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Celebrate Good Times, C’mon!

NFL Penalty FlagIn the early 1980’s, Kool & The Gang urged us to “celebrate good times” in their #1 Billboard hit “Celebration”. Back then, the NFL and it’s players took that message to heart with some of the most entertaining post-score frolic ever displayed at a sporting event. The Billy “White Shoes” Johnson end-zone dance, Ickey Woods’ “Shuffle”, the Fun Bunch jump, and others, delighted crowds and TV watchers alike, helping to propel the league to the top of the American sports popularity charts.
Today, while the iconic disco hit continues to get regular radio airplay, and is a staple of every wedding DJ’s playlist, the NFL has decided to take the opposite approach and secure it’s moniker’s definition as the “No Fun League”. For example, any type of group celebration, or multi-player choreographed revelry is verboten … very odd for the ultimate TEAM sport. Any use of a prop; including the ball, goal posts, or pylons; is forbidden. Further, anything that the officials deem inappropriate or found to be remotely taunting can evoke the dreaded yellow flag indicating a 15 yard Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty.
Granted, the TD hoopla was getting out of hand with the likes of Terrell Owens and his antics – which included carrying a sharpie in his sock to autograph the ball and hand it to the defender, taking the ball to mid-field and spiking it on his opponent’s logo, and taking a nap on the ball in the end-zone on his opponent’s painted name. His celebrations were more taunting in nature, forcing the league’s honchos to reign in his potentially volatile-reaction-inducing acts.
However, as usually happens, the chieftains let the pendulum swing too far. Just this season alone, we’ve seen the penalty flag fly for two players who have imitated shooting an arrow into the air; three players who gathered and waved their arms in the air; and, just yesterday, a player was flagged for shooting the football into the air as if it were a basketball! Players can’t even remove their helmets on the field without incurring a penalty.
It’s time for the NFL to wake up! TV ratings are falling; teams are having trouble selling out; and the air of a fun, and even outlandish, player pool filled with mesmerizing personalities which helped lift the league to unprecedented heights is seemingly disappearing. The powers that be need to allow the hilarity of an Antonio Brown hugging the goal posts, the joy of a Cardinal team dancing, or the delight of a Michael Crabtree throwing the ball 50 feet into the air, to occur WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE. They need to allow their players to “celebrate good times … C’MON!”.

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Blackeyed Peas Flash Mob Dance On Oprah

October 27, 2009 3 comments

I am NOT an Oprah fan by any means. But, this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.  It’s worth the 5 minutes!

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Is it just me …

October 17, 2009 1 comment

… or does Supernanny need to go on Biggest Loser?

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Why all the fuss, Rush?

October 16, 2009 6 comments

The incredible noise surrounding Rush Limbaugh’s attempt to be part of a group seeking to buy the NFL’s St. Louis Rams has become quite deafening.  He is claiming that he is being discriminated against and, in essence blackballed, from owning a National Football League team.  He bases that claim on the fact that his proposed inclusion in the bidding process by this particular group of investors was going to be opposed by the Player’s Union, as well as some of the more powerful minority groups in this country, for his numerous off-color and even racist comments in regards to the NFL and it’s players.

We could sit here and debate the man’s First Amendment rights, or whether or not a known drug abuser is fit for NFL ownership. We could argue if the NFL is a closed organization that has the right to determine who is part of their “club”.  We could talk about whether or not he has ever truly recanted his intolerant comments towards the players and the league.

But, all of those subjects, which Rush has been wrapping himself up in the last few days, are not and have never been moot.  That’s because the right-wing talk-show host has created this huge media morass after he was withdrawn from the interested investment group, by the group themselves.  That’s right … his own peeps didn’t want him anymore!  It wasn’t a liberal/minority conspiracy or lack of “American convictions” by the league and it’s ownership.  It was simply that Rush’s own people couldn’t afford the liability he represents if they were to make a successful bid … or perhaps they were just tired of hearing him talk.

So, we can spend all our time deliberating these hypothetical rhubarbs.  Or, we can devote our attention to some of the more pressing matters facing our country like jobs, the economy, healthcare, energy, or the recent story that the Arctic ice cap will possibly fully melt this coming summer.  Somehow, I think Rush will stay with the more selfish debate.  I just hope the rest of us can rise above the din.

My, how times have changed!

Imagine getting this response from Disney now, rather than 71 years ago?!?

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Don’t cry for me, Brazil

For those of you Windy Cityers still reeling after last week’s International Olympic Committee decision as to which city will host the 2016 games … Get over it!  Bottom line: Most Chicagoans didn’t want the games. IOC saw that and hit the ejector button. NNNNNNNNNNNNN … thanks for playing, Chicago!

And, don’t go crying over the “spilt milk” of a possible economic boon for the city.  The ‘84 Olympics were no windfall for LA. Granted, the Russians pulled out (as a shtup for the US not showing up in ‘80 because of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan), and the attendance dropped precipitously. But, those expecting to profit from reselling tickets, renting their house or apartment/condo for big buckaroos, or just hoping for whirlwind business from their everyday livelihoods, were sorely disappointed.

Hats off to Brazil. This is something that they wanted, not just for themselves, but for all of South America – a continent long overdue for an extended visit from the 5-rings flag. And, for those who think that they won’t be able to pull it off, don’t bet against this emerging market juggernaut. They are on pace to be the world’s 5th largest economy by the time the athletes march into the stadium for opening ceremonies. Yes, the Chinese set the bar very high last year in Beijing. But, the Brazilians know how to put on a huge party. I can’t wait to see what happens when Olympic and Mardi Gras spirit combine for the 2016 Summer Games.

If it’s any consolation to Chicagoans still licking their wounds from the bitter disappointment of being the first finalist dismissed … I liked your logo the best!

Well played, Dave

October 4, 2009 1 comment

WARNING:  THIS BLOG MAY CONTAIN EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AND ADULT THEMES! (Sorry, no porn)


Earlier this week, David Letterman was forced, by the failed ploy of a would be extortionist, to publicly admit that he had “sexual encounters with staff members” from his show, Late Night.  If you haven’t seen his admission from Wednesday’s show watch the video/click the link below.
What I love about it, is how deftly and subtly he caresses the story so that, by the end, he comes off as being the wounded victim who smells like roses.  Now, before you go screaming in all caps that he WAS the victim, I am not denying that he wasn’t a victim … just not the only victim.
He admittedly is guilty of giving the staff to the staff.  I’m quite certain that CBS has some pretty strict policies against  getting your line wet in the company pond.  While his production company, World Wide Pants, probably also has a thing about keeping the namesake on.  Yet, Dave will almost certainly be immune from any serious sanctions from the network or elsewhere.  However, those women’s careers could be in jeopardy if names start flying around … and they usually do at some point.
Dave is like Teflon.  He makes you laugh, gives you a taste of that midwestern charm, and before you know it you’ve forgotten some of the most shocking news of all … he’s been pole vaulting with some of the team.  Somehow, I feel if Oprah were to come on her show and admit to doing the horizontal Lambada with the Harpo faithful, the reaction wouldn’t  be quite as forgiving.
Let’s turn our attention to the blackmailer for a second.  This guy gets the Numb Nutz Award for the week.  He had this gossip, all apparently true, that he could have sold to the tabloids very easily; written a screenplay, as he had planned; or penned a tell al book – all of which would have made him a pretty penny.  But, instead, he had to go the illegal route of extortion and will now be pressing license plates for State of New York for the next 6-12 years … once he returns from his whirlwind honeymoon with his new cellmate, Bubba.
No, I’m not condoning what he had planned.  I think that spreading gossip and hearsay  about the personal lives of anyone, celebrity or not, is one of the lowest forms of communication reserved for the boot-licking bottom-feeders of our genus.  I just think if you are going to do something, then do it smart.  Do it in a way that insulates yourself from harm and gives you a chance to come away on top of the situation.  Kind of like Dave.

Sorry, the video has been pulled by a CBS copyright claim.  To see the video, go to:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/01/david-letterman-extortion_n_307221.html