Pro Tip: Make Time For Your Friends

 This is a sponsored post for Barefoot Refresh®, but all thoughts, opinions and stories of a night filled with great conversations with girlfriends are all my own! 

For the first time since moving to the new house in the beginning of July, it feels like life is finally starting to settle back down again. For months, our weekends were revolving around packing, moving, unpacking and building boxes upon boxes of new furniture, dressers, beds and tables. Until this past weekend, we hadn't really gotten a weekend to enjoy our new neighborhood, and our new neighbors! Two of our best friends each bought houses just down the street from us, so I went over to have a girl's night at my friend Larissa's house. 




Her backyard is absolutely beautiful, so we decided to enjoy the last few days of summer (a.k.a the end of 100 degree temperatures) by kicking back, pouring a refreshing drink and relaxing under her patio's gazebo. I brought over what turned out to be the perfect drink for the sticky but breezy August night, Barefoot Refresh® Summer Red Spritzer. It is a light bodied, but very vibrant spritzer that anyone would love!



I used to think watching hair straightener infomercials was the most therapeutic thing in this world, but I'm quickly realizing as I get older that making time for friendships is the most therapeutic thing in this world. Maybe I'm just bias and trying to make up for lost time in Dallas!



I love the way CB approaches his friendships, he not only cherishes the friends he has, but actively tells them how much they mean to him. He now has so many friends that are 15+ years long. I'm lucky to have found him and his friends, that have now ultimately become my friends, here in Dallas. 

We stayed over until nearly 10pm, sitting and talking about everything under the sun. We talked about everything from our pups, to football, to working out the details for the trips we have planned throughout the rest of the year, like our camping trip to Arizona in October. I unfortunately still owe CB for that bet I lost. Meh. It was just one of those genuinely amazing evenings, that makes you realize just how happy you are to have the life that you do.


We all enjoyed a little Barefoot Refresh®, perfect on a clear, breezy August night like this one. As summer comes to a close, Barefoot's line of spritzers is a great go-to drink for everything from a casual night with a girlfriend, to a backyard Labor Day bash! 


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I highly recommend taking time out this week to invite yourself over to your girlfriend's house, and arriving with a bottle (or two) in hand to enjoy. Making time for best friends is just plain good for the soul! 


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What Is Your Favorite Defender's Role on the Football Field?

I was listening to my favorite morning program, Mike and Mike, earlier this week and they were faced with a trivia question to answer. Golic (one of the Mikes) made a guess, and Greeny (the other Mike) told him, "Incorrect. It's the guy who stands to his left."

CB and I carpool together since my work is on the way to his, so I looked over to him and asked, "Would you really be able to name the guy to someone's left???" He of course looked at me like I had 12 heads and snorted, "Well, yeah. You can't?"

Honestly, not really. Offensive players are one thing, but the other side of the ball leaves me a little hazy. I figured if I felt this way, I wasn't the only one. So today I thought I'd do a breakdown of some of our favorite defenders in the NFL, and where they line up on the field. This is as much for me as it is for anyone else! 



Now keep in mind, there are variations based on formation, but for today I'm going to keep it very basic with one single formation. 






 
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1. JJ Watt || Houston Texans || Defensive End





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JJ has two main jobs....

|| On a pass play || 
Get to the QB and do any of the following: 
block pass, sack, swat football out of hands, cause fumble

|| On a run play || 
Stop the running back ASAP for little to no yards gained


2. Von Miller || Denver Broncos || Outside Linebacker


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Von has a lot of responsibility...

|| On a run play || 
Stop any run that the defensive ends let through.

|| On a pass play || 
Cover any passes thrown in his area of coverage. 

The outside linebacker, Von's position, is the most important position for the linebackers. He is stationed where the most receivers will be. 

If the offense has a wide receiver and a tight end on Von's side of the field, he has the responsibility of stopping both the run and covering the pass for anyone on his side.


3. Richard Sherman || Seattle Seahawks || Cornerback



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Sherman's main job is to defend against the pass

Sherman is expected to be one of the fastest players on the field, both mentally and physically. If the QB launches the ball into the air for a Wide Receiver, Sherman is expected to intercept the ball, or at the very least, break that pass up.

 
4. Ndamukong Suh || Miami Dolphins || Defense Tackle




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Suh has two major jobs

|| On a run play || 
Suh has to clog up the middle so the running back can't break straight up the field. 

|| On a pass play || 
His job is to push the guys on offense (the center and the guards) backwards to give the Defensive Ends a clear line to the QB. 

:: For example :: 
If Suh and JJ Watt were on the same team, Suh would be clearing way for JJ to get to the QB. 
Make sense? 


5. Eric Berry || Kansas City Chiefs || Safety







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There is a chance you haven't heard of Eric Berry, but you need to know who he is. Eric Berry *ahem* a former Tennessee Volunteer, just beat cancer in about 7 months. He was diagnosed with cancer in December, and was cleared to return to play earlier this month. 

DAMN SON. 

Like I said, you should know him. 

Eric's job is simple, but difficult
He is the absolute last line of defense on the field. 
 

|| On a run play || 
If the runner gets past everyone else, HE HAS TO TACKLE THE RUNNING BACK. If he doesn't, a touchdown will occur. 

|| On a pass play || 
Any pass launched downfield that gets past the cornerback/linebacker, Eric is expected to cover. Also, if a wide receiver catches a pass over the cornerback, Eric is expected to tackle him before he can get into the end zone. 
His position is essentially damage control, making him very, very important. 




This post was as helpful for me to write as I hope it will be for you guys to read! Are there any players you love, but you're not sure what their role on the field is? Leave me a question and I'll do my best to get you an answer! 

P.S... Don't forget to use the hashtag #gamedayvibes to link up any and all sports related Instagrams!! 

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