nov. 27th 5:20 PM
  • Steelers and Colts Nov. 28th 5:15 PM

Week 13 of 18

  • Bills and Patriots Dec. 1st 5:15 PM
  • Packers and Bears Dec. 4th 10:00 AM
  • Steelers and Falcons Dec. 4th 10:00 AM
  • Jets and Vikings Dec. 4th 10:00 AM
  • Jaguars and Lions Dec. 4th 10:00 AM
  • Titans and Eagles Dec. 4th 10:00 AM
  • Browns and Texans Dec. 4th 10:00 AM
  • Commanders and Giants Dec. 4th 10:00 AM
  • Broncos and Ravens Dec. 4th 10:00 AM
  • Dolphins and 49ers Dec. 4th 1:05 PM
  • Seahawks and Rams Dec, 4th 1:05 PM
  • Chargers and Raiders Dec. 4th 1:25 PM
  • Chiefs and Bengals Dec. 4th 1:25 PM
  • Colts and Cowboys Dec. 4th 5:15 PM
  • Saints and Buccaneers Dec. 5th 5:15 PM

Week 14 of 18

  • Raiders and Rams Dec. 8th 5:15 PM
  • Vikings and Lions Dec. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Ravens and Steelers Dec. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Browns and Bengals Dec. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Jets and Bills Dec. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Texans and Cowboys Dec. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Eagles and Giants Dec. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Jaguars and Titans Dec. 11th 10:00 AM
  • Dolphins and Chargers Dec. 11th 1:05 PM
  • Panthers and Seahawks Dec. 11th 1:25 PM
  • Buccaneers and 49ers Dec. 11th 1:25 PM
  • Chiefs and Broncos Dec. 11th 5:20 PM
  • Patriots and Cardinals Dec. 12th 5:15 PM

week 15 of 18 These games have team match ups but the day is TBD ( To Be Determined )

  • 49ers and Seahawks Dec. 15th 5:15 PM
  • Dolphins and Bills Dec. 18th?
  • Colts and Vikings Dec. 18th?
  • Falcons and Saints Dec. 18th?
  • Giants and Commanders Dec. 18th?
  • Raven and Browns Dec. 18th?
  • Eagles and Bears Dec. 18th 10:00 AM
  • Lions and Jets Dec. 18th 10:00 AM
  • Steelers and Panthers Dec. 18th 10:00 AM
  • Chiefs and Texans Dec. 18th 10:00 AM
  • Cowboys and Jaguars Dec. 18th 10:00 AM
  • Cardinals and Broncos Dec. 18th 1:05 PM
  • Titans and Chargers Dec. 18th 1:25 PM
  • Bengals and Buccaneers Dec. 18th 1:25 PM
  • Patriots and Raiders Dec.18th 5:20 PM
  • Rams and Packers Dec. 19th 5:15 PM

Week 16 of 18

  • Jaguars and Jets Dec. 22nd 5:15 PM
  • Falcons and Ravens Dec. 24th10:00 AM
  • Lions and Panthers Dec. 24th 10:00 AM
  • Seahawks and Chiefs Dec. 24th 10:00 AM
  • Saints and Browns Dec. 24th 10:00 AM
  • Texans and Titans Dec. 24th 10:00 AM
  • Bengals and Patriots Dec. 24th 10:00 AM
  • Giants and Vikings Dec. 24th 10:00 AM
  • Bills and Bears Dec. 24th 10:00 AM
  • Commanders and 49ers Dec. 24th 1:05 PM
  • Eagles and Cowboys Dec. 24th 1:25 PM
  • Raiders and Steelers Dec. 24th 5:15 PM
  • Packers and Dolphins Dec. 25th 10:00 AM
  • Broncos Rams Dec. 25th 1:30 PM
  • Buccaneers and Cardinals Dec. 25th 5:20 PM
  • Chargers and Colts Dec. 26th 5:15 PM

Week 17 of 18

  • Cowboys and Titans Dec, 29th 5:15 PM
  • Steelers and Ravens Jan. 1st 10:00 AM
  • Cardinals and Falcons Jan. 1st 10:00 AM
  • Dolphins and Patriots Jan. 1st 10:00 AM
  • Saints and Eagles Jan. 1st 10:00 AM
  • Colts and Giants Jan. 1st 10:00 AM
  • Panthers and Buccaneers Jan 1st 10:00 AM
  • Broncos and Chiefs Jan. 1st 10:00 AM
  • Bears and Lions Jan. 1st 10:00 AM
  • Browns and Commanders Jan. 1st 10:00 AM
  • Jaguars and Twxans Jan. 1st 10:00 AM
  • 49ers and Raiders Jan. 1st 1:05 PM
  • Jets and Seahawks Jan. 1st 1:05 PM
  • Vikings and Packers Jan. 1st 1:25 PM
  • Rams and Chargers Jan. 1st 5:20 PM
  • Bills and Bengals Jan. 2nd 5:30 PM

Week 18 of 18 TBD ( To Be Determine )

  • Cardinals and 49ers Jan, 8th TBD
  • Browns and Steelers Jan. 8th TBD
  • Raven and Bengals Jan. 8th TBD
  • Vikings and Bears Jan. 8th TBD
  • Cowboys and Commanders Jan. 8th TBD
  • Lions and Packers Jan. 8th TBD
  • Patriots and Bills Jan. 8th TBD
  • Rams and Seahawks Jan. 8th TBD
  • Jets and Dolphins Jan. 8th TBD
  • Chiefs and Raiders Jan. 8th TBD
  • Buccsneers and Falcons Jan, 8th TBD
  • Giants and Eagles Jan. 8th TBD
  • Panthers and Saints Jan. 8th TBD
  • Chargers and Broncos Jan. 8th TBD
  • Titans and Jaguars Jan. 8th TBD
  • Texans and Colts Jan. 8th TBD

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Walking or Running. Which is better for staying fit?

A woman walking

A woman running

Walking and running have been used as a form of exercise and staying in shape for centuries. In fact running actually became a sport in the 9th Centry.776 B.C.E In ancient Greece. In the town of Olympia. and the first official Olympics were you guessed it a race. And that is actually how the Olympics got started and got the name OLYMPICS. But a form of the Olympics took place hundreds of years before that in a religious festival to honor Zeus the Greek god.

Different strides of running.

Now running doesn’t really have any strict pace but many avid runners will tell you that if you run slower than 6 miles per hour you are jogging. Personally I always thought jogging was a form of running as do many others I thought forms of running started at jogging then sprinting and finally tempo run, but some avid runners may get offended if you call them a jogger. True runners are “Invested” they aren’t just out there burning calories.

Of course walking is just a natural thing that we all do. But as the years have passed there has also become different forms of walking. Now of course there is your basic every day walking, but now we have forms like power walking, Brisk walking, marathon walking, race walking, Hiking and wait for it…………………. Jogging is a form of walking! Oh, say it isn’t so.  Apparently jogging ROCKS because it can fall under two different categories of exercise. Unless you are a “True Runner”.

How far did I run, Jog, Or walk?

Before todays modern technology people used measuring wheels to measure the distance they walked, jogged or ran
now they were not completely accurate but they were usually within three inches give or take. And other people just used simple math by counting steps or strides Knowing the distance in inches or feet between their step or strides. Now for those of you who don’t know the average step length is 2.5 feet or approximately

( 30 inches). and a stride is usually double that making a stride about 5 feet or approximately (60 Inches) give or take an inch or two. Then they would simply  divide the amount of feet in a mile which is 5280 by their step or stride length. Pretty simple really. Now again not always accurate but usually not off by more than a few inches. I think I would prefer this method to spending $150 to $500 for a device I put on my wrist to count my steps.

So how accurate are step counting devices?

Not to good they can be off by as much as 10% or more with distance. Which mean if you walked 1 mile it would be off by 0.1 miles or say you walked 5 miles it would be off by a half mile. So actually these are not any more, if as accurate as keeping count yourself. Not to mention all the glitches from these counting devices. Check out some out the reviews on one of these popular devises on my review page. “REVIEW”

How many calories can you burn in a mile?

It takes the average person 30 to 40 minutes to walk a mile. Depending on your weight you can burn between 100 and 200 calories on a 30 minute brisk walk. Brisk walking speed is about 3 to 3.5 miles per hour.

Running at approximately 6 miles per hour and the average person runs 5.5 to 6 miles per hour. and again depending on your weight you burn twice as many calories so 200 to 400 running a mile. and in half the time.

Benefits of running vs walking.

They are both great forms of cardiovascular exercise and one is not necessarily better than the other. But if you want to lose calories and or lose weight faster then running is the better choice because you burn 2 times as many calories.

Health benefits of both running and walking. They increase stamina, boost your immune system, help maintain a healthy weight, and strengthen your heart. not to mention good for your mental health as well.

Which ever one you choose as your primary cardio exercise be sure you prepare your body by stretching to help prevent injury, increase your performance and decrease muscle soreness.

Don’t forget the tunes.

Studies show that listening to music when you exercise is very beneficial.

  • It helps you keep a pace.Little man with headphones and music notes floating around him
  • It elevates your mood and motivates you.
  • It distracts you from feeling physically worn out.
  • Gets you in the grove.

Just make sure that when listening to music with headphones or earbuds that you stay alert to your surroundings and stay safe.

Happy Running/Walking

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Is Fitbit Sense any good?

Is the Fitbit Sense worth it?

Well after hours of reading reviews I would say NO!

Yes, there were several reviews that gave 3, 4 and even 5 stars to the Fitbit Sense but there were just as many if not more 1 and 2 star reviews. There were even a few that stated they only gave it a one star because there was no zero star option.

Fitbit sense comes with tools to track heart health, stress management, and skin temperature among other features. But these features are only free for a limited time then you have to upgrade to Fitbit Premium. What is Fitbit Premium?

Well Fitbit Premium is a monthly subscription that you will need to continue using the most important features on your Fitbit. That’s right on top of the $300.00 plus Dollars you paid for your purchase of this device you now have to pay $9.99 a month or $79.99 a year.

Now let’s get into that! You have to pay extra for the features you probably bought the item for in the first place and 90% of the bad reviews were about these features being difficult to read, setup, and/or they were not even accurate.

Some reviews.

Now these are not word for word but this is just a few things people had to say about the issues with Fitbit. They added more to their review but this is a summary of what was said.

  • Do not buy this. Poor quality product.
  • Unethical up sells.
  • Not impressed, pretty much a let down.
  • Adds made a bunch of hype over a piece of garbage. DO NO BUY!
  • Main feature I wanted doesn’t even work.
  • So disappointed!
  • All those sensors and can’t read the results.
  • Waste of money, and horrible customer service.
  • Still having issues even after updates.
  • Pay hundreds for this thing then have to pay more monthly to use the features that still don’t work right. I sent it back and you will too.
  • Has issues tracking heart rate correctly.

Now to be fair I will put up a few good reviews as well so you can make an accurate decision on your own not just by mine or other disappointed reviewers opinions.

  • Exactly what I needed.
  • If you have been a fitbit fan you will like this one.
  • Mostly great just a few nitpicks.
  • Best so far.
  • Pretty good tracker.
  • Maybe the best investment i have made for my health.
  • Can’t live without it.

I think you get the picture. Fitbit Sense did get an overall consumer rating of 4.9 out of 5

Not sure how they managed that score, but they have it just the same.

Q&A

Q- Can you make calls from this watch?

A- No, you can not make calls, you can answer calls if your phone is nearby but there is no key pad for making outgoing calls.

Q-Does it work with an Android phone?

A- Yes,

Q- Is it waterproof?

A- No, it is water resistant.

Q- Does it come with a charger?

A- It comes with a USB cord but not the wall plug.

Q-Will it work if I have a tattoo on my wrist?

A- No,

Q- Does it track Yoga and Pilates?

A- Yes,

Q- Does it count calories?

A- Yes,

Q- If I fall or get injured can I call for help?

A- No,

So there you have it. After reading MANY reviews and some Q&A In my opinion I do not think the Fitbit Sense is worth the money. It has a lot of flaws, technical issues, and you can’t even make calls or text. Most people that purchase a wrist device do so they don’t have to carry their phone with them.

I personally would not put out the money for this device.

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Answers to American Football Trivia #1

                                                                                                                                   Answers to American Football Trivia.

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1. 2012

2. 14

3. 2012

4. Beattie Feathers

5. Washington and New York in 1966 the score was 72-41

6. Tom Brady

7. 1967

8. Peyton Manning

9. Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans.

10. Greenbay

11. 1985

12. Jerry Rice

13. Jerry Rice with 208

14. Gale Sayers as a rookie Dec. 12th 1965 scored 6 touchdowns.

15. Amobi Okoye

16. 2016

17. 1972 Miami Dolphins

18. 64 Yards

19. 6 yards

20. Oakland Raiders in 1981

21. Roger Staubach

22. Chuck Howley Dallas Cowboys Linebacker

23. Dallas Cowboys

24. Bruce Smith 200

25. The Monday Night game known as the body bag game played between the Eagles and the Redskins. Nine (9) Redskins players were Carted of the field.

Sports Trivia “American Football”

                                                                                                                Do you know Football?

Are you a Football fanatic? Do you think you know it all when it comes to the game? We have compiled 25 Trivia questions to test your knowledge.

1. What season did Payton Manning join the Denver Broncos?

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2. How many seasons did Payton Manning play for the Cults?

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3. What year did the Seahawks win their first road playoff game in nearly 30 years.

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4. Who was the first player to rush for 1000 yards in a season?

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5. What was the highest scoring Football game?

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6. Who has the most passing yards of all time in the NFL?

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7. What year was the first Superbowl played?

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8. Who was the first starting QB to win a Superbowl with two different teams?

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9. As of 2021 what four NFL teams have never been to the Superbowl?

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10. Who won the first Superbowl?

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11. What year did the Dallas Cowboys win the NFC East division championship?

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12. Who was the best payer in the history of Football?

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13. Who has the most touchdowns in the NFL?

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14. Who holds the record for most touchdowns in a single game?

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15. Who was the youngest player ever drafted in the first round draft pick?

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16. What year did Dak Prescott get offensive rookie of the year?

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17. Who is the only NFL team to complete a perfect season?

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18. What is the longest kick ever made?

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19. What is the shortest kick ever missed?

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20. Who was the first wild-card team to win a Superbowl?

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21. Who has the most career fumbles in a Superbowl?

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22. Who is the only player from a losing team to get awarded MVP?

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23. What team holds the record for most forced turnovers in a Superbowl?

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24. Who holds the record for most career sacks?

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25. What is the most injuries in a single NFL game?

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Review. Top 3 fishing poles for kids

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This post contains affiliate links                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As a parent who loves to fish we always want to get our children interested in the sport as well so we have done some research to come up with 3 of the best beginner poles for your little angler. all of these rods are under $100

After hours of research this is what we have come up with for the best starter rods for your youngster.

We researched price and reviews on several brands and stores and we have chosen these products based on price and other customer reviews within our under $100 dollar price range. In all we checked and compared prices of 25 different Rods we felt would be suitable for each age group.

First we will start with the Peewee. These are for the younger kids 3-7 years old. Pretty much not more than a toy but great for teaching  casting and they are capable of catching small fish.

#1.Yongzhi Kids Fishing pole. We give this Rod an average rating of 5.0 Found no negative reviews.

Pros. 

  1. Inexpensive
  2. Comes with everything
  3. Telescopic
  4. push button cast
  5. light weight

Cons. 

  1. Made of plastic
  2. Right handed reel

Best place to purchase. Walmart or Amazon  $25.99

#2.Kid Caster Tangle-Free. We give this Rod average rating of 4.8 only found one negative customer review on this one and it was about cheap line.

Best place to purchase. Amazon $24.99

Pros.

  1. Inexpensive
  2. lightweight
  3. Push button cast
  4. Tangle-free
  5. comes with 6lb line
  6. Made of fiberglass

Cons. 

  1. Line is not quality
  2. Comes with Right handed reel

#3. Kids Caster Paw Patrol. We give this Rod an average Rating of 3.7. Most of the negative reviews stated Cheap price cheap product. But I think a 3.7 is pretty good on a 10-20 dollar Rod.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Best price- $9.97 at Walmart, but not always in stock.   Best place to buy Amazon 17.00 Yes, the price is almost double but they also have other character Rods to choose from like PJ Mask, My Little Pony and LOL Surprise.

Pros.

1. Inexpensive

2. Light weight

3. Push Button Cast

4. Comes with a little plastic fish plug to practice casting.

Cons.

  1. comes with right handed reel
  2. Not made of fiberglass or other durable material

.The fallowing review is beginner Rods for 8-12Year old’s.

#1 Uglystik GX2 Ultra Light Combo 4’8″ we give this Rod an average rating of 4.5 Most negative reviews were of the reel, or that it was not what they expected for the price. 

Best place to purchase. Big 5 Sporting Goods $59.99  Amazon $39.96  Bass pro $59.99

Pros.

  1. Light weight
  2. Inexpensive
  3. Durable

Cons.

  1. Comes with right handed reel

 

#2. Plussino Combo We give this Rod an average rating of 4.4 Most negative reviews in my opinion were Consumer fault. Or thought they were getting a master Rod at a cheap price.

Best place to purchase. Ebay $51- $75  Walmart $69.99  Amazon $50-$68.98

Pros.

  1. made of  Fiberglass, carbon steel, and plastic
  2. Light weight
  3. Durable
  4. Inexpensive
  5. Telescopic

Cons.

  1. Comes with right handed reel

#3. Zebco Dock demon spin cast and fishing combo. We give this Rod an average rating of 4.0 negative reviews were minor

Best place to purchase. Amazon $36.99.

Pros.

  1. Inexpensive
  2. Light weight
  3. Durable
  4. Fast action

Cons.

  1. Comes with right hand rod

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