Thursday, February 11, 2016

Pitch Patch Potch

Observations from the week.....
I said on TV that Cam Newton would do something stupid during the Super Bowl because his immaturity and ego were more important to him than the game plan. Then his stupidity continued after the game and the days following. Grow up Cam. Man up too.

The Warriors are 38-4 at the All Star Break. History in the making folks. Enjoy it. This happens once in a lifetime.

There's a rat in the Sacramento Kings organization. Someone is disclosing too much information to the press. I think it's Shaq. When he talks, people listen. Who else knows about the dysfunction in the organization? This is the worst organization in professional sports. The 49ers are a close second. 

Pitchers and catchers finally report to Spring Training next week. 

It's been a great week! Bye for now. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Campbell Park Football

Now that the Super Bowl is finally behind us, I have my own football tale to tell.
In the falls of 1984, '85 and '86, my friends and I from Douglass Jr. High would play football at my neighborhood park, Campbell Park. 
It was the perfect place for football. It had a wide open area that was meant for football. We would play everyday after school. I mean everyday! 
There were enough of us to make two competitive teams. We weren't the best football players, but we has fun. We would try all sorts of different plays. Reverses, sweeps, flea flickers and running plays. We really loved to pass though.
I always wanted to be the quarterback. I thought I had a cannon for an arm. I could really throw the deep bomb. I could and I did......with a Nerf football. Every now and then we has a leather football.
We would be out there in the sun, the rain, the wind and the cold and just have a great time for about two hours. We knew it was time to go home when it got too dark to see. The street lights coming on was another hint it was time to go home and eat dinner.
We loved playing after a good rainy day. Once I came home muddy and my mom wouldn't let me in through the front door. She made me go around through the back yard to the kitchen door and made me take off all my clothes and come in wearing my underwear. 
She hated washing my muddy clothes, but she knew I enjoyed it and it kept me out of trouble. 
Eventually, all good things must come to an end. We eventually stopped playing once we got to high school. Some of us got jobs or got involved with after school activities. Some of the guys got girlfriends or got into cars. As for myself, I got into yearbook and newspaper staff. 
I miss those days. I'd love to throw the pigskin around one more time with my boys! 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

It Was Once A Simple Game

A poem written by me......
Super Bowl Sunday
It was once a fun day
The meat, the cheese, the bread
We put on quite a spread
Don't forget the drinks
We had everything but the kitchen sink
It's a day to be lazy
Everyone will go crazy about the commercial with the talking baby
Then came the game
It's not the same
Oh what a shame
Everyone loves the scoring
All will be adoring
I'm sorry, I find the whole thing boring!

I really used to love the Super Bowl. I'm a sports guy. I talk about it on TV and write about it here!
What kind of red blooded American am I if I don't enjoy the Super Bowl?
I just don't anymore.
It was once a simple football game.
The game started early in the afternoon, so early enough, that after the game, as a child, I'd throw the football in the air and say, "I'm Joe Montana!" or whoever was the star of the game.
Now it's pushed back until late afternoon. The game moves so slowly now. There are too many commercial breaks.
Then there's the two weeks of hype. I know the NFL wants to build momentum for the game, but it's just so drawn out.
The Bay Area hosted the Super Bowl festivities this year. There was a Super Bowl City along the Embarcadero area in San Francisco. When I was younger I would have went. I would have bought all Super Bowl 50 hats, t shirts, and other things with the Super Bowl 50 logo on it.
But it doesn't interest me.
I have no plans to watch the game. I'll be at work watching people get ready for a day of excess. The day is a disgusting celebration of excess. Today is a display why people in Europe think Americans are fat and lazy. Today everyone will over eat, over drink and over indulge.
Money will change hands too. All bets are on today! The betting situations are ridiculous now. Who'll make the first first down? Who'll win the coin toss?
At work, there is a bank in our store. The last few years they leave the TV on so my employees can watch. This year I'm going to tell them to turn it off.
Today and tomorrow are days of wasted productivity.
Some people think that the Super Bowl should be a national holiday because everyone watches. Some people even think the Monday after the game should be a holiday because everyone is recovering from the partying.
Again, it's a disgusting celebration of excess I want no part of.
And it's only going to get worse as the years go by.