Posted on: January 18, 2008 9:27 am

Father duct tapes jersey on son

OK, so how many of you have seen the story about the father in Wisconsin who duct taped a Favre jersey to his son because the son had refused to put it on?

I'm a father of three, my oldest being 3 1/2 years at the moment and he's not really into sports at the moment. As a Dolphins fan -- I know, quite sad -- we've bought him various states of Dolphins clothing -- jerseys, hats -- of course he doesn't know the significance of it. It's just clothing.

Eventually, I imagine, he's going understand sports and jump on the bandwagon, though I'm not about to force anything upon him. If he wants to be a Dolphins fan, then great. If not, I'll get over it. As long as he doesn't become a Jets fan. That will result in immediate expulsion from the premisis.

My parents grew up in the Chicago area, so my father and uncles are Bears fans. But I grew up in Florida and at the time I really glommed onto sports in the mid-80s, the Dolphins were among the elite with Dan Marino having just arrived on the scene. The first game I can really remember watching was the championship game when the Dolphins spanked the Steelers en route to Super Bowl XIX. I was hooked. And fortunately, the Dolphins were the top sports draw with the local newspaper, so I got all the Dolphins news my heart desired.

Today though, because of the internet, news about all teams are so easily accessible. My kids may eventually just choose their favorite teams based on a player or the team colors. Who really knows. It'll be interesting to find out. But however it turns out, I won't be taping an old-school Marino jersey to my kids. I will, however, burn any Jets gears that makes it into the house.


Category: NFL
Posted on: January 15, 2008 6:26 pm

Open Water 2

OK, I don't know how often I'm going to post in this blog, but what I do know is that when I do, it won't always be about sports.

This entry, for instance, is about a cruddy movie I stumbled across on while struggling to fall asleep the other night -- Open Water 2.

The premise was interesting enough, a group of people get trapped off a yacht because the owner (who wasn't really the owner, though it was never explained how he got the ship) failed to put the ladder out before he and his friends jumped into the water for a swim.

That's the quick synop at least.

Warning, there be spoilers ahead for anybody else who wants to watch this monstrosity.

3/4ths of it was OK, but the ending was atrocious. Those who haven't seen it, which I have to imagine is 99.9% of you, will have no idea what I'm talking about, but of the six people that end up in the water, only two survive before figuring a way back up. So the woman, who's had a infant baby trapped on the boat all alone for a rough guesstimation 12-14 hours, gets back on the yacht and lowers the ladder for the other guy who remains alive. However, he was the dummy who failed to lower the ladder in the first place and so he decides, he too must pay with his life for all the other lost lives and decides not to climb back on the boat and drifts out to sea.

This is where it just totally loses all credibility

After lowering the ladder, the mother immediately goes to check on her baby, who no doubt has to be all poopy and cranky and hungry and she's eventually shown falling asleep with her baby. Now to be able to change, feed, comfort and fall asleep with the baby has to take some amount of time -- at least an hour, though as a father of three, I know it would take hell of a lot longer that that. Anyhoo, she wakes up and wonders where her friend is so she goes up to take a look around -- in a pouring storm mind you -- and discovers he's not around. Somehow she's able to spot him in the ocean and after much thought decides to go in after him. Simply ridiculous.

And so what happens next? Good question, because we're shown what appears to be two endings. First a small tugboat comes across the yacht which appears to be empty except for a crying baby. Then it cuts to the mother back on the ship, with the guy either dead or passed out. And then credits.

So there you go. If you haven't seen this movie, DON'T. If you have, I feel your pain.

Category: General
Posted on: January 15, 2008 9:43 am

Put the biscuit in the basket


Have they made the rims smaller or something?

Just this past week, you had Savannah State held to a record 4 points in the second half against Kansas State in an 85-25 loss back on Jan. 7.

Then St. Louis scores all of 20 points -- 20 freakin' points! A record low total -- in a 49-20 loss to George Washington.

I kind of understand Savannah State's woeful performance as they were overmatched vs. a Big 12 team. Quite frankly, what's Savannah State doing in Division I in the first place?

Unfortunately, Division I college basketball has about 40 Savannah State's mucking things up.

New Jersey Tech? North Florida? Kennesaw State? Longwood? Did you even realize these are Division I schools? Are you kidding me? But that's a rant for another day.

Back to the business at hand.

What's the Billikens' execuse? This isn't some infant program and they were playing against a team that, statistically, they were superior too.

So what happened? The were 7 for 48 from the field. They missed 23 consecutive shots. They were 1 of 19 from 3-point range. I've never seen such ineptitude.

But I actually think the worst stinker of all came via Michigan State on Saturday.

The Spartans could manage a pitiful 36 points in a loss to Iowa. Sure they didn't set any records, but going into the game they were the sixth-ranked team in the nation sporting a stellar 14-1 mark. So how does this happen? How does a team with championship aspirations manage only 36 points?

Sadly, I don't think we've seen the end of this atrocious scoring as its been happening all season. Remember that 47-44 barnburner between Louisville and Miami (Ohio)?

Based on the way teams have been shooting this year, I think another team is going to give the Billikens a run for their money.

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