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It’s Super Bowl Sunday, Widdershins. Being from a family that watches a LOT of sports, and married to a hubby who adores football, I will be going over to Bro’s house to watch the game. This year, though, there are some sour notes in our typically light and frothy event. Our Bud Lights, in other words, are skunked.

First of all, there’s the way the Rams won against the Saints. The pass interference call that wasn’t, which should have ended the game in the Saints’ favor. Whether you are in the camp of “The Saints got robbed!” or “The Saints shouldn’t have let it get that close!”, you won’t find anyone online who now disagrees with how badly the game was officiated. Even Roger Goodell has admitted that the referees made a mistake, and he says he is looking at ways to change the rules so that kind of egregious error doesn’t happen again. It was too little, too late for Drew Brees, the Saints’ veteran QB, who hasn’t been to a Super Bowl since 2010. (The Saints won that one, 31-17.) Said Brees about Goodell’s belated apology:

“Do I really want to be in a position talking about this over and over again? No, but I have to stand up and do it because I have to represent my team, represent the ‘Who Dat nation,’ and that’s my responsibility. It’s the commissioner’s responsibility to do the same thing, and yet we don’t hear a peep for 10 days, and it’s because he has to do it now because he’s at the Super Bowl and he does his annual press conference.”

One take on the SuperBowl is that it’s the game we deserve today, comparing the Patriots’ and Rams’ victories to the corruption of Drumpf’s “win.” Hey now! That’s a bridge too far. Unless Pooty-Poot paid off the refs to throw the game to the Rams, there’s just no comparison. Besides which, the Saints didn’t win by 30 points and STILL not make it to the Super Bowl!

Speaking of Drumpf, as unfortunately we always seem to have to do, Dear Cheater will be blah-blah-ing before the game on CBS. I know I won’t be tuning in, since I know what he’ll say: “Yada yada border emergency national security I am so SMART!” He’ll probably throw in something about the National Anthem protests as well. Colin Kaepernick, the first one to kneel, still doesn’t have a job, and many NFL players and social justice activists are not happy about that either. Says NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith:

“I wonder whom on the NFL side has thought about how history is going to look at them given the near universal belief that Colin Kaepernick should be on a team. I think about those things,” Smith said. “Leagues do a great job of telling the story backwards. Major League Baseball tells a great story backwards about Jackie Robinson. But telling the story from the front forward is, well, there had to be a separate negro league. So, I think it’s an interesting way to pose the question of, of what’s going to be the story forward on Colin Kaepernick is not a great story for the National Football League. … So, what’s history going to say about this, and I think history is going to say that he should have been on a team.”

I don’t know how you’re going to spend your Sunday, Widdershins. Maybe you’ll be going to a Boycott Bowl, like Fredster. Maybe you are barely aware of the Super Bowl and are busy with other things. Or maybe you’re like me, and will try to make the best of it by surrounding yourself with loved ones, hoping no one cheats, and laughing (we hope) at the commercials.

No matter what, I wish you a happy Skunky Sunday.

This is an open thread.

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GREETING WIDDERSHINS! (Philadelphia Eagles Green)

So if you’re a fan of professional football, this is the ultimate weekend and game for you; the Superbowl.  Many times, the game itself has been a dud, just not that interesting.  Other games have been very exciting  with the lead changing several times over the course of the game. However, one thing is almost always great and that’s the commercials that air during the Superbowl.  And they had better be great, considering the cost of a thirty-second commercial.

The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl commercial continues holding at a premium level this year, with NBC drawing in excess of $5 million for a 30-second spot for Sunday’s showcase.

So with that let’s take a look at a couple of the 2018 commercials and some that have been favorites of mine from previous years.

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(1) Amazon Alexa loses her voice (Will Apple’s Siri offer help?) (2) Martha Stewart gets slammed by Jack in the Box? (3) Chris Pratt 2018 Michelob Ultra Beer  Commercial (4) M&Ms commercial with Danny DeVito (5) Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage, Mt. Dew/Doritos Commercial

Some Oldies

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And this one always cracks me up: There ya go Widdershins; a plethora of Super Bowl commercials. Now I understand some of y’all don’t have teevees and won’t have seen any of these or other S.B. commercials.  For those who have, feel free to put some in the comments below. Open thread of course. Oh, and: GO Iggles! The Patriots have won enough.      

Good Saturday, Widdershins.  Welcome to twilight.  Tomorrow is Superbowl 50, and then The Dark Times will fall for the next six months.   Some of us are serious fans of the sport, others not so much.  As I’m sure you know, I thoroughly enjoy football, and will happily watch a game between just about any two teams.  I don’t have a great attachment to either team, so I’ll go with my back-up team picking plan, which is by the number of alumni from my school on each team.  Yep, it’s the “number of ‘Dawgs in the fight”criteria, so Carolina (3 Bulldogs) beats Denver (1 Bulldog), paws down.  I kind of hate it, as I am not a fan of Cam Newton – he was famous for less than adherence to the rules while in college , but it is what it is, so go, Panthers.  Woof!

One thing that we can all agree upon is that the commercials are fabulous.  I actually know people who watch the game for the commercials.  So list your faves below, along with anything else that’s on your mind.  It’s been a tense week and we deserve a little R and R.

This is an open thread.

(1) Mean Joe Green (Coca-Cola), 1979

(2) The Force  (Volkswagon), 2011

(3) Out the Wazoo (E*Trade), 2000

(4) Terry Tate, Office Linebacker (Reebok), 2003

(5) Lost Dog (Budweiser), 2015

 

A murderer and an abuser walk into a locker room…

Many activists in the field of domestic violence feel that the qualifier “domestic” is one thing that helps enable its persistence. If we were just to call it “violence” when one partner physically assaults the other, would we see these heinous acts as more serious, more criminal?

What if the two didn’t know each other? Would the subtext of “She was asking for it” still be there?

Think about it. What if you saw that infamous Ray Rice video on your local news station, and it was presented this way:

“This horrifying video of a man beating a woman unconscious in an elevator was sent to the police and released to Eyewitness News in the hopes of identifying the criminal. Please call 311 if you have any information about who this person is.”

After that story, wouldn’t you be hoping to next see that man in handcuffs, doing the perp walk, instead of, say, at a high school football game in New Rochelle?

Ray Rice made his first public appearance with his family Saturday since being released by the Ravens and indefinitely suspended from the NFL. Rice, along with his wife Janay and daughter Rayven, returned to his hometown of New Rochelle, New York to watch his old high school team play. Rice’s middle school in New Rochelle removed Rice’s framed jersey from the gymnasium, which drew a mixed reaction from students.

See, right there. Removing the jersey “drew a mixed reaction from students.” The man beat the sh*t out of his wife! The very LEAST he deserves is to have his f*cking jersey removed from the middle school he attended! And sorry, no, the idea that Ray Rice hit his wife like this only once, is about as credible as the idea that Chatblu and Fredster will stop watching college football and take up the harp instead. (Sorry guys, couldn’t resist. :-))

Oh, but it gets worse. MUCH worse.

New Rochelle [high school] head coach Lou DiRenzo said that the team stands behind Rice in a statement to the media at halftime.

Via LoHud.com:

“The New Rochelle football program is a very strong program, and once you’re a member of that program, you’re a member of that program for life. Ray is a part of our family and a part of this program, and that’s why I’m very happy that he’s here today. He made a mistake — and he made a very terrible mistake — but I know the character of the man, and he will rise from this. The mistake that he made will be erased by the good deeds that he will continue to do.”

If you saw that video presented in the way discussed above….would you say he “made a very terrible mistake?” Or would you want him locked up, and the key thrown into the Marianas Trench?

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We’ve somehow managed to make it to the weekend.  Not only is it Labor Day weekend, but also it’s the official kickoff of the college football season.  Yessir, the Dark Times have ended.

At any rate, work is a cherished American value.  From the earliest days of Jamestown, “if you don’t work, you don’t eat” has woven itself into the thread of American life.  In fact, our work ethic is so renown that we take less vacation time than any other developed nation, and our productivity is off the charts.  Maybe, just maybe, this weekend will make Americans remember that most of the good things that our workers enjoy, such as vacations, sick time, worker’s compensation, etc., came to be because of unions.  The decline of American unions correlates directly toward wage and benefit stagnation.

Whether we are to celebrate labor or decry our jobs, let this be a good and safe weekend for all. And for those of us that dearly love football, settle down.  It’s gonna be great.

This is an open thread.

(1) The Is Power In A Union – Billy Bragg

(2) 40 Hour Week – Alabama

(3) Allentown – Billy Joel

(4) Working In The Coal Mine – Lee Dorsey

(5) Take This Job and Shove It – Johnny Paycheck

(6) We Are Coming to Your City  (College Game Day Version) – Big and Rich

 

 

 

They did WHAT??

Ewww they did WHAT?

Good afternoon Widdershins.  This is going to be a quick post.  A friend of mine had to make a very unanticipated trip to the hospital  Tues. evening and I got to take him since he does not have a car.  He was recently diagnosed as diabetic and has had some issues with developing sores that rapidly become infected.  That was his situation so he was referred to a surgeon and he thought they would just open up and lance the place and he’s be back home.  The doctor instead told him that he, the doc, would rather do it in the hospital so he was to go to the emergency room and get admitted that way.  Now I was not supposed to be the driver to the hospital but rather be the pick up guy.  I ended up staying with him until they got ready to take him upstairs and got back somewhat late.  So, let’s take it from there.

 

We all know that Michael Sam was a college football player and is now with an NFL team, the St. Louis Rams.  However, you may or may not know about his college football career and the awards he won.

Sam was named a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, Sporting News, the American Football Coaches Association, and the Football Writers Association of America] He was also named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Hendricks Award, and the Lombardi Award.[2][13] Missouri played in the 2014 Cotton Bowl Classic, in which Sam forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, securing Missouri’s victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

And we know that after his last college game, Michael Sam came out as a gay athlete.  Then came the NFL draft and michael-sam-nfl-draft-kiss-vito-cammisanoMichael got drafted in the 7th round with the 249th (I believe) pick of the draft.  So anyway Michael gets the call that he’s been selected and much like many another athlete who has maybe won the pot of gold, he reached out to his partner and kissed him.  It was carried live on ESPN and that’s when the proverbial fecal matter hit the fan.

We’ve had two more states strike down unconstitutional laws banning same sex marriages with Oregon and now Pennsylvania joining the move.  That makes 19 states, including D.C. where same-sex marriage is or will be legal.  But apparently not same-sex kissing.  Duh!

HuffPo conducted a poll asking Americans how they felt about gay athletes playing for their favorite sporting team.

According to the new poll, 60 percent of Americans said they would approve of their favorite sports team signing an openly gay player, while 20 percent said they would disapprove. Among NFL fans in particular, 65 percent said they would approve and 21 percent said they would disapprove.

Majorities of Democrats (80 percent) and independents (56 percent), as well as a plurality of Republicans (42 percent), said they’re ready to cheer on their teams with openly gay players.

But then there seems to be a line drawn.  Gay boy:  you can play for a professional sports team.  Gay boy (or girl) you may not kiss your partner in public and where we can see it.

But although most Americans approve of gay players in theory, many are less comfortable with the reality. Male athletes kissing their wives or girlfriends is routine territory for networks covering victory and other sporting celebrations, but coverage of Sam’s kissing his boyfriend after he was drafted has generated controversy. Forty-seven percent in the new poll said it was “inappropriate” for networks to show the kiss, while only 36 percent said it was “appropriate.” Seventeen percent said they weren’t sure.

The poll found an ideological divide over the celebratory kiss. Democrats tended to say it was appropriate to show (53 percent to 32 percent), but a plurality of independents (45 percent to 36 percent) and a large majority of Republicans (69 percent to 16 percent) said it was inappropriate.

The survey likewise found a major generational divide. Americans under age 30 had no problem with coverage of the kiss, by a 55 percent to 29 percent margin. Those between ages 30 and 44 were evenly divided: 40 percent said it was appropriate; 39 percent said it was inappropriate. And a majority of older Americans said it was inappropriate, including 52 percent of those between ages 45 and 64, and 69 percent of those 65 and older.

I remember a saying from “my day”,  “yeah it’s okay to be queer but just don’t flaunt it.”.  Now Michael’s boyfriend Vito michael sam boyfriendis an attractive young man and even has himself a bit of a six-pack going there on his skinny self.  Now I’m old enough to remember when interracial dating and marriage (even after the Loving decision) was looked at with a raised eyebrow.  So hell, I’m kinda surprised no one made a comment about Sam having a white boyfriend.

Now one of the funniest things I’ve seen about “the kiss” was from the talking ladies on a local Dallas tv show trying to emulate The View.  They had one woman on the show, Amy Kushnir who must be their  local Betty Bowers, America’s best christian.  She got into a huff over “the kiss” and when her cohorts kind of chastised her about it, she walked off the show.  She also made a comment along the lines of  “they don’t show that with football players and their wives or girlfriends” -see pics below (I read that Fox News called her and she was supposed to go on some show there – I didn’t see it.)  But Anderson Cooper had her on his Ridiculist and it was humorous to watch.  Sorry, this won’t embed.

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/05/19/ac-ridiculist-michael-sam-kiss-dallas-tv-station.cnn.html

 

So to sum up:  this is okay and this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But this one:  Not so much.       michael-sam-nfl-draft-kiss-vito-cammisano

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an open thread.

 

snow plow at workGood Saturday to you Widdershins.  From what I’ve been watching on the Weather Channel and on the news, I gather a goodly number of our Northeastern Widdershins are seeing a lot of these on your roads.  I hope they are doing the job for you and keeping your roads clear.

We are a bit unusually cool here with lows the last two nights in the twenties.  However our BIG arctic blast will come Sunday and Monday nights with the lows going to 10 ° and 7 ° those two nights. The Wx folks have said we’ll have about 60 hours where we will not go above freezing. Yikes!  Since there won’t be any snow or freezing rain I’m hoping we get by without any power outages.

Well let’s take a look at some of the things that caught my eye recently that I thought were strange, odd or funny.

No beer – no Merry Christmas

Seems Helen Williams decided to send out her male friend to get some beer for celebratory reasons on Christmas Eve.  When the friend returned empty handed (the stores were closed after midnight) Helen was not happy.  Helen was really not happy.  Somewhere along the lines, the police were called and when they arrived at Helen’s house they found a man covered with blood.  Helen told the police the guy fell and cut himself.  The guy had a different story.

She told investigators the victim fell and cut himself, but she couldn’t explain why her hands and clothes were also bloody.

Deputies say the victim told officers Williams was so angry when he didn’t return with beer because stores were closed on Christmas Eve that she grabbed a ceramic squirrel, beat him in the head, then stabbed him in the shoulder and chest.

Williams remains in jail on a $10,000 bond. It wasn’t known if she had a lawyer.

All I got for Christmas were the lousy cans of tuna!

Little Carmen Lopez of Bothell Washington had one big wish for Christmas.  She wanted a set of Beats by Dre headphones.  Looking at der google, these things are apparently not cheap.  Carmen’s parents were able to purchase a set of them for her online at a Black Friday sale at Walmart and were able to save some money.  Cut to Christmas and when Carmen opens up her gift what she sees is this:

Yep.  Someone in the shipping dept. at good ole Walmart decided to take the headphones (worth between $100 and $200 dollars) and gave Carmen four cans of Chicken of the Sea.

Now Carmen’s dad had done the wonderful ship “site to store” where you order online and then your item is delivered to your neighborhood Walmart where you waltz in and pick your package up.  But this gets even better.  Remember that Dad bought them during a Black Friday sale.

That morning, Lopez went back to WalMart, but didn’t get the answer he was hoping for.

“Wal-Mart had said they would only give us a refund, at least the store did,” said Carmen. “That didn’t sound right, because I just want my headphones at this point. I was really looking forward to them.”

The other problem, the headphones aren’t on sale anymore. So a refund for the sale price isn’t enough for a new pair.

Well that’s just a Bah Humbug on Walmart’s part.  However this didn’t have a sad ending after all.

But Carmen won’t have to miss a beat in the meantime, because an executive with the headphones company is in town visiting her family right now.

“Last night my father and I were watching the news,” said Lindsay Merkle, the global account manager of sales for Beats by Dre. “I saw the unfortunate story of the tuna, and thought let’s solve this problem today.”

She has some of the company’s newest headphones with her, and she wants to donate a pair to Carmen.

“I can only imagine what was going through her head. So hopefully this will help her be a little bit happier and get something she was actually looking forward to on Christmas.”

Lindsay’s trying to figure out how to get the new headphones to the Lopez family. She says if she can’t take care of it while she’s here for the holidays, she’ll ask her mom to help with the delivery.

Lindsay Merkle: 3 cheers, Walmart:  a razzberry.

Pardon me, is this a convenient time to rob your store?

At least in Pompano Beach, if a robber is going to rob your CVS drug store he will be polite.  Hell, he’ll even wait around while you attend to customers!

The Sun Sentinel is reporting on a robber who waited patiently to rob a CVS in Pompano Beach, and was so calm and quiet about it that customers continued shopping around him, unaware they were witnesses to a holdup.

The crook, who is yet to be identified, walked into the pharmacy earlier this month, proceeded to show a gun and demanded money from a young clerk. The employee told the gunman that she needed to check with her manager first. Amazingly, the man waited for the manager to come to the front of the store, and even hung around as the cashier helped ring up an actual customer. (the mgr. is in the blue shirt)

WSVN 7 News reports that the store manager finally showed up and then was shown the gun and given the same demand for the money. However, he and the gunman then had to wait for the aforementioned customer’s order to be taken care of. The customer walked away with his purchased items, then the thief got his money.

And yes there’s a youtube video of it also:

Some assorted youtube clips

So is this global warming or just a normal, routine calving glacier where these two fellows got waaay to close.

I just call this one “Stay classy Alabama fan”.

Now the Alabama “fan” says she was responding to some of the Sooner fans taunting her and they were threatening her son.  Well someone else who was there had a video of Bama woman taunting the Sooner fans first by shooting them the bird and her son was taunting them with cheap talk.

Bama mom “apologized” somewhat:

Pritchett said she regrets that things escalated the way they did and said she wanted to apologize to “Bama nation.” Her biggest concern seemed to be what Coach Saban’s reaction would be when reporters question him about it.

Sorry Miz Pritchett but I’m taking the word of the Sooner folks.  When you Bama fans think you’re going to walk all over an opponent and it doesn’t turn out that way, y’all slightly lose your minds and cannot handle it.  Too bad.

And I have another video of…a doxie!  This time daddy is coming home from deployment and his little doxie girl just has a fit when he comes in.

Okay Widdershins, what’s the weather like today where you are?  Are you staying warm?  Are you waiting for the arctic blast second round?  Let me know in the comments.


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