Season 47 - A Season On The Drink

  Note: Holy crap do I look like dog poop. I despise this picture of me. That is why it is here. I need to look better than this… I know I can. Can I?

Note: Holy crap do I look like dog poop. I despise this picture of me. That is why it is here. I need to look better than this… I know I can. Can I?

PITTSBURGH (FFD) - Call me Scratch. I am your typical, middle-aged American, washed-up high school athlete. I am a product manager by trade and have always enjoyed creative writing.

Yes, I guess you would say there is a major Al Bundy in me. To a certain extent I am attempting to combine my love for football and a middle-aged effort to not look so freaking fat.

Or course, I am modeling this ambition on a full NFL season. However, at heart, one could argue, I am trying to recapture a bit of swagger, of excellence, a bit of time that has long funneled down the hour glass…

1987 North Hills High School - USA Today Champions

  An original road sign from that era that now hangs in the Senator John Heinz Regional History Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

An original road sign from that era that now hangs in the Senator John Heinz Regional History Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

In 1987 I was a sophomore on a team that went undefeated and finished ranked by USA Today at the number one team in all the thousands upon thousands of high schools there are in the United States. We had a Parade All-American on defense and seven other players who played division one football. We outscored teams 350 plus points to like 21 on the entire year and the points that were given up were surrendered by the second team.

 Image: TribLive.com.

Image: TribLive.com.

Diary of a Wimpy Football Player?

Then there is me. I was a veritable punching bag on that team. By the time I was a senior, I did get to start some games, but truth be told, I enjoyed clowning around and the team atmosphere more than anything. The one recruiting letter that showed strong interest in my as a player from from Salem University, which just canceled their football program shortly after they mailed me a letter. My coach, the legendary Jack McCurry, got quite a chuckled of that. It was a special group and a special time. We achieved remarkable things. We expected to do so.

Can I get back to excellence?

Sometime in 2017, I hit my all time height in weight at 324. As I begin Season 47 on The Football Fan’s Diet, I weight in the low 300s. I seem to have been stuck there for most of 2018. I aim to change that with my brain and focus and return to time when excellence was not something to hope for but to be expected.

Why Season 47?

I am 47-years-old. Get it.

This page begins my weight loss journey to lose 100 pounds excess weight. Holy crap that is a lot of weight to drop.

To do so, I am following the Football Fan’s Diet. Have you heard of it? Probably not.

  Before Picture: Scratch at 307. His goal? 224.

Before Picture: Scratch at 307. His goal? 224.

The Football Fan’s Diet is my insane, middle-aged, effort—to get my long trampled health back—and to do it my way. No sissy feel good pick-me-up, yoga-on-beach, life affirming pyramid schemes—I promise.

This means reducing the amount I eat and drink. Simple as that, yet enjoying what life has to offer too.

Easier said than done. Easier to write than than do too.

It means increasing the amount of energy I produce and devoting more time to the things I aim to do with the second half of life afforded to me.

What exactly is the Football Fan’s Diet?

What? Back the F up for a second? Ask no further. Go here and drink from the boot baby… Find out what this crazy thing is all about.