Fall is here, and for most of America, that means it's Football Season. When I say "most of America," what I really mean is "Not here at Rock Father HQ." Truth is, I don't like Football... specifically, the game.
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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About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™.
Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality and Commentator.
He serves as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) Blogger, has made guest appearances as a member of the Sprout Kindness Crew, was featured in the Father's Day issue of Lake County Magazine, and is a former contributor to Chicago Parent.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for the likes of FEAR FACTORY, DIRGE WITHIN, PRODUCT OF HATE, ARCANIUM and others, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, and in 2013 he's been quoted on CNN, Babble, The Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project, in addition to making appearances on ABC News and WGN.
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