Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Show Must Go On!

No, not the Oscars, my girlie's birthday party! This weekend my girlie, who is now 8, celebrated her birthday in decadent style. She wanted a chocolate-themed birthday party . . . and sleep over! If you follow this blog you know this was supposed to happen last weekend, but thanks to my daughter's curse, she was sick and we had to post pone until this weekend. Well, everyone originally invited saw fit to squeeze Jamie in to their busy little schedules and so it was on. My girlie and 7 of her best buds . . . I mean, BFF's were about to get their party on.

So, I get sick. Really sick. Fever sick.

I think anyone who knows me knows that I take my daddying very seriously. So not being able to be a part of the preparations and potentially the celebration of my girlie birthday is heart wrenching. But, you gotta take care of number one first if you're to be of any good to anyone else. So, I had to sit this one out a bit.

Now, anyone who knows my wife knows there is no "half way", no "cutting corners", no "scaling down", no "do it the easy way". Nope. Nope. Nope. Doesn't matter if it's our wedding anniversary party or my daughters 8th birthday party, you go all out and make it special. Not that I disagree with that. But, when I do up a football party it's a bit different from how my wife does it. Yes, in most cases, thankfully so. But there are times when taking an easier approach to things doesn't lessen the enjoyment people get out of it.

She'll dispute that. And she'll be right. People notice the little things and it does add to everyone's enjoyment. One of the many reasons I love her to death.

Anyway. So, along come 8 girlies looking to party on. My wife had everything ready. All I had to do was enjoy it and at one point read a story. The girls did crafts, went outside and played in Jamie's playhouse, built a chocolate house, played some games, and ended the evening with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They stayed up a bit past midnight just so so we could say it was the next day. They all slept like cute little rocks until about 7:30. Then, my wife made pancakes, they did chocolate fondue, and ended the morning learning the Oompa Loompa dance from the DVD. It was wonderful.

All the girls are a part of my wife's Brownie Troop so we both know them pretty well. Still, they were a great bunch of girls. No fighting, bickering, nothing. They all had fun and were a pleasure to have.

First today I'm feeling better and can help out by cleaning up a little. Very little. Jackie did most of that, as well.

I'm a lucky guy to be blessed with two wonderful girls in my life. I love you both very much.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Deep election thoughts . . . by jimi

It's not over, of course, but it seems all but certain that it will be Obama and McCain. Some random thoughts . . . this was supposed to be Hillary's year. She became a senator, waited, and was poised to become President. Particularly after the 2006 elections, it was to be a shoo in. Now it all seems lost.

This has to be a huge blow to her plans and to her ego. If McCain gets in, she could have a chance in another 4 years. But, if Obama gets in, it could be 8 years until she has a real chance again. By then, she will be, particularly because she's a woman, too old. So, this is it. Which is why she has started pulling out all the stops in her campaign. She has little chance, but there is a chance. And as long as there's a chance she will use whatever means necessary to get that nomination.

And what does she do if she loses? Well, she goes back to the senate, of course. But she'll find herself in the position of having to cozy up to the man (if it's Obama) who stole her dreams. Jinkies. That's gotta hurt.

What did I say?

I realize I'm often behind on the headlines, but no sooner did I post my rant about the press and this article comes to my attention:

For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk

A few bloggers have brought it up and written opinions on this. For me, it ties in well with what I've already said. The press lacks any integrity it may have had at one time. Old news, no proof, no reason to run a story like this at all.

But, it could end up to be more mud on the face of the Times should this backlash on them. Again, while I don't know for sure, the accusations made are unfounded.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Packers make some moves

The Packers released tight end Bubba Franks. He was a first round draft pick in 2000 and played well enough to earn a trip to the pro bowl. Never considered a "threat" he was none the less a good go to guy. Big, strong, and soft hands. He could catch anything you threw at him. He hit a slump a couple years back and was then injured. In the meantime Lee and Martin wee making strong headway. Particularly Lee who was much faster than Bubba. One area of the offense Bubba was very solid at was blocking. He was very good at both pass protection blocking and run blocking. Still, probably considered getting on a bit and with Lee playing so well, it comes as no surprise that he was released.

In another move they tacked the franchise player tag on Corey Williams, the only impact player who's to become a free agent this year. Probably a good move but can sometimes cause bad feelings. They did this to Bubba some years back and he held out that year until finally signing a contract. Hopefully with Williams they will come to an agreeable and quick resolution.

Beyond Williams, that's it for any impact player on the team as far as free agency goes. The Packers will come back intact this fall.

Hey! I gotta boob job on my leg!

This is actually old news but I just saw it today. Apparently the latest trend in tattoo art is to make them 3D . . . ish. This guy not only had a busty female tattooed on his leg, he had implants added to the breasts. Kind of dumb, if you ask me. But the story doesn't end there. His body rejected the implants! They had to be removed a few weeks later.

Too much fondling?

Lunar Eclipse

My wife called from her friend's house to tell me and my daughter to get outside and view the eclipse. I'm glad she did. While not the rarest of occurrences, it's cool none the less. We caught it at the perfect time. There was the shadow of the Earth, a crescent, and a bright spot at about 1:00 . . . it was beautiful. I remember past eclipses being disappointing because of cloud cover. The only thing tonight is that it was COLD! I would have tried to video tape it, but no way. Too cold.

Thanks for the phone call honey!


Not until 2009?


Protecting sources or protecting lies?

WASHINGTON — A federal judge held a former USA TODAY reporter in contempt of court on Tuesday for failing to identify sources who named former Army scientist Steven Hatfill as a possible suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people.

The whole article is here.

I don't have any sympathy for the press anymore. I understand that, like detectives, the press have their sources that provide them with information. Sometimes valuable information. And to risk losing the ability to break a story or provide a story with facts no one else has is a big deal. But it's become a joke of late. When newspapers can divulge information about the military that would otherwise be thought to be confidential, they're stepping over the line. In my opinion, the press has become very biased and devoid of any integrity. It should be a reasonable request that the news reported be accurate. But accuracy doesn't seem to matter at times.

In the case of this USA Today reporter, we're not just talking about a person's reputation. After all, what if the claims are correct? This is also a criminal matter. A serious criminal matter. Be it a doctor, detective, or the press . . . give it up. You are not only not above the law, you are not above contempt. When issues become this serious one would expect those in the press to be forthcoming with information. To withhold that information shows a complete disregard of the law, the people involved in the case, and to an extent, public safety.

Vote for me . . . I'm not in jail!

So there he sits. Collecting a paycheck yet doing absolutely nothing in regard to the job he was elected to do. He's not present to vote on anything, he can't visit on behalf of his constituents, he can attend no forums, he can attend no committees, he cannot hold a press conference (well, I suppose he could). In short, he can't do anything to justify his position or the pay he gets for that position. Yet, many people in the central city voted for him. In fact, while he didn't "win" his aldermanship quite, he did win the primary. He will have to win again in the general election to keep his job. That could be a tall order as 70% of the people voted for someone else. But, people did vote for him.

There are many things in life I don't understand. The cosmos, 747s flying, teflon, women's emotions . . . but voting for McGee trumps all of that. I don't get it.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

No games . . . just vote

I know there are strategies out there in which to vote. The strongest opinion seems to be to vote for Shrillary even as a republican, to give her whatever edge she can over Obama. Obama is viewed as our worst enemy though our most powerful one. It's thought that Shrillary can be defeated . . . Obamathon cannot.

Well, I can't. First, it would cause me nightmares to draw that line on the ballot. I just can't. More than that, though, whatever power Shrillary has in terms of the "Clinton Machine", I don't want to add to it. She's starting to pull out the concealed weapons, so to speak, to try and muscle her way in for the democratic nomination. I don't trust her. Whatever she can do in the primary, she can do in the general election. She should be very beatable. But, she's not. Plus, McCain is not that electable, though he should be.

Anyway, I'm going to vote for McCain and not play any of the games out there. Back who I believe in and be done with it.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The curse continues

My daughter's birthday was an exercise in hanging in there. Just enough to get through. The real party was this weekend. A sleepover with 8 of her friends. Well, with a runny nose, cough, and fever, we had to cancel. Not for good, of course, still. The capper was to be her choice of restaurant to go out to. She likes La Fuente's, Friday's at the stadium, and Le Bistro Shangai. But she loves the Rainforest. Problem is the nearest one is Gurney Mill and were supposed to get 10 inches of snow! Depending on when that happens we may not be able o do that!

Poor girl. This birthday has been cursed!

Thursday, February 14, 2008


My 7 year old turned 8 today. Yep, a Valentine baby. What better gift for my wife and I to give one another than our little girl. Today is actually Mother's Day and Father's Day. We view it as 4 holidays in one. Very special.

Apparently, fate isn't so fond of our arrangement as it has seen to it that my girlie be sick every year on her birthday. Last year was the only exception so far. We thought we get by this year as my daughter was sick early in the week. Nope. She was just warming up, so to speak. Today, fever of 101.

It's a big deal as she misses out on two occasions . . . Valentine's and her birthday, at school. Today she went in for as long as she could hold out. We hate to expose her germs to other kids, and generally we wouldn't hesitate to keep her home, but it's such a special day for her we hate to see her miss out. Plus, it was just for a little while. A couple of hours. Just enough to pass out Valentines and her birthday treat. And get everyone sick, I suppose. Well, I hope not.

Anyway, she's a trooper. Did what she could then wanted out. When she got home she went to bed. That's when you know a child is sick . . . when they want to go to bed. A bit later we had soup for dinner and gave her her gifts. We played Scene It, and she was off to bed for the night.

Te amo, borreguita.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Academy A-snore-ds

Does anyone really care? This article asks that question. I've admitted to being an awards show junkie. I've also said I think, in principal, they're rather lame and self serving. Still, it's chance to see people all dressed up acting like fools. With shows like the Oscars you can tell these people take themselves waaaaaay too seriously.

But this is a particularly interesting year. Of the nominated films, only Juno did in excess of 100 million. Additionally, none of the movies have huge names in them.

Should that matter? I definitely think the desire to have a big name in a film often hurts more than it helps. It's often done simply for box office draw and not because the person chosen is any more talented than a lesser know actor. In fact, in many cases the choice of a big name ruins the film, in my opinion. For the Oscars, however, big names means viewers. Without any big names in this year's crop of movies the Oscars aren't going to seem very compelling. Which doesn't bode well for the designers who want to have the biggest names wearing their designs.

Still, I'll watch. I like the fact that there are lesser known names this year. Maybe there will be some humility.

Nah. I doubt it.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Thin is not in

Good. Maybe over weight people don't make most people's hot list, but for me, neither do skinny women.

Three models banned from fashion show in Madrid for being too thin.

Something to think about

"The great weapon they have is persistence and patience, and the one weakness that we have is the tendency to lose patience and become complacent."

The whole article here.

Never forget.

Grammys Part Two

As a musician myself, I can respect those who have musical talent and who can perform. I didn't expect to like the Grammys but I did as most of the performances were pretty good. There are those, however, who don't share my opinion. Go here.

Yikes. Some scathing comments. But, I have to agree with a few points that were made . . . though made somewhat crudely. First, most of today's music does suck. There's no real substance to it. Jay Weber once commented that music today is made up of "sluts, thugs, and idiots". I don't disagree. I do think, however, that thanks to the internet we have a more inside view of the lives of these people than many of us did when we were young. Er, younger. We know many performers did their fair share of drugs and had their fair share of sex. We just didn't see it. We weren't exposed to it on a regular basis. So, I try not to be too hypocritical when passing judgement. Yes, I think it's a shame we reward Amy Crackhouse with a grammy, reward an egomaniac like Kanye, and pass rap off as music. Much of today's music is, indeed, passed off. How is it that the likes of Britney Spears can sell millions of CD's? Other than her ability to dance, she has nothing else. Well, except for being a skank. Yet, that's all the news. All she has to do is go to Starbucks and stop at a gas station and it's headlines on TMZ.

So much for talent.

Second, reward shows are idiotic. It is one big "look at me, I'm better than you" kind of event. Most involved are egomaniacal with Kanye as the poster child. Again though, what's changed? You don't think David Lee Roth has an ego? David Gilmore? Like politics, I think a certain amount of ego is necessary in order to really make it in the business. Well, except for Country. Seems like everyone is nice in Country Music.

What draws me in is the performance. I can appreciate a Kanye performance as long as it's honest. While awards shows may be self-serving, at least with the Grammys, unlike hollyweird award shows, performers put themselves out there with their talent. You may not like them or their music, but you cannot deny their performance and the talent they do have.

Still, I admit that today's crop of performers are more shallow and less talented than ever before. In years past, it was never about the award. It was about the music. For Kanye, it was ALL about the award. For most others it's about the exposure, the fame, the charts and sales, and the rewards that go with it all. In the end, though, who's to blame?

The public. If you own a Britney Spears CD, you're part of the problem. Shame on you.

The Grammys

OK. I was actually somewhat blown away. Not so much by any of the awards, but by the performances. Some random thoughts:

Jerry Lee Lewis is alive?!

Fashions were, over all, horrible.

Kanye is a world class *sshole.

Having said that, his performance was compelling, and his MAMA song was touching. Still, he's a jerkbag. I'm glad he didn't win more than he did.

Feist not only looked out of place in a nice dress, she wasn't very good. About the only uninspired performance of the night.

Having said that, I don't quite understand the appeal of Amy Crackhouse. She performed better than the last time I saw her, but for me that's not saying much.

Being a rocker, I really liked the Foo Fighter's performance. It sounded great with the orchestra back up.

Tina Turner, you blew me away. But, NASA wants their spacesuit back. Yikes.

The Cirque de Solei-ish performance during the Beatles tribute was stupid.

Josh Grobin and Andrea Bocelli were excellent. Very moving.

Rhianna clearly has the best legs though I'm not sure what to make of the outfit she wore. It was a combination of cave girl meets Emu. Or, cavegirl kills emu and wears it. Anyway, her Umbrella song never sounded so good after she paired with Morris Day and the Time. Geat performance.

My favorite performance was "No One" by Alicia Keys. John Mayer was an unexpected vurp, but a really good performance by Alicia. Now, I will say Alicia doesn't know how to move, and I'm sure the keyboard on the runway was really just a prop for something for her hands to do . . . because she doesn't move well. Still, she sang her heart out. Once again, the outfit was a little strange. Half slip, half disco dress . . . too short for her legs.

Beyonce got owned by Tina Turner. That's saying something.

It was absolutely incredible that Herbie Hancock won best album. I wasn't sure, but he said it. It was the first time in a number of years that a jazz artist won this award. I'm not a huge fan of jazz, but good for him and good for the genre. As long as Kanye didn't win.

How Springsteen beat Satriani or Vai for best instrumental rock performance is beyond me.

Prince must have a painting of himself in an attic somewhere.

It's funny, in spite of it's length, not many awards are handed out during the show. It's mostly the performances. If you check the website there must be 100 awards actually awarded. Seems to be a good strategy for the show. I'm much more compelled to go listen to an artist that I've been given a sample of than because they've won an award. Maybe the Oscars could use the same template?

Pro Bowl

A few thoughts:

It's fun to watch the interaction of the various players from different teams. I thought the Packers were pretty well represented. Driver caught a key pass, Clifton did a good job, Kampman had a good game with a few hurries and one sack, and I thought McCarthy called a good game.

I'm sooooo glad TO did't get MVP. HA!

Anderson from the Browns isn't very good.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Hollywood Pitstop

So, I'm gathering that the writer's strike as acted like a pitstop for the celebrity crowd what with all the check ins in to rehab lately. Eva Mendes, Kirsten Dunst, Pat O'Brien, Twitney . . . I'm sure I'm forgetting a few, all have checked in to rehab lately. I guess they figure they'll get it in between gigs.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

50th Grammy Awards

50 years. That's kind of a big deal. If you go to the website there's quite a list of nominees. Including my boys Ozzie, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai. Now, I've come to view the grammy's as a joke lately, but like other award shows there's always the fashions and behavior to keep one entertained. Perfect for the DVR.

Are you going to watch this Sunday?

Grammy's? ProBowl? Grammy's? ProBowl? Hmm. Both kind of a joke, really. Again, perfect for the DVR.

Kill the Death Tax

Sign the petition to do away with the Death Tax. Then, tell all of your family and friends to sign it.

H/T to Real Debate

Good advice for parents 2

Kids: Open to Discussion
We all know it's important to talk with your kids. But how you do it may well be the key to their success.

By: Lybi Ma

Gabbing is good for kids. Researchers at the Emory University Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life studied the conversations of Atlanta-area families and came across some noteworthy findings. Parents who encourage their children to talk about feelings, like anger and sadness, were more likely to raise resilient kids.

The researchers took special note of family conversations concerning negative events such as a death. In these instances, kids struggled to understand what happened. When parents didn't shut them down, children felt accepted and acknowledged. More than that, these children also had better self-esteem and were more socially adept.

In discussing a negative event, people often recall things differently and they disagree on how the event unfolded. Yet it's a good thing that they have their different perspectives, because it gives children the chance to learn how to listen and be heard. In fact, when parents let each family member air his or her point of view, kids learn how to negotiate differences of opinion.

The bottom line is: Children who talk about their feelings are much better off. Here are a few tips to keep the lines of communication open:

Start early. Listen to your child when he is very young. If he learns as a child that you will drop everything and listen, he will continue to talk as he grows up.
Make yourself available—even if it's inconvenient for you. Children may want to talk at the end of the day when you're exhausted, but don't miss the chance to communicate.
Don't judge. A child will become defensive when he feels he is being judged. That's when communication stops.
Refrain from interrupting your child; let her talk even when you don't want to hear what she has to say.
If you ask a question, begin with the words like "tell me" or "how." This encourages a child to be specific and lessens the chance of her shutting down.
Don't get emotional; remain calm. If you have something to say, think beforehand.
If your child tells you something shocking, don't show it. Otherwise, she will stop talking for good.
Engage in activities together. Take a walk, run or go to the gym together. Or try a trip to the museum or cultural center.
Try a new restaurant and perhaps a new type of food. New experiences will help inspire discussion of all types.
Eat dinner together. Children who sit down at the family dinner table three to five times a week are less likely to smoke, drink, and take drugs than kids who dine on their own. They also have better grades and fewer emotional problems.

My wife and I encourage our daughter to talk about things. I'm sure most parents can tell when something is on their kids' mind. I encourage my daughter to open up, to trust me, to always know she can come to me, that the truth is best, and that she won't be judged. She may only be 8 years old, but trust and respect are very important to her, and us as well.

Good advice for parents

I don't always agree with the views of Psychology Today but they have a couple of small articles with advice for parents. Here's the first one on over-parenting:

We all want the best for our children, but sometimes it's better to give them a little space. Here's how to prevent yourself from overparenting.

• Never invest more in an outcome than your child does.
• Allow children of all ages time for free play. It's a natural way to learn regulation, social skills and cognitive skills.
• Be reasonable about what is dangerous and what is not.
Some risk-taking is healthy.
• Don't overreact to every bad grade or negative encounter your child has. Sometimes discomfort is the appropriate
response to a situation—and a stimulus to self-improvement.
• Don't be too willing to slap a disease label on your child at the first sign of a problem; instead, spend some time
helping your child learn how to deal with the problem.
• Peers are important, but young people also need to spend time socializing with adults in order to know how to be adults.
• Modify your expectations about child-raising in light of your child's temperament; the same actions don't work
with everyone.
• Recognize that there are many paths to success. Allow your children latitude—even to take a year off before starting college.
• Don't manipulate the academic system on behalf of your child; it makes kids guilty and doubtful of their own ability.
• Remember that the goal of child-rearing is to raise an independent adult. Encourage your children to think for themselves,
to disagree (respectfully) with authority, even to incur the critical gaze of their peers.

I only have a small issue with the very first bullet. As a parent I think I recognize when I need to put in extra time for the sake of my daughter and for the future. But, I do it transparently. The worst situation would be to expect more and not get it . . . and have her realize I expected more. That would be bad.

Great advice, though.

Stormageddon 2


Wednesday, February 06, 2008

McCarthy takes 5

Packer coach Mike McCarthy was signed to another five years the other day. Good for him and good for the Packers. Between his coaching and Ted Thompson's personnel picks, the Packers haven't had it so good since the Superbowl days. On top of that, save for one starter and impact player, Corey Williams, the Packers will come back intact as a team. Of course, we don't know about Favre yet but it seems a good bet he'll be back.

Then, look at their schedule:

Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

I know the Bears will come back intact. Detroit and Minnesota will have some free agent problems. I'm not sure about everyone else. But, we could be looking at another 13 and 3 year.


Well it's toward the end of the day and what a storm! It doesn't seem quite over yet so things as far as getting around won't be easy for a day or so yet.

Which makes, in retrospect, the article by TMJ4, all the more irresponsible. This was a bad storm. Not real cold, but a lot of snow. My wife went to the store only 8 blocks away and almost got stuck. I can't imagine anyone being so stupid as to try and take their family to Chucky Cheese or Stone Fire Pizza because the kids were home from school.

Not only that, but how unimaginative does TMJ4 think we parents are? FIrst, you see that snow out there? As I mentioned, it wasn't particularly cold out . . . go out and play! My girlie and her cousin were outside 70% of the time today. The girls would come in just to have their clothes dried, have a little snack, and . . . back out.

Why would anyone recommend trying to travel anywhere in weather like this?

As a daddy, I don't get a lot of extra days with my girlie. A snow day like this is a perfect opportunity to have some fun with her. Let's see, we could work on homework together, play games, watch a movie or two, read together, take some pictures or video to send to grandma in Arizona, practice piano together, call grandma, make slime, do a puzzle, make lunch and dinner together, listen to music and watch her dance, and PLAY OUTSIDE!

It boggles my mind someone would recommend not only putting themselves and their kids in danger, but to also recommend things that doesn't promote family time. Does it have to be about spending money to pacify your kids? To a degree, I'm lucky. My girlie loves family time and doing simple things. But, I give my wife and I a lot of credit as we've raised her in that manner.

Well, enough of my rant. Hopefully every parent was smarter than the recommendation of TMJ4 and understood that a severe snow storm meant going out would be foolish, and stayed home to have some quality time with their children.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008


Well, it keeps getting worse. The predictions started at about 8" then went to 10 - 11". Now the Weather channel is saying we could get 20"! And they're calling for "thundersnow"! I'm not sure what that is, but it doesn't sound good.

But, TMJ4 says . . . take the kids out! Have fun! Never mind those pesky driving conditions!

Too dangerous for school? TMJ4 says: go out!

This is stupid. So, a major snow storm is due to hit the city. So major that schools are likely to be closed. Not because of the cold, because of the road conditions. It will be too dangerous to travel the roads to get kids to school safely. So, what does tmj4 suggest? Go out!

Where To Go For Snow Day Fun For Kids
Katie DeLong
MILWAUKEE – A winter storm is expected to enter the Milwaukee area Tuesday night and continue through Wednesday afternoon. A total of 10 to 14 inches of snow could fall in the area.
Below is a list of places you can take your kids that PLAN to be open Wednesday. Some of these places could close depending on road conditions, so it is best to call before making the trip.

The entire article is here.

One would think if you could get to Chucky Cheese you could get to school, no?

I know having the kids home can create problems for working parents. But, it's not a good idea to be promoting travel on a day that travel is likely to be dangerous! I thought the advice was always: don't go out unless you really have to. Not only is it dangerous, but you could potentially hinder efforts to control the snow and other emergency vehicles. The Weather Channel is recommending preparations due to conditions and possible power outages.

TMJ4 is recommending going out.

How irresponsible.

Honey schnookums . . .

I never called anyone "honey" until after my child came along. Never used it with my wife or any other child prior to my girlie.

Weird, huh?

Monday, February 04, 2008

Superbowl Commercials

I liked the Pepesi spot with Timberlake, The Coke spot with Frist and Carville, the Bud Light spot with Will Ferrell (though I'm sure the movie will suck), and the screaming spot for Bridgestone Tires. The rest . . . eh.

Update: Actually, the Tide To Go spot with the talking stain was hilarious!

Superbowl Halftime


Sunday, February 03, 2008


Wow! What a game! 17 - 0 vs 10 - 6. A team that has averaged about 30 points a game against one that often gave up 30 points to very average teams. A playoff hardened veteran against a playoff noob. A true David vs Goliath confrontation with one team favored by 12 points.

And David won.

The Patriots were owned. They didn't beat themselves, they didn't get the raw end of any calls, they got beat. Squarely. Fairly. Soundly.

The game started with a Giant drive that was to set the tone for the entire game. Eli executed a great opening drive. They only got three points out if it but they used up about 10 minutes of the quarter in the process. The Pats came back to score a touch down. Then, it was all Giant defense after that. Tom Brady saw up close the Arizona turf more often than most Arizonians do. He was rushed, mauled, knocked, hurried, and sacked. A lot. The Giants bent a bit with Welker getting so much attention, but they never broke.

Only on the last drive of the Patriots did the Giant defense look weary and hot . . . huffing to try and make it another play. After the Pats scored I wondered if the Giants had it in them to win the game. The answer was a resounding, yes! Eli lead the team on another great drive hitting Burress with a pass in the corner of the end zone. Burress caught the first pass of the game, and the last to win the game. The Patriots actually had a chance with 27 seconds left and the ball on their own 20. Even with rushing just 4 Brady was hurried and couldn't get the ball were it needed to go. So, three hail mary's later and the game is over.

Of course, the poor sport cheater jag Belicheat huffed off the field. As did Brady. Ha! Justice.

Great game!

Friday, February 01, 2008


The Packers by 10.

OK. I admit it. I'm in denial over the Packers not being in the Superbowl. There's very reason to believe the Packers are a better team than the Giants. Except in one area . . . coaching. McCarthy has all but admitted he stayed with a game plan that got the team to the playoffs . . . and didn't change a thing. I believe this was their greatest downfall. The offensive coordinator simply didn't have the experience to change up blocking schemes to make the run work. The defensive coordinator didn't have the experience to change up the coverage. Hence, we lost. It's that simple. Yes, I think the cold had a bit to do with Favre's performance. But, again, this should have been recognized by the coaches and adjustments been made.

Don't get me wrong, the Giants played a great game. In fact, Eli was deadly accurate. In spite of some of the pressure he was getting. But they were really better coached.

This doesn't mean I don't give them a chance in the Superbowl. I do. I also hope they do win. Nothing would make me happier than to see Brady and Belicheat lose the game and ruin their perfect season. It's an underdog thing.

But, the Patriots beat them scoring 38 points. If the Giants hope to win they'll have to match the Pats touchdown for touchdown and hope the breaks come their way. The Giants scored 35 in that game so it can be done. Protection for Eli will be priority one. I also think it'd be a good idea to have a running game. I forget what game it was, but the older Pats on defense were getting pretty worn out by the end of a game that had a lot of running in it. If the Giants could get the run game working to a point of pounding the Pats in the 4th, I give them a good chance. But, can they? The Giant's running game is nothing special. They'd really have to come with a new scheme, ready to play, and fired up as all heck.

I do see it close. I think the Giants will beat the spread which is at 12. In fact, I'm going out on a limb and predicting the Giants will win the Superbowl 38 to 35. Same score the Pats beat them in their last showing. I think Eli will have a great game along with Buress, and I think the defense will get pressure on Brady. The X factor is Brady's ankle and I think the Giants will put it to the test.

But, I could be wrong. If the Pats do go on to win it will be an incredible feat for which they should be congratulated.