Thursday Top Five

Special Edition Thursday Top 5: Top 5 2013 Stories that Went Unnoticed

Yesterday I posted the top 5 stories from Debo Lets Loose in 2013 and promised I would post about the stories that I thought were important, but didn’t get the attention they deserved.

#5. Green Bay Packers Send Football Equipment to College Team After Fire

#4. Why are People Surprised When they Hear College Athletes Took Money? 

#3. 5 Year Old Cancer Survivor Scores a TD!

#2. Even at 70 These Grandmas Still Rock the Basketball Court!

#1.  Boston Marathon Bombing Victims Get a Chance to Run Again!

Happy New Year!

P.S. Here is the GIF of the year on Debo Lets Loose…Joe Mauer with the Behind the Back Grab! 

Thursday Top Five: Debo Let’s Loose Top 5 Stories of 2013

This week’s Debo’s Top 5 is based off my readers favorite blogs on Debo’s Let’s Loose. I will count down the 5 most viewed stories from Debo Let’s Loose in 2013. Now I am not going to do the top 5 blogs because they are pretty much the same topic, so I will pick the top 5 topics and the #1 story of each topic as viewed by my readers in 2013.

#5. Green Bay Packers Power Rankings Week 9

I am unsure of why this specific post got as many views as it did, but I am very happy about it! It was the first power rankings after Aaron Rodgers broke his collar bone, so that may have something to do with it.

#4. Florida Gators are Good at Blocking…Themselves

Credit: @sprtshumor on Twitter

Credit: @sprtshumor on Twitter

#3. Video: BABY DEBA NAME ALERT!!! Jacob Shares the Secret!!!

This was obviously my number #1 story of 2013, but it fell to #3. Jacob was awesome in announcing Hannah’s name and the response about her name was amazing.

#2. Local DJ Turns Global Star! Randy Boyer!

#1. Worlds Match 5 Results – Josh George Throws 490 and A+ Takes Over Division 

I was completely surprised by the fact that candlepin bowling made my top 5, but I am pretty happy about it. To be honest all the Worlds post did very well during that week and really showed what a majority of my readers enjoy. I will do my best to get some more candlepin posts out there!

Well there it is, Thursday’s Top 5. Debo Let’s Loose Top 5 stories of 2013. I am excited to see how 2014 stacks up against this list, I’ll keep writing, You keep reading, It’s that easy!!!

P.S. Look for a special Thursday’s Top 5 tomorrow! The topic? Debo Let’s Loose most underrated stories of 2013. This list will comprise of the stories that I thought should have gotten more attention, but didn’t.

Debo’s Top Five Thursday – Top Five U.S. Cities I Need To Visit

A couple weeks ago I introduced you to my top five U.S. cities that I have visited, so it only makes sense to make a list of the cities that I need to visit. Since I have not been to a ton of cities there certainly a lot of them to pick from. There are cities like Miami, Denver, Santa Fe and Tempe that are going to miss being on the list, but it is only top five so someone needs to be left off. On to Debo’s Top Five!

5. Charleston, SC – I think this video says it all…

4. San Francisco, CA –  Alcatraz, The SF Giants, Golden Gate Bridge and the Trollies. They all are pretty impressive attractions and from what I heard the views are amazing. Maybe I’d even get to see the Full House house.

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3. Kansas City, MO – I will be very honest when I say that this city is all about the food! My friends and I were discussing what our next football trip would be; and Kansas City was near the top of the list with the reason being BBQ for days! Take a look at these!

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2. San Diego, CA – It’s all about beaches, nightlife and casinos. Oh it doesn’t hurt that the weather is basically perfect year round!

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1. Seattle, WA – For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to go to Seattle. I have heard a lot of great things about it. Even though it always seems to be raining there, there always seems to be something going on. I know this is completely touristy, but I would love to hit up Pike Place Market. If only for this reason…

 

 

Debo’s Thursday Top Five – Holidays

Debo’s Top Five Thursday is back with the holiday edition! Today is Halloween and it got me to thinking, where does Halloween land in my favorite holidays? Any one who knows me knows what my #1 is going to be! What holidays fill in my top five?

5. Thanksgiving – Listen I am going to get a lot of ish for this, but some holiday had to fall into the #5 spot. The thing that everyone loves about Thanksgiving, I hate. I am not a fan of a lot of the traditional food of Thanksgiving. Last year Kate made lamb and that was cool. I think the reason that Thanksgiving made the list is because of football. There is football on all day and back when I lived in Massachusetts I would go to Thanksgiving Day high school football games with my family. It is definitely where a lot of great memories were made. I do wish that there were high school football games here in in Maryland on Thanksgiving because I would love for Jacob to join in that tradition.

4. New Year’s Eve – This is a day where we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. There are many ways to celebrate the New Year, when I was younger it was out partying and now with Jacob and baby girl coming, staying in and enjoying the family is where its at.

3. Fourth of July – America’s Independence Day! It’s not just about the parties and fireworks, its about America being the greatest country in the world. I don’t want to water this day down by writing too much…

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2. Halloween –  Costumes and Candy. I’ll be taking part in going Trick or Treating with Jacob for the first time ever today and will then add baby girl to it, it just sounds amazing. I also love to dress up, so there’s that.

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1. Christmas – There are not enough words to explain why Christmas tops my list. I don’t even mean just Christmas Day, I mean the entire season of Christmas. It’s just a happy time for me. The music, the lights, Christmas tree, there is nothing bad about this holiday! I love driving around at night a seeing all the houses decorated with lights. I love watching the faces of my family when they open their gifts. I love that Kate and I have a tradition of going to get our Christmas Tree the day after Thanksgiving. It’s coming quick everyone, get ready for it! Only 55 days left!

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P.S. This is me!

 

Debo’s Top Five Thursday – Top Five Favorite Green Bay Packers

Welcome back to Debo’s Top Five Thursday, topic today? Top five favorite Green Bay Packers. So here’s the deal, I am only going to count the players that I have seen play. That means no Bart Starr or Paul Hornung because I have never seen them play and have only heard stories. Granted they are amazing stories, but they are not first hand experiences.

Since this is a top five countdown you will notice some notable players missing. Honorable mention goes to Sterling Sharpe, Clay Matthews, Darren Sharper and Chad Clifton. On to the countdown…

5. Donald Driver was drafted by the Packers in 1999 and really got going in 2002. “Over the next nine seasons, Donald catapulted past names like Don Hutson, James Lofton and Sterling Sharpe in the Packers’ record books. The four-time Pro Bowl selection holds nearly every Packers receiving record including most 1,000 seasons, most receptions, most receiving yards, most consecutive games with a reception, most receptions in the postseason and most games played by a wide receiver. Not bad for a guy that wasn’t even supposed to make the team his rookie year.” There was one play in particular against the San Francisco 49ers that showed Driver’s will to win. The other thing I love about Driver is his willingness to try new things as shown by his winning of Dancing With the Stars. Check out Driver’s new book “Driven” on sale now.

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4. LeRoy Butler was the originator of the Lambeau Leap so he has to make this countdown. If you create something that every player on the Packers dreams of doing when they score a touchdown then you are damn important!

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3. Aaron Rodgers has the chance to be the #1 Packer in my top five, but needs to keep this level going for another five years. No, Rodgers will not catch Brett Favre’s records, but he can become a legend in the eyes of all Packers fans (if he isn’t already). I love the way Rodgers is all business and plays with a chip on his shoulder, everyone knows that Alex Smith was drafted by the 49ers #1 overall and Rodgers fell to the Packers at #24. In 2010, Rodgers brought the Packers to the Super Bowl title, while introducing the world to the Championship Belt Celebration, better known now as the Discount Double Check. “Rodgers is the NFL’s all-time career leader in passer rating during the regular season with a rating of 104.9 and third all-time in the postseason with a rating of 103.6 (among passers with at least 1,500 and 150 pass attempts, respectively).He is currently the only quarterback to have a career passer rating of over 100.0. He also holds the league’s lowest career pass interception percentage for quarterbacks during the regular season at 1.7%, and the single season passer rating record of 122.5.” 

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2. Reggie White came to the Packers as a free agent in 1993 and turned the Packers defense into a scary machine. White recorded 68.5 sacks as a Packer, which was a Packer record at the time. White played with passion on every play and that passion carried over to the entire team. Reggie White passed away in December 2004 from cardiac arrhythmia.

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1. Brett Favre is the Green Bay Packers. Although Favre and the Packers had a rough split due to the Packers moving on when Favre was in retirement (AGAIN), he is the guy. Rodgers has done everything possible to get out of Favre’s shadow, but it is really hard when Favre leads every category for quarterbacks. Yes, he owns the interception record, but hey that’s what we loved and hated about him! He made bad throws trying to win the games, he believe his arm strength made it possible to make every throw out there! My favorite memory of Favre was when he played Monday Night Football days after his father’s death. That was the most extraordinary game I have ever seen played, Favre didn’t make the best of throws, but the passes found their mark every time. Here’s a look at some of Brett’s greatest plays! I literally almost forgot about the most ridiculous stat out there for Favre, he played in 297 straight games and 321 if you include playoffs, just wow!

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Debo’s Top Five Thursday – US Cities I Have Visited

Welcome to a new section on Debo Let’s Loose, Debo’s Top Five Thursday! Every Thursday I will pick a topic and list my top five, pretty simple right?

Today’s top five is going to be US cities I have visited. The cities on this list will not include any of the cities I have lived in, so Boston, Baltimore and Chicopee are all out. Here are a few of the places I left out of my top five; New York City, Washington DC, Orlando and San Antonio. San Antonio almost made the cut because of the great mex-tex food, but I was not able to get out and explore the city more than the Riverwalk. Orlando was another one that came close, but I last visited Orlando when I was 17, so I didn’t think that was fair today add. On to the list, I think that two of them will surprise you!

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View from the air of the Gateway Arch and St. Louis

5. St. Louis, MO

This is one of the surprises on my list, it actually caught me off guard. I  know that St. Louis gets a really bad rap because of the crime rates, but I  really enjoyed the city when I went. There are a lot of sites to visit and I  got to a couple of them. The Gateway Arch was really cool. I went all the  way to the top and the view is great, over looking the city on one side  and the mighty Mississippi River on the other. This is a must do if you go  to St. Louis. Another really great place was the Missouri Botanical  Gardens. I will admit I was very skeptical about going to a place infested  with flowers, but in the end it it was nice. The whole area was calm and serene, which if you know me is not something that normally happens to me. The city was very easy to maneuver from walking to the city transit .

4. Minneapolis, MN

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Minneapolis, MN

The home of the Vikings, Timberwolves and Twins. In my two visits to Minneapolis I was not able to see any of those teams play, but I was able to see Target Field, Target Center and the Metrodome. The city itself has a really nice lay out. I thought the city was clean and had some really great restaurants. I know that most of you are saying that Minneapolis weather is atrocious and let’s be honest it can get cold, but there is a great SkyWay that can get you from building to building without going out in the cold. I would love to go back during a time that I was not working and be more of a tourist since I did not have time. This could change the rankings, but Minneapolis comes in at a solid number 4.

 

 

 

3. New Orleans, LA

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Balcony along Bourbon Street

The Big Easy! I have made three separate visits to New Orleans and all of  them were great! The first thing every thinks about when New Orleans  comes up is Bourbon Street. The answer is yes, it is as awesome as you  here about, where else can you get a Hand Grenade and a Jeffrey and  then walk around the streets for hours? Some friends and I went to a          Saints Monday Night Football game last year and we walked onto  Bourbon Street at 11:00 am and started drinking 3 for 1 at the Beach   while watching football all day. Let’s be honest NOLA is not all about  Bourbon Street, the food is where its at! I had my first experience with  Turtle Soup and also crushed a ton of Jambalaya. Creole has some great  flavors and I would love the chance to try more. If you like to gamble there is a Harrah’s Casino not far from Bourbon. Another wonderful place was the Audubon Aquarium. The aquarium had an albino alligator, now I don’t know if that is still there, but it was awesome. Cebo has New Orleans on the list for his bachelor party, so its possible I will be heading back there in June 2014.

2. Las Vegas, NV

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The Fountains at Bellagio

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. If that were true I wouldn’t be  talking about my trip there now. Ok, maybe I won’t give out all the  details, but you’ll get the idea. The trip was planned for 5 days and 4  nights and we ended up stayed 8 days and 7 nights. I was in awe the  entire time I was there and probably averaged about 4 hours of sleep a  night! Where to start if you like clubs there is something for you every  night. My favorite was Studio 54 (closed in Feb 2012, sadness). We were  told if we want to get in without a line either say you are going to buy a  bottle or get there when it first opens, so we got there at like 9:30 and  waited for it to get busy. The DJ played hip hop until 2:00 am and then  there was an acrobat show, which lead into about 4 hours of techno and  house music. It was unbelievable! Even during the day there was stuff going on in every casino, there is just no down time. One thing I regret about the trip was not making it to the pool more often. Also, if you are going to Vegas and never been I have one hint for you. If you are standing at Treasure Island and you see Luxor, it is A LOT longer walk than you think it is! The most impressive thing about Vegas was the Bellagio Fountains, this is the most important thing to see in Vegas.

1. Chicago, IL

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Chicago Skyline along Lake Michigan

Yup, you read that right, a Green Bay Packers fan really loves the city of Chicago. I have been to Chicago three times and have done something different every time! The Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Wrigley Field, Lincoln Park Zoo, Soldier Field, The Shedd Aquarium and the Magnificent Mile just to name a few of the attractions that make Chicago a great city. The layout of Chicago is intricate. The Chicago River runs through the city and presents a beautiful attraction in and of itself. Whether you are walking the paths along Lake Michigan or taking the El Train, Chicago is easy to get around. This is the type of place that I wouldn’t mind living at some point in my life because there are truly so many things that I have not been able to do in the Windy City and visiting every once in while may not get it done.

So there you go, Debo’s Top Five US Cities I have visited. I hope you in enjoyed this installment of Debo’s Top Five Thursday. If you have a topic you want me to cover hit me up on Twitter @debo2pt or email me at deboletsloose@gmail.com.