I'm not opposed to throwing the ball around in the yard - which I really dig - but after growing up on Football - attending many Illini Football Games at the University of Illinois; appearing in a televised Chicago Bears Superbowl Shuffle Parody (as Jim McMahon); collecting countless NFL Football Cards as a kid - I completely denounced Football at some point in High School. Maybe it was being constantly hounded to play - "You're a big guy! You should be a linebacker!" - or maybe it was just the overall culture surrounding it (I could write volumes on that), but Football was eliminated from my life. Now, as a parent, I'm letting my kids explore their own interests... even when the might not fall in-line with my own, and there's always a chance they'll like Football (which would sadden me). In the meantime, I have no problem tossing the ball in the yard, even though I can't throw a spiral anymore.
At the beginning of Summer, the folks at Hasbro sent us their new NERF Weather Blitz All-Conditions Football for review. Bright orange with grey accents, it's striking in appearance, and immediately grabbed the attention of Addie and Finley. From a parental standpoint, I marveled at how much a NERF Football has changed since I was a kid. I kept thinking about the soft foam, that would eventually dry and crack, leaving chunks out of it that look like a bite into a cake. NERF is different now... durable, and high-tech.
The gray rubber ribs make gripping the Football easy... even for the little ones. And while I might not be able to throw the ball proper, I can still get that sucker some major air...
Geared toward ages 5+, the NERF Weather Blitz All-Conditions Football will even work for some of the smaller kids (in our experience), and is an often-used piece of our sporting goods collection.
But back to Football as a whole for a minute. After a year of wanting one, I finally broke down and bought a "Baseball" T-Shirt from T-Shirt Hell. It's a picture of a Football with the word "Baseball" underneath. It's my official Football Season T-shirt for 2013, and it rocks.
Want one for yourself? Click here to get one (and I make a few bucks on the sale, too!)
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