WRONG

Twisting and turning
Your feelings are burning
You’re breaking the girl
(She meant you no harm) / Red Hot Chili Peppers 

Dear hearts, I’ve really held my tongue debating if I should write what I’m about to write. Thanks to the not-so-fine-non-gentleman @Uber, I strongly feel I must.

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As a woman who has worked in male-dominated industries my entire professional career, which include finance, football and high-tech, you wouldn’t assume or guess it upon first looking at me. I dress and look very feminine, hence why I chose the name of this blog to reflect my style, writing about the two things I adore, football and scotch whisky.

I prefer skirts and dresses and 3-4″ heels on a daily basis. I do not feel comfortable in dress pants or flats. I’m also already tall, which can add a factor of unfortunate intimidation in some cases.

I’ve learned how to put people at ease, since I do not fit into a box of what they feel I should-be, since this is who I am.

Why am I explaining this? I have been the only woman at countless meetings, dinners, and events. I’ve hardly thought twice about it. I have not wanted to be treated any differently than the men around me. I worked hard for my respective positions, and my perception is, there is no difference between us.

We are witnessing social injustice toward women across football programs and Silicon Valley companies, and I feel I need to stand up and say something on behalf of my gender, and as a woman who has been employed in both sectors.

Be warned, I’m about to channel my inner 90’s Courtney Love. 

First, I see a coward in Travis Kalanik CEO of Uber, who finds NOW is the time he needs to make changes, including gathering all the female engineers within his organization to share with them, he can sympathize.

I nearly threw up.

Hey Trav, do you know what it’s like to have a man unexpectedly reach up your skirt and feel you up or slap your a**?

Hey Trav, do you know what it’s like to get stared down like a piece of meat from an co-worker you want NO part of, and are terrified to walk to your car parked in the underground garage when you wrap up your work at 9 PM?

Trav I’m sure you know what it’s like to report said employee to HR, only for them to look you up and down and say, well you are an attractive woman., and this is only his first offense. 

Maybe you know exactly what it’s like to work your a** off and be told, we appreciate your efforts but that guy over there, who isn’t nearly as qualified as you are honey, feel he’s a better fit. Later to discover he has a family, that’s why he’s a better fit. 

Travis you definitely know what it’s like to have a baby and return from maternity leave only to find your position suddenly no longer necessary, or told if you have kids, climbing back to your position will be nearly impossible.  

Travis I’m sure you can sympathize what it feels like to be a woman… mti5mdaymjixndm3mji5ntm0

Next, The University of Oklahoma, including and not limited to HC Bob Stoops (whom I strongly believe should still be fired for allowing that running back on his team receive a slap on the wrist for breaking a woman), is also part of this problem.

One NFL GM and team will believe they can change, what they view as a little misfortune, and make him into a good-guy. I’m suppressing one hell of a laugh. Gents, habits are not formed overnight. You think this is a one-time incident? Think again.

Lastly, Baylor… is just warming up. It’s officially Wa-Co for women in Waco, including of all people within their athletic department, this female non-leader, women’s basketball HC, Kim Mulkey and her comments last week.

Come on Kim, I thought these things were done with no tears? Isn’t that the game played, or what you tell your players?

Let me be absolutely clear here, I love and adore men. I am not a I’m-a-woman-here-me-roar-type. I do not believe one gender is superior to the other. WE need each OTHER.

I have had the privilege to work with astounding, humble and talented people. I’ve also worked with arrogant, egomaniacal people who believe the world and everyone in it owes them something. That’s just life.

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I (speaking for myself) do not want to be treated any differently than my male-counterparts. All I ask is for the same opportunities as them.

As Diane von Furstenberg said in her remarks, the night her exhibit Journey of a Dress opened at LACMA, I’ve always wanted to live a man’s world in a woman’s body. 

I want to emphasize here dear hearts, I’m not looking to be right. I want us to get it right. These are issues the president of our country has been accused of committing, which makes my stomach sink.

We are failing here and it’s shameful.

Let’s make a change and stand up for others, while rocking out to Hole’s Live Through This, as we live through this.

Cheers,

x|o FFF

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TROUBLE

Oh dear hearts, this off-season is treating us well. Generally after the exciting, fast-paced season, we know things will slow down and move into comfortable territory.

Not this year, and we I like it.

tumblr_mzo6bnftgu1r2buuoo1_500I woke up Saturday, feeling fresh after my previous night’s affair with Balvenie 14 on an LA rooftop with my two lovely ladies, to news: Oklahoma starting QB and Heisman Honey, Baker Mayfield decided in his intoxicated state, outrunning the police in ARKANSAS the same night, would be a fine idea.

I must say it’s a shame, since he was sacked tackled in Arkansas -which if you didn’t know, loathes the Oklahoma Sooners- that Mayfield wasn’t hog tied, thrown in the back of the cop car and had to say “Woo Pig Sooie” via Snapchat the entire ride to the police station.

Okay… not my best fantasy, but one of many.

Let’s pause and shake our heads for a moment. If you’re an OU fan, now would be a good time to pour one neat or put on a pot of bourbon, since this isn’t the only silly thing he’s done while at OU.

Hint, men should never wear spanx or spandex. Oh wait. Men do, at The Combine…

XXX 15-_CLOWNEY.JPGLets chat a minute about The Combine, since it begins this week. Darling it’s silly, yet we watch.The NFL has taken this to an event-like level. It’s ~300 sweaty athletes, wearing spanx, performing football-like activities in March.

I won’t lie to you, yes I want to watch Adoree Jackson, Dalvin Cook and Jabril Peppers. I’ll also watch each of their performances later over a little thing by the name, internet. Watching things live is not in sync with my lifestyle, where I stare at a smaller screen and not a 50″, all the time.

Now, here is the real femme rant. Brace yourselves. I want to see a player play. Not run the forty, catch passes, or bench 225 lbs until he’s given up on life, in a controlled environment.

No. No. No.

I want action! Imagine with me if the combine featured a 7-on-7 over 7 minute drills and rotated out players. I’d like that. In fact, I’d like that very much. It proves to me how that lineman or a specialty player reacts against various players. Also they would be wearing helmets and pads, unlike that svelte material, keeping this more in-touch with reality.

Ultimately I want to see how players react in real-time.  That shows me more, than him jumping 40 feet in the air, or running the 40-yard dash -unless he’s a WR or a Safety-.

Similar drills will also take place during each respective school’s pro day. Also similar drills can be done over practice, which scouts constantly attend during the season.

Don’t try to whisper to me The Combine demonstrates how a prospect handles himself under pressure (silly), or how he reacts to TV-time (again silly). Don’t do it.

Ole Miss is turning into one ole hot mess. Dear hearts, here’s a lesson in life, if you’re going to cheat, it better be: a) well-worth it b) better than what you’ve ever done before c) help you win. Doesn’t appear any of those little points made their way into HC Hugh Freeze & Co’s minds. Welcome to the trouble with college athletics football.

I’ve found it ironic how Ole Miss creeps their way into the Top 25 CFB pre-season rankings, season after season… consistently. Now that can finally stop.

In closing, this lady shed a few tears over the weekend. The Jets released O-lineman Nick Mangold, who not only had a mane of gold, a heart of gold, he also held down and was the whole O-line for the last three seasons. He deserves better, all of us Jets fans should agree.

Cheers,

x|o FFF

#mcm – Nick Saban

I got enemies, got a lotta enemies; Got a lotta people tryna drain me of my energy – Drake

Tonight marks the official ending of the college football season. Coach Nick Saban will be coaching his team to their possible third National Title in five seasons. I felt this #mcm was only proper for the occasion.

As with the #mcm feature, some may revere this man, some may loathe him. Regardless of what side you fall on, we are looking at the modern day contender to challenge the former great Alabama HC Bear Bryant. Coach Saban already possesses a higher winning percentage than the famed coach, and if he wins tonight will be tied with Coach Bryant, at six National Titles.saban-forbes

Coach Saban is a leader among men. He’s not a businessman. He’s a business, man.

Winning, or winking as auto correct wanted me to type, takes no time off. Saban knows how to win and wink, keeping the Tide rolling under his control.

He’s got one thing on his mind… It’s football. All.The.Time

The Sabanator was born 10/31/51. How fitting that this man was born on Halloween? Providing more ammo for his haters dubbing him Satan.

Raised in West Virginia country, Nick’s father “Big Nick” senior preached perfection. This provided the roots for the controller persona Nick exhibits today.

Saban has taken after his well-known mentor well, Bill Belichick. He’s intensely focused, studies and prepares for any little details that could trip him up, and wears the perma-scowl well.

Saban is known for his defense. He played as a defensive back himself while at Kent State. As a natural defender, he’s crafted his well-known Cover 3 from foreseeing the football trend progress season-over-season, to pass-heavy offenses. That’s why The Sabonator is so good at coaching his defenders to do this… saban-1

Nick has a few sayings. Be where your feet are. Do your job. Dominate your box. Keep chopping wood. Buy into The Process.

The term The Process is thrown around football more often than a post route. Current and former players have been quoted that Coach Saban’s Process is not exactly defined. What Nick has been known to say is, he learned to embrace, and develop a love for the “doing”, versus focusing on the outrageous goals he has, and his teams to achieve. This is The Process. The grind, the day in and day out preparation.

Don’t let it fool you that Nick is a country boy. Recall the scene in the Blind Side, where Saban made his film cameo? He commented on the recruit’s mothers drapes. Classic Saban. Part of his Process also stems from looking like success on and off the field.

He provides an exact vision for those he’s recruiting, and for those he’s coaching.

What does Saban hate? Losing. He’s been quoted to say he’s absolutely miserable after a loss. This is why he’s known to be hard on his assistants, making a few enemies, just like the man who used to be his right hand man that Lame Kiffin, and wanting to review film for hours, whether the team won or lost to prepare. image

What’s the saying, the Devil is in the Details?

Tonight dear hearts, we’ll see if Nick can achieve his fifth National Title against the Clemson Tigers.

Cheers,

x|o FFF

Leaving Your Mark

I always adore a wonderful trip of schmoozing and scotching, which is what happens when this Westie steps her red sole in the 312.

I agree with Sinatra. It’s My Kind of TownKisses cdineslk7

I tucked in my napkin, overtly licked my lips and inched forward… intending to put that huge, juicy piece in my mouth…

Mmm Gibson’s – perfection as always
Oh, football right…

First things first, don’t allow The League  to seduce you into believing they watch their football games at Gibson’s. It’s on par with a sports bar as Jim Harbaugh not yelling. In other words, it’s not reality.


Speaking of semi-reality lets have some fun. Doesn’t it feel like the beginning of the season is like a first date?

At first your team date looks good in their profile pic. Depending on the depth revealed, you decide you want to view them in reality. 


Now you likely get really excited, put on your lucky pants, and do your little dance


Six NFL teams will be flirting with winning or disaster this season. If you didn’t know, newly minted 49’ers Head Coach, Chip Kelly has been rated the smoke show of the group. With these new gents in place, you don’t know if you’re getting Sandra, Tiffany or Brittany Lynn.

As Harsby said at Big 10 Media days “You should set your dreams so big that everybody laughs at ’em,” he said. “If nobody’s laughing at ’em, you didn’t set your goals high enough.”

With those massive dreams one wants, sometimes that individual has to lose or get rejected to find that success, on or off the field.

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In other words, just win gents so you can be noticed, leading to a season of Sexy Rexy, or “my friend just got a bee-sting-it’s-bad-gotta-go byeee”.

Dear heart try this, instead of only focusing on the team the next game you attend. Strike up a convo with the lady or gent sitting next to you. You may be surprised what you learn. Both of you are there for the same purpose, so why not discover why they enjoy The Game so much. 

I promise you, like a great first date, time will quickly pass by. You may wish the next sixty minutes would never end. You may leave with a new friend, or at least a feeling that person gave you a new perspective.

Side note, that first pretty little picture above inspired me years ago to start this little thing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Cheers,

x|o FFF

Knight vs Pickens 

No darlings, I’m not thowing out legal advice.

Pouring over my honey-to-do list of catching up on football news, ESPN discussed the word that college football was based on… Tradition.

Where is it going? Why aren’t recruits choosing The Fighting Irish anymore, or Big Blue or the Huskers?? Tradition!

Big Boring Football is all I hear.

Don’t get me wrong honey, Saturday’s waking up in the sunny Golden Triangle, I feel a little flutter when USC has a home game, and my mind begins humming the fight song.

Why yes I become excited to witness a man wearing his armor, riding his white horse -what woman doesn’t?- and the crowd at the Coliseum. Which resembles the actual Roman relic in more ways than one. Those stairs crumbling apart under your feet, gives it character. I view it as tradition in action.

I almost became a 12th woMan on the field one sunny LA afternoon, as one of those crumbly things gave away under my red sole, and I began tumbling straight toward the field. Thankfully my boyfriend at the time saved me.

Don’t act like it hasn’t happened to you dear Trojans fan.

I can hear it now…

“The Trojans defense is lined up, looks like a dime package with Shaw deep in the secondary. Here’s the snap and whoa… Whoa!! What?! Is that..?! who’s that tumbling onto the field? She just wiped out Huntley! and it’s a fumble! Touchdown! Hurry boys and line up to kick the extra point for the win, and the play isn’t reviewed!!”

I have fantasies too you know.

Back to that T word… University of Oregon Inc. was brought up. Their flashy uniforms, state of the art glass enclosed lockers with iPads installed, the hyperbaric chamber in the corner, and Uncle Phil up in his box calling a play or two.

Well there’s another uncle from the good old state of Oklahoma, who is a member of the Billionaire Boys Club like Uncle Phil…
If Uncle Phil bought his way to win, why hasn’t Uncle Pickens done the same for that other OSU?

What have you done for me lately Oklahoma State? I too lust for the nearly decade-ago priceless press conference quotables.

Their unis (oh silly, autocorrect NOT units) are slick. I enjoy a nice flat gray paired with undertones of black & burnt (non-Texas) orange.

They have played well in the new Big X… I just mandated those other two Roman numerals dropped until Commish Bowlsby can find two schools wanting to make the Big XII, XII again.

Why is this honey on a rant? How does this relate to tradition? Directly relates to why T-R-A-D-I-T-I-O-N in CFB is saying, ciao!

It’s a new shift, and as one who believes change is the only constant, I’m lapping it right up, like an 18 year Oban neat… yummy.

So why do you scratch your little head & say out loud, but Oregon paid to play!

Oh hush now.

It’s like Apple, Instagram, those snap twats… Someone did it better honey, get over it.

Money can buy you a good time, a few mail order brides pretty faces, fine cuts of meat, paired with decedent brown liquor, and shiny toys – like a bright red balding middle aged-man mobile.

Face the cold-blooded truth my darling, you envy after the Taco in the bar who can pull any honey he wants, although he’s couch surfting while finding weed seed money to fund his next venture, while eating bar nuts.

Some guys get it. All they do is win win win no matter what. Giving tradition the duck-face.
That’s what Oregon did.

Did they lure in top talent with those shiny lockers and slick unis? Absolutely
Did they convince some 17-year old who’s never been told the two letters, N-O he would start as QB? Yes

Did they likely tell Momma that her boy down south has a better chance of making it to the N.F.L. although he may not start for like two seasons? Uh-huh

Coffee’s for closers my dear hearts, and that’s why “I’mma man! I’m 40!” Isn’t so en fuego for the pretty young things, recruits.
Cheers,

FFF