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Had the pleasure of picking up my weekly free copy of a ‘lads’ magazine called Shortlist just outside Birmingham New Street (UK) train station this afternoon.

I enjoy a good skim through it as I make my 20 minute train journey home, and to my delight today’s issue had an American Football article in it penned by none other than the singer Huey Lewis (found on page 58).

He was¬†reminiscing ¬†about the day the San Francisco 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII (23). As a Niners fan he went as far as to say “Still I’ll never forget this game.”

All seems quite straight forward so far, until you read in full the article he wrote. Lewis describes how 49ers quarterback Joe Monana ‘orchestrated a 92-yard drive, ending in a 10-yard pass to Roger Craig to win the game’.

Whooooah – ROGER CRAIG ? Every NFL fan in the world knows that it was wide receiver John Taylor who caught the winning score as the Bengals focussed their defensive efforts on man marking Jerry Rice.

Huey, I hate to say it but I think you have the early onset of dementia. Next you will start saying the Bengals won Super Bowl XXIII.

You stick to the music and leave the NFL punditry to the likes of Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon.

Goodnight knuckle-heads – and especially for you Huey, below is what actually happened at the end of Super Bowl XXXII.

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I know how you feel Vince - its a bloody long NFL offseason

This picture of Vince Young (in his Texas Longhorn days) sums up my feeling right now.

It’s time for a case of the NFL offseason blues.

No games, no hits, no touchdowns, no pick six’s, no Vince Lombardi trophies being kissed, and no pigskins being thrust through the air like little brown missiles.

So what is there to do between now and August for a devoted NFL lover?

Here are some ideas to prevent the pain……

1) Buy Action PC Football (www.dksports.com) and join one of the many leagues that offer contemporary play or retro seasons. I am about to re-enact the 1983 season as the Washington Redskins.

2) Get bitten by the podcast bug. There are a whole load of NFL related podcasts available from iTunes. They include ESPN Around the Horn, ESPN Pardon the Interruption, ESPN Football Today (which has just gone from daily to weekly), The Audible and NFL Rants and Raves. A few weeks ago I also discovered the Tony Kornheiser radio show, Tony is much funnier, less shouty and talks about more than just football (topics such as his dying dog and snow !).

3) Play Goal Line Blitz РIt is a free to join game where you create players and can eventually own your own team. Check this link to find out more; http://goallineblitz.com/game/signup.pl?ref=1622946


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He may look like the rabbit out of Donnie Darko but you gotta love some Reali

I swore to my wife that I would do some more exercise and spend more time away from a tv screen (unless I was sweating profusely doing some Wii boxing).

 
That all changed a few weeks ago when yet another piece of junk mail from Sky Television landed in my porch. I have to say I normally bin the reams of coloured crap that Sky send, but this one had ESPN on it so being a huge American sports fan (apart from Ice Bore Hockey) I opened the envelope.
 
The offer was £4.50 a month for three months for ESPN (which in the UK is NOT the USA version of ESPN instead it shows round ball football including some exclusive Premier League games and UFC), ESPN Classic (which shows old World Cup videos and some great archive boxing like when Mike Tyson was the best brawling boxer on the planet) and ESPN America (live College Football, live NBA basketball, live NHL bore hockey, Around the Horn, Pardon the Interruption and other USA ESPN shows).
 
This half-price offer was just perfect. I can justify to my wife that it is £1.50 per ESPN channel per month, and at the same time I get to watch all the USA sports journalists talk crap about the NFL right up until the Superbowl XLIV on Feb 7 2010 in Miami.
 
Yes PTI presenters Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon were battered with the ugly stick at birth, and yes Around the Horn presenter Tony Reali looks the spitting image of the nightmarish rabbit in Donnie Darko but they sure know how to entertain me.
 
Anyone in the UK that is a Sky Sports subscriber and a fan of American sports need to get some ESPN action in their lives.
 
If you don’t have Sky you can still pick up the audio only version of PTI and Around the Horn for FREE through iTunes. This audio file version is splendid for free, but its much more fun to see the expression on people’s faces and what Around the Horn guest Woody Paige has written on his chalk board behind him each day. Woody’s most recent chalkboard was ‘Don’t eat clowns, they taste funny’. Classic Paige.
 
This weekend has three great live College football games on ESPN America here in England РTennessee at Mississippi, Iowa at Ohio State and Notre Dame at Pittsburgh.
 
All three NCAA games will have some great storylines, crazy painted fans in the stands, student bands, wacky mascots and pumped up commentators.
 
Only problem now is trying to get to see any of this Saturday evening – my wife deservedly dominates the remote control tonight and will be watching Strictly Come Dancing, the X Factor (big up Jedward!!!) and Casualty (a drama show based in a hospital).
 
Thank god for Sky+ so I can record me some College football.
 
Gotta love some ESPN (as long as you can afford it).