11 Fun Facts on ‘Get Pumped Up’ Day

Hump Day is cancelled, today is Get Pumped Up Day.

Throughout my athletic career I’ve played “big games” at nearly every level. And looking back, it’s difficult to fully describe the range of emotions an athlete feels when they get pumped up for the biggest game of their season.

You know your emotions will be running wild but you can’t let them get the better of you. You are ready to explode with energy but need to control it so you don’t burn out. You are tired of waiting and eager to take the field, but you know that once you do you can’t hold anything back.

I don’t think I’ve ever been more pumped up for a sporting event than for this Sunday’s NFC Championship in Seattle. More so than any other time, this is the one game where I wish I was on that field playing for the home team.

Don’t feel the same way? Watch this video and try not to run through a brick wall once you’re done. Hell, I had trouble staying in my seat while watching this the first time.

I’ve had coworkers ask me if I’m “nervous” leading up to this game. It’s part of your standard water cooler sports conversations during the NFL season; ask an NFL fan about their team’s upcoming opponent, discussing their team’s chances of winning and then offer the typical “good luck” as you both head back to your cubicles.

I’m not so much nervous as I am extremely excited.

As a Seahawks fan, I know that our team has an opportunity to beat the “other” best team in the NFC, claim bragging rights and advance to our second Super Bowl in franchise history. As an NFL fan, you get to watch two teams that are almost statistically identical, that have fanbases who detest the other, and players and coaches who want nothing more than to shut up the opposition.

Division foes, playing for a conference championship. Is it Sunday yet?

  Pass YPG (Rank) Rush YPG(Rank)
Seattle Offense 202.3 (26) 136.8 (4)
San Francisco Offense 186.2 (30) 137.6 (3)
Seattle Defense 172 (1) 101.6 (7)
San Francisco Defense 221 (7) 95.9 (4)

11 Fun Facts

  • The Seahawks and the 49ers have played each other 30 times, never once in the playoffs, and the overall record for both teams is 15-15.
  • Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh have coached against each other nine times between college and the pros. Harbaugh holds the edge with a 6-3 record.
  • Pete Carroll’s Seahawks have won two NFC West titles in four seasons. Harbaugh’s Niners won the NFC West the other two seasons.
  • The Seahawks were the most penalized team in the league with 134 total penalties, San Fran had 111. However, the 49ers committed 49 pre-snap penalties to the Seahawks’ 46.
  • Seattle was the beneficiary of 106 penalties for 953 yards. San Francisco benefited from 107 penalties for 971 yards.
  • Frank Gore rushed for 1,128 yards on 4.1 yards per carry. Marshawn Lynch finished with 1,257 yards and 4.2 yards per carry.
  • Seattle gave up 44 sacks on Russell Wilson this year and also sacked opponents 44 times. San Fran gave up only 39 sacks on Colin Kaepernick and got to the opposing QB 38 times this year.
  • Six Seahawks have 20 or more catches and four have been targeted more than 40 times. Conversely, only three 49ers have 20 or more catches and only two have been targeted more than 40 times.
  • The Seahawk defense intercepted 28 passes, recovered 11 of 20 forced fumbles and scored three touchdowns. San Fran’s defense had 18 interceptions, recovered 11 of 13 forced fumbles and also scored three touchdowns.
  • San Fran’s kick/punt returners averaged 22.7 return yards per kickoff and 8.9 per punt. The Seahawks’ kick/punt returners had 21.2 return yards per kickoff and 11.1 per punt. Neither team had or allowed a punt or kick return touchdown.
  • Candlestick Park averaged 69,732 fans per 49er home game – 99.3 percent of it’s 70,207 person capacity. CenturyLink Field averaged 68,197 fans per Seahawk home game – 101.8 percent of its 67,000 person capacity.

11 Lame “Reasons” the Seahawks are the “Worst”

Amidst all the hooplah for the upcoming NFC Championship game between the Niners and Seahawks, I stumbled across this article on 11 reasons why San Francisco fans should think the Seattle Seahawks are the worst. I almost LOL’d when I read how tame and stupid these “reasons” were. I figured I had to comment on each one just to point out the absurdity.

1. They play in Seattle.
Miz really
That’s as original as you can get for reason numero uno? And then to link to an article about the reason Portland is better than Seattle doesn’t do much to sell your point. I’m just… really? Really? I hope it gets better.

2. Wait, isn’t that the Sounders’ home stadium?
I know it might seem crazy, but yes the Sounders are such a popular team in the area they have been known to sellout the 68,000-seat capacity of CenturyLink field and average more than 44,000 fans per game. Nearly double that of second-best LA Galaxy with a little more than 22,000 per game and almost four times the average attendance of the Bay Area San Jose Earthquakes.

3. According to a lawsuit, Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett abandoned a puppy at a boarding facility and caused it to have an emotional breakdown. A puppy emotional breakdown
Okay, there’s not much I can say about this. Although it is pretty lazy to reference a lawsuit and then not link to said lawsuit. Why then would I even believe this propaganda? Oh, it is a real lawsuit. If you didn’t know about this, don’t worry, it only recently came to light and there could very easily be more information that hasn’t been reported.

4. Seahawks rookie DT Jesse Williams tattooed “YOLO” on his face. Which… actually kind of has a poetic sense of irony on a level we’re pretty sure he’s not aware of.
so what who cares
What is YOLO but this generation’s Carpe Diem? The only reason it’s annoying is because young people rally around it and it started with a Drake song. Also, Jesse Williams was places on Injured Reserve way back in August before the season started. Why you got to hate on an injured player.

5. They’re selling tickets to Sunday’s game in Seattle to people who live in Canada, but NOT people who live in CALIFORNIA.
home field meme
I’m not sure San Fransicoans are the best at geography if they can’t understand that Vancouver, Canada is 142 miles from the CLink. That’s only a two-and-a-half hour drive. Meanwhile, it’s 470 miles from the CLink to the California border and 807 miles to San Francisco. Why then would we want to sell seats in the best stadium in football to Californians?

6. The fans created seismic activity a couple of times on Marshawn Lynch’s TD runs, which is really not good for Seattle.
beast mode
So, your “criticism” is to point out that the Seattle fans are so rabid and Marshawn Lynch is such a beast that we were able to move the earth during multiple Beast Mode runs? I’m not quite sure how that is a diss. Oh because some of our buildings might not withstand a major earthquake. Once again though, I’m not seeing the negative information here. Why would anybody dislike our fanbase because of how loud we cheer? Wouldn’t someone not from Seattle want us to cheer louder to cause a bigger earthquake to then topple Seattle buildings? Now I’m just confused.

7. One of their best quarterbacks ever is only the second most successful Hasselbeck, after Elisabeth.
confused gif
Once again, I don’t see the logic as to why this “fact” would make San Francisco fans dislike the Seahawks. First of all, I doubt the liberal Bay Area is a huge fan of super conservative Elizabeth Hasselback. Second, I’m not sure why she’s successful, because she’s on TV or because she finished fourth on one season of Survivor? At least Matt Hasselback made it to the Super Bowl, made three pro bowls and was a starting quarterback in the NFL for 11 seasons.

8. This jersey.

I know a lot of people differ on their opinions of this jersey, but I loved them. People also hated the current Seahawks jerseys when they were unveiled a couple years ago and now those are heralded as one of the most popular in football. Plus, had the Seahawks not rolled out the lime green jerseys for a game we lost 25-19 in which Seneca Wallace was the starting quarterback and Olindo Mare missed two fields goals, I wonder whether opinions on the jerseys would be different.

9. Also, this jersey.

Okay, I’ll give you the 12th man jersey, frankly I am just not a fan. However, I can say that the 12th man FLAG is where it’s at. Look at how cool it looks atop the Space Needle.

10. Brian Bosworth: hairstyle icon, or Bebop from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

I’m going to go with hairstyle icon. I mean look at that picture, how cool does The Boz look right now? Well, not right now…back then. And since I was born in 1987 – the year Bosworth was drafted by the Seahawks – I don’t have much ground to stand on when it comes to defending Bosworth. Seriously though, look how cool he looks.

11. Pete. F***ing. Carroll.

That gif says it all. Pete Carroll is the F***ing man! I’m sorry was this a post about how much Seattle sucks or how all the reasons the Seahawks are awesome? Nice try San Fran fans.

The Bachelor: Episode One Recap

Juan Pablo is back and if the premiere episode of The Bachelor is any indication, this season is going to be all sorts of awesome. My prediction is that eventually the language barrier will become too challenging for some contestants, Juan Pablo’s Laissez-Faire attitude will surely annoy others, and those who actually make it to the end will constantly second-guess both their feelings about Juan Pablo and his feelings about them. Standard fare when it comes to this TV franchise.

Because I dropped the ball on writing a recap from last week’s premiere, I figured I’d preview this week’s episode with my initial take on each of the women who remained after last week’s rose ceremony. Sadly, no matter how hard Kathy Griffin-lookalike Kylie tried to steal a rose at the end of the episode, she was one of 10 people to whom Juan Pablo did not give a flower.

Amy L, 27, Florida, local news reporter: first out of the limo. she keeps touching her chest and seems really cheery. Hot red dress though, can’t say I remember much else.

Cassandra, 21, former NBA dancer: she’s YOUNG. She says she feels like the night has taken so long to get here.. and follows that up with awkward silence, laughter and nothing to say. Steph says “she’s going to be the one everyone hates.”

Christy, 24, marketing manager, Chicago: She looks like a marketing person. She said she wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t Juan Pablo. I’m sure you’re the only who is only there because of Juan Pablo. She wore a white dress and a head piece; I thought she was destined for a first night exit.

Nikki, 26, nurse. Juan Pablo mocks her wimpy wave. She is going to show how excited.nervous she is by him listening to her heart. That was a good first impression. She walkes away and he bites his knuckles and says “no more limos.”

Kat, 29, medical sales rep. She looked crazy right off the bat. She’s from scottsdale and has been a dancer since she was little… but of course never has never learned to salsa. Wants to learn right now; now they are salsa’ing. That was good.

Chantel, 27, San Diego. First black girl on the show this season, I wonder how diverse the cast will be. She says people have problems pronouncing his name so she pronounces her name. Juan Pablo definitely gives her black booty a good up and down as she walks away.

Victoria, 24, from Brazil. They speak in spanish together. She’s hot, they talk about portuguese and spanish. He says “cute one.” She’s definitely Top Five

Lucy, 24, free spirit. Shows up shoeless, in flowing white dress and flowers in hair. Guess she’s the second person to show up in a white dress, albeit a quite different style. Juan Pablo has to think she’s crazy. I can’t really see her lasting long because she’s so completely different than anything on the show. However, it would produce some random drama.

Danielle, 25, psychiatric nurse. They look at each other. She has a present inside but they have to make one on one time. He promises her. That’s it. Not sure if this is a good or bad sign but I don’t remember the gift.

Juan Pablo runs after the next person on a piano pedicap.

Lauren S, 26, music composer. She’s artsy, plays a pretty good song but messes up and they both cringe. Juan likes it. She’s super nervous; music is her passion. Right now I’m going to put her in my Top Five

Juan Pablo then runs after her into the room. He didn’t get Lauren’s name. Now he’ll remember her.

Chelsie, 24, science educator. She says her name and she’s a teacher for a science museum. Science experiment, with safety goggles, test tubes, Instead of doing chemistry, why don’t we have chemistry. She then thanks him for liking the pick up line. I think she’s out early.

Elise, 27, first grade teacher. Says “hi” like she’s talking to a kid. She’s going home first date. They have so many things in common, that’s it. she is going to talk to him like a kid. Mom passed away a little over a year ago, reluctant to tell it. She thinks her mom is guiding her.

Claire, hairstylist, she’s pregnant, oh wait it’s not real. “You lookgorgeous with a belly,” JP says. I think she’s crazy but JP thinks she’s very cute. I can’t see her being a house favorite but I do see her in my Top Five

Looking for a teammate, Allie, 26, nanny, chicago. Brings a soccer ball with adidas sambas. JP keeps the ball

Renee, 32, real estate agent, Sarasota. Single mother, just one kid, 8-year-old son ben. They are both excited, the kid reveal wasn’t a big deal and JP would later remember Ben’s name. From the opening she was shown throwing a spiral and paddleboarding. I think she’s in the Top Five

A little doggie with a Juan Pablo bandana. Kellie, 27, profession: dog lover. I don’t know if this is worse than if she was a cat lady. She is tall and skinny and molly apparently gets to stay?

Sharleen, 29 she looks very educated, very professional; oh she’s Canadian…but flew in from Germany. She’s been working there as an opera singer! He can’t wait to hear her; she’s awkward and just stands with arms straight down. During one-on-one time, Juan tells her he likes singers and he seems very interested and then she talks about wieners. He likes how she’s a world traveler. She doesn’t speak a single word of SPanish. WOW, she’s getting the first impression rose?! Didn’t see that. Meanwhile, she tells the camera she wishes she feels more chemistry and looks a little distraught. She says the connection seemed forced. “Seriously” she says when JP returns with the rose. He offers it and after a looooong pause and she says “sure,” than says “thnk you sir” JP is shocked. “Okay sir,” again. Yikes

Andi, 26, Last but not least, Juan says she looks gorgeous and just can’t stop saying wow. He’ll get closer but that makes her more nervous. They have good banter. He asks her name again and then says he’s horrible with names. “How am i going to do this, huh? how am i going to send people home?” JP is very infatuated with her, and they joke about law and he jokes about her in the house. He is totally flirting with her. Top Five

JP says he has to make decisions thinking about life, daughter, family.

Roses: Claire, Nikki, Renee, Andi, Allie, Chantal, Lauren S., Kellie (Molly), Cassandra, Danielle, Chelsie, Kat (oh shit Kylie walks up), Victoria, Christy, Lucy!, Elise, Amy L

Top Five
Favorite: Andi
Lauren S.

SD Entertainer: Hey everybody, ‘In Living Color’ is back

I wrote a post today for the San Diego Entertainer about the old Fox show ‘In Living Color.’ Apparently, now it is becoming the new Fox show as Fox plans to air two 30-minute specials in spring 2012 to coincide with the network’s 25th anniversary. If all goes as planned, the show will be a success and it will return to the air full-time.

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Kim Kardashian files for div-whore-ce

Money money money moooney…..MONEY!

Anybody seen The Apprentice? If so, you’ll hopefully recognize the opening line of this post as being from the theme song to Donald Trump’s NBC reality show. When I first heard news that Kim Kardashian was filing for divorce, the first thing that came to mind is “that money-grubbing whore.” Please excuse my language.

Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian, drowning in a sea of money following their 72-day "Marriage"

If you don’t agree, let me elaborate.

First, everybody in the entire world, including Kris Humphries, knew that this “marriage” wouldn’t last. There’s an old Southwest Airlines “Wanna get Away” commercial where this woman says to her friend at a wedding, right as the music stops, “I tell ya, it’ll never last.” I felt like that’s what everybody was saying the moment Humpries decided to propose… and then during the wedding planning… and then during the “fairytale” wedding… and then during the honeymoon… come to think about it, did anyone anywhere actually believe this was going to last? At this point can we believe any celebrity wedding is going to last?
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Welcome to Twining’s Take on the News

Welcome and thanks for stopping by. If you live on planet earth and inhabit this great country I like to call America, then you know it is a crazy world we live in.

Therefore, I am here to provide commentary on the top news stories of the day, week or month – it all depends on how much I decide to write – and fill you in on what really matters.

Living in Pacific Beach, I have a daily 30-minute commute to-and-from work in Carlsbad and listen to a lot of talk radio. My station of choice is KFI AM 640 out of Los Angeles. With so many unique personalities, I hear a lot of opinions about a bevy of news topics. Naturally, I have an opinion as well.

And that is why Twining’s Take on the News presents the perfect opportunity to inform you, the reader, what I deem important or necessary to know and understand to navigate the journey of the “real world.” Feel free to express your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below. Just as I love to express my opinions, I love conversation and hearing others’ as well.
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