#SheriFootball 2016 Football Season Predictions


As most of my loyal readers know, my two favorite football teams are the Detroit Lions and the University of Michigan Wolverines.  Blue is my favorite color whether Honolulu blue or the mighty Maize & Blue.  This is a pivotal year for both of my teams. On one hand, we have a new GM of the Detroit Lions, Bob Quinn, who was with the New England Patriots since 2000 with his departing title as Director of Pro Scouting.  Then we have the mega-hype of the crazy, love him or hate him, Jim Harbaugh as the Head Coach in his second year at the University of Michigan.

Make it quick!

I am going to rip the Band-Aid off the Detroit Lions season first because it’s going to hurt. The Detroit Lions will end the season 12 wins and 4 losses. The Lions will make it into the playoffs as a wild card. If the Lions do not win their wild card game to make it into a second playoff game, I will not count the 2016 season as an improvement on the “same old Lions.” Actually, my gut tells me their season record will be 11 wins and 5 losses, but I am hoping Bob Quinn will not only strike some fear into the team but Coach Caldwell will be feeling the heat too.

Are they the same old Lions?

Only time will tell if the Detroit Lions are on their way to dumping that tired but true tag line, “Same Old Lions.”  If Coach Caldwell’s sideline game face is any indication, the Lions will continue to be cooking Brussel sprouts out on the field. Look for penalties and injuries to be their downfall.

What’s new with the Lions

Seriously?  This has Kelly Stafford written all over it with the Detroit Lions finally getting their own cheerleaders. But, whatever, I don’t understand the need for cheerleaders in professional sports. I can imagine cheerleaders for other professional teams probably doing great marketing and community service work, but the wives of tDetroit Lions football players have always been outstanding in that area as team advocates in the Detroit and surrounding area. Oh well, what do I know?  What I DO know is that cheerleaders don’t win games.  And the Detroit Lions better win games this season including making it to and winning in the playoffs.

Hail! To the Victors!

I’ll be honest. I did NOT like Jim Harbaugh when he was the Head Coach of the San Francisco 49’ers. I thought he was abrupt and rude. Since he has been in Ann Arbor, I’ve seen his intensity and true love of the game of football. Is he crazy? Absolutely! But I know how it feels to be intensely in love with football and be a crazy fan of a losing team like the Detroit Lions. So count me in. I am crazy too. Now, am I crazy enough to believe Jim Harbaugh will bring a National Championship team back to Ann Arbor this season?

No, however…

I think the Wolverines will end the season with 10 wins and 2 losses. They will battle it out in the Big Ten Championship game facing either Wisconsin or Ohio State. I don’t want to be a mean big sister but Michigan will finally turn the tide on the Michigan State Spartans this year. I may not wear green because green gives me a terrible case of the hives, but I will always cheer for Michigan teams just not on Saturday, October 29th. Sorry Sparty friends, the Michigan Wolverines will win in East Lansing this year.

For the Love of Scotch!

I will say it one more time. Respect the rules of the game and Sheri’s Rules for the 2016 Football Season. In case you missed reading them, see my earlier pre-season post, Sheri’s Rules for 2016 Football Season.  There have already been a few offenders this season, but I won’t mention any names (Vinny Sal, Mom, Penny).

I’m ready, are you?

I am hoping my teams prove me wrong this season. The Detroit Lions will finally make it to the Super Bowl because I do think there will a surprise team that makes it to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on February 5, 2017.  I am praying they make it.

Will my mighty Wolverines make it to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on January 9, 2017? Let the Harbaugh hype continue! #GoBlue

Schedules for both teams:

Detroit Lions 2016 Football Schedule

University of Michigan 2016 Football Schedule

OnePride #DetroitLions #GoBlue #WeAllHail



Yours truly,



Sheri’s Rules for Football Season 2016

2016 Rules

It’s that time of year again.

This is the 2016 edition of “Sheri’s Rules for Football Season.”

Every year these rules are updated because friends, family, and newcomers are willfully absent minded or ignorant of this very special and exciting time of year. Also, some of you find new and inventive ways to break the rules in which causes me to update them season after season.

So let’s start with the basic rules, shall we?

1) The Detroit Lions and the Michigan Wolverines are the MOST important games. It is critical that Sheri’s Rules be followed particularly when these two teams are playing. With that said, however, it is essential for you to understand that if ANY football game is on, you MUST obey the rules.

To help you abide by this rule, I have listed below important links to the 2016 football schedules. Please print, post, and/or save to every communication device: smartphone, laptop, iPad, desktop computer, and front door or car dashboard (if you plan to visit me).


2) For all of you who feel that the preseason games do not matter, I say, “What kind of football fan are you????” Hell yea! They matter! Sorry, but Sheri’s Rules apply whenever football is on. Period!

Oh! For the love of scotch!

3) KNOW football rules and terminology! I don’t have time to teach you. The game is on!!

If you know how to use Google Chrome or if you are an oldie, Internet Explorer, here are links to both professional and college rules:

There are NFL rule changes for the 2016 season, so study up!


The NCAA charges $7.80. It’s worth it if you don’t want a penalty:


4) 2016 NFL Officials Roster. Why provide a link? Two names: Ed Hoculi and Gene Steratore are my favorite officials. You know I will be watching their games.


The “B” Exception Rule

I am posting the “B” Exception Rule first this football season rather than last so you can see that I have a heart in certain instances, but the exceptions are extreme B’s. Remember these “B” exemptions when reading the rules below because I can only be interrupted under these circumstances.

B1: Blood

Bleeding that needs medical attention, let’s say a blood infusion is necessary. Okay, now that falls under the “B” Exception Rule.

B2: Broken Bone

A broken bone must be a major bone in the body. A broken finger, toe, or other small bone can wait. Here’s a bag of frozen peas.

B3: Barfing

You barf, I barf. It’s that simple. It could even be the dog barfing. For those who know me very well, even simulated barfing gets me up and out of there. However, any simulated barfing pranks will mean monetary penalties.

B4: Booze

Too much to drink? Do you need a ride? Uber will be right over to pick you up.

B5: Barking

This “B” Exception is for my adorable fur kids, Penny Louise and Barkley LeRoy.


NO barking unless it is to alert Mommy that someone is at the door to interrupt Mommy’s football viewing pleasure without written prior consent. If so, you have my permission to greet them as you choose. I know how much you love mommy.

Sheri’s 2016 Rules for Football Season

1) NO telephone calls during game time.

How many years have I been posting this rule? Yet every season (Mom) I must once again repeat how easy it is to follow Sheri’s Rules for Football Season. If you really need to call versus other permissible avenues, I have a brief window at half-time, otherwise, all emails and telephone calls will be returned the next business day.

2) NO drop-in visits during game time.

I am a perfunctory listener when it comes to drop-in visits during football games. Perfunctory meaning “lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent or apathetic.”

3) NO invitations during Sheri’s football blackout period from August through February.

I get people. There are holiday parties, babies being born, weddings or some other congratulatory events that just can’t wait, but seriously, save the R.S.V.P. stamp. Your gift is in the mail.

4) NO begging for snacks, treats, or special attention.

This goes for all three of you – Penny, Barkley, and Vinny Sal – No whining, crying, sad puppy dog looks, or laying your ball toys or head forlornly in my lap. My eyes will be firmly fixed on the television screen.

5) NO snoring! – NEW RULE this season

Nothing is more irritating than snoring. For the love of scotch! Go in the bedroom and take a nap!

6) NO texting.

The only way to bend this rule is to congratulate me on an outstanding game, unless of course, a “B” Exception rule applies.

7) NO Facebook – NEW RULE this season

In past seasons I may have posted a few bait and bets on my personal Facebook page. In turn, others may have tagged me on some posts or memes that were condescending to one of my teams. To which I would counter, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but scotch will never hurt me.” (I know that line doesn’t make sense but neither do their posts.)
Because there are so many hateful political posts and discussions on Facebook due to the upcoming presidential election, I am declaring the 2016 football season a “NO Hate Zone” even for that team in OHIO.

Twitter: @TheBloggingOwl #SheriFootball

Be advised that my language may become a little colorful. Football brings out the best and worst in me. Follow me @TheBloggingOwl at your own risk.

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I’m ready, are you ready?

Each year I keep adding to the rules. For the love of scotch people!

Respect the game. Respect the rules. 




Respectfully, #SheriFootball

#SheriFootball – Before I Die

I love football may be an understatement.

Football mirrors life.

Whether it is in the boardroom or in the family room, football is the best reality TV show. Each of us can relate in some way to the game – major paydays and layoffs, tragic addictions to personal triumphs, penalties and evictions, faith and family, victory and defeat, hall of shame and Hall of Fame, injuries, illness, heartache, humble beginnings to overwhelming success and adulation. It’s all there played out on the football field.

I love everything about football. Not just the game. I watch the NFL combine, the NFL draft, spring training camps, I have visited my team’s summer training camp, pre-season, regular season, bowl games, the Heisman Trophy Award program, post season, the SuperBowl, and not to mention all of the pregame and postgame shows, or any show for that matter that highlights the players and the game. Whether it is reading the sports pages, to my iPhone apps, or video streaming, I’m there.

Who better to talk about the triumph and tragedy of football than #SheriFootball?

College football?

Michigan Wolverines. Hail to the Victors. The Maize and Blue. #GoBlue


Professional football? 

Detroit Lions. They have never made a SuperBowl appearance.  That’s 50 years. #OnePride


I love these two football teams. Another understatement?  My family and friends think so.

Go ahead. Make all the jokes you want about Jim Harbaugh’s crazy recruiting stunts the last few months. As for Lions jokes, I have heard them all. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but I will die a Wolverines and Detroit Lions fan. Now that a woman, Martha Ford is running the team; we may now be on the road to a SuperBowl. Maybe not next season, or the season after that, but hopefully, before I die.

Before football’s preseason starts I publish, “Sheri’s Rules for Football Season.” Each season brings new rules of interaction during football games. This year will not be any different, so you will want to stay tuned to The Blogging Owl later this summer for the 2016 edition. Even my mother has learned to obey the rules (well sort of), unfortunately, my two dogs, Barkley LeRoy and Penny Louise have not. They, along with Vinny Sal will have new rules – so stay tuned.

Now with all of this talk about football, you might think I am a rabid fantasy football player. Wrong! I dislike fantasy football. I’m not into video games and football pools either.  I like the real game because football is life.

Football is  essential. Duh!

#SheriFootball – Before I die, please Lord, a SuperBowl.