Sports are fixed part two – Football

I think football is fixed.

This goes back to the third Super Bowl.

This started as a way to give the old AFL some credibility when merging with the established NFL. This is why Joe Namath could guarantee a win. This is why he did nothing before this Super Bowl or after it. Not to mention the Jets haven’t won anything since 1969 and that Super Bowl.

Now it is about money, gambling and TV.

People tell me it can’t be done. I say bullshit. All it takes is one maybe two referees. How many times has a team been in the red zone and there is a penalty that throws them back to third and 25 or whatever and kills the drive. All it takes is a penalty here or a penalty there.

So billions are bet on football and sports in general. Do you think they leave that to chance? Then there is TV and they want the glamor teams and the money they bring to charge for commercials. That would be 5 million for a 30 second ad in the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is the most watched sporting event so it doesn’t take much to get people watching.

How about those refs?

How many times have you seen a call that makes no sense. Or a call that should have been called against one team and the refs call something against the other team. Then there are the no calls on obvious penalties. What really gets me here is when the damn announcers look at it and say “good NO call.” WTF is that? Sorry but if it was a penalty it should be called.

Then they came up with reviews BUT there are things they can’t review. This is just another way to keep control of the game. AND the damn refs that made the call review the play. Doesn’t anyone see anything wrong with this? At least baseball has someone in some other place to do a review. I don’t know if they are umps or former umps but they shouldn’t be.

There are games and teams that go the whole game without a penalty. This is impossible. I watched a preseason game where the one team didn’t get a penalty until the end of the third quarter. Again this is impossible especially in preseason when they are playing players from the college draft etc.

I have seen defensive backs run into receivers with their back to the ball with their hands in the air and no call. This is called face guarding and is a penalty. Then a defensive back in the same game is running with the receiver and is looking at the ball, goes up to block or intercept and they touch and it is called interference. Bullshit.

Then there is illegal contact versus interference. Illegal contact is a lesser penalty and is another way to control the game giving a penalty but giving a team a break with a lesser penalty.

There are games today when a team goes a whole game with no holding calls. This is really impossible. It was once said the refs could call holding on every play so how the hell do they not call if for a whole game?

How about that bullshit rule where receivers have to maintain possession through the “process.” This is really bullshit. A running back can dive over and break the plane with the ball and have it knocked from his hands and that is a TD. I saw a game with the Packers where the receiver caught the ball on the one or two yard line. He stepped over with one foot, broke the plane and his second foot was out of bounds and not in the end zone. They called no catch even though he had both feet on the ground when he caught it and then stepped over the goal line and out of bounds. This is the same as a runner being pushed out of bounds at the goal line and side line and as he goes out he sticks the ball out and breaks the plane or touches the pylon.

There are just too many non-calls, wrong calls, or ridiculous calls that are made by men that are suppose to be professional. That and they make chump change while athletes are making millions. Don’t you think they could be bribed in some way. How about the players some of which blow their money or have cocaine habits or other vices like gambling. Don’t you think they could be bribed. Hell they catch college kids shaving points and throwing games.

How many times have you seen a ref looking right at a play and make no call?

The announcers suck.

I guess they have their marching orders from the league. You very rarely hear them question a call. Phil Simms is the biggest butt kisser in the league. I have seen him agree with the refs on 99.9% of the calls. I have seen him agree and then the ref changes the call and he agrees with the change.

These announcers really piss me off because sometimes I have no idea what they are looking at when I can clearly see on TV what the penalty was or the problem was. Then they try to tell you that you didn’t see what you saw with your own eyes.

The horse collar.

Here is another example of stupid rules. These players have long hair and it is ok to grab it because they say it is part of the uniform. BUT if you actually grab the uniform where the name of the player is then that is a horse collar. You don’t even have to grab the collar. How can you grab the hair and it be part of the uniform but when you actually grab the uniform it is a penalty when the hair is NOT. This is bullshit.

Letting them play.

This is just and excuse for not calling penalties when a team gets called a lot for penalties. The Raiders use to be the most penalized team in football while the Shula Dolphins were always the least penalized but when the played each other the Dolphins would come away with more penalties.

This “let them play” is just an excuse for allowing the thugs to run the game. Like when New Orleans had a bounty on Favre and other QBs and they almost knocked Favre out of the playoff game. There were few calls for roughing the passer in that game if there were any calls at all. There is a ref behind the QB to protect him and yet most of the time they make no calls. I have seen a QB get hit so hard in the head that his head bends over to his shoulder while another QB barely gets brushed and they call a blow to the head. Just another way to control who wins.

An example of the fix.

2007 Super Bowl, Tony Dungy and Lovey Smith are the head coaches and both are black. I believe they were the only two black head coaches at the time. The league made sure a black coach would win a Super Bowl. Don’t get me wrong Dungy deserved it and probably would have won in Tampa if not for the owners firing him for Jon Gruden. Dungy turned around Tampa and taught them how to win. But the league made rules to force teams to interview black candidates and now to further influence them they would make a winning black coach.

Smith did nothing before this Super Bowl or after it but get fired. He never got close again just like Namath in Super Bowl III. Lovie Smith even got fired in Tampa after two seasons. Dungy of course retired.

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Where is Christmas?

I know this is a little early but before you know it Christmas will be here along with Black Friday. I am damned tired of Christmas being a dirty word. I am damned tired of those that claim not to believe in God and Jesus and Christmas but they sure as hell celebrate, buy presents and take the damn day off. I think their asses should be at work and their businesses should be open. And yet almost all businesses are closed on this day of Christmas that they won’t mention or acknowledge.

How about government offices? This is Christmas which is suppose to celebrate the birth of Christ. Why are government offices closed for a religious holiday? There should be separation of church and state and they should be open for business. After all they can’t put a nativity on government property or the ten commandments. So why aren’t the government offices open and the people at work. The police, fire department and military work why not the rest of the government?

Are you offended by Christmas?

Are you offended by Christmas? Too damn bad. This is America and most of us celebrate Christmas. We don’t care what you celebrate and we aren’t offended by what you want to celebrate so piss off.

America is 85 or 90 percent Christian and that means we celebrate Christmas. This country was started and run on majority rules and not a bunch of loud mouth special interests. So again piss off.

The damn stores won’t allow their employees to say Merry Christmas while some leave it up to the employees. Most stores are now not even using the word Christmas in their sale ads. Stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target and others. Even when selling Christmas trees they won’t say Christmas. One store even said they were selling holiday trees. WTF is that?

I have several solutions for these morons.

Wish everyone a Merry Christmas. If they don’t like it too bad. This is our country and we have freedom of speech. Boycott the stores that won’t use the word Christmas. This is their busiest time of the year and then they bite the hand that feeds them, Christians and Christmas.

Send out Christmas cards and any mail and write Merry Christmas on the outside of the envelope. A few years back someone suggested sending cards and letters to the ACLU with Merry Christmas on the envelope wishing them a Merry Christmas and put it on the inside too. They have to open every one.

You may also write to the ACLU at 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York NY 10004. There are local offices to on the internet. Send them all best Christmas wishes.

Give gift cards for Christmas.

This serves several purposes. One, they don’t get the sale during the Christmas season more than likely because whomever receives the gift card probably won’t use it until the first of the year. Two, they may not get the sale at all if you buy general gift cards like a Visa gift card or gift cards from stores that do use the word Christmas in their ads etc. Three, the person that receives it may not use it for months that will really screw up their Christmas sales figures.

OR you can give vacations or holidays. Like a two or three days stay in a bed and breakfast. How about a gift card for a nice dinner for two. Use some imagination and get around these people/businesses that don’t want to offend the small percentage of people in the U.S. but don’t mind telling you to go to hell. That’s right the 85 or 90 percent that celebrate Christmas and they think you won’t do anything. They think you don’t count. They think you need to buy at Christmas.

Order and purchase from the internet. A lot of people are doing this anyway but continue to do it especially if they acknowledge Christmas. Some of these stores are struggling to survive already. It won’t take much to push them over the edge. Sears use to be the number one retailer in the country and is now struggling along with K-Mart. Target is failing. J.C. Penney was losing customers and on the verge of failing. None of these retailers are smart enough when it comes to marketing. They will continue to pander to these special interest groups all the while claiming it is about inclusion while they are excluding Christmas and those that celebrate it. 90 percent of over 300 million Americans is over 270 million Americans. Which would you rather sell to? 30 million or 270 million.

How about those alternatives?

How about Kwanzaa? These people that are offended by Christmas claim it is not inclusive while Kwanzaa is strictly an African-American holiday. Sounds exclusive to me or racist. This was created in 1966 and why was it put in December? December 26 to January 1st. Kwanzaa means “first fruits of the harvest.” Harvesting is usually done in the fall before winter so why is this right behind Christmas except to be divisive and again racist.

How about Hanukkah? Now this has been celebrated longer than Christmas but again why in December. December 24 to January 1st. During this time they light the eight candles of the menorah. Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication. This like Kwanzaa appears to have nothing to do with the birth of Christ. So why does one start the day before Christmas and the other the day after Christmas. As I said above why not at harvest time in the fall?

Neither one of these uses a tree, i.e. a Christmas tree as part of its celebration so why then are retailers not selling “Christmas” trees?

It is time for us to take back out country and our traditions etc. As stated above Americans don’t care what you celebrate for the most part. We are not offended by your holiday so if Christmas offends you maybe you should consider returning to your country. If you came here to be American and part of America then be part of America.

They use to call America a melting pot because we came and blended or “melted” into American society and became one nation. We became Americans. Now thanks to liberals we are divided. Under the guise of keeping your countries traditions etc. they have divided us into smaller groups i.e. Italian-Americans, Native-Americans, etc. etc. etc.

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Serving your country then getting kicked to the curb

I spent 20 years in the military. I am not angry or bitter but am damn tired of the politicians that never served sending our men and women to be maimed and killed. All the while sitting on their asses in Washington or where ever they are from.

Actually most represent special interests and lobbyists and not the American people. They only need us to vote and I am not sure they need that with the way Democrats are trying to rig the elections with stupid rules for voting. Like Hillary wants 20 damn days to vote. Why? So they can go from poll to poll and vote over and over like in Chicago. Isn’t that where Obama is from? And then they make jokes about it. “Vote early and vote often.” Then Hillary and others make it look like they are doing this for you, sure they are.

Serve your country, protect America and get screwed.

When I went in we were promised FREE healthcare for life if you stayed at least 20 years. Of course before I got to the end and retired they changed it to the Tricare system with premiums, copays and all the other crap that goes with insurance.

Then when the government was sued and it went to the supreme court they decided, in a self-serving decision that recruiters didn’t have the authority to offer FREE healthcare for life. It didn’t matter that the PRECEDENT had been set for decades or that the government honored that promise the recruiters made for decades. No, the government can have its cake and eat it too and your damn cake too.

On top of that the whole time you are working and serving you have Medicare taken out of your pay checks. THEN when you get to retirement and age 65 they make us retired military take and pay for Medicare and don’t offer you the option to not take it. In fact they tell you that you HAVE to participate to KEEP your damn Tricare that you earned in the military. No where were we told this would happen. No where were we told when you reach 65 you HAVE to take Medicare to keep your Tricare YOU EARNED FOR SERVING and Tricare that you have to pay for also. This while your congressman gets better healthcare than you do for just walking in the front door.

The fox is in charge of the hen house.

This damn congress is a bunch of liars, thieves, crooks, perverts and even murderers. They care nothing about you except at election time and they damn sure don’t care about the country. The play partisan politics along party lines and you people keep voting for the same people. So it is no wonder they care nothing about the military or veterans either. They pay lip service just like the networks and media about honoring the military but then you have the likes of Colin Kaepernick who has no clue what life is like. I am sure he is a pampered athlete and is running his mouth much like the elitist Hollywood set.

Many celebrities have gone to Cuba and praise Castro but then they have had Hanoi Jane Fonda to show them the way on how to be a traitor. Still others have been with Hugo Chavez before he died like Danny Glover who called Chavez his brother. So I don’t want to hear from anyone in Hollywood about honoring the troops. People like Harrison Ford that was a coward and hid behind being a conscientious objector. Which is a long name for coward. It was alright for others to die so he could make 20 million a picture and marry someone young enough to be his daughter. I digress, sorry.

Wounded Warrior and other such organizations.

Here is another example of them kicking you to the curb. All these organizations like Wounded Warrior exist because once discharged with a disability like lost limbs, Traumatic Brain Injury etc. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. I assume they get some kind of retirement/disability pay but there is no way it can cover this sort of thing.

My son was not in the military but was my dependent and was in a car accident. He came away with a Traumatic Brain Injury. They gave him physical therapy, occupational therapy but NOT cognitive therapy the thing he needed the most with a brain injury. I am sure that congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords received cognitive therapy for her being shot in the head.

There are only a few in congress that served or claimed to serve so they can be jackasses when it comes to the defense budget. After all they must send money home or pork barrel spending to get those votes from home and to hell with the military defense budget.

Pay raises.

Every year we use to get a 3% pay raise if it was that much. Then there was the games they played with the fiscal year. It use to start July 1st, then they moved it to October 1st, then to January 1st and that is where it is currently at. You see they delayed making a budget and paying you your wages and giving us a raise.

The first year Obama was in office I lost money because apparently we didn’t get any raise and then taxes went up thus causing us to lose money. Tax and spend Democrats. One year congress gave themselves a 33% pay raise supposedly to get the best and brightest in congress. How is that working out? Then their raises are automatic so they don’t have to vote for it or accept responsibility. Then they tell you it is the law. So what, change the damn law.

Using patriotism

There hasn’t been a draft since 1973 so they use patriotism to get people to join, fight, die and get maimed. This has been done in the past when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and other times in history. There is nothing wrong with patriotism for your country, just remember your country’s government has as much patriotism as a RAT.

As I said most of congress have not served and the ones that have are like John Kerry. Of course Hillary “took fire” when overseas she said which she later recanted when the truth came out. This is a disgrace to those of us that did serve. That they would try to make it look like they served in some capacity. Bullshit.

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Colin Kaepernick – loser

I am a 20 year veteran of the military.

As I have stated before in my post of who I am that I am a 20 year veteran of the military. I could care less about Kaepernick and his protest. In a year or two it will all be forgotten and life and America will go on. I hope though if he ever needs a cop or firefighter or anything like that that they respond to his call. I wonder if he will be able to look a military person in the eye? It doesn’t matter because like the two jackasses in 1968 that held up their fists in the black power salute at the Olympic medal ceremony he will be forgotten just as they are. Of course the liberal media brings them up from time to time but for the most part they are forgotten and just a footnote in history. They accomplished NOTHING and changed NOTHING and neither will Kaepernick.

Colin Kaepernick is a loser.

This is a man/child that has lost his job of starting QB with the 49ers and now needs the attention he isn’t getting anymore. So, out of the blue he decides to protest the treatment of “people of color.” So, what he is saying is he doesn’t like how ALL Americans are treated because we are all people of color. If he doesn’t consider white people as people of color then he is a racist and so is anyone else that uses the term “people of color.”

He will never be anything more than he is or has been. He will never will a Super Bowl. He has no idea what it is to be black or any minority in America. I am sure, like Obama he can make up some stories about racism he has faced.

And what do I know, absolutely nothing. I was poor and lived in places with rats. I was raised by a single mother without even a high school education. I am not black but I know what poor is. I never made millions but I would hope that if I had I would be grateful for what I have in this, the greatest country in the world and in history.

No it isn’t perfect and we have made mistakes and have done things wrong but with all that we are 100 times better than what was and is in second place. In America we have more freedom to be what you want, say what you want, do what you want, go where you want, live where you want.

Why isn’t little Colin worried about people in Africa?

Why isn’t he worried about the men that are killed and the women that are being raped and killed in Africa? In places like Darfur. I see our celebrities were worried about it for a minute and now it is forgotten. No, Colin is worried about here where most can live as they want. Where most can live in peace. Where most have unlimited opportunity to be what they want. Where most don’t live in fear of their lives or being raped by soldiers and others.

Why isn’t he taking his millions there or elsewhere to make a difference? To make a change. To protect the innocent. Why aren’t he and the celebrities in Hollywood there and not here to stop the violence and killings? Why aren’t they there instead of here where it is safe?

I’ll tell you why, because he just needed the attention. He could care less about the blacks in the hood. The blacks doing drive by shootings and those getting shot. Like Black Lives Matter he could care less about black on black crime which is far worse than white on black crime. He could care less about the pregnancy rate in the hood or what happens to those children. He could care less whether they have enough food to eat or clothes or a place to sleep.

Has anyone seen little Colin out in the hood, shaking hands, asking if he can do anything to help, working in a soup kitchen, bringing a truck load of food with all his millions? Has he tried to provide healthcare or free check ups for blacks or children or set up a clinic? Not only no but hell no. But he can sure sit on his ass during the National Anthem. What a hero. What a man of the people.

So like all liberal Democrats he can spread the hate.

This is just like the people in Hollywood just down the road from little Colin. So if he really feels this he can go on being the victim or trying to look like the victim will all his millions. He can be the 126 million dollar hero to blacks. He can be the 126 million dollar down trodden football player. He can go on spreading the hate like the Party of Hate the Democrats.

When is the last time you heard any Democrat say anything good about anything? When is the last time you heard a Democrat talk about bringing us together? Not in a long damn time because it is about divide and conquer. They don’t care about blacks or Hispanics or anyone else. They care about their votes and nothing more and if you don’t believe it ask yourself what has Obama done in the last 8 years for blacks, his people? Don’t forget he is half white so which people does he work for the hardest?

So some of this ridiculous protest should be blamed on the Democrats for continually spreading hate and divisiveness. For making minorities feel like they are mistreated and victims. This is why they continue to talk slavery 151 years after the fact.

So he can cry racism or discrimination.

Along with his craving for attention the second part of his plan is to be able to cry racism or discrimination if not chosen the starter for the 49ers. The coach is white, the other QB is white so he is setting it up for more complaining and whining. “The coached pick him because he is white and I didn’t stand for the National Anthem.” “This is racism.”

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Sports are fixed, Part one – Basketball

Basketball was the first sport I thought was fixed.

So I use to watch the Celtics beat the Lakers all the time along with almost every other team. I thought back then this was fixed.

Then Magic Johnson joined the Lakers and he won five NBA championships. BUT Larry Bird was winning almost every other year. We use to joke about how it was Bird’s turn to win this year and then the next year it was Magic’s turn. We joked it was in the script.

I believe this goes back to the Celtics of the 50s and 60s

The Lakers won one of the three titles contested in the Basketball Association of America which would become the NBA. Then the Lakers won 5 out of the first 10 titles in the NBA. Then suddenly here come the Celtics with this string of impossible victories

From 1959 to 1966 the Celtics won 8 titles in a row, an impossible feat. Not the Yankees or the Montreal Canadiens accomplished this feat. No team in any sports has accomplished this feat. Not only that in 1967 they didn’t make the finals. But in 1968 and 1969 they came back and won 2 more titles making for a string of 10 out of 11 years. AND if you go back to 1957 and 1958 they won in 1957 and lost the finals in 1958. So they were in 10 finals in a row and won 9 out of 10 and 11 out of 13 from 1957 to 1969. Seven of these titles came against the Lakers so out of seven times the Lakers won ZERO. This is bullshit.

I don’t care how good they were there is no way to win this fairly. Over this 13 years they would have had to have one or more bad series. Over 13 years their players got older and slower. Over 13 years some other team would have gotten on a hot streak and won. Over 13 years there would have been injuries to key players. This is bullshit.

Then when they almost killed the NBA suddenly NO ONE could repeat for the next 17 years till the Lakers in 1987 and 1988. Then just as suddenly every damn body was repeating once Magic and Bird revived the NBA and moved it into prime time. Magic’s first title was shown at 11:30 p.m. on a delayed broadcast. Then Detroit repeated in ’89 and ’90, the Bulls in ’91, ’92 and ’93, then the Rockets in ’94 and ’95, then the Bulls again in ’96, ’97, and ’98, then the Lakers again ’00, ’01, and ’02. This is more bullshit.

Too much talent?

When I wrote some of these things in a comments section of an article on the NBA being fixed, someone told me my argument and facts made me wrong. The Celtics had too much talent, NOT!!

There is no way someone could sustain that kind of team and winning over a 13 year period.

Then there is this year’s championship

When the players, coaches and even the wives complain about the game being rigged/fixed then something is up. And what possessed Stephen Curry’s wife to apologize afterward for her comments? Was she threatened by the league or whomever?

So Cleveland a team that never won a title does so by coming from being down 3-1 something that had never been done to win in the finals, come on man. In 2015 they lost to Golden State 4 – 2, now Cleveland wins 4 – 3, this is bullshit. And I don’t care if they have LeBron. He couldn’t win in Miami or Cleveland without stacking the deck. He needed a really good supporting team.

Magic Johnson came out of college and came to the Lakers and won with what was there.

Then there is their stupid draft lottery.

The team with the worst record gets the most giant cards in this drum they tumble and draw out the first team to draft. This system has been under suspicion on numerous occasions. And it is almost never the team with the worst record that gets the first pick.

Every other sport gives the first pick to the team with the worst record but not the NBA. This is another way to rig the system and game.

More rules, more ways to control who wins.

I quit watching after Magic Johnson retired and then got caught up when Miami had a winning streak that got into the 20s in 2013 and ended in Chicago at 27 wins. Isn’t that where Obama is from?

Anyway I started watching and saw all his crap with a free path foul and this arc under the basket and flopping and 3 point flopping. Every time someone goes near a guy shooting a three he flops and the refs call a foul. So if you have more rules you can control the outcome much more easily. Also as in all these sports there are things that can’t be reviewed. This is bullshit. The refs know this and that is another way to control who wins.

Whether covering the point spread or whatever.

People say it can’t be done. Bullshit. All it takes is one ref or a couple players to do the job. Especially the refs. When you watch a game and they are calling fouls ONLY at one end and ONLY on one team and you can’t tell that is fixed then you need help. And if anyone complains they get fined. Most announcers won’t even complain about bad calls because they would probably be fired.

How about when the announcers say “good no call.” This one kills me. And they do this in most team sports. Selective foul or penalty calls. A foul is a foul is a foul and should be called. It also kills me when a guy gets knocked down and it isn’t a foul and then you brush one of the “stars” hands on a shot or layup and there is a foul. This is bullshit.

My next sports are fixed will be on NASCAR. NASCAR and basketball are the two I quit watching because they appear to be fixed.

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Damn tired of hearing about Gronkowski and the Patriots

Anyone else tired of hearing about this jackass. He is only famous because he is a New England Patriot and Tom Brady’s favorite receiver apparently. He is nothing more than a tight end much like Aaron Hernandez another New England Patriot. I am so sick of hearing about “Gronk” get over it ESPN and others. Maybe this is why you are losing subscribers. There are 32 teams and each has 53 players for a total of 1696 total players. So find someone else to cover he isn’t that interesting.

New England Patriots the Dallas Cowboys of the 21st Century.

Does anyone remember the Cowboys of the 70s and 80s? They were a bunch of drama queens. They thought the world and NFL revolved around them.

The only difference is the Cowboys didn’t cheat or get caught cheating. But the drama is the same. We have to know everything that is going on in New England whether we want to or not. Every where you turn there is “Gronk”. If they find him at another sporting event we HAVE to know about it and get a shot of him in the stands or where ever.

What is so special about Gronkowski?

So why are the networks so enamored with “Gronk”? He is a tight end just like most tight ends in football. I would guess almost any decent tight end would fit in the Pats system but he wouldn’t have that name and nickname would he? Nope, some other player wouldn’t be called “Gronk”. I for one am damn sick of it.

To cheat or not to cheat.

So is this what sports have come to? Cheating in football, baseball and other sports. Win at all costs? I like to win but not by cheating.

The Pats have been caught at least two times with the filming of another team called Spygate, which is apparently against the rules and now Deflategate. The NFL rules state “No video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the coaches’ booth, on the field, or in the locker room during the game.” This is two times and it makes you wonder how many times they haven’t been caught.

Here are some things to think about. Bill Belichick was coach of the Cleveland Browns from 1991 – 1995. He had one winning season where they finished second in their division. Then beat New England in the wild card playoff and lost to Pittsburg in the second round of the playoffs. During his tenure in Cleveland he compiled a 36–44 record, leading the team to the playoffs in 1994, his only winning year with the team. In Belichick’s last season in Cleveland the Browns finished 5–11, despite starting 3-1.

So, he comes to the Pats as head coach and suddenly is a genius? How come? Has he cheated all these years in different ways and NOT been caught?

So they were caught in the Deflategate debacle and win the Super Bowl and get to keep the title? Sorry but it should have been vacated and given to Seattle. But no, just like baseball and PEDs/steroids they are letting these records stand and this Super Bowl victory stand. Records and a win they didn’t earn. So apparently cheaters do prosper. The government should step in like they did with baseball and PEDs and strip the title.

So are their wins tainted by the cheating? I think so. Just like Lance Armstrong in cycling and in baseball with the PED/steroids. What all these cheaters did doesn’t matter. It is a slap in the face of those that earned their victory or their records.

New England and cheating go back to the snow plow incident.

The game between Miami and New England on December 12, 1982 the field was covered with snow. The teams had fought for over 45 minutes to a zero to zero tie when, Patriots coach Ron Meyer ordered snowplow operator Mark Henderson to clear a spot on the field specifically for placekicker John Smith. Henderson, a convicted burglar was on a work release program from MCI-Norfolk at the time of the game. So instead of going straight across the field he veered left to create a clear spot for the kicker who made the field goal. The Pats of course won 3 to 0.

The Tuck Rule. WTF

The “Tuck Rule Game” name came from the controversial game-changing play. In the play, Raiders’ cornerback Charles Woodson sacked Tom Brady, which in turn, caused a fumble that was recovered by Raiders’ linebacker Greg Biekert, and, if it was a fumble, would have almost certainly sealed the game. Referees reviewed the play, and eventually determined that even though Brady had halted his passing motion and was attempting to “tuck” the ball into his body, it was an incomplete pass and not a fumble under NFL rules. The original call was overturned, and the ball was given back to the Patriots, who moved the ball into field goal range.

With under a minute remaining in regulation, Patriots’ Adam Vinatieri kicked a 45-yard field goal to tie the game at 13, which sent the game into overtime. In the overtime period, Vinatieri kicked a 23-yard field goal to win the game for the Patriots. Isn’t if funny how that went their way and now they have cheated twice, three times counting the snow plow incident and seemingly have gotten away with it with little or no ramifications?

What happened to Gronk?

I know I got off the subject but the New England Patriots are a sore subject with me. If they are so damn good then why the cheating? If Belichick is such a genius then why the cheating? And please don’t say they are looking for an edge, this isn’t an edge but cheating plain and simple.

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Celebrities, what losers

Wow, where do I start? What a bunch of losers. These are people that have no sense of reality. They are people that do nothing but stand in front of a camera and recite lines they memorized that someone else wrote.

Executive Producer, wow wee.

How many times have we seen this? Some actor, usually an unknown, gets a TV series and the second season they have to be the executive producer. Why? Because they are control freaks. Suddenly they think they should run the show and decide the stories lines etc. It is all about control. Then they want to direct, more control and they get to tell the other actors what to do.

I use to watch Psych and suddenly the two stars became producers and then the stories sucked. They weren’t as funny and it wasn’t long before they canceled the show. hmmmmm.

They become famous and their hamburger tastes change.

Suddenly they have to have bottled water from a spring in the Andes Mountains or caviar from a fish that lives in the Mariana trench. These are people that scraped and scrounged to make a living to get where they are and suddenly they have a connoisseur’s palate.

Money does not make you better.

Usually when I criticize actors in the comments section of an article one of these geniuses responds and I get, “they have made 100 million dollars, what have you done?” Sorry but that doesn’t make you a better person or a smarter person or anything else but rich.

Me, I served 20 years in the military. We raised 4 kids, 2 girls 2 boys. The girls didn’t get pregnant, do drugs or anything else stupid. The boys didn’t get anyone pregnant, do drugs or anything else stupid. Now I am not a millionaire but I am rich in other ways. I have common sense and am relatively intelligent. I don’t follow the crowd like your average celebrity that can’t think for themselves. They are almost all liberals and I’ll bet half of them can’t tell you why and if they do it will be some really stupid reason.

They find out they serve no useful purpose or they should find out.

Oh sure they find some charity that doesn’t require too much time or effort to support that makes them look humanitarian or like they are “giving back.” Giving back to whom?

Or when there is some natural disaster and they show up to get some face time. They hold a concert or whatever and donate YOUR money to disaster relief. At least we think they do. Who knows where that money goes. They don’t donate any money of their own. They don’t get their hands dirty and help with the clean up or rebuilding say for a couple weeks. Nope. They just haul ass back to their mansion or where ever.

Reality check.

They have no sense of reality or how Americans live. They probably have no idea what a loaf of bread costs. They probably don’t cook for themselves or shop for themselves or drive themselves. We know they don’t dress themselves. When on the red carpet they are in clothes that are probably borrowed like their jewelry. They have no sense of style or class. They put on anything with a designer name and that could be a burlap sack as long as it says Versace or some other designer name.

Some think they can do the stuff they do in movies like Paul Walker of Fast and Furious fame. He died in a car going 100 mph. He had a daughter at home and does something stupid like this and now she is fatherless. To his credit he wasn’t driving but should have told the driver to slow down. If you look at the pictures of the car there is nothing but a pile of twisted metal you can’t tell it was a car.

Drugs and alcohol and suicide.

How many don’t have the brains NOT to do drugs or become alcoholics. I assume because they are weak individuals and can’t say no. Or they are looking for a thrill and gets a hold of you and won’t let go. Then people like to say it is a disease. Sorry, there is no bug that gives you a drug habit or alcoholism.

Look at Whitney Houston, my favorite singer at the time, was apparently a party animal till it killed her and again left her daughter without her mother and now he daughter is dead herself.

Heath Ledger died from a drug overdose of prescription drugs. He left behind a fatherless daughter. There are many others.

Robin Williams committed suicide. David Carradine died of asphyxiation in some sex device alone in his room. Apparently he was a pervert of some kind.

So my point here is should you be listening to these kinds of people on issues that matter, like politics, religion, raising your kids etc. etc.

Facelifts and Botox

On top of everything else I mentioned they can’t grow old gracefully, at least most of them. Not sure who they think they are fooling but they are not. When you are 75 years old like Raquel Welch and don’t have a wrinkle, hello. Or 70 years old like Jaclyn Smith and I use to think she was beautiful and she still is to some extent but get real.

Then there was Joan Rivers that made a joke of it and in the end it killed her having too many surgeries apparently along with the doctor’s screw ups.

So, this just shows you most of them have no sense of reality. I know that show business is part of the problem but when you are 70 or 75 and a facelift gets you a job then it might be time to quit. What does this say about their sense of self worth? Do they dislike themselves or how they look this much? You know when people tell me I don’t look my age it makes me feel good because I haven’t had a facelift or Botox.

The Media.

I just want to tell these people in the media they are morons when they say stuff like, “you won’t believe what so and so looks like.” Or, “so and so lights up the red carpet.” Are they for real? Don’t they know they have had work done? It is like the baseball players that cheated and now they talk about how great a player they were, IT DOESN’T COUNT, you cheated. A facelift and Botox is cheating.

No better than you or I.

These people are no better than you or I am. Just because they have fans, make movies or appear on television doesn’t make them smarter or better. They put their pants on the same way you do, one leg at a time. Almost anyone could do what they do if a person spent the time they have doing it. It is not rocket science. They don’t find a cure for cancer or any other disease. They don’t bring world peace or negotiate an arms treaty or any thing else. They are pretty much useless and I think they know that and that is why some end up as they do, broke, on drugs, committing suicide, murdering someone etc. etc.

So don’t applaud them or praise them. They need constant affirmation. They need to be told how great they are, how beautiful they are and how talented. Now I realize there are no absolutes and not all of them are this way. I am sure some have been normal, down to earth people but not very many I would think.

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Cooking hints

I hope this isn’t too far out there. I just decided to add this category to my list. Why? Because I love to eat and cook and have been cooking all my life through the single life, two wives and four kids. I started first out of survival then because I am good at it and could multi-task before they called it multi-tasking. My mother use to say I should open a restaurant but that is way too much work. It takes a lot of time to own a business, do the cooking, balance the books, hire people ya da ya da ya da.

The beginning.

I didn’t start out as a good cook and I assume most people are the same. It took thyme and seasoning (joke) to be where and what I am today. Cooking is easy and if you have a little imagination you can make anything. When I started I wasn’t too bad but not great either. I didn’t burn anything that I remember. I thought back then I was pretty good but looking back I was feeling my way along.

Make it your own.

Most recipes you can make your own. If you don’t like something substitute. Like I don’t like Thyme so most of the time I substitute basil or even oregano. Most important is garlic. I add it to most recipes even if it is not in the recipe, cookies, cakes (just kidding). A lot of recipes don’t have many spices so as I copy it I can add it to the recipe. I make changes while putting it down on paper. Now, if you aren’t that experienced don’t feel bad. You will get the feel for it the more you cook. Try to think of what tastes good in most foods like garlic etc. If you don’t like cooking that may be a problem.

Don’t be afraid.

It is food and not life or death unless you are starving, lol. Have fun with it. Like I said if you have a better idea, try it instead of what the recipe says. Like I made these lemon cookies that suggested you take lemon drop candy and put it in a food processor and grind them up. What a racket. Then when you made the cookies for some reason they went flat. They were suppose to be ball shaped. What I tried, which saved my food processor and kept the balls of cookies in ball shape was dry lemonade drink mix. It worked perfect as I said they stayed in balls and you had to roll the balls in the ground up candy, which again I replaced with the mix too. People on the recipe website said the same thing, they went flat so I left a message and hoped it helped some people.

Cooking websites.

I love these. One of my favorites is I like pictures with my recipes and this was one of the first to have pictures and decent size pictures. I use to go to different sites and would email them that I wouldn’t use their recipes if they didn’t have a picture. Now it seems most have pictures and good pictures. Almost every cooking product has a website and they include recipes to get you to use their products. The websites are usually on the package.

Your cookbooks.

I use these three ring binders that you can get a WalMart and other stores. They are the size of a half sheet of paper. I landscape my paper on the computer and make it two columns. I put the name of the recipe, the website under it, the prep time and the cooking time. Then a picture followed by the ingredients and directions. A lot of times I can edit it and get it on one side of the paper and a second recipe on the other side of the same side of the paper. Then fold it in half, punch holes and add it to your notebook. I have about 7 or 8 or these with different categories. Publix here in Florida has recipes that are that size and are on nice shiny cards and they even sell binders to hold them. They fit in my notebooks perfectly.

Cooking shows.

I use to love Food Network and kept it on my TV all day and left the TV on all day and would listen. Then they started doing reality shows, got younger “chefs”, seemed to get some what pretentious like one of my favorites Michael Chiarello with his gray salt, brown eggs etc. They got rid of Emeril, Mario Batali and others. They all seemed to use the same spices, balsamic vinegar etc. They would put everything in the recipe but the proverbial kitchen sink.  To put it bluntly it sucked.

Then I just get tired of them trying to tell you what the dish tastes like. “This is crunchy on the outside tender on the inside, I can taste the basil blah blah blah.” Once in an cooked it is sometimes hard to distinguish flavors but because they know what is in there they claim they can taste it. Just like wine tasting. When someone says it tastes “oaky.” Just what does oak taste like and they say that because they know it was in oak barrels, hello. Also I have heard it tastes earthy. Does that mean it tastes like dirt?

I really dislike Guy Fieri whose last name is Ferry. This middle aged  man with the bleached spiked hair that thinks he is so cool, he is NOT. Time to grow up Guy. To prove it he drives a ’68 or ’69 Camaro, no style. So I don’t watch anymore.

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God, the Bible, Heaven, Hell and Satan.

Let me state, there is a God, heaven, hell and Satan. How do I know? The Bible tells me it is so.

I am going to give you some of your lame arguments against it and the facts as stated in the Bible.

2000 years in the making.

Yes it has been written by many people over 2000 years and it discloses that. Yes it has been translated over those same 2000 years and these are some of the reasons people use to dismiss the Bible. The fact is that people dismiss it because then they don’t have to believe it is from God and that there is a God.

The Gutenberg Bible

This was the first book printed in mass on a movable type printing press, the Gutenberg Bible. It is estimated that 5 billion Bibles have been sold with sales of 100 million a year. So what does that tell you? It tells me this was the most important book and that it needed to be printed first. 49 copies have survived to present day though only 21 are complete. So if it is not fact why have so many people over the centuries bought it and read it and more importantly BELIEVED it?

The stories and people are real.

We know Jesus, Pontius Pilate, Pharaoh and others in the Bible were real people and that Jesus was crucified. This is history even if you don’t believe in God. The problem here for non-believers is you have everything to lose and nothing to gain by not believing. If there is a God and you don’t believe and reject God you will go to hell for all eternity and it is damn hot there. Believers have nothing to lose by believing that there is a God and everything to gain. Everlasting life and eternity with God. You want eternal life, to live forever, well here it is. All you have to do is believe and accept Jesus as your Lord and savior.

Evolution and the Big Bang.

It is just beyond logic to believe in the Big Bang and Evolution a theory they say they can prove but how?

The scientists claim that all the universe and everything in it came from NOTHING in the Big Bang. Even a kindergartener can tell you that you can’t make something from nothing but because some scientists said it most people believe it. Oh sure they have tests and experiments and they read tea leaves but how do you prove something that happened before any life existed. You can’t. Over the centuries science is always revising or rewriting their theories or ideas or “facts” but the Bible never changes. Sure there have been slight variations but the ideas and stories are the same down through the centuries.

If the Big Bang created something from nothing and they can prove it then how about making some more petroleum or water or air or how about a damn Ferrari for me? Make anything. A coke or pepsi and make the can or bottle too while you are at it from nothing.

Then there is evolution. OMG. If you believe this fairy tale then you need help. That this too, like the Big Bang, just happened. That everything came from the primordial ooze. Come on man!! They can’t prove it. They tell you they can because they can inundate you with scientific jargon. They told us we evolved from apes. Well then how come there are still apes? How come there isn’t something in between that hasn’t evolved all the way like a half man half ape etc. How come apes and other animals can’t talk? Why are we the only species to talk? How come there aren’t other species that are evolved and the same species that hasn’t finished evolving? How come since this theory of evolution there isn’t something out there still evolving?

How do they evolve? Do they just decide to evolve? Say a bird needed wings to fly so it just decided to develop wings? Or like the giraffe that had a short neck and couldn’t reach its food so it evolved with a long neck? And what does it do while waiting for evolution to take place? It dies and there goes the species so how did it evolve.

The human body is enough to prove that evolution didn’t just happen. All the functions of the body, the regeneration, reproduction, digestion, the circulatory system, eyes, heart, your skin etc. all just happened. The Bible tells you how things, people and animals came about, through God. What we have is the THEORY of evolution and Darwin’s THEORY of natural selection. This still doesn’t explain how we walked, talked, see etc. etc. I know they say it does but when will they change that because they have proof of something else?

I like carbon dating myself. This is a procedure scientists came up with to determine the age of something and then they tell us how it works. When will they tell us they made a mistake and are wrong. Are they lying to us like they have in the past to prove themselves and their theories right? Everyone lies today. Oops they misspoke, yeah right!!

Then there are the dinosaurs and how they were all destroyed by an asteroid that impacted the earth. AND they can’t even agree on that. Whether it cooled the earth or heated it up. So this asteroid supposedly hit the earth and killed all the dinosaurs on the whole earth, on all sides of the earth but wasn’t big enough to destroy the earth? Come on man? The scientists can always come up with an excuse or story or theory as to why something happened.

So we have a book that tells you how everything came to be but it is easier to make up stories/theories and dismiss the Bible. And more importantly dismiss God.

As far as Hell and Satan that too is in the Bible. Apparently there are no theories on this but we do have ghost hunters and ghostbusters, kidding. I know there are a lot of people that don’t believe in one or both but isn’t there always evil when there is good?

I am not a scientist or genius I am just a guy with questions, logic and common sense, I hope. Like most people I have had science in school and college. I also have read the Bible several times from cover to cover. My problem is that the people that believe in evolution and the big bang are zealots. They mock you and call you stupid or like a talk show host that tells you that you are abusing your kids because you don’t teach them these theories.

They have forced religion out of the public square, schools and government. Why? It must be because it is true otherwise they wouldn’t be afraid of it. Their theories would stand up to the test and to scrutiny and comparison of and to religious principles. What are they afraid of? Why can’t you have both and let people and humanity decide what is true? Like a country with a dictator they cut off communication with the outside world because they only want one message going to the people. They want the people to hear the “truth” the dictator’s “truth.”

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Hollywood Has NO imagination.

My first example of Hollywood having no imagination is Bond, James Bond. In 2014 it was the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise and what did the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences do? They showed a few clips from movies and had Shirley Bassey sing Goldfinger, boooorrrring. When they could have had ALL the James Bond actors who were and are still alive. How damn cool would that have been? If they wanted to go further they could have had a lot if not all the Bond girls too. But no, that would have taken time, money and imagination.

The Kings of Remakes.

I think their problem is they have no sense of reality along with no imagination. They have no life experience. These writers drank their way through college, if they even went to college and don’t know crap or what they know is from television. Why? Because they continue to do the same stupid crap in movies and TV.

The body falling on a car. Cars getting t-boned.

These are a couple examples of no imagination. The body falling from a building and hits the car exactly in the middle of the roof, on its back and never misses. To start with a body falling from a building would have to glide to this car since most curbs are six, eight or even ten feet from the buildings, maybe more. If a body falls it is going to fall straight down for the most part not glide to this car. Also what about any street signs or trees planted in the sidewalk? I just watched Arrow and this guy goes out the window and there is only ONE car on the street about 20 stories below and he hits it. He doesn’t glance off it or land on the trunk or hood or even the sidewalk. Again exactly in the center of the roof.

The car getting t-boned by a truck or another car. This was ok the first time but now it is old. You can tell when it is coming by the way they shoot the scene across the driver showing the passenger and the side window. Time to get something new.

More sequels than original movies.

2016 is a banner year for sequels and they are planning more. Lets start with Independence Day – Resurgence, Ghostbusters, Ice Age, Star Trek: Beyond, Jason Bourne, Pete’s Dragon, Ben–Hur, Mechanic-Resurrection , When the Bough Breaks, Blair Witch, The Magnificent 7, Jack Reacher – Never Go Back, Band Santa 2, Joe Dirt, Anchorman and there are more. Some of the time between sequels is ridiculous.

They have done this through the years and I get that making one Star Trek, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, Mission Impossible etc after another because it made money is OK. But when they are so desperate they have to screw with classics like The Magnificent 7 or Ben-Hur or the Mummy 1932, 1999 and now 2017, that is going too far. There is no way they are going to be better especially Ben-Hur when they are giving you cartoon (computerized scenery etc.) backgrounds and sets. When the chariot race is computerized then it sucks and is just about money.

Then there are classics like Joe Dirt (2001) and the sequel Joe Dirt 2 how imaginative (2015). The first made 13 million. Now is that worth a sequel? How about Galaxy Quest? That was 1999 and they were going to do a remake 16 years later till Alan Rickman died. They call this a cult classic so why 16 or 17 years to do a sequel? It made a whole 90 million with a 45 million dollar budget so it made 45 million. The top movies are in the hundreds of millions and even a billion dollars. So why a sequel for a movie that made 13 or 45 million?

Now making movies from TV programs and TV programs from movies

Recently they made the Lone Ranger which bombed I think because they do a remake and changed it too much. People that know the Lone Ranger expect to see the Lone Ranger. This one was dressed like Bret Maverick with the long black coat. And then there was Johnny Depp who looked like Jack Sparrow with a bird on his head. And then when it flopped the actors blamed the studio for not enough advertising. And who the hell is Armie Hammer? Actually I know he is the great grandson of  Armand Hammer that ran Occidental Petroleum. And now he is in another movie made from TV, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

This season they made Rush Hour for TV. It sucked and it didn’t last. Of course most TV shows suck. They copy the hits till they have to make something new, like these reality shows. I just don’t understand why people want to watch someone else on their couch talking about their life which isn’t anymore interesting than yours. Of course you do know they tell them what to do and say and is probably scripted to some extent. The producers especially want drama and conflict.

I have come to the conclusion that Hollywood is full of wannabes actors, directors etc. and that is why people like Spielberg, Bruckheimer, De Palma, Cruise, Eastwood and a few others look like geniuses and probably are geniuses.

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