Friday, January 23, 2015
Deflategate Gets Worse
Deflategate got worse for
the Patriots and the NFL yesterday.
In the morning, Coach Bill
Belichick gave a press conference in which he was very credible. But in the afternoon, QB Tom Brady’s presser
did not go so well. His assertion
that he, a veteran NFL quarterback, did not notice the footballs were deflated
particularly strained credulity. I
was watching NFL Live on ESPN, and former NFL QB Mark Brunell got a bit choked
up afterwards and said he just did not believe Brady. The rest of the panel, as well as others at ESPN, were
almost as brutal. And Troy Aikman
afterwards opined on a Dallas radio station the following: "It's obvious
that Tom Brady had something to do with this."
Now, in case any readers
are - God forbid – not American football fans, know that deflated footballs
that only one team are using are a big advantage. The quarterback can grip the football better. Receivers can catch the ball easier. Ball carriers can hold on to the ball
and avoid fumbles better.
And, lo and behold, the
Patriots record of not fumbling at home is off the charts and hard to
explain. The 2014 Patriots are
only the third team in 25 years to have never lost a fumble at home. Read Warren Sharp’s close to damning
statistical analysis for yourself, but the Patriots’ astounding fumble stats
beg the question whether they were using deflated footballs at home all season
and even before.
Yes, the legitimacy of the
entire Patriots season is now under question.
Wednesday, I said that if
the Patriots win the Super Bowl accompanied by perceived help from the refs, it
would be a disaster for the NFL. I
now have to amend that. If the
Patriots win this Super Bowl at all, it will be at least perceived as tainted
by millions, more so than any Super Bowl ever (Yes, even more so than the 2006
disgrace.), and therefore a disaster for the NFL.
The NFL is in a bad
situation. And I suspect nothing
short of suspending Tom Brady from the Super Bowl will suffice to get them out
That and rooting really hard for the Seahawks.
Labels: Defategate, NFL, Patriots, sport, Super Bowl
Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Episcopal Church Cheerleads Lawless Tyranny … Of Course
Modern Mainline Protestant
denominations have a history of aligning with tyranny, particularly that of a
totalitarian bent. See German
Protestants under Hitler and the World Council of Churches and National Council
of Churches during the time of Communist hegemony.
The Episcopal Church
continues that tradition by supporting Obama’s dictatorial nullification of
Yes, predictable, but I
thought you should know.
Labels: immigration, mainline denominations, Obama, The Episcopal Church, tyranny, World Council of Churches
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Thanks to the Patriots, the NFL is in a Dangerous Position UPDATED
After the infamous SuperBowl XL in 2006 in which the refs, particularly one from Pittsburgh, helped the
Steelers steal another Super Bowl, I was one year away from swearing off the
NFL. I decided that if there was
another Super Bowl presented to the Steelers on a silver platter by the league
in the near future, I would stop watching the NFL.
And that was something
coming from this lifelong NFL fan. Heck, I remember my Dallas mom being unhappy about the Ice Bowl. I’ve had NFL Sunday Ticket
for years. But my attitude has
long been that if I liked rigged sport, I would watch pro wrestling . . . and I
The reason I bring up this
dark memory is I suspect millions of NFL fans are now at the same spot I was
back in 2006. 2006 was the NFL’s
fault – a ref from Pittsburgh for that Super Bowl? Really? But
this time it is the Patriots’ fault for deflating footballs. The NFL has good reason to be upset,
and they are.
One source described the league as
"disappointed ... angry ... distraught," after spending considerable
time on the findings earlier Tuesday.
I expect they will crack
down hard on the Patriots. But
more than footballs are in danger. The NFL itself is.
For now if the NFL is to
avoid lasting damage and massive fan defections, there is one thing that must
not happen. If the Patriots win
the Super Bowl accompanied with a widespread perception that the refs helped
them so to do, that would tip this Patriots scandal over into an NFL disaster. I would not swear off the NFL, but I
bet millions would at least become much less enthusiastic about the NFL should
And the refereeing would
not have to be as outrageous as that in 2006. There is already widespread hatred of the Patriots. There is the earned perception that
they cheat already with a current episode of such in the news. A Patriots win in the Super Bowl would
not be good for the NFL. If there
is the perception that the NFL helped it out with questionable calls, it could
be disastrous, destroying already damaged NFL credibility and alienating fans.
No I am not a
Patriots-hater. But it is hard to
miss that Patriots hate is that strong out there – and that the NFL has already
had a bad season with scandals, bad calls (especially the Dez Bryant catch
reversal), and more. More than
footballs are in danger of being deflated by the Patriots. Fan loyalty is as well.
All the more reason to root
for the Seahawks as I will.
Deflategate is getting worse. Now there are reports the Ravens believe
the Patriots used underinflated balls against them. Remember that playoff game was not a blow out; the Ravens were up 14, twice.
And how many other times
have the Patriots literally taken the air out of the ball?
Again, I am no Patriots
hater . . . but I may be becoming one.
More importantly, the NFL must take strong steps to defend both the
reality and the perception of “the integrity of the game.”
So do not be surprised if
they crack down on the Patriots, hard.
Labels: NFL, sport, Super Bowl
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
State of the Union Fun
I have mixed feelings about
watching the State of the Union tonight.
I’ve often skipped it under Clinton and Obama because I sometimes do not
respond well when lied to.
On the other hand,
particularly outrageous lying can be so absurd, it can be fun. So for that reason, I will probably
watch tonight. But I will watch
accompanied by lots of good fisking and perhaps booze as well.
Hey, do you expect me to
get through an Obama SOTU alone?
I have not decided on the
booze. (And, no, I will not engage
in drinking games. I wish to
survive this evening.) But I have
decided on at least three modes of fisking. One is twitter, of course, where I will join in. Another is Ace of Spaces (with the
usual naughty language warning) where they will surely have a SOTU thread with
lots of uproarious comments from morons, including me.
A lesser known place is the
Midwest Conservative Journal with both live-blogging and comments. There will be fewer there, but it will
be a more erudite group for the most part.
I have decided against
live-blogging here at my blog, but you may find me at the above.
If I come up with another
good online spot, I will let you know.
Feel free to make suggestions in the comments. Hey, we have to get through this evening somehow.
The Ace of Spades Thread for Obama's "Trolling of the Nation" is up, again with a language warning.
Labels: humor, Obama, this blog
Pope Francis? “Rabbits?” Really?
First, to be fair to Pope Francis, I agree with the tenor of his comments on having children. There are times when having more and
more children is irresponsible, such
as when taking care of one’s current kids is already problematic. And I like rabbits myself. In fact, I recently bought a dwarf
rabbit as a pet for a neighbor and have fallen in love with the darn adorable
But his referring to
breeding like “rabbits” is offensive and too easily taken as a cut on large
families. My best friends have
seven boys. They are all like
family to me, and they are a wonderful family with more brain power than many
universities. They and
families like them deserve more courtesy than that from Pope Francis.
I think the Pope meant
well. But I agree with Father Z (in an earlier context) that it is time for someone to quietly suggest to the Holy Father that he dial
back the off-the-cuff comments.
Labels: Pope Francis
Friday, January 16, 2015
Pope Francis Attacks Free Speech and Conservative RC Bloggers Are… Silent?
After Pope Francis’ comments
which attacked free speech, practically blaming free speech for the Paris
Islamonazi terrorist attacks, I thought any minute now the conservative popish
bloggers will be chiming in with their usual excuses for Francis – he was
misunderstood; taken out of context; misinterpreted due to language issues,
Well, what I have found
instead is . . . silence. Now
surely some conservative Roman Catholic somewhere has opined on the Pope’s
comments, but I have searched the usual places, repeatedly, and not found
anything. The usual conservative
apologists for Francis are very quiet on this matter. (And I invite readers to post conservative Catholic blog
posts on the topic in the comments.
Like I said, surely they are out there . . . somewhere.)
Now I do not want to call
out any bloggers by name or presume motives. After all, Francis has time and again
put conservative Catholic bloggers in awkward positions due to his comments,
and they have my sympathy.
But the silence is
deafening. Perhaps this time, Francis
has gone beyond what even the most loyal conservative Catholics can defend. If so, their response should not be
silence. Just the opposite.
For even popes need to held
accountable. And, to be frank,
most of the conservative Catholic blogdom seems to be dropping the ball in so
Labels: freedom of speech, Islam, Islamonazis, Pope Francis, Roman Catholics
Thursday, January 15, 2015
BREAKING: Duke Reverses Muslim Call to Prayer Decision
I do not yet know what
prompted this other than a big stink.
Perhaps a major donor or two read them the riot act? Perhaps administration
feared divisive tumult or worse on campus?
But whatever the cause Duke
has reversed its decision to allow the amplified Muslim call to prayer from its
Chapel bell tower.
Duke University has reversed itself, and announced
Thursday afternoon it will not allow a Muslim call to prayer Friday from its
iconic cathedral. [IT’S NOT A
CATHEDRAL! – ed.]
The decision had met with widespread controversy.
“Duke remains committed to fostering an inclusive,
tolerant and welcoming campus for all of its students,” said Michael
Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations.
“However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not
having the intended effect.”
I imagine it wasn’t.
By the way, yours truly
made the Charlotte Observer article at the link. Can you find me?
Labels: Duke, Islam