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Football Withdrawal

Yes, I watched the Super Bowl yesterday.  Not only did I watch the Super Bowl, but I watched all five hours of the pre-game show too.  You might find it amazing that I have watched all 46 Super Bowls except one.  Then again, maybe not.  When the Giants beat the Buffalo Bills 20-19 in 1991, when  Scott Norwood missed a winning field goal in the last two minutes of the game, I was driving a UHaul truck to Tucson, Arizona, so I had to listen to the game on the radio.  But I did.  I listened to the entire game.

I was ecstatic when Norwood missed the field goal.  Not because the Giants won as a result, but because the Bills lost and became a four-time loser of the Super Bowl in four consecutive years.  And it was mainly because they tied the Denver Broncos at that point with the most Super Bowl losses.  I’m a Denver Broncos’ fan.  I have been a Broncos fan since the franchise began in 1960 and I have never jumped off the band wagon.  As evidenced by my obsession with the big game, you can tell I’m a football fan.  In fact, I don’t watch any other sport on television, although I have been known to go to a college basketball game from time to time, and a baseball game once in a while.  I’ve been to a couple of soccer games recently because my granddaughter and grandson play, but I just can’t get into it.

Because I hate the Patriots (It appears to be the most reviled team in the country outside of Boston, so it’s no surprise.) I found myself rooting for the Giants again.  It was billed as the rematch of 2007, although it’s truly impossible for it to be a rematch since the players and schemes are totally different from the teams of 2007.  I also did not think the two best teams in the NFL made it to the big game.  The NFC Championship game ended in overtime with a fumble by the 49ers and the AFC Championship game ended when the Ravens missed a game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the game.  Super Bowl XLVI should have been between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.  I would have been more interested in that game.  But that is how football games go.  Any professional football team can beat any other team on any given Sunday.  Commissioner, Bert Bell, coined that phrase back in the 1940s.

So I was stuck watching a game I didn’t care about except that I didn’t want the Patriots to win.  A team heavily favored to win, both times they played the Giants in Super Bowls.  And it turned out that the most exciting part of the game for me was Madonna’s halftime show.  And not so much Madonna, but the stage.  It was incredible.  But most of you saw it, so I’ll just leave it at that.

Commercials during the Super Bowl have become one of the most important parts of the event as well.  There is even a $100,000 prize for the best commercial, a bit short of the $117,000 per second cost of this year’s Super Bowl commercial, and it’s probably the only place you will see a naked M&M.  There was a lot of “sex-sells” advertising on this year’s Super Bowl, and I’m always amazed by the “Go Daddy” ads which probably started it all.  Because they go “naked woman” to a point and tell you “to see more” go to godaddy.com.  It drives an incredible amount of traffic to their site, and, no, they don’t show any “more.”  My favorite ad was the overweight dog that wanted to chase a Volkswagen and couldn’t get through the doggy door.

I used to have a Super Bowl Party, like millions of others do as an excuse to eat snack foods that are bad for you and drink yourself into oblivion when you have to get up for work the next day, but I stopped.  Not because of the eating and drinking, but because I wasn’t getting to see the game.  Now that I have DVR, of course, I can rewind and watch something I missed, but the party atmosphere wasn’t working for this football fan.  I should also mention that the cost to throw one of these parties was getting a little over the top.  Super Bowl Sunday is number two behind Thanksgiving for the day when the most food is consumed, but number one in snack food consumed.

How about an estimated 1.25 million chicken wings were consumed during the game, enough to circle the earth twice.  West Coaster’s have less time to binge because of the earlier start of the game there, I guess.  A good majority of the food consumed at Super Bowl parties will come from Texas, specifically the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  Yeah, Salsa and chips.  There were two of us at our house for the game, and we had con-queso and corn chips, potato chips and dip, cheese, cream cheese and Ritz, and Buffalo Wings.  We ate all of it.

So another football season is over, and now I’ll go into football withdrawals, sneaking a peek at the NFL Network to re-live some of the past games, keep up on all the trades and drafts in the coming months, and waiting for the opening day kick-off, September 6, 2012, the 93rd regular season of the NFL.  From now on, today is just one day closer to football season.  I’ll get things done around the house on Sundays now.  That Denver loss to the Patriots in this year’s playoffs will become a thing of the past.  All will be right with the world. 




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Prostitutes Are Like A Box Of Chocolates

Apparently you can rape a 16-year-old and get off with six years of probation, but hurt or kill a dog, that’ll get you 23 months in prison.  That’s if you’re a past or present super-star in the NFL.  You or me?  First, no one would have cared except the victims and the DA’s Office, and second, our sentence would have been a lot more severe.  Of course, LT did pay $300 so he could rape that 16-year-old.

May 1996 Police booking photo when he was arrested for trying to buy $100 of crack cocaine from undercover agents. May is not a good month for LT.

On May 7, 2010, Lawrence Taylor, Hall of Fame, retired linebacker of the New York Football Giants, was arrested and charged with 

felony 3rd degree statutory rape and 3rd degree felony patronization of an underage prostitute.  He pled “not guilty.”  Taylor changed his plea to “guilty” in January 2011,  of the lesser crimes of sexual misconduct with a minor and patronizing a prostitute.  The “underage” part having been dropped.  Yesterday he got his “severe” sentence of six years probation and requirement to register as a sex offender, although the sex offender status hasn’t been determined.  The original charges carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison.  Totally typical deal-making done every day, every hour, every minute in the justice system in this country.

And to make matters worse, this football icon, role model of the young, giver to the community, likeable, affable, married, 52-year-old, didn’t apologize for his actions in the slightest.  He simply said, in an interview on FOX News, “Studio B with Shepard Smith,” “I’m not the cause of prostitution.  And sometimes I make mistakes and I may go out there, but I didn’t pick her up at no daddgone playground.”  No LT, you didn’t pick her up at no dadgum playground, but you probably could have figured out that she was under the legal age.  Bottom line is LT is just sorry he got caught, and even said as much.

Oh, he did ask her age.  She said she was 19.  “I don’t card ’em,” he said in the interview, “I don’t ask for a birth certificate.”  But I think he lied about the asking, and not the prostitute about her age.  Why would she lie about that with a slim chance that LT wouldn’t rape her knowing she was underage?  She texted her uncle on the way over to LT’s hotel room that she was being forced to have sex with a man.  Why do you think the police showed up with such perfect timing?  They’re not that good.

I think Lawrence Taylor ought to pay a little more for his prostitutes, like Tiger Woods.  He’ll get a “higher quality”, maybe even legal age, since he also stated in the interview that, “You never know what you’re gonna get. Is it gonna be a pretty girl, an ugly girl or whatever it’s gonna be. … I’m not saying it’s right, but guys, it’s the oldest profession in the world.”  Yeah, LT, prostitutes are “like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”  WTF

In the grand scheme of things, does it matter?  Maybe only that it changed the perception of the man for a lot people, me included.  And sadly, that Taylor doesn’t get IT.  Doesn’t get that young underage girls are forced in to prostitution in this country every day, every hour, every minute.  And calling a friend, who calls a friend, who supplies that girl for $300 is the “cause of prostitution.”   

 UPDATE:  Rasheed Davis, the 37-year-old “pimp” in the LT case, plea bargained too.  He got 7-9 years, had to give up his 1999 Mercedes and the $300 LT paid him.  Well, in defense of the court system, he was a career criminal not a past or present NFL star.

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