Canelo v Angulo

I am a boxing fan, but I must admit that I haven’t seen many matches lately.  I usually catch the Mayweather fights and that’s about it these days.  I decided t get my ass off of the couch and go watch Canelo Alvarez fight this fighter that they call The Dog.  I guess the All Access worked. I watched a couple of episodes and got boxing fever so I made my way to the sports bar.  Mano a Mano. Toe to Toe.  That was an accurate nick name for this fight. Both fighters gave it all that they had. Canelo was impressive coming off of the boxing lesson that Money May gave him the last time he was in the ring.  For all of the talk about how powerful Angulo is, Alvarez looked much stronger, quicker, and accurate.  He was in control of the entire fight by being a step ahead of El Perro and smothering his strongest punch, the left hook.  Angulo began to catch up with Canelo later in the fight and landed some good shots.  Canelo helped him out by showing some machismo and dropping his hands to his side.  The ref stopped the fight after Canelo landed a solid uppercut to the chin of The Dog.  It was a premature stoppage in my opinion.  Angulo did not appear to be hurt by the shot at all.  His knees didn’t buckle neither did he stagger back after taking the shot.  Canelo even held his arms out in disbelief after the ref stopped it.  These were two proud Mexican warriors that put pride on the line because they both are former champs.  Me being a Money May fan I haven’t seen a good slug fest in a while.  These two men went at it.  Canelo got a little cute at the end when he felt that he had the fight in hand and that Angulo couldn’t hurt him but that’s when he started taking shots to the face.  Big ups to Canelo Alvarez  and El Perro Angulo for giving the fans what we wanted to see.  Thumbs down to the ref for cheating us and the fighters out of a definite conclusion. 12 gone

Interview of Former Green Bay Packers Receiver Chris Francies

12: Let’s start this off by saying that I’ve known you since you were born and I never knew that you would grow up to play football. I knew you played basketball at the park a lot, but when did you begin to love football?

Chris: I want to say that I began to love football when I was a junior in high school.  The reason for that is that it was more physical than basketball. Plus there was more love playing football. I was getting more recognition from colleges playing football than basketball. I knew I had a better chance of going to college for football than basketball even if it was a D2 or D3.

 12: Following the first question, I heard that you were playing receiver at Cy-Falls in Houston, Tx and the next thing that knew you were on TV catching touch downs from Jordan Palmer. What was your experience like at UTEP?

Chris: That was one of the best experiences that I could have had for myself. Every person should have the chance to go to college. I learned so much about myself. I met lots of different people from all over the world. The one thing I regret is not taking advantage of the city life. I really did not grasp what El Paso had to offer. Football and school consumed a lot your attention and time.

 12: You were a very quiet person as a youth. Are you still as quiet, and was it difficult to function in a sport that many of the players are boisterous braggers?

Chris: I would say I am a little bit more voice stress now. The thing about me, I talked more on the field than I did when I was off the field. Sometimes you have to let guys know that you mean business. Off the field I would lead more by example than words. People say a lot of things but rarely do what they say they are going to do. 

 12: I know that you played for the Green Bay Packers. Were there any other teams that you tried out for or did you know that Wisconsin was your destination all along? Nah, Green Bay was the one team that gave me the chance. I came in as a free agent. I had to work extra hard every day to be up with the top guys that got drafted. I did not think in a thousand years that I would be good enough to play pro ball. I figured once I finished college I was going to go be a biologist somewhere.

 12: How did it feel to catch passes from the legendary Bret Favre? Is his arm as strong as advertised? What kind of person was he in the locker room/ practice field?

Chris: It was an honor to catch a pass from him. I can say that I am one of the few players who actually caught a pass from him. His arm is as strong as they say. The thing that got me is when he would throw those no look passes. Talking about scary, yikes! In the locker room he kept to himself, got dressed in the coaches’ locker room. On the field he was a clown, rarely took things serious but at the same time got the job done when it needed to be.

 12: Aaron Rodgers was waiting in the wings on that Packer team while you were there. Did you interact with him? Could you tell that he was going to be as good as he is?

Chris: I knew Aaron was going to be good; he just needed some time to play and get adjusted to things. The passes he would throw on the field were incredible. How he would fit the ball in small spaces and it was mind blowing. He had a few gatherings at his house that I would attend.

 12: How was it to play in the same position group as future Hall of Famer Donald Driver?

Chris: Driver is one of those down to earth guys.  He was always willing to help out if need be. He was amazing to watch and learn from. His determination and drive made him the player he was.

 12: After your release from the Packers you spent some time with the Saints, and 49ers before playing in the AFL. How was the AFL different in style from the NFL?

Chris: The Afl, was a fast pass, short field, and high scoring game. It’s like playing 7 on 7, with pads. I liked playing in the AFL. They could’ve paid a little more. 

 

12: What lessons have you learned from playing football and how has it helped you in your life?

Chris: Football is strictly a business. NFL, means not for long. On average a guy plays in the NFL for three years, so there is a lot of turnover in the game. It is a cut throat business.  They are always looking for the next best thing. I am glad I had the opportunity to experience the NFL.  It has opened up doors that a normal civilian would not be able to walk through. I can say that I played in the NFL.

 12: What direction is Chris Francies heading in life?

Chris: My path now in life, I would sum it up as, a path to teaching people about God and his ways. What I mean is, most people are lost in their own way and looking for what their purpose is in life. Life is more than how much money we make, what kind of job we have, where we live, and what your social status is. Living for God is what I’m about now. 

 

12: Is there anything that you want to let the people know about you that we didn’t cover?

Chris: Life is too short to dwell on what you don’t have. Enjoy what you do have and appreciate it.  

Well young man, I can say that I’m proud of what you have accomplished thus far in your life and 12(Me!) was the 1st rock star receiver that played for the Falls. All of you cats get in line. LOL. Many blessings ahead for you and your family Mr Francies.ImageImage 

Hol’ Up Man!

Hol’ Up Man!

Man Hol’ Up! That’s a phrase synonymous with Houston Urban Culture.  It’s generally used when someone is getting too excited and needs to take a second to gather themselves.  The phrase is also blurted out when someone says something that needs to be checked.  It’s like saying “pump your brakes” when someone is getting ahead of themselves when stating an opinion.  To these Johnny Manzielites that think he walks on water and to these folks that are hell bent on denying him any credit for being a baller I must say, with a passion, Hol’ Up Man!

I’m sick of hearing all of these white sports fans and analysts say that Manziel is unlike anything that we’ve ever seen.  I’m also sick of the black sports fan that calls the sports talk station with this Elvis Presley, Eminem talk.  Yes, for the most part it’s a racial divide.   America doesn’t really want to discuss real race issues.  They are very dismissive when it’s brought up, even if it’s a very valid argument.  I have to be real about this issue.  There are too many ignorant takes that are fueled by American race relations instead of the football facts!  Many white Americans don’t understand why blacks are so frustrated when it comes to the celebration of white talent.  It’s because anytime a white person does something really good that black people have been doing from its inception they get praised as the greatest or the king.  This is mainly seen in music and sports in modern times but it didn’t start there.  Have you noticed that history is split into two periods? History and Pre-History.  History is when the happenings of Europe started to be written down.  Anything before that is considered pre-historical.  Facts show that Africans had thriving civilizations with oral and recorded history for thousands of years that influenced and educated the first European civilizations such as Greece.  Elvis is supposedly the King of Rock and Roll but everything that made him so popular was learned from him hanging down in the “chocolate quarters” by his own admission.  The Rolling Stones named their band after a Muddy Waters song.  Eminem was crowned the best rapper alive by certain publications that catered to white fan bases because he could do what hundreds of black Emcees before him have done.  Why are they not the best rappers alive?  What made him so special?  It’s the same arrogance at play that allows sports that are predominately carried out in America to crown a “world’s champion” at seasons end when the world hasn’t participated.

Man Hol’ Up!

On the other hand, just because white arrogance pumps up certain people doesn’t mean that these cats don’t have the goods.  Elvis may have adopted his entire style from black artists but the fact remains that Elvis could carry it out on stage.  He was a hell of a performer.  He could work the crowd.  Eminem is a masterful lyricist.  His word play and ability to handle the verbal rhythmic acrobatics make him a formidable battle rapper.  To top it off, his creativity and musical ear gives him the ability to do what the vast majority of battle rappers can’t do….. Make a good song!  Even though he got his hip hop lessons from the creators of the culture,  that does not mean that he isn’t excellent at cracking heads, metaphorically speaking.  Get off the gas angry black man.

Hol’ Up Man!

Back to Johnny Football.  How is he unlike anything that we’ve ever seen?  “WE” see him all of the time.  I grew up in the 80s and 90s and I saw Tommy Frazier of Nebraska do some Amazing things on the football field.  Manziel is a better passer though.  I, #12,  personally did some pretty amazing things as a high school qb in Texas.  Once again Manziel is a better passer than I was because I was shorter than he is and I wasn’t trained to be a traditional QB at all.  I mentioned this in a previous blog The Running Quarterback.  We’ve seen Michael Vick and Randall Cunningham do more amazing things against NFL competition.  Vick is much faster and has a stronger arm than Manziel.  The same people that say that they never seen anything like him in one breath turn around and compare him to Tarkenton, Favre, and Flutie.  I can even say that I’ve seen Mr Steve Young do AMAZING SUPER BOWL WINNING plays with his legs and left arm 20 something years ago.  He did it against 11 NFL players at a time, not against defenses that maybe had 3 future NFL starters on it.  Ease up people!

Man Hol’ Up!

Saying all that, Johnny Manziel is a hell of a football player.  He does do amazing things on the field.  I believe that his skill and attitude will make him a successful NFL QB if he’s drafted into the right situation.  Facts are facts and the eyes don’t lie in this case.  Johnny foot(can)ball.

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Interview of former NFL Full Back Adger Armstrong Jr.

ImageResizeServletMe: When did you first know that you loved football?

Adger: As a kid watching NFL & college football I knew I could do that better than most people

Me: You went from Jersey Village High in Houston Texas to Texas A&M during the South West Conference days. What was that experience like?

Adger: Going to A&M was a step closer to my dream to be a teacher and coach. I picked A&M over 300 other colleges that recruited me. I was recruited for three sports including basketball, baseball, and football. Football players were respected and admired.

Me: What years did you attend A&M?

Adger: 75′-78′

Me: Who were the Aggies biggest rivals in those days?

Adger: TEXAS was our “RIVAL”. It (the rivalry)was intense. We hated each other.

Me: How do you feel about the fact that the two schools don’t play against each other anymore since A&M is in the SEC now?

Adger: College football lost a great game for the fans & players to look forward to each year.

Me: I see you played with Former Houston Texans Head coach Gary Kubiak on the 1979 squad. What was he like in those days?

Adger: Kubiak came in 79′ after I left.

Me: How do you feel about his tenure as head coach of the Texans?

Adger: Kubiak as TEXANS coach? He raised the level of play and won a couple of AFC South titles. He never utilized his receivers as well as I thought he could. Speed kills…Jones, Posey, Holiday, Hopkins…He’s a great offensive coach, but not a great play caller.

Me: Here’s the obligatory Johnny Manziel question. LOL. Any thoughts on Johnny Manziel’s NFL chances? Where do you see Sumlin taking the Aggie program?

Adger: Aggies have their hands full replacing Johnny Football. You can’t realistically replace a dynamic player like him. He has skills not very many players possess…..good luck

Me: You were signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Oilers in 1980. That was during the tail end of the Luv Ya Blue days right?

Adger: 1980′ was the tail end of the Luv Ya Blue era…Houston was crazy ’bout us.

Me: You are listed as a Full Back for the Oilers but as a Tail Back in College Station. Some running backs find it difficult to make that switch either physically or egotistically. How was that transition for you? Did you get a chance to block for the great Earl Campbell?

Adger: Spent the first year behind Earl(Campbell) and Rob(Carpenter). Bum had a heart to heart talk with me about getting to play. Best chance was at fullback. No brainer. I took the opportunity. Nickel, short yardage, and goal line package was my way to the playing field. I had the best hands on the team. In 6 years in the league I had the 1 dropped pass.

Me: After watching the documentary about the ’93 Houston Oilers I can see how behind the scenes issues can ruin the chemistry of a talented team. What was the locker room like during your time with the Oilers?

Adger: Chemistry is important to any team. The Oilers’ locker room was off the chain literally. We had fun. Pranks and jokes. Oh yeah I miss the locker room.

Me: Many times people are praised for being these outstanding types after they die. It’s like it’s bad luck to say anything bad about someone after they die. Bum Phillips is no different. He recently passed and people have wonderful things to say about him. Was he as wonderful as people say? How did you feel about Bum back in those days?

Adger: Bum Phillips was as advertised. He was truly a great man & football coach. He challenged us to perform and created the perfect atmosphere for us to compete.

Me: Did you get a chance to interact with his son Wade? If so, what was Wade like in the 80s?

Adger: Wade was d line coach. He was a player’s coach. His guys were well prepared for battle on Sunday. Now he had only 2 hall of famers in Curly Culp & Elivn Bethea.

Me: What about the Bucs? If I remember correctly those teams had some pretty rough times prior to the Dungy, Sapp, Brooks, Lynch, Barber, Dunn, Alstot days. As you can tell, I was a big fan of that squad. Lol.

Adger: Tampa was horrible. Worst experience in team sports in my life. We threw away 10 games by 3 points or less in 84′-85′. We had a different offensive line in 15 of the 16 games. You can’t win like that.

Me: With all of the modern rule changes regarding player safety, do you think that the game is getting watered down? Could you play in today’s game with rules like the running backs can’t make contact with the top of the helmet?

Adger: I could play today easily. Fullback position is fundamental football. There’s only one way to play: smash mouth, go straight through the line backers grill….ALL GAME…LOL

Me: I hear that the league and player association are discussing taking Marijuana off of the banned substance list because so many players are smoking the reefer. Do you think that Marijuana, and illegal drugs in general, are more in use in today’s NFL than when you played?

Adger: DRUG USE HAS ZERO PLACE IN SPORTS…..PERIOD! (Caps emphasis his)

Me: What did playing football in college and the NFL teach you about life and how did playing football affect your life?

Adger: Football taught me that you’re going to fall or get knocked down. It’s what you do afterwards that defines who you are. The most important lesson..SUCCESS ISN’T A DESTINATION IT’S A JOURNEY…KEEP MOVING FORWARD NO MATTER WHAT…NO ROOM FOR EXCUSES.(Caps emphasis his)

Me: Is there anything that you would like to let the people know that we didn’t cover in this interview?

Adger: There needs to be counseling for life after sports. You play sports for a short time of your life and you have another 40-50 years left of your adult life.

I would like to thank Mr Armstrong for taking the time grant me this exclusive interview. May your next 40-50 years be prosperous and joyous.
12 is ghost!