Tag Archives: american football

Things to See in USA: The AT&T Stadium in Arlington Travel Attractions 12 NOV 2016

Modern sports stadiums are often architectural masterpieces, and are almost all now without fail seen as much tourist attractions as actual sporting event venues! The city of Arlington, a principle city in the U.S. state of Texas is certainly home to one of these modern sporting marvels – the stunningly beautiful AT&T Stadium!

dallas-cowboys-american-football-att-stadium-in-arlington-texas-usa-1

Owned by the city of Arlington, the massive 80,000 seat stadium was first opened in 2009, following a construction period of 4 years, as the Cowboys Stadium, and carried that name until 2013 when the giant that is AT&T bought out the naming rights.

dallas-cowboys-american-football-att-stadium-in-arlington-texas-usa-2

Home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys (whose cheerleaders are probably just as famous a franchise as the American football team!), the AT&T Stadium was built to replace the partially covered Texas Stadium, and these days acts as a multi-discipline venue, hosting events such as concerts, basketball games, college and high school football contests, soccer matches, motocross and Spartan races, as well as the odd WWE wrestling spectacle or two!

dallas-cowboys-american-football-att-stadium-in-arlington-texas-usa-3

The stadium’s current construction cost is estimated to have been around 1.15 billion US dollars, making it one of the most expensive sporting arenas ever built. It’s main party trick is of course its fully retractable roof, which therefore allows play no matter what weather condition Arlington currently finds itself experiencing!

It is also home to one of the worlds largest high definition video screen, which hangs from 20-yard line to 20-yard line.

dallas-cowboys-american-football-att-stadium-in-arlington-texas-usa-4

As you might imagine, and whether your enjoy American football or not, this beautiful example of modern engineering is quite the sight to behold and is definitely worth making a stop at should you ever find yourself anywhere remotely near the area!

dallas-cowboys-american-football-att-stadium-in-arlington-texas-usa-5

(That said, you may as well fly business cheap and get there in style if you aren’t nearby!)

Oh, and an added bonus. There is a brilliant Stadium Art Programme attached to the venue as well – meaning that you don’t have to be a sport nut to get something out of a trip to this massive Texan landmark!

dallas-cowboys-american-football-att-stadium-in-arlington-texas-usa-6

dallas-cowboys-american-football-att-stadium-in-arlington-texas-usa-7

dallas-cowboys-american-football-att-stadium-in-arlington-texas-usa-8

dallas-cowboys-american-football-att-stadium-in-arlington-texas-usa-9

dallas-cowboys-american-football-att-stadium-in-arlington-texas-usa-10

Related Link: AT&T StadiumWikipedia | Arlington

Review: Eyeshield 21 (Volume 7) My Reviews 30 JUN 2011

We continue the story of one wimpy Sena Kobayakawa who has assumed the on-field identity of one “Eyeshield 21” as he comes of age by trying his hand at American Football, thanks to his gift of super fast legs, honed by all the years of running away from bullies and being a gopher in order to avoid getting beaten up.

Volume 7 takes a bit of a back seat from the on field action of an American Football game and instead starts to lay the groundwork for what is sure to be an action-packed volume 8 in the series by focusing on the introduction of the American NASA Aliens football team, covering their rascist coach, Hiruma’s underhanded tricks in getting them on Japanese soil, and their most under-utilized player with the most amazing of abilities, Panther.

Outside of the Americans, time is handed off to the Hah trio of delinquents as the leader Jumonji begins to have more background and motivations pencilled in, and even more time is allocated to Sena and Monta’s mission of identifying and locating the mysterious Musashi, the legendary kicker that the Devil Bats so desperately need back on the team. (Hint, you’d never believe who it actually is, but will most definitely enjoy the soccer-related hijinks in finding that out!)

Writer Riichiro Inagaki is in fine form as he weaves more depth into his Eyeshield 21 universe, and as per usual he has plenty more gags and surprises for us to enjoy. On top of that, he manages to insert the necessary drama and characterization to keep us interested and in the end we have a fairly enjoyable if a little laid back entry into the series thus far.

Artist Yusuke Murata is also once again in fine form, delivering beautifully detailed backgrounds to act as the perfect backdrops for his wonderfully animated and exaggerated caricatures that are always such a pleasure to take in. Again he captures Inagaki’s over the top silliness in a spectacularly humorous way, making for yet again, another fun visual journey.

In summary this is by far one of the more sedate entries in the entertaining coming of age, schoolboy American Football series, but still has the requisite number of laughs that makes it such an enjoyable series to pick up and read for all those young of heart. It entertains, deepens the Eyeshield 21 universe and far more importantly, builds up a strong case for what is sure to be a very action-packed next volume!

Related Link: Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyeshield_21

Review: Eyeshield 21 (Volume 8) Manga | My Reviews 23 JUN 2011

We continue the story of one wimpy Sena Kobayakawa who has assumed the on-field identity of one “Eyeshield 21” as he comes of age by trying his hand at American Football, thanks to his gift of super fast legs, honed by all the years of running away from bullies and being a gopher in order to avoid getting beaten up.

Volume 8 is devoted in its entirety to the big game with rather big consequences that was being built up to in the previous volumes, that of the Deimon Devil Bats versus the visiting American school, the NASA Aliens. Instantly the boys are up against the wall thanks to the Alien’s quarterback, Homer’s immensely strong “shuttle” passes, and instead of an even race, it quickly becomes an immense uphill battle to contain the fiercely strong and muscular Americans who completely overpower and dominate the Devil Bats in each and every way.

And then of course there is the added threat of the Aliens’ best player by far, the under-utilized Panther with his zero gravity running ability, who has the potential to single-handedly run the entire Devil Bats team ragged! (Thankfully though, the rascist of a coach Apollo doesn’t like the idea of sending in a black kid to play).

Hiruma will have to dig deep within his tactical prowess in order to come up with something that can bring the Bats back into the game. And he had better do it fast because the scoreboard is already racing away from them!

Admittedly by volume 8 of the series I’m beginning to tire a little of the story, which is beginning to feel very much of the same. That said, there is not denying that this is an action-packed volume from start to finish, and properly captures the exciting and tense game between the Devil Bats and the Aliens. As per usual writer Riichiro Inagaki delights in finding a good balance between the serious, the funny and the absurd, and makes for a very entertaining read that should pull more than a few laughs out of even the staunchest of readers.

Similarly, the wonderfully detailed and hilariously exaggerated caricatures and elongated poses flow naturally from artist Yusuke Murata’s pen as he puts forward both delightfully pule-pounding action sequences mixed in with some very laugh out loud imagery indeed.

In summary, a very humorous and action-packed coming of age sports title that will entertain and delight those young at heart – just as the series has done right from the get go – and is definitely another winning entry into what has been up to now quite an enjoyable, if a little silly, title.

(That said, if you have been following from volume 1, don’t be surprised if you are starting to feel like you’ve seen it all before. I’m not all that sure what more they can do in the current format other than keep increasing the roster with over the top characters and taking on teams stronger than themselves and coming out on top. Might be time to let this one go for a bit methinks…)

Related Link: Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyeshield_21

Eyeshield 21 (Volume 6) Manga | My Reviews 09 DEC 2010

Devil Bats Take Flight: Wimpy Sena Kobayakawa has been running away from bullies all his life. But when the football gear comes on, things change – Sena’s speed and uncanny ability to elude big bullies just might give him what it takes to become a great high school football hero!

The Devil Bats are going to feel like dancing for joy if they can beat Banba and his hulking team, the Taiyo Sphinx. Sena and crew have held their own in the first half, but they’re going to have to come up with something really special to defeat this bunch of bruisers. And don’t forget, the winner of this game gets to play against a championship team from the United States!

Writer Riichiro Inagaki and artist Yusuke Murata are back with their smash hit coming of age sports comedy action title, and as per usual Eyeshield 21 volume 6 simply doesn’t disappoint!

Continue reading

Eyeshield 21 (Volume 3) Manga | My Reviews 18 APR 2008

Eyeshield 21And They’re Called the Devil Bats: Sena faces a brick wall in the form of hulking uber-athlete Shin, of the White Knights. Rather than run away, Sena runs full speed, straight at this exciting new challenge! But will Sena’s frail body hold up to all the brain-jostling tackles that Shin dishes out?

Wimpy Sena Kobayakawa has been running away from bullies all his life, but when the football gear comes on and the persona of Eyeshield 21 emerges, it is a whole different ball game. Sena’s amazing speed and uncanny ability to elude big bullies may just be enough to make him one fine schoolboy American Footballer and as the main playing card for the rather rubbish Deimon Devil Bats led by the demon-like Hiruma and loveable meat tank Kurita, Sena has already led them to their first ever victory!

However, things aren’t going quite as well in their second game against the mighty Ojo White Knights, and try as he might, Sena can’t seem to break through the unbelievably talented and powerhouse that is Shin. The game is already out of their hands, but if they are to go out in a blaze of glory, then somehow the Deimon Devil Bats need to produce yet another touchdown against the unbeatable White Knights.

And of course the Devil Bats will never grow if they do not ever attract new blood, as hard as it may be. Enter Raimon Taro, the baseball player who has bet his life on his catching glove but still can’t make the team…

Eyeshield 21 is a popular sports comedy shonen manga title that has been running since 2002 and is currently still going strong at 28 volumes consisting of 272 chapters or so. The series has proved to be a surprise hit for creators Riichiro Inagaki and Yusuke Murata and spawned a well received 145 episode long TV anime series that kicked off in 2005 and ended in March 2008.

As with the previous two volumes, Riichiro Inagaki continues with his non-stop action, drama and comedy mix that he does so well, kicking off this volume with the completion of the White Knights game and the subsequent growth of Sena’s character. The story then shifts gears down a little to the aftermath of the game and the hunt for new Devil Bat blood as Sena gets to meet an unlikely comrade who may just become one of his best friends in the future. This plot line pretty much dominates the second half of this volume until an explosive last chapter which sets us up for an exciting fourth volume that is to come.

As formulaic as the story is, Riichiro’s smooth writing and impeccable sense of humour, be it physical or situational captures your attention and he is as adept at capturing some of the more serious and poignant moments as he is at pulling a laugh from you.

Yusuke Murata continues to handle the art chore on Eyeshield 21 and as always all of his panels are absolutely jam-packed with detail. He tends to put a lot of line work in and although sometimes his perspective and proportions let him down a little, his artwork is always clear and focused enough that you have to be a complete moron not to follow what is going on. His characters are all marvelously unique in their design and presentation, no matter how exaggerated a feature he needs to employ to get there. He is also a genius when it comes to facial expressions and his grasp of displaying the comical whether it be through deformed imagery or simple exaggerated expressions is masterful.

Of course, it isn’t just his grasp of the comical that is his main strength as he is just as adept at portraying the more poignant and dramatic sequences as well as the plentiful action sequences that litter the book. Visually Eyeshield 21 does not disappoint and will keep your eye from start to finish.

Volume 3 of this typical sports comedy about the talented loser who grows in stature and ability as the series progresses is as enjoyable a volume as what you will find anywhere else in the sports genre and Riichiro Inagaki and Yusuke Murata look like they can’t put a foot wrong. Humorous, serious and action-packed, Eyeshield 21 is a must read for all sports loving manga fans and should be picked up ASAP.

(Besides, it revolves around American Football in Japan. I mean, how crazy is that!)

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyeshield_21

Eyeshield 21 (Volume 2) Manga | My Reviews 09 MAR 2008

Eyeshield 21The False Hero: Wimpy Sena Kobayakawa has been running away from bullies all his life. But when the football gear comes on, things change – Sena’s speed and uncanny ability to elude big bullies just might give him what it takes to become a great high school football hero!

The second volume in Riichiro Inagaki and Yusuke Murata’s Eyeshield 21 series pits the Deimon Devilbats against the almighty Ojo White Knights. Fresh off their first ever victory (against the Koigahama Cupids), Sena and the boys scarcely have a moment to breathe before being whisked off to their next bone crunching match.

The Ojo White Knights are reigning champions with a fearsome reputation and an almost spotless win record. They feature a number of stars in their ranks, including teen heartthrob Haruto Sakuraba and football sensation Seiiuro Shin. Their name is enough to strike fear in the hearts of Hiruma’s team, with even big old Kurita feeling the pressure.

However, as afraid as he is, Sena is not about to let the rest of his team down – after all, they are all just as afraid as him – and together with some very sneaky plans from the devilish Hiruma, the Devilbats may just have a surprise or two in store for the White Knights! (Of course, it does help that Shin is currently on the bench though…)

If you missed out on Volume 1 of Eyeshield 21, then you missed out on wimpy Sena’s forced introduction to the bone-crushing world of school American Football. Basically years of running to avoid getting bullied has made the lightweight Sena superfast, something the devil-like Hiruma picked up on and got Sena drafted into the team. Lacking in every sporting aspect whatsoever, apart from running of course, Sena now has to prove his worth to the rest of the team – even if he doesn’t want to be playing in the first place!

Inagaki continues this enjoyable sports comedy romp in the traditional manner, sticking pretty much to the established formula but at the same time keeping it fresh, dramatic and full of humour. As always his sense of timing of physical humour is impeccable and he keeps the action on the field moving fast enough so as not to allow you the opportunity to get bored. That said, he now shifts into the dragging a game out mode (a prevalent feature of this genre), meaning that we only get to see one half of this titanic clash in this volume.

Murata’s artwork retains his trademark detailed background work and his lines are as clear and well defined as ever. His cartoonish characters continue to exhibit loads of character and each character becomes pretty distinct and instantaneously recognizable. In fact, this is one of the better drawn sports manga out there and you quickly see why if you bother to pick a volume up.

Overall, Eyeshield 21 continues to be a thoroughly enjoyable, humorous read with all the necessary tension and drama required of a good sports manga. It tells a good story and sets up for a great next volume, so if you are slowly becoming an Eyeshield 21 fan, don’t miss this one.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyeshield_21