Positive Perspective: Arkansas Cheerleader with One Leg

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Patience Beard is an inspiring collegiate woman. She’s living every high school cheerleader’s ultimate dream cheering in front of the rowdy crowds of the SEC.

This little lady is currently a sophomore at the University of Arkansas on a cheerleading scholarship. What makes her different from the other Hogs cheerleaders is that she is a D1 cheerleader with one leg – an extremely fashionable zebra striped leg, but a prosthetic nonetheless.

Collegiate cheerleading is cut-throat. Tiny girls competing against tinier girls to get tossed around and lift the spirits of thousands of fans during football season. Not mention you’re required to tumble like a maniac – no back tuck means no cheerleading for you.

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What’s most amazing about Patience’s story is the way she redefines “what is normal?”.

Check out this video on HooplaHa.

As a freshman, Beard was nominated for the Discover Orange Bowl-Football Writers Association of America Courage Award, check out the whole story HERE.

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Grenadiers Go Viral with a Hail Mary at Homecoming

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In a little town called Elk Grove Village located in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, there is a football team called the Grenadiers (what’s a Grenadier – yea I know, click the link) which has stirred up some social media buzz with a seriously ridiculous Hail Mary at this past weekend’s homecoming game against Rolling Meadows. It happens to be even more awesome because this is my hometown and the high school football team I hold dear to my heart.

Elk Grove was down 33-26 at their own 48 yard line when Quarterback Adam O’Malley scrambled and sent one last prayer down the field. Unfortunately, the ball fell rather short of the end zone, but the football fairies were on the Grens side because the ball hit a Rolling Meadows defender, bounced off an Elk Grove player on the ground, and was then snatched up by Mike Bischoff at the 16. Bischoff went incredible hulk and basically dragged two defenders two yards for the touchdown. Now watch the madness:

Here’s another view for you, end zone angle:

To make this game even more epic, EG was still down a point and had their field goal attempt blocked. Again, luck was on their side because Rolling Meadows received a penalty for having a player leave the field via the end zone instead of the sideline, and on the second attempt the Grens ran a sweep for the two-point conversion and the big HC win.

It made ESPN’s “must see” video list, it got a full spread on DeadSpin and it’s honestly just an awesome sequence of football. Congrats my little Grenadiers!

Bud Light is Getting Very Superstitious This Fall

With the start of the 2012 NFL season, I find myself spending quite a bit more time in front of the TV on Sundays and less and less time soaking up the sun (goodbye sweet summer). Obviously the best part of Sunday game day is the actual play of football, but the commercials take up quite a bit of my time as well, so I like to choose a favorite of the year. So far, Bud Light takes the cake. It features fans across the country who are superstitious and wouldn’t dare play with luck or their choice in beer.Take a look!

Soon to be Papa Bear

Cutty really did it this time. People.com officially reported Sunday, that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and his fiancee, the reality star princess Kristin Cavallari, are expecting a new bundle of joy.

“We are thrilled to announce we are expecting our first child together,” Cavallari told People. “It’s an amazing time in our life and we can’t wait to meet the new addition to our growing family.” It’s hard to believe the Laguna Beach mean girl who is forever ingrained in my mind whining “Ste-phennnn” is going to be a mom.

The couple’s romance bloomed in the fall of 2010, which led to a proposal in April of 2011. In the midst of planning a wedding and publicly submitting a registry (yes I admit I may have taken a peek, they registered at Crate and Barrel and Williams Sonoma – a $2,000 knife set was one item I remember, must be nice to be rich) their engagement was called off in July. It must have been Cavallari’s sweet dance moves that brought the pair back together as Cutler attended one of the Dancing with the Stars tapings in October, and the duo was “officially” engaged again in November. We can say the two really got things going to start off the new year.

Now, my question is, was this little bun in the oven a “whoopsie”??  Cavallari just celebrated her 25th birthday, was being a baby mama really on her agenda for 2012? At least she’s locked down Mr. Cutler??

Regardless, I guess a congratulations is in order for the new parents-to-be, but Cutler’s prego fiancee better not be a distraction to his hand rehab, we (Bears fans united) are expecting a playoff run next season. No excuses.

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Despite the disappointing outcome this season, five Chicago Bears will be making their way to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu. I guess it wasn’t all bad; we’ll go with “bittersweet.”

After many impressive seasons with the Bears, veteran cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman has been voted to his first Pro Bowl. Middle linebacker Brain Urlacher, outside linebacker Lance Briggs, running back Matt Forte, and special teams rock-star Corey Graham will also represent the Bears this year. This is the largest group of players the Bears have sent to a Pro Bowl since 2006 (when they made their run to the Superbowl).

This will be Urlacher’s eighth visit to the Pro Bowl, tying Dick Butkus, Doug Atkins and Bill George for the third most visits in franchise history behind only Mike Singletary and Walter Payton (all of which are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame). Soon enough we may see a bronze bust of Urlacher (and that large thick neck of his) forever enshrined in Canton. Briggs will be attending his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl, leading the team with 140 tackles. Along with Tillman, Forte and Graham are Pro Bowl newbies. Defensive end Julius Peppers and return specialist Devin Hester were selected as first alternates.

I’d like to state the obvious now. There’s a whole lot of defense listed above, some talented special teams, and although Matt Forte (pre-knee injury) was killing it racking up the rushing yards, it would be nice to see some more offensive players selected. Hey Mr. Angelo take a hint…Let’s get us a real wide receiver huh?!

Enough ranting. Congrats to all of the Pro Bowlers from the Bears. I would have rather seen another playoff run, a Packer defeat in the NFC Championship and a Super Bowl win. Wishful thinking – beggars can’t be choosers.

I want to send a shout-out to Vince Wilfork, one of the eight Patriots going to the Pro Bowl and my favorite teddy bear in the AFC. Hopefully we’ll get to see another interception like this 🙂

 

It’s Here… Our First Bears vs. Packers Showdown

The rivaled Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will meet at Solider Field for the first time this Sunday since the NFC North Championship throw-down in January. The Packers won 21-14, sending Rodgers and monster man Clay Matthews to the Superbowl. Everyone has the defending Superbowl Champs picked to win, but us Chicagoans are hoping the Bears’ O-Line figures out they should be the ones tackling the defense…not the defense sacking Jay Culter.

Culter spent far too much time on the ground last week, taking a pounding against the New Orleans Saints. Let’s say it together “Protect the quarter back, Protect the Quarterback”. We know better than anyone, Aaron Rodgers can turn this game into a shootout, and anticipate he will abuse Chicago’s secondary and spread the football around to anyone in a green jersey (Jennings, Driver, Finley, Nelson etc.). Culter’s going to need to be on his feet and able to complete some passes, but we need to focus on our strengths, Matt Forte (by the way let’s give him that extra $$ he’s asking for).

Here’s what I believe needs to happen:

  1. Linebackers: Brian Urlacher > Clay Matthews. Let’s hope number 54 comes out in full swing “Beast mode”
  2. Julius Peppers needs to show Rodgers how sweet the grass of Solider Field smells.
  3. Matt Forte needs to have 117 rushing yards in the game – not just the season thus far.
  4. Offensive line must adjust with Gabe Carimi injured
  5. All Bears fans need to snatch the cheese hats off of Packers fans heads and throw them in the nearest receptacles.
The Bears defense will be on its toes again this week, but I’m hoping the Packers leave Chicago 2-1. BEAR DOWN!