European Football Plans and Other Stuff

Last week I finalized a coaching deal in Germany to be the offensive coordinator for the Ravensburg Razorbacks. The deal includes a round-trip flight, room and board, use of a car and a few Euros a month. The team is made up of local German adults and a few Americans… usually former college players. The pay is nothing big, but it should be a amazing experience.
As the Germans play during Spring, I’m heading over in March and returning to the US in July; in time to coach my high school team and for the August release of Big and Bright. My first task is finding a quarterback… So if anyone knows a zone-read QB looking for an adventure, be sure to let me know!
I intend to write a book about the experience and the entire Euro Football scene. I think it will be amazing to see the sport in its emerging state, through the eyes of people who are just learning about it. To participate in its growth from the inside will be even better.
Stay tuned to this blog next year for frequent updates from Europe.

Other news- My NFL boycott lasted about as long as it took me to write my last blog entry. Even with its many flaws, even at its worst, the NFL is like a car-wreck, impossible to not stare at..also, the 49ers started winning again.

We have a bye week coming up, so I had the opportunity to travel to the Bay Area and see my 1st 49er game live in almost 30 years.
Some observations:

The new stadium is very nice, but I found myself missing Candlestick. The PA system is incredibly loud. It’s almost impossible to talk when they crank up the music during the annoyingly frequent TV timeouts.

Its very hot. Santa Clara is much warmer than San Francisco and the stadium has no shade for maybe 75% of the seats. This is going to be a problem in September and October every year.

The crowd has become yuppified. 30 years ago, Niner crowds were rough, drunk and mostly blue-coller. I guess most of those people have been priced out of the modern NFL. No more Forty F*%&in’ Niners Tee shirts (spelled out and very common at the ‘Stick during the 80s) A You-Tube video of a bathroom fight during this game got a lot of play, but event like this are now very rare. I’m willing to bet fights like this happened every week in 1983, but without the internet to glorify them, they were all quickly forgotten.

It was fun and worth going, but I have to say that if I had free tickets to an NFL team and lived nearby, I would still probably only attend a few games a years. It’s just too much trouble to deal with the crowds, noise and general discomfort when I can see the game better sitting on my couch.

Good luck to all my friends in Texas, and let me know if you have a quarterback looking for a place to play!!

Auf Weidersehen!!

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