Super Bowl 50: Final Thoughts

Denver Broncos 24, Carolina Panthers 10.

Maybe it was just the group of people that was at my house, but most of us felt that Super Bowl 50 was one of the most boring Super Bowl games of all time. I think most people wanted the game to be over already – even the fans who wanted the Broncos to win.

I picked the Panthers to win Super Bowl 50.

Congrats to the Denver Broncos – and especially quarterback Peyton Manning for winning Super Bowl 50. I’m a Kansas City Chiefs fan who sees the Chiefs and Broncos play twice a year, so I am not a Denver fan. I do respect Peyton Manning, though. I don’t care for John Elway or Gary Kubiak.

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) was Broncos linebacker, Von Miller. The real MVP was the Broncos 68-year-old defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. He was actually the head coach of the Broncos for two years back in the 1990s. Phillips’ defense beat the New England Patriots and last night his defense shut-down Cam Newton and the Panthers.

Peyton Manning should retire now, walk out a winner, drink his Budweiser, and heal. There are not too many athletes that go out on top, so this is Manning’s “drop the mic and walk off the stage” moment. Just do it.

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Caught My Eye…

I had the right to remain silent…but I didn’t have the ability. – Ron White

Welcome to the big show – the first “Caught My Eye” of November!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about Denise Juneau & Ryan Zinke, Tim Fox & the PSA, Montana Television Network grows, Illegal Immigration & cartoons, Ben Carson & hip-hop & anger, House Republicans, George H.W. Bush, Whitlock returns, and much more!

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The Real Thing

I’d like to buy the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves.
I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I’d like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company
That’s the real thing.

Many readers may remember that catchy song from the 1970s. You can watch the video HERE. I was around in the 1970s and don’t remember the commercial getting much, if any, negative comments. There were boys and girls, blacks and whites, and people from all over the world in the video.

They performed the song in English.

Coke released another advertisement on Super Bowl Sunday with people singing “America the Beautiful.” They performed the song in different languages.

Watch and listen to it here:

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Maryville (MO): Shame on You

Although Nodaway County Missouri and its county seat, Maryville, are over a thousand miles from my home in Montana, I grew up in the area and know it well. In fact, at one time I moved to a town about an hour from Maryville and I can personally attest to the fact that outsiders are not treated too kindly.

I was shocked (and later I was just ticked off) when I read about the recent events in the little town of around 12,000 in northwestern Missouri involving Melinda Coleman and her family.

The Kansas City Star has the story HERE.

This all happened in 2012. To recap, two girls age 13 and 14 were spending the night with each other at the Coleman home and were texting boys. They came up with a plan and sneaked out of their home at 1:00 in the morning. They went to a party where a high school senior (age 17) and another boy had sex with them after getting them drunk. A third boy recorded the act.

After the encounter they brought the girls back to their house and left the 14 year old outside passed out on the front steps in freezing temperatures. Melinda Coleman found her daughter (Daisy) when she heard something scratching on the door. She was almost frozen.

The Star reports, “Interviews and evidence initially supported the felony and misdemeanor charges that followed. Yet, two months later, the Nodaway County prosecutor dropped the felony cases against the youths, one the grandson of a longtime area political figure.”

Online threats started with many in the town turning against the Coleman family. One kid made a t-shirt saying the boy leads Daisy 1-0. The Coleman’s oldest son was booed (at home) when he took to the wrestling mat for a match. Melinda Coleman lost her job. The family had suffered a tremendous loss a few years before when their husband and father (a medical doctor) was killed in an automobile accident. The family moved to Maryville after the accident.

The harassment became too much and the family moved away from Maryville and back to the town of Albany where they first moved from.

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Autographs

Last Sunday the Denver Broncos visited Kansas City and whipped the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium 17-9. So far this season the Chiefs have one win and 10 losses, and they are currently the worst team in the NFL.

Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning threw for 285 yards which included two touchdowns and one interception. Chiefs’ running back Jamaal Charles carried the ball 23 times for 107 yards. Dwayne Bowe caught four passes for 41 yards.

After the game, the showers, and the interviews, a local television station (KCTV 5) caught Charles and Bowe acting like groupies waiting outside the Broncos’ locker room. Charles asked for Manning’s autograph, and Bowe asked to get his photo taken with Manning. They were both smiling and giddy when they were caught on video. Charles said the autograph was for his mother. He later posted a video with his mother showing the autograph and saying his mother wanted him to get it for his brother. Maybe it was for Christmas.

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It’s a Start

There were smiles all around late last night at my house when San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers’ pass fell incomplete on fourth down and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Chargers 21-14 in Kansas City.

We also breathed a sigh of relief because we’d seen the Chiefs lose too much the last few years.

We also don’t like Philip (the mouth) Rivers, so we were all smiles last night when no matter how loud Rivers yelled or how much he complained his mouth was drowned out by the Chiefs fans at Arrowhead – and most of it was done during heavy rain.

I thought the Chiefs would win this game. In fact, I had predicted a Chiefs victory way back on August 12 and again on September 8:

By the way, the Chargers will lose the Monday Night opener (September 13) at the new and improved Arrowhead Stadium in front of 80,000 Chiefs fans. The sea of red will be too much for Phillip Rivers, his mouth, and the Chargers.

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Whitlock!

I was saddened to read that my favorite sports columnist, Jason Whitlock, was leaving the Kansas City Star to pursue other interests.

It was a great 16 year run for Whitlock at the Star. You can now catch his columns on Fox Sports and he’s on Twitter.

Called a jerk by some and admired by others I found Whitlock to be a refreshing voice for the sports fans. For the KC Star, people read his columns and commented, and called him names – but they read his columns!  Living here in the wilds of Montana and being a Kansas City Chiefs and Big 12 fan, it was always worthwhile to get Whitlock’s take on what was happening with my favorite teams, not to mention his insight about everyone from the front office on down to the third-string quarterback. Continue reading