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Christmas Wishes

As the last few hours tick away on this Christmas 2009, I thought I’d hand out a few virtual presents.  These are the people out there on my nice list who deserve a little something extra in their stocking…and would if I could I’d turn these virtual presents into the real thing.

  • Coach Roy Williams: A Carolina team that understands when they listen to you and the rest of the coaching staff, things happen…good things…like winning ballgames. I give you a team that plays with a sense of urgency and desire that knows putting on that Carolina uniform is a privilege and it comes with a lot of responsibility and no guarantees.  Much is expected, but just suiting up doesn’t automatically get the wins.
  • Indiana Pacers: An understanding that there are 4 quarters in an NBA game and that you have to play all 4 of them including the 3rd quarter, which your team seems to have a mental block on.  So I give you a stifling defense and an offense whose shots fall. Oh and I’ll throw in a bit of healthiness for the players who seem to have chronic ailments.
  • Philadelphia Eagles: To the other 52 players on the team who voted Michael Vick their representative for the Ed Block Courage Award, I give you all common sense, cause right now you ain’t got the sense God gave a billy goat.  Showing up for work on time for the only team that would take him, is not courage, people…it’s called responsibility and shockingly, when you’re an adult, you have those…responsibilities.
  • Nick Saban: A media crew that understands asking questions like “what’s it feel like to be playing for a national championship?” is one of the stupidest questions ever imagined. And it’s not that you want them to act like the national championship isn’t a big deal, but that you want them to do a little better with constructing the questions they ask your players.  Or better yet…hows about we just get rid of the media altogether.  I’m certain that would make you the happiest person on the planet.  I’m gonna throw in a fully customized calendar for your PDA/Cell Phone/Blackberry that buzzes you a week prior to your wedding anniversary and keeps buzzing you until you prove to it that you’ve purchased a proper gift for said occasion because Ms. Terry has put up with a lot being married to you, I’m sure.  She deserves at least a little recognition on the day y’all got hitched.
  • Indianapolis Colts: I’d give you a 19-0 season, but I think y’all would rather work for it than it just be handed to you.  So what I’ll give you is to stop the media from asking y’all constantly if you’re going to rest until the playoffs or if you’re shooting for the perfect season.  How about y’all are going to walk on the field prepared to win the game presented to you at that time…and we’ll just let the media take that and shove it down their pretty little broken record throats.  I also give you health for the post season that hopefully leads to a little something shiny from Tiffany and Co. round about the first weekend of February.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Oh where do I start.  How about I give you Derrick Brooks back? I’ll also give you an ownership that cares about the franchise enough to stop playing games with it cause they think it’s fun to see what will happen if they do “X.”  It’s not a SimCity computer game, Glasers!  The great thing is that your true fan base still loves you and supports you.  They know where the real problem lies even if the local radio broadcasters have a gag order on talking about the elephant in the room.
  • Washington Redskin Fans: I give you Daniel Snyder’s head on a platter.  Period.
  • President Obama: A country of citizens with just a smidge more patience and understanding because Rome wasn’t built in a day and even still a lot of it is in ruins now anyway.
  • Congress: Oh wait…these gifts are for the people on my nice list. My bad.
  • Tavern on the Green: 100 more years in the restaurant business.  I’m sad you’re closing your doors on December 31st when I never got to dine with you.
  • Our Military Troops: A quick and safe return home to your loved ones and the certainty of knowing just how much the citizens of this country thank you all for your service to secure our freedom.

I think that about wraps it up (no pun intended).  I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and that Santa brought you everything you asked for.  2010 is gonna be great…just you wait and see!

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Rest In Peace, Senator Kennedy

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Family Statement

“Edward M. Kennedy—the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply—died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”

*All of this information and statements from his colleagues can be found on Senator Kennedy’s official Senate website.

If you would like to share a memory or condolences with the Kennedy family, you can do so here.

I Don’t Understand

There are things in this world that I don’t understand.  No matter how many times someone might give me an explanation of why something is the way it is or why something happens.  I still don’t understand why.  Now, I know that I’ve lived a few less years than the wisest among us, but I’ve also lived a few more years than the not so wise among us.  So I feel like I’ve gotten a fair view of the world and how it works.  But still…these things baffle me.  This isn’t to say that I need another person to explain them to me.  I just felt like having share time.  This is a list of ten things I just don’t get.  Feel free to make your own list…cause I know how much we in the blogosphere love lists.  🙂

  1. Traffic congestion.  I’ve never understood why, if we’re all going in the same direction, that we can still be at a stand still.  Now I understand that things happen like accidents and construction.  But when none of that exists and there’s just a bunch of cars, I still don’t understand why we’re not moving.
  2. Babies that cry when they’re playing.  I mean actively playing with a toy or something else that generally makes a person happy and they’re crying through it all.  I just don’t get it.  You can’t actively play and be sad at the same time because if you’re sad, you shouldn’t be playing.  You should be finding your parent or guardian to help eliminate the sadness.
  3. Staying with babies…I don’t understand teething.  It just seems wrong to make such a little life go through such a traumatic experience as a tooth breaking through your gums.  Now, I realize that it’s just not the way it’s done to have a baby born with its teeth, but it just seems like cruel and unusual punishment.
  4. Offensive Goaltending.  I understand defensive goaltending, but I don’t understand that if you’re on the same team that just threw the ball up to the basket why you can’t help that ball on through the net.  By my estimation, that’s a tip in.  🙂
  5. People who don’t like Tom Hanks.  This one needs no explanation.  Really…
  6. People who can only find the negative in Title IX.  Yeah I get it…Title IX ruined male sports like gymnastics.  Gosh…that’s upsetting.  But get freaking over it and realize this…if it weren’t for Title IX, do you think Pat Summitt would have won 1,001 (and counting) women’s college basketball games as a head coach?  We might not even know who Pat Summitt is.  This subject has a very personal place in my heart because I watched my brother’s passion for the game of basketball parlay itself into a passion for coaching girl’s basketball, and he might not have a job in the field of coaching if it weren’t for Title IX.
  7. Competitive people.  Not typical competition like in contests and sports…that I get.  But I’m talking about a person who sees something someone has done and absolutely has to go do it themselves and figure out how they can do it better than that person.  I understand progression and new invention.  But I’m talking specifically about people who do something just to show someone up when that someone they’re trying to show up doesn’t even know there’s a competition.
  8. Auburn fans.  I accept that they exist.  I just don’t understand why.
  9. Dusting.  It just comes back.  Why do it?
  10. Baseball foul balls.  Specifically, I don’t understand why the first two balls fouled off are strikes and the next 3+ are not. I get that it’s the rule, but why is it bad to do it twice but it’s ok to do it any time after that.

Alright…that’s my list.  What’s yours?

Headlines

So here’s how this works: I type a headline, newstory, event that happened, and I give a short blurb (to the best of my ability) opinion on said topic.  This is how a blog writer catches up with everything that’s happened after failing to write blogs for a month.

  1. Inauguration: crazy day, freaking cold as all get out, thankfully went off without a hitch…the swearing in/safety part of it anyway.  Ended up with a sinus infection, which is the main cause of my blog deficiency.
  2. Michael Phelps Inhales: this may get a full blog on it’s own because there are some things that I want to explore about the epidemic elephant in the room that no one seems to want to talk about.  Was he stupid for doing it? Heck yeah.  Does it change what he accomplished in the pool in August?  Nope.  Is he still a role model?  Depends on your definition of a role model and if you’re teaching your kids the right way to emulate someone.
  3. Super Bowl: great win for the Steelers.  So glad to see Mike Tomlin get a ring for himself.  He’s part of the Tony Dungy coaching tree, you know.
  4. Australian Open: Fabulous finish, Rafa!  Well deserved and well played.  I’m starting to come down a little from my hatred for Federer.  Don’t necessarily like him still, but the humility he showed after the loss proves to me that maybe he just needed a swift kick in the teeth to make him realize how pompous he was acting.
  5. Mark Gottfried resigned (fired) as Bama’s b-ball coach: Not happy.  Not happy in the least.  And boy the team has just been winning like gangbusters since his departure, so he was obviously the problem.  NOT!
  6. A-Rod did PEDs: Wasn’t against policy when he did it.  Unfair to single him out when there are 103 other people out there who tested positive when there wasn’t a policy against it.  Shouldn’t have done it to begin with policy or no policy.
  7. UNC/Duke: Amazing.  Until that last second ticked off the clock I didn’t think the seniors would go 4-0 at Cameron, but the seniors should be thanking Ty Lawson and the rest of the juniors that they made it out of there with a win.  Always a great, heart pounding match up.  Still need work on that defense.
  8. Stop me if you’ve heard this one already: Brett Favre is retiring from the NFL. Incidentally, UNC is 2-0 on days when Brett Favre retires.
  9. Valentine’s Day: hate it.  Russell Stover, Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Pro Flowers…GO AWAY!  This economy can’t handle your stupid “buy this crap for one day out of the year to prove your love to someone stimulus plan.”
  10. Rihanna/Chris Brown: If he did beat you up, girl, stick with the charges.  You can send a message to one group of people by seeing the charges through or you can send a completely different message to a completely different group of people by dropping charges that shouldn’t be dropped.

Happy New Year

2008 is coming to a close when it seems like it just started.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like this was a jam-packed year that flew by way too fast.  With that, I give you my final post for this year.  It’s not a WWIR, but it’ll do.

  • How Did We Get Here: Saturday night, the Colts will take on the Chargers, again.  In the playoffs, again.  In San Diego, again.  Every road team in the wild card weekend is picked to win the game.  But the analysts are all still picking the Chargers to overcome that betting line and with good reason.  As a Colts fan, I know all too well how history repeats itself.  The Chargers have become our new Patriots.  But that’s ok.  Count the Colts out. 
    • Two years ago they won the Super Bowl with everyone counting them out.  They said our rushing defense couldn’t stop Larry Johnson and the Chiefs.  Check!  Then they said Peyton would never be able to handle the Ravens’ defense.  Check!  Well then there’s no way we can handle the Patriots AGAIN.  They always have our number in the playoffs.  Biggest 2nd half comeback in the history of the conference championship game, Check!  Rain on the Super Bowl…Peyton will never be able to handle those conditions and bring home the trophy.  CHECKMATE! 
    • I’m hopeful (and cautiously optimistic) that this post season turns out the way the 2006 season turned out, but am realistically thinking it will turn out like 2005 or 2007 did.  I will say the fairy tale ending is all set.  Peyton comes back from 2 knee surgeries in 14 days, missing training camp and preseason.  The IR list is longer than the weekly injury report, but the team goes on a 9 game winning streak.  The Super Bowl is in Tampa where Tony Dungy began his head coaching career and was (thankfully for us Colts fans) sent packing after three straight years of playoff appearances.  I’m of the mind that this is Tony’s last season, so with everything that the Colts have had to face this year and to overcome, for Tony to get to go out in that fashion in Tampa…Hollywood couldn’t even make this stuff up. 
    • So, Saturday I will sit in the same spot I’ve sat all season.  I will make the same game time munchies that I made for every playoff game in 2006, and I will hold my breath.  No matter what happens though, I will look back at this season when it’s really all said and done and marvel at the fact that in January I was actually thinking Playoffs!
  • Mary Poppins It Is: Friday night, Alabama plays Utah in the Sugar Bowl (get it: Mary Poppins/spoon full of sugar…oh never mind).  We will be doing this without Andre “I couldn’t wait 5 freaking days before I spoke to a dumb agent” Smith.  I’m a firm believer that just because you lose a player to injury (physical or stupidity) does not mean you give up and throw in the towel.  Coach Saban is a strong enough coach to know this and hopefully he’s capable of effectively communicating that to the players.  We can do this without him.  We just have know that we can and step up.  I’m still having a hard time looking at this game as anything other than a consolation prize.  I allowed myself to get my heart set on the National Championship, so anything less just seems like a let down.  The Sugar Bowl’s great.  There are a ton of teams who would give anything to be in our position right now, but it just still feels wrong. 
  • The Life of the Party: Sunday, North Carolina begins its ACC play against Boston College.  I have never looked so forward to and at the same time been so scared of a section of their schedule.  In my humble opinion, the ACC is THE BEST college basketball conference in the country, so I know all too well how horrible and how gratifying this part of the year can be.  I’m still looking for a few more things to come together on the court, but to this point, I am so incredibly proud of what they’ve done.  I will say they look like they’re a little bored with all of this and are looking forward to the Wednesday/Saturday ACC schedule.  It’s really when things start to fire on all cylinders, but knowing how difficult it is to win out in ACC play, I’m terribly nervous. 
  • 2009: In my mind’s eye, there is a door marked 2009.  It is closed and locked, but tonight at midnight, the door will swing open.  I have no idea what is on the other side of that door.  I have hopes of what I will find, but it is all so uncertain.  Some days when I wake up I want that door to stay shut and locked.  I don’t want to walk through it.  And other days I wake up and say, “bring it.”  Guess there’s only one way to do this…bust that dang door wide open and say, “hit me with your best shot.”

Happy New Year, everyone!

I am…

I found this on my friend Kathryn’s blog and thought, “why not?”.

*I am not as strong as people believe I am.
*I want to be thinner.
*I have more to me than just being a sportsfanatic.
*I miss my grandmother.
*I fear I’ve missed my window of opportunity.
*I hear a lot more than people around me realize.
*I search for old friends on the Internet.
*I wonder if my chances have passed me by.
*I regret not at least applying to UNC.
*I love my nephew.
*I forgive but have trouble forgetting.
*I ache to find peace.
*I always bake when I’m stressed or bored.
*I try to see the good in people no matter what.
*I seem happier than I feel.
*I know my parents are proud of me.
*I feel lost sometimes.
*I dance rarely and usually only with the babies in the nursery.
*I dream of being a wife, mother, and author.
*I give more of my time than my money, but I should give more of both.
*I listen to my friends’ problems better than I listen to my own problems.
*I sing in the car.
*I laugh as often as possible.
*I can’t do it all, but I sure do try.
*I cry, period.
*I sleep alone.
*I am happy when the Colts, Tar Heels, or Tide win.
*I see God’s blessings all around me.
*I need to think better of myself.
*I should exercise.

Guilty Pleasure and Christmas Fun

The amount of time my brain spends thinking of random things is immeasurable.  One day a couple weeks ago, I just out of the blue wondered if anyone had developed a recipe for edible chocolate chip cookie dough.  Now, when I was growing up, there was none of this DON’T EAT THAT…IT HAS RAW EGGS IN IT crap.  Mom didn’t want us to eat the dough because it meant fewer cookies…not that it would give us a stomach ache.  So, I Googled “edible chocolate chip cookie dough.”  And this is what I found:

Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Since the fear of raw eggs and the risk of salmonella, I haven’t eaten any raw dough or allowed my children to do this either. I have definitely missed the yummy taste of uncooked cookie dough. I got the idea for a dough that’s safe to eat raw from one of my daughter’s friend’s moms. The eggs have been substituted with milk, so there is nothing in there to hurt little tummies (or big ones :o). This recipe is definitely not designed to be cooked, just eaten with several big spoons.

1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter — softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

In a small bowl, mix flour, soda and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter with sugars; mix in milk and vanilla. Gradually blend in flour mixture; stir in chocolate chips.  Now grab a spoon and dig in! Store remainder in refrigerator or freeze in blobs for a fun treat later.

Of course this recipe was designed for people like me who like the straight dough, but if you were to freeze it in small pieces, you could stir the pieces into homemade ice cream and make homemade chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.  Just a thought.  Also, this may work with just about any cookie dough if you just replace the eggs with milk.

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I found this little questionnaire on my friend Tiffany’s blog, and thought I’d pass it along.  Feel free to add it to your blog as well or, if you don’t have a blog, copy it into the comments on this post and answer the questions.

Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper…with pretty bows.

2. Real tree or artificial? Unfortunately…Artificial. I’m allergic to real trees.  But I put a fresh wreath in the front window.  Shh…don’t tell my allergist.

3. When do you put up the tree? Usually the afternoon of Thanksgiving.  Usually not later than the first week of December, but I got a bit busy when I returned from Thanksgiving this year.

4. When do you take the tree down? When I feel like it.  I’m still trying to find a reasonable argument for leaving it up all year.  I just love the glow of the lights.

5. Do you like eggnog? nope.  Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate

6. Favorite gift received as a child? These questions are always difficult for me to answer.  I like all presents because people went to the trouble to think of me.  I do like handmade gifts a lot because that’s even more time and thought.  My secret santa at school one year, who was/is a fantastic artist, made me a flip storybook out of a pack of post it notes.  I still have it.  I think he knew how much I loved his artwork, so it was an easy gift that he knew I’d like.

7. Hardest person to buy for? My brother because he already has too many clothes  🙂

8. Easiest person to buy for? My mom.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yep…several actually.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail

11.Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Gosh…I don’t know if I can answer this one either.  I really do love everything I receive.  I can find a use for just about anything.  Oh wait…my boss one year pulled my name for Secret Santa and she ordered me a Peyton Manning poster.  When she thought that it wasn’t going to come in on time, she went out and bought me this singing reindeer on a tractor that played “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.”  It’s tacky…I still have it…it’s in the basement.  🙂  P.S.  The poster came in on time, but she gave me both gifts anyway.   

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It’s A Wonderful Life (drama); A Christmas Story, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (comedy).

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? All year long.  You never know what you’ll find on sale.  That’s what closets are for…to put presents away until Christmas.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Not sure.

16. Lights on the tree? I have two trees.  Downstairs tree: red, green, white.  Upstairs tree: white

17. Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night (traditional) White Christmas (carol)

18.Travel at Christmas or stay home? For the last several years I’ve stayed home.  We used to travel to North Carolina all the time when I was a kid, and still I didn’t see snow until I was 14.   

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Yes

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Downstairs: Angel; Upstairs: bow

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? We always got to open one present on Christmas Eve and the others Christmas morning.  Now since I’m usually by myself, I keep them all until Christmas.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year. Traffic around the stores.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I love the reds and greens.  Always have.  The Upstairs tree is all cooking/baking/food ornaments because it’s in the living room next to the kitchen.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? My dad always makes us Belgian waffles, strawberries, whipped cream, smoked sausage, grits, country ham for breakfast.  Then for Christmas lunch/dinner we always do a repeat of Thanksgiving…turkey and all the trimmings.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Unlimited time with my nephew Lincoln…but that’s not gonna happen.  So, I’ll settle for all my family and friends being happy and healthy.

WWIR: Hodgepodge

Everything but the kitchen sink…

  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town: I decided to sit down the other day and actually write out my Christmas List.  Now this would be the list of things I’m buying for other people, not what I want.  It’s incredibly difficult for me to write a Christmas List for the things I want since I never really know what I want.  Anyway…I discovered that I’ve got most of the list filled out.  Not bought, mind you, but I definitely know what I want to get people.  And really…isn’t that half the battle?
  • Crafty Ashley: On Saturday, my friend Ashley and I went to the local craft fair.  We missed getting to go together last year because I left early for Thanksgiving.  This year I’m, again, leaving early for Thanksgiving, but Ashley also is going to Europe with her husband.  So, when we found out that they had moved the craft fair up to this past weekend instead of this coming weekend, we were so excited.  We have a lot of fun just seeing all the things that people take copious amounts of time to perfect.  I bought a couple Christmas gifts there, too.
  • Mail from a Psycho: A couple weeks ago, I was buying some cards at Hallmark and found the perfect Get Well Soon card for Tyler Hansbrough, Psycho-T, since he’s been sitting out practice and games with his stress reaction.  It actually said, “Get Well Soon from one of your biggest fans.”  No joke.  Anyway, I had to buy it and send it.  Surprisingly enough, on Monday, I received a response from Tyler.  Someone in the Carolina Basketball office kindly drafted a sweet thank you note to me with words that made it obvious SOMEONE had read my card, and Tyler personally signed it.  It was a shock to me because I never really expect them to respond to me.  I mean really…who am I that they need to take the time to do that?  But I really did appreciate it.  It made my otherwise horrid day much more pleasant.
  • Horsepower: For the first time this NFL season, I actually looked at the standings.  If the season ended today, the Colts would get a wild card spot in the playoffs.  I can hardly believe it.  I guess hope really can spring up when you least expect it.  I was really happy with the way they played against the Texans in the second half.  You could see from the stats that Peyton was patient in dissecting the Texans’ defense in the first half and then just let ’em have it in the second.  Now that, my friends, is REAL Colts Ball.  Of course I reserve the right to be highly annoyed with them after this Sunday night when we play the Chargers…a team we apparently have some kind of mental block on.
  • The Enemy Within: NBC cancelled the new series My Own Worst Enemy this past week, and after seeing Monday’s episode, I’m incredibly hacked off at them for it.  It was getting so good and a whole new can of worms was opened.  Now, we’ll never know the outcome.  Thanks a lot viewing public…yeah…that’s you I’m talking to.  🙂
  • Lynch Mob: John Lynch, whom I’ve spoken about on this blog before, announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday afternoon in Tampa, FL.  While I completely understand and support his decision, I’m still very sad to see him go.  He’s going to start broadcasting games, so that should be fun if I ever get to see one of the games he does.  But his undying devotion to his teammates is rarely, if ever, matched in the league.  Thanks for the memories, John.

Ok.  That’s all I got for now.  In the next couple days, I’m going to put up my solution to the overtime problem in college football and the NFL.  It’s kind of a mix of both worlds.  We’ll see how you like it.  Stay tuned…

Programming Note

Due to circumstances beyond my control, WWIR (Wednesday’s Weekend in Review) will be postponed to Thursday. 

Stay Tuned.

WWIR: Linkapalooza

Before I get into WWIR, I want to remind everyone to go out and VOTE next Tuesday. I actually voted last night via in-person absentee balloting at my local government center. I don’t care who you’re voting for. That is your decision, but PLEASE VOTE!

It’s Wednesday. Can you believe it? The weeks just seem to be flying by. I swear May was just yesterday, and here we are less than 2 months from Christmas. I need to get my shopping list together. Just so you know, I’m going to do a separate entry for Late Night with Roy. I had so much fun that I think it deserves its own write-up.

I’m calling this week’s WWIR “Linkapalooza” because I’ve got tons of links to share with you and my very first blog poll. In fact, let’s start with that.

  • When I was driving back from Chapel Hill on Saturday it was raining. In some places it was pretty heavy, and I started to notice that A LOT of cars on the road did not have their lights on. Now, I know that most cars these days have daytime running lights, but those are front headlights, not back taillights. When I was learning how to drive, it was (and still is) a state law in Florida that you have to turn your lights on when it’s raining. In fact, it’s kind of an unwritten rule that if you turn on the windshield wipers, you turn on the lights. I’m guessing it’s not a law in every state or people just don’t care. Here’s the poll question:
  • I’m a huge fan of the show Supernatural. In fact, it’s probably my favorite show on television. It airs on the CW on Thursday nights at 9pm if you’re interested. This past Thursday night’s show included a little gift to the viewers at the end when the episode was actually over. During the episode there was a scene where one of the main characters was air drumming to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” while lying down in the front seat of the car. The other main character was supposed to tap on the roof of the car to cue the actor drumming to stop and go on with the rest of the scene. Well the roof tapper wondered what would happen if he didn’t give the cue…what would the other actor do? Well here is your answer. I’ve watched this video about 10 times now, and it just gets better EVERY TIME.
  • Speaking of TV, one of my favorite shows last season was Moonlight. It didn’t get renewed for this season. I think it was mainly a victim of the writer’s strike because it had a pretty good cult following. Being the good loyal viewer that I was, I chose to not watch the show that took its time slot this season just on principle…plus I’m not a huge fan of the actress who was the main character in the replacement show. Well, this week CBS cancelled The Ex List, which was the replacement on Friday nights at 9pm. Serves them right is all I can say.
  • One last thing about TV: if you get the Planet Green channel (it’s a Discovery Channel channel), please watch Emeril Green tomorrow night (Thursday) at 8pm ET. One of the members of my church family is going to be on the show. The episode is titled Sunday Dinner, and here is the description:
    • Emeril Green
      Sunday Dinner

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      Ray has a high-powered Army job that he balances out with a love of cooking. Every Sunday he hosts dinner for his church group and needs new exciting dishes. We’ll help him make Cola-Braised Pot Roast with Vegetables and Peaches and Cream Bread Pudding.
  • I haven’t seen this on network TV, but it’s the new Peyton Manning MasterCard Commercial. Personally I like the 6’5” 230 pound QB, laser rocket arm one and the cut that meat commercials, but this is pretty funny. You have to pay attention because it’s not funny if you don’t realize that the people in opposing cities are saying these things to him. Here’s the making of the video as well. And on November 2nd, you can go here to send a personalized message to a friend from Peyton Manning much like they did last year with the Pep Talks.
  • I’m going to stay with the topic of Peyton for just a moment. Last Friday when I was enjoying the gloriousness that is Chapel Hill, I noticed a report that the IndyStar was saying Peyton had a staph infection that caused the second surgery, which would seem to be in line with what is going on with Kellen Winslow in Cleveland and with Tom Brady in New England. Not long after I read that first report, the Colts issued an official statement regarding the allegations. It should be noted that Jim Irsay and Bill Polian absolutely HATE to issue statements. They only issue them when someone is DEAD WRONG about something or if a prominent person in the NFL or history of the NFL passes away. So, when I saw they had issued a statement, I thought to myself…oh no…the media has gone too far this time. This is the statement, which can be found on the Colts’ website:
    • “Peyton Manning developed swelling in his left pre-patella bursa in late February. The swollen bursa was treated conservatively beginning in February with drainage and anti-inflammatory medication. The first signs of infection occurred while he was in New Orleans in July.
      “It should be noted that infection developed prior to any surgery. Upon manifestation of the signs of infection, he immediately had surgery to remove the bursa sac. Concurrently, he was treated aggressively with antibiotics, and the infection was eliminated. The second procedure (tacking of the skin to eliminate the bursal space) was designed to ensure the complete and swift resolution of the bursal problem. The procedure was successful.
      “The second procedure was in no way, shape or form, related to the infection. The second procedure did not delay his rehabilitation or recovery materially. It also should be noted emphatically that, at no time, did he have MRSA.
      “It is clear from consultation with our physicians, including infectious disease specialists, that staph is a societal medical problem. There is no empirical evidence that indicates to our physicians there is a problem related to resistant staph (MRSA) with respect to the Indianapolis Colts.”
    • Basically with this statement Jim and Bill are saying we will never speak of this matter, again. And I am all for that. I’m kind of sick of talking about knees, especially Peyton’s knees. Peyton didn’t want to speak about his knees to begin with because he hates using them as an excuse, and that’s exactly what has happened. The media is using his knees as an excuse for the way the Colts are playing. I’m sorry, but if everything hinged on how well Peyton played, we never would have won the Super Bowl. He threw two fewer interceptions in the post season the year we won the Super Bowl than he threw in the sixteen regular season games combined. This team is not losing just because Peyton is playing poorly.
  • That said. Let’s speak to that. The Colts played the Titans on Monday night. I really thought the first half and part of the 3rd quarter that we looked good. That we were getting over the hump and we were going to be ok. And then the stupid penalties reared their ugly head and our inability to get our defense off the field and keep our offense on the field proved to be our downfall once, again. I’m pretty much prepared to call Amazon and ask what the bulk rate on this bookwould be. Like I said last week, we’re teetering dangerously close to that line where we have to win the rest of the games to clinch just the 2nd wild card spot. I heard on Tuesday morning that even after all this and being 3-4, we’re only 1 game out of that spot. I was ready to give up all hope on Tuesday morning. To accept reality that this was just going to be a down year. It’s harder to accept than you might think, but then I came in this morning and read one of the many blogs I read on a daily basis. Deshawn Zombie over at 18to88.com had a post that really just brought me back and said screw the critics. Let’s remember how spoiled and lucky we’ve been. Click here if you’d like to bring back the hope. But what I find even more interesting is how surprised everyone is by the Titans. Before the season started, I heard many debates on whether the Jaguars were at the point in their development that they could take over the top spot in the AFC South from the Colts. Not once did anyone mention the Titans. Have we really all forgotten that just 8 measly years ago this past January the Titans were ONE YARD away from winning the Super Bowl? Sure a lot has changed in 8 years, but still you have to remember that the Titans aren’t a terrible team.
  • On a different NFL note, one of the beat writers for the IndyStar posted this little nuggeton his blog this week. Apparently a Ph.d. candidate at Kent State University is conducting a survey on NFL football fans as part of his research for his dissertation. I’ve taken the survey, and it’s pretty straight forward. I figure why not help the guy out, so if you’ve got a few minutes click on the word nugget above and take the survey.
  • Now to my final thought. THIS IS THE LONGEST WORLD SERIES IN THE HISTORY. Ok maybe not because I didn’t actually research that to see if what’s been going on the last couple of days actually has happened before. What I do know is that Monday was supposed to be Game 5, in which the Phillies had the opportunity to end the series all together with a win. Fast forward to the bottom of the 6th when the game is tied 2-2 and the rain is pouring down so heavily, that they suspend play. It was supposed to resume last night to complete the final 3.5 innings, but Bud Selig decided at noon yesterday that it would still be raining too much that night. Guess what…it stopped raining. Sure it was still kind of yucky and windy last night, but by all accounts, they could have played. Now, fast forward to today where as of this afternoon, they plan to resume Game 5 tonight. Never mind that snow, not rain, was in the forecast for Philadelphia today. I’m still holding out hope that they’ll take this series back to Tampa for games 6 and 7, but right now I’d just like to get to the end of Game 5. GO RAYS!

Ok. Enjoy the links, and as always, thanks for reading.