(NFL) Combine Life

NFL Scouting Combine Tweetup 2015 with Peter King

Photo by Todd Rosenberg

I love following my favorite NFL media on Twitter and Instagram, especially during the NFL Scouting Combine week. It’s interesting and entertaining, both to peek inside the parts of the Combine that are off limits to non-media folks, as well as to see my hometown through their eyes. (Note to media for next year: No more TwitPics of the shrimp cocktail at St. Elmo’s. Unless you tote yours around the city like your own spicy Flat Stanley, everyone’s seen it before. Stop taking pictures of it and just eat the damn thing.)

So when the MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas posted a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #CombineLife, I couldn’t resist clicking on it. More insight into the coaches and athletes? Yes, please! Instead, it was a clear example of  “I don’t think that word/hashtag means what you think it does.” Lots of farmers, a plethora of actual combines, not so much football.


The Combine is officially over, and I’m thrilled to say that the Combine Tweetup I organized was a big success. The event sold out, which I was a tad nervous about since it was the first year we asked attendees to pay. Between ticket sales and on-site donations, we raised nearly $2000 for Thrive360. That feels so incredibly good, and makes me want to give each and every one of you that came out on that ridiculously cold night a big hug. Unless you’re not a hugger, then I’d settle for shaking your hand. The good people at Sun King kept everyone hydrated and happy. To top it all off, we had an incredible panel of NFL media answering every kind of question under the sun for two hours. Many, many thanks to Albert Breer, Ian Rapoport, Mike Tanier, Alex Marvez, Doug Farrar (Sports Illustrated), Aaron Schatz (Football Outsiders), and Hal Habib (Palm Beach Post).

NFL Scouting Combine Tweetup 2015 Albert Breer

Albert Breer (NFL Network)

Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Alex Marvez (Fox Sports, Sirius XM NFL)

Photo by Todd Rosenberg

NFL Combine Tweetup Alex Marvez Albert Breer Ian Rapoport

Peter King, Alex Marvez, Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport (NFL Network)

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Most importantly, thanks to Peter King – for coming up with this crazy idea in the first place and for continuing to make it priority when he returns to Indy every year.

NFL Combine Tweetup Angie Six Peter King Thrive360

Peter, myself, along with Shane Scarlett and Jill Madinger of Thrive360

Photo by Todd Rosenberg

I’ll leave you with my favorite snapshots of #CombineLife. Peter graciously invited my family to dinner with the MMQB team on Saturday evening. It ended up just being Elena and me. Mike was trying to get over a cold before flying out to party work in New Orleans on Sunday evening. And at this juncture in parenting, I’d rather have a root canal than sit through a 2-hour dinner at a nice establishment with a 7-year-old that can barely make it through a private meal in our home without farting or shooting milk out his nose. So Elena and I it was. Even though she’s not a sports fan, I really wanted Elena to come so she could meet and spend time with people who have taken a passion and turned it into a really fun career. And I especially wanted her to meet Jenny, who I would very much like to be when I grow up. We had a fantastic dinner, and I only had to kick Elena under the table twice for sneaking peeks at her iPod. Eventually the conversation turned to Elena, and what she was into these days, which turned into this:

Jenny Vrentas Peter King NFL Combine

Elena happily giving Peter and Jenny an impromptu audio demonstration of what the kids are listening to these days (it’s All Time Low, if you’re as uninformed as the rest of us).

Or this. I have no idea what Elena and Robert Klemko are doing, but I’m a fan of both.


Photo by Todd Rosenberg

I’d tell you that I’m done writing about sports for a bit, but that would probably be a lie. I have a Fuel Up To Play 60 event coming up next week with Pat McAfee, and that guy is nothing if not treasure trove of things to write about. The NFL Draft is only two months away, in Chicago of all places, which has me seriously contemplating a road trip. Free agency and trading periods open up in less than two weeks. Let’s face it, I’m a junkie and I can’t quit. I guess that’s the #NFLLife.


7th Annual NFL Scouting Combine Tweetup with Peter King

It’s that time of year again, when my hometown of Indianapolis welcomes the NFL’s annual Scouting Combine.

NFL Scouting Combine Indianapolis

Even though I’m a huge football fan and I’ve lived in Indy for almost 10 years, it wasn’t very long ago that I had no idea what the Scouting Combine was or that Indianapolis has been the host since 1987. The Combine is essentially a week-long job interview for college football players hoping for a chance to be drafted into the NFL. Their week consists of medical tests, physical drills, mental evaluations, and interviews. Every team from the NFL sends its coaches, general managers and scouts to the Combine to see the players for themselves and evaluate which ones might be a good fit for their team … and hopefully their next breakout star.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for the city of Indianapolis. It’s estimated that the Combine brings over $5 million in revenue to the city. Each year Indianapolis sees an influx of nearly 800 media personnel, 300 athletes, and the staff of every football team in the NFL. It’s very cool as a fan to spend some time in the city, especially over the Combine weekend. You’ll see focused athletes making their way from hotels to Lucas Oil Stadium. How will you know when you’ve spotted a player? They’re all numbered. Seriously.

Spend any time in a downtown bar or restaurant and you’ll likely run into a current or former player, coach, or media person you know. Last year I had to patiently shuffle behind New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton through a crowded bar to make my way to the ladies room. We were so close I could smell his Juicy Fruit.

So if you’re in Indy, it’s a fun time to wander around downtown for a bit and soak up a very unique football atmosphere, one you can’t find anywhere else.

NFL Scouting Combine Tweetup

Speaking of a unique football atmosphere, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King will be heading up the 7th annual Scouting Combine Tweetup this Friday. You can read the story about how I stumbled into my first Combine Tweetup a few years ago. Since then it’s been one of the highlights of the year for me. This year I have the nail-biting task of organizing the Tweetup for Mr. King! If you’re in or near Indy this weekend, I’d love for you to come. Here are the details:


NFL Scouting Combine Tweetup. You have burning questions about the NFL or the upcoming draft, we have NFL insiders with answers.


Anyone who wants to come! You aren’t required to have a Twitter account, nor do you need to have ever sent a single tweet. However, if you are on Twitter and follow various NFL media, chances are one of them will either be on the panel or in attendance. In past years, we’ve had Indy’s Bob Kravitz, the NFL Network’s Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport, Bleacher Report’s Mike Tanier and Matt Miller. Oh yeah, and that ESPN guy Adam Schefter was there once, too.

Adam Schefter NFL Combine Tweetup


Sun King Brewing Company, 135 North College Avenue, Indianapolis. Pints of their delicious Fresh•Local•Beer will be available for purchase.


Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.


So we’re trying something a little different this year, and charging for tickets. However, all the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Thrive360. Thrive360 is a local non-profit whose mission is to feed the hungry both locally and globally. This organization means a lot to me, not only because I’ve volunteered with them before, or for the good work they do, but because they make it a priority for families to be able to volunteer together. Anyone with young kids knows it can be hard to find appropriate opportunities the whole family can participate in. All this is to say, your $10 is going to a great cause. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and you can get them via our Eventbrite page. Hurry, though – tickets are selling fast.

I hope to see you there! If we haven’t met before, please find me and introduce yourself!




If that title doesn’t have you thoroughly confused, then I haven’t done my job well. What it translates to is the fact that I forgot to post InstaOctober last month, but I’m too OCD to actually skip a month. As if hordes of you will show up at my front door and say, “HEY, lady. What gives with the missing Instagram highlight reel?” But just in case any one of you are en route, here it is. And I certainly couldn’t handle missing November, or moving every post back two months, because that just doesn’t make any sense. (But this line of thinking clearly does.) I should probably stop talking.


1. We took a little road trip up to Chicago in November for the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. When I realized Eataly was just a few blocks from our hotel, I knew a visit was in order. If it wasn’t totally disgusting and against every health code, I’d want my ashes scattered here. I’ve never had any inclination to climb cheese, until I saw this intriguing sign in the cheese department.

2. Obligatory Bean photo every tourist takes in Chicago.

3. As part of the Toy & Game Fair, Mayfair Games held a very serious, very competitive Settlers of Catan tournament. The winner earned him or herself a trip to Gen Con to compete in the Catan World Championship. I promise I’m not making that up. Mike is the King of Catan in this house, as evidenced by his very official Catan crown the kids made him last year. He wore it to the tournament, right up until he lost in the semifinal round.

4. You know how you have the strictest rules and best advice about parenting … until you actually become a parent? The same holds true about being a pet owner. I swore up and down I would never let a dog sleep in bed with me. And then Gus gave me that look, and I said, “Okay. Just this once.” And then I realized happiness really is a warm puppy. The couch is still off limits. I swear (for now).

5. Elena and I have dreams of one day entering a gingerbread creation into Conner Prairie’s annual Gingerbread Village. We inched one step closer by taking a Gingerbread 101 class together at Conner Prairie. This is one of those traditions that I realize now I started waaaaaaay too early with my kids. Twelve is good. Twelve and in someone else’s space, where they clean up after you is even better.

6. Have I mentioned Eli is in Cub Scouts this year? He begged us to let him do it, mostly because he’d heard a rumor there would be BB guns. At this point it’s more like herding cats, but he did manage to earn his Bobcat badge.

7. I took my sister and my mom on a day trip to Cincinnati for some IKEA and Jungle Jim retail therapy. On the way home I introduced them to the best fried chicken in Indiana. If you find yourself near Oldenburg, Indiana, make sure you stop at Wagner’s and have some pan-fried deliciousness.

8.  Elena played volleyball this fall. It was 2% her wanting to try it, and 98% me wanting her to find a sport (any sport!) she might like. She ended up being the only one on her team who hadn’t played volleyball for multiple seasons. You’d think that would be a recipe for disaster, but she did great. She didn’t complain (much) and she improved drastically through the season. This particular photo is her serving to get her team into the championship game.

9. I had the opportunity to work alongside Future Farmers of America from around Indiana at the Colts annual Million Meals Marathon. The Colts partner with Thrive360 (formerly Kids Against Hunger of Central Indiana) to pack a million meals that will find their way to families facing hunger in Indiana. I packed for 2 hours, along with a couple of Colts cheerleaders, blogging pals, and the Colts Defensive End Cory Redding. It was such a cool experience, and I can’t wait to do it again with Mike and the kids.

10. What every parent’s floor looks like if they have a LEGO fan in the house … just kidding. It’s actually a sea of LEGO bricks for kids to play in at LEGO KidsFest. Super fun and a cool photo op, if you don’t think about how many germy little hands have been all over those bricks.

11. Mike and I have been able to go to two Colts games this year. This picture is from a home game against the Bengals. Incredible seats and lots of fun for us. Not so much for the Bengals fans we took with us. The weekend before last we went to the Colts game in Cleveland. The horse head did not make that trip with us. We’re not stupid.

12. My friend Sacha clued us into a KaBOOM! playground build that was happening in our community. I’m a big fan of KaBOOM! and their passion for making play accessible to kids in every kind of community, so it was a very special thing to be able to help. I hauled mulch for a bit and Elena helped paint signs for the new playground.

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