Among the four major American professional sports leagues, the National Football League is the most American. This is based on data found on Pro-Football-Reference.com, which states that 96.5 percent of active players in the NFL were born in the United States. But despite the overwhelming dominance in number by the Americans, 30 countries were still represented in the NFL. Germany, Canada, and American Samoa lead the way with seven players each. Most of the German players are American citizens born abroad. But there are two active players who were born and raised in Germany, and now compete professionally in the NFL. First on our list is Sebastian Vollmer, an offensive tackle for the New England Patriots. Born in Dusseldorf, Vollmer is the first German ever to play in the league. He played American football for the Dusseldorf Panthers, winning two national Junior Bowls. He was drafted by the Patriots in the 2009 NFL Draft. Markus Kuhn is the second German-born player in the NFL. Kuhn plays as a defensive tackle for the New York Giants, and was drafted out of NC State in 2012.
In the world of sports, Germany is regarded as a powerhouse in the “other” version of football – soccer. Most teams in Germany’s Bundesliga, the country’s major league of football, have followings that could rival those of the Dallas Cowboys or the New York Yankees in the US. But the American football has a long standing foothold in the country. U.S. soldiers brought it to Germany during their occupation following World War II, and a tour of a college football team from Texas, helped the game take root. The tour helped popularize the game, and a year later, the country’s first football organization was formed. In 1979, enthusiasts founded the German Football League. American football’s success worldwide is proof that sports, transcends all nations and race. It is a venue where everyone who has the passion for a particular game can go out and compete with other people. And football isn’t the only game which is popular to both fans and athletes alike. One particular game that has also been accepted worldwide is poker. An all time favorite with card players, the game also traces its roots from the USA. The game’s sudden rise has also seen the birth of online poker sites like http://de.partypoker.com/. Partypoker offers the best online poker experience, and they also provide many tournaments for online players. Poker is a skill game and Partypoker also provides game tutorials for those who have just started to take a liking to the game. They will teach you the basics of the game before you start to master the different strategies needed to win. Similar to the game of poker, the acceptance of people worldwide to American football is slowly but surely gaining ground. This is evident by the formation of the GFL, arguably the world’s top football league outside of North America.
The Seattle Seahawks for example, also has a foreign – born player on their team at the moment. Patrick Chukwurah, is a Nigerian national, who currently plays as a defensive end for the Seahawks in the NFL. He made his professional debut in 2001 with the Minnesota Vikings. But Seattle isn’t new when it comes to foreigners playing for the city’s top teams. Detlef Schrempf, a retired basketball player from Leverkusen, Germany spent most of his career playing for the Seattle Supersonics. He reached the NBA Finals in 1996, and played in two All Star games during his time with the Sonics. He is considered to be the first true German superstar in the NBA, paving the way for compatriots like Dirk Nowitzki to have successful careers at the professional level.
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A small programming note and maybe a small victory for some of you that don’t care for my writing so much. I’ll be stepping away from the blog for a short time starting sometime in the middle of next week. Not really sure as I don’t know when the military is coming to pick up my stuff.
As most of you know I’m in the Air Force and it’s moving time. I’m not really changing stations as I’ll be back to Montgomery in six months but in the mean time I’m headed out on deployment to Djibouti City, Djibouti in Africa. During my travel time and set up in the hot eastern coast region of Africa I won’t have a steady place to write so I’ll be taking a short “vacation” from the blog until I get all setup in my new digs.
You’ll be in the very capable hands of Adam, Alex and of course Keith.
But, while I find it important to let you all know whats going on and where I’m going and the fact that I’m going to disappear for a short time the purpose of this post is more…. off topic than what we usually go for around these parts.
Since I’m going to be traveling streaming video isn’t always an option. Some airports have good wifi, international often do not (See: Shannon, Ireland). Not to mention being out of the country pretty much voids any Netflix or Hulu agreements as well as any corp sites such as NBC, CBS, ABC and even IMDB. This really prevents me from keeping up with my regular tv shows.
So here is where I need your help.
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I will be out of town until next week, so my contributions until after the Denver game will be limited. Look for posts from Riley Moore, a contributor to 12th Man Rising, and Ryan Nickum’s weekly Top 12 list.
Thank you for your patience and continued participation on the blog. Go Seahawks!
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Losing Mark Lowe twinges a bit, but man good for Jack Zdureincik getting a haul for half a season of Cliff Lee.
Trading baseballs best pitcher to a division rival is unorthodox, but considering the financial ruin that is the Texas Rangers, they won’t be able to sign him when he gets $20 million+ on the open market.
The prize coming back is slugging first baseman Justin Smoak, widely regarded as one of baseballs premier prospects.
Also coming back are Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke, and Matt Lawson in the deal.
And man, spurning the Yankmees and using their offer as leverage?
I hope George Steinbrenner pissed himself and one of his assistants have to change his diaper!
If you are the Texas Rangers, would you trade even Justin Smoak alone for Philippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies, Mark Lowe, and J.C. Ramirez?
Lets just suffice to say, the Mariners got a better return than what they gave for Cliff Lee, and that might even be a slight understatement.
If I lived in any other major city, perhaps I would have a snippet of sympathy for LeBrons not so surprising decision to pair up with two of the best players at their respective positions in basketball down in South Beach.
If I lived in any other major city, perhaps I would actually have a snippet of passion to support the game of basketball.
But I don’t, because I live in Seattle, Washington.
Sure, losing LeBron James sucks, watching that tonight, must’ve hurt worse than a bowling ball to the nuts.
Get over it.
You still have a playoff caliber basketball team able to lose a player, able to sign a player, able to buy a ticket to go and see.
Ever heard of Clay Bennett? Greg Nickels?
Losing LeBron doesn’t compare to watching you team slowly deteriorate, getting the stars shipped off for scraps (one of which you actually have), and then transforming into a perennial playoff contender all within the span of two years.
In a way, we did lose LeBron in the form of watching the man who outscored him this season leave our city after one season. We only got one season of watching the guy who has been BETTER than LeBron was, not seven.
Not only did our best players get shipped off for scraps, Sonics fans got to watch the slow and painful legal process take course. We were going to win the lawsuit, until Frank Chop f&*ked it all up. We got to sit and watch while Clay Bennett masterfully stole an NBA team from a top ten market and plopped it in the 44th all for a $40 million settlement on breaking the arena lease.
Instead of watching a big three of Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, and Kevin Durant make the playoffs we got to watch while some of our former pieces he gave away made the NBA Finals the past three seasons.
Delonte West made it.
Ray Allen won it.
Rashard Lewis made it.
Instead of dousing LeBron in acid and burning his jersey, remember that it’s all because of him you guys are actually in a position to be angry in a first place.
Without him, you guys were nothing, you were not relevant, and would have not been as successful without him.
He gave you longer than the average NBA career of relevance, of being mentioned in the same sentence as “finals” on many occasions.
Can you really blame him?
Mo Williams, Antwan Jamison, Anderson Varejeo…
Or Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Mario Chalmers?
Really, quit whining, ever heard of Alex Rodriguez?
Yeah, that sell out left for the money, he didn’t leave to have a better chance to win a championship.
Ever heard of Ken Griffey Jr? Randy Johnson?
Sure they both wanted to go home, but we didn’t just have to watch our prize desert us, we had to watch three future Hall of Famers depart.
Ever heard of Ken Behring?
Yeah, we have been through the whole almost losing a team thing once before.
I mean, cursed? You F&cking kidding me? You think you’re cursed?
Cursed is when the referees cost you the Super Bowl. Cursed is when the only team that had ever won you a title gets taken away from you. Cursed is when your hot streak to the World Series gets ended by terrorists (if you don’t believe 9/11 cost the Mariners something, I implore you to consider the only reason the Rockies made the World Series was because of their historical hot streak). Cursed is having Bill Bavasi as your General Manager. Cursed is watching your former team beat the Lakers twice in the postseason.
Bottom line, you lost one player. Bottom line, LeBron has a better chance to win it all multiple times in Miami than he does in Cleveland, no debate about that at all.
Remember, you lost a player, not a team; at least when you lost a team last time, you got another.
We’re not likely to reciprocate that luck.