I’m just gonna leave this right here…
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“Nobody remembers that you lost a Super Bowl, they remember who won a Super Bowl.” – Bill Cowher
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The stage is set! We know the two teams that will be playing in the LIV game on February 2. It will be the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.
I am clearly pulling for the Chiefs here but for more than one reason. Let’s start with the obvious. I hate the 49ers. Now, they’re not the Patriots or Cowboys or Ravens or Bengals or Browns but they are danged close. I think the biggest reason for that is they have five Super Bowl rings. They were the first to get there, even before my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers (who were the first to get to 4-0). I was adamant about the 49ers and Patriots and Cowboys staying behind us. Now that the Patriots won the worst SB game of all time last year and tied us, then it’s not as big a deal, but I would rather no one else be 6-x.
And, I really don’t like their uniforms. We know how fashion-conscious I am about pro sports unis and this is one of the ones I don’t like, except for the fact that it’s “classic.” I do like that aspect of it. And, really, I like Raheem Mostert and Jimmy Garappolo and Richard Sherman. George Kittle, meh. But, some of the players I really like. I like the coach even. But I have to dislike them on principle.
On to the Chiefs. I like Andy Reid for the most part. He’s a good guy and he needs to win one big game so he can get that “legitimacy” thing out of the way. I don’t think he needs it for legitimacy, but others do and perhaps he does. I don’t know. But, I hope he wins.
I do like the Kansas City uniforms. All that red. They will be in their dark colors, too because they’re the home team. Yay! I like Tyreek Hill. I like Travis Kelce. I like Damien Williams. I like Mercole Hardman. I like Sammy Watkins. I like Tyran Matthieu. I like the whole team. But, most of all, I really, really like Patrick Mahomes. He is amazing to watch and he mastered the “no-look pass” but I hope he abandons that in this game. No need to get fancy. They have to muster a lot of points because I foresee SF putting up a shload of points. They won the game yesterday in a rout over Green Bay and Jimmy G only threw the ball six times! So, Mahomes and Co need to sling a lot of balls and run up some points. Just like they have the last two weeks, except they need to do it early instead of getting behind early.
The Chiefs haven’t been to the big one since 1970 when they won Super Bowl IV against the Minnesota Vikings. They lost the first one (which wasn’t called the Super Bowl, yet) to Green Bay. I was hoping for a rematch of that being as this is the 100th season of the NFL. The 49ers were there in 2013 and lost to the Ravens. This should be a good game and I don’t think either team is really mismatched overall, just in their approach. Both teams are offensive beasts and KC has come into its own on defense where SF is a defensive wall.
I do think it has a chance to be a ridiculously high scoring game because both teams can put up big numbers. But, then again, that chance was there last year, too and that whole game was a dud from the get-go. I would love to see it go both teams into the 50s. Well, okay, maybe just the Chiefs and the 49ers stay in the 20s. That would be better for my ticker. Anyway, both teams are young and talented. Here’s looking forward to this game!
Who are you picking, Dear Reader? Or, are you one of those, “my-team-isn’t-in-it-so-I-don’t-care/I-won’t-watch-it” people? I said it a few posts back, I’ll watch any NFL game, even if I don’t like either team. I haven’t missed a SB since XV and don’t plan on it until I’m gone, so I certainly won’t miss that one. Plus, we’re having a small gathering at our place, so here’s to a good game.
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“The Chiefs are the designated home team for Super Bowl LIV, (sic) because the AFC team is the designated home team in even-numbered years and the NFC team in odd-numbered years. As the designated home team, the Chiefs have elected to wear their standard home red jerseys with white pants. The 49ers will wear their standard white away jerseys with gold pants.” – Wikipedia
Again, I know this was promised to be the “Haul” post from Sunday but that will happen tomorrow, bar any other breaking bore-fests.
So, the “big game,” “NFL Championship” Super Bowl, whatever you want to call it, supposedly happened last night. Well, it did happen, but really, unless you’re a Suckriots fan, do you really care? Don’t get me wrong, the fact that Tom Terrific and company won should have had this Steelers fan seething since they now have six trophies like the Steelers do. Truth is, I don’t even care.
The BCPF said, “you’re kind of subdued.” And she was right. When the game started and the Rams were dismantling that team from Boston-ish, I got excited at every turn. But, then the tables were turned and the Rams had the ball, they couldn’t produce any offense at all. The Rams, to my recollection, never got to the Red Zone (that area from the 20-yard line to the goal line). On the other hand, Tom’s Team only made it there once. And, they scored on that opportunity.
If you’re a defensive-minded fan, as I generally am, then this should have been a fantastic game. The defenses ruled everything about this game. Both of them. But, when the “highest-powered offense” in the league can’t do anything but 3-and-outs then no matter how great your defense is, they can’t keep that pace up all game long. And, that’s what happened. The same thing the Chiefs ran into in the AFC Championship game. If you can’t rest your D then you’re going to eventually fall to Tom and Bill.
I think it is funny, looking back, that everyone was predicting a 3x-2x game but it scored only 16 points, total. The lowest scoring Super Bowl in history beating out the 14-7 Dolphins-Redskins “classic” we call Super Bowl VII.
Tom looked normal for the whole game, for once. Goff, on the other hand, looked completely out of his element as the white jerseys gave him a hard time the whole game. I think the Rams need to address their O-line in the offseason because they certainly let him down. He had moments, of course, but overall, he showed his age and inexperience.
I am glad that TB didn’t get the MVP because he certainly wasn’t deserving of it. Yes, he fed Jules the ball for Jules to win the MVP, but if it wasn’t for Edelman, Tom wouldn’t have had what stats he did. Yeah, there was a couple of Tide Pods catches but, meh.
But, really, do we have to watch that team in the Super Bowl again? It’s really not even fun watching the same crap over and over.
Again, I didn’t care that they won. I figured they would anyway and the game was such a downer that I just wanted it to be over. The game sucked, the ads sucked, the halftime slop sucked. Why don’t they just give up on that stupid halftime show? We will always be disappointed that it doesn’t meet the “Prince” standard.
The only thing I enjoyed was the food and the beer. The food I got to share with my son, wife, and nephew. The beer, I had like 10 bottles and never even buzzed. I enjoyed it, though. Wings (from Publix of all places), guacamole (I made), tater tot cheeseburgers (3B and I made) and little pigs in the blanket (3B and I). It was a good night for that.
Anywhat! Tomorrow will be the haul and congrats to the New England team for winning the Snoozer Bowl. Whatever…
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“This is hard to watch.” – Tony Romo
So today marks the two year anniversary since we lost one of the most prolific and important musicians in my lifetime. Prince Rogers Nelson died from an opioid overdose in what is probably a heinous crime that resulted in someone getting a slap on the wrist. Oh well, right? Pshaw. Anywhat, here’s one of his more recent memorable television moments. The Super Bowl halftime extravaganza. It was one of, if not the best halftime show for the big game. This has some crappy edits in it but it’s the whole performance without commentary, so… enjoy. RIP Purple One, U R missed.
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“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called ‘life.’ Electric word, life. It means forever and that’s a mighty long time, but I’m here to tell you there’s something else: The Afterworld; a world of never-ending happiness. You can always see the sun, day or night. So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills, you know the one, ‘Dr. Everything’ll-Be-Alright,’ instead of asking him how much of your time is left, ask him how much of your mind, baby. ‘Cause in this life, things are much harder than in the Afterworld. In this life, you’re on your own. And if de-elevator tries to bring you down,
go crazy (Punch a higher floor!).” – “Let’s Go Crazy” (Prince)
I have about four different things to write about today, but since these two things are presently big news for me and one of the others I passed on Saturday to do the “Sounds Like Saturday,” I’ll go with the two and talk the other tomorrow. How’s that?
First, last night the Philadephia Eagles finally got their Lombardi Trophy. That in and of itself isn’t the best news for me. The best news is that they got that by beating Whiney Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Yeah, yeah. Tom is probably the best modern-day player the game has seen since the early 70s. I concede that. But, I’m over him. I’m done with him. I am starting to loathe him. I don’t need to see him in any more Super Bowls.
Of course, I thought the Patriots were going to win. Everyone did. Well, everyone I know outside of Patriots fans (I know there are a couple of those) wanted the Eagles to win but knew it was a long-shot, especially with a backup QB in the mix. But, that backup QB showed up and slapped the defending champions, earning the MVP award in the process. Nick Foles has always been a good QB. Last night, he was a great QB, even getting to catch a pass for a TD! Congrats to him and the Eagles and the city of Philly for finally getting that.
Now, in other news.
The BCPF started her new job today. This past Friday was her last day in the ever-intensifying sinking ship that is Krispy Kreme. She loved her job but they are doing some snide shite over there and it’s not a great place to be, especially in the expected “non-move.”
So, today, she started at a non-profit that deals with the apartment communities in the entire Piedmont/Triad area. She will be the Director of Communications there. I’m leaving off the name for now; keeping with the somewhat anonymity that goes with being married to me. It’s a big jump in title and responsibility. Granted, she won’t be dealing with 6 million Facebook followers or 4+ million Twitter folk but she’s going to be managing the whole marketing direction of this non-profit. Again, that’s big news for her.
The only downside we see right now is she has to drive to Greensboro every day. Is there something wrong with Greensboro? Not at all. But, considering it took her 10 minutes to drive to work at her former employer, and only filling up her tank about once a month, she’ll have to make some adjustments.
I’m so very proud of her, though. She always comes through and makes positive waves no matter where she goes. She does take the bull by the horns and tames it to her – and whoever she works for’s – strengths and needs. She’s a gem of a person and a workhorse. I’m proud to be her hubs and I’m proud of everything she is. She’s going to be a perfect fit for her new employer, too. Big things are a-comin’!
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“Doug Pederson [Eagles head coach], a career backup quarterback, had his backup quarterback in the game, and he called those plays with such guts like he was calling them for himself after all of those years. It was just a phenomenal game. Tom Brady could not have done any more in this one.” – Cris Collinsworth
I’m at a loss today, Dear Reader. I love football and with that love comes the necessity to
also hate certain aspects. I will say the aspects that I hate the most are Cowboys/Patriots/Ravens and the fans therein. Now, I don’t hate the fans, just listening to them. Also, the fact that there are some mighty fine players out there that I just can’t stand.
Yesterday was one of those days. I watched the Super Bowl with a group of friends and all was going great and fantastic until it didn’t. Tom Brady, one of those “fine players out there that I just can’t stand,” mounted the greatest comeback ever in the Super Bowl, if not ever in sports, altogether. I really, really can’t stand that guy but on the other hand, I have to give props and say that he is absolutely, the best quarterback, if not the best player to ever play in the NFL. His record doesn’t lie, his records don’t lie, his skill doesn’t lie. It’s a shame I don’t like him.
It’s not because it’s not “my guy,” either. I mentioned, already, that I can’t stand the Cowboys but I really like Emmitt Smith, who was a great back and the all-time leading rusher in NFL history. Jerry Rice was a pain in the arse while he was playing but I like him. The list can go on and on. But, man, Brady… He’s amazing. I don’t want him to be amazing, he just is. I don’t like Bill Belichick, the coach, either. But, he’s the best that’s ever coached the game. Cheating scandals notwithstanding and whatever their doing, it still works.
It doesn’t help that the Falcons totally choked. They had a 25 point lead with half of the third and all of the fourth quarters left. They stopped playing about that time. The offense gave out, the defense gave out. They just stopped. You don’t do that with Brady. He showed them why. Don’t like them, either, but they weren’t the Patriots. Oh, well. Until he’s injured badly, he’s going to continue to wreak havoc over the league until he’s just had enough. I hope that’s soon. I’m leaving it at that. I’m done with it.
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“”I hang out with a bunch of 20-years-olds, so that makes you feel pretty young,” – Tom Brady
First, let me be clear. I’m not at all trying to get into or start a political conversation as a) I’m tired, and have been tired since 2012, of hearing about politics, the people and even issues and b) I try to stay out of political conflicts with my friends and family. Any comments that have to do with endorsement of or to talk crap about any of the candidates (even if it’s positive about the one that I personally like and want to win) outside of just a mention to this article, will be deleted.
Now, the reason I’m posting this is just that I found it an interesting read. It’s about what can artists actually do to enforce their demands that candidates stop using their music for celebrations or to make a point. It really goes beyond politics, but it seems that politics are the most polarizing of circumstances and we’re in the heat of the political season.
I give FULL credit to Travis M Andrews and The Washington Post for the article. It isn’t mine, it’s theirs. I’ll post part of it here, but I recommend that you read the whole thing.
“As reality television star and real estate mogul Donald Trump took to the stage at Trump Tower on Tuesday to deliver his victory speech, a familiar tune filled the room: ‘Start Me Up,’ that rough, thumping anthem by the Rolling Stones. (Perhaps Trump hadn’t listened to the final two lines of the song beforehand, which Salon reported had to be cut for their raunchiness during the band’s Super Bowl appearance in 2006).
The song has a history of advertorial usage — it was the first Stones song used in a TV commercial when Microsoft co-opted it to sell its Windows 95 operating system, Business Insider reported — but the band might be more fond of Bill Gates than of Trump. On Wednesday, it released a statement that read, ‘The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately,’ Entertainment Weekly reported.
It’s far from the first time this sort of thing has happened. Numerous examples have appeared in this election season alone. Trump’s candidacy kicked off with Canadian rocker Neil Young blasting the businessman-turned-politician for using ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ during his candidacy announcement. Adele and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler have both demanded Trump stop using their music, the Associated Press reported.
And a glance at history reveals many more examples.
Perhaps the most notable one is Bruce Springsteen versus President Ronald Reagan. During his successful run for reelection in 1984, Reagan announced to a crowd in New Jersey, ‘America’s future rests in a thousand dreams inside our hearts. It rests in the message of hope in the songs of a man so many young Americans admire: New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen,’ CNN reported.
He was referencing ‘Born in the U.S.A.,’ which he had requested to use in his campaign, only to be denied by Springsteen. The New Jersey rocker was so angry, the previously apolitical rock star began speaking out against Reagan.
‘I think people have a need to feel good about the country they live in. But what’s happening, I think, is that that need — which is a good thing — is getting manipulated and exploited,’ Springsteen told Rolling Stone, regarding the candidate’s request.”
The article (which you should read all of here), goes on to talk about other artists in the modern era that have demanded that candidates not use their material on the campaign trail. Then the question is posed as to whether there’s any recourse if the candidate refuses to stop using it. Here’s that part of the article:
“With that in mind, do bands have any true recourse to stop politicians, aside from making public statements and hoping to shame them into pulling the songs from their campaigns? As it turns out, the answer to that question is both yes and no.
First, it depends on how the songs are used. Most of the complaints listed above are for politicians using their songs at campaign rallies, which the Associated Press reports is legally okay so long as either the political organization or the venue acquires a ‘blanket license’ for an artist’s entire catalogue from ASCAP and BMI — both of these are non-profit performing rights organizations that license music and distribute royalties.”
The article goes on: “Then, there’s what the song’s usage might denote. Musicians can (and have) sued politicians for false advertising claiming that the song makes it seem as if the musician has endorsed a particular candidate, the New York Times reported. The ‘right of publicity’ also potentially allows an artist to protect his or her image in the public realm.
‘It’s untested in the political realm,’ Iser told Rolling Stone. ‘Even if Donald Trump has the ASCAP right to use a Neil Young song, does Neil have the right to nevertheless go after him on right of publicity? I say he does.’
An ‘explainer’ released by ASCAP states, ‘As a general rule, a campaign should be aware that, in most cases, the more closely a song is tied to the ‘image’ or message of the campaign, the more likely it is that the recording artist or songwriter of the song could object to the song’s usage in the campaign.’
It remains a legal gray area, but lawsuits against politicians have become more common since 2008.”
Now, I’ve never had the pleasure or displeasure of having a song played at a political rally or equivalent. I don’t really know how I’d feel about having that happen. If it were a candidate that I can’t get behind, don’t like their platform or think they’re completely wrong for the country, then I would probably want to disassociate myself. If I agree with them, I may go along with it. But, hey!? Who wouldn’t want to have that kind of publicity if you’re in the business of publicity? Again, if it was the candidate that I support and believe in. I’m wondering if candidates shouldn’t hire artists to write them songs specifically for them? That would give them exclusivity and work for the artist, am I right?
To my music friends (or even my friends who aren’t musical but wish they were), would you let your music be used by a candidate that you don’t agree with? Do you weigh the royalties vs. integrity (if you think that’s what would be compromised)? Do you weigh the publicity vs. damage? I’m sure you do, but would you allow them to use it? I’m just interested.
Again, FULL credit to Travis M Andrews and The Washington Post for the article which you should read in its entirety, here.
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“Because nobody sued, the candidates always thought they could get away with it, and they still think that today,” – Lawrence Iser
So, Super Bowl Sunday. The Big Game. Really? It was more like The Big Lame. Or Super Yawn 50. I am not saying that because of who won, because really, I didn’t care who won. I have always liked Peyton. Congrats, Sheriff. I don’t pull against (usually, unless they’re playing someone I like better) the Panthers but don’t really pull for them, either. But, when I think of Super Bowl, I think of flash and glimmer and high scores and interesting games. At least good commercials. None of that was there; not even the commercials.
The Panthers went into Santa Clara roaring cat and came out whimpering like a scalded dog, instead. Running off at the mouth, braggadocio spewing forth perceived dominance and basically making their detractors’ points more obvious. The Broncos went in with a
little more couth (mostly) and let their on-field actions do the talking. Now, don’t get me wrong. Peyton really didn’t do anything to propel his team into the exosphere of greatness, but other than a couple of flubs, didn’t do anything to wreck them, either.
Cam surely didn’t do anything that resembled the potential greatness that he showed during the season, but he turned the ball over several times, over threw his receivers on multiple times and, while I almost don’t fault him for not going after that fumble (and actually skipping away), this is the big one, son, this is the one you’ve waited your whole life for. You’re bigger than the opposing team’s linebackers… attack! That was just wussing out, no bones about it. I took up for it at first but upon watching it again, you jived like someone threw a baseball at your feet; legs up and skipping away. That’s not a champion, that’s a spoiled brat.
What dominated, and won, this game was defense. Now, the Panthers showed up, too. I must set that straight, too. I give them their due and they did what they were supposed to do. You can’t give Peyton that much time and expect the “D” to come through 100% of the time. They gave Peyton just as much as the Broncos gave Cam, but Peyton only gave it up once. Cam did it twice and those led to scores, directly or indirectly. The officiating was about 75% right. The worst call was that incompletion, that was a catch. He did everything right. The other calls were penny-ante stuff. So, the Panthers fans crying that the NFL handed Manning his last hurrah, quit bitching. You’re not Patriots fans, so stop acting like it. That was the only call that mattered. It wasn’t roughing in the endzone, no matter how much of a tantrum that Cam wants to throw. It doesn’t matter if the ball was uncatchable in the endzone, holding is holding. Stop making excuses. You’ll most likely be back next year. Hopefully, the team has matured by then.
Speaking of mature!? Cam’s post-game “presser” was anything but tactful or classy. I know you’re upset and no I’ve never been in that situation, but still, you have to act like you have some adult in you. That was a full on pouting session. Bottom lip quivering, hoodie on, sad-sack face, whispering into the microphone and then walking away like the little boy who didn’t like that someone got him with the two hand touch, took his ball and went crying to Mommy. This little Cam cried “wee wee wee” all the way home. “I don’t know what you want me to say,” he says. We want you to answer some danged questions, son! How much do you make again? Act like your testes have dropped!
I get it, they lost, they’re destroyed, they were out-played, they were out-classed. By every right, you should have won that game. But, your big egos and superstar attempts were no match for determination and prowess. Pick yourselves up and learn from this. You’ll be there next year. Show us that you’re ready next time. Congrats to Von Miller for being a true superstar but letting us tell you that instead of you telling us.
The halftime show was a joke. I like Coldplay (yes, I admit that) but Chris Martin was winded the whole time. Beyonce is so overdone. That outfit was way too skimpy for that bodyshape. I get it that you’ve had two kids. But, that doesn’t change the fact that you didn’t fit into that outfit. Plus, that song is rehashed and boring. You’re boring. Thank (insert deity here) for Bruno Mars. Then again, pick a different song, dude! Do anything new. If there must be a halftime show (and I don’t think there should be), at least make the performers American. It’s ok if someone in a band isn’t but if the artist is American-based, they should get to play. The Brits only care about American football when there’s a game over there and that’s only because it’s a party, not because they care about the game. American game : American artist.
Thank (insert deity, again) for Lady Gaga. I was never a Whitney Houston fan, don’t care, won’t care, you can’t convince me she did any better than Gaga did. For all the flack she has gotten, she shut everyone up, or at least everyone should shut up, about her last night. She even put her hand over her heart, no one else does that. She did great and that was the highlight of the game.
The commercials were awful, save a few. I have to say, what the ***k was that puppymonkeybaby thing and WHY!? We’ve gotten so far gone on the shock factor that it doesn’t even make sense to the people that it’s targeting. My son didn’t even get it. I don’t think he found it funny, either. Worst yet, not only did someone come up with that; someone approved it and someone paid $5MILLION dollars for it!!!!!! I will just reiterate something that I said on both Twitter and Facebook. Worst. Super. Bowl. EVER!!!!!
Okay, I’ll put away my old-man Gen Xer soapbox now. Just grow up Cam, get over it
Patriots Panthers fans, retire Peyton (you’ve got the record) and Aqib Talib, I’ll give you a 6.5 out of 10 on the landing (if anyone saw the NFL Network post-show, you’ll get it).
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“They want to be famous. We want to be champions. They want to be rappers and backup dancers. We want to play football.” – T.J. Ward
Well, the Steelers are playing the Bengals (for the third time this year) in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs, this Saturday. The first meeting, on November 1, between the teams left our star running back Le’Veon Bell out for the season with injuries to his MCL/PCL. Tackled by Vontaze Burfict, his leg got caught up under his body. Burfict then gets up and dances in celebration. I thought that quite crappy but willing to give him the benefit of the doubt of knowing not that Bell had gotten hurt. Then he boasted about it afterwards, showed no remorse and was generally just an arse about it. The Steelers lost that game, at home.
The second meeting, Week 14 (December 13), there were several incidents on the field by players from both teams, including Antonio Brown, who is generally all smiles and fun-loving. There were many altercations between him and CB Dre Kirkpatrick and Burfict. This was the culmination of a lot of Twitter chatter, especially from Burfict, slinging insults and mud. There was a scuffle during pre-game warm ups. I was yelling at the TV wanting Brown to stop before he got disqualified (ejected from the game). There were several personal foul calls and penalties but not ejections. I was wondering how long before the refs regained control of the game. It didn’t happen. The Steelers won that game, in Cincy.
This was before the Carolina/NY Giants game and that fiasco in officiating between Beckham and Norman, but I remember thinking to myself, why aren’t the refs doing more!? They need to keep control of the game, of the players. Order is very important. Those fights have no place in the game. I like the violent aspect of the game but fighting is not the way to go. The bad news is, word came down that the officiating team for this weekend’s Wild Card game is the same officiating team that reffed that last game that got so out of hand. I don’t know what the NFL is thinking there. This game is too important to all persons involved. The safety of the players is also paramount. They need to keep their cool and play smart. Whoever loses this game goes home as it’s a playoff game. Whoever wins goes on to the next round. If the Steelers win, they will play Denver.
If Cincy wins, they’ll play New England. Cincy has been to the big game twice, both times losing to the San Francisco 49ers. They’re looking to get back for the first time since the 1988-1989 season. Incidentally, that Super Bowl, XXIII (January 22, 1989), was the day I had my appendix removed (actually it was January 23 at 2:30ish in the morning) and I remember watching it, wincing in pain. My Steelers, on the other hand, they’re working on their “Stairway to Seven.” It would be awesome to see Big Ben and Coach Tomlin hoisting the Lombardi Trophy one more time. That game is happening at 8:15 on Saturday night. So I’ll be wearing my black and gold and we’ll be in good shape. Hopefully, I don’t have to put anything through the television, which as long as it’s a good game, I’m okay with, but I still want my Steelers to win. Here we go Steelers! Here we go!
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““As you well know, there is no better time to be playing football than during our playoffs. As we work together, we will continue striving to represent the NFL’s key values — respect, resiliency, integrity and responsibility to team. Your team is competing as one of the best in the world at what you do. With the nation and fans around the world watching, we are reminded of the responsibility we share to demonstrate the highest standards of sportsmanship and respect for the game, each other, the officials and the fans. Emotions will run high, but no emotion should give way to demeaning or offensive words or actions. Our rules prohibiting fighting, illegal hits, and abusive language will be strictly enforced.” – Memo from NFL Offices to all NFL Playoff teams
Yes, if you’re wondering, I am a little perturbed from last night’s game. I’m going to make a statement, an observation and be done with it. I won’t drag it on.
It was probably one of the best Super Bowls (yeah, I said it) in a while. By best I mean, it was a back-and-forth/to-and-fro on and on and on the entire time. Brady gets hot, Wilson gets hot. Blount hits a few, Beast Mode runs over a few. 7-0, 7-7, 14-7, 14-14 and that was just the first half. Second half, Seattle comes out screaming. The get a field goal, yes and then follow up with another TD. Brady does what Brady does and that’s keep on keepin’ on. So, from what I consider some lazy play calling, Seattle starts to fizzle with the offense and Brady beats them up for it. The Pats take the lead, 28-24, with 2 minutes to go. Awesome series with yet another amazing catch from a receiver that is opposing the Pats in a SB. Pentalties, what have you, they’re down at the 2 finally after a little plowing by Beast Mode.
EVERYONE, including the Patriots knew what Pete Carroll’s call should have been, next. Beast Mode up the center, plowing over everyone. Even if he doesn’t get in, call a time out and try it again. Or fake to Marshawn and Wilson runs it on their read option. Game over, Shady and Belicheat go home with their deflated balls between their legs, 12th Man comes through again! Yay. Well… The call comes in, they snap the ball, Wilson fires a pass (a GOSH DARNED PASS) to a receiver that gets (legally) bumped and the ball is intercepted. Immediately I fired off at Twitter the following (and yes, I know I’m using my real name here):
No way he keeps his job after that. Now, the back-peddlng and spin that Carroll tried to put on it is ridiculous and I’m not going to even respond to it, other than to say, it’s a stupid call and, again, EVERYONE knows what the call should have been. The Patriots couldn’t have stopped it. It would have been Goodnight, Gracie and done!
So the Pats take a knee and there are fists a-flying from everywhere. I saw some clueless, prats stating how the “Seahawks showed their real colors” and “how they had no class” and all that BS, but to me that’s not the case. Richard Sherman gets a bad rap for spouting off. He’s a very intelligent and well spoken young man (he was 2nd in his HS class with a 4.2 GPA and earned a degree from STANFORD!) that gets fired up. He’s 26 years old and just as he professes, IS at least one of the best CBs in the game. Bruce Irvin is a WVU alum that is a hard-working stud. Granted he got thrown out for throwing a punch, but he wasn’t the only one and there were plenty coming from NE, as well.
But, we have to think: these guys, this is ALL they do. They worked hard to get here, strive to get to the Super Bowl. In their profession, that is the only thing that matters. They were mere seconds away from winning, yet again, and it was yanked from under them. Emotions are high. Adrenaline, high. It’s a roller coaster ride, anyway. There’s not one of the people that read my blog that can say they’d do anything different if they were in their shoes. “I’d have done this and I’d not have done this. I’d just take it like a man and blah, blah, blah.” To that I call BALONEY! None of us can say 100% that, if given the opp, that they’d do anything different. Now, they may hope that they’d do different, but none of us have ever been in that position, in that moment. Even if you’ve been in a similar situation (which I can’t think of anything that’s similar to that) you aren’t in the same situation. That’s like telling someone who’s grandmother just passed away “I know how you feel.” No you don’t. You have no clue. “I know what you’re going through,” would probably be correct if, you too, lost a grandparent, but every person handles different situations differently. You’re a liar if you say that you’d have done, with any certainly, anything different.
Had this been any other game, well maybe not a playoff game, but a game during the regular season, you’d have not have seen that scrap. You’d not have seen it and it wouldn’t have happened like that. This is the culmination of being there. Some of them won’t be in this position again, and many know it. Again, this is their livelihood; what they do. Stop being holier than thou (because you’re not) and get your head out of your arses.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“There’s really nobody to blame but me, and I told them that clearly. And I don’t want them to think anything other than that. They busted their tails and did everything they needed to do to put us in position, and unfortunately it didn’t work out. A very, very hard lesson. I hate to learn the hard way, but there’s no other way to look at it right now.” – Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks
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