Simple Guide When Buying Football Cleats


There are things you should know when picking out a pair of football cleats before heading to your favorite store. I got this guide from a friend in Handyman Brooklyn.

For Whom is the Football Cleats


It’s necessary to narrow down the selection whether you are buying for yourself, as a gift to a friend or family member or you are a parent buying for your kid.

The Shoe Cut

Depending on size, position, stability, and personal comfort, opting for a high, mid or low cut cleat can vary.


Outsole Style

Best to know the distinctions and benefits between molded, hard molded and detachable cleats.


Because of the variety of styles that are available, it sure ain’t easy buying a pair of cleats and it can be challenging. You can be able to limit down the options by position and personal preference from the styles available in the market if buying for yourself but, buying for another player can be more stressful because you need to deal with younger kids, or just may not know enough details on what to purchase. The following tips will help you the kind of football cleats that will work best for them if you are buying for someone else.


The Cut of the Cleat

Low Top

Designed for speed and lightweight. This cleat will provide you with the indestructible feeling in the open field.

Ideal Positions: Wide Receiver / Defensive Back


Mid Top

Similar to the low top styles but with added ankle support, this cleat has a lightweight feeling.

Ideas Positions: Running Back / Linebacker / Tight End / Quarterback


High Top

Created for terminal stability and durability. For those players fighting in the ditches, this cleat will give extra ankle support.

Ideal Positions: Offensive Lineman / Defensive Lineman


Uncovering a pair that provides you with the traction, stability, and right comfort will give you the most confidence while playing even though the cut of the cleat can be similar between positions. To learn what kind of spikes you want your cleats to have will be the next step.


Trimming down football cleat selection becomes much easier once utilize these tips. You can be more confident in deciding on a new pair whether it is for yourself or for someone else by deciding on a brand, cut of the shoe and style of the cleats.


Football Essential: Helmet

Guidelines on the size of the helmet

  • Identify the correct size by getting the player’s head 1″ measurement, right above the eyebrows using a tape measure or calipers
  • This will be utilized when identifying the sizes offered with the different kinds of helmet models as the measurement has been identified.
  • For a secure and snug fit, the chin strap should be directly snapped to the helmet leaving no slack
  • Using your fingers, press downward interlocked on the top of the helmet, the pressure should not be the brow but on the crown of your head

For face masks, the material is devised to be fitted on specific helmets, level of skill and players position. By the way, these are not similar to the face masks worn by roofers.

The three different types of metal Face masks with scope in weight and strength.

  1. Carbon Steel facemask is the standard, reasonably weighted metal type facemask. This material suits best for new players and younger players
  2. Stainless Steel facemask is lighter compared to Carbon face masks but both strengths are equal. Skilled players of high school and college players used this more frequently.
  3. Titanium facemask is the lightest and strongest made of the three. This material is usually worn by pro players.

Two main types of facemasks

  1. Open cage type consists of two or three horizontal bars and no vertical bar above the nose for superior visibility. This type of facemask is mostly preferred by defensive backs, quarterbacks, and wide receivers.
  2. Closed cage consists of two, three or four horizontal bars and vertical bar. To protect the player’s eyes is considered for the length of the facemask over the nose. Mostly favored by linemen.

Chinstrap on Helmet

When purchasing helmets, it comes with a standard chinstrap. These chin straps can be switched out and you can take your pick as different styles, materials and colors are offered. Helmets should be secured with chinstrap when used during game play as it gives resistance to impact and aids maximize sight lines for better vision.


NFL Blitz

There’s another side to sports. Sure, people can play sports. People can watch sports in person or on television. People can listen to the big game on the radio. People even watch replays or read sports news. But there’s another way to participate in sports. People can play sports video games!

This may seem like common sense to all. Maybe it is these days. But people did not always have the option of playing sports video games. After all, there were no sports video games 50 years ago. There are plenty are football games. If the last 10 years, there may have been at least 30 video games about sports. These include football, baseball, basketball, bowling, hockey, and soccer. Even some other types of activities that are considered sports have their own games. These could be games about paintball, snowboarding, or martial arts like wrestling. I don’t consider Mortal Kombat and sports game, even if the game is about martial arts!

Football has had many popular games over the years. My favorite has always been NFL Blitz 64. Why the 64? Well, that just means that the game was released on the Nintendo 64. In the game, there are plenty of plays the player can choose. The goal of the game is the same as the goal in real life. That is the player who scored the most points wins. The player can play against the computer or against a friend. One of my favorite things about NFL Blitz 64 is that the game gives the player extra agility once they scored enough points. That reminds me of another great game, NBA Jam, which also gives the player extra agility. The Nintendo 64 might mostly be a thing of the past. But, if you ever see NFL Blitz 64, make sure you play it at least once! I’m sure any sports lover will enjoy the game.

America’s New Pastime

When someone hears “America’s Pastime” they normally think about baseball. This may have changed over time. Football might be considered the new pastime.

Sure, in decades past, baseball was considered the pastime. What is more American than cars, baseball, and apple pie? When I was a kid, I played tee-ball. Baseball played a part in my childhood, therefore.

Baseball played a large role in entertainment as well. It still does. But I feel that the sport is rather vintage. Who can forget The Sandlot? What about Angels in the Outfield? These movies are classics. But we haven’t gotten a baseball movie like this in a long time. Instead, football seems to be more popular these days.

TV rating proves this. The Super Bowl is more popular than the World Series. The Super Bowl is the championship game of football. The World Series is the championship game of baseball. More people watch the Superbowl than the World Series. It’s been this way for a long time. Given this hard fact, it shouldn’t controversial, then, to say the football is America’s new pastime.

Football movies in the past decade also seem more popular and common. Friday Night Lights, The Blind Side, and The Longest Yard come to mind. What about The Waterboy? Hollywood can even make successful comedies surrounding football. I actually really liked that movie. Remember the Titans and Varsity Blues are also among the heavy hitters when it comes to football movies. The only popular baseball movie in recent times, that I can think of, is Moneyball, with Brad Pitt. I didn’t even see that movie, but it looks good.

Given these facts, I think it’s safe to say that America’s new pastime is football. That’s not a bad thing, either. I love watching football on TV. It’s a faster game than baseball. Since we’re mid-season, enjoy a game this week!

Football Controversy

Sports has never been free to controversy. This is especially true with football. However, football might be having its most controversial year, ever. And it all has to do with kneeling or standing during the National Anthem.

The most high-profile supporter of kneeling during the anthem was Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback. He is the face of leadership when it comes to kneeling. The players themselves are either for or against this measure. But whichever side they support, the great thing is that the players remain a team during the game.

Fans are also divided. Some support kneeling during the Anthem. Other prefer to support the traditional method, which is standing. No matter which side one is on we can all agree that this year, because of this, has been very controversial.

Multiple news cycles have followed the progress of this current controversy. Many people have weighed in, either for or against. Even the President of the US, Donald Trump, has at many times talked about this controversy. He has tweeted multiple times as well. Trump, perhaps as part of his current profession, has supported the traditional way of standing during the Anthem.

What’s all the fuss about? For those who kneel, there are many reasons for it. One of the main reason for kneeling is to silently protest perceived widespread police brutality against minorities. Others have said the protests stand for racial injustice and everything that comes along with that.

No matter what side one supports, I believe both sides can agree that it distracts from the game. Most people watch football to watch football. That being said, it is everyone’s right in this country to protest peacefully as they see fit. Protesting is not new in this country. Protests will also happen in the future. As long as a protest is peaceful, it continues to be one of the rights all can enjoy.

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Peyton Manning


By any reasonable measure, Peyton Manning has had an incredible career. He is highly respected and has earned a lot of NFL records. In his long and interesting career, he also has his fair share of controversies. Yet, people know very little about his personal life.


There are a few facts about him that even his fans do not know. Below are some of the interesting yet largely unknown facts about Peyton Manning. If you are a fan, you should definitely know about these facts.



  1. He has a photographic memory


A lot of NFL players have an amazing memory. Peyton Manning is no exception to this. He has been many times described as having a ‘photgraphic memory’. He even remembers small details about things that happened 20 years ago.


This amazing memory has been his biggest advantage in his career. This is why it can be said that his success is not purely due to luck, his intrinsic abilities also have played a big role.


  1. He never missed an NFL game, except when a surgery benched him for entire season


Yes, he never missed a single game in his entire career while he did a total of fourteen seasons with the Colts. The only exception was in 2011 when he had a surgery for level one cervical fusion procedure. It compelled him to sit out for the entire season. In March of the following year, he was released by Colts, but just in about two weeks, he signed with the Broncos which proved his capabilities again.


  1. In his childhood, he was neighbors with Trent Reznor as well as Anne Rice


Peyton is a child of a quarterback for Saints. His family lived in the Garden District of New Orleans. The popular novelist Anne Rice as well as popular singer and lyricist Trent Reznor lived a few blocks from his home. The film JFK was shot at a home just next to his. His parents still live in that house.


  1. The secret to his success? A consistent game day meal


Manning has maintained a consistent game day meal throughout his career. His pre-game meal includes a bunch of diverse foods – two pieces of grilled chicken, a plain baked potato, a bowl of pasta with marinara sauce, and a side of broccoli on his play day. This game day meal is washed down with some Gatorade


  1. “He follows the Jedi Mantra” according to the Star Wars novelist himself


The writer of popular Star Wars Drew Karpyshyn said that he is most likely to become a Jedi Knight. According to him, he is always calm, collected and cool, following the Jedi Mantra of “No emotion, only peace.”


  1. He sends handwritten notes to retiring players from NFL


This is something we can learn from him and very few people do it. He sends handwritten notes to respected players after they retire from NFL. This is one of the classiest ways to show respect to someone. Way to go Manning!


Playing Football

I’ve never played football. When I say this, I mean I’ve never played it on a sports team. Sure, when I was younger, I would play flag football with my friends. However, flag football and regular football is very different.

My brother, on the other hand, did play. He played when he was in the 7th grade. I remember going to his games on Saturdays. They lasted for about an hour, maybe a little bit more. I could see myself playing football. However, I was busy with martial arts training almost every night. I didn’t have time another a second sport. That being said, I don’t regret choosing only one sport. I loved it! I enjoyed martial arts so much that I may get back into it one day.

In my house, we always had balls for many sports. In the garage would be a few basketballs. Our bedrooms might have the baseballs. The bedrooms would also have any tennis balls. A football or two might be found in the backyard. Those are all-weather balls. Sometimes we left them out so long that we only found them again once the snow had melted!

After school, and on the weekends, I would sometimes throw the football with my friends. Our goal was always to throw a perfect spiral. What a beauty it was to see a perfectly-spiraled football flying through the air! On the other end, I always found the spiral to be the easiest form of football to catch.

I miss those days of playing mock football. When my family gets together again, perhaps I’ll look for one of those footballs. I’ll be sure to search the backyard! To learn more about playing football, be sure to watch the video below. You might see some tips you’ve never seen before.