5 Reasons I like the Super Bowl!

SeahawksWith less than 24 hours before kickoff to Super Bowl #49 (yea, I didn’t do the Roman numerals thing cause it was too much trouble to figure it out and I am too lazy to look it up), I give you my top 5 reasons to like the Super Bowl from least important to most important.  So, to not keep you waiting and guessing, here we go!

  1. The Seahawks are playing in back to back Super Bowl’s, and yes I live in Washington so you know who I am rooting for. Go Hawks!
  2. Football is an okay sport, and watching with a group of friends is fun especially if a team you like is playing. Go Hawks!
  3. The Super Bowl means football season is almost over and too much of a good thing is not necessarily a good thing. Go Hawks!
  4. The end of football season means spring is just around the corner and … well I think you probably know what that means, warmer weather! Go Dodgers! Go Mariners!
  5. Yep, that’s right!  #1 reason I like the Super Bowl is that Spring Training and finally after a long winter, Baseball season is almost here!!! Go Dodgers! Go Mariners!

IMG_20140528_190408[1]“Play Ball!”

Art, Poetry

Return to Glory?


Return to glory?
America’s team again?
Only time will tell?

~Mark Schutter ©2014

Just asking silly questions about things that really don’t matter. I mean sports aren’t life or death, right? Although some might argue that, I do agree they provide a often much needed distraction from the seriousness of life.

Thinking about the Dallas Cowboys tonight as they play the New York Giants.  A silly little haiku to go along with the two colored pencil drawings I did many years ago for my wife. She is a huge Cowboys fan.

After a great start so far to the season, maybe this is the year the Cowboys return to prominence?

Adventure, Animals, Art

Super Bowl = Broncos + Seahawks

Pastels on Gray Paper 12x9 inches

Pastels on Gray Paper 12x9 inches Black border added

Preliminary drawing ideas on tracing paper.

With the Super Bowl almost upon us I still am not sure who to root for.  Growing up in Idaho I was raised a Broncos fan but now living in Washington the Seahawks are … well I think you understand my dilemma.

So I came up with the idea to combine the two logos into one.  So is this a “BroncHawk”  or “Seaonco” ?  The final drawing was completed using pastels on 12×9 inch gray pastel paper.  The first image is the untouched original,  the second has a faded black border added and the third is the preliminary drawing ideas.

Enjoy and feel free to share the images! ~M

Adventure, Art

Boise State Fans – Blessing or Curse?

Now that the 2012 regular season is complete with a 10-2 record and another MAACO Las Vegas Bowl awaiting my alma mater (vs Washington) next Saturday, December 22nd, I now take the time to reflect.  Even remembering back to last years heartbreaking loss to TCU 36-35 and the lost hope of an undefeated season and a BCS Bowl game.  Oh well, sports will take you to the mountain top and then push you off when you turn your back.

Now living in Washington state it will be fun to watch Boise State play Washington, oh to be there.  I have been a BSU fan since the early 1970’s, my dad, my sister and myself have all graduated from BSU  (my dad attended when it was still a junior college), so you could say it has been a family affair for over 40 years.  I have watched BSU win a Division 1-AA national title and then move onto Division 1-A finally realizing success after years of struggles.  But the last twelve years have been nothing short of amazing!

With the wins, the bowl games, the notoriety, climbing up the rankings in the polls and even the vocal critics and those who could not even pick our Idaho on a map, it has been one heck of a party.  With the highest win percentage at 0.870 (134-20) since the year 2000; 2 Fiesta Bowl wins including the 2007 thriller versus Oklahoma; Sports Illustrated covers and the famous blue “smurf” turf, BSU has amassed a national following and dare I say even a measure of respect.  With that, the expectations have risen almost to unrealistic proportions.

Nothing short of an undefeated season, a conference championship and a BCS bowl game is accepted.  This is absurd, most college football programs have never experienced success at the level BSU has sustained over the last twelve years much less for even back to back seasons.  Expectations are often not realistic but they can translate to goals that by hard work we attempt to achieve.

This was definitely a different team for the Broncos from the previous few years but entertaining and successful nonetheless.  I will always root for the Broncos and will always expect more than I have a right too.  But that is what being a fan is all about, right?  Win or lose my heart will always be blue, I am proud to be a Bronco alum! Go Big Blue!

Boise State Broncos!

(Colored pencil drawings of the Bronco with border and text added using Paint Shop Pro –  Maleko ©2012)