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Be Aware: The Dark Days have Arrived

Posted on: November 3, 2008 6:22 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2008 7:26 pm

This could be a sports blog about my Browns.  Yesterday they blew a 14 point lead well into the third quarter.  Derek Anderson continued his on one week / off the next pattern he has displayed all season.  Braylon Edwards dropped another sure and perfectly thrown touchdown pass that easily could have turned the game around in the fourth quarter.  He leads the league with eleven drops now.  Donte Stallworth missed still another game due to reaggrevating his quad pull he got warming up before the first game of the regular season.  Eric Steinbach left yesterdays game with a rib injury.  The Browns went to the dime defense too early expecting Baltimore to throw down two touchdowns, and lost the game to the rush.  Yes, at 3-5, 0-3 to the teams ahead of them in the division, and two or three games behind Baltimore and Pittsburgh, indeed the dark days have returned for the Cleveland Browns.  It is time to start Brady Quinn to see if he can bring some light to this dismal Browns season.  Certainly in 2008 the Browns at least need to determine if Brady is fire in a bottle or a wet match.

But this blog is not about sports.  Yesterday around 5:20pm while quietly and without celebration enjoying a hot ham and swiss sandwich in the parking lot after the Browns loss, the sun was setting over Lake Erie.  A beautiful large red orb.  It was so low in the sky over the lake you could actually look at it.  Then it dawned on me with daylight savings time I would be getting home from work in the dark now until February or so.  While it's still daylight driving to work in the morning, that won't last too much longer either.  The beautiful leaves are almost gone, plus, it is getting cold. 

WInter is more about surviving then anything else.  But it's not the cold or snow that I find disconcerning, but the short days.  Not only short, but there is very little sun.  Short and cloudy days are the norm.  I wondered why I found the short days disturbing, and found an article that described light as a life supporting nutrient. 

An hour of sunshine each day has been shown to lower risk of colon, prostate, breast, and ovarian cancer, positively influence your risk of getting sick, promote healthy levels of vitimin D, and lower blood pressure.  Studies have shown the farther from the equator you live, the higher your blood pressure. 

Many of us are becomming sunlight starved.  According to this article, lack of sunshine can give us the winter blues, reduced mental awareness, make sleeping more difficult, give us less energy, and even lower learning ability.

SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a potentially disabling disorder  recognized back in 1982 by the National Institute of Health.  SAD, like the winter blues, have been scientifically correlated to a lack of sunlight.  Symptoms of SAD are sadness, depression, irritability, fatigue, excessive eating, food cravings, oversleeping, social withdrawal, and loss of interest in sex. 

The article goes on to recommend full spectrum light bulbs to help out.  I suggest that you watch your loved ones and help them deal with winter blues if they are so effected.  Go to the gym, eat healthy, stick to a more rigid sleeping schedule, and yes, do not let your love life go the way of the setting sun.  Maybe most important of all is keep your spirits up.  Remember the days start getting longer again at the end of December and Spring will be right around the corner.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2008 11:14 am

Be Aware: The Dark Days have Arrived


Do the Chiefs have the fans hooked with PSL (personal seat licenses) where they have to pay big bucs for the right to buy seats?  Then if they don't buy the seats they lose their license investment.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2008 4:56 am

Be Aware: The Dark Days have Arrived

STEAL a player away.Sorry my poor spealing and dyslexia kicked in with my S.A.D..

My poor SPELLING. This should stop, I gotta get some sleep

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2008 4:48 am

Be Aware: The Dark Days have Arrived

 but  the Chefs as usual, tried to still a player away, without offering a fair deal. STEAL a player away.Sorry my poor spealing and dyslexia kicked in with my S.A.D..

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2008 4:43 am

Be Aware: The Dark Days have Arrived

I'm in Kansas City. and the dark days are here too. The Chefs ( Chiefs ) are rebuilding and being cheap, with no major free-agent signings. There was a rumor that the Chefs were trying to trade for Brady, but  the Chefs as usual, tried to still a player away, without offering a fair deal. The cold weather makes it hard to sell tickets when the team is losing, so atleast some fans can get free or cheap tickets. I can't wait to spring forward.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2008 4:08 pm

Be Aware: The Dark Days have Arrived


Good luck with your son.  Our son had an IEP (individual education program) throughout his primary schooling for dyslexia.  He has learned to compensate, and is doing fine as a freshman in college today.  Really, who likes it being dark so much of the time.  Even an astronomer wouldn't like it in Cleveland with so much cloud cover and city lights you can't even see the stars.  I think the key is staying as active as possible so your mind doesn't linger on it.

Other than seven passes he made in the San Francisco game last year and some pre-season, nothing for Denver to look at, except maybe some Notre Dame clips.  I'm optimistic about today's game.  The Browns beat the NY Giants decisively in their last night game in Cleveland earlier this year.  Time to do it again, except this time against Denver.

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2008 1:48 pm

Be Aware: The Dark Days have Arrived

Good thoughts as usual Jelly.  I am concered about the issue of SAD.  My son may go thru a slight form of it.  Usually around this time of year, we notice subtle differences in his behavior and especially in his school work.  For the past 9 months we have been working with a childrens hospital thinking he showed a lot of signs of Asburgers syndrome which is a form of autism.  He dose not have that but a nondescript learning disability.  He is taking some meds and threapy for this and we are waiting to see if he starts going downhill now or if maybe he has nipped this.  So we will see.

As far as your Brady Quinn situation, starting him on a short week may not be bad at all.  What film of him is there for the Denver defense to gameplan and prepare for?

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2008 6:54 am

Be Aware: The Dark Days have Arrived


I didn't know about the correlation between bi-bolar and SAD.  Since bi-polar people are more prone to bouts of depression, it's not surprising to learn that darkness can be a factor in bringing on an episode.  Thanks for the information.

For me, I just don't like when the sun is rarely out and the days are maybe 8-9 hours long, but can deal with it.  Can you imagine living in Alaska or somewhere close to the Artic Circle what issues those people must have? 

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2008 5:16 pm

Be Aware: The Dark Days have Arrived

Informative article, Jelly -

It actually got me to reading up on Seasonal Affective Disorder a little further. Something I didn't know about SAD was that 20% of folks who suffer are also diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder. That's a very high rate for a condition that, according to the latest findings by experts, ony affect 2% - 5% of the general population. You can see where the correlation would be made though, given the basic symptoms of the disease are rooted in manic depression.

This might be Derek Anderson's issue; he'd should know that there's a 98% success rate in treating Bi-Polar over a two-year period thet while not eliminating the condition, controls it to the point where the patient no longer meets the criteria for diagnosis. That puts Derek at the end of his 3-year contract, doesn't it?

Great stuff Jelly, as always. 

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2008 9:49 pm

Be Aware: The Dark Days have Arrived

I'm sure that you posted this before the Brownies announced the they will be starting Brady Quinn.


You're right, I learned about the Brady decision on the radio on the way home from work shortly after I wrote this blog. 

Wow.  Living in Detroit with the Lions and driving to Cleveland for the Browns.  How about that for hanging around two putrid teams.  I'd hit the gym too if I were you.  lol

I'm a little surprised the Browns decided to start Brady on the short week, but they absolutely had to give him at least a half dozen starts to see what he can do.  Derek has played a season and half now, and we know he has a powerful arm, pocket awareness, and a lot of potential.  We also know he has been very inconsistent to date, does not demonstrate great leadership abilities, and is slow as a clam. 

Now Brady Quinn will begin to write his resume.  It's not about Brady Quinn winning seven of eight and the Browns making the playoffs.  If that happened, it would be one of the stories of the decade.  It's about finding out who has the better resume to start the 2009 season.  My money is on Brady.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2008 8:28 pm

Be Aware: The Dark Days have Arrived


You always put together some great pieces. I'm sure that you posted this before the Brownies announced the they will be starting Brady Quinn. i cant believe that our season is over, one that started with such promise. It kinda reminds me of the movie "the program" where they start looking for the new pieces as soon as the season is ended and the coaches new the Lattimer was only going to perform if he was on steroids.

I'm already thinking about draft positioning for next year and what skill position we need. Hell if you ask me I would tell you we need a new wide receiver but thats only because I am an angry fan at the moment. We can only hope that that Brady gets some good reps in and the Brownies dont throw in the towel completely. i like to at least drive the three hours from Detroit every week, being a season ticket , to watch a competitive game and not te ones where we are out of it in the first half.

Especially since I have to drive home in the "Dark Days" Its going to be hard enough to fight depression this football season, so I am headed to the gym right now...

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