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A power outage at the Super Bowl put the nation’s biggest sporting event on hold for more than a half-hour Sunday, interrupting an otherwise electric, back-and-forth game that ended with Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens as NFL champions thanks to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
I didn’t have a dog in this hunt, but I watched it anyway. I don’t much care for the 49ers, so I guess I was cheering for the Ravens. Well, not exactly cheering, but…. you know what I mean.
Gotta say, even though I wasn’t all hyped up over this game, I was mighty impressed with that 108 yarder. That was pretty cool. The best part of the game? The comments on Facebook. Heh. Made it much more entertaining. Sad, isn’t it.
And those commercials? Who the hell writes that garbage? I won’t be buying any pistachios, that’s for sure! GoDaddy was just plain revolting. The Ram Farmer was powerful. And I always love the Clydesdales. But beyond that… WORST year of Super Bowl commercials….EVAH!
Put on your football headgear and dig down deep to try and get this question right, football fan or not.
Last year…..after the Packers / Bills game, Buffalo released quarterback Trent Edwards.
During the Packers / Eagles game, the Packers injured Philadelphia quarterback Kevin Kolb.
Philadelphia then had to play backup quarterback Michael Vick.
During a playoff game against the Eagles, the Packers injured Michael Vick and another backup was needed.
After the Packers / Cowboys game, Dallas fired Wade Phillips and most of his staff .
After the Packers / Vikings game, Minnesota fired Brad Childress and most of his staff.
Four weeks after losing to the Packers, the 49er’s coach Mike Singletary and most of his staff were fired and replaced.
During the Bears Playoff game, the Packers injured Jay Cutler and backup Todd Collins forcing the
Bears to go with 3rd string quarterback Caleb Hanie.
So here’s the question……………….
Is it just me, or did the Packers create more jobs last year than Obama?
Shared by Jerry.
That is DEFINITELY great-GREAT-grandpa’s great-great-grandson! Heh! Oh yeah…and great grandbat’s and grandpa’s too!
South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius made history on Saturday when he became the first double amputee to compete in an athletics event at the Olympics.
The 25-year-old qualified for the semi-finals of the 400 metres by running a season’s best of 45.44 seconds in finishing second.
Pistorius, who had both legs amputated below the knee before he was aged one, because of a congenital condition, runs on carbon fibre blades.
I’m not much into sports these days, and this year’s Olympics have been a major turn off, thanks in large part to the lousy coverage of NBC, but this guy? HE impresses me!
Here’s this kid, who grows up without the ‘benefit’ of both legs, overcame all kinds of obstacles, and there he is…running in the Olympics! It brings to mind that old adage…. You can do ANYTHING if you set your mind to it! Of course, let’s not forget all the hard work that people have to put in to get where they want to be.
I think we could ALL learn something from this young fella. HEY! OBAMA! He DID do that!
And ya know what? I bet he didn’t have someone like that fool up there in D.C. regulating his every move, blocking him at every turn, to PREVENT him from succeeding and realizing his dream!
The US television broadcaster NBC was at the centre of controversy last night after it persuaded Twitter to suspend an Independent journalist who criticised its coverage of the Olympics.
Guy Adams, this newspaper’s Los Angeles correspondent, was removed from the social networking site on the day that he wrote a news story detailing widespread public complaints about the network’s coverage of the London Games.
I use to be an avid Olympic watcher, but that was before it was no longer an amateur competition. Once they brought in the professionals…that was pretty much it for me. I still like watching the opening ceremonies, well, except this year’s socialist fiasco, and some of the events still hold some interest, but other than that….I could really care less. It’s all gotten too dadburn political….even for me.
According to Twitter, he was suspended for a message posted during the Opening Ceremony, when NBC prevented viewers of America from watching live coverage, so that the network could screen the occasion during an evening prime-time slot coveted by advertisers. “The man responsible for NBC pretending the Olympics haven’t started yet is Gary Zenkel,” wrote Mr Adams. “Tell him what * think!” His tweet then contained the work email address of Mr Zenkel, the President of NBC Olympics.
Twitter claimed last night that the tweet breached its guidelines.
“Your account has been suspended for posting an individual’s private information such as private email address, physical address, telephone number, or financial documents,” the company informed Mr Adams. “It is a violation of the Twitter Rules.”
Does NBC have a controlling interest in Twitter? I thought it was a program developed by some guy, and his family was involved…or some such thing. Can’t remember now. Posting corporate email addresses is against their rules? Then someone better tell all the political types as well, and have their accounts suspended.
Now, to be perfectly honest, I can understand the delay of the opening ceremony. There is a, what….6 hour difference, and most folk are at work during that time. Perhaps if they had done real time, we wouldn’t have been subjected to the nonstop commercials. (For those who were unable to watch it in real time, NBC could have repeated it later, right?) It was the WORST coverage of an Olympic opening I’ve ever seen. And I’m not talking about the content of the ceremony itself, I’m talking about the chopped up presentation by NBC!
“Either way, [it's] quite worrying that NBC, whose parent company is an Olympic sponsor, is apparently trying (and, in this case, succeeding) in shutting down the Twitter accounts of journalists who are critical of their Olympic coverage.”
News of the suspension sparked tens of thousands of angry messages on Twitter, including comments supportive of Mr Adams from BBC journalist Jeremy Vine, and Piers Morgan, the former editor of the Daily Mirror who now works for CNN. The novelist Irvine Welsh posted the the following comment online: “The Guy Adams twitter ban illustrates three tendencies of hegemonic power; 1) hates criticism, 2) takes itself seriously 3) no sense of fun,” tweeted.
Well, I’m not a journalist. To be honest, there are so few real journalist left, it’s hard to say who is what, but if NBC is going to push for suspension of Twitter accounts of those who are critical of their Olympic coverage, or for any reason, actually….we DO still have a 1st Amendment, don’t we?….then they might as well suspend mine too, cuz I’m criticizing NBC’s totally sucky coverage as well. But then, I rarely get on Twitter anymore, so honestly, I don’t give a flip.
In a statement, NBC said: “We filed a complaint with Twitter because a user tweeted the personal information of one of our executives.”
Sorry NBC….that’s total caca de toro! Every single one of your execs has the SAME email address… @nbcuni.com. The only difference is the names that are before. Took me all of 3 minutes to look ‘em up!
Oh, and seriously….the coverage of the events…..do the commentators have marbles in their mouths? I’m not watching much, but there are a few events I still enjoy. Well, no more. I couldn’t understand a damn thing those clowns were saying about the participant, or the event. I had NO idea what was going on, why the crowds were cheering. How about getting a couple of professionals to comment, and a new sound guy wouldn’t hurt either!
One of the cars in this year’s Daytona 500 will bear an unmistakable message of support for American-Israeli relations, thanks to a couple of NASCAR fans in Charlotte, N.C.
The No. 49 “America Israel Racing” car will have an American flag and an Israeli flag along with an eagle on the hood when it takes to the track Feb. 26 in Florida.
“NASCAR is the only sport televised where they pray before every race,” MacCaull said. “They are aligned with racing, religion and patriotism.”
Shirey admitted the sponsorship is expensive, but “being brought up Southern Baptist, I was always taught we stand behind Israel. This is a way I felt I could give back to society. It’s something I believe in.”
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not much into racing, but this definitely got my interest. A pro-Israel race car? Now I think that’s pretty cool.
Happy Valley was in bedlam early today as angry, chanting students ran amok in a bizarre climax to an unforgettable day that ended with the unthinkable: the firing of football legend Joe Paterno.
Chanting “Joe Pa-ter-no!” and “One More Game!” students raced to the stately Old Main administration building to express their anger that the winningest coach in major-college football history was out – fallout from the child-sex scandal involving his former top assistant, Jerry Sandusky.
More than 1,000 students rioted and rallied at Old Main and on frat-house-lined Beaver Avenue. Riot cops, fire trucks and ambulances were on hand after midnight, amid reports that tear gas was being used to disperse the crowd.
Demonstrators overturned a TV news van, toppled street lights, shook stop signs and threw toilet paper. From rooftops and in the streets, they yelled “F— Sandusky!” and “We Want JoePa!”
The campus chaos began shortly after 10 p.m. with the announcement by the board of trustees that Paterno, 84, who had said earlier in the day that he would retire at the end of the season, was instead fired over the phone and denied a chance to end his career on the playing field.
Is football more important than they safety of children? Looking at what has happened, in this case, I can come to no other conclusion. The answer is no. The safety and well being of children are an after thought at Penn State. I question the decision to fire a coach over the actions of the defensive coach, Sandusky. From my understanding, the issue was sent up the chain of command, and then…..nothing. The man should have been arrested when it first came to light, instead of waiting more than ten years.
However, no matter how badly this was handled by the school, there is NO excuse for the behavior of the students!
The Ohio High School Athletic Association and one of its referees has come under fire for a recent decision to penalize Louisville High School after its football team‘s receiver paid tribute to a deceased friend in last Friday’s season opener. It’s a move, and a penalty, that cost the team the game.
After scoring what would have been the game’s winning touchdown — putting the team up 26-24 – Alex Schooley, along with his teammate Gavin Lovejoy, pointed their fingers toward the sky in a commemorative gesture for their friend, Dom Wilgus, 16, who was killed in a car accident the week earlier. It so happened Schooley had also been pallbearer at Wilgus’ funeral that very morning.
The referee, however, considered the gesture a display of excessive celebration and penalized Louisville, giving the opposing team, Walsh Jesuit, excellent field position. Walsh Jesuit ended up scoring a 29-yard field goal to seal the win.
You’ll have to excuse me, but I’d really like to know just when football turned into a game for wusses? Excessive celebration? I guess kids aren’t suppose to be happy about making a touchdown, right? Pointing to the sky is excessive celebrating? How ridiculous can things get? Gosh, wouldn’t wanna hurt anybodies widdle feewings. Jumpin’ Jehosephat!
Every Red Blooded American should jump in line to support the Green Bay Packers!
The Packers defeated the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon thus earning them the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl. By doing so, they saved the Hard-Working, Red-Blooded, Taxpaying Americans literally several million dollars of tax money. How you say? Simple… we were told that if the Chicago Bears had won, President Obama (and probably his family) would be attending the Super Bowl to cheer on his hometown team. Since the Bears lost…the President won’t be attending.
The money saved from not using Air Force 1, the limousines, all the additional security, and let’s not forget Michelle Obama’s entourage, is literally several million dollars! Therefore, every American should cheer on the Green Bay Packers at the Super Bowl to show them our gratitude. Oh…and let’s not forget to thank Chicago Bear’s Quarterback Jay Cutler for his role in the Packer’s success! With that said…let everyone know so they can understand why they should cheer for America’s team …The Green Bay Packers!
Shared by Packer fan, Mr Ol’ Broad.
Meredith died at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokesman confirmed this morning. The Meredith family’s attorney, Lisa Fine Moses, said his wife, Susan, and daughter Mary were at his side.
Meredith had battled emphysema in recent years and suffered a minor stroke in 2004.
He was the only living Cowboys Ring of Honor member unable to attend the franchise’s September 2009 inaugural game at Cowboys Stadium.
Meredith was the original Dallas Cowboy, signing a personal services contract on Nov. 28, 1959, two months before the franchise officially gained admittance into the NFL.
I grew up on the Dallas Cowboys. My first exposure to football, was the Cowboys. My dad was a Cowboy fanatic, so, by default, our family became Cowboy fanatics, to a lesser degree. My mom’s all time favorite Cowboy……Dandy Don. One class act! They just don’t make ‘m like that anymore!
Rest in peace, sir. You’ve earned your place in the Pro-Bowl in the Sky!
A high school football player in Tacoma, Wash., got flagged for dropping to his knee and pointing to the sky after scoring a touchdown during a playoff game.
“It’s just something I do every time I get in the end zone,” said Ronnie Hastie, a Tumwater High School running back. “To honor my Lord because I play for him. I give him the glory because he’s the one that gives me the strength.”
Although Hastie’s strength may be divine, high school referees are apparently not.
He was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, a 15 yard penalty—the same amount of yards a lineman would receive after steamrolling a quarterback well after a play.
There is something seriously wrong in the state of our nation. How is giving glory to God “unsportsmanlike”? I can imagine anything MORE sportsmanlike!
He apparently broke a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association rule that bans players from drawing attention to themselves.
Who comes up with these rules? Does someone sit down on their socialist ass and decide “Well, that MIGHT offend someone, so it must be made against the rules”? If thanking the Lord for your God given abilities is offensive to ANYONE, then they need to rethink their living arraignments, and find some place else to live! It is quite obvious to me that the kid was not calling attention to himself, but to his Creator!
“I’ll change it for the team cause they are the most important; we don’t want the penalty,” said Hastie.
Perhaps, instead of this young man bowing to the PC bigots, he, and every other player should bend a knee to give thanks for the gifts they have been given. The 1st Amendment protects these kids, so when are we going to start standing up FOR them, and against the bastardizing of the Constitution?
Let me ask one obvious question in today’s current anti-Christian environment: If the kid was a Muslim, and did the same thing, would there still have been a penalty for his actions?
The Texas Rangers reached the World Series for the first time, with Vladimir Guerrero driving in three runs and Nelson Cruz homering in a 6-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night in Game 6 of the AL championship series.
I’m not a big baseball fan, but I AM a Texan! So, I reckon there’s a little bit of Texas pride going on here.
Tennessee voters this fall will be asked to decide whether hunting and fishing should be a constitutional right, a position already taken in 10 other states.
I could never imagine that the right to hunt would ever be in question. Then again, I never believed same sex “marriage” would be an issue either.
Advocates, including the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, say amending the state constitution will prevent radical animal rights activists and an increasingly urban state legislature from one day shutting down the activities.
But some hunters and non-hunters find the proposal perplexing, saying that hunting and fishing don’t appear to be at risk in Tennessee.
YET! Why let it get that far? Why wait until some whackjob in Obama’s administration with a massive control issue decides to use some obscure, or not so obscure, government agency to ban something that bugs him/her personally. We’ve got so many unelected agencies now running our lives, do we really want to wait till one of them gets a hair up their hinder?
In Michigan, voters banned hunting of the mourning dove in a 2006 referendum. It had been allowed for the first time in that state two years earlier by an act of the Michigan legislature.
Gotta say it! Michigan is full of fools anyway! Oh, there are some rational folks up there, being overrun by the irrational. And I’ll leave it at that.
An official with one of the nation’s high-profile animal activist groups, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which opposes hunting, called such proposals “frivolous.”
These are the folks who think it’s ok to destroy someone else’s property.
Butler insists that the amendment would not affect regulations. “You’ll still have to have a license,” he said. “You’ll still be subject to regulations. It doesn’t allow for any trespassing.
“It will have no impact on private property rights.”
I learned that if you want to shoot a deer on your own property, you still have to have a license. Why? It’s your property. The deer is trespassing. Dinner!
Larry Hillis, owner of Reloader’s Bench, a guns and ammunition store in Mt. Juliet, said he thought the proposal was odd when he first heard about it.
But, after he understood from an advocate that the legislature could prohibit hunting and fishing, he grew more favorable. “On the face of it, I think it’s a good idea,” he said. “I would like to find out more about it before I jump up and down and say I’m for it.”
Many things going on these days are ‘odd’. It’s much better to be safe, than sorry, right?
“If you really want this, postpone it, and get some strong legislation that really protects landowners,” he said. “They pay a lot more in property taxes than hunters pay in licenses.”
Since we do pay property taxes, you’d think that was enough to give us the right to do what we want with our property. Not so. You have to get permission from government entities if you want to make any changes. I’d say an amendment, if it includes protection of the property owner, isn’t such a bad idea.
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As usual, The Tennessean did not provide any information, not even the number of the legislation, or a summary the text of the amendments, so naturally, I had to hunt them up m’self.
OTHER STATES WITH RIGHT
States with a constitutional right to hunt and fish are Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.
California and Rhode Island guarantee the right to fish, but not to hunt.
Perhaps if all states allowed their citizens to hunt, SAFELY, there wouldn’t be hungry children. If a person hunts for sport, and not for food, then the meat could quite easily be given to shelters and such. Just sayin’.