Monday, January 31, 2005

Several posts ago, I said that I thought Wayne Weaver should have made Norm Chow the highest paid offensive coordinator in the NFL. He should have listened to me.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

More on Cornhole-izer
Jacksonville strikes back! I might add that letter writer Pat Crandall taught my English class in high school. Note his excellent syntax!

Update [12:22am]: Although I think it has little chance of being published since they have already published so many responses, I submitted my own letter. At least it will be published here! As you will see, it draws on some of our discussions here. So credit all around! Obviously, I have removed my contact information.

Dear Editor,
As a liberal college professor in the conservative South, I would like to thank Tony Kornheiser for, of all things, teaching me a lesson in politics. Having read his smear of my hometown, Jacksonville, I now fully understand the power of "effete Northern" (as Kornheiser refers to himself) derision to instigate Southern contrarian support for the president's policies. Additionally, I have composed several rules for my students who wish to become journalists:
1) As Jayson Blair demonstrated, if you report on a place with which you are not familiar, people will notice (e.g., "Jacksonville is 20 miles from the beach").
2) If you cannot be there in person, don't rely on someone who is there solely to emcee a trivia contest to give you an impression of the finer parts of the city.
3) Belitting a city because it has chain restaurants only proves that you are out of touch with most of America. (Again, the Democratic Party should take note.)
I hope the the rest of the Super Bowl coverage is at least open-minded enough to get to Jacksonville before reporting on it.
Ricardo Grande

Friday, January 28, 2005

Evolution, etc.

Here in Georgia there has been a lot of debate about the teaching of evolution in schools, and for that I am particularly embarrassed. I have trouble believing that we are still talking about this issue. I'm sorry, but this subject is SO settled that it seems ridiculous to have to discuss it. Believe what you want about the beginning of the world, I have no problem with any religious view of the beginning of life. Really. But, if you can't reconcile the bible with evolution then you simply aren't open to any of the subtleties that make life so beautiful.
Besides, it seems so disingenuous to accept science in general, and then decide that evolution is the part that is messed up. My point is, these people drive to work with an internal combustion engine, trust their lives to mechanical brake systems and bio-engineered medicines, etc., and then pick evolution as the one scientific advance that they don't agree with. Where do these people get off with these critiques? Are they learning their science from comic strips?
Oh, I guess they are! Well, certainly that tract was peer-reviewed and conclusive. Believe what you want, but don't dumb down the country by messing with the public education system.

Update (12:35): Here is another tract from the same guy who taught us evolution was wrong. He also, apparently, believes playing Dungeons and Dragons leads to the ability to use black magic. Maybe we should let him write a science textbook.

P.S. I realize this guy is extreme, and lots of anti-evolutionists don't believe in magic. But still...

So every once in a while I tune into Air America during my brief commute to work. Today they were discussing interrogation tactics regarding islamic prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. This article sums up the happenings

Callers were outraged. Thought that this was the most horrible thing that could have happened, etc, etc... First off, let me say that I was no fan of some of the stuff that went down at Abu Ghraib. I will however, say that little of what I heard crossed the line into "torture". Abuse may have been a more appropriate term. Inappropriate abuse. Torture is keeping someone in a chicken wire cage for two months then slamming them down to the ground and sawing their head off while the camera rolls.

Now we have detainees in Guantanamo who were subjected to females rubbing various body parts on them, stripping in front of them, even rubbing fake menstrual blood on them. This has apparently gotten some of the listeners of Air America in a tizzy. You have got to be kidding me right? This is a joke? You can't seriously be faulting our military for using these tactics?

Let me let you whiners in on a little secret... these are interrogations! They aren't supposed to be fun or pleasant. If you can unnerve some potential Islamic fundamentalist by rubbing some tits on him, let me be the last person on earth to stop you. Hell, sign me up!

How can you even think this comes remotely close to abuse? I certainly would never advocate torture, but rubbing ink on some terrorist and telling him its menstrual blood. That's not torture, that's creativity. Holy Christ what would you whiners have our government do for interrogations? Give them an exfoliating mud bath and massage?

To me this seems like a case of going way to far the other way in reaction to the abuse that occured at Abu Ghraib. Like I said, I'm not advocating torture, I don't think that some of the things that went down in Guantanamo were appropriate, but for God's sakes, let's not go off the deep end and start calling every single uncomfortable situation for these detainees torture.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

More on Kornheiser

Don't even begin to crack on the Jaguars franchise. They are the most successful NFL franchise ever. How does going to the playoffs four out of their first five years sound? Going to the AFC championship two out of their first five years? They've had some down years, but far better to be a small market franchise with success then the absolute train wreck that is Cincinnati or San Diego.

Tony Kornheiser is an Asshole

In response to the hatchet job of journalism that Kornheiser has written about Jacksonville Florida let me say a few things.

First off... you write for the Washington Post. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Washington DC the murder capital of the world? Isn't it's per capita murder rate SIX times the national average? How about some of the other glorious areas you listed, Detroit, New Orleans, and Miami. We'll let's see, In a study of the least and most dangerous metropolitan areas, Detroit, New Orleans, and Miami ranked 1st, 5th and 6th respectively. Sounds like great places to visit... if you don't value your life.

The funniest thing about his column is that he's never actually been to Jacksonville. He relies on the anectdotes of some guy named stat boy. And stat boy says it smells in Jacksonville. I'm sure if we toured stat boy and Kornheiser around the 3M and General Mills plants in lovely Minneapolis it would smell like roses. But hey... apparently that is the appeal of Minneapolis. Along with sub-zero weather and four feet of snow this time of year.

So what is it that Kornheiser likes so much about Miami? I live there and I can tell you first hand what an absolute shit hole it is. Sure South Beach is amazing. It's so titillating to catch a glimpse of some overweight European's boobs. Well, at least they have amazing five star restaurants on the beach... that serve cafeteria food and stick an unmarked twenty percent gratuity on your bill. Because see... South Beach is inundated by tourists. Most restaurants know they will either never notice, or by the time they do, they'll be long gone. Back to the murder capital of the world to write about what a wonderful experience they had at the Super Bowl.

The differences between Jacksonville and Miami are endless, but I'll sum them up by saying that Miami is ALL style and Jacksonville is ALL substance. Miami appeals to the type of person that would go out and spend their entire paycheck on a Louis Vuitton pursette, while wearing their Von Dutch gear and driving their leased 3-series BMW back to their rented 600 square foot apartment. No thanks.

So to sum up this post, I'll say that if I were Kornheiser, I would actually visit a place before you write about it. However, I didn't go the Jayson Blair school of journalism.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Sweet lord I'm going to open a can of whoop ass...

Holy crap, I'm pissed off. Read that article and tell me it isn't anything but character assassination. The guy has clearly never even been to Jacksonville, all he does is cite the Census and some of his buddy's stories. A pathetic piece of slander is what it is. Why doesn't he go to the Super Bowl and see how it pans out before writing his little piece of garbage?

More bigotry on the web


Seriously, more than anything I feel sorry for Phelps and the rest of his Westboro Baptist Church parishioners. It would be scary if it weren't so colossally pathetic.

Crawford, Georgia. Don't try and hold up the Shoats Grocery and Package. Not unless you want your ass shot dead.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Normally I am a huge fan of Vic Ketchman. For those not in the know he is the principle columnist on the Jacksonville Jaguars official web page. Actually he may be the only columnist, I don't know. But I have to disagree with his most recent editorial. If you don't want to read it, he states that Bill Belichick isn't a genius and that his success has centered around Brady. It's not that I disagree with him entirely, I just wouldn't be as emphatic about it as he is. He claims that "Great quarterbacks make for great coaches" and uses the examples of "Lombardi had Starr, Noll had Bradshaw, Walsh had Montana and Johnson had Aikman". One of his arguments is that Belichick got blown out in a playoff loss with Cleveland while Testeverde was his quarterback.

The problem with his argument is that he fails to recognize that, just like players, coaches can have career ebb and flows. That was Belichick's first post season. Is his greateness any less because, during his first post season as a head coach he got beaten. There are some valid points, but if he believes a quarterback is the cornerstone to a great team, I have to ask him... Who quarterbacked the 2000 Ravens? I'll give you a hint, Baltimore thought so much of him, he only lasted that season with them. How about the Bucs a few years later? Brad Johnson is hardly Hall of Fame material.

The most important aspect to a championship team is chemistry. Look at teams that go wild in free agency then go nowhere during the season (the Redskins come to mind). Coaches are key to team chemistry and I don't think you can underscore Belichick's importance in that during the Patriot's successful run.

I'd like to preface this by saying that I am not a smoker, nor do I particularly like smoking; however, I recognize an individuals right to do with their body what they want, provided they are not putting anyone else in immediate danger. There is an assault in this country on smokers that even people who traditionally defend personal freedoms are participating in.

The idea that you would fire an employee for being a smoker or that you would test them for being a smoker is absolutely ridiculous to me. Smoking is not an illegal activity (at least not theoretically) and the idea that someone can be fired (or not hired) for doing something perfectly legal seems absurd to me and I can't believe it doesn't seem absurd to everyone else. I could rant about this for paragraphs upon paragraphs, but I'll end by saying this. If you truly believe in defending personal freedom (and once again, freedoms as long as they don't encroach on other people's) you can't just pick and choose the ones that you like and dislike.

Monday, January 24, 2005

The Internet is amazing...

Hello all! I found a hilarious website today. It's a xenophobic America=Christianity website that is good for some laughs. Don't worry, I'm not trying to make an anti-right wing flame here. I realize most people don't feel this way. But it's pretty funny to look at:

Thoughts on this weekends conference championship games

I'd like to remind the residents of Philadelphia that you booed when the Eagles chose Donovan McNabb over Ricky Williams. I wonder if Ricky was watching in his hut in the desert or whever he is.

I'd also like to remind all the sports writers all over America who are annointing the Patriots not only the next Super Bowl champions but the greatest team ever that upsets happen ALL THE TIME. Don't get me wrong, I think the Patriots are an amazing team, an incredibly well coached team, but they have to win the Super Bowl, that is why they play the game. Let's not forget, that nobody thought the Rams would have lost Super Bowl 36 against the Patriots. That Rams team started off the year around 13 and 0 and beat every team they played by something around 30 points. Remember "the greatest team on Turf?"

I think this may be one of the best "on paper" Super Bowls that I can remember. I personally think that Philly may come away with this one.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Trying to figure out or understand the sexuality of a cartoon character is like trying to make sense where there is none. It's like trying to determine SpongeBob's race. This is completely ridiculous.
Want to see a bastion of cartoon homosexuality? Look no further than the Smurfs. They can say all they want about all the Smurfs being in love with Smurfette, but with all those male Smurfs... it's like prison. Somebody is bitch Smurf.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

The saddest aspect of this problem with Mitsubishi is that they make several VERY good cars and have a solid lineup overall. I only have had one exerience with Mitsubishi and was treated very poorly. I was treated as if I couldn't afford their car. I know they have had problems in the past extending loans to people who couldn't afford them, but I wouldn't make those assumptions. I don't think you want to put people on the defensive or make them have to justify why they are shopping around for products. If your product is solid and well priced, it should sell itself.

Sometimes you win with coaching situations (like when Urban Meyer decides to coach Florida) and sometimes you lose. I still thought that Norm Chow should have been the Jags number one choice, Linehan would have been nice. Now it looks like Jacksonville is focusing their attention on Mike McCarthy, the Saints offensive coordinator. Maybe I'm wrong, but weren't the Saints not that good? I know, I know, they almost made the playoffs, but wasn't a 6 and 10 record good for the playoffs in the NFC?

In other posts... today is quite an exciting day. Someone very special out there is celebrating their birthday, conveniently enough on the day that our President gets inaugurated. Better planning, it couldn't have been!

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

I truly wish that I had something interesting to blog about.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

During my daily perusal of the internet, I found these links on some chick's blog.

Bush Blackout
Not One Damn Dime

Holy Christ give me a break... "Not one damn dime!" Just to protest these stupid websites, I am going to go out and buy a TV on Thursday, a big one, while wearing red white and blue. Losers!

the funny thing is that the blog is written by some unemployed chick... no wonder she doesn't like Bush.

I celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day yesterday by playing Grand Theft Auto San Andreas for like 9 hours straight.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Ahhh...their evil plan becomes apparent...

Unable to get rid of gays by converting them to heterosexuality, the religious right passes the gay marriage amendments in all those states to "protect the sanctity of marriage". But now their REAL plan becomes apparent: for gays to beat the snot out of each other. As it turns out, it looks like the gay marriage amendments (at least the one in Ohio) removes domestic abuse protection...Very devious!

Friday, January 14, 2005


And all this time I thought the idea that President Bush calls President Putin of Russia "Pootie-Poot" was a joke - apparently it's the real deal.
I actually think having a president give everyone nicknames is kind of cool - but he should really try not to give people names that sound like he's making fun of them. Apparently he called Sen. Nelson "Nellie". Does it take a genius to know that men don't like to be called "Nellie"? Does Georgia-Porgie really think that a former KGB agent with his finger on the nuclear button really wants to be called "Pootie-Poot"?

Update [12:20pm]: Okay, clearly there is a male rapper who likes the name Nellie. I am an idiot.



Thursday, January 13, 2005

A review of the NFL announcer crews

Funny, and informative review of the NFLs broadcasters. Bonus points for a joke about Favre apologists. :)
Sorry if you read this blog and don't like football, for having so few games this month we sure are talking about it a lot!

Click if you are bulimic or would like to be

Remember the days of "Charleton Heston is my President" and "He's not MY President"?
The chickens have come home to roost, bitches.

I never like to let idiocy go unnoticed or uncommented on. Neal Boortz has on his daily news update a conversation with Newt Gingrich where they discuss the potential benefits of space travel. Newt indicates that America would be much further along if they were willing to accept the same level of risk that NASCAR does. Neal Boortz then goes onto comment that we make space travel "as safe as walking across your living room to pick up a magazine". Maybe someone should inform Neal and Newt that there have been a total of 113 space missions involving the current fleet of shuttles and two of them have ended in catastrophic fatal accidents. In case you can't do math that is one fatal accident per 56.5 missions or launches. That is a 1.7% chance of getting killed in space exploration. If 1.7% of NASCAR drivers were killed in fatal accidents, I don't think NASCAR would be around for very long. Morons.

Olive Garden has this ad campaign where the slogan is "When You're Here You're Family". I don't know about you, but when I am done with dinner, my family doesn't drop off a bill.

My wife and I watched Jersey Girl last night. From what I can remember the movie got pretty much blasted by the critics, but I thought it was good. Kevin Smith is an awesome film maker and can turn even the most sappy of premises into a good movie.

I think that Comcast's commercials about cable theft are sadly pathetic. Don't get me wrong, I'm no fan of cable theft, but showing kids on swings in parks and saying that cable theft robs children of all the fun that they will ever have in their life is going a little overboard.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Miami real estate is ridiculous. Not that I would ever wish ill will on someone, but a large part of me hopes that all these real estate speculators are left holding the bag on their over priced condos.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

This was going to be a comment on the last post...

However; I think it deserves a post of it's own

How interesting... is this article bashing Favre? Is it bashing our fascination with him? Is it wondering why the football public fawns over small accomplishments by Favre and not huge games by Terrell Owens? Let me let Robert Weintraub in on a secret that he seems to have missed out on. Brett Favre isn't a self absorbed ASSHOLE. That is why people care about him.

I understand that every pro athlete has an ego and has moments where you think "Wow this person is full of themselves". But there is a reason that Favre has maintained an endearing and "forgiving" type of relationship with the media and with the fans. The media isn't "desirous" of promoting a WHITE redneck quarterback and keeping a poor BLACK wide receiver down. Look at the praise that is also heaped on players such as Steve McNair, Donovan McNabb. Hell, its even been proved that you can be involved in a double homicide and still have the media grovel over you as long as you keep your act straight after that. Just look at all the featurettes on Ray Lewis. The simple fact is that people relate to Favre because he does not do things like accuse former teammates of being gay, or showboat after every touchdown. After beating the Carolina Panthers 30-8 in a game where Owens did not have a catch in the second half, Owens commented that "Offensively we didn't play well" (Quotes not mine). How ridiculous is that? When was the last time you heard Favre complain after throwing a single touchdown in a Packers win that "Shucks... we just didn't play well as an offense". What Terrell Owens is saying, is that "I didn't get the ball thrown to me enough" and that is the reason people A) can't relate to him and B) don't particularly care what he has overcome in his life and how he has had to do it.

Getting back to Weintraub's point, people do have a fascination with Favre and it comes from an ability to relate to him. And that relationship has been earned. Not only from being an incredible player for over a decade (you just need to look at his player bio to see that), but also by not mouthing off or showboating excessively. And as far as Weintraub's comments about Ahman Green carrying the team, when Ahman Green wins three consecutive MVPs, I bet you'll see a lot more media attention given to him. The Ravens are still considered Ray Lewis' team even though Ed Reed is about to pick up his first Defensive Player of the Year Award. The simple fact of the matter is that people care more about Brett Favre in his twilight years than they do about Terrell Owens playing the best football of his career.

Monday, January 10, 2005

The Demolition of a God

Aha! Finally someone with the guts to say what I've been thinking about Brett Favre for 18 months! Or, at least someone who said it so I don't have to say it anymore...

What it takes to be a journalist

Apparently it doesn't take much journalism school to make it to the front page of Today I found this under the headline "Earthquakes rearrange the earth's surface":
There has to be something more important going on today than a 3rd grade science lesson.
For example, on CNN's International Edition, this article was available at the same time the earthquake article was available in the US edition:
No, no Americans want to hear about that. We want the Discovery Channel.
Also not available via the US edition front page:
Surely Americans don't need to hear that.

Me and my boy ran the Disney marathon this past weekend. My first word of advice for doing this is... prepare. Make sure you have been training. Trust me it's a lot of running. You may be able to get out on the road bang out six miles or eight miles or even ten miles and feel like c champ, but when you have 16 or so more miles to do it gets tough. I feel like I pissed off the mafia and they went after my legs with baseball bats. But I am at work, not moving around real efficiently, but I am here nonetheless.

Friday, January 07, 2005

I got a 40GB iPod in June

I have a new lust

Why Miami is a complete shithole

Now this is why I love having a blog! Venting and letting the world know about it. Hopefully someone will read this. Anyway, after recently purchasing a new car, my wife decides that she is finally up for test driving it (keep in mind she is not all that comfortable with manual transmission). So we pull out onto the road and she is a little shaky while getting comfortable with the car. Anyway, we pull up to a red light to make a right hand turn. Behind us we hear a horn honk. She pulls up a little to try and see past the car next to us and again the horn honks. I look in the rearview mirror and see some hag of a police officer throwing up her hands. I couldn't believe it. "Did a police officer just honk at us?" We make the right hand turn and my wife pulls over not wanting to drive anymore and being a little more than angry. Sure enough the hag pulls up next to us and rolls down her window. We were a little more than angry and I think that pissed her off so she mutters something about respecting a police officer. All right... a couple of things. A) It is not against the law to wait at a red light and not make a right hand turn. That is only something you should do if you feel safe. B) Secondly it IS illegal to honk your horn when there is not an immediately dangerous situation.

The moral of the story is that the hag was fairly apologetic, but made some sort of comment about it not being the time of day for people who didn't know how to drive. But seriously... drivers are bad enough in Miami, we don't need police inspiring road rage. Assholes.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

All Right, I'm not in the front office of an NFL team and maybe... just maybe I don't know exactly how things work around there. But can anyone explain the logic of considering former Baltimore Ravens Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh for the position in Jacksonville?

For those who aren't familiar with Cavanaugh's work let me fill you in. He was the offensive coordinator for a team that finished 31st (out of 32) in total offense. His quarterbacks passed for an average of 145 yards per game (good enough for 31st out of 32) and his team managed to score 13 touchdowns ALL season (this bumps them up to 30 out of 32). Astoundingly he was fired. Apparently a lot of the problems with Baltimore's offense revolved around injuries but does that really matter? Is he an incredible offensive coordinator when everyone is healthy? Well good, if the SuperBowl is played on the first day of training camp, I'm sure we'll be fine. After that someone is going to go down clutching a knee. Wayne Weaver has made some good choices in the past, please don't screw this one up. Again... call Norm Chow... make him an offer he can't refuse.

I don't know how Air America radio is doing. I heard initially that it was struggling and I'll tell you why. I was driving home from lunch yesterday listening to my favorite Air America host Randi Rhodes. I've ranted on her before, but I really think she took the cake yesterday. I was exaggerating in my last post about her accusing Bush of planning the 9/11 attacks; however, yesterday she accused (literally, I'm not exaggerating) our President of starting the war in Iraq, SO THAT, he could divert construction money for Iraq to defense companies. Lets break this down Randi. You believe that our President started a war with a foreign country not because he believed it was an imminent threat to the American people, not because it had a horrible dicator, no a genocidal horrible dicator who needed to be removed and held accountable, not because spreading democracy in the middle east will... in the long run... bring stability to that region BUT because he wanted to line the pockets of his boys running the defence companies. She compared it to distracting someone while you rob them. She said that Bush is trying to focus America on the plight of the starving Iraqis so that Haliburton can slip out the back door with billions.

I seriously want liberals out there to think about this for a minute. This is your voice. This is a lady who speaks for you. This is what conservatives think that democrats believe. My advise to you... put a muzzle on her. Call Air America radio and have her removed. Beg her to be removed. The thing is, and I know it is this kind of fanatasism that sells ratings (hell I was listening), you can call the president misguided (which is what I personally believe). You can call him stupid, but don't accuse him of starting a war with the sole intention of making defense companies rich. Besides being flat out wrong, it is disrespectful.

Before all you liberals jump all over me, I'd like to point out that at I know Michael Savage is just as outrageous on the other side. I am really just trying to urge moderation and rational thought here, instead of trying to whip people into a frenzy so that they are ready to go mob lynch some poor conservative, or liberal.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005


Ahh, after years of reading, my very first blog post. "Long time listener, first time caller" as they say on the radio. A few points:
1) What a game last night. At first I wanted to watch because I thought it would be a close, tight game. Then, I wanted to watch to see if USC could put up 60 on Oklahoma. Disappointing that USC pulled up early, but I suppose there should be some room for sportsmanship at the top. All in all, I should have turned to "Scrubs" early on.
2) I would love to see the shoe-horn that these networks must use to cram their steroid-enhanced sportscasters into their suits. Why is it that every network needs some super-jock to legitimize their street cred?
3) Ashley Simpson. Absolutely hilarious. It seems mean to pile on, but this is what happens when you shovel crap at the American people.

Ashlee Simpson Booed at Orange Bowl Show
Wednesday Jan 05, 2005 1:00pm EST

By Stephen M. Silverman
The New Year doesn't appear to be bringing better luck to Ashlee Simpson, when, in front of some 72,000 people at Florida's Orange Bowl on Tuesday, her voice failed to reach the high notes of her song – and produced a screech instead. Then came the boos. "You make me want to scream," were the inopportune lyrics warbled by Simpson at the pivotal moment that her voice gave out.

I realize this is a completely depoliticized, vapid commentary, but I'll think of something better after reading the papers. Someone, somewhere, is exploiting the weak. And I'll be there to exploit it for my own reputation-enhancement in this blog. :)

UPDATE: Here's the link for the Ashlee Simpson boo-fest:

Memo to Wayne Weaver:

Get on the phone with Norm Chow. Make him the highest paid offensive coordinator in the NFL.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The BCS provides so much fodder for argument. You can say what you want about the Tigers not winning convincingly enough over VA Tech. You can say they had two turn overs, but I think it is pretty weak for all the analysts to sum it up by saying simply "it wasn't enough". That seems to be all I have been hearing. Auburn had a great season... but... it wasn't enough. What wasn't enough? Going 13 and 0? Beating four top ten teams? Having the number one scoring defense in the nation? It's weak. If I were on ESPN I would be saying that whoever won tonight should have an asterisk by their name. They were good enough to win the Orange Bowl, but... I would be saying the same thing if either Oklahoma or USC were plugged into the Sugar Bowl. After watching Utah dismantle Pitt, I would say they deserve a chance too. That's the thing, college football must have a playoff. Without it you have some great regular season games and you can top it off with bowl games, but there really isn't a National Champion. What I don't understand is how the idea of a USC/Utah and an Oklahoma/Auburn matchup to determine who plays for the national championship doesn't make TV execs and school presidents salivate. It's crazy to me. Playoffs baby! More games more money! I think that they should keep the BCS and use it as seedings for six team playoff. The format should be just like NFL conference playoffs. Six teams with the top two getting a bye week. It's only two more games. If I'm ever elected into office, I'll have to look into legislation to get this done.

I have never played pro ball, but I find the whole idea that the Seahawks played their last game with the intention of getting Shaun Alexander the rushing title absurd. A couple of players said that because the Jets had already finished playing, they knew what Curtis Martin had run for. So the coaching staff was going to make it a point to get Alexander the yards he needed. And then the idea that he was "stabbed in the back" by running a quarterback sneak?! The Seahawks needed a "WIN" to secure the NFC West title, not a Shuan Alexander rushing title.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Jacksonville's season is over. Unfortunately too soon. Next year should be looking good though. A few players here and there and they should be serious contenders. My advise to the front office... pay Donovin Darius. Who needs shut down corners when you have a safety that hits receivers so hard they don't want to catch any more balls. Jacksonville needs to keep its reputation for being a physical team and Darius is a big part of that.

Over the holidays I did a good deal of travelling (unfortunately) which allowed me a lot of time to listen to talk radio. I learned one thing about myself and that is I could never ever be on talk radio... not conservative and certainly not liberal. The problem is that they have NO original thought... none of them. A few months ago Air America hijacked my old sports station, so because of this occasionally I will listen in. Randi Rhodes is one of their... how shall I put this... more outrageous hosts. Accusing a moustache twirling George Bush of planning the attacks on the World Trade Center so that he can go to war with Islam is one of her more favorite topics. If I were a liberal I would want a muzzle put on her. The problem is that conservative talk show hosts aren't any better. The Schnitt Show had a fill in host named The Cigar General Dave... something like that. Apparently conservative talk show hosts have cornered the market on cigar smoking. Maybe they should be reminded of another famous Cigar Aficionado.

Anyway, this clown was ranting about the UN and France. He went so far as to say "make no mistake about it... France is our enemy". Really? They are? That's a shame. They have good wine and cheese. They also make badass automobiles believe it or not. And the last time I checked, it wasn't hardcore French nationalists that were flying planes into the World Trade Center or beheading people and then posting the video online. As far as I can tell there biggest atrocity would be to disagree with our foreign policy. But I guess if you listen to Ann Coulter that makes you an enemy even if you are a US citizen.

Back to the original point... extremism isn't a good thing. It sells ratings and it sells books, but it also makes you look like an ass. It also motivates fanatics to do things like kill thousands of innocent people.

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