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Posts from January 2013


Divine Super Bowl
A recent survey finds 27 percent of Americans think God decides who wins the Super Bowl each year.

Repeating now: 27 PERCENT OF AMERICANS THINK GOD DECIDES WHO WINS THE SUPER BOWL.

Seriously?!
I have so many questions.  Does God decide at the Super Bowl champ at the beginning of each season or does he already have it all figured out for the next 20 years?  If He picks the winner why does He have such a problem with Cleveland?  Does God tell all the angels what’s going to happen or does he let them bet on the games?  Does God just care about the NFL or does he pay attention to other sports too?  Did he cause the lockout in the NHL?  How far does he go with sports?  Did he add a divine hand when I made that awesome shot off the tree during my game of HORSE with my friend Joey back in 1976?

If you really think God is deciding the outcome of games in the NFL, don’t you think he would take a moment to make sure players don’t suffer concussions?  Don’t you think he would have stepped in and helped players like Junior Seau and Dave Duerson who ended up committing suicide most likely because of their injuries?
 
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Go Go Pelicans?
The names of some sports teams can seem a little strange.    Two great examples are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz.  You don’t really think about lakes when you’re in Los Angeles and you certainly don’t think of Utah as a place for jazz.  However, both teams used to be in different cities.  The Lakers were in Minneapolis which is home to 10,000 lakes and the Jazz were in New Orleans.  I can understand if those teams would have changed their names when they moved.  L.A. could have been the Los Angeles Plastic Surgeons and Utah could have been the Utah Sister Wives.

I’m bringing this up because one team in the NBA is changing its name.  The New Orleans Hornets are going to be the New Orleans (drum roll please) PELICANS.
 
Yes, the New Orleans Pelicans.  I agree the New Orleans Hornets didn’t really work.  The team came from Charlotte where they apparently have a real insect problem.  I also understand the logic behind the name.  The team’s owner Tom Benson (who also owns the New Orleans Saints) says he wanted something that represented the state.  The pelican is Louisiana’s state bird and it’s recently been taken off the endangered list.  Benson says the pelican is a real fighter as it survived the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina.
   
I get it, but it still seems tough to cheer for a pelican. 
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Not a Fairy Tale Flight
Apparently not everyone has seen the movie “The Princess Bride”, at least not everyone in Australia.   A Qantas flight became a little uncomfortable because of what one of the passengers was wearing.  The guy had a comedy t-shirt with a giant Hello My Name is sticker on the front.  In the space where you would write a name it says “Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." 

This is one of my all time favorite films so I got the joke immediately, but not everyone on the flight thought it was funny.  The guy didn't have another shirt with his carry-on, but he didn't end up getting kicked off the flight.

If you’ve seen “The Princess Bride” you know that line from the movie I wish someone would have had the movie in their Netflix cue so the whole plane could be in on the joke.   
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Restaurant Week: Francesca's al Lago
One of the things that makes the dead of winter bearable in Madison is Madison Magazine's Restaurant Week.  This is a chance to get out and enjoy an amazing meal and at a great price.  Click here to see all the restaurants participating.
Lindsay and I decided to go to Francesca's al Lago at 111 Martin Luther King Blvd for dinner.  This restaurant started in Chicago and we've been to several locations there in the past.  The Madison edition of Francesca's is great.  The service is very friendly and attentive and the decor is bright and friendly, but the food is even better.

Lindsay started with the tomato bisque soup which was rich and flavorful.  I went with the salad.  It had romaine lettuce with plenty of carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes. arugula with red wine vinaigrette.  The salad was huge and delicious.   Lindsay had a few bites as well.




For dinner I went with the Lemon Chicken. The portion was very generous and featured two chicken breasts with a lemon white wine sauce and capers as well as plenty of fresh sautéed spinach. Lindsay went with the roasted tilapia with wild mushrooms, spinich, tomatoes and herbs. We switched meals have way through and decided both were perfect.



For dessert we got Tiramisu.  It was gigantic and amazing.  We also got profiterole.  It was filled with pistachios and I want to eat it every night.



I expect a great meal from Francesca's and they did not disappoint.


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Tattoo You
Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers recently got a new tattoo and shared it on his twitter account.  Here's the picture:


(junita.net)
It's a tribute to his grandparents who he says is the whole reasons he's made it to where he is today.  I think it's cool he wants to honor them, but will it get weird at times?  How about when he's getting intimate?  Won't it be strange for the other person to see grandma and grandpa starring at them?   I guess it will keep Kemp honest.  How could he ever do something bad with grandma and grandpa watching?
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A Shocking Way to Start the Morning
I know there's lots of people out there who have a hard time getting up in the morning.  I knew one guy when I was in college who would set several alarm clocks in different parts of the room to help him wake up.  This isn't the worst idea except for the fact he was my roommate and it was rather annoying when he had an early class and I was still trying to sleep.

I had another rooommate who used to hit the snooze bar over and over and over and over again which was as annoying (if not more) than the clock radios around the room guy.

However, there's a new invention in the works that may put a stop to those addicted to the snooze bar.  It's a clock radio that actually gives you a little shock when you hit the snooze bar.

No joke.

A 19-year-old student named Sankalp Sinha at India's Sharda University thought of the idea in 2008 and now he's trying to make it a reality.  But why stop there?  I think some people will get used to the shock and put up with it just to get a few more minutes of sleep.  I think Mr. Sinha needs to think of a few more "settings" for his clock radio.

Here's are some other ideas for what happens when someone hits the snooze bar:

A swarm of bees is released from the clock radio

The snooze bar calls your mother and she in turn calls you to tell you she's disappointed you didn't make your bed yet

A hologram of Boo Boo Honey appears and starts talking
The last play of this season's Packers/Seahawks game is replayed 10 times

Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know" starts playing

And probably the scariest thing of all...You are instantly listening to Jonathan and Kitty in the morning!



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Why Newspapers are not Totally Dead...Yet
Despite the fact newspapers are dying, I enjoy that it still matters to have your name in print.  It’s still better than being mentioned on Facebook or on a blog or in a tweet.

You want proof?  Last night Alabama won the BCS Championship by steamrolling over Notre Dame.  Look at what the players are holding while celebrating. 


 
They were holding up newspapers.  It’s funny because the newspapers were obviously created before the game and then handed out to the players after the game ended.  However, it still looks cool.  When the White Sox won the World Series back in 2005, I ran out to get a Chicago Tribune.   Even though I haven’t subscribed to the paper in years, it still made it more legitimate to see it in print.

There’s still something great about a group of trained professional putting together something for the public as opposed to something like this blog.  I wrote it, edited it and posted it without any other input.  Is that really such an achievement suitable for framing?
 
 
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Facebook in the Afterlife?
Have you ever wondered what people would say at your funeral?  You don’t have to wonder anymore thanks to Facebook!  There’s a feature on Facebook where ANYONE can register you as deceased which instantly turns your page into a memorial page.  All the person has to do is provide a link to an obituary or news article about the person’s death.
Apparently, Facebook doesn’t check too closely to see if the article is accurate.  In other words, you just have to find someone with the same name who has died and it should work.  

A lot of people would think this is morbid, but I think it might be cool to see what people write on your wall after you head to the great chat room in the sky.  Of course, more than half of my
Facebook friends are people from high school who I haven’t seen in almost 20 years.  They would probably write things like “We’ll miss him.  What I remember most about Jonny was that he was never that good at dodgeball” or “Was he still as short as he was in high school?”
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Why You Can't Feel Bad for Lovie Smith
Someone asked me if I feel sorry for Lovie Smith.  For those of you not familiar with the world of professional football, Smith was the head coach for the Chicago Bears the last nine years.  He was fired by management this past Monday.

I’ve been a Bear fan my whole life, but I can’t manage any tears for Smith.  Was it his fault the team didn’t make the playoffs?  I’m not sure, but who cares.  The guy made more than 20 MILLION dollars during his tenure in Chicago.
 
It reminds me of people who felt sorry for Conan O’Brien when he was shown the door at NBC.  The Peacock Network dished out 32 MILLION when they replaced O’Brien with Jay Leno.

I have nothing against Smith or O’Brien.  Good for them for getting paid all that money.  I’m not even saying they didn’t deserve it.  My motto has always been if you can get someone to pay you a huge paycheck, you deserve it.

However, I can’t feel bad for someone who is financially secure for life.  Besides O’Brien found another job quickly and Smith will too. 

I feel sorry for the average guy who works hard at his job for years, makes a modest salary, gets fired because of budget cuts and still has to figure out how to take care of his family.
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