Good Run

I hate saying that I retired this blog, but I retired this blog at the end of 2014. My original purpose (to create unique eye shadow looks for current NFL teams) is complete. My bonus goal (to create unique eye shadow looks for current NFL teams in throwback colors) is also complete. Both were done at a speed faster than I originally anticipated.

I don’t want to be that ol’ wily dude on the field that literally doesn’t know when their best days are long gone. Move on with grace, and hopefully with a Superbowl ring in hand. If not, there’s always first ballot Hall of Fame elections to look forward to.

This project really made me look into teams and NFL divisions I normally ignore until the end of the season. I love reading history and biographies. I read books and studied footage to see how gridiron football evolved with one team’s play. How can I simplify all of this information so my readers could understand? Getting to do that times 32 was a blast.

On top of appreciating football lore I got to try my hand at makeup application techniques I only saw on YouTube. Many things did work as seen on (computer) TV. Some I had to improvise. I obsessed over color like never before. Did the uniform change? How come the screenshot here doesn’t line up with the jersey here? I would sit down at my vanity and color my face 64+ times. These are reps. Can I improve on what I’ve done? Suddenly how quickly I can draw lines on my eyelid became my 40. How intense my gradients appear on camera was my YPC. Wait, someone did this look already? How can we improve on it? It was clear makeup became my competitive arena.

I hope this little project inspires you to think beyond the normal “2-3 color face paint all over” makeup for cheering on your favorite football team. I hope you learned a little bit about the other 31 teams that you might not root for. Amazing things happen on any given Sunday (Monday, Thursday, and sometimes Saturday) and it might not be your team that did it.

This was a lot of fun while it lasted. I admit, I do want to come back to this project. Who knows? Maybe I’ll come back to it again in the future. The format might change a little bit, but the spirit is the same.

Bye Week

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If you haven’t set your fantasy team(s) for the week by the time you see this entry you’re an idiot.

Like any good professional football team I need a Sunday off to relax.  Things should be back to their regularly schedule program next week.  See you guys soon!

Throwback – Dallas Cowboys

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Team Colors

Note: Names not official
Blue
White
Silver
Light Blue

I could argue that the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers were America’s Team, not the Dallas Cowboys.  More media exposure, more Superbowl wins, and more notorious antics.  However, the 1978 Dallas Cowboys had a few things going for it:  legendary coach Tom Landry, quarterback Roger Staubach, and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.  Nothing says ‘merica like trailblazers, badass dudes with gigantic guns athletic prowess, and beautiful ladies in barely anything hot pants.

Tom Landry created the 4-3 defense in the 1950s.  He literally changed how football was played from that time on.  Coach Pete Carroll had the Superbowl winning Seattle Seahawks use 4-3 defense.  Scouts rate potential players by how well coordinated a prospect is in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.  To this day I think Tom is the sharpest dressed coach in football.  Something about that hat and that suit calls back to a bygone era.

Roger Staubach was the original mobile quarterback.  Most quarterbacks during Staubach’s playing days just threw the ball, not run around and throw it.  He was also credited to making the “Hail Mary pass” go beyond its football context during a playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings in 1975.

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders pushed professional cheerleading to be less about acrobatics and more about dance.  The women (not girls) had to be physically gifted, know their football, know their Dallas Cowboys’ history, and look amazing while dancing in short shorts.  They became a big draw for live games, and developed a following that rivals the Cowboys.  Not bad for athletes that are relegated to the sidelines.

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Bonus – Makeup Brush Bandolier

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Behold my latest attempt at DIY.  A practical thing I really needed but found nothing that could satisfy my needs.  I wanted to fit assorted brushes and cleaners that doesn’t involve a fanny pack.  I also wanted to channel the 1980s movie action heroes of my youth.  So the best of both worlds with a bandolier that I made myself.  I did a few brushes for this demonstration.  I used seat belt material, parachute clasps, elastic, heavyweight thread, and a large needle that I purchased in total for under US$20.  I don’t have a sewing machine so it was all (badly) hand stitched by me.

All I really did was place the seat belt material flat on a table, put a brush barrel down for size reference, and looped elastic around the brush.  I secured the size with a pin and began sewing from there. I would change the brushes around so I could get a variety of brushes to fit.   Some of my brushes have Brush Guards on them to help keep their shape.

More pictures in case you need them.

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Throwback – San Francisco 49ers

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Team Colors

Note:  Names not official
Red
Gold

Damn it, Harbaugh we need to score touchdowns when we’re in the end zone!  As much as I love Justin (best) Smith he won’t last forever and I want our defense to still be scary as hell next season.  Colin Kaepernick deserves a raise, but I hope he doesn’t make an unreasonably high one.  The kid still needs to mature as a QB.  Please get well and get well quickly Navarro Bowman.

If you haven’t figured it out yet I’m a 49er fan.  Great work Seattle but it just emphasizes how much work my 49ers have to do.  I want Frank Gore to get a Superbowl ring while in a 49er uniform.

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Team Sanders

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Team Colors
Grey
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Official Website

If you haven’t heard already instead of the standard “best players of conference by ‘fan’ votes” format, the NFL changed it up for the Pro Bowl this year.  The “fans” (honestly I think it’s rigged) chose the player pool, and Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders choose the members.  To be honest, Deion, I would have Cam Newton on first string.  Andrew Luck had a good season, but he didn’t really impress me as much as Cam did.

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Pro Bowl 2014 Team Rice

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Team Colors
White
Orange
Grey

Official Website

If you haven’t heard already instead of the standard “best players of conference by ‘fan’ votes” format, the NFL changed it up for the Pro Bowl this year.  The “fans” (honestly I think it’s rigged) chose the player pool, and Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders choose the members.  My money is on Team Rice today because Suh and Watt on the same defense frightens me.

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Dallas Cowboys

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Team Colors

Navy
Silver
White

Official Website

Throwing money at the problem may be the American way, but it doesn’t always solve the problem.  Take Jerry Jones, current owner of the Dallas Cowboys.  Every year, it seems he throws all of his money towards making his Cowboys a franchise.  You know it.  America’s team.  The House That Jerry Jones Built, which contains the Jerrytron 9000, a huge TV in the middle of the stadium that’s big and low enough to obstruct some kickers during a football game.   The results? Including but not limited to: open mockery by those who are not Cowboys fans, unsuccessful playoff runs, .500 team records, and the House That Jerry Jones Built making most of its revenue off of concerts.

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