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#1 brndirt1

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:49 PM

Since I don't really have a "dog in the fight", I will watch it sort of sideways/over my shoulder as I do other things and let it play in the background. I didn't feel like going to any of the parties I was invited to, one was too far away, and another one included another guest I'm not comfortable around. I'll just stay home, boil up some polish sausage in beer, and feast on kraut, sausage, cheese and brown mustard by myself. I have a couple of different flavors of home-brew waiting in the fridge, a red ale and a Vienna lager for quenching my "thirst".

When Madonna comes on I'll hit mute most likely, I'm not a real fan of the half-time whoopla no matter who is starring in the show. Which reminded me to post this 'toon I found the other day about her being on.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 08:32 PM

The Super Bowl? Isn't that the guys who are now too old for the NCAA?

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 09:05 PM

The Super Bowl? Isn't that the guys who are now too old for the NCAA?


Nope, that game is for the less than tiny percentage of players who make it to the NFL, and the smaller bunch who rise to the top of that little group.

After High school ball, about 9000 become college players, and 215 of them become NFL players. Statistically of the 100,000 high school seniors who play football every year, only 215 will ever make an NFL roster. That is 0.2%! Even of the 9,000 players that make it to the college level only 310 are invited to the NFL scouting combine, the pool from which teams make their draft picks.

Not too old to play the college game, just much better than the average college player is the answer. I know you were being "sarcastic" Jeff, but I don't dislike the game as it has evolved for the quality of the players, but the commercialism of the dang thing. Sometimes there are good games, but even then the length of time spent selling stuff, and putting on the 'BIG SHOW" leave me cold.


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Posted 05 February 2012 - 10:16 PM

Can both teams lose?

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 10:45 PM

Since I can't (and wouldn't if I could) spend the $3,800.00 for a ticket, we'll just go next door for Chili, chips&dip and a few beers. Might even watch a little of the game but most likely sit around and talk. Come to think about it; at least two of the people who will be there were in their teens in 1941, good chance to ask them what the prevailing thoughts of the impending War were. Who's playing by the way? The St Louis Cardinals or Chicago Bulls? I think the Minnesota Twins missed the cut again.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 11:57 PM

Well could watch it just for the commercials like my wife and her friends do:rolleyes:!
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:35 AM

Can both teams lose?


Only if Bruce Dern can find a Blimp!
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:24 AM

Only if Bruce Dern can find a Blimp!

One can only hope.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:30 AM

One can only hope.


Tough to pull off at the enclosed stadium don't you think?
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:35 AM

There is a naysayer in every crowd :) Is it just me or was Madonna starting her own religon at halftime?
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:44 AM

I wouldn't know, didn't watch or even listen to her show at all. I not only hit mute, but went away online looking at the best commercials of all the Super Bowls, my favorite, or at least likely to ever be repeated is the 1969 "I'd walk a Mile for a Camel" ad that made it look like there was a "spy" walking through a city, watched by other guys in trench coats, and then he just goes in a buys a pack of Camel studs and lights up.

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Probably my second favorite is the McD's ad with Jordon and Bird playing a game of 'horse" for Michael's bag of fries and Big Mac.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 02:35 AM

Actually this is turning into a dang fine game for a Super Bowl. I'm actually watching more of it than I thought I would.
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 02:58 AM

sorry to the pats fans out there but; Giants Win!!!!!!!

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 03:03 AM

Where's Bruce Dern when you need him?

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 06:11 AM

Super bowl and Madonna, oh my, how can you explain that to Saint Peter when it's time? :D

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 03:17 PM

Like Clint, I had no dog in this particular fight. The game was a good one to watch...no high scoring -lack of defense game interrupted with 20 or 30 tape reviews. I too opted for a re-run of the Simpsons even at halftime. I understand the act was so classy it contained a middle finger display. I guess no one ever accused Madonna and her ilk of being Ladies that is for sure.

My two nit-noys..Singing "America" before the National Anthem. It should have been part of a better/classier half-time show.
My regular complaint about Pro football players: Don't any of them know how to respect the flag during the playing of the National Anthem?? "Patriots" and "Giants" sidelines were both guilty of that.
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 03:27 PM

Texson wrote:

My regular complaint about Pro football players: Don't any of them know how to respect the flag during the playing of the National Anthem??


A terrible shame that they cannot show more respect.

Half time show - went to the store. Could not have cared less.
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 12:59 AM

Nope, that game is for the less than tiny percentage of players who make it to the NFL, and the smaller bunch who rise to the top of that little group.

After High school ball, about 9000 become college players, and 215 of them become NFL players. Statistically of the 100,000 high school seniors who play football every year, only 215 will ever make an NFL roster. That is 0.2%! Even of the 9,000 players that make it to the college level only 310 are invited to the NFL scouting combine, the pool from which teams make their draft picks.

Not too old to play the college game, just much better than the average college player is the answer. I know you were being "sarcastic" Jeff, but I don't dislike the game as it has evolved for the quality of the players, but the commercialism of the dang thing. Sometimes there are good games, but even then the length of time spent selling stuff, and putting on the 'BIG SHOW" leave me cold.


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Posted 07 February 2012 - 03:48 PM

Sorry fellows, but as an Australian resident, and a rugby playing Pom to boot, I see little in the game of Gridiron thats really athletic. Too many stops, time-outs. Too many 'specialists' whose only role is to play on a special team. If the game lasted 45 minutes per half, I would rather see some action for forty five minutes, rather than twenty minutes of action, interposed between 25 minutes of deciding what to do in a 'huddle'. There is not much free form play, and if you took off all the padding and helmets, then the players themselves could show us just what they are made of. As it stands, it's rather tedious to sit through three hours of it. No wonder food and drink are so important to the spectators, they are there for far too long. As for half-time shows, would'nt it be better by far to just get on with the game? Could care less about entertainment of that kind.....the spectators are there to watch an athletic contest, so stick to the game rather than all the advertising and razzamattaz.
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 04:00 PM

Sorry fellows, but as an Australian resident, and a rugby playing Pom to boot, I see little in the game of Gridiron thats really athletic. Too many stops, time-outs.

Apparently you've never watched a cricket match. :rolleyes:

Actually there's quite a bit about the game that is quite athletic but the game has become rather mired in all of its technicalities. There are some amazing feats of athleticism that occur during any of these games, though it's hardly a constant motion game like hockey, for instance.

That aside, I'm probably one of the few Yanks who isn't that big of a football fan. Oh, the big games like the SB or whenever my alma mater is playing will hold my attention, but I'm not just not a fanatic about the sport.



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Posted 07 February 2012 - 04:08 PM

As for cricket it's a summer sport, so it's all about the skill of it, rather than the bonecrunching takles.

There is one similarity between the two games. Most participants like to celebrate a touchdown or a wicket by patting each-other on the arse. Maybe the two games are not as different as we first think.
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 04:19 PM

Those men are most assuredly very athletic, and it is less time in the huddle than VB wishes or seems to think. It is seconds only and has been for years and years. That said, while the SB is the "TOP GAME" in the NFL, it really isn't a game by this time as an entertainment and opportunity to "sell stuff". No whimps play NFL ball, as recorded by the number of broken bones, concussions, torn ligaments, and other health issues that follow them as they age. The normal NFL game has the equivalent impact on the players as multiple car crashes, and some of the more active positions receive those impact g forces as many as twenty times per game.

The sport was almost made illegal by Teddy Roosevelt when he was president, even though he loved the game. He was the one who started the policy of concern for the player's safety, and as a result fewer football players DIED playing the game after his pronouncements. Yes, died. A couple of west coast colleges even dropped football from their sports line-up and substituted the much less injurious English Rugby game. The college death toll was very high at the turn of the century, and many men are still paralyzed when hit wrong, but few die anymore.

In 1905, there was roughly one-fifth the number of college football players as there are today, yet, 18 were killed and 159 severely injured in that one year alone...The death toll rose to 33 in 1909. ...Roosevelt's admonitions to the collegiate leaders had changed some of the play, but there will always be those who look for ways around the "rules" in order to win and more plays and styles of formations were outlawed to bring the death toll down.


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Posted 07 February 2012 - 04:53 PM

Actually it still is a deadly sport, at least to High School athletes anyway, usually one or two die each year here in Texas during late summer practce from heat related causes.
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 04:57 PM

Actually it still is a deadly sport, at least to High School athletes anyway, usually one or two die each year here in Texas during late summer practce from heat related causes.


Yeah, heat stroke is still a killer but the game itself isn't as bad as it used to be. I suffered from heat exhaustion once when I was making a drop down in southern Tx., just north of Brownsville some place on a farm. I was delivering a couple of grain bins (in prefab sections) on my flatbed, and the humidity and heat was just awful. Felt like I was breathing thick soup or something, then I noticed I had quit sweating and started to get blotchy skin patches and feeling sort of light headed. I called a stop, got under the trailer with a water bottle and just sat there until the feeling went away. Kids out on a football field trying to "get tough" can easily fall victim to the problem, that is their coaches fault, not the game.
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 08:21 PM

Roosevelt is often credited with saving the game, isn't he? He recognized that people were getting tired of the violence - I think those were the days of the "flying wedge" and a lot of the games were just slugfests and players would just get beaten up - and Roosevelt believed that if some of the violence leveled off then football could remain viable and popular. Guess he was right. Now if only he had envisioned a way to keep the halftime show in check.


Who's playing by the way? The St Louis Cardinals or Chicago Bulls? I think the Minnesota Twins missed the cut again.


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