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Hi! My name is Puffin says" Happy Thanksgiving "

I am a Moluccan Cockatoo from Wallops Island, VA.



7 years old   F

Moluccan Cockatoo

Nuts, watermelon, oranges, apples, and grapes

On top of the cage, in the shower, and on the couch with Mom



She loves to cuddle with me and gives me treats.

I like to puff my feathers up even without being excited. So that is why I am named puffin..

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  `Ü´ Greetings & A Happy Day After
Thanksgiving to you Miss Puffin! I do hope your Thanksgiving was one of contemplation and appreciation for all the blessings you share with your flockily, as well as loving time together to celebrate all of those blessings.

As I mentioned several days ago, my momma and daddy were blessed with not only the very first Holiday Celebration (or celebration of any event or holiday) with EVERYone in daddy’s family being present, but also a several day long visit with my Grandma beforehand, and a couple of days to come still with my Uncle.

As a result, I have not been able to visit as regularly as I otherwise would have. But parrotsonally, I did use the contemplations of the Holiday to count the many featheriendship blessings that I’ve had in the process of this Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown that I’ve been on this month, AND the love and support you’ve all shown me in that effort. And I eggstend my most heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you.

For today I thought I would lighten the spirit of the Campaign and share a funny story. We will, however, finish up with our FootBall information before the month is out.

This is a story that I “made up” about my frother Jake. The originally disguised parrot’s identity was changed to reveal Jake’s NON-innocence. **GiGGle**


BAD Jake <Ö)

Jake joined The K Kritter Korral as the first Blue-and-Gold Macaw after fister Rosalie made her Journey to The Rainbow Bridge. He had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.

Every word out of his beak was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. Momma tried and tried to change his attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else she could think of to clean up his vocabulary.

Finally, Momma was fed up and she yelled at Jake <Ö). Jake <Ö), of course, yelled back. Momma shook him and he got angrier and even more rude. In desperation, Momma threw up her hands, grabbed Jake <Ö) and put him in the freezer.

For a few minutes Jake <Ö) squawked and kicked and screamed. (And Jake <Ö) screams LIKE A GIRL! **TeeHee**.) Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a sound was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that she had hurt him, Momma quickly opened the door to the freezer. Jake <Ö) calmly stepped out onto Momma’s outstretched hand and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I am sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

Momma was absolutely stunned at the change in Jake’s <Ö) attitude.

As she was about to ask Jake <Ö) what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, he spoke up, very softly, and asked … "May I ask what the turkey did?"


`Ü´ Big Beaky **GRiN** `Ü´

A bientot, mon amie
[See you soon, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Tells the Tale of 'BAD Parrot Jake <Ö)!'.

11/28/2014 04:27.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Thanksgiving Puffin
V4U today. We're flying by to wish all of you a wonderful and a very Happy Thanksgiving. :) Mom's busy in the kitchen, Dad's busy reading the paper. LOL :) Everyone will be coming to our house for Thanksgiving lunch today. Our flock has been told that we will get some of the food, too. :) We are so glad to have your friendship at Thanksgiving and all year long. Wishing you a wonderful day. :) From, Mayo

Come visit me, Mayo, Dandy & Marigold.

11/27/2014 06:20.28 AM Report This Comment  
  HI Puffin
I think between you and I we could do some serious redecorating in the bathroom....hehehehehe. I am glad that you enjoyed the toys:) I like the cork toys too, but it takes me longer than it would you to chew them up....LOL! I hope all your birdy buddies are enjoying them:) We got 5 inches of wet snow overnight. I am glad I am an indoor bird! Hope you have a good evening and a Happy Thanksgiving;)

hugs,

Chicklet

Come visit me, In loving memory of my beloved Joey, Cleo, Chicklet, Poppy- Goodbye Joey my love, Jazz-Thanks everybirdie! What a great surprise! & Sunny.

11/25/2014 07:14.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms Puffy Graydus from Angel Christy & Jenny
...thank you so much for the beautiful Thanksgiving card from you and our sweet aunt Theresa, we are so lax at sending them these days! We are just having cold, but not so unusual for this time of the year! We hope the illiterate folks in Furguson are happy with all their looting and violence, they must have needed an excuse to get more booze & new things! We have a thought on all that, but perhaps not so appropriate for our beloved BC! Dad is prepping our turkey in the final thaw, chopped onions, celery, Emeril Lagasse turkey rub, onion & garlic powder, butter, and lots of love, a lot of work, but for dad a labor of love, don't tell his heart doctor, LOL! Have a great day dear friends, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Forever love from Angel Christy, Jenny, & our Dallas family

PS~Welcome home on leave Spec 4 Kevin, our favorite new Army Ranger, please give our buddy Panther our love! Good luck in your next duty station...

Come visit me, Ziggy~do not make me angry, I bite all but Chyna, Jenny Peyton Brady~I will rock you-Omaha Set Hut!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Christy~Cheering for all players-I love them all.., Ms LaLo~I'm ready, are you, it's kick off time... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

11/25/2014 12:09.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
You also have a lovely pic!
Mom had fun at the wildlife center yesterday, she did the RVS animals again, which means she fed the bats. She loves doing that, they think they are so fierce, baring their teeth at her! She also did the raccoons outside, as well as the raccoon and ground hog inside.
Today we are going to make cornbread for the stuffing. I hope we all get a sample. If mom has the ambition, she will bake the pies, but she would prefer to wait until tomorrow so they will be fresher. Mom's daughter ordered a fresh local turkey which she will pick up after work and drop here on her way home.
Mom does have an errand today: she needs a 6 foot lead for Daisy's class tonight. She got the mat, the treats are ready, the clicker is in her pocket, but she doesn't have a small 6' leash. The one she has is really thick, too big for that little dog. I only hope she is able to teach that dog some manners! Mom has done her homework all week, so maybe there's a chance this dog will be better by the end of class.
I hope you are all having a good day. Don't forget to come by the Lakers page today to celebrate Thanksgiving with our team! Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Go Pilgrims!, Peppino, Go Pilgrims!, Divo & Falco, Rah rah for the Pilgrims!.

11/25/2014 08:18.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
You also have a lovely pic!
Mom had fun at the wildlife center yesterday, she did the RVS animals again, which means she fed the bats. She loves doing that, they think they are so fierce, baring their teeth at her! She also did the raccoons outside, as well as the raccoon and ground hog inside.
Today we are going to make cornbread for the stuffing. I hope we all get a sample. If mom has the ambition, she will bake the pies, but she would prefer to wait until tomorrow so they will be fresher. Mom's daughter ordered a fresh local turkey which she will pick up after work and drop here on her way home.
Mom does have an errand today: she needs a 6 foot lead for Daisy's class tonight. She got the mat, the treats are ready, the clicker is in her pocket, but she doesn't have a small 6' leash. The one she has is really thick, too big for that little dog. I only hope she is able to teach that dog some manners! Mom has done her homework all week, so maybe there's a chance this dog will be better by the end of class.
I hope you are all having a good day. Don't forget to come by the Lakers page today to celebrate Thanksgiving with our team! Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Go Pilgrims!, Peppino, Go Pilgrims!, Divo & Falco, Rah rah for the Pilgrims!.

11/25/2014 08:17.42 AM Report This Comment  
  HI Puffin
Nice profile pic! Glad mom enjoyed everything;) I hope you do too! Mom has been busy making us toys for Christmas and I am all excited about it! I even have been given a few samples and sure have been ripping into them:) I am going to get a loot as I have been a good girl:) Hope you have a good evening:)

hugs,

Chicklet

Come visit me, In loving memory of my beloved Joey, Cleo, Chicklet, Poppy- Goodbye Joey my love, Jazz-Thanks everybirdie! What a great surprise! & Sunny.

11/24/2014 08:00.24 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Lovely Monday to You
Miss Puffin!

I do hope that your Saturday and Sunday were full of fun and productivity. I know in my case I had to relinquish Momma’s eggsclusive attention and assistance on my Campaign to be your December Bird of the Month to more pressing parrontal matters around our K Kritter Korral. (The portion of Sunday during which Momma was available to bring me to your page for a visit, the BirdChannel was not cooperating. You might say that their GPS was out of order! **TeeHee**)

You see, Momma and Daddy were informed that they could eggspect a visit from my Grandma from Idaho from later today, to last thru Thursday morning when they all gather at Daddy’s youngest brother’s home about an hour away from us for the first Family Celebration with everyone present since Momma and Daddy have known each other. Grandma was eager to be able to spend time here with Momma and Daddy, and all of us fids of course, before joining the rest of the family for a concurrent Celebration of Thanksgiving and her BirthDay on Thursday! Then she will remain with my Uncle and his family until she returns to her home in Idaho later in the week, while my other Uncle comes to pay us a visit over the long weekend.

So, all of this is to say that my visits may be a bit sporadic from now thru the end of the month, due to Grandma’s visit, the Holiday weekend with my Uncle visiting, and the upcoming Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game. I do apologize in advance for any visits I shall have to forego. But rest assured that I shall continue to do my utmost to bring you the maximum amount of FootBall information in the time we have left together.

And on that note, let us get straight to the information I’ve promised you next about the Offensive Squad on a FootBall team …


Let’s begin our eggsamination of the individual Positions on the Offensive Squad.

QuarterBack – The Player who usually receives the ball from the Center at the start of each play. He informs his TeamMates in the huddle of the play that will be run and then, after the Center snaps* the ball to him, either hands the ball to a Running Back or throws to a Receiver.

Center – The Player who hikes (or snaps) the ball to the QuarterBack at the start of each play. The term comes from the fact that this Player is flanked on either side by a Guard and a Tackle; he’s the “MiddleMan” (or Center) in a contingent of five Offensive LineMen or Blockers. He handles the ball on every play and also snaps the ball to the Punter and Holder.

Guard – There are two Guards on every play, and they line up on either side of the Offensive Center. The Guards protect the QuarterBack from an Inside Rusher; they block Defenders immediately across from them and also swing out, or pull**, and run toward either end [of the line] to block any Defender when the ball carrier runs wide°.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Tells the Tale of 'BAD Parrot Jake <Ö)!'.

11/24/2014 09:39.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Tackle – Both Offensive and Defensive, on Offense they are Outside Blockers on the line of scrimmage°°.

Tight End – Serves as a BIG Receiver [Oh MY!] and also a Blocker. Unlike a Wide Receiver, this Player generally lines up beside the Offensive Tackle either to the right or to the left of the QuarterBack. (Also “Strong Side+”)

Wide Receiver – The Player who uses his speed and quickness to elude Defenders and catch the FootBall, but who isn’t primarily a Blocker. Wide Receivers are also known as “pass catchers” [but I-I-I would parrotsonally NOT disparage one so!]. Also called a WideOut.

Running Back – A Player who runs with the FootBall. Running Backs are also referred to as TailBacks and HalfBacks, depending on their exact responsibilities and alignment.

FullBack – A Player who lines up in the Offensive backfield++ and generally is responsible for blocking for the Running Back and pass-blocking to protect the QuarterBack. FullBacks also serve as short-yardage runners.


I would also like to call your attention to a display of several of the basic Offensive Formations which appear in the Gallery at the bottom of my page. (They also appear in my Profile Picture at the top of my page; but they are much clearer and contain eggsplanatory text in the photos in the Gallery.) I hope these are of use to you in recognizing some of what happens on the actual field of play the next time you watch a FootBall Game.

I am also including several definitions of terms used in the above Position Descriptions at the end of this note.

Have a Greyt Day! Perhaps enjoy watching The Jets play The Bills at 7:00 pm on CBS, or The Ravens play at The Saints at 8:30 pm on ESPN. Both times are EST. Remember, it is virtually illegal to watch a FootBall Game quietly. So do what we Avians are most well-known for doing … **S*Q*U*A*W*K** . **I*T** . **U*P** ! ! !

À la prochen frois, mon amie,
[Until next time, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Beongia ♥


*snap—the action in which the ball in handed or hiked by the Center to the QuarterBack, to the Holder on a kick attempt, or to the Punter.
**pull—when a player leaves one area of the field, generally moving back and then over, to block in an area other than his normal position.
°run wide
°°line of scrimmage—the imaginary boundary between the two teams prior to the snap of the ball. The Offense’s and Defense’s scrimmage lines are defined by the tip of the ball closest to them and stretch from sideline to sideline. The Defensive Team usually lines up less than a yard away from where the ball is placed.
+strong side—the side of the Offensive formation where the Tight End aligns. With a right-handed QuarterBack, the strong side is usually to his right side.
++backfield—the group of Offensive Players (the Running Backs and QuarterBack) who line up behind the line of scrimmage (vs the Offensive LineMen and/or Receivers who line up at the line of scrimmage).

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Tells the Tale of 'BAD Parrot Jake <Ö)!'.

11/24/2014 09:39.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
and awesome Mom Theresa!
I am apologizing for not coming by to see you yesterday!Mom was sitting down and getting our blogs done when all of a sudden we kept getting the Squawkatiel and then the 404 page not found and the runntime error and we couldn't get on BC so Mom thought that if she logged out and then logged back in again she could get us back on but that only made it worse,we couldn't get on period and this happened from late morning to the rest of the day and night,so here we are trying to catch up where we rudely got dumped.Mom has been having BC problems all week long and it just culminated yesterday when we got shut down entirely!We wanted to come and thank you for both the beautiful cards you sent us and Mom and all of us cherish them more than you can know!Thank you soo much,you always know how to make our days so bright!We can't thank you enough for the prayers you send for both me and Mario,they mean so much to us and they must be working because Mario is now eating and trying to climb the cage bars and wants to always be where Mom is,so she tries to bring him into the room where she's working!My dad watched him yesterday chirping happily to a Beatles tune that came on the radio all animated and chirping with the rhythm of the song!I have my good days and my bad days with my feet as now Mario is experiencing also now that Mom has two of us with gout.The soft flat perches that I have in my cage,Mom gave Mario one of those to perch on and he just loves it also help so much to take the pressure off our toes,my toes are so twisted now and I can't hold on to anything not even Mom when I perch on her shoulder so Mom has to leave me in my cage until she's able to have me out and watch that I don't fall off with any fast moves!
Mom,Nana and all of us are wishing you and your sweet Momma a most wonderful Thanksgiving,we all love you sooo sooo much,please give your incredible Momma a big warm hug from my Mom and Nana and we all send her warm wing hugs also!She too is the most amazing Mom ever!Please give Ceasaur a big hug from me also and your whole flock!You all mean the world to us here!We love you more than you can imagine!
You have the most awesome Profile Thanksgiving pic also!Thank you so much for liking mine!
Its a dark,dismal,dreary pouring rainy day here but the temperatures are warm at 59 and supposedly going up to 61.Its not cold but having no sun and warm weather just doesn't cut it for us!Where is the bright sunshine?
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm GCC hugs and soft GCC kisses to everyone there from everyone here!Loving you always and forever,Dixie and flock,Mom Rose and family too!

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

11/24/2014 08:33.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
We got the nicest card today, with a beautiful picture of you inside. Thank you so much for thinking of us, and we want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, too! Hugs, Falco and the boys (and Mom Arlene)

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Go Pilgrims!, Peppino, Go Pilgrims!, Divo & Falco, Rah rah for the Pilgrims!.

11/21/2014 07:43.06 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & OH! MY!! GOODness!!!
Miss Puffin!

Does anybirdy ELSE realize how much there is to KNOW about FootBall??? Why … I had no idea how much I DIDN’T KNOW until Momma consented to help me learn for the sake of my Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown, and sharing her passion for The Game so that I might understand all of the HoopLa that I hear coming from the area of the television every time she watches a Game!!

HEAVENS to BETSY … and BACK!!!

Well! As promised, we shall begin our investigation into the individual responsibilities of the Players in each Position today. But I fear it will never fit into one day’s note. So we shall simply spread it out over several days so that you, My Featheriend, can take it all in and not fall asleep before you learn what you need to know!

You may recall from our earlier information that the NFL limits active, uniformed Players to 45 per Team on Game Day.

Each FootBall Team has 11 Players per side: 11 on Offense and 11 on Defense. Teams are allowed to play with fewer than 11 Players (and for the LIFE of me I can’t IMAGINE WHY they would WANT to???), but they are penalized for having more than 11 Players on the Field during play. Rarely, a few eggsceptionally talented Players may play both Offense and Defense in the NFL. (And I do believe that we have a few of those eggsceptionally talented Birdie FootBall Players on the Indians and Pilgrims Team Rosters!)

A typical NFL Game Day roster includes three QuarterBacks, a Punter, a PlaceKicker, a Kick Return Specialist, eight Offensive LineMen, four Running Backs, five Receivers, two Tight Ends, seven Defensive LineMen, seven LineBackers, and six Defensive Backs. (The NONSTARTING Players – that is, those who are not among the 22 or so Players who are listed in the Starting LineUp – are considered Reserves, and many of them are Specialists.)

In the NFL, an additional Player can be in uniform, but he must be a QuarterBack and enter the Game only after the other QuarterBacks have been removed from the Game because of injury. When this eggstra QuarterBack, or 46th Player, enters the Game, the other QuarterBacks are deemed ineligible and cannot return to that Game even if they are healthy.

With our very own 3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game approaching in a little over a week, and Players needing and wanting to know how to practice to yield the most effective results, when we next meet I shall delve into the individual Positions on the Offensive Squad.

Before I depart this evening, though, I do wish to thank you, once again, for your wonderful continuing support of my efforts to be your Christmas Queen on BirdChannel. I am truly beginning to feel the eggscitement of the prospect of having my dream realized. You and your featheriendship are appreciated more than you know.

A bientot, mon amie,
[See you soon, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Tells the Tale of 'BAD Parrot Jake <Ö)!'.

11/21/2014 04:12.28 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Good Evening
Miss Puffin!

I am flitting by this evening for a very short visit to share with you a little bit of the great fun I had this Tuesday past presenting a program with Momma for The Sylvan Seniors at Mt Sylvan United Methodist Church in Durham, where Momma and Daddy attend. (They do not attend the s-e-n-i-o-r-s functions. **TeeHee** They attend CHURCH there.)

Momma and I were given half an hour to address the group, to share what Life with a Parrot is like, for most of them had never had an eggsperience with a companion parrot; particularly not one of my size! When we have a program like that, Momma usually starts out by eggsplaining how she and Daddy came to start a flock like the K Kritter Korral, and how it grew; and then, through sheer human curiosity, we have a wonderful conversation about what all is entailed in living with a parrot (or parrotS). Of course, I-I-I contribute greatly to program content; this time including a stroll back and forth in front of the front row at one point, for emphasis of the subject matter at hand. (At just the right point in time I climbed down off my play stand and let Momma know I had something to add. **GRiN**)

When our time for the presentation was over, the group had some lunch together. I was given my fill of some lovely white grapes by a number of brave ladies and gentlemen, and then several of them wanted to have their picture taken with me. In my Gallery at the bottom of my page you can see just a couple of the lovely folks I visited with parrotsonally.

I shall return with those promised eggsplanations of the positions of the players on a FootBall team when next I visit.

Toutes alors, mon amie,
[Until then, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Tells the Tale of 'BAD Parrot Jake <Ö)!'.

11/20/2014 04:40.54 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ ** TODAY is THE DAY ! ! ! **
Miss Puffin! Today we introduce the Teams who will be playing each other in the 2014-3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game!!! The Indians, led by Senegal Parrot Kiddo of Simi Valley, California, will face off against The Pilgrims, led by Citron-Crested Cockatoo, Taz of the Proctor Flock in a contest that has come to be one of THE most attended sporting events on BirdChannel. The Game will be played on BirdChannel Profile Page #165848. Kick-off is set for 8:00 pm, Eastern on Saturday, November 29th.

Before we meet the Teams, however, I would like to ask a parrotsonal favor of you. The very first new Birdy Featheriend I made upon moving to North Carolina is a v-e-r-y handsome young Blue-Throated Macaw Fellow, Mr Rylan. If it would not be too much of a bother, would you please stop by his page and bid him a warm BirdChannel Flockily **Welcome**? I would be forever in your debt. His Page number is 273853.


Without further ado, here is each Team’s Roster …

The Indians:

KIDDO – Captain/Wide Receiver (Page #7592)
DIXIE – Tight End (Page #61444)
KALLIE – Cornerback (Page #195234)
PEEPERS – Guard/Tackle (Page #161001)
LITTLE ANGEL – Wide Receiver (Page #224909)
JENNY LYNN – Quarterback (Page #50146)
LALO – Running Back (Page #195198)
ZIGGY – Guard/Tackle, both Defensive and Offensive (Page #255570)
KAJI – Defensive End (Page #43005)
SWEETPEPPER – Running Back (Page 9015)
KACEY – Cornerback (Page #9043)
MIKEY – Cornerback (Page #61671)
ZIPPY – Halfback/Kicker (Page #187855)
SCOOBER – Center (Page #204968)
CHICA – Fullback (Page #204081)
HULK – Guard/Tackle, both Defensive and Offensive (Page #149144)
SAM-I-AM – Linebacker, both Defensive and Offensive (Page #185466)
PEARL – Free Safety (Page #187354)
SILVER – Strong Safety (Page #187354)

The Pilgrims:
TAZ – Captain/Wide Receiver (Page #204517)
RAFFI – Fullback (Page #200563)
WILLIE – Running Back (Page #176463)
PEPPINO – Tight End (Page #262561)
SKY – Quarterback (Page #224183)
COOKIE – Defensive end (Page #195216)
CHIPPER – Halfback (Page #257319)
SIMON – Wide Receiver (Page #203934)
NAPOLEON – Center (Page #204652)
CORI – Fullback (Page #162513)
PADDY – Guard/Tackle (Page #256665)
PICABO – Linebacker, both Defensive and Offensive (Page #15043)
SCION – Strong Safety (Page #28420)
PANTHER – Cornerback (Page #245623)
TWEETY – Guard/Tackle, both Defensive and Offensive (Page #245629)
JEDI – Cornerback (Page #254730)
SQUEAKY – Safety (Page #28415)
POOKIE – Free Safety (Page #160973)
ROSIE – Running Back (Page #204066)

And there you have the names, teams, positions, and page numbers of all the birdies who will be PLAYING in the Bowl Game at the Thanksgiving Milonga this year. I encourage you to visit your teammates, AND your opponents if you so choose, to get to know each other better and to strategize as much as possible between now and The Big Game!

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Tells the Tale of 'BAD Parrot Jake <Ö)!'.

11/19/2014 04:26.40 PM Report This Comment  
  But we mustn’t forget the lovely CheerLeading Squads who will also be putting their all into the evening’s Sporting Event. They are …

Indians:
CHYNA – Squad Leader (Page #221660)
POLLY (Page #172126)
BOO BOO (Page #162724)
PIDDY GIRL (Page #256665)
SUZI Q (Page #204930)

Pilgrims:
FALCO – Squad Leader (Page #146315)
JEWELS (Page #204969)
CHLOE (Page #204716)
SNOWFLAKe (Page #245631)
LAKA (Page #259145)

It would be so thoughtful of you to visit these Lovely LadyBirds as well, to offer your appreciation for their efforts to make this Event even more special.


Next time we shall take the opportunity to review what each position’s responsibility is and perhaps add a few more definitions to our FootBall Speak.

Toutes alors, mon amie,
[Until then, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Tells the Tale of 'BAD Parrot Jake <Ö)!'.

11/19/2014 04:26.30 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings and Welcome to This Week’s
Edition of “Monday Morning QuarterBack”, Miss Puffin, with Yours Truly hosting on this final day of Week 11 of the 2014 NFL Regular Season Play. Before we move along to today’s topic of discussion, here is an overview of the Standings in The League after the first 11 weeks …

AFC East Team
New England Patriots – 8/2/0
Miami Dolphins – 6/4/0
Buffalo Bills – 5/5/0
New York Jets – 2/8/0

AFC North Team
Cincinnati Bengals – 6/3/1
Baltimore Ravens – 6/4/0
Pittsburgh Steelers – 6/4/0
Cleveland Browns – 6/4/0

AFC South Team
Indianapolis Colts – 6/4/0
Houston Texans – 5/5/0
Tennessee Titans – 2/7/0
Jacksonville Jaguars – 1/9/0

AFC West Team
Denver Broncos – 7/3/0
Kansas City Chiefs – 7/3/0
San Diego Chargers – 6/4/0
Oakland Raiders 0/10/0

NFC East Team
Philadelphia Eagles – 7/3/0
Dallas Cowboys – 7/3/0
New York Giants – 3/7/0
Washington Redskins – 3/7/0

NFC North Team
Detroit Lions – 7/3/0
Green Bay Packers – 7/3/0
Chicago Bears – 4/6/0
Minnesota Vikings – 4/6/0

NFC South Team
Atlanta Falcons – 4/6/0
New Orleans Saints – 4/6/0
Carolina Panthers – 3/7/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 2/8/0

NFC West Team
Arizona Cardinals – 9/1/0
San Francisco 49ers – 6/4/0
Seattle Sea Hawks – 6/4/0
St Louis Rams – 4/6/0

[Remember that Pittsburgh travels to Tennessee for their Week 11 Game tonight. It will be broadcast on ESPN at 8:30 pm ET.]


And now, in keeping with our intention of building for you a firm foundation of knowledge of the background of America’s Most Popular Sport, today we present …

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11/17/2014 07:04.49 PM Report This Comment  
  SEASON AND PLAYOFF DEVELOPMENT
From 1920 to 1934, the NFL did not have a set number of games for teams to play, instead setting a minimum. The league mandated a 12-game regular season for each team beginning in 1935, later shortening this to 11 games in 1937 and 10 games in 1943, mainly due to World War II. After the war ended, the number of games returned to 11 games in1946 and to 12 in 1947. The NFL went to a 14-game schedule in 1961, which it retained until switching to the current 16-game schedule in 1978. Proposals to increase the regular season to 18 games have been made, but have been rejected in labor negotiations with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).

The NFL operated in a two-conference system from 1933 to 1966, where the champions of each conference would meet in the NFL Championship Game. If two teams tied for the conference lead, they would meet in a one-game playoff to determine the conference champion. In 1967, the NFL expanded from 15 teams to 16 teams. Instead of just evening out the conferences by adding the expansion New Orleans Saints to the seven-member Western Conference, the NFL realigned the conferences and split each into two four-team divisions. The four conference champions would meet in the NFL playoffs, a two-round playoff. The NFL also operated the Playoff Bowl (officially the Bert Bell Benefit Bowl) from 1960 to 1969. Effectively a third-place game, pitting the two conference runners-up against each other, the league considers Playoff Bowls to have been exhibitions rather than playoff games. The league discontinued the Playoff Bowl in 1970 due to its perception as a game for losers.

Following the addition of the former AFL teams into the NFL in 1970, the NFL split into two conferences with three divisions each. The expanded league, now with twenty-six teams, would also feature an expanded eight-team eight-game playoff, the participants being the three division champions from each conference as well as one 'wild card' team (the team with the best win percentage) from each conference. In 1978, the league added a second wild card team from each conference, bringing the total number of playoff teams to ten, and a further two wild card teams were added in 1990 to bring the total to twelve. When the NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002, the league realigned, changing the division structure from three divisions in each conference to four divisions in each conference. As each division champion gets a playoff bid, the number of wild card teams from each conference dropped from three to two.


Next time, I shall be pleased to present The Players who will be participating in the upcoming 3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game, as well as the CheerLeading Squads! Be sure to tune in to find out which birdies will be playing in which positions and on which squad. In the coming days we shall investigate the distinctions between the positions!

Toutes alors, mon amie
[Until then, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Begonia ♥

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11/17/2014 07:04.40 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Happy Sunday
Miss Puffin!

It would seem that most of North America is in the middle of an early onset of Winter, wouldn’t it? There are those FootBall Fans who would call this REAL FootBall Weather! And in view of the “chill” in the air, I am bringing mugs of Hot Cocoa (with marshmallows, if you like) for us to enjoy during my visit today. But this is what I would like to inquire of you: Is this weather inspiring everybirdy to prepare for the upcoming 3rd ANNUAL MILONGA THANKSGIVING BOWL GAME??? **Tee Hee**


Today I am deviating a bit from the previous path of information about the NFL in order to address two questions that were presented by several birdies regarding my last note.

First, a number of you asked if the entire building at 345 Park Avenue in New York City was occupied by the offices of the NFL. Well … no. For an inside look at the Ted Moudis Associates designed NFL headquarters, home to the employees that help power our favorite sport, I direct your attention to the Gallery at the bottom of my Profile Page. The modern, multi-level office space is located, as I mentioned in my last note, at 345 Park Avenue in Lower Manhattan, and was designed by TMA with the goal to “carry its strong brand identity throughout the design.” The office includes a League Room for the owners of our favorite franchises to hold meetings, employee cafeteria complete with kitchen along with an employee store, fitness center for staying in shape with lockers and showers, and a whole lot more. The 4 main floors of the office building were designed to represent the “Four Pillars” of the National Football League, which include The Game, The Teams, The Fans, and of course The Innovation. The 5th floor of the building houses the Officiating Command Center, and the 6th floor includes multiple outdoor terrace areas.

Other current tenants include The Blackstone Group, Consulate General of Ireland, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Capital Trust, Deutsche Bank, KPMG, and Piper Jaffray.


Secondly, several birdies were curious about who the three “pre-NFL/AFL-merger” teams were. As nearly as I can discern, those teams were the AAFC Teams the Cleveland Browns, the San Francisco 49ers, and the original version of the Baltimore Colts.

Since its inception in 1920, the NFL fended off several rival leagues. Before 1960, the most important rival was the All-America Football Conference (AAFC), which began play in 1946. The AAFC differed from the NFL in several ways, and the AAFC's perennial champions—the Cleveland Browns—were considered to be one of the best teams in professional football during that time. However, due to the AAFC's poor financial situation, the league disbanded after the 1949 season.

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11/16/2014 02:37.05 PM Report This Comment  
  I do hope I am supplying you with interesting and accurate information that satisfies your curiosity about American FootBall, its history and its structure. I am finding the details of my research quite entertaining. Are you?

I am very happy to report than Momma’s hand is much improved! While there is still a bit of swelling and light bruising on the back of her hand, she is now able to fully use her fingers with only minimal hindrance and no discomfort. Thank you so very much for your thoughts and prayers, good wishes and concern. (I believe she and Daddy have plans to purchase a new NylaBone for Mr Tyson; one that he cannot fit through his crate to deposit on the floor and cause more accidents!!!)

When I continue with the background information of American FootBall, we shall be moving along to Season and Playoff Development. I am looking forward to sharing what I have learned in that area with you.

Toutes alors, mon amie
[Until then, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

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11/16/2014 02:36.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello is this the real beautiful Ms Puffin~Christy
...my daddy has been sending our Graydus pics to all our friends, that is how proud he is of your momma's masterful touch with our pics! We will have our daddy home with us tonight, snow is predicted when we are having our bird club meeting, much to dangerous for dad to be out in, and crossing the Iowa-Illinois Mississippi River Bridge, very slippery! We will go to our Christmas Party/Banquet at Ryan's steak house in December, they are as much fun as you can have with your clothes on, LOL! Have a great, albeit chilly Saturday, we are sending much love and caring from us Dallas kids! Spread our love to all in your happy home, it is very pure and oh so real, see ya all tomorrow...

Love from Angel Christy, Jenny, & our Dallas family

Come visit me, Ziggy~do not make me angry, I bite all but Chyna, Jenny Peyton Brady~I will rock you-Omaha Set Hut!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Christy~Cheering for all players-I love them all.., Ms LaLo~I'm ready, are you, it's kick off time... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

11/15/2014 12:40.41 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Welcome to Week 11 …
of the 2014 NFL Season! The week “kicks off” (**TeeHee** … if you will pardon the pun) tonight with the Buffalo Bills traveling to play the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The Game will air this evening on the NFL Network at 8:25 EST. Don’t forget the Stitch’s Spicy PopCorn!

It was so lovely to receive your visit, Miss Puffin, and I thank you so very much for your votes that raise the tally toward my Quest for the BOTM Crown. I am so thankful for your support. I’ve brought a freshly brewed pitcher of Iced Tea for you to enjoy with your PopCorn while you watch the Game tonight.

Now, let’s pick up where we left off, completing the Founding and History of the NFL before we move on to Season and Playoff Development next.


UNTIL THE 1960s, the NFL was the dominant professional football league and faced little competition. Rival leagues included three separate American Football Leagues and the All-America Football Conference (AAFC), none of which lasted for more than four seasons (although several teams from the AAFC joined the NFL after the league dissolved in 1949). A new professional league, the fourth American Football League (AFL), began play in 1960. The upstart AFL began to challenge the established NFL in popularity, gaining lucrative television contracts and engaging in a bidding war with the NFL for free agents and draft picks. The two leagues announced a merger on June 8, 1966, to take full effect in 1970. In the meantime, the leagues would hold a common draft and championship game. The game, the Super Bowl, was held four times before the merger, with the NFL winning Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II, and the AFL winning Super Bowl III and Super Bowl IV. After the league merged, it was split into two conferences: the National Football Conference (NFC), consisting of most of the pre-merger NFL teams, and the American Football Conference (AFC), consisting of all of the AFL teams as well as three pre-merger NFL teams.

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11/13/2014 04:09.58 PM Report This Comment  
  TODAY, THE NFL is considered the most popular sports league in North America; much of its growth is attributed to former Commissioner Pete Rozelle, who led the league from 1960 to 1989. Overall annual attendance increased from three million at the beginning of his tenure to seventeen million by the end of his tenure, and 400 million viewers watched 1989's Super Bowl XXIII. The NFL established NFL Properties in 1963. The league's licensing wing, NFL Properties earns the league billions of dollars annually; Rozelle's tenure also marked the creation of NFL Charities and a national partnership with United Way. Paul Tagliabue was elected as commissioner to succeed Rozelle; his seventeen-year tenure, which ended in 2006, was marked by large increases in television contracts and the addition of four expansion teams, as well as the introduction of league initiatives to increase the number of minorities in league and team management roles. The league's current Commissioner, Roger Goodell, has focused on reducing the number of illegal hits and making the sport safer, mainly through fining or suspending players who break rules. These actions are one of many the NFL is taking to reduce concussions and improve player safety.

I hope having a more complete image of the beginnings of American FootBall will be of some help in adding to your enjoyment of the Sport.

Toutes alors, mon amie
[Until then, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby ♥

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11/13/2014 04:09.47 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings Miss Puffin!
I do hope you were able to locate and read the posting Momma and I put together for Veteran’s Day yesterday. I apologize for both of us that we did not visit anybirdy yesterday. Momma had made an appointment for both me and Caique frother Sammy to have nail and beak trims with Dr Burkett, the BirdVet [and if you look him up on the internet, that is how you will find him listed **TeeHee**] in the afternoon, after she finished up with all of her other responsibilities, and during the time when we would normally have begun our visits. The greater complication arose when I became very agitated and overwhelmed during my beak trim. Dr Burkett even stopped his work before he finished all that he wanted to do because he told Momma it was not worth stressing me out further. Momma was VERY concerned because I was breathing so very hard, as was Dr Burkett.

At any rate, once we got home, and after Momma stayed with me for a long time to make sure that I was completely restored to normal, she herself was so stressed out that she was unable to settle herself down so that we could go to work delivering my note to everybirdy. Daddy and I both insisted that she just take the evening to calm herself and regain her composure before trying to go to sleep at bedtime so that she COULD get a good night’s rest, knowing full well that she would not be able to focus enough to be efficient while working on the computer and would therefore likely be up all night (being stubborn as she is) to complete the task.

What was so important that Momma would have scheduled an appointment with Dr Burkett for something as basic as a nail and beak trim right in the middle of the heightened activity of my Quest for the Crown? Well, I have a Public Appearance scheduled with the Seniors Group at Momma and Daddy’s church this coming Monday, and Momma wanted to be sure that my nails and beak would not be off-putting when they wanted to hold me. (And everybirdy ALWAYS wants to hold me! **GiGGle**) Besides, I-I-I always insist on looking my best when I have an appearance in front of the public.

I shall look forward to visiting again tomorrow when we shall complete our Founding and History of American FootBall, and then move on to Season and Playoff Development the next time.

Toutes alors, mon amie
[Until then, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby ♥

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11/12/2014 06:29.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
V4U today. I like your Thanksgiving picture. :) Our weather has turned very cold, winter weather has set in and is here to stay. At least the lawn mower is taking its long winters nap. Just hope we won't be needing the snow shovel too soon. LOL :) Have a good day. From, Mayo

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11/12/2014 06:33.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Thanks so much for remembering me and honoring me for BOTD. I miss my family and friends, but I am happy here. Thanks again, Hugs, Angel Gizmo

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Go Pilgrims!, Peppino, Go Pilgrims!, Divo & Falco, Rah rah for the Pilgrims!.

11/11/2014 07:43.13 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings, Miss Puffin ...
and Welcome to “Monday Morning QuarterBack”, the show that brings you interviews, highlights, and FuN and informative tidbits of information on everything from The History of FootBall to each play and position on a Team. Actually, Monday will not be the only day we broadcast (nor will it always be seen in the morning), but it’s a catchy title for the program, is it not? **GiGGle** [OoPs! That wasn’t very professional. Well, moving right along … ] On today’s program, we pick up where left off last week in our discussion of the beginnings of American FootBall.


FOUNDING AND HISTORY
On August 20, 1920, a meeting was held by representatives of the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, and Dayton Triangles at the Jordan and Hupmobile auto showroom in Canton, Ohio. This meeting resulted in the formation of the American Professional Football Conference (APFC), a group who, according to the Canton Evening Repository, intended to "raise the standard of professional football in every way possible, to eliminate bidding for players between rival clubs and to secure cooperation in the formation of schedules". Another meeting held on September 17, 1920 resulted in the renaming of the league to the American Professional Football Association (APFA). The league hired Jim Thorpe as their first president, and consisted of 14 teams. Only two of these teams, the Decatur Staleys (now the Chicago Bears) and the Chicago Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals), remain.


The Akron Pros won the first

APFA (NFL) Championship. [Y-a-a-a-Y Akron! Momma’s HomeTown!!!]
Although the league did not maintain official standings for their 1920 inaugural season and teams played schedules that included non-league opponents, the APFA awarded the Akron Pros the championship by virtue of their 8–0–3 (8 wins, 0 losses, and 3 ties) record. The following season resulted in the Chicago Staleys controversially winning the title* over the Buffalo All-Americans. In 1922, the APFA changed its name to the National Football League (NFL).


* The 1921 NFL Championship controversy, known among Buffalo sports historians and fans as the Staley Swindle, is a dispute in which the Buffalo All-Americans unintentionally surrendered the 1921 APFA Championship title to the Chicago. The controversy began at the conclusion of the 1921 season, when the All-Americans finished the season with the best record in the American Professional Football Association. However, after losing what the All-Americans owner had intended to be an exhibition game to the Staleys on December 4, 1921, the All-Americans lost their title to Chicago on a tiebreaker.


And that’s where we will have to leave you for today’s program, FootBall Fans. Be sure to tune in again for our next program where we pick up the conversation on the Founding and History of American FootBall.

Toutes alors, mon amie [Until then, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

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11/10/2014 05:40.30 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Happy Weekend
Miss Puffin!

And how are you faring on this lovely Sunday, My Featheriend? In my last post, I alluded to the familiar saying, “Man [and LadyBirds and their mommas] plan, and God laughs!” Well, Father God is having a BELLY LAUGH today on The K Kritter Korral!!!

The first thing Saturday morning, on a day that Momma was absolutely certain would be a day in which we could easily visit each of my featheriends at a leisurely pace, she needed to phone our Kittys’ Veterinary Hospital once a-g-a-i-n and make an appointment for a DIFFERENT KITTY from last week’s visit to be seen immediately. Yesterday morning it was Mr Larry Kitty who was having difficulties and throwing up multiple times; and it concerned Momma greatly. Momma and Daddy took him to see Dr Ken at the kitties’ new Triangle Clinic in Durham and once again Dr Ken gave our kitty an injection to make him feel better. It does seem to be working, and Momma is more at ease about the situation now. But the whole turn of events had, once a-g-a-i-n, set us behind schedule.

So, without further ado, I shall move immediately to Part II of “The History of the NFL”. Previously we talked a bit about how the League was born, and how it reached its current structure. Today we shall take a brief look at how the Teams are regulated and Championship Records from previous Seasons.

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11/09/2014 09:53.12 AM Report This Comment  
  EACH TEAM IS ALLOWED
to have up to 53 players during the regular season, but only 46 can be active (eligible to play) on game days. Teams are given exclusive rights to sign free agents* that have three or fewer seasons in the league, but free agents that have been in the league at least four years can sign with any team of their choosing. Each team is subject to a salary cap**.

The champions of the most recent season, the 2013 season, are the Seattle Seahawks, who defeated the Denver Broncos by a score of 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. The team with the most championships is the Green Bay Packers, who have won 13 championships. The team that currently has the second most Super Bowl championships is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have won six.

In an earnest effort to keep my notes to a minimum, I shall bring this portion of our investigation into FootBall to a close for today. I hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit of the foundation of America’s BIGGEST Sport. I most certainly have enjoyed bringing it to you.

Have a lovely day. A bientot, mon amie [See you soon, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥


DEFINITIONS:

*free agent – A player who is eligible to sign with any club or franchise, i.e. not under contract to any specific team. The term is also used in reference to a player who is under contract at present, but who is allowed to solicit contract offers from other teams. In some circumstances, the free agent's options are limited by league rules. (The term came into wider use after the league stopped using a "reserve clause", which provided a repetitive option for a club to renew the contract for one or more years but did not allow the player to terminate it.)

**salary cap – An agreement or rule that places a limit on the amount of money that a team can spend on player salaries. The limit exists as a per-player limit or a total limit for the team's roster, or both. (The league implemented salary caps both as a method of keeping overall costs down and to ensure parity between teams so wealthy teams cannot entrench dominance by signing many more top players than their rivals.)

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11/09/2014 09:53.02 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Heavenly Father must be laughing
Himself silly today!


Greetings & Good Friday Morning, Miss Puffin.

Once again, what Momma and I had planned for today’s note has been foiled by circumstance! However, THIS time, it is a HAPPY circumstance. Let me eggsplain. The first thing I had intended to do was to eggstend my parrotsonal invitation to you to hurry over to The Milonga Page (#165848) to sign up to be either a Member of one of the Teams to play in this year’s 3rd Annual Birdie FootBall Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl, or to participate as a CheerLeader for this year’s Game. WELL!!! As of Mr Kiddo’s visit Wednesday evening, I was informed that there had already been 31 Birdies sign up to be Players, and 10 to be CheerLeaders! So, at this point in time, with the deadline to sign up having been midnight YESTERDAY (Thursday, November 6) what there is to do now is to BE SURE to mark the date on your calendar, November 29th, to attend this wonderful Annual Event and root for your favorite Team to win; either the Pilgrims or the Indians. As my frother, (Ö> Jake would be prone to say here, “Be there, or be SQUARE!!!” **TeeHee**

Thank you so very much, Miss Puffin, for any visits and votes. I truly appreciate your support.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Tells the Tale of 'BAD Parrot Jake <Ö)!'.

11/07/2014 09:13.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Now, moving on …
to today’s planned History of the National FootBall League, this may serve to give us all a clearer picture of our American FootBall Heritage.


The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league that constitutes one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America. It is composed of 32 teams divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The highest professional level of the sport in the world, the NFL runs a 17-week regular season from the week after Labor Day to the week after Christmas, with each team playing sixteen games and having one bye week* each season. Out of the league's 32 teams, six (four division winners and two wild-card teams**) from each conference compete in the NFL playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, played between the champions of the NFC and AFC. The champions of the Super Bowl are awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Various other awards exist to recognize individual players and coaches. Most games are played on Sunday afternoons; some games are also played on Mondays and Thursdays during the regular season. There are games on Saturdays during the first two playoff weekends. Sometimes, there are also Saturday games during the last few weeks of the regular season.

The NFL was formed on August 20, 1920, as the American Professional Football Conference; the league changed its name to the American Professional Football Association (APFA) on September 17, 1920, and changed its name to the National Football League on June 24, 1922, after spending the 1920 and 1921 seasons as the APFA. Following the NFL's merger with the All-America Football Conference at the end of 1949, the league adopted the name National-American Football League, but reverted back to National Football League three months later. In 1966, the NFL agreed to merge with the rival American Football League (AFL), effective 1970; THE FIRST SUPER BOWL WAS HELD at the end of that same season IN JANUARY 1967. Today, the NFL has the highest average attendance (67,591) of any professional sports league in the world and is the most popular sports league in the United States. The Super Bowl is among the biggest club sporting events in the world and individual Super Bowl games account for many of the most-watched television programs in American history. At the corporate level, the NFL is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) association. The NFL's executive officer is the commissioner, who has broad authority in governing the league.


At this point, I shall conclude my History Lesson for the day. I shall pick up with the balance of the lesson with my next note.

Have a lovely day. À la prochen frois, mon amie [Until next time, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Tells the Tale of 'BAD Parrot Jake <Ö)!'.

11/07/2014 09:13.31 AM Report This Comment  
  DEFINITIONS
*bye week – Refers to any week during the regular season in which a team does not play a game. Each NFL team has one "bye week" during a normal season; this is placed on the schedule between Week 4 and Week 12.

**wild-card team – In general, a tournament or playoff berth awarded to a team that has not qualified through normal play. The wild-card teams constitute the two teams in each conference – after the division winners – with the best overall records.

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11/07/2014 09:13.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Dear Sugar Pie
What a beautiful picture! Oh, and the background is nice too!Hehee!
We knew you wouldn't have time to go T or T-ing, so we decided to make sure you and your flock had plenty of candy!
I love you soooooo much!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo!
Luv, Spot and BonBon♥

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!!, Spot: We made out like bandits!!!:Thanks for BOTD & Lemon Le'BonBon,Vote for Ruby35469 for Dec. BOTM!.

11/05/2014 07:46.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi again pretty Puffin, ffom Angel Christy
...we will not be able to complete our normal rounds of blogs and love notes today because our cable modem crapped completely out, taking our phone with it! However MediaCom was here in two hours to replace it and get us up and running again! Dad was less than happy and let them know in no uncertain terms that he was very PO'ed! What we are most pleased with is that the elections and negative ads are over! If we all believed all the things said by the candidates, we would not vote for any of them! My daddy voted straight Republican and they really did well, including a new GOP Governor in Illinois! The GOP will be the majority in both houses of congress, finally some real non-racist leadership might emerge! We love you all and pray that your preferred candidates did well! Have a great hump day and we will see ya all tomorrow, much love and happiness to all in your happy & loving home...

Love from a calmed down Angel Christy and dad, and Dallas flock

PS~Special love to Christy's best friends, Ms Sugar & Ms Romey

Come visit me, Ziggy~do not make me angry, I bite all but Chyna, Jenny Peyton Brady~I will rock you-Omaha Set Hut!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Christy~Cheering for all players-I love them all.., Ms LaLo~I'm ready, are you, it's kick off time... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

11/05/2014 02:27.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi sweet Puffin from Angel Christy & Jenny Lynn
...here's some big love for you, aunt Theresa, and the Wallops Island flock! Happy ToosDay everybody, don't forget to vote today, whether you want change or more of the status quo! We have learned not to reveal our political policies on BC, in the interest of friendship, diplomacy is best! We had plumbers come yesterday to install a new kitchen faucet assembly and make the toilet work better! I hope you all have a wonderful day, and give my love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love always from Angel Christy, Jenny Lynn, & our family

PS~Sending our best love to our sweet aunt Theresa, what a peach she is...........

Come visit me, Ziggy~do not make me angry, I bite all but Chyna, Jenny Peyton Brady~I will rock you-Omaha Set Hut!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Christy~Cheering for all players-I love them all.., Ms LaLo~I'm ready, are you, it's kick off time... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

11/04/2014 09:33.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hiya Puffy Girl!!!
Thank you for BOTD wishes!!
I hope that you will make it to my royal court yard aka Moms Patio this afternoon for my ParTee!! There will be Hot air balloon rides and fish pond surfing so please bring your surf board and wet suits!! I'm hoping that I can get Sam over with his band for some fine tunes and Karaoke! Miss Ruby has brought over some Tomato cup cakes which she made herself!! Yummmmmm!! My frother Peetie and his bestie Lyzo from the Mcnoodle Flock will be rustling up some veggie burgers on the grill while Miss Luca and my fister Callie cook up some special treats!! Green and Paulie will be showing off some great dance moves so I hope ya'll can make it!!
See ya then!!! Thanks for making me BOTD!!!

Hugs and kisses,

from Your pal.. King Mango
xo

Come visit me, Callie*, * Mango* Thank you for Bird of the Day! ♥, GREEN*, Peetie missing Lola ♥, Paulie* & Little Angel Peep meets Lola at the RB 6/8/14.

11/04/2014 09:29.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, sweetheart!
don't go Trick or Treating without me or Ceasaur with you! Some stupid hooman might steal you and I'd have to kill them!
Anyway, I brought you a HUGE box of candy for you and your flockily! (I only said I wouldn't share with BonBon cause she said it first!Hehee!!!
Thank you for you're congrats on BOTD and visit! I love you, honeybun, and you are sweeter than any candy!
(The box of candy is on your proch behind the slider/swing!
zozozozozozozozo!!!
Luv, Spot♥

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11/03/2014 05:56.31 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Happy FootBall Sunday to You!!!
(That is, it WAS Sunday when Momma and I started answering my notes for the day. **TeeHee** But with Daddy still not feeling well, much work fell to Momma yesterday and we got a late start with my visiting, she became weary, and I insisted that she go to bed! I do apologize for not returning your kind note promptly. And I appreciate your visit and vote more than I can say. We shall make every effort to regain our good standing with my correspondence today. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. I love you for it. ♥

I do hope that you have been able to enjoy watching a game or two today. Which Team is your favorite? Momma and I just LIVE to watch Peyton Manning and The Denver Broncos each week during the FootBall Season! (Parrotsonally, I think Momma has a big *CRuSh* on Mr Peyton. **GiGGle**)

Of course, we Fids of The K Kritter Korral are actually much more interested in what Sunday afternoon FootBall games mean for US …

I’m sure you’ve heard at least one of us mention our flockily’s favorite, Delicious Stitch’s Spicy PopCorn once or twice in the past. I thought today I would share the recipe for this bird safe treat with you and your flock so that we might ALL be able to enjoy it during the rest of this 2014 FootBall Season.

To give you just a little background on where the recipe comes from, Miss Stitch was one of the first birdies to befriend my Rainbow Bridge Fister, (~> Rosalie Hale Bopp, nearly 7-1/2 years ago. (Miss Stitch is on page #15308, if you would like to stop by later and say “Thank you!” for this wonderful concoction.) At any rate, Miss Rose and Miss Stitch were in conversation one day, and Miss Stitch happened to mention that she had enjoyed some of her momma’s Special Recipe PopCorn while watching a FootBall game. Well, OF COURSE, Miss Rosalie jumped right on the opportunity to inquire about this lovely sounding treat, and Miss Stitch was very happy to oblige with the recipe. After Momma and Daddy searched for a PopCorn popper that could be dedicated to the recipe (you will understand why after you actually read the recipe!), they made a batch and shared it with Miss Rose and Mr TidBit, the only other parrot in The K Kritter Korral at the time. From there, the size of the batch of PopCorn that Momma and Daddy prepare has blossomed as the size of The K Kritter Korral has grown. Currently, it takes THREE PopCorn poppers to accommodate The Flock AND Momma and Daddy for a game! **GiGGle**

And now, without further ado, I give you the recipe; which I hope you will enjoy at least as much as my Flock and I do!

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Tells the Tale of 'BAD Parrot Jake <Ö)!'.

11/03/2014 08:47.46 AM Report This Comment  
  STITCH’S SPICY POPCORN
(In Her Own Words)

“There are a few different ways to make it but first off I have my own popcorn pot. Mommy has a couple of them; one for me and one for the family. Mine is seasoned just right. (Once you put the oil with pepper in the pan the next thing you cook is going to be spicy too! That is why I have my own pot!) She puts pepper flakes or diced peppers in the pot with some oil. [Momma and Daddy just use pepper flakes here at The Korral.] You can use "popcorn" oil or you can use regular corn oil. Mom likes to use corn oil as there is a bunch of yucky stuff in the "popcorn" oil. You know ... additives and weird stuff like that. Mommy does not like me to have that. So she just uses the corn oil and puts the pepper right in it and lets it "sizzle". Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Sometimes she puts in a dash of chili pepper too. Then she puts in the popcorn. [Daddy always puts just a single kernel of popcorn in at first, and waits until it pops before adding the rest of the popcorn. That way he knows that the oil is hot enough.] She sprinkles some Parmesan cheese over the top after it’s popped. But no salt...not good for us.

‘YUMMY!! Let me know how you like it! Aloha! Love Stitch ~:)”

[When Momma and Daddy make the PopCorn for us, Daddy dumps the popped corn from the popper into a paper grocery bag while Momma holds it open for him. Momma shakes the parmesan cheese onto it in the bag, folds the top of the bag down, and shakes it up to make sure the topping gets on all the pieces. Then she gives us each some from the bag. THEN she can add the salt for her and Daddy’s share.]


And there you have it, My Featheriend! The recipe for the Treat that we in The K Kritter Korral love the best!! I do hope that you will be able to convince your parronts to make you some; perhaps for Monday Night FootBall this week!? I hope you enjoy it at least half as much as we all do.

À la prochen frois, mon amie [Until next time, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Tells the Tale of 'BAD Parrot Jake <Ö)!'.

11/03/2014 08:47.39 AM Report This Comment  
  My dear Ms Puffin, from your od pal-Angel Christy
We survived Halloween and all the trick or treaters, and now on to Thanksgiving, it is our all time favorite day of the year! It is so unpretentious, and gives us a way to say thanks for all our Lord has given all of us! I think daddy and all of us are the most thankful for our dear friends and family! None of them can be bought, sold, or replaced, if you are reading this message, you are one of our special friends, locked into our love, and it is real! Happy 1st of November, let's kick start this month and make it all ours, LOL, give my love to all in your sweet family, see ya tomorrow my friends...

Forever love from Angel Christy, & our thankful Dallas family

PS~I propose we rename this month, "Novembird", kind of catchy, don't ya think...

Come visit me, Ziggy~do not make me angry, I bite all but Chyna, Jenny Peyton Brady~I will rock you-Omaha Set Hut!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Christy~Cheering for all players-I love them all.., Ms LaLo~I'm ready, are you, it's kick off time... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

11/01/2014 03:18.17 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings and Happy Halloween, Miss Puffin!
And everybirdy in The Wallops Island Flock!

It is I, Ruby Francesca Begonia; the GirlBird who is dreaming of being voted the Bird of the Month for December. I don’t suppose you remember me now … Dooooo You? *GRiN*

I have been a member of this BirdChannel Community since August the 2nd of 2007. I am actually the Official Flock Leader of The K Kritter Korral; not that loud beaked frother of mine, (Ö> CR Jake, as HE would have everybirdy believe. It is understandable, though, that everybirdy would think that, since he does seem to have more to say than any of the rest of us in the flock.

I am just stopping by today to say “Hello” and to introduce myself (or Reintroduce, as the case may be) to everybirdy before my “Run for the Roses” commences tomorrow. And I am also inviting you to stop by my page (#35469) each day during the month of November to see what Momma and I have been able to come up with to entertain you and make it worth your while to cast your invaluable vote to help me attain my goal. Because, as everybirdy knows, this coveted Award does not just fall out of the sky each month. It takes work. And a desire to have a LARGE AMOUNT of FUN to make it happen.

And FUN is precisely what I intend to conjure up for everybirdy, as much as a GRITS GirlBird can. **TeeHee** I say that because, you may have noticed that my way of speaking may seem just a bit odd to you. That is because a “GRITS” GirlBird stands for a GirlBird Raised In The South, as I was; and as you may well know, we Southerners have a distinct way of speaking. I hope I will not be too formal for your tastes, and that we will all be able to have a great time … even if it does take a bit of getting used to. I shall try my hardest to give you all a good time!

Also by way of introduction, you may or may not recognize me as a partner with Miss Alex of the La Habra Flock in The Pretty Rose Flower Shop (Page #188440). If in no other way, you may recognize who I am from your having placed an order or received a Floral Gift from our Shop at some point. If that is how we have met, I do hope we have served you well and that you will give us many more opportunities to do so again in the future.

But I ramble on. Suffice it to say that I hope what Momma and I have planned for you for the month will be both fun and interesting. And, at this point, I also wish to thank Mr Jesse, the October candidate for November Bird of the Month, for his kind invitation for all of you to come play with me during his reign.

À la prochen frois, mes amies [Until next time, My Featheriends]

PS: Would you like me to help you with getting your costume on so that you can go out Trick or Treating tonight, Miss Puffin?

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Tells the Tale of 'BAD Parrot Jake <Ö)!'.

10/31/2014 05:37.42 PM Report This Comment  
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