Tuesday Commentary: Manning, Shutdown, Football, & More

The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people. – Hugo Black

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Chelsea Manning
  • Government Shutdown
  • Aaron & Danica
  • Football

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Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday and the Super Bowl is this Sunday – is this a great country or what?

Notice: Some of today’s numbers may enable you to seem knowledgeable about the Super Bowl at your Super Bowl party.

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary and sometimes sarcasm.

This week I write about all things Super Bowl (winners, pay, MVPs, most wins & loses, players), TracFone, Apple’s money, State of the State speech, the most popular & hated NFL teams, marijuana, unemployment, Friendship Nine, and much more!

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K.C. Chiefs: Dawson to Taylor…Touchdown!

“Quarterback Len Dawson hits Otis Taylor on a short pass, and Taylor turns it up field and scores from 46 yards out.”

That play sealed the victory for the Kansas City Chiefs who beat the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, 23-7, and that was the last touchdown scored in a Super Bowl for the Kansas City Chiefs. That game was played on January 11, 1970.

Today, Len Dawson is 77 years-old. Otis Taylor is 70.

As a kid growing up in rural Missouri not far from Kansas City, I completed that pass several times in my backyard (with my homemade Lenny Dawson jersey on). I have never ever strayed from the Chiefs being my favorite team, although it’s been tough lately.

This year the Chiefs are struggling with a 1-9 record. Their head coach (Romeo Crennel) had a losing record before he arrived in KC, and the General Manager (Scott Pioli) seems like he is in over his head. The owner (Clark Hunt) seems disinterested.

Chiefs’ fans are angry, so much so that a “Save Our Chiefs” group was created with a Facebook page that has 14,730 “Likes” and they say they are “dedicated to changing the culture at Arrowhead and returning a winning team to Kansas City.” Their Twitter account has an astonishing 80,697 followers. Oh, and planes fly over Arrowhead on game day with banners saying, “Restore Hope – Fire Pioli – SaveOurChiefs.com.”   (more…)

Published in: on November 20, 2012 at 7:47 am  Comments Off on K.C. Chiefs: Dawson to Taylor…Touchdown!  
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2011 NFL Predictions: The National Football Conference

Last season the NFC’s Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl and put away the “Favre curse” once and for all.  So, the Packers get to start the regular season on Thursday, September 8 (8:30 Eastern) by hosting the New Orleans Saints.  Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, and Maroon 5 will help “kick off” the season (at 7:30 Eastern).  It’s on NBC.

This just in:  President Obama will give a speech that night, too.

The Philadelphia Eagles are the Miami Heat of the NFL.  There will be much love and much hate for the Eagles this season, but one thing for sure is that Michael Vick is loving his second $100 million contract of this lifetime.  There are questions about him staying healthy, but just about every NFL team will see a drop-off in their offense if their starting QB goes down.

So I’ve read the stories, checked the schedules, read what the teams and the fans are saying and here are my predictions for the National Football Conference for the 2011 season. Remember – your team is undefeated right now! (more…)

Super Bowl: Teams, Attendance, Salaries

In getting ready for the Super Bowl XLV this Sunday, I have been surfing the internet and looking for information about the big game. I decided to share some of that information with my readers. Maybe you can use it for Super Bowl trivia at your party! (more…)

Just Football…

There are lots of big games coming up this next weekend for your viewing pleasure and much to talk about from last weekend’s game.

College Football Playoffs

Yes, there are playoffs at every level of College Football except the major college level. It’s nice to see National Champions decided through a playoff system instead of on paper!

Eastern Washington:

Congrats to the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Eagles team! They beat North Dakota State University (NDSU) last Saturday to head to the semi-finals. NDSU had beaten the Montana State Bobcats in the playoffs. EWU will host Villanova on Friday night in a semifinal game. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN2 at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Time).

The bad news is that EWU’s outstanding all America running back Taiwan Jones has a fractured foot and is not expected to play Friday night. Jones carried the ball 20 times for 230 yards against NDSU.

Carroll College:

Montana’s best college football team, the Carroll College Fighting Saints, are once again playing for the NAIA National Championship. They will play Saturday against Sioux Falls (SD) in Rome, Georgia. According to this article, the game starts at 2:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) and will be broadcast on CBS College Sports.

Hopefully the local CBS stations or some local station will broadcast it for all of Montana to see.

BOWL TIME! (more…)

Just Football

The snow is flying. The temperatures across the region are just freaking cold. The groceries are purchased for the big feast! It’s football time.

It’s also time for me to concentrate a little more on my picks in the NFL before the leaders get out of sight in both pick contests in which I am entered. I am 10-5 so far this week. I have the Chargers tonight, but want the Broncos to win (to help the Chiefs).

Interesting Fact: (more…)

Just Football…

College Football

BCS:

It looks like major college football is heading to another train wreck this season with four teams being undefeated at this time: 1. Oregon, 2. Auburn, 3. TCU, and 4. Boise State.

I won’t even get into the one-loss teams that had one bad game and may be playing some of their best football late in the season.

Oregon has three games left (one against a ranked team). Auburn has two games remaining (one against a ranked team) plus the SEC Championship game. TCU has two games left (none against a ranked team), and Boise State has four games left (one against a ranked team).

If there are more than two undefeated teams left, then we have a problem. My prediction is that we will have three undefeated teams going into the Bowl season and one will be left out of actually playing for a National Championship. (more…)

Just Football…

It’s a lot more fun to write about sports than politics. So it’s time to take a time-out from politics and talk about football!

The Gunslinger:

In what would have made a great western movie, the game between the Vikings and the Packers would have been an instant classic. (more…)

Happy 41st Brett Favre

Minnesota Vikings QB, Brett Favre, turned 41 on Sunday. In NFL years, that’s older than dirt.

The Vikings are in New York tonight to take on the Jets. The Jets…didn’t Favre play a year with the Jets? Oh yes, in 2008.

The Jets also employed a young lady named Jenn Sterger when Favre was there. That’s when the story gets interesting. Supposedly Ms. Sterger “may” have received some text and voicemail messages from Favre and, oh yeah, some photos.

There are also some other people coming forward…kind of reminds me of the Tiger Woods situation. The snowball effect.

You can read it all at Deadspin.com. (more…)

Published in: on October 11, 2010 at 11:14 am  Comments Off on Happy 41st Brett Favre  
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