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Making a Switch!

Posted: March 21, 2012 in Life in General, Music, NFL Football

So, I’m putting together a fresh, new blog that is a little less confusing.  The new blog is here:  scotta1a.wordpress.com

I will be redirecting this blog address to the new one at some point, but I want to ensure everyone is able to stay connected if you so wish.  Granted, blog updates have been inconsistent recently, however the uptick of work at the jobsite have made spare minutes rare.

So the big news in the sports world yesterday was this:

That looks strange!

This certainly shifts the balance of power in the AFC (true if Peyton is healthy and back to his old ways).  It sure will be bizarre to see him suit up in the orange and blue of the Denver Broncos.

Hey, if you’re a fan of Pandora Radio, you can check out ScottA1A Radio.  Go to:http://www.pandora.com/#!/stations/play/210591025619250594  and you’ll find a great mix of artists such as Train, Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffett, Oasis, Dick Dale, IZ, The Fratellis and many more!  I’ve created a station that quenches the thirsts of folks who like to hear sounds from the South Pacific, the Hawaiian Islands all the way to the Gulf Coast, Hispanola, the Florida Keys and the tropics beyond!  You’ll hear a good bit of reggae, some British rock, some Americana and solid rock-n-roll!

Allergies are super heavy here in St. Louis, in fact, weathermen are calling it EXTREME!  Needless to say the Flonase and Allegra are asked to pull double-duty.

Off to get something done…be looking for the new blog soon (scotta1a.wordpress.com)

Later

“Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you…”  Lyrics from the Simon &  Garfunkel mega-hit Mrs. Robinson  and I once again had those words run through my head as I watched Peyton Manning’s press conference where he was released by the Indianapolis Colts.  Just a couple months ago I felt the same, empty feeling when Albert Pujols wasn’t re-signed by the St. Louis Cardinals.  Two sports pillars, two exceptionally talented guys, two icons who are now moving on to other professional franchises.

I don’t know about other cities, but St. Louis is built on tradition with its sports clubs.  Names like Enos Slaughter, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial, Dizzy Dean, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ted Simmons, Ozzie Smith are held to pope-like standards.  These are some of the baseball untouchables in this sports city and piss on anyone who says players of today are better than that group.  Well, I hate to tell this town, but Albert Pujols was the best of them all and now he’s playing in California.

This is how many in Indianapolis probably feel tonight.  After 14 seasons of generosity, of sweat, of pain, of winning, the great Peyton Manning will now be someone else’s quarterback.  Perhaps the greatest quarterback of all-time is being sent away from the only club he’s ever known.  Sure he’s had a health concern but many players come back from just the same procedure.  Many of them are hard-hitting linebackers and safeties who don’t wind up in a wheelchair.  Manning had fusion surgery on his neck and both doctors who performed the operation have given him a 100% clear sign to play again.

Gone are the days where a player spends his entire career with one team.  Oh yes, there are a few, but they are extremely rare.  The latest to do so is New York Yankee stud shortstop, #2, Derek Jeter.   These types of situations are soon to be extinct in the sports world of today.  Traditionalists will bemoan that fact.  People in St. Louis cry that “it’s just not the way it used to be”.  True, it’s not, but that is the machine that has been created with the advent of salary caps, enormous salaries and huge television deals.  Certainly it’s sad, I feel as though things just aren’t good, but the bottom lines of many franchises and television networks says differently.

I’m a Peyton Manning fan.  I think what he’s done in this league is unprecedented.  I’ll enjoy watching him play the remainder of his career in Miami, Arizona, Seattle or whereever.  It will be odd, just as it’s odd seeing Pujols running around with a big ‘A’ on his hat.    I feel we as sportsfans lost a little bit today, actually a little bit more.  We’re the ones who are impacted the most, the rabid fanatics who spend big bucks on jerseys, hats, car magnets, tailgating grills, etc., etc..  Yeah, things aren’t the same and we have to get used to it.

We won’t see this anymore…..

#18....the best I've ever seen

And that reflects more on last night’s Mizzou win over Kansas in Columbia!  What a game, one for the ages, with Missouri coming back from an 8pt deficit with only three minutes remaining.   I have to believe, after seeing the KU bench celebrating so much, that the Jayhawks thought they’d wrapped up the game being up so much with so few minutes left to play.  Kansas coach Bill Self, who is probably the whiniest coach in D1, outdid himself by almost throwing a kicking and screaming fit on the sidelines.  He was so red faced that I thought I’d see the dude stroke out right there.  Not sure what his problem is, but he really ought to grow up if he wants to be taken seriously.

Anyway, the comeback, the big shots and the tough defense gave Mizzou a 74-71 win in what looks to be the last time KU will be in Columbia after their 108 year rivalry.  Since Missouri is moving to the SEC and Kansas didn’t get invited, they are going to take their ball and play the likes of Pittsburgh St., UMKC, Missouri  Southern and others to ensure they don’t have to schedule Missouri anymore.  Fine with me, they can whither on the vine in the Big 12 while Mizzou enters life with the big boys.

In honor of the 46th Super Bowl, here’s a shot of Super Bowl 1, Green Bay v. Kansas City.  Tickets went for $9 and the game wasn’t even close to a sellout!  Green Bay won 35-10 with QB Bart Starr throwing for 252 yards and being named MVP of the game.  Here’s a shot of what it looked like from the Los Angeles Coliseum:

Super Bowl 1 in 1967....very little hoopla!

The way we watched the Super Bowl all changed in the late 70s, 1978 to be exact.  Up until that year, all Super Bowls were played during the day.  In 1978, the NFL decided to start later on those Sundays and the late-afternoon/early-evening Super Bowls were born.  The hype and build up to these games continued to roll through the 80s and the glamour teams of Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Dallas and New England all contributed to the increased fervor over the game.  Amazing what it’s become with game tickets this year in Indianapolis going for $3200/each.  Ouch.  I’ve actually got a better seat in front of my 55inch Sony, so I’ll enjoy it in the comfort of my leather couch!

Today’s Super Bowl menu is as follows:

Lemon Ricotta Cookies –  Grilled Chicken Wings in Smoky BBQ sauce (also in classic Buffalo-style)  –  S’Mores Pizza  –  Chocolate Quesadillas  –  Sweet & Sour Swedish Meatballs  –  Fried Mozzerella Sticks –  Jalepeno Poppers  –  White Cheddar Popcorn

Top that off with a nice Maker’s Mark w/Coke and we’re set for a game!

My pick for today is Giants over Pats 28-26.   Why?  Well, all year long the New England defense has been suspect and has given up mucho yards and points.  I do not believe they can flip a switch and turn it on without the players to do so.  With a less-effective defense, they will have extreme difficulty stopping the Giants offense.   We’ll be rooting for the New York Football Giants with gusto today!

Enjoy the game and your Sunday, Cats!

The NFL division championships were held over the past weekend and out of those came our two Super Bowl participants, the New York Football Giants and Boston Patriots.  A rematch of the game held four years ago when the Patties were undefeated and thought they were a shoe-in for the Lombardi Trophy.

This year, they come in with one of their worst defenses Bill Belichick has ever had.  They have more holes than a hobo’s shoes.  Good passing teams can pick them apart, good running teams can gash them.  Fortunately for the Pats, they faced two offensively-challenged teams in the AFC playoffs.  I’m a Tom Coughlin fan, an Eli Manning fan, a Justin Tuck fan and a Victor Cruz fan and am looking for a solid Giants win on February 5th.

I got a little backlash from some folks regarding my State of the Union comments.  I find it odd how there are those in our society who fundamentally oppose President Obama just because they feel like they’re supposed to.  I mention the fact an attitude of collaboration, of teamwork, of cooperation should be a prerequisite for election to a governmental office.  Being inflexible, sticking to your party’s line and purposely being a roadblock to initiatives that are for the common good of America is pathetic and feeble minded.  I say “PISS ON YOU” to congress people who take that defiant stance.  It’s crap and if moderation, compromise and give and take is not acceptable to you, then enjoy the gridlock we currently have.  Nothing will get better as long as we have dimwits who think “all we have to do is get rid of Obama”.  Just over three years ago we had another party in office and they are the ones responsible for the mess we’re currently in, so don’t automatically assume getting rid of the current administration will make a dent in pile George W. left us with.

Mizzou basketball got knocked off in Stillwater, OK last night.  Ridiculous loss, they once again lapsed back into the Mike Anderson style of play and discipline and defense were afterthoughts.  Coach Frank Haith was ripping the boys, but to no avail, they played as though they were entitled to a win.    Mizzou will drop to about 5 or 6 next week based on their lazy play.

Getting my golf swing and the associated body parts ready to begin the preseason regime.  Flexibility, body turn, shoulder stretching and core work are vital to a good, consistent swing.   Everything falls into place once those are good.  Starting now should have me ready for April when we can get out and play regularly.

No video today, call me lazy like the Mizzou ballers!

Later Cats!