Girl Chat Sports – Episode 42 w/ Sistas In Sports

300x300_11658322Women in sports on and off the field…and the women who love sports get mixed together in this podcast!!! Amazing how social media can bring people together!! The ladies Steph & Melissa welcome @SistasInSports duo Alexandria & Tiffany, who both work within the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization. We learn just where #SistasInSports comes from, using something that made you stand out amongst your peers, to help identify and encourage a larger group of women to come together; SISTAS in Sports! ❤️ Community, Connection and Collaboration.

The ladies chat about trying to get through the SB51 loss of the Falcons, how that loss will always hurt, being raised in sports households, team allegiances and some of their favorite interviews/stories they’ve done. Melissa also gives her take on the All-Star Dunk contest, Steph has lots of Lakers talk and updates, the Trade heard round the world #BoogieAndBrow and apparently off season is #DramaSeason for a handful of Current & former NFL players.

Check out the show on Podomatic and Youtube!

Girl Chat Sports – Episode 42 w/ Sistas In Sports

Girl Chat Sports – Episode 40

300x300_11658322ICYMI: (@GirlChatSports) Jessika Ward is the guest for Episode 40 of Girl Chat Sports. Jessica is a broadcast journalist and sports reporter for FSU and FAMU. We learned yet another young woman’s love and upbringing in sports and how that tailored a love for journalism, asking questions and talking Sports!!! Jessika also now hosts her own show on YouTube called #JessikaWardTV. The GCS Ladies and Jessika discuss the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, as well as some of the other records that were broken and/or tied during the game. What happened to the Falcons the 2nd half? Is Kyle Shanahan the blame? Who took Tom Brady’s jersey and will anyone give James White the winning game ball he left behind? The difference between Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, and Melissa finally links Howie Long and Chris Long (DUH!!! smdh) and enjoys the time that Martellus and Michael Bennett were able to share post game interview. Now what about those commercials!!! SB 2017 came with some great commercials, and MANY with great meaning behind them (slight punch at the orange guy lol). What about the halftime show? Our thoughts on GAGA’s performance take? But lets really talk about what everyone wants to know, no not #ArmsoftheNFL *which we cover* BUT are the Simpsons really predicting major life events? Seahawks/Broncos SB, Twin Towers, Trump and now the Falcons/Patriots SB? We continue to monitor that one. And of course the latest top 5 of Women’s and Men’s NCAA hoops and a heart felt Ahhhhhhh moment. Go down to the link below and check out the show! 

Girl Chat Sports: Episode 40

Super Bowl: Falcons, Patriots set for final dance

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The final act is here.

The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will face-off Sunday at 3:30 ET in Super Bowl LI.

This will be the ninth Super Bowl appearance in Patriots history, with Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick heading to their seventh Super Bowl together. Chuck Noll, Tom Landry nor Bill Walsh ever managed that.

Same for Brady, besting the likes of Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach and Joe Montana as arguably the best quarterback in NFL history.

The Patriots have experience,  their well-balanced, and, oh yea, they have a  guy by the name of Brady throwing the ball.

The Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks in 2014 on that controversial play on the one-yard line by Pete Carroll that ended in a game-saving interception by Malcom Butler to secure the franchise another Super Bowl.

The Patriots are the experienced team coming in, but the Falcons have former Seahawks defensive coordinator  Dan Quinn, who has experience of his own. Quinn will head to his third Super Bowl in four years, his first as a head coach

In their only Super Bowl appearance, the Falcons lost to the Denver Broncos, 34-19, led by John Elway and Terrell Davis in 1998.

Quinn won a Super Bowl as the defensive coordinator in Seattle during the 2013 season, when the Seahawks whipped the Broncos 43-8. The very next year, Quinn held the same role as the Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24.

Now, Quinn will take a young Falcons team to the NFL’s biggest stage, an atmosphere experienced by a select few players, such as seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney (Colts), linebacker Philip Wheeler (Colts), defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw (Ravens), safety Dashon Goldson (49ers), and recently promoted defensive lineman Joe Vellano (Patriots).

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Tight end Jacob Tamme, who is on injured reserve following shoulder surgery, went to Super Bowls with both the Colts and Broncos.

“No. 1, they are difficult to defend,” Quinn said of the Patriots. “They use a variety of different formations, personnel groups. They’ve got a huge playbook, from the pass game into the run game — gap schemes, trap schemes in the run game. Quick game. I’d say it’s an offense that’s well-versed. They have different ways to attack you. We’ll have our work cut out for us going through the game plan this week to get ready.

Even with the bright lights, millions of reporters, it’s still just a football game and Matt Ryan says his team will be ready. 

Ryan is having an MVP-caliber season, and like most of the young Falcons, will play in his first Super Bowl. Ryan and his teammates have never seen anything like the Super Bowl atmosphere they walked into last week.

“I’m sure everyone will be excited and anxious going into it. But as far as nerves, I feel like we’ve prepared ourselves for this moment,” Ryan said, expanding the theme to envelop the team in which he typically sets the tone by triggering the NFL’s most explosive offense.

“This is exactly where we wanted to be. We’ve put in the work, put in the time. I think we’ll all be ready to go and excited.”

Apart from the media obligation leading up to the big game, Ryan seemed pleased with the team’s preparation. 

“Obviously this part of the week is different from what we normally deal with, but I think we’ve got a group that’s focused on the right things, a group that understands we have this (media) obligation and to do it professionally.

“But at the same time when (the off-field chores are) done, they’re done. And it’s time to get to work and take care of business. I think our guys have had the right mindset the entire week. When it’s been time to do this (interviews), we’ve done it. And when it’s time to get to work we’ve been able to check in and focus. I’m proud of our guys for that.”

Julio Jones has been a matchup nightmare all season for defenses, but if we know the Patriots they master in taking away the opponents best weapon. During preparations, Belichick put two receivers, Michael Floyd and Matthew Slater in No. 11 jerseys to play as Jones on the scout team.

“That’s such a key guy for us, the routes and all that,” Belichick told pool reporter Peter King of TheMMQB.com. “We have two guys doing it so we won’t wear one guy out.” knows all to well how defenses try to cover him. He doesn’t mind it.

Belichick wants to make sure his defense is ready to slow down Jones and be aware of where he is at all times on the field.

“You’ve got to know where he is on every play,” Belichick said.

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Jones doesn’t mind the extra attention it’s just a normal game for him.

“Teams been double-covering me throughout the year, over the years, actually, so for me it’s just a normal game,” said the All-Pro wide receiver. “I’m going to prepare. I’m going to get ready, and at the end of the week just go out there and ball.”

Remember when Brady was suspended for the first quarter of the season and everyone was wondering if the Patriots could survive without their white knight.

They managed to go 3-1 and used their second and third string quarterbacks. Now there back in the Super Bowl once again. Brady will have to battle through a Falcons’ defense that’s been just short of brilliant during their playoff run.

“They have some of their own characteristics, and of course the players are different, so that makes it different,” the Patriots head coach said in a conference call with reporters. “But schematically, there is quite a bit of carryover. I think just at first glance it might be a little more pressure from Atlanta than Seattle ran, but Seattle did some of it, too. I think overall, the schemes are very similar.”

Some say youth is a real vulnerability of the Falcons defense, which includes three rookie starters and four more with only two years’ experience. But coach Dan Quinn said his callow defense helps the veterans as well.

“Our younger guys are playing like older guys. And our older guys are playing like younger guys,” he said.

Which means that there are advantages to have players on both sides of the age divide. They obviously feed off each other.

The Falcons weren’t the sexiest Super Bowl team coming out the NFC. Remember, there were the Carolina Panthers last year, the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and the Seahawks.

After dismantling the Seahawks and the Packers, the Falcons have charmed people over as a legitimate Super Bowl threat to the mighty machine that is the Patriots.

Pick: Falcons 30 Patriots 27

Rams to pursue Matt LaFleur as OC

9666867-nfl-atlanta-falcons-at-tampa-bay-buccaneers-850x560The Los Angeles Rams will request permission to speak with Atlanta Falcons quarterback coach Matt LaFleur about their offensive coordinator position, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Lafleur and new Rams head coach Sean McVay once worked together in Washington and McVay believes he can improve the offense and help quarterback Jared Goff reach his potential.

According to Schefter, the feeling is mutual.

LaFleur would be the logical candidate to replace current Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, as Shanahan is set to accept the San Fransisco 49ers’ head coaching job.

LaFleur was also mentioned to join Shanahan in the Bay Area as the team’s offensive coordinator.

Atlanta has expressed interest in former 49ers’ coach Chip Kelly as their next offensive coordinator, according to Ian Rapport of NFL.com. 

LaFleur knows he’s a hot candidate and will be pursued by both Rams and 49ers, but his singular focus is helping the Falcons capture its first Lombardi Trophy.

“I really don’t care,” he told Rapport during Super Bowl week. 

Girl Chat Sports – Episodes 37 and 38

ICYMI…Girl Chat Sports (@GirlChatSports) had two great guests on their last shows…Melissa and Stephanie welcomed from NFLFemale.com Tiera Dobbins and one-half of the Deuces Wild podcast (aka N The Zone New England) Alex Washington.

460-_11912296It may have been a bit hard for S-Wash and Melissa to talk football today, after all both their teams lost this past weekend, but they were joined by special guest Tiera Dobbins, a Steelers die hard fan, a contributor to NFLFemale.com and newest member of the N The Zone Show and NTZ Network, reppin’ OHIO…The ladies go over some of their favorite and unforgettable plays from this past weekend’s games and the stress involved in watching your team, especially in the Playoffs! Plus discuss social media HOT topic of Antonio Brown going LIVE on Facebook, and the role that social media has started to play in sports. They also hear long time SAN DIEGO Chargers fan, Bruce Justice (friend of S-Wash). Bruce shares his back story on the Chargers, being a fan, and if he will continue to support the team. Also they touch on UCONN women’s basketball team epic winning streak. And of course we end with #ArmsOfTheNFL and a HAHAHA moment with Chuck vs. Warriors per NBA 2k lol. Check out the episode below.

Girl Chat Sports Episode 37: Tiera Dobbins

460-_11925766The Patriots find themselves in the Super Bowl…again. S-Wash and Melissa sure can’t decide…but with the help of guest Alex Washington, he brings a clear bias towards Pats Nation. Alex talks about his LIVE podcast, Deuces Wild, his co-host Adam…a Falcons fan…and how this next couple weeks will test their bromance. Also they talk upcoming SB51 with Alex as well as get some understanding of where Chris Hogan has come from. Plus the gossip behind Olivia Munn vs the Rodgers family and farewell to Chris “Boomer” Berman on NFL Countdown. Of course more #ArmsOfTheNFL and more!!!

Girl Chat Sports Episode 38: Alex Washington

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THE A-TRAIN RANT 8.0!!!

It’s been such a long time since I have ranted that I might just do a HUGE rant for this one! But let’s go!

This rant is sponsored by…

THE ANGRY REDBIRD!!

  1. Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants winning their 2nd championship in 3 years. How sad it was for Miguel Cabrera who has just recently suffered the Carlos Beltran Syndrome. The Carlos Beltran Syndrome was made in 2006 after Beltran struck out in the 2006 NLCS freezing on a called third strike that ended that series. When you get frozen on a third strike to end a World Series…everything that was done that season almost meant nothing. Sorry Mr. Triple Crown.
  2. Pablo Sandoval isn’t in the same league as Albert Pujols, Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson. But what he did in Game 1 was better than all 3. And I hate that. That’s just the homer in me.
  3. St. Louis Rams fans should be satisfied about the 3-5 record, forget what happened against New England in London. Yeah they gave up a couple of games and should have a winning record…but remember these are the Rams.
  4. Steven Jackson should be traded…time to give up the golden goose. YEAH I SAID IT. Tired of defending this dude.
  5. Sam Bradford finally has an offensive coordinator that will be back next season. Just need to work on the…offense.
  6. Jerry Jones needs to give up his job as general manager of Dallas. Tony Romo needs to give up his starting job as quarterback. Does the name Marc Bulger ring a bell? Jason Garrett needs to just be an offensive coordinator.
  7. Atlanta Falcons are 7-0. Guess what? BIG DEAL. Win a game in the playoffs, then you can celebrate. While you sitting there saying that I’m a hater. Let me put some truth in your minds. Last two playoff games the Falcons played, they lost to the Super Bowl winner. Having one of the first round byes doesn’t get a team to the Super Bowl…teams that constantly play get you there. Don’t believe me…ask the last two champions.
  8. If Lance Armstrong is banned from cycling, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa need to be banned from baseball.
  9. Stephen A. Smith did not say the N-word…meaning he’ll keep his job on First Take.
  10. Cari Champion is the sexiest sportscaster on TV. Find me one better. And I’ll disagree with you.
  11. No hockey, sorry fans. You got the hardwood or the gridiron. Suck it up.

Well so much for the huge rant…might do another one this week. Stay tuned. Some NBA is in store…The Association coming soon.

The A-Train