Episode #03 American Football – D is for Defence

Introduction – SuperBowl

Congrats to the Denver Broncos and Von Miller as the MVP.

It was great to hear commentators expressions like ‘Manning the Broncos QB ‘from the gun’’ when I only learned about pistol plays just last week.

I was watching the set up of the offensive team players like Running Backs and watching them move just before the snap happened.  I

Seeing punts and how they fit it to the game as kickoffs and as turnovers.   And punt returners.  Their roles are so pivotal.  They may only do the role once or twice a game but if they miss it then it critical to that play and also may set the tone for the rest of the game.


I learned about Sacking.  That is when the QB or any other player who is acting as the passer in the play, is tackled before being able to throw the ball. Von Miller the Denver LineBacker did it on several occasions and it was really impressive.  He was credited with 2.5 sacks and I was thinking how can you have half a sack?  It turns out that a player will receive credit for half of a sack when multiple players are involved in the sack.

Lady Gaga’s national anthem gave me goose bumps.  I really loved it and have watched it several times – what a voice!

Last comment is about a Denver player called Aqib Talib and how outside the guidelines his plays were.  He received 2 fouls, one for unsportsmanlike conduct – taunting – and another for a face mask tackle which, is you watched it involved him flinging the player off the ground by his head.  The player was understandably furious.  I don’t think that it resulted in an injury for that player and Talib is quoted in the media saying this about it.

“Oh, it was all good. B.S. flags,” Talib said after the win. “One of them was on our sideline, the guy was talking on our sideline. One I just did on purpose, you know, I just had to show him. It’s probably going to be a fine, but hey, we’re world champs.”


The league fined him $26044 US which I doubt he’ll even notice.  There has been some talk about players being ejected from the game if they incur 2 personal fouls. Guess we’ll just watch this space.

And yes, I’ve added what is a foul to the list of things to learn. But now on to this episode, are you ready?  Join me on the journey and lets get started.


Section  – Defensive Team positions

Last ep we covered Offense and Special teams so this week we’ll get into the Defensive team positions

Defensive Teams

The Defensive team start the play without possession of the ball and their objective is to prevent the other team from progressing the ball down the field and from scoring.  In addition they really want to force the offense to turn the ball over, either by preventing them from getting yards for a first down, forcing a fumble making a play incomplete or getting an interception when a pass is thrown.


  • In positions there is the
    • Defensive line made up of


  • Defensive Tackles and Defensive Ends.
    • There are usually two of each of these and they line up at the middle of the scrimmage directly opposite the centre and other players on the offense. The tackles aim to stop any runs down the middle of the field and will also attempt to stop or ‘sack’ the QB if they can get past the offensive line players.
    • The Ends line up on either side of the Tackles and they aim to stop running plays down the outside of the line of scrimmage. They also will attempt to attack the throwing player.  The faster of the ends is put on the side of the QB’s natural throwing arm.  g. right-hander, right side as the acting of throwing causes the QB to be blind-sided and the Defensive End can possibly use that to their advantage.
      • Just a small point to note. The player that the movie The Blind Side was about – Michael Oher – played for the Carolina Panthers in SuperBowl 50.


  • Next up is the LineBackers made up of


  • Middle or inside line backers who line up behind the defensive line. There are usually 3 or 4 line backers in each play. They have to be fast and very good tacklers to enable them to put pressure on both running and throwing players.  They will try and ‘rush’ the QB if they get the chance.  One of these players may be required to call out defensive plays.
  • Outside Linebackers also commence plays from behind the defensive line but their location varies widely depending on the requirements of the team and the methods the coach is trying to employ. A linebacker can be responsible for covering the offensive TE role.  Again depending on the oppositions QB the right and left hand side OL get different roles, including trying to rush the QB.
    • The man who won the 2016 SuperBowl Von Miller is an Outside LineBacker. He was very impressive and certainly gave the Panthers QB Cam Newton a lot of grief on the day.  Interestingly Miller and Newton went one and two in the 2011 national draft.  I guess it’s no surprise that they would line up on opposing sides in footballs biggest day after that.





  • Next up is the Defensive Backs being made up of
    • Corner backs of which there is usually two and who are there to cover the wide receivers of the offense. They look to intercept the thrown ball or tackle the player intended for the thrown pass to prevent them from catching it.  The tackles can result in the WR being forced out of bounds.
    • Safeties who line up furtherest away from the line of scrimmage and help the cornerbacks with deep passes.
    • There can also be something called a Nickelback – who are a great band – and a Dimeback who are bought in for extra thrown pass coverage. These require a lineman or linebacker to be removed from the team and it’s then a count of the number of defensive backs that are the origin of the names.


Defensive line ups are known by a number indicating the number of players, so for example a 3-4 defence where the first number is the number of line men and the second number refers to the number of linebackers.  These numbers don’t include the backs as there is always 11 players in the D team on the field.

Section 2 – Penalties and Fouls

I’d like to outline some of the more common plays and tackles but I think it might be easier to name some of what can’t be done so as the rest of the play is almost anything and everything else.  So that brings us to Penalties or Fouls

It’s important to note that the NCAA, High School and the NFL can have different penalties and fouls.  They are similar but do vary from league to league.  I’ll be providing a general overview of some of the most common and generic fouls.


To indicate a foul there will be one or more Yellow Flags thrown onto the field by the umpires who will then confer before agreeing that the foul took place and then signal the penalty.  These normally result in a penalty of yardage and can revert the offensive team back to having a first down regardless of where they were up to in the series of plays.


There are blocking fouls which encompass things like a block below the waist by either team or a block from the back above the waist.


A tackle foul something like holding which varies offensive to defensive but means grabbing a player or his uniform or pulling a player who isn’t carrying the ball but is blocking you or is attempting to get to the ball carrier.


Using hands to push, pull or impede a player by contact with their neck, head or face/helmet.  The Facemask penalty which involves grabbing the opponents facemask and has two levels of severity being just grabbing or grabbing and twisting which can result in a harsher penalty.


Using a helmet to lead a tackle with another player e.g. initiating contact with another player by a helmet to helmet collision which is known as spearing or targeting depending on the action.


In some competition levels tripping is a foul unless the player is the runner.  There is a series of roughness plays that constitute a foul against runners, the long snapper, players who are outside the range of play or where the ball has gone dead.  These can turn into personal fouls if officials feel that they are a conduct or safety related foul.  Hence, my comment about Aqib Talib earlier, both of his infractions were personal fouls and leads me to …


Unsportsmanlike conduct by either a player, coach and very occasional a spectator will result in a foul.  From what I have read unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as including verbal abuse of officials, and taunting, which, since 2004 in the NFL, has included any “prolonged and premeditated celebrations” by players.


There are some sideline fouls that are common in most sports and include things like infringing on the boundary line, too many players on the field, coming on to the field before being allowed and so on.


So that is a bit of an overview of penalties and fouls.





Lingo Recap


It’s time for this episodes lingo recap.


Last episode I mentioned we’d find out what sacking was and turnovers too.  Certainly Von Miller gave a clinic in what sacks were this superbowl.  So, a


Sack:  if when a defensive player tackles the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of yardage meaning pushing him back toward his own goal line.  Then can be a stat recorded as half a sack if two or more players are involved in and are responsible for the QB being sacked.


Turnover:   is when the team with the ball loses possession without kicking it.  The two main events that are turnover are fumbles or accidental loss of the ball or an interception which is when a pass to an offensive player is intercepted by a defensive player by catching the ball themselves. They can then run with the ball or stop and the offensive team loses a down.


They can also punch or knock the ball away from the offensive player or tackle them to prevent them from catching it and this is known as an incomplete pass.


Defensive Live and Linebackers who as member of the defensive team do what they can to stop runners and intercept the ball being passed.


Defensive backs: such as the corners, safeties and nickel and dime backs used in various formations to defend their endzone.


Penalties also know as fouls when players break the rules.





This episodes mascot is Thunder who cheers on the Denver Broncos and was at           SuperBowl 50 to see his team win.  Thunder is a purebred Arabian gelding and following every Denver Broncos touchdown, Thunder canters from one end zone to the other.


The original Thunder served as the Broncos’ mascot for 11 years before retiring.  Real name JB Kobask ‘Thunder’ debuted in September 1993.  The current Thunder is trained and ridden by Ann Judge-Wegener.


They also have a kids mascot called Miles who has been around since January 1999. He has his own Twitter account @5280miles and really seems to enjoy his social media interactions.



Last thing football related for this episode is that I was made aware of a very cool Gatorade commercial that combines both NFL and AFL – Australian Rules football and stars Cam Newton the Carolina Panthers QB and his visit to a team called the Richmond Tigers and him getting an understanding of the Australian game.  I heard about this ad on a terrific podcast that I found recently called The NFL on the Greenfield Post – aka In the pocket.  These guys have NFL in their DNA and really have fun too so they are good for a laugh.


I’ll put a link to both the ad and the other podcast in the show notes but have a listen to this for a cool treat.






Beginners Journey


Good things with the Beginners Journey this week.  Initially I was experiencing all sorts of frustrations with iTunes and it note wanting to work on my version of Windows.  I lost count of how many times I downloaded it and then uninstalled it.  I tried numerous fixes that I read about online but none of them worked.  Fortunately I’ve been able to coop’d someone with a more up to date version of Windows to download it for me and have submitted my rss feed today.  Yay!


The next thought was to spill the beans to a family member with Apple electronic devices and try and use those.  The next week should be interesting to see if Apple will accept my pidcast and then, if they do, if some more of you lovely persons will listen.


I redid parts of Episode #2 this week just wanting to modify some of the information.  Fortunately I was removing pieces rather than adding anything new.  It was reasonably easy and then I just reuploaded the MP3 to Soundcloud.


I also got a new Logo this week.  Much nicer than the previous PowerPoint mock up that I had.  It has for the most part updated for both Ep #1 and #2.  I used a freestock photo and then put my own text on it.  Hopefully it shows up well for you.


If you wanted to be in touch please don’t hesitate, the contact details are:


Email    thisjourneyis@gmail.com


Twitter  @thisjourneyis


And the website is thisjourneyis.wordpress.com

Hopefully you got to watch the Superbowl or at least some football this week.  I went back and watched the Friday Night Lights movie and feel that I got a lot more of the game tension and general movie enjoyment because I was able to understand more.  That is, afterall what the journey is all about.

For now that is all from me.  Take care and goodbye for now from this journey is.


Episode #02 American Football – Bowling for Beginners


I enjoyed watching the Pro Bowl and found myself much more involved in the game than usual. I understand that this isn’t the normal tempo of scheduled games but I found it very interesting to see the formation of play’s and just generally see the process after spending some time learning about it.


Did you get to watch it?


I was especially interested in the scoring of points and how that played out.  After the touchdowns there was an option to have a 2 point conversion and they didn’t always go for the extra point goal kick. That makes sense as it is an extra point but was new to me just the same.  I have planned on doing on doing a section of the show about scoring and it looks like it is a good thing to hold off on until I can research more into it.

Most beautiful piece of play for me was the 51 yard throw by the Raiders QB Derek Carr to Colts WR TJ Hilton for a touchdown that even though wasn’t allowed was extremely impressive.

VOCAL OF THAT THROW http://www.raiders.com/media-vault/videos/Derek-Carr-throws-perfect-pass-T-Y-Hilton-cant-hold-on/69601a89-d21e-42c1-a76c-9a3b0ef0c963 

Overall I was impressed with the athleticism of all players when I was expecting some of them to be big burly blockers and not necessarily very agile, especially with such good vertical leap capacity.


Next up to watch will be the SuperBowl on February the 8th.  I expect that to be a lot more intense and serious. …  so join me on the journey and let’s get started.





1st section – Starting the game and Plays


So last episode I clarified the aim of the game, lets look at some of the fundamentals now.


Games commence using a standard coin toss in which the winning team representative gets to pick starting Offensive or Defensive and which goal line they want to have.  The actual time start of the game is known as ‘KickOff’ and this is also used within the game to refer to various plays involving the Kicker *smile* explanation of that role coming up shortly.


Of the offensive teams 11 players one is known as the Center and they become the Snapper.    A Snap is when a player throws or passes the ball of the ground backwards through their legs to a player waiting to receive the ball.  The throw or pass would depend on what the play is going to be and if the QB – Quarterback needs some additional room to perhaps sight a receiver to throw the ball to. They may take the ball from a pass to then hand the ball off to a running player who then runs down the field with the ball as far as they can.  As I understand it lots of variations of that play can occur depending on the situation and a QB and/or the received of the ball really must have good decision making skills and be a really quick thinker to see the best option for the team.


Of course most of these are set plays and much of the steps are predetermined otherwise how would the rest of the players know what it expected of them?  But the opportunism of creating something out of nothing is really wicked and I can see why the game can be a really exciting nail biter at times.


There is a clock – that for now I’ll call a stop clock until I learn if there is a correct name for it – that counts down a period of 30 seconds between plays so that the teams can get back into formation or swap teams as required. This is one of the most unique things about this game is the stop start nature of it.


Other than when kicking for a specific reason, all plays appear to start with a Snap.


2nd section – Team members for Offensive teams and Special teams  

     –  Thanks to ‘Wikipedia and the general internet’ for much of this info.

–  Brief description here and as more complex will make more sense as I learn more.


Offensive Teams


  • Offensive Line
    • Centre
      • Responsible for snapping to the QB and to block defensive players. May also call out blocking assignments
    • Offensive Guard
      • Two of these players are on either side of the Centre.  Their function is to block on both running and passing plays.
    • Offensive Tackle
      • Two of these players are on either side of the G’s.  They are required to block for both running and passing plays and can be required to specifically protect the QB.


  • Backs and Receivers
    • Quarterback
      • Leads the team and takes the snap. Relays instructions from the coach.
        • At the start of the play, the quarterback may be lined up in one of three positions. If he is positioned directly in contact with the center, and receives the ball via direct hand-to-hand pass, he is said to be “under center”. If he is lined up some distance behind the center, he is said to be “in the shotgun”. He can also be in between. This is called a “pistol” formation. Upon receiving the snap, the quarterback has three basic options to advance the ball. He may run the ball himself, he may hand it to another eligible ball carrier to run with it, or he may execute a  to a player downfield.
    • Running Back
      • Receives the passed ball from the QB and runs with the ball played a rushing play.  Has a huge variation of starting positions and purposed
        • Anywhere from one to three running backs may be utilized on a play (or even none, a situation typically known as an “empty backfield”).
        •  Depending on where they line up, and what role they have, running backs come in several varieties.
          • The “tailback” (or sometimes the “halfback”, though this term is somewhat archaic) is often a team’s primary ball carrier on rushing plays. They may also catch passes, often acting as a “check-down” or “safety valve” when all other receivers on a pass play are covered.
          • The “fullback” is often larger and stronger than the tailback, and acts primarily as a blocker, though the fullback may also be used for catching passes or for rushing as a tailback does. Fullbacks often line up closer to the line of scrimmage than tailbacks do, so they may block for them.
          • A “wing-back” or a “slot-back” is a term for a running back who lines up behind the line of scrimmage outside the tackle or tight end on the side where positioned. Slot-backs are usually only found in certain offensive alignments, such as the flexbone formation. A similar position, known as the H-back, is actually considered a modification of the normal tight end position (see below).
    • Wide Receiver
      • The wide receivers are pass-catching specialists. Their main job is to run pass routes and get open for a pass, although they are occasionally called on to block.
    • Tight End
      •     We’ll cover this one in the Lingo Recap


Special Teams


Special teams are units that are on the field during kicking plays. While many players who appear on offensive or defensive squads also play similar roles on special teams (offensive linemen to block, or defensive players to tackle) there are some specialist roles which are unique to the kicking game.


  • Kicking Players
    • Place Kicker
      • Responsible for kickoffs, field goals and extra points.  Can also be the kickoff specialist or punter as well depending though because the techniques are very different and to avoid leg fatigue (?) .
    • Punter
      • The punter, upon receiving the snap, drops the ball and kicks it from the air.
    • Kickoff Specialist
      • Rare but exclusively used during kickoffs
  • Snapping
    • Long Snapper
      • A specialized center who snaps the ball directly to the holder or punter. This player is usually distinct from the regular center, as the ball often has to be snapped much farther back on kicking plays.
    • Holder
      • Holds the ball of the kicker and may have to catch it first if thrown from a snap.
  • Returning
  • are responsible for catching kicked balls (either on kickoffs or punts) and running the ball back.
    • Punt Returner
    • Kick Returner
    • Jammer – Offensive
      • try to slow down gunners during punts so that punt returners have more time to return punts
  • Tackling
    • Gunner – Defensive
      • specializes in running down the field very quickly in an attempt to tackle the kick returner or the punt returner
    • Upback
      • quite tchnical and will make more sense later


Defensive teams

  •      will be next episode


Lingo Recap


A catch up on the lingo I introduced last episode that I mentioned we’d get the details of this ep.

– QB quarterback   – RB Runningback

Then there was the TE or Tight End and I found this position to be really interesting.

An offense team member and a hybrid style role a tight end needs to be flexible and multi talented to be able to hold the role. They seem to do so many things and be required to be big enough to be a blocker but athletic enough be able to catch and run too.  Offensive formations (the way a team lines up) may have between 0-3 tight ends at one time but have a number of positions that they are and are not able to be in.  Apparently they are ‘lawfully’ allowed to catch a ‘forward-passed’ ball. ??? I wouldn’t have thought that players would be prevented from catching the ball but I’ll have to find out which other are not.  I’m guessing blockers, kickers and maybe Snappers?


In college and high school football (in most US states), tight ends are restricted to jersey numbers 1–49 and 80–99. In the NFL, numbering regulations state that tight ends must wear numbers 80–89 or, when those are unavailable, 41–4
SNAP – A Snap is when a player throws or passes the ball of the ground backwards through their legs to a player waiting to receive the ball.


WR – Wide Receiver – part of the offensive team that usually starts a play towards the outside of the field boundary and runs towards the opposition Endzone with a view to catching a thrown ball.


Another you’ll need to know shortly is BSC – Bowl Championship Series National Championship a controversial post season playoff game where the winner is declared overall champion.


– G Offensive Guard

– T Offensive Tackle


Next lingo follow ups will be sacking and what that means and what a turnover is, which I find really exciting to watch, – tweet me if you know what these are at @thisjourneyis.

Mascot of the Episode – Dah Dah Dah

It was National Signing Day and the Texas Longhorns were really active in that so let’s have a look at their mascot.

Bevo, a Texas Longhorn, has been a fixture at University of Texas games since 1966. The Longhorn mascot epitomizes the pride and tradition of Texas Football.

There are a number of interesting reasons why the mascot is called Bevo from an opposing team’s prank to the way that beef cattle are referred to in groups.  I’ve put a link to the website information about the mascot in the show notes if you’d like to check them out.  They have pictures of both a really cute furry mascot suit and of an actual longhorn animal.

Bevo XIV was mascot for 11 years before being retired after his Bovine Leukemia Virus diagnosis.

When Bevo XIV whose given name was Sunrise Studly, died at the age of 13 on Oct. 16, 2015, he had been part of back-to-back Rose Bowl wins, including Texas’s 2005 BCS National Championship. At the start of his tenure, Texas won five-straight bowls and ultimately amassed 107 victories during his time with the university.

Thanks to a sports illustrated page who’s link is in the show notes for that additional mascot info.


Beginner Journey


Hopefully you’ll notice a bit more of a relaxed me in this episode.  I have tried to be a little less formal although I know when reading out specific game information I want to get it right and because it’s new to me I’m sticking to the script somewhat.


Uploading my first episode was great and I learned a lot and I enjoyed it.  I initially put it on Soundcloud and linked it to my web page but then investigated Stitcher and found that was a natural progression from where I was at and so put it on there.  I did have to learn about various settings on Soundcloud and would recommend reading there help section.  Initially I could see my Podcast through the app use to listen – Podcast Republic – but couldn’t see the episode.  Turns out that there is a setting called XXXX that I needed to update and then BINGO it was there.


I have downloaded iTunes to my PC and have that ready to go although, if I can I am going to wait until I have 3 episodes to share there as I have heard that is likely to work out better from a promotion point of view.  I’m a bit eager though so we’ll see.


I’m already considering publishing this episode a week after the last one when I was going to be bi-weekly.


I found using Audacity for the last edit really easy and user friendly.  I think it’s fairly brilliant actually.

So before I go let me give you the contact details for thisjourneyis and where you can find this poscast.



I’m now on Soundcloud and Stitcher and don’t be surprised to see me pop up on iTunes sooner rather than later.


The voice clip of Sandra Bullock from the movie The Blindside is taken from Youtube and the voice grabs of Derek Carrs AMAZING throw is from the Raiders home page.

The audio setting required for Soundcloud is in the Permissions settings.

Goodbye for now from thisjourneyis


Episode #01 American Football – Introduction

Have you ever wanted to learn about something that you’ve always known about but didn’t really know much about? I can be like that.  Realizing that while I like something I know little about it can often send me on a research quest until I can satisfy my need to know more.  I enjoy doing that learning in stages, building on my understanding progressively.  Not that I ever felt much like that back in my school days – but then I didn’t have a choice – and they are a while ago now anyway.

Having spent many hours watching television and movies concerning American Football and naming some of those flicks among my favourites I have to acknowledge that some of the plot nuances and occasionally the climax of the endings was lacking for me.

So the result is thisjourneyis and I would like to take you on the journey that I am making, learning about America’s sport. Football that isn’t like any football I know of – being an Australian after all.

I want to take a look at the basics of the game and then build on that knowledge step-by-step until I know the difference between a scrimmage and a block, between a running back and a … well something else back.

Until I can hear a coach say

Fake 23 Blast with a Backside George Reverse

or maybe

Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not to let them down

and fist pump with the best of them.  Ok maybe not that exactly, but I do want to seriously learn about this game and hopefully have some fun along the way.  I’d like to expand the knowledge into some history of the game, some details about feeder competitions and even look at some of the hall of famers and hall of shamers along the way.

Superbowl 2016 is coming up in a couple of weeks and that seems as good a reason as any  …  so join me on the journey and let’s get started.

SuperBowl news voice clips

Starting with the basics, games are played on large fields with the playing area measuring one hundred yards, which is just under 91 and a half metres but I’m not going to do the conversion thing too much.  Let’s learn the game in the lingo that it is played in.


At each end of the field is a teams Endzone which measures 10 yards long by 160 feet wide.  This is in addition to the 100 yards playing area.  The aim of the game is to move the ball down the field into the other teams Endzone to score what is called a Touchdown.  Touchdowns are worth 6 points and allow the team to have the opportunity to kick the ball through the goal posts for an extra point.


At the end of the game the team with the most points wins.   Sounds easy right?  Yeah, not so much really.


Each side has three sub teams in their line up for the game that take turns on the field.  An Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams.  Offensive and Defensive make sense I guess being attacking and defending and I’ll have to get to special teams later as I have no idea what they are.  The roster of each side is made up of 53 players, which is why there always seems to be so many people on the sidelines and why they are allowed to have up to 6 Captains per team I guess.

Each Offensive and Defensive team, when they take the field is made up of 11 players.  The team with possession of the ball uses a series of attempts or plays to progress the ball towards the opponents EndZone.  They must progress a distance of 10 yards using only four plays called Downs.  If they make the 10 yards they get another set of four Downs to make the next 10 yards and so on.  If they don’t make the distance then they must turn the ball over to the opposition and there is a number of ways they can do that.

The are some acronyms that we’ll need to learn to.  So far the major ones I have encountered are NFL National Football League which is the premier competition, NCAA the  National Collegiate Athletic Association  which runs the collage level competition.

There is a long list of player position ones like QB, RB and TE.  If you know what they are tweet me and I’ll give you the answers next week.

All codes of football have replays so let’s have a lingo replay to cover some of the new terms.


Downs – plays that a team has in a set of 4 that they must use to move the ball at least 10 yards down the field.

Endzone – an area at each end of the field that teams are either attacking or defending.

Touchdown – successfully getting the ball to the oppositions Endzone is a Touchdown

Teams – Competing sides are made up of teams.  Offensive or attacking, Defensive or actually defensive is right,  ~~~~~   and Special which we’re yet to cover.

Last thing football related before I move on to another journey I’d like to let you know about is our  DAH DAH DAH Mascot of the Episode section.

According to Wikipedia – that bastion of knowledge and bulldust the mascot for the Dallas Cowboys is Rowdy.

In 1996 Rowdy jumped on the scene as the Official Mascot of the Dallas Cowboys replacing an unofficial fan who used to be the mascot called Crazy Ray. As the Ambassador of the Dallas Cowboys, Rowdy’s job includes, but is not limited to creating game day enthusiasm at Texas Stadium. He does this at home games by driving in on his four-wheeler, tossing t-shirts into the stands, using signs like “Let’s Go Cowboys,” and mocking the opponents. Rowdy participates at every home game and selected away games.

In August 2009, Ted Ovletrea who played the character, was notified that the team was letting him go. Cowboys spokesman Brett Daniels said the character of Rowdy is still part of the team, but officials are evaluating his role on game days. Rowdy was not seen on game days during the 2009-10 season.  Rowdy is still listed on the Cowboys webpage and you can book him for some events.

Now I would like to provide a little bit of information about the other journey that I am making and that is as a beginner podcaster.  To share my thoughts and ideas about the steps that I have taken to put this together and maybe hear some of your thoughts about what would make this a better listening experience.

I’ve been scouring the internet to get as much information as I can about how to podcast.  What I needed and what I didn’t. How to make it professional and listenable.  How to get it out to an audience, grappling with the to’s and fro’s of iTunes when I’m an Android user.

Fortunately there are a number of good websites out there and YouTube videos that assisted me.  I’ve put the details of these in the show notes on my website.

I don’t have a background in any kind of sports journalism but part of my day job is training and presentation and I felt that I could with some hard work put together something that would be a ‘journey’, interesting and hopefully entertaining.

I have set up a Twitter account although I actually have two because I decided on a name change – Silly Woman.


Originally I was calling this beginners journey but that meant that after a while when the podcast journey part reduced or ceased or I kept this going as I hope to that name would mean virtually nothing.

I’ve ended up with @thisjourneyis as my Twitter handle and you are welcome to contact me there.  If you wanted to review some of the existing tweets you’ll see some that have been made along the way.

Then I researched websites and ended up using WordPress because it seemed to have everything that I needed, especially the widgets I wanted. It also seemed to play nicely with SoundCloud although I have subsequently heard some things about the possible lack of continuity with SoundCloud.  It also seems to play well with iTunes which I hope to eventually upload this cast to once I have a couple of episodes.  I guess I’ll find that out definitely though once I upload this first episode.  The website address is thisjourneythis.wordpress.com.


So what can you expect of the next few episodes? Well I’ll certainly be delving more into the game of American Football aka GridIron.  I have a long list of areas that I want to research and understand so I don’t exactly know how many episodes this’ll end up being.  I do know that I hope to publish every two weeks.

The episodes should run for about 30-40 minutes but that will depend on what I want to have in them and what I find out while researching that fortnight.

I’m using online audio grabs as interest points and have researched the copyright – Australian copyright anyway – concerning that.  I’ve put those details on my website.

So my contacts are Twitter at @thisjourneyis and website thisjourneyis.wordpress.com

Now, I’m off to edit this on Audacity, wish me luck.

Goodbye for now from thisjourneyis.


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