Posts Tagged ‘NFL’

St. Patrick’s Day: Gear Up in Green!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Get geared up for St. Patrick’s Day with FansEdge! We’re here to help you pick out your favorite outfit for the big day. Show off these fun fashions to all your friends. Whether you’re staying in or seeing the Chicago River turn green, we have everything you need to strut your stuff this holiday. Not sure what to wear this holiday? Visit our St. Patrick’s Day Sports Gear page for all your favorite green gear.

You’ve got the luck of the Irish on your side with these great looks. Check out our top sellers:

St. Patrick’s Day Sports Jerseys

Add a little luck to your wardrobe collection this year with a Green St. Patrick’s Day Practice Jersey. This jersey features tackle twill team graphics and is covered in green to represent St. Patrick’s Day. Your team will have a lucky charm when you wear this fan favorite.

Zubaz Pants

Go all out this St. Patty’s Day with the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day item; Kelly Green and White Zubaz Pants. These flashy Zebra pants are back by popular demand. 20 years after their inception that saw athletes, rock stars and anyone else who dared to be different wearing these trendsetting styles, Zubaz pants are ready for the next generation. Feature classically bold patterns and styles in colors that will match any team gear plus Zubaz logo at center waist.

St. Patrick’s Day Sports Hats

Cap off your team spirit with a Green St. Patrick’s Day Hat. Show off your team pride and Irish spirit with this great look. With over 35 styles to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect cap.

St. Patrick’s Day Sport T-Shirts

Style, comfort and team spirit are all combined into our St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirts. These shirts will help show off your dedication to the team while looking stylish celebrating the luck of the Irish. Starting from just $14.99, we’ve got something for every fan.

Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day from FansEdge!

Raise Awareness for a Great Cause!

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,  an annual campaign organized by breast cancer charities every year to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer and it also provides a platform for breast cancer charities to raise awareness for bot their work and the disease.

The NFL will support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their fourth annual breast cancer screening initiative and fundraising campaign. Their campaign, “A Crucial Catch,” works directly with the American Cancer Society. The campaign focuses on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are 40 and older. Throughout October, NFL games will feature players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel to help raise awareness. These items are then set up to be auctioned off after the game at NFL Auction, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates National Grants for Empowerment (CHANGE) program. The CHANGE program provides outreach and breast cancer screenings to women in underserved communities. The NFL has set up a fantastic page highlighting breast cancer awareness here. I urge you to visit and help support the cause by making a donation to the American Cancer Society. The site also features tool kits to educate and advocate breast cancer awareness to schools and youth teams and the opportunity to sign up to have the American Cancer Society send you an email reminder about your yearly mammogram.

You can also show your support this month with new NFL Breast Cancer Awareness gear.

Our Top 5 Fan Favorites include:

1. Breast Cancer Awareness Fashion Jersey

Drew Brees Women's Dark Grey #9 New Orleans Saints Nike Breast Cancer Awareness Fashion Jersey

Drew Brees Women’s Dark Grey #9 New Orleans Saints Nike Breast Cancer Awareness Fashion Jersey


2. 9Forty Breast Cancer Awareness Sideline Hat

San Diego Chargers Pink Women's 9Forty Breast Cancer Awareness Sideline Hat

San Diego Chargers Pink Women’s 9Forty Breast Cancer Awareness Sideline Hat


3. Breast Cancer Awareness Hoodie Purse

Baltimore Ravens Breast Cancer Awareness Hoodie Purse

Baltimore Ravens Breast Cancer Awareness Hoodie Purse


4. Nike Breast Cancer Awareness Attitude T-Shirt

Chicago Bears Women's Black Nike Breast Cancer Awareness Attitude T-Shirt

Chicago Bears Women’s Black Nike Breast Cancer Awareness Attitude T-Shirt


5. Nike Breast Cancer Awareness Team Wordmark T-Shirt

San Diego Chargers Black Nike Breast Cancer Awareness Team Wordmark T-Shirt

San Diego Chargers Black Nike Breast Cancer Awareness Team Wordmark T-Shirt


Please help raise awareness for a great cause while supporting your favorite team this season!

NFL Week 4: Playoff odds and replacement refs

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Five. That’s the number of teams since 1990 that have made the playoffs after starting the season 0-3. It’s been 21 years with only 5 success stories. Not good for fans of the New Orleans Saints or Cleveland Browns. Saints fans have to be extremely disappointed with the start to their season, especially considering that the Super Bowl is in New Orleans this year. So the trend may continue that no team has both played in the Super Bowl and acted as the host city in the same year. I guess Sean Payton really was earning his paycheck! Good news for fans is that those are the only two teams without a win this season, so fans of the other 30 teams have been able to celebrate at least one notch in the “W” column.

Parity. The flip side of this coin is that there are only 3 teams that remain undefeated. 75% of teams who started the season 3-0 have gone on to make the playoffs. Fans of the Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals, and Houston Texans have to be pleased with those odds. We’re only three weeks into the season, so no one is eliminated yet, but the numbers don’t lie. There are 27 teams with 1 or 2 wins, which supports the notion that parity is alive and well in the NFL.

On a separate note, it’s good to see the referees and the league have settled their differences. As a die hard fan, I would watch the NFL regardless of who the refs the game, but living in a household with a Packer fan has been borderline unbearable this week…

FansEdge Fantasy Football – Week One

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Yes, fantasy football has officially began and even us at FansEdge are getting in on the action – how could we not – we are a sports retail company after all!  There are fantasy football teams ranging from customer service to marketing, it seems like football fever has taken over the office and the only prescription is a first place win.  I will be joining a group of 14 co-workers who are all extremely competitive, and eager to bring home a victory.  In the beginning, things can be a little overwhelming – more so for someone who has never competed in a fantasy football league before.  More specifically, that someone is me (but let’s have this be our secret!).  The sports that I follow are more hockey and baseball related.  I do keep up with football, but not as intensely as those who are in my group.

From the beginning you could tell it was an entirely new atmosphere in regards to the smack talk.  Even the nicest of co-workers were giving you digs on your fantasy picks that would make you second guess your choice!  I don’t remember any of my friends in baseball or hockey drafts getting this brutal. We decided on an offline draft, having all of us together choosing our pick at a local establishment that hosted us.  The downside to so many people in the league, naturally, is that most every known or “good” player will be chosen;  leaving scraps for those last few remaining picks – having to place your league on the line with a sleeper or no-namer.  Sleepers and no-namers are half the fun of fantasy leagues in my opinion; perhaps from me being a constant rooter for the underdog.  They can either do really well and come out of nowhere, or crash and burn, but if you get to reap their rewards the feeling will be top notch.

As most should know, the NFL season kicked off last night, meaning the league has officially started.  The first match-up of my fantasy football career was on – no pressure! In fact, I’ll be competing against another author of the FansEdge Blog, emoore.  (You can read some of his latest posts here and here)  Although he had no players starting and I had one (Eli Manning), and after last night, I have taken the lead.  Of course, being off to an early (and very premature) lead, I had to get into this smack talk scene while I still had the chance:

Will I be more than likely eating my words come end of the week?  Certainly.  Do I now feel comfortable and apart of this fantasy football league? Of course.  I will be documenting my progress of my league and my first year experience as we continue into the coming weeks. Time to throw on my lucky nike Chicago Bears jersey, and get started.

Be sure to leave me some great beginner tips in the comment section below, and wish me luck this NFL season, I’ll need it!

Bears Invading Bourbonnais

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Bourbonnais, Illinois. The population was 15,256 at the 2000 census, and at last reported, it was estimated to have grown to 19,119 in 2009. Clearly this place is home to many people, and as of July 24, a few Bears. The Chicago Bears have invaded into town once again, and have officially kicked off their summer training camp Tuesday at Olivet Nazarene University.

One of the many questions on Chicago fans minds are, will Johnny Knox be ready to perform come season time? He’s currently on a physically unable to perform (PUP) list, and unfortunately if still listed come season time, he will be forced to miss the first 6 games. As well, what will happen with Jay Cutler and will there be an offensive line resilient enough to protect him? The Bears are content to go with J’Marcus Webb on the left side, after he allowed 12 sacks in 2011. A healthy Gabe Carimi is being counted on to bring up the right. How will the relationship between Cutler and new Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice develop, as Tice now has the play calling duties from Martz.

Apparently, Cutler is excited about the new opportunity. As the Bears rolled into town, Cutler touted that he’s never felt so relaxed before.

“This is the most comfortable I think I’ve been going into a camp with the offense and what we are doing scheme-wise and the talent around me,” Cutler said on Tuesday.” You can say this is the most comfortable I’ve been.”

Here’s a quick glance at the (tentative) training camp schedule and mapquest directions for this year in case you’d like to get down there to watch:

July 26: 2:30 p.m. (NO PADS)
July 27: 2:30 p.m. (NO PADS)
July 28: 7 p.m.
July 29: 2 p.m.
July 31: 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 1: 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 2: 2 p.m.
Aug. 3: 7 p.m. (Soldier Field)
Aug. 5: 2 p.m.
Aug. 6: 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 7: 2 p.m.
Aug. 11: 2 p.m.
Aug. 12: 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 13: 7 p.m.
Aug. 14: 2 p.m.
Aug. 16: 2 p.m.

We’ve seen many types of Bears seasons these past few years; going too big, too small – but let’s hope this years is just right.

Top 5 reasons to Watch the NFL Draft

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

The NFL Draft is one of my favorite times of the year. I listen to draft coverage all of April. I make my own mock draft. I’m even wearing a suit and Chicago Bears hat to work today (don’t judge me). Even if you aren’t as extreme as me, there are still plenty of reasons to watch the NFL Draft on Thursday night. Here’s a list of the top 5 reason to watch:

5. Draft “Experts”

Unlike other league’s drafts, the NFL Draft is extremely unpredictable outside of the top couple picks. Teams do a great job of disguising who they are targeting, and the draft is full of trades. This recipe makes it almost impossible for the best draft experts to get even 50% of their mock draft correct. Want to feel better about your last place March Madness bracket? Print off a few mock drafts from several experts and get your red marker ready.

4. Mispronounced names

Just like last year, the 2nd round of the 2012 NFL Draft will have former NFL Players announcing their team’s selection. With NFL alumni like Terrell Davis, Barry Sanders and Eddie George reading off their past team’s pick, there are sure to be some brutal pronunciations. Early favorites to have their name butchered on Friday night are Kelechi Osemele, Amini Silatolu, and Alameda Ta’amu.

3. Fashion Nightmares

Bow ties and draft hats are an amazing combination. Unfortunately the only events that these two are an acceptable combo are drafts. The NFL Draft always has its fair share of questionable fashion choices. The NFL draft will make everyone feel better about their wardrobe.

2. Watching the Last Player Left in the Green Room

I like to refer to this as the “train wreck pick”. You can’t help but feel bad for the player that is left staring at his phone waiting for it to ring. Aaron Rodgers is the most memorable individual to go through this painful experience. With 26 players invited to this year’s green room, there’s sure to be a few players left at the end of the first round.

1. Watching Dreams Come True

This is by far the best part of the draft. The real emotion that is displayed when these young men embrace their family members when they get that phone call saying they’ve been selected. The countless hours of training and sacrifice made by each player, and their supporting cast, culminates in this one moment. In my opinion the NFL Draft is the best reality television in existence.