HBO is releasing season two of Ballers on Blu-ray and DVD next week. Ballers is about a former football player who now works as a money manager for football players. I love this series. It has a football feel, yet it rarely show athletes playing football. Ballers is more about the characters instead of the game of football. The characters grow on you and you become vested in their lives. Ballers: S2 is available now on digital HD, and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on January 31st. Note: the series is rated TV-MA for nudity and sex scenes.
HBO is releasing the first season of Ballers on Tuesday. I watched the first season recently and liked it. I think Ballers would be a fun Father’s Day gift for dads who love sports. The series is about a former NFL player who is now using his connections to sign up athletes for the investment firm he works for. The show is a really good drama and the characters are interesting. Like I already said, Ballers would be a good gift for a dad into sports. Ballers: The Complete First Season will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD on June 14th. Note: Ballers is rated TV-MA for profanity, nudity and sex scenes.
It’s almost Super Bowl time (3:30pm Pacific time this Sunday on CBS). Did you know the Super Bowl is the second biggest eating day of the year? It’s true. Thanksgiving is first, then the Super Bowl. Speaking of the Super Bowl, I’m looking forward to the battle between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. And of course, all those wonderful Super Bowl commercials. If you’re planning on hosting a party this year, think about Boar’s Head premium deli meats and cheeses for your spread. And thanks to Boar’s Head, I’m giving away a $20 Visa gift card so you can purchase Boar’s Head products for your next party.
(YouTube video link: Tailgating Tips from Chef Jody Denton)
I’m excited about the college football season. My team, Oregon State, beat the Wisconsin Badgers a couple of weeks ago. This Saturday, the Beavers open the Pac-12 season with a road game at UCLA. LA is too far for me to drive for a tailgater. Fortunately, the game is on national TV so I’m going to fire up the grill in my backyard. Speaking of tailgaters, I have some tailgating tips (see video above) and a giveaway on my dad blog. I’m giving away a Frito-Lay prize pack worth $75-$100. Yummy!
Sports Illustrated Kids sent me a copy of their Big Book of Why: Sports Edition for review on my dad blog. The book features answers to many kid’s sports questions. The book is great for sports-loving kids, but you don’t have to be a sports nut to like this book. My son loves the book too even though he’s not big on sports. I also found the book really interesting (I’m not a kid, but I am a sports nut). I think it makes a fun coffee table book. The book will also come in handy on long road trips. Sports Illustrated Kids’ BIG Book of Why: Sports Edition officially goes on sale next Tuesday for $17.95. However, Amazon is already selling the book for $14.
The next time you’re in the first aid section at the store, be sure to check out the new Sports Shield Bandages. They are sports-theme bandages for sports-loving children (dads and moms too). The Jolly Group sent me a box of their soccer theme bandages to review on my dad blog. My kids are not into soccer, but they love these bandages. I think it’s because the bandages has pictures of soccer balls on them. I like them too because they are nicer than the cheap bandages we usually buy.
I received a copy of Sports Illustrated Kids 1st and 10: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Football for review on my dad blog. As you can tell from the title, it’s a book full of top ten football lists. It only covers pro football, not college football. We don’t have a NFL team in Portland so I’m more of a college football fan. However, even though I prefer college football, I did find the 1st and 10 book interesting. Actually, the book is intended for children age nine to twelve. I think this book will appeal to football fans, children of football nuts and kids that are into football. I’m not a football nut and my son isn’t really into football. But my son did like the book. He enjoyed glancing at the top ten lists and love the photos. Sports Illustrated Kids 1st and 10 will be available on October 25, 2011. The 96-page hardcover book is priced at $19.95, but you can get it on Amazon for $13.46.
I saw an online screening of Game Time: Tackling the Past (Facebook) last night with all four of my children (ages eleven, eight, five, and two). Game Time: Tackling the Past will premiere next Saturday, September 3rd on NBC at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT). P&G’s new family movie is about a pro football star (Jake Walker). Entering training camp, Jake is about 307 yards away from breaking the all-time receiving yards record for tight ends. Then Jake’s dad has a heart attack, and Jake returns to his home town. While there, he faces painful memories of his past and an uncertain future because of his surgically repaired knee. Near the end of the movie, Jake has to make a very difficult decision.
P&G invited me to see a special online screening of their new TV movie, Field of Vision (Facebook). The premiere of Field of Vision will take place this Saturday, June 11th. It will air on NBC at 8pm (7pm central time). The movie is about bullying, which is something all parents should be concerned about. Just last month my son told us about an older kid bullying his group of friends. We asked him if anyone in his group told the teacher about the bully. He said they were afraid the bully would do something even worst to them if they told on him. So we had a little talk with him and told him the teacher needs to know. Otherwise, the bully will continue to torment them and his behavior might even get worst because he knows he can get away with it.