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Free Thoughts

-Thursday is the day I post my thoughts. It’s pretty simple, I just type whatever pops in my head.

-The shooting at Wal Mart yesterday was all the talk yesterday at work. Apparently an angry boyfriend walked into the garden center and shot his former girlfriend who had just taken out a restraining order against him. He then fled to his home where he shot himself.

-The stock market doesn’t seem to like the US move toward socialism. Our economy was sick under President Bush, Obama apparently wants to finish it off.

-Hurricane season is just around the corner. I think I am going to start getting my supplies together now. Be prepared!

-Only 2 months since football season has ended, and I am having withdrawals. I hate football offseason. The Dolphins and Canes have a lot to look forward to this year.

-We are going to be even more organized in this year’s fantasy football season.

-The major football related news right now is the boat with the NFL players and agent whose 21 foot boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico in up to 15 foot seas. Friends of mine suggested that probably they plowed the nose of the boat into a large wave going too fast while rushing to get in, or they got sideways and were flipped by a big wave.

-Max had his little bit of masculinity removed this past Friday. It’s not bad enough that everybody mistakes him for a her, now he has been altered. Poor fella.

-My vacation cruise is exactly one month away from today. Snorkeling, hiking, and relaxing here we come.

-Marcela really hooked me up on Sunday. She made some excellent paella mixta with chicken, chorizo, octopus, little necks, muscles, shrimp, and scallops.

-I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I cannot wait for the TSP Anthems CD to be available.

-The work that Trav, the guys from TSP and the People for Care and Learning are doing for the people of Cambodia is God’s work. I’m so proud of them.

-I will see some of you this Sunday at the theater as we come together to worship, enjoy and learn from each other, be inspired, and be the church.

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Monday Armchair QB

I believe I will bring one more Armchair QB, for the Pro Bowl, but I’m not sure about that. Well, unfortunately my prediction for the Super Bowl came true. Pittsburgh’s defense was ultimately too much for the Cardinals. Ben Roethlisberger had the experience and determination needed to win the big game in spite of Kurt Warner who also showed resiliency and determination. Larry Fitzgerald was incredible putting on a second half show of two TD’s one of which was the spectacular fade with the catch off the helmet reminiscent of last year’s helmet catch by the Giants.

This Super Bowl will go down in history as one of the greats with two highlights specifically that will be replayed over and over for years to come.

#1. The longest play in Super Bowl history, James Harrison drops into coverage on a faked blitz and picks off Warner on the goal line and goes rumblin stumblin tumblin down the field through the entire state of Arizona (as one broadcaster put it) to score a TD as the time expires. The implications of this play were enormous. Instead of going into the half up 14-10 or at least tied 10-10, Arizona ends up trailing 17-7. Somebody for Arizona should have stopped Harrison. At least 2 or 3 guys did not try hard enough.

#2. Santonio Holmes grabs perhaps the greatest TD catch in the history of Super Bowl football tiptoing the boundary of the end zone. That, my friends, was legendary. Big Ben put it the only place that could have been caught surrounded by three defenders without the possibility of an interception. Credit should go to Big Ben as well as Holmes.

This was one of my favorite Super Bowl games I’ve watched. I am a bit saddened that Antrel Rolle, Edgerrin James and Calais Campbell didn’t get a ring, but they all played well and contributed in a where the outcome was not determined until 5 seconds left.

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Saturday Top 5: Super Bowl Era Teams

Honorable Mention:

1988 San Francisco 49ers

1976 Oakland Raiders

And now the Top 5…

#5 1992 Dallas Cowboys – Jimmy Johnson assembled one of the greatest teams, talent wise, in NFL history. Aikman, E. Smith, “Moose” Johnson, Haley, Lett, Jay Novacek, Irvin and Harper formed a team that mowed just about everyone over. They totally destroyed the Bills in the Super Bowl in historic fashion, even with Leon Lett’s blunder running toward the endzone.

#4 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steel Curtain’s second Super Bowl Championship came in 75, with such greats as Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw, and Lynn Swann. They lost two games all year, one of which was an inconsequential game at the end of the season and all but two games were won by two or more touchdowns. This was truly a great team. This team also did what rarely happens in pro sports, that is to repeat as champions. Another piece of interesting trivia was that the 75 Steelers started the great tradition of “The Terrible Towel”. It’s just a yellow dish towel, but it is twirled in menacing fashion.

#3 1984 San Fracisco 49ers – This incredibly talented team became the first in NFL history to send the entire defensive backfield to the pro bowl. They also were led by Joe Montana, who is considered by many as the greatest QB in NFL history. Oh yea, they destroyed Dan Marino’s Dolphins in the Super Bowl.

#2. 1985 Chicago Bears – Notorious not only for what many consider the most dominating defense in league history, but also for the “Super Bowl Shuffle”. It was the cheesiest rap, but it started a revolution in sports and entertainment where athletes did so much more than just play ball. Also, William “The Fridge” Perry provided plenty of good times for fans of trick plays when he would become the NFL’s largest running back on the goal line. This team lost one game all year, a late season loss to the Miami Dolphins (protecting the only undefeated season in NFL history). Gault, Singletary, Payton, Hampton, Perry, Dent, Wilson and Gentry were just of the few greats that really made this team the beast that it was.

#1. 1972 Miami Dolphins – The only perfect team in NFL history was the 1972 Dolphins.  While there were only 14 regular season games, the 72 Fins remain the only team to win all regular season and post season games. Shula, the greatest NFL coach, grabbed his first Super Bowl win with Griese, Csonka, Kick, Fernandez, Yepremian, Warfield, Morris, Buonticonti, Morrall and Fernandez who were some of the most notable names on this the greatest NFL team of all time.

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Various Thoughts

-I enjoy this blog entry because the topics are whatever pops in my head while I write.

-There is a lot of junk in my head sometimes; it’s nice to get it out.

-I am working overtime for only the second day since September. The only other time I worked OT, it was on a call in. This time I actually signed up and got notice Tuesday that I would get the OT. This comes in very timely since I lost almost 4 hours of work last week due to training and qualification.

-Also, I’ll be working this weekend so I will not be able to join you at the theater for our weekly Life Pointe Sunday party.

-I requested two more vacation days and it was ultimately approved. I now have all of Spring Break off.

-I will be looking for a 7 day cruise to fit my scheduled time. Right now I am leaning towards MSC Cruises (The Orchestra) to Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Dominican Republic.

-There are some serious deals right now, even on Spring Break. I assume that it is due to the economy. Check out Vacations To Go to see what I am talking about.

-Speaking of the economy… My stand by for my first political rant since the new prez took office.

-ACORN was accused of voter fraud in the presidential election this year and years past. In this new so-called economic stimulus package ($890 billion), $5.2 billion has been set aside for neighborhood foreclosure relief. $4.19 billion of that is supposed to go to ACORN.

-How does this pass the smell test? ACORN helps perpetrate fraud, then gets a $4.19 billion cash kickback. Like they say, “Dance with the one who brung ya.”. It makes me sick.

-Max really hates being brushed. Marcela normally does it, but I figured I would help her with that duty. I don’t want the little mop to despise her because she wants to keep his hair looking handsome.

-The little runt growled at me and then snapped when I was trying to take out a knot.

-I work Super Bowl Sunday, but I should get home before the end of the first quarter. Anybody hosting a party? Naw, you guys should be down in Plantation Key, right?

-My heart wants the Arizona Hurricanes (Cardinals) to win, but my head tells me that the Steelers are going to win this with their dominating D.

-I want Edgerrin James, Calais Campbell, and especially Antrel Rolle to win their first Super Bowl rings.

-The Edge left Indy the year before they won their Super Bowl title. I’d love to see him not only win a ring, but to be a major part of the victory.

-Last night I watched a show called “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” on Animal Planet. I am sure they embellished a little, but the show was riveting. They told a story with reenactment of a couple who were hiking a trail in the Amazon Basin when they got lost. Using a compass, they actually went in the opposite direction because the map was flipped with North at the bottom and South at the top. They were stranded 6 days before finding their way to a river where they were rescued by a boatman. I highly recommend the show, but be warned that it contains some disturbing and mature content due to the nature of the material.

-I’ll see you at LPC a week from Sunday if not sooner!

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Wednesday Quotable

As a young lad, I remember our PE coach filling the role of substitute teacher. We always looked forward to Coach Cross subbing, because we knew there wouldn’t be any school work, studying, tests, or anything academically challenging. Today’s quotable demonstrates why football coaches have a reputation for not being the best school teachers.

“Men, I want you just thinking of one word all season. One word and one word only: Super Bowl.”

-Bill Peterson
former Head Coach of the Houston Oilers

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Monday Armchair QB

Yesterday was bitter sweet. I was really hoping for a Ravens vs Cardinals match up in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, Baltimore got in a hole again the Steelers and was unable to climb out with a rookie QB at the helm. The Arizona Cardinals on the other hand were able to muster a big win against the favored Eagles, despite blowing a 24-6 halftime lead. Larry Fitzgerald has a record breaking game with 3 touchdowns in the first half, the most in NFL playoff history.

With about 3 1/2 minutes to play in the Ravens/Steelers game, Hurricane Willis McGahee took a pass over the middle in the 4th quarter and then clashed helmet-to-helmet with the Steelers DB. Immediately he collapsed unconscious and fumbled the ball. Effectively, the game was over after that play. It was obvious to me that he was hurt badly. The DB that collided with him was also knocked out, but not as bad. McGahee was carted off and as of this morning, he is listed with a neck injury but he is able to move his arms and legs. Baltimore actually had an opportunity to win down by a field goal late in the 4th quarter. Troy Polamalu had something to say about that, though. The curly haired Samoan returned a pick for 6 and made a comeback very unlikely.

Congrats to the Steelers who will most likely be your Super Bowl champs. Arizona is definitely the better offense in this comparison, but Pittsburgh has the better defense. I will be rooting for the underdog Cardinals in the “big game”, but as they say Defense wins championships. I expect a touchdown or more victory for the Steelers, but it could get ugly if Warner starts tossing interceptions.

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Monday Armchair QB

This was not the week of the upset as most people are saying.  The Panthers, Titans, and Giants were all favorites at home having come off their bye that they earned with their superior records in their conference.  The Steelers were the only team to escape the upset bug.  Why is that?  It’s because this was the week of the BIRD!  The Cardinals beat the Panthers and the Eagles beat the Giants in the NFC while the Titans went down to defeat at the beak of the Ravens.  The Steelers lucked out because they didn’t have to play any birds, they played the Chargers.  As for last week, every bird team won except the Falcons who ended up playing against another set of birds (Cardinals).  So what does this all mean?  I guess if it is the year of the bird, the Super Bowl representative from the AFC will be the Ravens.  In the NFC, it would be a toss up since Eagles and Cardinals are equally birdish.

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