1) I think most of us agree that football is part of the American psyche… at least a large percentage of most of America’s populace, both male and female… and, as such is as All-American as mom and apple pie… and, baseball, damn it!
In effect it is part of America itself.
So, it goes without saying… (Hmmm, reckon I intend to say it now, though) … that since the pregame ritual of tailgating has become so popular and big, that it is as much a part of the game experience as the game itself. And, is, in itself, part of an experience that is uniquely American.
That is, as long as you are not going to Super Bowl XLVIII… well… that’s not completely true, because, if you stay inside your car, or at least within the white stripes marking your parking space, you can do all the tailgating you want at this year’s Super Bowl.
Per an article in the NYDN (12/10) “… it doesn’t matter if you’ve dropped thousands of dollars on tickets. It doesn’t matter if you’ve traveled 3,000 miles to get there. And it doesn’t matter if you offer to shovel the snow that’s sure to come to the Meadowlands. You will not be allowed to tailgate at Super Bowl XLVIII. Unless you literally stay inside your car while you do it.”
Game committee CEO Al Kelly said on December 9th that “You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car, and, provided you’re in the boundaries of a single parking space, you’ll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you’re not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you’re not going to be able to take out a grill, and you’re not going to be able to take up more than one parking space. And it’ll all be watched very carefully.”
And, despite das komissar Kelly’s words, the NFL senior vice president of events, Frank Supovitz, says as far as he knows tailgating will be allowed. Hmmm… as the Daily News says “… if you consider drinking a beer and eating a ham and swiss sandwich while leaning against your car to be tailgating, well, then, I guess you’re allowed to tailgate.”
Want some more rules (or reasons to watch the game from home or at a Super Bowl party?) about how to enjoy being at SB XVLIII?
- Don’t even think about hiring a taxi or limo to drop you off at the front gates. If a car doesn’t have a parking pass, it won’t get near the stadium. SB XLVIII Protocol Dictator Kelly says “You can have a black car, a green car, a white car, a red car as long as you have parking … (but) the car needs to stay on the premises the entire time.”
The NYDN says “Oh, and, by the way, there are only 13,000 parking spots for the use of fans.”
- Don’t even think about walking to the game. Seems some other lower level protocol puke told the assembled press, “You can get your hotel to drop you off at one of the New Jersey Transit locations or get the shuttle to take you to a Fan Express location, but you cannot walk.” Smith said.
So, now even shoe leather express is verboten according to the protocol secret police.
Ah, but wait they have a suggestion… You can take a bus or a train/subway OR you can take a charter bus called the Fan Express… which will cost money… especially the Fan Express “which will cost $51 and pick up and drop off passengers at nine locations around the region.”
No report on whether that is $51 each time you get on that shuttle or not, but, something tells me they ain’t selling no round trip tickets that day.
So, the end result of all this hullabaloo is that, we, the people, of this wonderful country, who work and sweat all week long during the “regular season”, to scratch together some cash, to go to a game, so, we can enjoy some freshly seared victuals over an open fire, with some hard, or soft, beverages with friends and/or family and then go yell the bejezuz out of our voices in the hopes of exhorting out favorite team to victory and hopefully onto the champeen-ship of the world … okay, it’s just American football, but, if baseball can call their title game a World Series then football can call it’s title game a world championship, too…. can’t do that anymore?
Talk about the complete bastardization of the game experience, as well as the complete and total corporate takeover, of the game, and the pure greed of all involved… including the hierarchy of the NFL itself…
This is no longer a game or an event rather it is a pageantry of pomp and ceremony that is spectacle akin to the decadency of the games of ancient Rome just before its collapse. It is everything we should abhor about our society and about how we go about doing the things in our life… about what’s important.
It is difficult to afford, if not sometimes completely out of our reach, to go to many sporting events but now one of so-called ultimate sporting experiences of the year is so regimented, so filled with idiotic dedicated protocols on how to act and cheer (big jumbotrons tell us when to do that now), and probably soon how to cough, or burp or fart and probably when to go pee or crap… that even if a person could afford to go to the Super Bowl why would he even want to?
Ah, fuck it… like I said earlier… I’m sitting on my couch, in a nice warm living room in front of my nice flat screen, with a big freaking loaf of some crusty bread filled with every type of cold cut imaginable, three different cheeses, pickles, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and whatever else fits my fancy at the time with a nice frosty root beer. While all the fat cats, corporate pukes, wannabes and paparazzi freeze their asses off and get cattle prodded around all day all for the glory of saying they were at SB XLVIII.
I think I’m getting the better part of the game day experience if’n you ask me.
performance got a lot of eyes watching, (18.6 million/Nielsen Co.) some of the words about her acting in the role that Julie Andrews made famous, were… ummm… unkind.
Carrie responded by tweeting: “Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus…They will be in my prayers tonight …1 Peter 2:1-25.”
I don’t know about Jesus but a good swift kick in the ass might be more in order if you want my opinion.
As they say critics are people who are devoid of any talent so they smile smugly and tell everyone else what they did wrong.
“Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place, come down and masturbate over the corpses”
~ Ernest Hemingway on being a critic
3) NYDN had an article recently (12/9) that reported about some damn mean assed angry birds… Seems Amazon has this fancy schmancy idea about using drones to deliver goods to customers within 30 minutes of an order being placed. Well the firm was out testing one of these drones and some rather eye-opening video shows the radio-controlled drone being downed by some pissed off birds. In the video (that went viral with about 20,000 views at last count) the birds circle the drone and begin to dive at it and hit it repeatedly until it eventually plummets and crash-lands.
Anyone who has ever been out in nature and checked out how birds act, know that you do not fuck with some birds airspace… they will damn well fuck with you, if you do. I have seen a flock of small birds take on hawks, which were in their space, by diving at the prey bird continuously until the hawk was forced to either seek shelter on the ground under some brush or just fly the hell out the area.
Ever hear the old bromide don’t fuck with Mother Nature? … Well, add some little bad-ass birds to that adage.
4) News item: On December 31, 2013, the last VW “bus” will roll off the assembly line.
The vehicle of choice by hippies of many ages, as well as surfer bums, and, a vehicle that has served as a work horse in many countries outside of the US, will cease production. The last factory, located in Sao Bernardo do Campo (Brazil), still producing the iconic vehicle says production will end because safety regs will mandate, in the new year, that every vehicle in Brazil have air bags and anti-lock braking systems and the company says it won’t change production to meet the law.
So, the van most closely linked to the Grateful Dead and the legion of touring fans that followed the rock group will now become nothing more than a footnote in some obscure cultural history books buried in dust in some library, or, on someone’s forgotten bookshelf.
Factoid only I probably care about: Steve Jobs is said to have sold his van in the 1970s to buy a circuit board as he built a computer that helped launch Apple.
And, another one bites the dust….
CBS radio in the NY area is an all news station that I listen to while I am driving in my car and the other week they were breaking in with news about the auction and things up for auction and of course they also break in with people, both famous and not so famous, spouting out factoids about the hunger problem in America. One of these peeps said that in America… “50 million peole go hungry every day and that includes 17 million children and the government is cutting SNAP (aka food stamps) and WIC.”
That got me to thinking how the hell true was that factoid? So when I got to work that morning I powered up the old computer and Googled that little sentence and got back various sites that said, more or less:
In 2012, 46.5 million people (15.0 percent) were in poverty.
In 2012, 26.5 million (13.7 percent) of people ages 18-64 were in poverty.
In 2012, 16.1 million (21.8 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
In 2012, 3.9 million (9.1 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
Food Insecurity and Very Low Food Security
In 2012, 14.5 percent of households (17.6 million households) were food insecure.
In 2012, 5.7 percent of households (7.0 million households) experienced very low food security.
In 2012, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.0 percent compared to 11.9 percent.
In 2012, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20.0 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (35.4 percent) or single men (23.6 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (24.6 percent) and Hispanic households (23.3 percent).
In 2011, 4.8 million seniors (over age 60), or 8.4% of all seniors were food insecure. [v]
Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 2.4 percent in Slope County, ND to a high of 35.2 percent in Holmes County, MS.
In 2011, 50.2 million Americans (up from 35.5 million in 2006), including 17.2 million children, are hungry, do not have enough to eat on a regular basis, or don’t have the money or assistance to get enough food to maintain active, healthy lives.
Veterans are more than twice as likely to need help with food.
About 33.7 million Americans participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a program that provides monthly benefits to poor households to purchase approved food items from authorized food stores. According to the USDA, the average benefit per person was about $4 per day.
The USDA recently found that about 96 billion pounds of food available for human consumption in the United States were thrown away by retailers, restaurants, farmers and households over the course of one year. Fresh fruits and vegetables, fluid milk, grain products, and sweeteners accounted for 2/3 of these losses.
Hungry adults miss more work and consume more health care than those who don’t go hungry.
AND … The total cost of hunger to American society is said to be about $90 billion a year. In contrast, it would only cost about $10 billion to $12 billion a year to virtually end hunger in our nation.
We pissed away more than twice that in the last government shutdown.
What the fuck is wrong where we cannot stop poverty, hunger and joblessness in this country? Are corporations so consumed with profits and being rich, so consumed with greed, that they can’t say “We made enough, now let’s give something back so we make sure no one is ever hungry or in want of shelter or a job?”
Wrap your gray matter around this … “In 2011, Exxon took in $433.5 billion in revenues from its oil business. But what Exxon calls ‘cost of goods sold’, which includes the cost of the oil it extracted as well as certain production and manufacturing expenses, ate up $304 billion of those revenues, and operating costs consumed another $75.4 billion. Factor in the $31 billion income tax check Exxon wrote to various world governments (a number equal to 75% of its profits), and a host of other, smaller costs. Even when you add in Exxon’s $15.3 billion of ‘income from affiliates’ and a $2.8 billion ‘gain on sale of assets’ and Exxon ended up with only $41 billion on the bottom line.”
Right, “ONLY”…. tell me something… when is enough, enough and it becomes time to give something back to the people who helped to put you on the top?
Or was Ebenezer right? …
First Collector: At this festive time of year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.
Ebenezer: Are there no prisons?
First Collector: Plenty of prisons.
Ebenezer: And the union workhouses – are they still in operation?
First Collector: They are. I wish I could say they were not.
Ebenezer: Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I’m very glad to hear it.
First Collector: I don’t think you quite understand us, sir. A few of us are endeavoring to buy the poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth.
First Collector: Because it is at Christmastime that want is most keenly felt, and abundance rejoices. Now what can I put you down for?
Ebenezer: Huh! Nothing!
Second Collector: You wish to be anonymous?
Ebenezer: I wish to be left alone. Since you ask me what I wish sir, that is my answer. I help to support the establishments I have named; those who are badly off must go there.
First Collector: Many can’t go there.
Second Collector: And some would rather die.
Ebenezer: It’s not my business. It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s. Mine occupies me constantly. Good afternoon, gentlemen!
Just asking is all…
6) Mo says he’s got the perfect Christmas gift for Derek Jeter … a life-size doll.
has included singer Mariah Carey and actresses Jessica Alba and Minka Kelly, a life-size female doll, “so he would have a wife.” The ex-Bombers hurler, who is planning to become an evangelical minister, said Jeter, a girlfriend-hopping playboy, could use a stable relationship.Mo said his comments were all in jest. I hope so, or, Mo is a lot more kinky than I had ever had thought he could be… but, then, ya just never know, huh?
But if truth be told seems old man Jete is doing just fine, or, as Matt Harvey (24 years old and Mets pitcher) once told the Men’s Journal “That guy is the model… I mean, first off, let’s just look at the women he’s dated. Obviously, he goes out, he’s meeting these girls somewhere, but you never hear about it. That’s where I want to be.”
Ya listening, ARod, ya dumb fuck?
7) In the NYDN December 5 edition, reporter John Harper wrote about Jacoby Ellsbury and this is an excerpt: “In Boston, the injuries were only part of the story. After breaking his ribs in late April 2010, Ellsbury returned in August to play for a couple of weeks before reinjuring the ribs and missing the rest of the season, leading to criticism from the media and even his fellow Red Sox. He spent months rehabbing in Arizona, leading Kevin Youkilis to wonder aloud why Ellsbury wasn’t with the ballclub. Red Sox insiders, meanwhile, said Terry Francona would roll his eyes occasionally when questioned about Ellsbury’s prolonged absence, and Dustin Pedroia would kid with teammates about it.
Still, the perception then, and to a lesser degree with the shoulder injury, was that Ellsbury wouldn’t play unless he felt he was 100% healthy, which doesn’t sit well with teammates, and the suspicion was that agent Scott Boras had something to do with it.”
WTF, this is just some that stupid-ass jock/football type mentality that is somehow still pervasive throughout sports. Which is “Ya gotta go out and play hurt… be a man! The team needs you.”
Well I’m here to tell ya’ll: “No they don’t”…
Well, maybe they do need a player’s ability on the field or the court… but, no they don’t if it means it could do further damage to the player in the more immediate sense and wind up further delaying his properly healing. And, hand in hand, with that thought, it could mean a career could be cut short due to the deleterious effect that playing with injuries could have upon the player’s body.
Bottom line: It’s the athletes freaking body and nobody can, or should, tell him how and when he needs to heal and when to play. End of story.
8) I watch almost no TV whatsoever, so excuse me if I say…Who’s that lady?
9) When Nelson Mandela’s death was announced probably hundreds of thousands of people twittered, facebooked, emailed, or, used whatever else media form is available, to post condolence and/or accolades about the man and his heroic life. … But an interesting tweet, to say the least, came out on December 10. December 10 was the day that throngs of South Africans, as well as world leaders and other influential peeps from every walk of life imaginable came together in a South African soccer stadium to eulogize, honor and mourn the man’s passing. And, this included various folks in the entertainment industry from Charlize Theron, to Naomi Campbell to Sting… Well, you get the idea…
But back to that tweet… A Scottish singer by the name of Sandi Thom (admittedly, I had to Google the name because I had never heard of her) tweeted “I just saw an ad for a movie called ‘Mandela’. Really? The guys been deed for not 5 bloody minutes & already there’s a fucking movie!!!”
Seems, Thom was angered after seeing a commercial promoting the film on the same day of Mandela’s memorial service and thought that some people from the film industry had slapped something together to profit from his death. So, to Twitter, to rant on.
One small problem: It’s true that when Mandela died on December 5, that same day, Harvey Weinstein’s “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” premiered in London. However, the movie’s debut, which broke South African box office records, in Mandela’s home country was back on November 13. Well, before his death.
Classic example of opening mouth and inserting foot because someone had no idea what the hell they were talking about…
And why is that?
Well, today (12/11) an article appeared int he NYDN that said Sophia told Glam Belleza Latina magazine that “Most people are more comfortable with the notion of ‘sexy bimbo.’ And I have to admit that I’ve capitalized on that to negotiate a couple of times, when the ‘smart ones’ think I have no idea what I can deliver, and I end up costing them more. I’m not ashamed to say I love making money… ”
The truth is the Golden Globe-nominated lady is not what she plays on the screen and has, in fact, several big endorsements, including CoverGirl and Pepsi as well as her own Kmart clothing line.
I guess if ya got it, then flaunt and if some people get blinded by the flash… well, that’s their problem.
And, if nothing else the lady is damn honest… and, that I like.
A picture is worth a thousand words….
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