Veterans Day Tidbits – November 11, 2013

Today is Veterans Day.  Of course, it all started with the guns falling silent on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  Woodrow Wilson had this to say about that solemn occasion:

To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.

Here’s my thing about Veterans Day.  There is no inherent greatness for being a veteran.  Throughout our history, we’ve seen instances where active service personnel and veterans have hurt people.  However, veterans who honor the value the see in fighting for freedom throughout their life do something precious.  Free people fight to live every day, they fight to say “My life is mine, and I will do whatever I can to ensure that all the people I know – and even the people I don’t – can own their life, too.”  That is what makes Veterans Day – and every day – something great to celebrate.  It’s a celebration of life and the people that lived it as soldiers.

So, when you see a veteran today, say thank you…and make sure you say thank you for living, not for sacrificing.

The Atlanta Braves are still in Atlanta…sort of.  The Braves announced today that they will be relocating to Cobb County beginning in 2017 with the construction of a new baseball facility that was not previously used for the Olympics and therefore avoids the barren wasteland that is Turner Field.

Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller, in a meeting with a small group of reporters, said the new ballpark will be built at the northwest intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the Galleria/Cumberland Mall area. They said the team has “secured” approximately 60 acres of land for the project.

The Braves said the stadium is projected to cost $672 million, including parking, land and infrastructure, and will be built in partnership with Cobb County.

Technically, Atlanta remains in Atlanta, as the facility will rest comfortably in the 30339 zip code that I can confirm is Atlanta.  The biggest question in my mind is this – since the old stadium was already made into a parking lot, and there’s no new stadium to make Turner Field into a parking lot for, what happens to all that parking?  Eh, who cares…

Denver beat San Diego yesterday 28-20, which was closer than it should have been but enough to tease Philip Rivers into thinking “Hey, maybe there’s a shot…” until there wasn’t.  Why is it that we enjoy that?  Because Philip Rivers is the biggest douchebag in history (well, maybe not the biggest in history…but still…he’s up there).  Just to confirm his douchebaggery, you can refer to here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.  Learn to throw, win a Super Bowl, and then you can somewhat justify existing, you ass.

American Football Tidbits – September 16, 2013

Manning Sucks because Manning is oh so good…

The Manning Bowl ended in predictable fashion with the Older-Better Brother winning against the Younger-Worse Brother.  Here’s an interesting tidbit about the Broncos, though.  In addition to being the best team ever (statistically true), the team has scored 90 points in two games, Peyton Manning in on pace for 72 touchdowns and no interceptions, and the defense – sans Champ Bailey and Von Miller – has 6 interceptions and 5 sacks.  Pretty impressive stuff.

The best part?  They’re not evening playing their best ball yet.

Seattle is the real deal.

I don’t necessarily mean the American football team, although last night showed they have some talent.  Beating the defending NFC Champion 49ers 29-3 is no small feat, and they are no bad team.  Seattle may look to a Super Bowl berth where, if true to form, they’ll play an old AFC West rival…duh, the Denver Broncos.

No, Seattle may be the real deal as a sports city.  Hard to believe, but it’s a very real possibility.  Seattle’s sports district is actually top-notch, with both Century Link and Safeco Field in close proximity to some good bars and such.  It isn’t Wrigley, but it certainly ain’t Turner.  More than that, the Link is raucous!  Set a world record for loudest stadium last night, and it routinely fits 40k+ for MLS matches.  So, is it safe to say that Seattle is legit as a sports city?  Well, yes and no…

…they did lose a basketball franchise to Oklahoma City.

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Pittsburgh.  Cincinnati.  Monday Night.

Get your knitting needles, and don’t try to stab yourself out of boredom halfway through the game.  However, ol’ Georgia boy A.J. Green is playing tonight…so I guess that means something…anything?

 

Football Tidbits – September 12, 2013

England Don’t Like Racists Who Aren’t Racist

As a Tottenham Supporter, I’m proud to be part of the Yid Army.  I’m not going to pretend I have this deep history as a supporter – I started supporting the team initially because I really hate Arsenal – but I won’t deny I’m a small part of that history, regardless of how small it is.  Much larger than me, Tottenham Hotspur were historically the club that London’s Jewish community identified with.  While others would mockingly refer to Jews as Yids, they embraced it with the club in a mocking fashion (similar to the way Americans embraced “Yankee” during the Revolution).  Of course, this isn’t without some degree of controversy, but when someone supports scummy, dirty Chelsea and criticizes it, in my mind the criticism only bolsters the historical tradition by Spurs supporters.

Against that backdrop, the FA (England’s governing authority for football) warned those that use they term they could be subject to criminal prosecution and banning orders.  You read that right – you could be dubbed a criminal and banned from supporting your club – for simply using a term that has been adopted by the community of that very club.

Racism in European football is a very, very real problem.  I don’t think this is one such problem.  Considering the FA’s track record of picking coaches and a woefully underperforming national squad, I don’t think it’s to be trusted on this issue.

The United States is Brazil Bound

Tuesday night the United States Men’s National Team dominated the Mexican team.  Good.  In what has become routine in Columbus, OH, the Mexicans simply didn’t have it in them to compete.  That said, they apparently didn’t have it in them to compete against Honduras in Mexico City, and I think we might be witnessing a squad incapable of qualifying for even the playoff game against New Zealand.  But I digress…

Our national team showed some very solid pieces.  I’m not a big fan of Eddie Johnson, but he looked good against the team.  More importantly, I think Diskerud showed the promise of our up-and-coming squad that will need to fill in the gaps for Dempsey and Donovan after this World Cup.  Even more impressive than that is the support that we as a country are showing for our national team.

Football (futbol/soccer) is the only true sport that is global in my mind.  Rugby is limited in its global impact, much the same as cricket.  Given the fact that our football players are over 300 pounds and collide with the force of trucks in a headon collision, I don’t exactly envision and bunch of Frenchmen competing successfully (remember, they tried that with the NFL Europe).  I love that the United States will be well represented on the pitch and in the stands at next year’s World Cup.

Peyton Manning = God

Seven touchdowns.  About 450 yards passing.  Peyton Manning.  Enough said.  The defense played pretty well, too, considering some major starters were out of the game.  We pretty much just threw a beatdown to the Ravens.

Prediction – We go 14-2, win the Super Bowl, and Peyton Manning joins the list of demigods that are past Denver Broncos – Elway, Davis, Mecklenberg, McCaffrey, Jackson.