Well, we now have a bit of an idea, how things will go, if the NFL refs stay locked out.
I watched three games today, and things were more than sloppy. I am not saying that they were as bad, as when the regular refs were betting on the games, but bad, none the less.
When three "Illegal proceedures" were not called, along with one flagrant "Offensive holding," and then Pete Carol was given a fourth timeout, I knew that things were bad. Fast forward to the Broncos, and "Twelve men on the field," was missed, since the replacement refs were all busy asking Payton Manning for his autograph.
Oh well, I guess that we get what we pay for... ?
Going to be a very long season, and it seems that the replacement refs have already picked the winners, and the losers, and plan on making that happen?
PS - For Rod, Go Jets!
NOW IT'S GO VIKINGS !!!!!!!!!!!
Now I sorta root for the Vikings and Saints ( due to your previous association with them )
If AZ. had a football team I would root for them too...as long as they weren't playing the Vikings , of course.
As for the Jets...what a mess THAT'S going to be !
So, I suppose my basic rooting list is something like this now
any AZ. team that pops up from the unknown ether of space
As for the Refs... boy, I feel sorry for them a lot. Then I feel really sorry for the coaches who have to explain to the Refs what the rules are.
Then I feel sorry for the newscasters on TV who half the time are also clueless about the rules
Then I feel sorry for the players when it becomes a sort of " free for all " game of chaos.
OK, since you have turned your back on the Jets, so shall I.
In the last 0.00001 sec., Arizona finally won their game, though the last 5 mins. was truly something to behold. Nothing like 4 Time Outs awarded, and a half-dozen calls missed, but such is life. It's like taking footage from a Kodak pocket video camera, and trying to edit it in PrPro...
The Saints today, looked like the Saints of the 70's, but not so sharp. Not sure what the issue was. I did not notice any major blown calls, but just a Saints team, not executing, against a better team.
Now, we have "Baby Manning" leading the Denver Broncos, and things are a bit strained. [Did I mention that I went to college with Archie Manning, before Ole Miss banned me for life?]
Also, did I mention that I went to Tulane, Loyola, Southern MS, Jeff Davis, Southeastern LA, Southwestern LA, and maybe a dozen more colleges, until each banned me for life? When it was all said and done, only LSU would accept me, but they could tell from my record, that I was a "major party animal," and LSU was looking for a major upgrade from Playboy magazine, regarding "US Party Schools." They hoped that I would, single-handedly, carry them to "top notch" status. Not sure if I did, but they kindly let me graduate.
Go Vikings! [Gosh, that sounds odd to me... but hey, whatever I can do for an old friend.]
Whether the regular refs or the replacements, I always judge their performance solely by the win/loss result.
Minnesota/Jacksonville (go AP)
San Francisco/Green Bay
You know me... I get into beer thirty and working on computer with football game on next to me on TV and sorta end up doing several things at the same time...
So this is a bit hazy ...my memory of what happened exactly....
But at one point during a game yesterday...there was this really bizarre scene...
1) a play occurred (snap ) and a whistle blown ( delay of game ) at same time about
2) a ref asked if the coach excepted the penalty or not
3) the coach waved his arms frantically saying basically " I cannot challenge that penalty "
4) meanwhile a no huddle play was called by quarterback to snap ball before a challenge could be made
5) ball was snapped and a play was completed...basically a gain of a few yards
6) whistles and flags flew all over the place
7) timeout was called
8) the play clock kept running
9) the game ended and the refs, coaches and players are still on the field ( lights went out about 1am so they were in the dark most of the night ) arguing about what happened !
UPDATE: CONFUSION ON FIELD SETTLED
API: NY , SEPT. 11 2013
The owners, players and temporary refs spent the night and early morning consulting about the last penalty that got ignored and allowed the play clock to run out, ending the game but not the controversy ( which lasted until someone started cooking bacon and eggs on a tailgate )
Today the Networks got into the act and simply mentioned that "WE CONTROL THIS GAME SO GET WITH IT YOU IDIOTS "...and everyone ate breakfast and went home. The Networks hired some professional ex-refs to sit with the pros in the network booths and offer up to the minute decisions regarding chaos on the field from their point of view. It works for everyone.. ( win win situation ) as the Networks now have ultimate public opinion polls ( like me on Facebook for example ).
An angry mob attacked Giant Stadium in New Jersey last night, protesting the absence of a coherent effort to reconcile the refs problem with NFL football and the networks.
Oh Nooo.... wrong picture....
THIS PICTURE is of angry New Yorkers surrounding the embassies of Libya and Egypt, protesting the murders and attacks on U.S. embassies in those countries.
Noooo, wait a minute....that's not right either. Unitied Nations embassies in NY are actually part of New Jersey ( as are NY football teams ).... due to some strange real estate laws only the Port Authority of NY and NJ know about.....
All drivers, who use the various tunnels and bridges in the NYC Metro Area, will now have to remove their shoes, belts, and place their wallets and money clips into a tray, that will be taken into some undisclosed, and very dark room, with no video surveillance, as the drivers are being subjected to intrusive examinations: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3830355968/tt0077355
Traffic is not expected to be affected in any way... Yeah, right!
Speaking of Warthogs, I am sure that in your youth, you followed the exploits of a certain superhero, Wonder Warthog: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Wart-Hog
I think that he might have been the precursor for another superhero, The Tick?
Hey, I forgot about Underdog. We need such a superhero again. How about ChickenMan, "He's everywhere, he's everywhere!"
IIRC, ChickenMan was the brainchild of Vance DeGeneres (brother to Ellen), and creator of The Mr. Bill Show. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vance_DeGeneres
I think that he also did the foley sounds of the helicopter in those episodes, but could be wrong. New Orleans was a long time ago...
OK, an extra-point question, though no Adobe-points involved, who was Wonder Warthog's sidekick?
More extra-points: what sound was made, when Wonder Warthog transformed from his benign alter-ego, into WW, and what body part did he pull on?
Also, and for extra-credit, who was The Tick's sidekick?
oh my gosh ! I never watched wonder warthog...I am at a complete loss !
I do recall that Wonder Dog's girlfriend was " Miss Poly Purebred " though...can I get a point for that ?
Now for a guess....the noise WW made was a pig noise ( snorting noise ) ?? Body part pulled on ...his warthog nose ??
Tick's sidekick....Freddie the Flea ?
Hey, some pretty good guesses.
Did not recall Polly Purebred (remember UD, but cannot recall ever watching it), so you DO get 1 pt.
WW pulled his nose (correct again, and hence the 1 pt.), but the noise was "Sprong!"
The Tick's sidekick was Arthur, who was always troubled that other superheros' sidekicks got better bennies, than he did. Two other "sidekicks," or frequent companions were Captain Liberty and Batmanuel. From the comics to the TV series, there were some companions that had to be eliminated, as Disney (or similar) owned the rights to those characters, and would not allow them to appear. No pts. there - sorry.
ahhh... thank you for that clarification etc.
Speaking of 'animals' ...I am now watching my new favorite college football team, the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Strange name for a team, but hey, maybe there's some good reason for it.
So now I have all these new teams I root for... The Twins, The Vikings and the Gophers.
I am now watching my new favorite college football team, the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Wow, I always thought that the team was named the "Golden Goofers." Must have just been the announcers pronunciation.
Thank you for correcting that impression.
Enjoy the game,
PS - it could be worse. They could be the "Fighting Banana Slugs!" http://www.ucsc.edu/about/mascot.html
The main cheer is "Go slugs - slime 'em, slime 'em... "
Wow...who knew ??? !!!!
=====excerpt from that article about the Banana Slugs ========
The chancellor considered sea lions more dignified and suitable to serious play than Banana Slugs. But the new name did not find favor with the majority of students, who continued to root for the Slugs even after a sea lion was painted in the middle of the basketball floor.
After five years of dealing with the two-mascot problem, an overwhelming proslug straw vote by students in 1986 persuaded the chancellor to make the lowly but beloved Banana Slug UCSC's official mascot.
The Banana Slug has attracted a good deal of national attention over the years. In 2008, ESPN named it one of the 10 best college basketball mascots. Four years earlier, Reader's Digest named it the best. People magazine once dedicated a full-page spread to the Santa Cruz Banana Slug movement. The National Directory of College Athletics named it the best college mascot and Sports Illustrated magazine once named the Banana Slug the nation's best college nickname.
Well, looks like the scab officials have struck again on Monday Night Football.
It appears that these substitute officials know that their days are numbered, and are getting as much bribe money, as they can?
What a call at end of game and more total confusion ( having to come back on field for kick ? ) yikes. An interference call didnt look all that great either earlier on..
Those poor REFS....I bet their own neighbors are turning their noses up at them when they come out of the house.
Now, when the Port Authority does buy the NFL, all 16 oz, and larger sized drinks, will be banned from all stadiums, and PSA announcements will appear on all televised games, warning viewers to down-size all drinks.
Of course, donuts are still OK, as Mayor Blumberg did read a proclaimation on "Natinal Donut Day."
NEWS FLASH !
The NFL has called all team owners, managers, coaches and hot dog vendors of ALL NFL TEAMS....telling them in no uncertain terms that REF RESPECT is paramount and no disrespect will be TOLERATED. One hot dog vendor said ( name withheld for fear of retribution ) , " Hey, I call it like I SEE IT...and if someone chokes on my hot dog because of some bizarre REF CALL, that makes me ANGRY ! "
ANOTHER fierce flurry of phone calls to ALL ANNOUNCERS associated with the NFL games and broadcasts ( TV, Cable and Radio ) were warned NOT TO BELITTLE THE REPLACEMENT REFS !
" They ..." ( the replacement REFS )..." are doing a tremendous job in general, need to have the respect and civility of all players and members of the teams and hot dog vendors and if you criticise them you will be heavily fined or fired from your stupid jobs ! "
I guess that puts the ball back in the court of fans, who don't really know what else to do with their lives if the season comes to a halt.
Now, I do not see them from THAT side, but it looks like a Louisiana Cockroach, often referred to as a Palmetto Bug, so as to not scare the tourists in FL.
However, it could be one of several beetles, like a Stag Beetle, but I would need to see him/her from the top, and a close-up of the mandibles would be helpful.
At least you were not covered with Gotha Moths!
It seems that a class-action suit has been filed against the NFL, by season-ticket holders. They are tired of either gross incompetence, or maybe the "fix" being in.
Wife spoke with the owner of the AZ Cardinals, today, and he was still speechless, and the calls last night did not have any direct impact on his team.
Things are very bad, and likely to get worse.
We thought that we'd seen the bottom of barrel, when some "regular" officials admitted to betting on the games, that they were calling. I would also speculate that they were receiving envelopes for people, who stood to make zillions, on a single call, that affected the outcome of a game.
At some point, I think it will come to light that Las Vegas paid for wins, or that TV networks paid for them, just for markets. What we have been watching, and cheering for, will be shown to be false, and also moot.
If you have never seen the original film, Rollerball, I urge you to do so, even if you have to stay up until 4:00AM. Go beyond the surface of that film, and think about the underlying aspects. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073631/
Enjoy, and chill the Coors,
As a side-note, related to the lead in Rollerball, my ex-partner taught James Caan the "moves," for the movie, Thief, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thief_(film). His "house-clearing" scene is still used to train US Navy Seals, and Delta Team members. He claims that Caan, who really knew nothing about firearms, was the ultimate student, for that film, and, due to his atheletic ability, plus an open mind, picked up things on the first take.
Other actors? Well not so much. Jan Michael Vincent, though a very good surfer, was just too dumb to get anything. He could not be taught, and it showed. Some are very glad, that he disappeared from Hollywood, and rather early in his career.
Now, back to Caan. You MUST see his performance in Rollerball, and think clearly. There ARE many elements in that film, that carry over to today, and to the NFL, whether owned by the Port Authority, or someone else. Think about it. Though distributed as an "action film," there are many, many underlying motifs, that are not to be missed. Rent it, and view it many times. It tells a story, about what is happening today - transference.
Yes, I remember Roller Ball. That was a pretty futuristic film at the time..and brutal too IIRC. Lots of value for the sponsors etc.
I was scared to go outside into 'bug land' and get shot of the other side of them. Maybe they will be gone tomorrow.
Yeah, someday you'll have to kiss that nice horsey ride through the park goodbye ( or cab ride through park on 65st from west side ). I think Bloomberg's been trying to get rid of the horses for years but those horse people have a lot of clout. They just dump all the horse doo doo from the day's work in front of Bloomberg's palace for a week or so and he gets the hint.
I'm surprised you didnt mention Trump in your response about casino etc in central park...hehe.
I read another Mitch Rapp story yesterday and was 'practicing' my ' clear the room' routine for a while in my apartment...just to stay in shape.
Now I'm reading something by a woman author ( first woman author I've read in about 10 years cause I got bummed out by bad luck of getting about 4 really bad books from women authors a while back and swore them off ). Anyway, this one is good, which was a pleasant surprise. Actually she's even MORE than just good...
I have not gotten into "Chick-lit," but did pick up James Lee Burke, on a rec.. I rather hit the Dave Robicheaux series in the middle, but when done, I just grabbed the entire series, and started with Neon Rain. I am half-way through the 11 (to date) series. Unfortunately, many are not on the Kindle, so I will be flying with the paperbacks in Oct. At least I can read during takeoff and landing!
You might like some of those, as they are set not THAT far from Ft. Polk, and I know how much you loved that place... Some pretty good descriptions of South Louisiana, and New Orleans. I have not been able to poke many holes in the geography, or the characterizations of the locals - few indeed.
Happy reading, and "room-clearing." It is good to "stay in shape," and hope that you never need to use those skills.
Well, sounds like things might well get settled by this weekend. We'll see how it goes.
Imagine the fans might be standing and cheering the professional refs, if they DO take the field. Don't see THAT every day.
NFL SELF AGGRANDIZEMENT
NEWS FLASH.....THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL CANCELLED !
A stunning announcement from the NFL afternoon acknowledged that the RUMORS of the cancellation of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL is real !
The PLAYERS of real football games ( actual people who play football on the field ) used TWITTER and FACEBOOK and GOOGLE to agree in unison to NOT SHOW UP AT THE STADIUMS for THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL !
This is an earth shattering moment in the history of FOOTBALL.
The webster dictionary definition of FOOTBALL ( the sport in North America ) is described as:
A SPORT where MEN try their best to WIN according to the rules of good sportsmanship and fair play, for the benefit of the SPORT.
Although many in history have challenged this 'concept' ( ie. 'show me a good loser and I will show you a loser ' ) it is historically correct that MEN have made this SPORT great. REGARDLESS of the 'concept' ( for every game there is one winner and one loser ) of what MEN actually mean in the world of men, it is unfortunate that the NFL has reduced these MEN to the level of " BRANDS " within the broader scope of the NFL's syndications and sponsorships etc.
The good thing is that even though Thursday Night Football is cancelled due to lack of players, we still have Sunday and Sunday Night and also Monday Night etc.
I also think that if the NFL keeps the replacement refs, then they just need to have them caucus, decide which team will win, and by how much, then post those winning scores, without actually spending the 3.5 hours to play the game, and anger all of the fans. Then, I can get busy on my "honey-do list."
I'm just curious...Bill, but I have to ask you... cause I saw a portion of this film the other night...have you seen " the illusionist " ?? It's an animation. film.
I'd be interested in your 'critique'.
( burp, scuse me, ITS BEER THIRTY, YIPEE ! )
Too bad you're not here or we could smoke cigars you supply and look at more of those UGLY FREAKING BUGS that cling to my patio screen...and try to figure out whats going on with them. Should I maybe buy a giant can of bug spray ?? I don't like them clinging to my screen.
I have not seen The Illusionist, but will keep my eye out.
We're flying BC to London (twice) and then to Paris, and depending on the configuration of our ship, we might have the full United PVS (Personal Video System). If so, they offer a ton of films, both old and new. If we get an older ship (they have not converted all of their OW planes to the lay-flats w/ PVS, so one never knows what they will get. If they have it, I will watch it.
Thanks for the H/U. Will report back.
Ya, watch it or at least part of it if you can. it's amazingly good.
I googled it and found out it was made not long ago ( 1.5 years ? ). I also found out its got tons of critics saying it's NOT UP TO PAR with the mime guy that wrote the oringal story or something.... and that it got beat by TOY STORY 3 or something retarded like that ...at oscars. Well, all I can say is " you critics dont know nuance and subtety and beauty from a hole in the ground " ( woulda been more precise but would get censored ).
There's these little animated " gestures" and interactions of gestures between characters etc...that is just so COOL !
I think cause the actual animation 'design' etc is so well done it made the critics focus on THAT instead of the more subtle stuff going on with gesture and timing , pace, etc. And 'imagination'...what happens when you suddently find yourself 'feeling' maybe what a character is feeling, and doesn't have to be SHOUTED from the rooftops to make the point.
Don't get me wrong.... I love slinky dog in TOY STORY... but this illusionist thing is really cool.
On another subject ....namely BUGS..... those things flying onto my patio screen door and so on...are , according to the locals ( who are in some degree local 'BUG SPECIALISTS' ) tell me that they come around in the FALL sometimes and last about 2 weeks and then they go away.
Nobody knows where they come from, or where they GO. But one specialist told me that some years they are more ABUNDANT than others.
Well, I got Dave in the management office to give me a giant plastic JUG of BUG SPRAY ( with some kinda pump action sprayer hose connected to it )...and I just sprayed the entire PATIO including screen, glass doors behind screen, door frame, and some of the surrounding WALLS of the building exterior.
The bugs didn't like the spray and fell dead almost immediately...and the advertisement on the plastic jug says, " CREATES A BARRIER" so hopefully the 200 gallons of bug spray I just used will keep these stupid creatures away until the mysteriously disappear due to some natural cycle of nightmarish bug life.
If there is such a thing as REINCARNATION please God don't let me become ONE OF THOSE BUGS !