Super Bowl Basics for Non Football Fans

It is that time of year again to prepare the snacks and beer, invite all of your friends over and watch the BIG GAME!!

What? You’re not a football fan? You don’t watch football, you don’t understand the game and you can’t understand why everyone gets so darn excited? After spending time with my Dad learning the game, I've loved football (and the Steelers) since I was 18 years old.

Take a few minutes to read a few basics I've put together for you here and watch the BIG GAME with your friends! Who knows; you might actually like it!

Some Basics

A game is divided into 4 quarters, each 15 minutes of playing time. Playing time and actual time differ. There are particular times that the play clock is stopped, which increases the length of the game. There are small breaks between each play, and the clock only runs during an actual play.

There are two sides to each team; offense and defense. It is apparent which part of the team is on the field, based on who has the ball. The big guys with the ball are the offense. The even bigger guys trying to squash the guy with the ball are the defense. The point of the game is for one’s offense to get the ball up the 100-yard field to the endzone. If your team gets the ball into the endzone, they receive 6 points and get to kick through the goal posts for an extra point, thus getting 7 points for a touchdown. If they decide that they can only get close, but not get the ball over the line, they will usually kick the ball for a field goal only, and receive 3 points. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Each team in the league competes for an opportunity to play in the Super Bowl, the BIG GAME!

Each team gets 4 tries to move the ball 10 yards. If they make it 10 yards, they get to try 4 more times. If they don’t make it 10 yards, they have to give the ball back to the other team. So just to make it difficult, they usually punt the ball downfield as far as they can when they give the ball back. Then the two teams switch their players around from offense to defense or defense to offense.

Who’s Who

The offense has 3 basic parts; the quarterback, who receives the ball, scrambles to get
rid of it, and usually gets knocked down a great deal; the offensive lineman, who are
the giant men who protect the quarterback, and the ball movers, who receive the ball
from the quarterback and move it down field. The get knocked down even more than the
quarterback. Ball movers are often called receivers, running backs and tight ends.

The most notable difference between these positions is that only the receivers catch a
pass; everyone else usually receives the hand-off from the quarterback, and runs into
the defensive lineman. Tight ends are not what they sound like, and have nothing to do
with the cheerleaders, nor that girl you always see in full makeup at the gym.

The defense’s only goal in life is to stop that ball from moving forward. The defense is
mostly comprised of no-neck monsters, who do all they can to meet this goal. If they can
obtain the ball, and run it the other direction, that is frosting on the cake! If the defense
catches a pass, this is an interception. If they steal the ball off of the ground that is still in play, this is a fumble recovery. But their glory is short lived, because as soon as the play
is over, they have to switch out with the offense again. Similar to every woman behind a
successful man, the offense receives all of the accolades when the defense does the dirty
work.

The only other people allowed on the field during play (not counting the throngs of
people on the sidelines) are the referees. They are the guys in the black-and-white zebra
outfits, and they make sure the game is played fairly. If someone breaks a rule, they
receive a penalty, and their team is usually pushed back a few yards. This will drive the fans crazy, so when you see the zebra throw a yellow flag, run like Hell to the kitchen for
more dip!

Some Basic Concepts for New Fans Only!

If you want peace in your home, always root for your spouse’s team. Most spouses don’t want you to disagree with them about football so no need to start out as a fan against your best friend. If your team loses, appropriate excuses are, “Those ref’s are blind,” “Our team needs better coaching,” and the ever popular, “Those other guys cheat!”

Most true football fans like questions, but only when there is a break in the action. After you hear the whistle blow, but before they start the next play, ask a quickie, like, “Do you think they will pass or run here?” Your favorite football fans will revel in sharing his knowledge of the game, and his “Couch-Coaching” strategy. I have never met a fan yet who didn’t think they knew better than the real coaches!

You are now prepared to watch the game and ask appropriate questions! Don’t answer the phone, don’t talk about non-football subjects, and grab a beer, because it is time to watch some football. One day soon, you will be richly rewarded with a gift of team apparel, numerous high-fives, and the joy in celebrating with your favorite football fans when “your” team wins!

A veteran of the publishing business both in print and online, mastering sales, marketing, writing, and publishing, this former beauty queen with a gift for gab, is high energy with a high-spirited personality making her a natural for motivating others. In 2011 Tina sold over $2 million in internet advertising and now does business consulting as well as internet publishing. Read more at www.TinaWalker.com.

Staying Creative

My husband Steve and I are avid trivia players, mostly playing Live Prize Trivia in pubs. We've found that challenging ourselves at games like these have helped us remain creative in our work.

Writing, website design, marketing and advertising requires a great deal of creativity that needs to be fueled on a regular basis. For us, trivia is a way to keep our minds sharp.

Many business owners have grown to understand the need for this and have found ways to create working environments that encourage play as well as productivity. For example, Revzilla, a motorcycle gear retailer, was just voted Pennsylvania's Best Places to Work Award for 2013. Having visited their facility we were struck with the many amenities the owners have provided the staff, including bean bag chairs in a lounge, a gym and amazing lunch center.

So what do you do to keep creative and sharp in your work environment? Do you think you know your Christmas movies? Take a break and test yourself and see how well you know all of those movies you have seen oh, so many times! Don't Google the answers! That defeats the purpose! Work your brain and challenge yourself. . .


  1. In the 1947 classic “Miracle on 34th Street”, Natalie Wood played a young girl who needed some holiday convincing. Can you remember her first and last name?
  2. “A Christmas Story” was released in 1983. Some television stations play it all day long on Christmas day. What was Randy’s favorite gift on Christmas?
  3. Clark Griswold from “Christmas Vacation” in 1989 wished for a “Good Old-Fashioned Family Christmas”. What was Clark’s occupation?
  4. Then actor, now California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger spent the entire time in 1996’s “Jingle All The Way” searching for what toy for his son?
  5. In 2004, Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis decided to ditch a traditional Christmas in “Christmas with the Kranks” for what reason?
  6. What was the first gift of Christmas given by Santa Claus in the 2004 movie “The Polar Express”?
  7. In 1966, audiences were smitten with the film, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Who narrated this classic animated movie?
  8. Time for some dancing! In 1954, “White Christmas” hit the big screen, and Danny Kay and Bing Crosby saved Christmas forever. What did Bing want movie-goers to count instead of sheep?
  9. Judge Reinhold played the disbelieving stepfather in the 1994 version of “The Santa Clause”. What gift did he want most as a child, that he had never received?
  10. When Macaulay Culkin’s character Kevin McCallister was left “Home Alone” in the 1990 film, what did he fear most in the basement?
  11. What did Max Morrow’s character Nathan Andrews do to earn money to buy his mother the “Christmas Shoes” in the 2002 film?
  12. Yes, Bumbles can bounce in “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” from 1964. But what did Yukon Cornelius find they did best on Christmas Eve?
  13. Bonus Question: From the 1946 Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, can you name all of George Bailey’s children?


I will post the answers here next week. Good Luck!


A veteran of the publishing business both in print and online, mastering sales, marketing, writing, and publishing, this former beauty queen with a gift for gab, is high energy with a high-spirited personality making her a natural for motivating others. In 2011 Tina sold over $2 million in internet advertising and now does business consulting as well as internet publishing. Read more at www.TinaWalker.com.

Bacon Cheez-It Turkey Stuffing Recipe

bacon cheez-it turkey stuffing
This Thanksgiving I decided to do a new twist on an old standard.

Bacon Cheez-It Turkey Stuffing!

It's easy to make, and surprisingly good.

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Cheez-It crackers (I chose the white cheddar).
  • 1 bag onion ring snacks (Funyuns or Hawaiian Onion Rings)
  • 1 pound of bacon (bacon ends works even better)

For Dressing Inside the Turkey

Slice bacon into halves.  If using bacon ends, no need to slice.  Fry the full pound of bacon, drain grease.

Combine half-box of Cheez-Its with full bag of onion ring snacks and the fried bacon into a mixing bowl.  Stir all the ingredients well.  Jam the mix into the turkey.  Pack it in hard, don't worry about breaking the Cheez-Its or onion rings.  Bake the turkey.

To Make Dressing Outside of the Turkey

Add 32oz of chicken broth into the above mix.  Pour into a casserole dish, leave uncovered.  Bake at 375F on middle rack, for 30 minutes.

bacon cheez-it turkey stuffing
The bacon makes this great because IT'S BACON!

bacon cheez-it turkey stuffing
The Cheez-It adds the bulk of the breading and a cheesy flavor.

bacon cheez-it turkey stuffing
The Onion Ring Snacks adds a garlic and onion seasoning.

bacon cheez-it turkey stuffing
The result is a cheesy, bacony, garlic and onion seasoned, stuffing
that everyone will fight over!

If you're looking at these final photos and thinking this doesn't look too appetizing, you're right. It doesn't look anywhere as good as it tastes! Don't let that stop you, because it's amazing!

Happy Thanksgiving!
(republished from 2012)

5 Lessons We Learned from Bad Mayors

Recently three mayors of large cities, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, El Cajon Mayor Mark Lewis, and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, have made grave mistakes leading them to extreme public ridicule. The mistakes were not just women, drugs and racist remarks, but their handling of these issues in the press.

There are 5 mistakes that they wouldn't have made had they hired a Public Relations Strategist:

#1 - Taking matters into your own hands.

Bob Filner’s hands are what got him there in the first place. He should have listened to a public relations strategist, not legal counsel, to determine his plan of attack. Simply allowing things to unfold, rather than plotting a course, left him dead in the water from the beginning.

#2 - Passively accepted guilt.

If we learned anything from Bill Clinton, it was continue to deny, deny, deny even when the evidence against you is as glaring as the white stains on the blue dress. As a result, the man remained in office to finish his term and is still beloved by many. What people want is to rally behind a strong leader. A leader capable of fighting adversity is their hero. They want a hero, not a villain. Rob Ford should never have stood in front a group of reporters and claimed, "Yes, I may have tried crack cocaine in one of my drunken stupors. . ." Really Rob?


#3 - Allowed himself to be portrayed as the villain.

Accusers continued to come out of the closet looking for their own moment in the spotlight, many of them capitalists, jumping on the “Victim Bandwagon” in the case of Bob Filner. In our society victims have all the power once the situation hits the light. Media attention only adds fuel to the vindication fire. Had he taken a harder line, a more dominant stance, he could have swayed the media to see him as the victim rather than the attention hounds seeking to bring him down.

#4 - Allowed the situation to grow.

Calling Gloria Allred! Calling all litigious capitalists! Here’s a hot button issue with bleeding “victims” floating in the sea, chumming the waters, fresh blood luring the legal sharks into a feeding frenzy. Once the situation reached this level, it was all over. All that’s left is for the credits to roll. The city council meetings in Toronto have become fodder for comedians worldwide due to Rob Ford and his hysterical, albeit humiliating comments he makes to the press. Allowing him to continue to comment on this topic only complicates the matter and feeds that vicious frenzy.

#5 - Stayed in the spotlight

Even though Mark Lewis was caught in his racist remarks, but should have stayed out of the spotlight. Instead he should have hired a firm and taken a vacation. Create an environment where you can NOT be the focus except to send out the occasional righteously indignant press release regarding the mendacity of the media hounds. Control your exposure.


The internet is full of lies, half-truths and exaggerations such as Yelp reviews, Facebook remarks and vengeful bloggers. To build a business or a career in the public eye one must be proactive in finding these lies, half truths and exaggerations and then address each one. Hiring the right public relations firm is crucial. It only takes your competitor one good bite at the apple of your reputation to cause permanent damage. Your business may suffer long term damages, or perhaps even fold, under the pressure of an attack.

More importantly is how to address truths when they appear. Ignoring them can be just as deadly as ignoring lies. If your customers complain, it’s important that you address those concerns immediately and with care.





A veteran of the publishing business both in print and online, mastering sales, marketing, writing, and publishing, this former beauty queen with a gift for gab, is high energy with a high-spirited personality making her a natural for motivating others. In 2011 Tina sold over $2 million in internet advertising and now does business consulting as well as internet publishing. Read more at www.TinaWalker.com.

Be On Stage with Eli Davidson in Las Vegas

I'm so thrilled that my colleague Eli Davidson, who has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, NBC, ABC News, USA Today, and several other media channels, is hosting another world-class live event this weekend at Lake Las Vegas and I'm so excited to be heading out to attend.

Are you serious about your business and your speaking career? Are you trying to run your business the way you did 3 years ago? Social media, blog posts, videos, ezines... yet they're not really giving you the results you want in your business. You need to get out there, get your message seen and heard. My friend Eli Davidson would love to teach you how to supercharge your business by getting booked on top-tier speaking engagements. Register for Eli's Be On Stage event and you will even be introduced to quite a few event planners who are looking for speakers. This event is happening on October 31, November 1 and 2. It's not too late! I hope to see you there and join me as I start improving my career and get my message out!

Eli and I met at The California Women's Conference in 2012. See my short interview with her here. (The sound is hard to hear, I'm sorry!)



Thank you Eli for hosting this fantastic event!

Success, here I come!

A veteran of the publishing business both in print and online, mastering sales, marketing, writing, and publishing, this former beauty queen with a gift for gab, is high energy with a high-spirited personality making her a natural for motivating others. In 2011 Tina sold over $2 million in internet advertising and now does business consulting as well as internet publishing. Read more at www.TinaWalker.com.

Get Published! Authors Panel and Book Signing Nov 9

Many writers would love to have their manuscripts published but don't know how to make that happen. Even sites that create e-books are difficult to maneuver for anyone with little to no experience.

November 9, 2013 at the Hemet Valley Mall in the food court, Book Warehouse of Hemet will be hosting a panel of authors who explain to writers how to Get Published!

Shawn Kendrick, owner of Book Warehouse of Hemet, reached out to Too Much Tina Media for help coordinating this special event.

"We need a group of authors to discuss publishing, especially focusing on self publishing. I get so many people who are looking for information on how to do what all of you have done. I know this will help other writers achieve their goal of reaching readers!"

Get Published! begins at noon, with book signing lasting until 3pm. Meet established authors and learn the mysteries of getting published in a number of different formats from the people who have made it happen.

For more information contact Book Warehouse of Hemet by calling 951.652.0698.

A veteran of the publishing business both in print and online, mastering sales, marketing, writing, and publishing, this former beauty queen with a gift for gab, is high energy with a high-spirited personality making her a natural for motivating others. In 2011 Tina sold over $2 million in internet advertising and now does business consulting as well as internet publishing. Read more at www.TinaWalker.com.

12 Marketing Mistakes You're Making ~ Workshop Nov 4

A veteran of the publishing business both in print and online, mastering sales, marketing, writing, and publishing, this former beauty queen with a gift for gab, is high energy with a high-spirited personality making her a natural for motivating others. In 2011 Tina sold over $2 million in internet advertising and now does business consulting as well as internet publishing. Read more at www.TinaWalker.com.