Category Archives: Political

Time to Circle the Wagons

By now everyone has seen the ending of the Packer/Seahawk game from Monday Night football.

From a Coach perspective, the Packers have to move on.  They probably have off today and/or very light workouts but that is about it. Wednesday comes around and they must start preparing for the Saints.  Because if they want to make a run this season, the first step is beating the 0-3 Saints.  The schedule is actually in Green Bay’s favor and they could still be 6-2 at the break.  That is if pass protection and defense stay solid like they did in the 2nd half Monday night.  They also need to run the ball to stop the cover 2 defense.  I have never coached football, but have coached swimming with enough heart break that, the best thing to do is to get back in the water and keep training.  In this case, the NFL might issue an apology to the Packers, but it will still be a loss.

The Fan in me tells me that this is the way it goes.  The Packers should have never been in the situation to start.  The roughing the passer on the INT negated a turnover.  I second guessed even punting the ball before the last possession.  I would have rather taken a safety, and then free kicked and forced them to get into field goal range.  I hate a three man rush on situations like that drive because there is no pressure and gives the QB all the time he wants.  But that is the fan in me.

We have all seen blown calls by full time referees so a missed called happens.  I can think of a couple of baseball  playoff missed calls right off the top of my head.  Hell, who can remember the ball that Bob Boone hit that the fan robbed Ben Oglivie in Game 3 of the ALCS?  You do know that was why the yellow railing was installed at County Stadium.

I am wearing my Badger stuff today because I think Russell Wilson will be a good QB someday.  He go burned not once but twice as a Senior at Wisconsin on last minute long passes, so it is good to see him on the winning side.  He is a good person as well.  If you do not follow him on twitter, you should at @DangeRussWilson

As a member of society as a whole, and this should come to no surprise to anyone, I am going to still stand with the NFL and not the locked out officials.  I am a firm believer in asking for what you think you are worth, but you cannot loose sight of what you already have.  The average NFL Official is a part time employee working less than 20 hours a week for roughly 20 weeks and makes $148,000.   That is the average.  They want more, and now want concessions for lost wages through three weeks.  This is how business works.  Both sides are trying to do what is in the best interest of their own side.  And people that think that last nights events are going to change the Commissioners stance and get this to a quick resolution are just fooling themselves.

And finally, this had no impact on me from at Fantasy Football perspective because I have moved to 3-0 in the league that I have Golden Tate on my team.  Yes, I drafted him on the day of the Auction.  He rides the bench, but I do have him on the roster.  I suppose out of principal, I should cut him for blatantly lied on TV indicating that he did not know what the reporter was talking about the obvious push off.

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Agree Disagree Yellow Red Coke Pepsi

Don’t have to many readers of the posts I make, but to the ones that do I say THANKS.

Each day I wake up I try to be a  better husband, better father, better co-worker, better friend, better follower of Christ, a better Swim Coach, a better PTO president, a better leader in the Community than I was the day before.  I try hard every day.

Some days I fail.  Some days I succeed.  And there are no OFF days in my life, nor do I want there to be any.

I use to tell Michelle that the reason that I do not like taking naps is that I might be missing an opportunity become a better person.   Well, not in those exact word, but something close.  And besides Sleep is Over Rated.

I think that America is a great place to live.  We have enough laws (some may think too many or too few) to keep us for the most part rational human beings.  We all have opinions, and we have every opportunity to voice said opinions.  We can blog about them like I do here, you can post them on Facebook, you can write a book, you can even do it in 140 characters.

Point being that with over 310 million people living in the US, we are never all going to agree.  Never.  It is impossible.

You may like the color Yellow, but I like Red.

You make like Butter Pecan, but I cannot stand it and like Carmel Chocolate Cookie Dough.

You may like the #88 and the #3 but I would rather have the #24 win each week in NASCAR.

You may be for the Health Care Bill, and although I think Health Care costs are too high, I do not like the bill.

You may think that Spiderman was the best superhero, but I would tell you that mine are Captain America followed closely by the Flash.

You may like Coke, but Pepsi is my choice.

You may like the movie Space Balls, but I find it mocking Star Wars to be a bit over the top.

You may think that public sector Unions should have collective bargaining rights, I think the other way.

Heck, I think that Ditka was wrong not to give Walter Payton a carry near the Goal Line when the Bears won the Superbowl, and I am not even a Bears fan.

We just need to be able to live together and get along.  We may not agree, and even if we discuss it until the cows come home, you may not change my view, nor may I change yours.  We should agree to disagree.

I lost my job back in 2008.  It put a great deal of things in perspective for me.  I realized who my friends were/are and I realized what was important to my happiness.  Becoming a better person.  That is what is important to me.  Lead by your actions and be a great listener.


To Block or De Friend – That is the Question

Now that the Super Bowl is over and the Packers are SuperBowl Champions, it is time to fall back into reality.  It was a long and fun 22 weeks of Football.

Got done voting today, and thought about all the things I read on Facebook about the events circulating around voting today and protests being held against our current Governor.

I have come to the conclusion that I am just going to block or De-Friend people on Facebook.  Sure I may be a bit cynical, but I am done reading negative comments about “this job”, or “this politician”, or “this/that Sports team”.  It has been carried over the edge and frankly, it disappoints me that we as a society have gotten to this point.

My Cousin, was inducted into the Burlington High School (Home of the Demons) this past weekend.  Nice ceremony and it was great to see him be able to get back to Wisconsin from his Navy duties.  But as we were waiting for the festivities to begin, there was a sign in the cafeteria to remind students to think before they send a text, post a message on Facebook or MySpace, or post something on Twitter.  It is a good message for all of us, not just high school students.

So, back to the topic.  I will just probably start blocking people from my News Feed.  I am sure that some of you have already blocked me.  But I am going to make an effort to start keeping my posts positive and insightful and associate more with people that share that same perspective.


Extreme Sports

This post is not so much about the Big Game on Sunday but as it is more about how out of control the fan base is becoming.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy watching the teams I am a fan of. I have learned to not use We, Us, They. I use the team name because I do not play for the Team or claim to be a member of the team.

But that is off topic a bit.

This about people telling me they are going to Puke if the other team wins OR I hate the Team so much that if my team loses I hope they get destroyed in the Super Bowl.

I cannot believe that it has gotten to this point.

I enjoy watching the Packers and I hope they win and play well. I wish no ill will towards the Bears or their fans. At what point have jumped from being a person that supports our Team to being so whacked out that it is tough to be around those people?


Vote Today

Interesting thing happened today and I am not 100% sure that my vote will be counted today.

My polling place is Waukesha West High School and I live in Ward 36. Got in the Ward 36 line around 7:35 AM

While in line, I noticed the vote taking device was turned around and people were placing their ballots in what looked like a drop box in the back of the machine.

Still not having a ballot my curiosity peaks after the following event: a poll worker comes from behind one of the registration desks and says in a loud voice “Emptying the machine”.. She proceeds to grab an unmarked white bag that looked like a garbage bag, opens the back side of the machine and places all the ballots in the white bag. She then disappears out of my view.

I then filled out my ballot.

I walk up to place my ballot in the machine. A city worker turns the machine around, and asks me to try the machine.

I am the first one of a short line of around 12 people waiting to cast their marked ballot.

I place my ballot in the machine, and the counter does not increment. Poll worker asks the City worker, “Does that mean the ballot was counted”. City Worker “No. We will need to get that out of the machine”

The entire time an Election Observer was watching and taking notes.

At this point I am a little depressed that it is 2010 and we still vote in a process like we live in the ERA of the Flintstones

Not sure if my ballot was counted. Not sure it matters. I tried. But there has to be a better way.


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