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12-14-13-It is with heavy heart to report Punkin's friend, our frother, Ike was found on the bottom of the cage today. Although he was with son in law we kept track of him and yesterday got the sad news. He was greatly loved by SIL and skin sis as well as us. We will miss him very much.

9~25~13~Thank you for making me BOTD
Ipo (EE poe),is a fancy GCC. Her person had been keeping an eye on him at PetCo and Ipo had been there nearly a year. When he purchased Ipo he thought he would have time to spend with her, but found he was traveling very much and wanted Ipo in a good home. So Ipo was turned over to be adopted. I brought the lovely bird home fully intending on adopting her out. Sidney adopted her and so with us she will stay.
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Hi! My name is Ipo

I am a Green-Cheeked Conure from Mt. Pleasant, UT.

Hot Shot, Little Imp, sweetheart

4 years old   F

Green-Cheeked Conure

fruits and toast in the morning

on mom

Sophie tryin to take over mom!

She loves me so much
I love tangling myself in mom's long hair too.


flies around the house to look for mom and lands on her head.
Mom's ear is a good pacifier too.
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Explore the world around you.. they can't get every crumb off the floor..

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  Sugar and Ipo kick back and nibble on the peas~
Someone came into your house?? That is awful! That would be so very upsetting! There is usually someone home at my place all the time since everyone works different shifts and if they see Mandy they back away! She wouldn't do anything but she looks tough! I don't even like the thought of someone knowing you guys are there! Only one maintenance guy know about me and he doesn't speak English too well. He's from Russia and has a very cool accent! He's not a real talker so he probably would never mention it!
I hope you and mom and the whole flock are all feeling well! I know that your mom was planning a trip and I hope you all have lots of fun with it! Glad your weather is good too!

Sugar and Ipo some cherry pie that her mom baked. Sugar made sure there is enough for the whole flock!!

Love you guys ~ ♥

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12/17/2014 01:41.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope all is well and that you are doing okay! I hope you are not sick! That would be horrible! Are you feeling better today???
That little black bird is still in the store. They tried to catch him in a net but with them running around like crazy people he just flew away and hid! They told mom a man is coming in with a trap so they can get him back outside. He figured out where the seed and millet is in the pet center last night. Mom saw him waddling around over there and just let him be. She hopes the trap works. They said they would not hurt him so that is good!
Oh please take good care of yourself! I'll be keeping you in my prayers tonight!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar
PS~Love the picture! You are so very cute!

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12/15/2014 07:52.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
Thank you for honoring me a Angel BOTD. We Rainbow Bridge angels are keeping a diligent eye on all of you and love you very much! Love and winghugs and a special conure kiss to your sweet mamma, Tricky Dick

Come visit me, Carter-Justice For Ozzi-TY 4 BOTD 8/28/14, Doo Diligence-Justice for Ozzi, Cookie-Justice For Ozzi-thank you for BOTD 7/31/14, Charlie-Justice 4 Ozzy-TY for BOTD 10/29/14, Tricky D- RIP 12/12/12-Thank you BOTD 12/12/14, Teal'c-Thank you for BOTD 10-14-14 Justice for Ozz, Elvis Thank you for BOTD 2/16/13, Joshua Chico Justice for Ozzi, Blue-Justice for Ozzi-TY 4 BOTD 9/7/14, Moggie -Justice for Ozzi, George (Gen George Hammond)RIP Gen 12/13/08, Cu-Bird -Justice for Ozzi, Nanday Security Services, LLC, Miranda -Justice for Ozzi, Captain Darling-RIP 5/19/2014 ty 4 BOTD 9/19/14 & Baldrick Thank you for BOTD 3/20/14.

12/14/2014 08:22.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are having a great day! We've had no rain and the wind has died down too. It is a bit cooler but it's more like it should be this time of the year!
There was a blackbird running around the furniture pad at mom's store this morning. Someone left the garden doors open and he came on in!! Mom tried to get him to come to her but he just hid around the back of an ottoman. She called her manager and told him that the bird was there and he told her that he had come in the day before. Her manager chased him around for half an hour but couldn't catch him. Mom thought about the fishing nets in the sporting goods department but the mesh is too big and she doesn't want him hurt. Mom suggested they make a trail of seed to the garden door. If he has been in the store for a day he must be hungry. There is a fountain in the indoor garden so he had access to water at least. Mom will find out tonight if they managed to get him out.

There are only 11 more ads until Christmas!hahaha Of course they are going to do an ad the day after also so mom will have to be there at midnight. They have tons of wrapping paper so everyone will probably be in for that. It will get slower after a few weeks. They have a storage event and early tax time and then it will be Valentine's Day! They already have throws, blankets, pillows and decor for Valentine's Day! At least it's all in the stockroom and not out on the floor!
I hope you enjoy your day!! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/13/2014 02:08.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Sugar thanks Ipo and the flock for the
lovely cookies! It is such a nice surprise and just what she needed today! It has been a rough day with the dog and there is lots of laundry and rug cleaning going on! The poor dog just can't help it!
The BOTD list is the day of the voting not the day they were BOTD. I have to do this in case we have a bird who wants to run on a certain day. Jules was BOTD on the 1st and next month when I enter it all on the Archive page he'll be listed on the day he was BOTD. I know it's a bit confusing but I keep a list here so I get it right!!
Thank you so much for making my day so much better!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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12/10/2014 11:22.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
sees Ipo and runs up to her and gives her a big warm GCC hug and kisses her softly on her sweet cheeks!Oh I'm just soooo happy to see you and soooo glad that you could come to help share in my special day!I can't thank you enough for being here with me to help me celebrate,I just couldn't have done this without you by my side!As Ipo takes off to get some punch a warm smile spreads across his beak,this has really been such a special day for me and one that I'll never ever forget!

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12/10/2014 04:27.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's windy, wet and dreary here but that is the way it is this time of the year up here. I am enjoying seeing the new Snowmen flags flying out in front of our building. This is the first time the complex has put a seasonal flag out there! Looks great!
We did some Christmas cards this morning but there is still Autumn decorations up! I think mom needs to get a move on and change it out! She put some Christmas music on the computer while we were doing cards and I enjoyed that!
Guardians of the Galaxy came out today and I can't wait to see it! Mom says she thinks it's just my kind of movie! Must be lots of stuff blowing up in it then!!! Ian is going to buy it when he gets to work, but he doesn't get off until 11:30 tonight and I'll be in bed by then!!! I guess I'll have to wait until tomorrow to see it!
I hope your day is just perfect! Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/09/2014 04:14.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you had a wonderful day! It was pretty nice here. I am on my second toy in a week and had a great time making a lovely pile of wood at the bottom of my play cage! Mom is off tonight and tomorrow night so she took a nap and then had to go to the bank. She and Ian are giving Jennifer a new Kindle for Christmas and she wanted to use dad's account because he gets free shipping on Amazon. I think Jennifer is going to be very surprised!
I got squawked again yesterday morning and couldn't get back on until last night! It keeps happening on Sundays!! I have no idea how long it stays that way since mom had to work last night so she had to give up and go to sleep! I'm so sorry I didn't get by! I thought they took weekends off!hahahahaha I think they should take the weekends off!!
We are watching a movie while I get my notes done then it will be off to bed! I don't know why mom gets so happy about going to sleep! I'd rather stay up all night and play!
Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/08/2014 08:20.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Lots of cleaning and some cooking going on here. Kind of boring really but I have a new toy in the play cage to keep me occupied.
Mom put the Trans Siberian Orchestra CD on for us to listen to. She just love the Christmas Canon. She love the Canon and this version of it is very beautiful! I'm enjoying it. The new computer does not have the same music program as the old one so mom has not figured out how to get more music on her MP3 player! Ian gave mom his old IPod since he got a smart phone and it does everything the Ipod does. Now mom has to figure out how to use it! She can turn it on and off! So far that's about it!Hahahahahaha It's rather embarrassing to have a mom who is so clueless when it comes to technology!
You enjoy your day and I do hope it's perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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12/06/2014 01:03.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you had a wonderful day. It's been crazy here and I am so sorry I have not been able to get notes out like I should! I would not want you to think you are not important to me because that is not true!!
You know our dog Mandy is very old now and can no longer go up or down the stairs anymore. Mom got the wee wee pads and put them all over the balcony but Mandy has been stubborn about them! She has hip dysplasia so she tends to slip a lot. She has figured out what the pads are for at least!
When mom gets home in the mornings Mandy is so excited to see her that she just pees wherever she is! Mom has been spending a whole bunch of time mopping floors, cleaning the carpet and washing blanket and towels which has left me very little time for the BC! Mom just finished working 8 days straight too!
Mom is going to put diapers on Mandy at night now. It's easier to give her a bath everyday then it is to do all this cleaning. The warm baths seems to help her too!
Everything is just fine here. We had 3 very cold days but the clouds rolled back in today and it's warmed up! I have been busy with chewing up wood and supervising the chores! It's a nice way to spend the day!
Enjoy your evening! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/04/2014 08:55.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for voting me BOTD!
Thanks for the visit and for the BOTD vote on 11/28! Life has been a bit crazy for the Bigheads, so this is somewhat belated. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Hugs, Angel Ella (who is keeping good company with Toothie and sweet little Punkin, et al.)

Come visit me, **Scooter--RIP 12/3/2008, **Quincy--RIP 2008, **Minegu--RIP 10/7/2009, Hazel, **Ivy--RIP 8/7/2012, Dino, **Linus--RIP 6/8/2010, **Franklin--RIP 10/24/2013, Julius, Sebastian, Tiberius, Phoenix, **DQ--RIP 10/11/2009, **Ella--RIP 11/28/12, Mabel, **Michelangelo--RIP 2007, **Scout--RIP 12/12/2011 & **Nunzio--RIP 10/21/12.

12/02/2014 12:03.49 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Are you ready for some FOOT~BALL???
A 3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game of … FOOT~BALL???

This evening … to be played on the Milonga Page (#165848)

8:00 pm Eastern
7:00 pm Central
6:00 pm Mountain
5:00 pm Pacific
4:00 pm Aleutian

Jake <Ö) may have been a “BAD Parrot”, but he says it well: “Be there or BE SQUARE!!!”


Well, the Defense still needs to know their jobs, so without any further delay, let’s get started with the Job Descriptions, Miss Ipo!

Strong Safety – Generally lines up in the secondary*, but often aligns close to the line of scrimmage In most Defenses this Player lines up over the Tight End and is responsible for both playing the pass and supporting the run.

Free Safety – Lines up deepest in the secondary. He defends the deep middle of the field and seldom has man-to-man** responsibilities. A coach wants this Player free to read the QuarterBack and take the proper angle to break up or intercept any forward pass thrown over the middle or deep to the sidelines.

Defensive Back – A member of the Defensive secondary. Defensive Backs form the line of Defense whose job is to prevent Receivers from making catches and then gaining lots of yards after the catch.

CornerBack – Lines up on one of the wide sides of the field, usually opposite an offensive Receiver. Called a CornerBack because he is isolated on the “corner” edge of the Defensive alignment.

Defensive End – Lines up at the end of the Defensive line. The job of the Defensive End is to contain the Running Back on running plays to the outside, and rush the QuarterBack*** on passing plays.

Defensive Tackle – Lines up on the interior of the Defensive line. The duties of a Defensive Tackle include stopping the Running Back on running plays, getting pressure up the middle on passing plays, and occupying Blockers so the LineBackers can roam free.

LineBacker – Lines up behind the Defensive linemen and in front of the Defensive backfield. The LineBackers are a Team's second line of Defense. Each Team has two outside LineBackers.

Nose Tackle – a Defensive Tackle who lines up directly across from the Center. Also known as the Nose Guard, the primary responsibilities of the Nose Tackle are to stop the run and occupy the Offensive lineman to keep them from blocking the LineBackers.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/29/2014 04:19.47 PM Report This Comment  
  It seems to me that it is MUCH more complicated to try to understand Defense than it is Offense! (But then again, I am a simple GRITS GirlBird, and unaccustomed to such strategizing. We are more frequently seen serving snacks and refreshments during FootBall Games. **TeeHee**) The drawings I have to support today’s information on the Defense eggsplain more of where Defensive Players can line up. The eggsecution of Defensive plays is much more involved than I could ever hope to delve into in this format. I suppose that means that the Defensive Players on the Teams in the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl have a lot of improvising to look forward to during the Game!

It is my sincere desire that the information on both the Offensive and Defensive Squads has served to make your spectator participation in the Game of FootBall more enjoyable, and that it has been a help in preparing the Players for the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl. It has been an honor and a privilege to research and present what I could find to give you more pleasure in The Game.


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


*secondary—the Defensive players who line up behind the LineBackers and wide on the corners of the field opposite the receivers and defend the pass. These defensive players, who are called Defensive Backs, are separated into Safeties, CornerBacks, and, occasionally, Nickel Backs (an eggstra Defensive Back who is used in some Defensive Formations).

**man-to-man [coverage]—pass coverage in which every potential Offensive Receiver is assigned to a particular Defender Each Defensive Player must stick to his Receiver like glue and make sure he doesn’t catch a pass thrown in his direction.

***rush the QuarterBack—use whatever moves the Player has to get a sack, or disrupt the throw.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/29/2014 04:19.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Ipo and Sugar sit and eat the cookies~
Sugar tells Ipo that it's snowing at her house. It wasn't suppose to snow but it did! It's suppose to clear up later but it's going to be so cold over night!
I'm happy to hear your weather is still nice. Ours was until yesterday morning when it started to get colder during the day instead of warmer. They call it inverted temps! I guess that means upside down!hehehehe
It's so cool that your mom gives the leftovers to the outside birds! I know they appreciate it so very much!!
So your mom is planning a trip? Where is she going to go? I hope she has lots of fun. Is she going to visit family on Christmas??
Mom has been working since Wednesday and does not get a day off until next Thursday. It's hard working retail during the holidays but it doesn't last forever!hehehehe
I'm off to visit Jules! I really should have introduced myself before now but we don't get too many notes done when mom is working so much!
Thank you for the cookies! They are soooooo GOOD!!
Enjoy your day sweetie!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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11/29/2014 11:36.36 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Happy Day After
Thanksgiving to you Miss Ipo! 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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/28/2014 06:28.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you had a wonderful day! We did some laundry today. The turkey will be cooked in the morning finally! Mom did not take into account that it was going to be cooked 3 days early so it needed 3 more days to defrost! They had the ham last night and it was very good. I got my corn bread so I am very happy!
The BC has been moving very slowly when I am moving from page to page. It seems to need to think for a minute before it goes to the next page!! We logged off for a while and are trying it again. So far it's been better.
Mom starts an 8 day stretch at work tomorrow night so I will wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving in case I don't get much time online tomorrow! I am thankful to have you for my friend! My life is so much richer having you in it!
love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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11/25/2014 09:03.40 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Lovely Monday to You
Miss Ipo!

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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/24/2014 01:14.56 PM 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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/24/2014 01:14.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are all having a wonderful day! It's still grey, wet and windy at my house! We have the fireplace on and it's very cozy inside! Mom tells me that if it were sunshine and warm all the time we wouldn't be able to use the fireplace!!
They had the first big snow up on the mountain today and it was a mess!! Snoqualmie pass is the main road between west and east out here and a lot of people use it. There were cars spinning all over the place! Some people didn't check the pass conditions before they went so they didn't have chains with them. Everyone who uses that road knows that you always check the pass conditions no matter what time of the year it is!
Mom is going to get the pantry straightened out today since it looks like something exploded in there!hehehehehe We have too much stuff and need to get some meals cooked. Mom only works 2 nights and then she'll be off 2 nights so we will have our Thanksgiving then. She got a ham and a turkey since they were great deals! Most stores don't do the cheap turkeys anymore but mom found one where she got the turkey for 48 cents a pound! I'm just looking forward to the corn bread! Maybe some pumpkin pie too!
You enjoy your day! Leaving a vote and a hug for you!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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11/22/2014 10:33.46 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & OH! MY!! GOODness!!!
Miss Ipo!

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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/21/2014 05:07.03 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Good Evening
Miss Ipo!

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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/20/2014 05:34.23 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ ** TODAY is THE DAY ! ! ! **
Miss Ipo! 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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/19/2014 06:20.52 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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/19/2014 06:20.41 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings and Welcome to This Week’s
Edition of “Monday Morning QuarterBack”, Miss Ipo, 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 …

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/17/2014 08:05.12 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 ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/17/2014 08:05.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
this is sweetie. Oh Rio don't care he is good about that. Nice meeting you. Thanks for flying by. Have a great day.. fly by soon. Sweetie.

Come visit me, Rio Z, Max, Sweetie & Rio Rio.

11/17/2014 04:51.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi IPO
This is Max. How are you? Sounds like you had a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by. I was alone yesterday but its ok. Mom went to serve a Thanksgiving meal to the needy so I don't mind that. They let her brings a bit of turkey and mash potatoes for me so that was really good. Have a great day and stop by again sometime in your travels. Max

Come visit me, Rio Z, Max, Sweetie & Rio Rio.

11/17/2014 04:48.20 AM 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 Ipo, and I thank you so very much for your vote that raises 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 perhaps your momma will have the eggsperience of the quiet that drinking birdies seem to be more prone to (it is difficult to produce noise while drinking, is it not?), rather than the din you described in your note yesterday. **GiGGle**

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.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/13/2014 04:44.10 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 ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/13/2014 04:44.04 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings Miss Ipo!
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 ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/12/2014 06:51.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It is just beautiful here but it's cold! It was only 25 this morning! We put the fireplace on this morning and just had to put it back on because it was getting below 70 again. Mom likes to keep it around 73 for me. The turtles tank is right next to the fireplace so I think they enjoy the warmth too!
Mom has chili cooking in the crockpot so I know there will be corn bread to go with it!YUM! I'm watching Rio while mom gets some chores done. I know she is going to do more cooking this afternoon so I hope there is more good stuff for me! She has already finished up Mandy's stew and has been slicing apples for a pie. I like apple pie!! She was off last night and is off tonight so she is trying to get some meals done ahead of time. She tells me it makes life easier! I say it make life more yummy!hehehehehe
I do hope you enjoy your day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

11/12/2014 04:19.14 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings, Miss Ipo ...
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 ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/10/2014 06:46.29 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Happy Weekend Miss Ipo!
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.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/09/2014 10:58.04 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.)

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/09/2014 10:57.56 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Heavenly Father must be laughing
Himself silly today!


Greetings & Good Friday Morning, Miss Ipo.

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 Ipo, for any visits and votes. I truly appreciate your support.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/07/2014 10:51.05 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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/07/2014 10:50.36 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.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/07/2014 10:50.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are all having a wonderful day! I'm having fun so far!
It was stormy here all night but when we woke up this morning there was a rainbow outside the window! So very pretty and what a lovely thing to see at the start of the day! It didn't last very long but I hope all those people out in the busy morning traffic got to see it and I hope it brought a smile to their faces.
The last load of laundry is in the dryer. It's the towels mom uses on Mandy. She has become a pretty high maintenance dog lately but mom said that is to be expected with her age. She still eats like there is no tomorrow and still plays with her toys. The play time has to be gentle due to her physical limitations but she still enjoys it. Since she is 4 years past the life expectancy for her breed, we feel blessed to still have her in our lives. She and I have been together her entire life and even if I do still try to nip her if she gets too close, I love her!
Mom got a lot of fruit yesterday so I am having a fruit salad today. I got some peaches yesterday with my apple and they were good. No telling is I will decide to eat a banana today or not. Somedays I like them and others I do not! I like being contrary because that is what us birds do! It's good to keep the parronts guessing!hehehehehe
I do hope your day is just perfect! Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

11/06/2014 12:16.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope your day was just wonderful! Mine was pretty good. We did a lot of laundry and some cooking too. I got a bit of a cranberry orange muffin and it was yummy!
I keep having to log off and log back in because I am getting that URL page. I have no idea what that is all about but I did manage to get the BOTD list for October put up and fixed the 10k page also. It would not let me ad the Kissing Booth to the list. I guess my list just got too long so I divided them up. It is done now but as soon as more birds get on the list I may have to make another page for it.
Mom is off tonight ans she has promised to let me watch Frozen again. I watched Curious George this afternoon and it always makes me laugh. For some reason his little squeaky voice drives mom crazy!hehehehehe
I hope your evening is just perfect! Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

11/05/2014 08:20.14 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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/03/2014 11:35.27 AM Report This Comment  
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