A lot of companies reach out to me to promote their products. Most of those products aren’t worth promotion. But when I saw what Ballpark Blueprints was offering, I was intrigued. Their designs are unique and understated; perfect for someone who wants to support a particular team without looking like a 12-year-old. Their stuff would make excellent gifts for this coming holiday season.
Here’s how they define themselves:
Ballpark Blueprints captures the distinctive artwork and beauty of sports venues for the sports fan who is looking for a classic, sophisticated, old-school way to display their love for the game. The company was founded in 2001 with an authentic passion for the history and architecture of baseball and has since expanded into other sports lines.
And here is a link of all their Soldier Field gear. Take a look at what they offer.
While concerns about how terrible the Chicago Bears defense is right now might be warranted, there’s no real way of knowing if it will be a long term problem.
Since the trades of Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith, the Bears have struggled to get stops. Their defense has gone from a top-15 unit to, very likely, the worst in the entire league. There is certainly a lack of talent, but a significantly greater concern is that it doesn’t appear the unit is getting any better.
How many times must we see the entire team bite hard on a simple play action fake? That should be fixed by now. How are their defensive ends still not able to contain? (Didn’t Daniel Jones teach them anything?) It’s hard to say if the team lacks coaching or if the players are incapable of taking the coaching.
There are examples of defensive coaches who struggled early and turned it around and there are others who simply never were able to correct the issues. The Bears could’ve looked across the sideline for an example of the former last week as Robert Saleh had the worst defense in the league in 2021 and the Jets are a top five unit in 2022. Or, it could be like Brandon Staley who was given a pass for his 29th-ranked scoring defense in 2021 and, after an infusion of talent, still has the 29th-ranked scoring defense in 2022.
There really is no way to tell at this point.
My good friend Steph Tracy has a cookie company. The cookies are remarkable. They are not only perfect gifts for the holiday season, but they are also the perfect holiday party bring. Let your clown friends bring cheap wine. You bring killer cookies.
Below are the two variety packs she does this time of year. But you don’t have to stick to what she lays out. She’ll mix and match as you see fit. My recommendations are the coquito, the chocolate gingerbread and the chocolate chunk with toffee. I’ll be sending that combination to several people this month.
If you would like to purchase these cookies, please send an email to email@example.com by Monday, December 12th, and include any special shipping instructions and deadlines. She’ll even include a personalized note if you want.
$24 plus shipping.
Enjoy the flavors of the holiday season with this sampler that features Coquito, Chocolate Gingerbread, and Cranberry Streusel cookies (all are nut free). The sampler includes 6 cookies of each variety (for a total of 18 cookies).
A sandwich cookie inspired by the traditional Puerto Rican Christmas beverage made with coconut milk, rum, and spices.
A chewy gingerbread cookie made with molasses, cocoa, freshly grated ginger, spices and semi-sweet chocolate chunks.
The tartness of fresh cranberries balanced by the brown sugar sweetness of a streusel topping.
$35 plus shipping
Two pounds (25 cookies) of the most popular Cookie Revolution recipes of the past year. This collection includes five cookies of each variety:
Chocolate Chunk with Toffee
An addictive and crispy cookie packed with chocolate chunks and homemade toffee pieces.
Salt ‘n’ Pepper Peanut Butter
Spicy peanut butter cookie topped with sea salt. Please specify if you would like mild or hot. Also available gluten free.
Rich homemade coconut crunch meets tangy pineapple and tamarind for a unique tropical treat.
Chocolate Gingerbread with Chocolate Chunks
A chewy and spicy gingerbread cookie made with molasses, cocoa, freshly grated ginger, spices and semi-sweet chocolate chunks.
The Bar Snack
Peanuts. Pretzels. Potato chips. M&Ms. It’s everything you ever wanted to eat with a beer, stuffed into a cookie.
To see photos of the cookies and read more, you can visit her site here.
Bears down 17-10 at the half. And the difference on offense has been the lack of explosive possibilities. Fields presents a nightmare for opposing for defenses to defend. With Siemian, the game is right in front of them. That’s why the Bears only have 10 points.