Caught My Eye…

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Buddha

Welcome to “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. 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 provide independent commentary about Armed Forces Day, Brad Johnson, Amtrak, Jeb Bush & Iraq, Walmart II, Tom Brady, darts, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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A Man Named Brady…

First off, I am not a fan of the New England Patriots. I am a lifelong fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. In the fourth week of last season, my Chiefs beat the Patriots 41-14. It was very sweet.

With that out of the way, I believe Tom Brady should not have been given a four-game suspension by the NFL for the “deflategate” incident. At the end of this column, you’ll be given the chance to take a poll to give your view.

I was pretty amazed at the suspension, but I was also amazed at the coverage of the punishment by the media. It bordered on ridiculous. ESPN pre-empted their regular coverage and basically spiked the ball in celebration about the punishment given to Brady, and the one million dollar fine and loss of draft picks given to the Patriots organization. No wonder ESPN is starting to flounder in the sports world.

Then we had the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. Was their lead story the tornadoes tearing through the Midwest or the death toll linked to General Motor’s defective ignition switches reaching 100? Nope, it was Tom Brady being suspended by the NFL.

It was broadcast journalism near its worst.

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NFL’s Wildcard Weekend: Epic Failure

I watch a lot of football and this NFL’s Wildcard Weekend was something to behold with three games being snoozers and one game possibly having the outcome changed by the officials.

During Saturday’s game between Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers, I found myself hoping the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would walk out to midfield and call the game because of poor play, shoddy officiating, and terrible announcing by ESPN’s Mike Tirico.

Little did I know that substandard officiating would play a big role in the Detroit/Dallas game late Sunday afternoon.

Goodell should tell his private pilot to get the jet ready for a trip to Detroit today to apologize to the Lions and their fans for what was done to their team on Sunday.

Here is what happened, courtesy of ESPN:

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome! Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to read “Thursday Numbers.”

If you are a first-time visitor, this is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about valuable NBA teams, the New York Yankees, abortions, Roger Goodell, Verizon data, plowing streets, dissatisfaction with the government, missile launch facilities, Roe vs. Wade, the actual unemployment rate, new claims for unemployment, the Secretary of the Air Force, food stamps, Super Bowl, the McDonnells, Sean Hannity, the worst states in highway safety, plus a lot more so read on!

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“Golden Tate 24 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson”

The Green Bay Packers played a horrible game (especially in the first half), but appeared they would pull out a close win against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football.

Until the last play.

The official scoring summary will read “Golden Tate 24 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick).”

Final: Seahawks 14, Packers 12.

What happened on that scoring play was that Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate pushed a Green Bay defender out of the way and wrestled with safety M.D. Jennings for the ball. Seattle was awarded a touchdown on the final play. With that touchdown, the hatred for replacement referees peaked (especially in Cheesehead world).

Both players had their hands on the ball and Jennings looked like he had the most control with two hands on the ball. The consensus around the country is that it was an interception and not a touchdown and that it was a terrible call.

Of course, the closest referee looking down at the players on the ground had a better angle for the play. After seeing most of the replays, I did not see a replay where one could see the ball through the whole play. Mike Tirico calling the game for ESPN said the catch was “simultaneous.” Continue reading