Friday, March 14, 2014

One Job Only, and What?

   cuzzin ricky

Welcome to the Big- Our Refs Blow Too

Here's welcoming Maryland to the B1G


I am born and raised in Chicago.  My gramps wore a U. Chicago
sweater (the first Heisman winner was U.C.'s  Jay Berwanger); my Dad liked Northwestern (and would say of the Rose Bowl every year "Never bet against the Big 10" - until the smart money did just that).   I liked no team; didn't know about conferences, pros, colleges, or anything (except my mom said she had applied to put me on Harvard's waiting list when I was born.  LOL)  I was a kid,  and there were no football games on television (that anyone watched). 

Don't get me wrong though.  Playing football was a big deal,; we played in the street.  Tackle.   My first remembrance was playing tackle football in the back yard of the flat we were living in.  Pat Stack lived downstairs.  Pat tackled me before I could cross the goal line, so I started sobbing like a little girl that I was hurt.  When he got off me, I jumped up and ran across the goal.  My mother, who had been watching, immediately yelled to "come up here".  She told me that what I had done was cowardly and unsportsmanlike.  Made me go downstairs and apologize to Pat.

The "real" first game I went to was the the 1956 College All-Star Game,  played at Soldier's Field.  I was excited because one of the college players was Ohio State's Howie (Hopalong) Cassady.  Had no idea who he was, but I was a 
Hoppy fan! I have no recollection of the game other than when scantily (for the time) clad cheerleaders paraded by I hooped and hollered like a drunk sailor.  Because that's what I thought would make my dad proud of his grown-up son that could stay up late in the cold.   Instead, he told me later that I had embarrassed the hell out of him,  and my Uncle Mike too.  I remember that.  The record shows that the Browns slaughtered the All-starts. I slept through that part, but can still see the lights shining down on the fields; the crowd of about 2 million, and the smell of the turf that was being torn up.

Anyway, in response to Chris's comment:

Here's welcoming Maryland to the B1G, Rodger. I wish I could say our refs were better, but they're not. I wish I could say the fans of all our schools were classier, they're not (*cough, Ohio State fans are worse than Duke and Carolina's combined *cough). But we have some cool stadiums to visit and if you get to Nebraska, you'll not find classier people anywhere. So there's that. :)

Are you saying, Chris, that Big Ten refs would, for instance, in a close game with OSU, behind by 1 with seconds to play,  award a tie-up possession to OSU when the possession arrow showed it was Nebraska's?  Allowing OSU to score the winner? Has that happened in the Big Ten, over and over for 60 years?  Further thoughts here.

Sen. Feinscam

The Two Faces of Elected Democrats
 ... it's probably not a good idea to begin by asserting that virtually all elected Democrats are liars. But what the hell.

Mr. Ron Metzger
Which brings to mind—

I naively thought Congress wanted to get rid of the bad apples. Boy, was I wrong. I thought we were doing a good thing here, but it turned out Congress didn't agree with that. They were angry

Francis 'Bud' Mullen

former FBI assistant director

.While prosecutors won 19 Abscam convictions, Congress sought assurances that a similar investigation would never happen again. Then-U.S. Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti approved new guidelines in 1981 that governed "sensitive" undercover investigations involving politicians.  [Full]

Of the thirty-one targeted officials, one US senator (Harrison A. Williams (D-NJ)) and six members of the US House of Representatives (John Jenrette (D-SC), Richard Kelly (R-FL), Raymond Lederer (D-PA), Michael "Ozzie" Myers (D-PA), Frank Thompson (D-NJ), and John M. Murphy (D-NY)) were convicted of bribery and conspiracy in separate trials in 1981.

John Murtha (D-PA) was one of the Congressmen videotaped[16] in an encounter with undercover FBI operatives.[17] Although never indicted or prosecuted, he was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the scandal.[18] ....
Murtha was given immunity and testified against his colleagues, and remained in Congress

Until fairly recently, most discussions of Abscam misdirected his party affiliation with (Harrison A. Williams (R-NJ)


Tip: Tommy Lee Smith

White Collar OMG

The Humanity                        

White Collar has already lost its writing staff and several crew members.

White Collar fans may need to start panicking.

According to, renewal talks for a sixth season of the USA crime dramedy have stalled, leaving the fate of the series up in the air. Because of the prolonged negotiations, White Collar has already lost its writing staff and several crew members.

Psych and more TV shows we're losing this year

If the series does not return, viewers would be left without closure. The fifth season ended on a cliffhanger with Neal (Matt Bomer) being abducted by a mystery man. [TV GUIDE]

How hooked on White Collar are we?  Well, we went through the first four seasons (about 60 hours) in less than two weeks.  When season four ended—with a mind numbing cliff hanger—we sped to watch the next episode on Netflix. 


There was no next episode.  I searched ROKU;  found the series five  on Amazon.  For a price.  We rarely pay money to watch movies, and paying to watch a television re-run is unthinkable.  However, with Mother Superior in shock, I suggested we buy the nest episode, just to get closure.  Cost $1.99 for SD (standard def), so I bought it.  Whew.  But Mo Sup whined (yes whined) that she would not sleep that night without following the leftover crumbs, so we bought another.  She wanted more, but after watching 5 hours of Mozzy and gang, I just couldn't.  But next night we were back, and last night we watched episodes 5 and six.  That's because episode two created a new OMFG! cliff hanger.  One so powerful that it's become a Damoclean sword hanging over every episode.  It was then that I had to reassure MoSup (and me) that there was in fact a season six in the offing; with tragic result. 

When I emailed the news to 
Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys (it was she who got us  hooked after a comment she posted), her response contained, I think,  a brilliant observation.

Sudden thought.
ok "thought"

I oft marvel at the glossy sales brochure that show is for NYC [it even makes *me* wanna go there] and wonder how much ...'financial input' they get in return. They sure get a lot of help/access/street shut downs from the city. Maybe, with the new NY admin, that went *p00f* and there's no bux/*place* for the show?

They did seem to have the run of the streets -- and many other locations... Lotsa outdoor scenes. Wandering the streets, making busts, chasing around.... Wouldn't be the same show without that kind of access.

[I think where Neil lives [the outside, at least] is [now] the Ralph Lauren store] But those shots are all old.

Also noticing some 'sly' product placement for Ford this last season. Massaging seats and all.....

And there's these object lessons
The Sopranos. Went on strike. By the time a new season began (about 2 years), everyone in the cast had signed on to the Hollywood trashing of President Bush.  I couldn't bring myself to watch it again.  Not even re-runs.

Mad Men:  Went on Strike.
By the time a new season began (about 2 years), I didn't care.  Tried, but the magic was gone.

Prediction   A new series called MOZZY


22 (dated, but accurate)THINGS

reno francois