Archive for January, 2013

NFL Hall of Fame 2013–The final decision

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

NFL 2013 Hall of Fame Predictions

On Saturday, the NFL honors several more retired players as the best of all time. Between four and seven more players will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The induction ceremony will take place the day before the 2013 preseason starts in August.

Fifteen modern-era finalists and two nominations from the Seniors Committee will be argued among 44 selectors in a room where decisions are more secretive than the nuclear football and the Coca Cola formula.

So who gets in? Here are the predictions.


Barack Obama–Still too black to fail

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Barack Obama–Still the affirmative action President

On July 11, 2011, Barack Obama officially became the Affirmative Action President. He still is.


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Super Bowl–The great agony for some

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Top 10 Super Bowl heartbreaks

Every Super Bowl features one team hoisting the Lombardi Trophy and the other one anguished. Some Super Bowl heartbreaks occur on winning teams, sometimes before the game is even played.

Here are the top ten Super Bowl heartbreaks.


Hillary Clinton–A lifetime of lies

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The real Hillary Clinton record

Secretary of State Hillary “What difference at this point does it make?” Clinton has received fawning praise from liberals in recent days. Her lovefest with President Obama and Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes all but ended the 2016 Democratic Primary. Yet is the praise of Hillary Clinton warranted? Without love or malice, a look at the real Hillary Clinton reveals a bright woman with a resume that contains plenty of embellishment.


Beyond the NFL Harbowl

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Top 10 Super Bowl storylines beyond the Harbowl

As Super Bowl (47) XLVII approaches, the media is obsessed with the “Harbowl.” Brothers Jim and John Harbaugh are doing everything to keep the focus on the football game itself. The 49ers and Ravens are taking the field, with nobody named Harbaugh playing. That is how it should be. So here are the top ten real storylines that will affect who wins the Super Bowl


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Kerry the perfect Secretary

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry: The perfect choice

One day after outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton callously screeched “What difference at this point does it make?” regarding murdered Americans in Benghazi, her successor testified on the Hill. More handsome than Lurch and more Brahmin than Senator Rufus Choate, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry settled in for a lovefest with his colleagues.

While virtually every other Obama appointee is disastrous, Kerry is totally the right choice for Secretary of State in an Obama administration.


Dallas 2013 Season 2 Premiere–J.R. Ewing’s final stand

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Dallas Season 2 Premiere Live Chat Monday January 28, 9pm EST on TNT

After 21 years, “Dallas” returned in 2012 for ten episodes. The second season of the relaunch starts tonight, and the Ewings will face more inner and outer turmoil than ever before. Join in the chat!

When we last left the Ewings in July, Christopher left Rebecca for Elena, who broke up with John Ross. J.R. and Bobby appeared to end their own feud while their sons carried it on. Cliff Barnes was still seeking revenge against the Ewings and Sue Ellen Ewing was running for Texas Governor. Rebecca, pregnant with Christopher’s twins, was revealed to be Cliff’s daughter. J.R., Bobby, and Cliff all molded their children John Ross, Christopher, and Rebecca to be just like they were. Bobby’s wife Annie had fought back against her smarmy ex-husband Harris Ryland.

The last episode ended with John Ross demanding that J.R. teach him every dirty trick in the book to seek revenge on Christopher and Elena. J.R. flashed his grin and said “That’s my son, from tip to tail.”

Yet the 2013 version of Dallas will also be bittersweet. Legendary actor Larry Hagman died recently at age 81 from cancer. Many are saying that he was J.R., and J.R. was Dallas. Can the show survive without him?

Perhaps the answer can be found in an old episode of the original Dallas. One of the characters looks at him and says, “No one is indispensable, J.R.” Let’s hope that turns out to be true. Parents want their children to carry on without them, and the best way to honor Larry Hagman would be to keep the new “Dallas” at such a high level that the show continues. Maybe in another two decades John Ross and Christopher will have their own sons fighting.

More importantly, think about losing somebody who matters to you. Think about how many times you wonder if you could see them just one more time. Dallas fans will get that wish. Larry Hagman filmed six episodes of the new season before he died. J.R.’s funeral is scheduled for week eight. So for the next six weeks, J.R. Ewing does live.

TNT has a fun “Rise to Power” game where people can ride their fortunes by guessing which character will come out on top. On Twitter, the fictional characters have their own accounts where they dispense pleasantries, and some not so pleasant digs at other characters.

Who will win? Who will lose? As J.R. would say to the ladies, “tune in darling and find out.”

Let the games begin. It’s time for wheeling, dealing and stealing, because “There’s no place on God’s green earth like Texas.”

You got that right, J.R.


The venal Dianne Feinstein

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Dianne Feinstein calls NRA venal

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, California Senator Dianne Feinstein referred to the National Rifle Association as “venal.”

This came only days after CBS correspondent Bob Schieffer compared the NRA to Nazis.

A simple explanation for this is that Senator Feinstein belongs to a special category of individuals forever known as “DJLFs.”


NFL 2012-2013 Pro Bowl Recap

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

NFL 2012-2013 Pro Bowl Recap

On 1st and 10 from their 17, on the first play from scrimmage, Adrian Peterson fumbled and the AFC recovered for 1st and goal at the 7. On 4th and goal at the 6, the field goal was eschewed in favor of going for it. Peyton Manning hit AJ Green for the score to make it 7-0 AFC. The NFC came right back and moved 81 yards. On 2nd and 7 from the AFC 36, Drew Brees went deep to Vincent Jackson for the touchdown to tie the game 7-7.

The pace of the game actually slowed as the players took this game seriously. The AFC punted twice and the NFC once. On the last play of the first quarter, on 3rd and 7 from the AFC 24, Brees was sacked. The second quarter opened with Blair Walsh hitting a 48 yard field goal to make it 10-7 NFC. The AFC punted again and the NFC took over at their 24. On 2nd and 8 from the NFC 39, Eli Manning was intercepted by Derrick Johnson, who returned it 42 yards for a touchdown and a 14-10 AFC Lead.

The NFC got it back at their 27 and Manning hit Victor Cruz for 11, Vincent Jackson for 12, and Cruz again for 11. On 3rd and 10 from the AFC 28, Marshawn Lynch gained 12. Manning hit Cruz for 7 and again for the 9 yard touchdown as the NFC led 17-14 midway through the second quarter.

The AFC moved from their 25 to 1st and 10 at the NFC 40. Schaub went deep and the ball was batted in the air by Patrick Peterson and intercepted by William Moore at the one yard line. Moore returned it to the NFC 28. Eli Manning went deep to Kyle Rudolph for a 52 yard gain. On 3rd and 10 from the AFC 20, Manning went deep incomplete. Yet we had our first penalty flag of the game. Officials almost never call them in this game. Even the referee showed humor as Ed Hochuli announced “Yes there are penalties in the Pro Bowl.” Defensive pass interference put the ball on the one yard line, and Lynch barely got the ball past the plane of the goal to make it 24-14 NFC with 1:47 left in the half.

The NFC got it back at their own 29 with 1:08 left in the half. Eli Manning hit Rudolph for 20, Cruz for 11, Martin for 5, Jackson for 10, Martin for 7, and on 3rd and 3 from the 18 with 11 seconds left, Larry Fitzgerald for 15. On 1st and goal from the 3 with 6 seconds left, the NFC had time for one more play. Manning hit Rudolph in the corner with a perfect fade as the NFC led 31-14 at halftime. The NFC was romping, having outgained the AFC in yards 351 to 59.

The AFC got the ball to start the second half and Schaub was quickly intercepted by Earl Thomas of the Seahawks at the AFC 43. Russell Wilson came in at quarterback for the NFC. He hit Jason Witten for 15 and then escaped a sack, rolled out, and hit Doug Martin of the Buccaneers for a touchdown. Now the game was a 38-14 NFC laugher.

After a touchback Schaub hits Green and Thomas for 6 each, Thomas for 12 more, CJ Spiller for 7, and on 3rd and 3 just past midfield, Owen Daniels for 13. Schaub ran for 11. On 3rd and 2 from the 17 Schaub hit Slater for 13. On 3rd and goal from the 4, Schaub hit Josh Cribbs for the score to get the AFC within 38-21. Yet only a few seconds later Leon Washington of the Seahawks was returning the ensuing kickoff 93 yards to the AFC 15. On 4th and 4 from the 9, the NFC decided to go for it and Wilson hit Fitzgerald for the score to make it 45-21 NFC.

After a touchback Andrew Luck came in at quarterback and his first Pro Bowl snap was a fumbled exchanged as the NFC took over at the AFC 18. On 3rd and goal at the 5 Wilson hit Vincent Jackson for the touchdown as the NFC was carpet-bombing the AFC 52-21. The AFC fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the NFC had 1st and 10 at the AFC 12. On 3rd and 7 Wilson was sacked as the third quarter ended. A field goal try appeared botched as a Garo Yepremian style throw was returned for a touchdown. Yet Antonio Cromartie jumped offsides. Blair Walsh did hit the 26 yard field goal to make it 55-21 NFC. Luck hit Green for the touchdown. The AFC needed 5 touchdowns to take the lead, and now only needed 4 as they were down 55-28 with 11 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

An exciting onsides kick had Phil Dawson hitting it with his heel. It failed anyway as the NFC took over at the AFC 41. Wilson hit Fitzgerald for 12 and on 3rd and 7 from the 25, hit Cruz for 22. Vikings fullback Jerome Felton banged it in from 3 yards out to make it a 62-28 NFC thrashing with 8 minutes still to play. Luck would throw a 49 yard touchdown to Green to get the AFC within 62-35, but the AFC was not mounting a comeback.

The most poignant moment came in the first half. Pro Bowl fans have now seen everything, even more fun than defender JJ Watt playing wide receiver. Center Jeff Saturday played the game for the NFC but switched to the AFC side for one play. Saturday was the center for Manning all those years in Indy. Saturday retired after the game so he wanted to snap it to Manning one last time. Saturday after the one play switched back to the NFC side of the ball when he came in again.

Saturday was traded to the Packers before this season after 13 years with the Colts. He wore the blue Jersey next to all the white jerseys across from the other blue jerseys. Saturday left to a standing ovation and kept the ball. He also blocked hard on the play. This was really a great tribute. A center who will go to the Hall of Fame getting one last snap with his fellow future HOF quarterback.

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was the Pro Bowl MVP. While the 2012-2013 Pro Bowl is now in the books, Super Bowl (47) XLVII is 7 days from today, next Sunday. The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will square off under brothers and opposing coaches Jim and John Harbaugh.

Here is Keenan Thompson of Saturday Night Live imitating Ray Lewis.

Pro Bowl Final: NFC 62, AFC 35


NFL 2012-2013 Pro Bowl Prequel

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

NFL 2012-2013 Pro Bowl Prequel

Welcome to the 63rd edition of the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl from Honolulu, Hawaii.