Friday, October 31, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Spoiled Brats

I don't know if any had heard about this. I received this in an email, so I don't really know if it is true:

No matter what your political convictions are this is an eye opener....

David Letterman on President Bush

David Letterman wrote this; it's the David we don't often see....

' As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit
the mark

'The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with
the performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenryust ain't happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What are we so unhappy about?''

A.. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?

B.. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?

C.. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

D.. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

E.. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Oceanwithout having to present identification papers as
we move through each state?

F.. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?

G.. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.

H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

I.. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.

J.. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames, thus saving you, your family, and your belongings.

K.. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.

L.. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

M.. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?

Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S., yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?

Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad? Think about it......are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the 'Media' told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day. Make no mistake about it.

The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an 'other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable' ' discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans?

Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts.
How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by 'justifying' them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane!

Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.' 'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another,
and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, 'Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'

David Letterman

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I Love Soccer

Check out the comments section of this blog from the Huron Daily Tribune. You do not really have to read the article...or even look at the pictures. Pay attention to the first comment after the story/pictures. It's from me. I also posted one other comment pretending I was J-Stew and Travis Rodgers. Classic. It was all meant as a joke. Nothing degrading to the kids or school involved. In fact, since Paul Adams wrote the story, the comment was really only intended for him because I know he is a Jim Rome clone, so I thought he might catch the humor. Guess not, "ALLEDGEDLY"

Voters in Harlem

Found this on another blog.

What took so long

Before this joke gets old, I better get my chance to say it:

(Clearing my throat...) That was the longest baseball game ever. By the time Game 5 ended, I think Jamie Moyer was 72 years old (actually he ONLY turns 46 on 11/18). Wow, 46?!?! When I'm 46, I hope I can still throw snowballs at people in Deckerville after my kids basketball games. (I just realized something, my wife teaches at Deckerville...that was a fun night.)


The Lions don't seem to want to give Drew Stanton a chance to start, but they're taking a look at Daunte Culpepper? I think they just might run the table.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Not-Quite-Random Thoughts

A few thoughts on Saturday and the news today:

-I liked Wojo's article in the News.

-There's also a great interactive panoramic picture of the game up as well.

-Does every mention of Javon Ringer have to include the phrase "dark horse"? His name isn't Javon Dark Horse Ringer. The sports media is drooling over Colt McCoy and the Longhorns, so let's not pretend there's a serious chance at Ringer getting the Heisman. Any shot at that was blown in the OSU game.

-There's not much point in ripping on Earnest Graham, but Chris Spielman made a great point during the game. He said that, essentially, there's no consequences for making a guarantee, other than minor teasing, so it's nothing but a cheap gimmick to try and get your team fired up. That's exactly what's annoyed me about that kind of thing since I can first remembering hearing it. A guarantee with no penalty for being wrong is worthless.

-I was waiting for some classic UM fan response today, and I found it in an article by Jerry Green. The short version of the article is that because Michigan isn't very good, MSU's victory doesn't really count. Typical. Hockey's a big deal when Michigan can win the title, but as soon as MSU wins the title UM fans say hockey doesn't matter. Just the same way basketball apparently doesn't matter anymore since Izzo and the Spartans have exiled the Wolverines to irrelevance. If Michigan's not good, it doesn't count? Where are you going to run next, UM fan, field hockey?

-Green also said the game only proved MSU is "fleabag-bowl eligible, nothing better." I guess we'll see about that, but while I'm watching MSU play in the Fleabag Bowl (on New Year's Day) I'll be sure to cast a thought towards the Michigan Wolverines sitting at home. And I'll laugh.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Victory for MSU!

"Go green! Go white!" echoing through the Big House was about the most beautiful thing I've ever heard.


Put this on my Christmas list.

Good Night

I was nearly perfect in my hypothetical perdiction that Cass City would meet Almont in week 9 with both teams at a 5-3 record. Well, CC was 5-3 and Almont was 6-2. Unfortunately for CC, Almont wasn't trying to rest their starters for the playoffs and whooped CC 42-21. So, after a 5-0 start, they lose 4 straight and fail to make the playoffs. Thanks.


Week 6 @ BC All-Saints - Had the lead just before halftime, bad things happened, could not bounce back. Lost 31-14.

Week 7 @ Vassar - Winning 12-0 in the first quarter and then it was 18-14 in the 2nd Quarter. However, it was then 18-41 in the 4th quarter and Vassar eventually won 41-38.

Week 8 v Laker - Down 13-14 just before halftime. 13-21 at the Half. Then 27-21 in favor of CC to start the 4th quarter. Lakers win 34-27.

Stop playing football with your hands around your throat!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Do you know what "hubris" means? Overweening pride, self-confidence, or arrogance. And there's no team, or group of fans, that's traditionally displayed this trait more than the Michigan Wolverines.

Do you know what "nemesis" means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by a group of angry young men wearing green and white. Hubris has provoked nemesis, and it's time for Michigan to pay.

I wrote earlier in the week that Rob Parker was exactly right when he wrote that the Spartans must rout the Wolverines. I would go further. Some of the Michigan players have talked about getting back on track on Saturday, getting a winning streak going and earning a bowl berth. They're hosting their biggest recruiting weekend of the season. The Spartans have to crush their spirits and their bodies. Break them. They need to finish off the wounded rodent. No mercy. Fifty years from now, old Michigan fans in their rocking chairs should wince when they remember the beating the Wolverines took on 10/25/2008. I want to hear the Wolverine fans crying, even here in Iowa. Plant the Spartan flag (metaphorically speaking). Give them nothing. But take from them, everything!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"The Spartans have to smash the Wolverines."

Rob Parker is exactly right.

A slightly altered quote from Conan this brought to mind:

Spartan Fan: Dantonio! What is best in life?
Dantonio: To crush the Wolverines, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their fans.
Spartan Fan: That is good! That is good.

Monday, October 20, 2008

“I’m sorry, but your mercy is in another Italian plumber!”

This is the funniest thing I read all weekend. There's a little bit of language, but if you've played Super Mario Bros. and know a little bit about politics, it's hilarious.

Friday, October 17, 2008

"I really believe we're a work in progress."

The Detroit News has a great article up about Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio. Lots of interesting stuff, like how Dantonio and his assistants have completely turned around recruiting in Detroit in just 2 years.

The Shape of Things to Come

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent editorial up about what the future holds if Obama is elected. Read on, if you dare.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Stupid Question

When Roy Williams was asked yesterday about being traded, he called it a "stupid question". Not so stupid, apparently, as the Lions traded Roy to the Dallas Cowboys this afternoon for 2nd-round draft picks in 2009 and 2010. The Lions also put Kitna on IR.

UPDATE: As Aaron points out in the comments, the actual deal is for 1st-, 3rd-, and 6th-round picks in 2009. The original article was posted before the official announcement. The information in the linked article has been updated.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Captain Wayne-O Fon-tez

How bad is it for the Lions? Bad enough for people to be longing for the Wayne Fontes's Lions. Yeah, it's that bad.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


I just heard about this on Sunday (yeah, I've been under a rock apparently). I happened to remember and figured I could find it on YouTube since I haven't seen it yet. Wow.


The experts always say that the only offense that will work in the NFL is the basic pro set stuff that we say every Sunday. Sure, you might run a west coast flavor or something like Mike Martz, but it's all pretty similar. Don't dare bring up the spread or other "gimmick" offenses. Players in the NFL are just too big, fast, smart, etc for that kind of thing to work. So why is Miami having such success mixing in the wildcat (or single wing) offense? Are the experts wrong? Could some of the diversity that makes college football fun to watch work in the NFL if it was given a chance?

Monday, October 06, 2008

The Perfect Season

Well, now that the Lions have reached the end of the 1st quarter of the season at a horrific 0-4, can we start talking about them running the table? Mike O'Hara breaks down the rest of the season here and the chances of the Lions winning each game. I think he's a little optimistic; he gives the Lions a 33% of beating the 'Skins. Seriously? Anyway, in this unpredictable NFL season, could the Lions be bad enough to make it through winless?

Saturday, October 04, 2008


Are you kidding? No. Cass City fell last night to BC All-Saints for their first loss of the season. That puts them at 5-1. You need six "W's" to get to the "party." No biggie. Except, every team left on the schedule, including last nights, is going to be tough. Let's say they lose the next two and head to Almott for week 9 and a 5-3 record. Well, Almott is currently 4-2 (they lost to a team last night that hadn't won a game all year...go figure). The odds are good Almott wins in week 7 and loses in week 8, setting up their own 5-3 record pitted against Cass City's 5-3 total. Need more? Almott came to Cass City last year for week 9 and took home a 23-12 victory. Almott is good. Can Cass City get the biggest win of their life AT Almott against a team also looking for the 6th "W?"

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


I'm not talking about your feelings on the bailout plan, nor the upcoming election, nor any act of starvation or murder in the world. No I'm talking about an OPERA Singer beating out Nuttin But Stringz in the Finale of America's Got Talent. There had to been a glitch in the system. Far as I am concerned I will never recognize Neil as the winner. What an Injustice. I will now try my hand at posting the winners of America's Got Talent 2008 Top 5 (and winning) performance. Enjoy and Congradutions to Nuttin But Stringz. Here you go.