anonymous asked:

Post-graduation kiss jealous/protective Jack Zimmermann

“Are you sure you want to do this?” Jack asked, frowining at himself in the mirror.  His tie just didn’t want to cooperate tonight.

“Yes, I am positive.  I’m doing really well and I know it’s petty but I want all those jerks from high school to know it.”  Eric shooed Jack’s hands away from the tie, adjusted the lengths of the ends, and knotted it perfectly.  “You don’t have to come if you don’t want to.”

“Right, leave you to face your demons while I play Scrabble with your parents.  Husband of the year right there.” Jack tangled his fingers with Eric’s, resting on his chest.  “Of course I’m going to come with you.”

“Gonna let me show you off?” Eric popped onto his tiptoes to nip at Jack’s bottom lip.  Jack smiled and leaned down to kiss him properly.

“I would like nothing more than to be your trophy husband.”  He was pulled by the tie into another kiss.

“Truly the Stanley Cup of spouses.” Jack snorted a laugh and pressed his face into Eric’s hair.

“So, are you ready?” Eric pulld back from his embrace, smiling wide.

“Let’s do this.”

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2014 NFL PRO BOWL PLAYERS ANNOUNCED - The 2014 Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 26 from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. And on Friday the NFL announced the rosters for the game. For the first time the teams will be “Unconferenced” with players being selected by team captains – Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders on Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014.

Here is a list of players that made the cut:


QUARTERBACK: Tom Brady (Patriots), Drew Brees (Saints), Peyton Manning (Broncos), Cam Newton (Panthers), Philip Rivers (Chargers) Russell Wilson (Seahawks).

WIDE RECEIVER: Antonio Brown (Steelers), Dez Bryant (Cowboys), Josh Gordon (Browns), A.J. Green (Bengals), Andre Johnson (Texans), Calvin Johnson (Lions), Brandon Marshall (Bears), Demaryius Thomas (Broncos).

OFFENSIVE TACKLE: Branden Albert (Chiefs), Jason Peters (Eagles), Tyron Smith (Cowboys), Joe Staley (49ers), Joe Thomas (Browns), Trent Williams (Redskins).

OFFENSIVE GUARD: Jahri Evans (Saints), Ben Grubbs (Saints), Mike Iupati (49ers), Logan Mankins (Patriots), Louis Vasquez (Broncos), Marshal Yanda (Ravens).

CENTER: Ryan Kalil (Panthers), Alex Mack (Browns), Mike Pouncey (Dolphins), Max Unger (Seahawks).

TIGHT END: Jordan Cameron (Browns), Vernon Davis (49ers), Jimmy Graham (Saints), Julius Thomas (Broncos).

RUNNING BACK: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Matt Forte, Bears; Frank Gore, 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; Adrian Peterson, Vikings.

FULLBACK: Marcel Reece (Raiders), Mike Tolbert (Panthers).


DEFENSIVE END: Greg Hardy (Panthers), Cameron Jordan (Saints), Robert Quinn (Rams), Cameron Wake (Dolphins), J.J. Watt (Texans), Mario Williams (Bills).

INTERIOR LINEMEN Gerald McCoy (Bucs), Haloti Ngata (Ravens), Dontari Poe (Chiefs), Justin Smith (49ers), Ndamukong Suh (Lions), Kyle Williams (Bills).

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER: John Abraham (Cardinals), Ahmad Brooks (49ers), Tamba Hali (Chiefs), Justin Houston (Chiefs), Robert Mathis (Colts), Terrell Suggs (Ravens).

INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKER: NaVorro Bowman (49ers), Vontaze Burfict (Bengals), Luke Kuechly (Panthers), Patrick Willis (49ers).

CORNERBACK: Brandon Flowers (Chiefs), Brent Grimes (Dolphins), Joe Haden (Browns), Patrick Peterson (Cardinals), Darrelle Revis (Bucs), Richard Sherman (Seahawks), Aqib Talib (Patriots), Alterraun Verner (Titans).

FREE SAFETY: Jairus Byrd (Bills), Earl Thomas (Seahawks), Eric Weddle (Chargers).

STRONG SAFETY: Eric Berry (Chiefs), Kam Chancellor (Seahawks), Troy Polamalu (Steelers).


PUNTER: Brandon Fields (Dolphins), Johnny Hekker (Rams).

PLACEKICKER: Matt Prater (Broncos), Justin Tucker (Ravens).

PUNTER RETURNER: Antonio Brown (Steelers), Dexter McCluster (Chiefs).

SPECIAL TEAMER: Justin Bethel (Cardinals), Matthew Slater (Patriots).

Trump is Trump. You can pull somebody out of the insane asylum and staff him with the best people in the business, and he’s still going to be in the parking lot screaming about the book of Revelations and there’s nothing you can do about it. Hillary’s the placekicker on the field. She’s shanking every kick. And Trump’s the guy pleasuring himself in the stands.
—  Former Romney national security adviser John Noonan, quoted by U.S. News.
Life's Too Short
Anna & Elsa
Life's Too Short

Note : This is an outtake from Frozen. It was supposed to take place when Anna finds Elsa in her ice castle, back then when there still was a prophecy in the movie.

Anna: I came all this way today to give us a fresh start
But now that you’re like wow it’s all like warm in my heart

ElsaI’m so glad you like it sis ‘cause this is the real me
You have no idea how great it feels to be free

AnnaWe’ve been falling out for way too long, so let’s forget who’s right

ElsaAnd forget who’s wrong


ElsaWhy don’t you stay, there’s room for family in my court

BothCause life’s too short

AnnaTo always feel shut out and unloved by the sister I long to know

BothLife’s too short

ElsaTo never let you celebrate me, the true queen of the ice and snow


BothI never understood, but now I do
Life’s too short to miss out on a sister like you

Anna: So you’ll come back, then.

Elsa: Back?

Anna: To thaw the fjord, it’s frozen over, no one can get in or out?

Elsa: Oh.

Anna: Sooo….

Elsa: I don’t believe you!

Anna: What?! I just assumed that you would have to…

ElsaThat I’ll shove on the gloves, that’s how your story ends?!

AnnaIt does ! It’s just like it was, except for we’ll be best friends

ElsaSo that’s in your plan to force me back in a cage

Anna: Whoa, whoa! Don’t get upset let’s get back on the same page

ElsaGee, thanks for coming up to see the place
And showing off your mastery of tact and grace, okay!
Run down the hill and spill my secrets, make a full report!

Anna: Wait!

ElsaCause life’s too short

Anna: There it is! The door you’d love to slam in my face!
You did well there for a spell, but now you’re back in the same place
Kick me out if you want, but I’m the only one who is
Not one hundred percent convinced the prophecy’s you!

ElsaYou can think whatever you want 'cause I don’t care
You’re a fool who married a stranger!

AnnaThat is so unfair

BothI swear I’m through with taking your unshaking sisterly support! 
HAH! Life’s too short!

AnnaTo let you treat the people down there just as coldly as you always treated me

ElsaLa la lalala laaaa

BothLife’s too short!
ElsaTo listen to a reckless fool who only ever sees the things she wants to see

AnnaYou don’t know

ElsaYou have no idea

BothWhat I’ve been through
Because of you
Life’s too short to waste another minute
Life’s too short to even have you in it
Life’s too short

Anna: I’ve been so wrong about you

Elsa: You?! You’ve been so wrong about everything.

Anna: Maybe you are the prophecy!

Elsa: I am NOT the prophecy!

Race, Football, and Angry white People

According to a study from 2014, Black athletes make up two thirds, or 68 percent, of the NFL.  Of the 175 cornerbacks in 2014, 170 are Black. 106 of the 120 cornerbacks were also Black. There are six positions in the NFL however that are mostly white, center, placekicker, long snapper, punter, quarterback and tight end. The significance of Cam Newton, a Black quarterback, leading the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl is noteworthy to say the least. Looking at the stats, it seems entirely reasonable to me that the NFL, and the Black entertainers performing at the half-time show would acknowledge the race and culture of the majority of the players and I would imagine, a good portion of their fan base.
    Football fans may not be quick to recognize this but they share many similarities with geeks and nerds. Football fans can be obsessive, they display their passion boldly, many devote themselves to the minutia of player statistics, and many fans participate in “fantasy” football games. I’m sure there is overlap, you can be a sports fan and a comic/sci-fi/anime/my little pony fan. I think that’s why there has been so much made of the alleged “Black Power” theme of the half-time show as well as the portrayal of cam Newton as a ”thug”. The white male geeks don’t want to share and fear change.
   I’m not a football fan by any stretch. Nothing against the NFL but I would rather watch Star Trek. Football just reminds me of the douche bags that would torment me in school. Comics and sci-fi/fantasy was a refuge for me. As a geek, I can relate to how precious the object of your fandom can be to you. The one source of joy in your life is a cherished thing. People who geek out over stuff have tendency to resist change. Back in the late 80’s early 90’s comic book conventions in the mid-west had almost no women in attendance and very few people of color.  I don’t have statistics to back this up. This is just an observation based on what I saw at various cons in Michigan and Ohio. Even the Motor City Comic Con in Dearborn, MI just outside of Detroit was largely a white male affair. The atmosphere of white male geekdom has not been welcoming in the past and the mentality that the outsiders want to steal the toys is still prevalent. White male geeks have had trouble sharing with “the other”, which is pretty ironic considering how much of sci-fi and fantasy centers around the concept of otherness.
   When faced with a viewpoint that is outside of their frame of reference white football fans are finding themselves uncomfortable. They have no problem with predominantly Black athletes bashing themselves into oblivion or Black performers singing and dancing for them but when forced to acknowledge the otherness white fans seem to lose any empathy for the objects of their fandom. Cam Newton apparently didn’t fit into white fans preconceived notions of behavior befitting an NFL quarterback. Newton seems to be vilified for not being happy his team lost the biggest game of the season. I don’t care what color you are, losing sucks. The media was fixated on him before the game for not being humble, and being boastful. After the game they criticize Newton for not losing gracefully and without dignity. Is it because Newton is Black that he’s supposed to hang his head in shame and crawl up Peyton Manning’s ass? Is Newton supposed do a little soft shoe dance for America too? It appears that Cam Newton, and Beyoncé for that matter are guilty of unforgiveable Blackness.
    Why is it so hard for white football fans to accept that the biggest game of the year in a sport dominated by Black athletes (played in Black History month no less) would become a platform for issues relevant to Black people?  For the same reason some fans can’t accept Star Wars with a female Jedi or a Black Stormtrooper. For the same reasons some fans can’t wrap their mind around Rue being cast in the Hunger Games as a black actor even though the text is pretty clear that the character is indeed Black. It is the inability to accept that the world is not going to fit into easy to digest, bland, little nuggets because having to chew is hard after a lifetime of gruel. Well, get ready for a shot of hot sauce America because there are more flavors out there.
  “The other” is not a status that should apply to Black people anymore. Nor should Black people have to fit in to a white sensibility. For decades Black athletes and performers have been putting on a show for the world and it’s high time the world accept them for what they are. The differences that separate people are not a gulf between us. All it takes is an openness to a new viewpoint, a new experience, and you will see that we are not so different after all. Black people deserve more than just being seen or heard but to be acknowledged. They deserve to matter.

The Small, Intense, Unfairly Exclusive World of Football Placekickers

Brent Grablachoff says he isn’t a yeller, but six hours into his second day in a row of coaching, he sounds like one. He’s trying to pump up 18 high-school football players competing to see who can connect on the longest field goal; this contest is the grand finale of his two-day camp for teenagers who want a shot at becoming kickers and punters.

It’s 93 degrees in Toms River, New Jersey, but it feels hotter on the unshaded artificial turf, and over the constant thud of high schoolers’ cleats connecting with footballs, you can somehow hear Grablachoff’s increasingly hoarse voice. “Fifteen minutes of chaotic kicking!” he yells, or at least tries to. “Coming your way, guys!”

He keeps moving the ball back, and as the contest progresses, he’ll winnow down this already-small group to just one or two players.

In a way, it’s a small-scale illustration of the years-long process it takes to become a kicker.

Read more. [Image: AP/Al Behrman]

Football AU

  • Ryan’s the QB b/c honestly I feel like he has the right build and the throwing arm 
  • Jack would be the center, handing that ball off and being a solid blocker
  • Geoff would be the offensive coach, Burnie would be head coach
  • Gavin’s the placekicker. He’s a transfer student and everyone assumed he’s good at soccer because he’s European but it turns out all he’s good at is kicking the ball really far so they stick him on the football team
  • Lindsay’s a running back because she played softball and I feel like she’d be good at sprints
  • Michael’s wide reciever 
  • Ray is the water boy b/c I literally cannot imagine him doing an athletic activity
  • Caleb, Kdin, JJ, Kerry, and Blaine are cheerleaders. fight me
Some of The Greatest Sports Photos of All Time

Jacques Plante - Canadiens at Rangers, Dec. 18, 1957

Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante surveys the ice without a mask during a game between the Canadiens and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Plante was the first NHL goalie to wear a goaltender mask on an everyday basis, a practice he started during the 1959-60 season.

Muhammad Ali and Cleveland Williams - Nov. 14, 1966

Ali knocks out Cleveland ‘Big Cat’ Williams in three rounds at the Houston Astrodome to defend his heavyweight title in November 1966. The bout drew a record indoor crowd of 35,460.

Dennis Rodman - Pacers at Bulls, March 7, 1997

Chicago Bulls power forward Dennis Rodman goes horizontal for a loose ball during a game against the Pacers at the United Center in Chicago, Ill. Rodman won his sixth rebounding title during the 1996-97 season averaging 16.1 total rebounds a game.

Greg Olson - World Series Game 1, Oct. 19, 1991

Atlanta Braves catcher Greg Olson goes head over heels after tagging Minnesota left fielder Dan Gladden out at home during Game 1 of the 1991 World Series. The Twins would win Game 1, 5-2, and go on to win the Series in seven games

Pittsburgh Pirates Fans - 1960 World Series, Oct. 13, 1960

University of Pittsburgh students cheer as they look down on Forbes Field from the top of their campus’s Cathedral of Learning as the Pirates are winning their first World Series in 35 years against the Yankees. In Game 7, Bill Mazeroski hit the first walk-off home run in World Series history, a shot over the left-field fence that gave the Pirates a 10-9 win.

Mike Tyson and Evander - Holyfield Heavyweight Bout, June 28, 1997

Mike Tyson bites the ear of Evander Holyfield during their 1997 heavyweight fight. Tyson’s boxing license was temporarily revoked for the incident and he was fined $3 million

Julien Leparoux and Sanibel Storm - Keeneland Race Course, April 28, 2006

Jockey Julien Leparoux tries to hold on to the bridle as he is catapulted off Sanibel Storm, which hit the rail during the stretch run. The jockey and horse were both uninjured.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos - Summer Olympics, Oct. 16, 1968

American sprinters Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos (right) raise their black-gloved fists on the Olympic medal podium in Mexico City to signify Black Power. Smith, the gold medalist in the 200-meter race, and Carlos, the bronze medalist, were kicked out of the Games for their overtly political statement.

Carmen Basilio and Tony DeMarco - Nov. 30, 1955

Carmen Basilio (right) celebrates with his cornermen after knocking out Tony DeMarco (left) in the 12th round for the world welterweight title.

Ervin Kovacs - Paralympic Games, Sept. 21, 2004

Hungary swimmer Ervin Kovacs starts the 200-meter freestyle SM5 at the Paralympic Games. Kovacs took the silver medal in the race, finishing behind only China’s Junquan He.

Pete Rose - Reds vs. Cubs, August 1975

Cincinnati’s Pete Rose dives into third base in a game with the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Baseball’s all-time hits leader, Rose was 4-for-9 and drew eight walks during the series with Chicago.

Joe Namath - Bills at Jets, Dec. 8, 1974

New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath listens on the sidelines during a messy New York Jets-Buffalo Bills Game. The Jets would win 20-10 behind Namath’s 131 yards and two passing touchdowns.

Maxwell Fornah and Victor Musa - Sierra Leone, April 6, 2006

The members of the Single Leg Amputee Sports Club of Sierra Leone chase for the ball in Freetown. A brutal civil war left more than 6,000 amputees in Sierra Leone.

Bobby Orr - Stanley Cup finals Game 4, May 10, 1970

Boston Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr celebrates his Cup-winning goal during overtime of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals against the St. Louis Blues. Orr would win MVP honors, and the victory was Boston’s first Cup in 29 years

Bob Beamon - Summer Olympics, Oct. 18, 1968

U.S. track and field athlete Bob Beamon flies through the air during his world record long jump of 8.9 meters at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Beamon’s jump, which inspired a new adjective for spectacular feats ('Beamonesque’), stood as the world record for 23 years.

Bobby Martin - Belmont High at Colonel White High, Sept. 24, 2005

Three-foot, 112-pound Bobby Martin played on punt and kickoff coverage and was the backup varsity noseguard for Dayton’s Colonel White High. Born without legs, he can’t wear prosthetics because he has no thighs to affix them to.

Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston - May 25, 1965

In their heavyweight title rematch Ali defeated Liston by knockout in the first round. Ali would hold the heavyweight title until 1967, when he was stripped of it for refusing to be drafted into the Army.

Brandi Chastain - Women’s World Cup, July 10, 1999

U.S. women’s soccer player Brandi Chastain exults after kicking the World Cup-winning penalty kick in the 1999 Women’s World Cup final.

Michael Jordan - All-Star Weekend, Feb. 6, 1988

Air Jordan takes off from the free throw line and soars to a perfect score of 50 to defeat Dominique Wilkins in the finals of the Slam Dunk Contest. It was the second straight title for the Bulls star, and the '88 contest is widely considered the best ever because of the duel between Jordan and Wilkins.

Referee Jack Vaughn - Eagles at Bears, Dec. 31, 1988

Referee Jack Vaughn tries to follow a field goal attempt from Eagles placekicker Luis Zendejas during the Fog Bowl, a 1988 NFC divisional playoff game between the Eagles and the Bears in Chicago, Ill. A heavy sheet of fog rolled over Soldier Field during the second quarter, cutting visibility to around 10-20 yards for the remainder of the game.

Casey Sanders and Julius Peppers - Chapel Hill, N.C., March 4, 2001

Casey Sanders of Duke (20) tries to stop North Carolina’s Julius Peppers at the Dean E. Smith Center. No. 2 Duke defeated No. 4 North Carolina 95-81.


‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the league,
Playoff teams were tryin’ to lock up the number one seed;
We saw sloppy games from teams that played without cares,
Can someone tell me what happened to the Bears?
Other teams were able to score in the zone of the reds,
As visions of Lombardi trophies danced in their heads;
They could play well while operating on a low salary cap,
Those teams did show heart as they would fight and scrap;

From the beginning of the season the Broncos came out with such a clatter,
Looks like Peyton Manning’s age really doesn’t matter.
They could score touchdowns and rack up points in a flash,
Yet as the weather got colder their scoring came to a crash.
Denver was built for speed and may have trouble in the snow,
The Broncos falter when the temperature starts to dip below;
So which teams could take first place in the AFC it would appear,
That Patriots could do it til Gronk went down with an ACL tear,
What about the Chiefs and Jamaal Charles, who is so lively and quick,
With a turnaround season, an early present from St. Nick.

In the NFC the Seahawks look to be the team that’s number one,
Their chances of winning it all are second to none:
But their rivals the Niners have Colin, Vernon, Gore and Dixon,
And a beast of a D that is always a Blitzen;
The Saints are always ready to play some good ball!
With Brees as their leader, he seems to make defenses fall.
The Panthers are not ready to give the Saints the division,
As Cam Newton is throwing the ball with some great precision;

The NFC East is a division that blows and it stinks
The Dallas Cowboys look to have another December jinx:
Romo’s 4th quarter interception total starts to hit the roof
You think I’m lying just look up the team’s stats for proof.
As the regular season ends, teams are trying to turn it around,
Looking to make it to Jersey and be Super Bowl bound:
Games start to come down to a placekickers foot,
And if he misses his teammates will bash him into ashes and soot;

Some teams are lucky to have an All-Star quarterback,
Unless you are Aaron Rodgers whose collarbone did snap:
Though Packers fans still have reason to be merry,
As the play of the Bears and Lions has become scary;
Those two teams almost gave division to the Pack with a bow,
If they take the division there could be a playoff game snow;
Chicago and Detriot fans know this and start to grind their teeth,
They are so mad that you can see smoke circle their heads like a wreath.

As a fan’s team starts to lose he looks to fill his belly
It could beer, chips or maybe even peanut butter and jelly:
But for that fan to not become chubby and plump, like a right jolly old elf,
Just remember it is the players’ fault so don’t blame yourself;
Cheer and root for your team but always think with your head
Cuz if not tomorrow you will wake up with a stomach ache and dread.
What comes after Sunday is a day full of work,
All that anger and indigestion can make you act like a jerk,
Even in your team doesn’t make the playoffs, just please know
There is always next year for your team’s chances to grow.
If that happens you can then cheer, clap and whistle,
Watch your team flourish and take off like a missile:
Then is your time to exclaim, as your team’s play is out of sight-
You get to say happy football to all, and to all a good night.

By Art Eddy (