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  • Super Bowl Thoughts

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    I was wrong on my Super Bowl prediction.  I didn't blog about it, but I mentioned on the air last week that I thought the Colts would win in a blowout.  The way the game started out, (Colts quickly jumping to a 10-0 lead), it sure looked like I was going to be right.  But the Saints played well and deserve credit.  Having said that, I'm a little amazed that the Colts didn't keep running the football.  They were moving the ball effectively on the ground.  Why not keep doing it?  I realize the Colts are a passing team, but if the run is working, I see no reason to abandon it.  It can be a real demoralizing thing for a defense when the opposing team runs right over you and you can't stop them.  Joseph Addai for the game averaged nearly 6 yards a carry. 

    As far as the Super Bowl commercials are concerned, I thought this year's batch was only  marginally better than last year.  The only commercial that made me laugh out loud was the one in which everybody in the office was walking around in their tighty-whities for casual Friday.  I must say, though, I don't recall what business or product that commercial was for. 

    Oh, and for you conspiracy theorists out there who believe NFL games are fixed (you know who you are), Mike Florio from profootballtalk.com reports that espn.com had a page up on their site on February 4th - 4 days before the Super Bowl -  asking readers to rank the quarterbacks that have won only one Super Bowl.  Oddly enough, Drew Brees was one of the QB's listed.  Problem is, up until Sunday night, Brees hadn't even appeared in a Super Bowl, much less won one.  According to Florio, the exact wording was, "After completing the best season in New Orleans Saints history, Drew Brees has finally won his first Super Bowl.  Brees' lone Super Bowl victory puts him on an eclectic list of starting quarterbacks with one title to their names."   Let's get out the tinfoil hats, shall we?

  • Zero Tolerance = Zero Brains

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    A 9 year old boy from New York - Patrick Timoney -  was nearly suspended from school for playing with a LEGO policeman that was carrying a toy gun!  Cooler heads prevailed, but only after the mother of the boy threatened to file suit over this ridiculous incident.  You heard right - a boy playing with a toy that was carrying a toy gun was nearly suspended under the school's "zero tolerance policy," which, in my opinion, should be renamed the "ZERO BRAINS POLICY."   The principal has since apologized to the boy's family.  A Department of Education spokesman acknowledged that the principal made an error in judgment by overreacting (gee you think?) when the toy was found.  This little kid is getting a great education.  He's learning how stupid some adults can be.

    Speaking of stupid, another New York student has been arrested for doodling on her desk with a marker.  Twelve year old Alexa Gonzalez said she wrote, "Lex was here 2/1/10" on her desk Monday.  She also wrote, "I love my friends Abby and Faith."  The girl said the doodles could've been erased, according to the New York Daily News.  The girl was released several hours after she was taken in handcuffs to a police station.  An education department spokesman acknowledged the incident shouldn't have happened, and that common sense should prevail.  The girl has been assigned eight hours of community service, a book report and an essay on what she's learned from the experience.  Good thing I'm not writing it for her.  It would be a very short essay.  As in the story above, it would simply read, "I learned how stupid some adults can be."

     

  • Marijuana to Blame For Unruly Behavior?

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    A San Francisco man is facing a charge of interfering with the duties of a flight attendant after becoming unruly aboard a cross country flight that had to be diverted to Pittsburgh.  Thirty year old Kinman Chan allegedly fought with crew members aboard a flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles.  Crew members said he made odd gestures before entering the plane's restroom shortly after takeoff and began to scream.  When he exited the restroom the crew tried to get him to sit down, at which point he began to fight them and had to be subdued with a choke hold.  His defense?  He claims he was high after eating marijuana cookies.  Isn't marijuana supposed to relax you?  I've never seen a headline that reads, "Man Smokes Pot, Goes on Violent Rampage."  It's more likely you'd see the headline, "Man Smokes Pot, Eats Doritos, Falls Asleep."

  • Man Injured Doing Wile E. Coyote Imitation

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    This classic story comes courtesy of the Detroit Free Press.

    It seems a 62 year old man decided to strap a rocket to his back while sledding.  He reportedly filled a used automotive muffler with gasoline and gunpowder - never a good combination - and headed down the hill.  The device exploded halfway down the hill, burning 18 percent of the man's body.  The guy is said to be in stable condition.  Here's the quote of the day.  Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe remarked, "Apparently he has this sledding party every year and he always does outrageous things at it, but he's never blown himself up before."  Wile E. Coyote couldn't have done it better.

  • Weird Groundhog Stuff

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    Word came down early this morning that forecasters in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, were calling for an overcast day.  That meant that famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil likely would NOT see his shadow, meaning an early spring.  Well, about an hour later, Phil did, indeed, see his shadow.  So much for that.

    Phil then gets contradicted by Wisconsin's own Jimmy the Groundhog, as Jimmy did not see his shadow.  So are we getting an early spring or not?  Of course we all know we NEVER get an early spring here.

    Last week I blogged about a pig being used in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, instead of a groundhog.  This morning I learned Alaska is using a marmot, which resembles a groundhog.  But Oxford, Michigan, has outdone them all.  Their former prognosticator - a one-eyed groundhog named Noah - passed away a few years ago after being hit by a car.  Instead of getting another groundhog, they replaced him with a llama!  Apparently, having a groundhog for Groundhog day really isn't important.  It reminds me of an episode of the Beverly Hillbillies, when the Clampetts were the only ones in Beverly Hills celebrating possum day.  Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

     

     

     

  • Man Takes Chicken on Subway

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    These kinds of things you just can't make up.  A guy brings a chicken on a subway in New York City. 

  • Groundhog Day

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    So those fun-loving folks at PETA are upset that the country's most famous groundhog - Punxsutawney Phil - is on display year-round.   In a letter they fired off to Bill Deeley, the president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club (yes, they have one of those), they said that this is a cruel way to treat an animal.   And they're actually suggesting he be replaced by a robot groundhog.  Deeley called the request "crazy."  He added, "Phil is probably treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania.  He's got air conditioning in the summer, his pen is heated in the winter...he has everything but a TV in there.  What more do you want?"

    Not to be outdone, in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, the local Lions Club is bringing in a pig instead of a groundhog for the annual Groundhog Day breakfast.  (Don't feel bad, I don't quite get it either).  They've named the pig King Arthur.  At sunrise this Saturday (not even Groundhog Day) the porker will look for his shadow prior to the breakfast. 

    I know the whole Groundhog Day thing is all in fun, but there's actually a much easier way to do it and you could eliminate the animals entirely.  As lore has it, if the groundhog sees his shadow, that means six more weeks of winter, right?  Why not just say if the sun is shining that day, it means six more weeks of winter?  If it's cloudy, it means an early spring.  I know, that takes all the fun out of it.

    But, of course, the bottom line in Wisconsin is that we'd be HAPPY  if there were only six more weeks of winter.  As we know all too well, we usually get winter all the way into May.

  • Pro Bowl Stinks (even more)

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    I didn't think it was possible, but the NFL Pro Bowl will be even more boring than normal this year. 

    For some reason, the NFL's hierarchy believes there will be more interest in this glorified exhibition game now that they've moved it from the week after the Super Bowl to the week before the Super Bowl.  Sorry guys, it won't work.  Because now you have players that will not participate because they're playing in the Super Bowl.  Many other players - other than those participating in the Super Bowl - have also opted out of the game.  In fact, I"ve lost track of how many players have said, "Thanks, but no thanks." In my opinion, this is the smart thing to do if you make your living playing professional football.  Why risk serious injury in a meaningless game such as this?

    How about this?  Just name the players who would be in the Pro Bowl, but don't play the  actual game.  Please, Commissioner Goodell, end the Pro Bowl.  Oh, and while you're at it, could you get some competent referees to replace the idiots who are directly affecting the fate of teams in the playoffs?  Just ask the Packers and the Vikings what they think of the officiating in what turned out to be their final playoff games.

  • Bring Back Bernie Brewer's Mug

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    "Retro Weekends" are going to be part of the upcoming Milwaukee Brewers season, as the team celebrates 40 years as a franchise.  The team will be wearing uniforms from different eras in team history on select weekends this season and will be handing out bobbleheads representing some of the greatest moments in the club's history on each Sunday of the Retro Weekends.  That all sounds great and it should be fun, but I have a suggestion.  BRING BACK BERNIE BREWER'S MUG!!!

    For those of you too young to remember, Bernie Brewer used to be perched in centerfield.  Everytime the Brewers would hit a home run, he'd slide down into a huge beer stein, releasing balloons that would float up to the sky.  It was great and something every Brewer fan enjoyed.  When the team moved into Miller Park, suddenly it was considered politically incorrect to be promoting beer drinking.  Thus, Bernie's mug was gone, replaced by a yellow slide to nowhere.  It's lame.

    Now let's just think this through logically. 

    A) The name of the team is Brewers.  What do Brewers in Milwaukee brew?  BEER! 

    B) The name of the stadium they play in is Miller Park.  What is Miller?  It's a company that brews BEER!

    C)  As you walk through the parking lot while folks are tailgating, many of them are drinking BEER!

    D)  As you enter Miller Park, you will notice BEER signage throughout the stadium.

    E)  As you take your seat to watch the game, you'll notice that all around you people are drinking BEER!

    I want to know who the idiot is that decided Bernie Brewer sliding into his beer mug was a bad idea.  It's time to end the madness and bring it back. 

    By the way, Bernie Brewer's mug, chalet and beer barrel that were synonymous with County Stadium are now located at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee.  If you ever take a tour there, check it out.

  • Reaction to Brown Victory Proves Politicians Out of Touch

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    By now you know that the Massachusetts Senate Seat formerly held by the late Ted Kennedy was won in a special election by Republican Scott Brown Tuesday, as he defeated Democrat Martha Coakley.  Brown becomes the first Republican to win a Senate seat in Massachusetts since 1972.  With the victory by Brown, Democrats lose their 60-vote supermajority in the Senate. 

    Today I have read several stories regarding the reaction on the part of some Democrats to the election.  And one can certainly infer from some of the comments that these politicians are as out of touch as can be with the American people.

    For example:

    Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) said Democrats can't just assume voters will be with them.  Hello Patrick!  Why would you possibly assume that?   Have you not been paying attention?  People are sick and tired of the nonsense coming out of Washington.

    Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said he hoped Tuesday night's election would be a "wake-up call" for his party.  He also said, "People weren't aware of the type of anxiety that was out there in 1994, but I think everyone is aware of it now."  In referencing 1994, he was alluding to the year that Republicans took back control of the House and Senate for the first time in 40 years.  Hey Tim, the wake-up call should've come last summer when people were screaming in anger at politicians at the town hall meetings. 

    Others have been brushing off Brown's victory by claiming Coakley was simply a weak candidate and ran a bad campaign.  Those folks appear to be in a state of denial.

    Judging by these comments, it's clear to me  just how out of touch these people are.  Were they not paying attention to the tea parties and the outrage at the town hall meetings over the summer?  Did they never glance at the polls, which have consistently shown the vast majority of people are opposed to the health care overhaul?

    Some, though, have apparently seen the light.  Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb called the Brown victory a "referendum" on health reform and took a swipe at his own party's leadership by calling for more transparency in the process.  In a statement, Webb said, "I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated."

    I think Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn summed it up nicely by declaring, "Democrats nationwide should be on notice:  Americans are ready to hold the party in power accountable for their irresponsible spending and out of touch agenda, and they're ready for real change in Washington."  I would add that ALL politicians, regardless of party affiliation, should be on notice.

    This isn't rocket science.  Bottom line is that politicians need to start listening to the American people.  Period.

     

     

     

  • It's The Most Miserable Day Of The Year

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    You know the Christmas tune It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?  Well, today is the most miserable time of the year. (I'll leave it to Weird Al to come up with some lyrics for that ditty)  Actually, today is the most miserable day of the year, according to a story in the London Daily Mail.  They call it Blue Monday.  This cheery news comes to us from the folks at FirstCare, a company that helps firms tackle absenteeism.  These fun guys and gals say the combination of Arctic temperatures, Christmas debt and the next pay day feeling like it's months away leaves many of us depressed and unable to face work. 

    For those of you afflicted with this, I have a suggestion.  How about being thankful that you have a job?!  There are literally millions of people in the U.S. looking for work who would gladly change places with you.