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Friday, November 30, 2007


Hey what's up everybody? TGIF. Sorry for the lack of updates this week. I haven't been feeling the whole bloggg thing and to be honest there's not that much to write about around here these days anyway.

Last weekend I put up the Christmas lights on my house. It was around 45 degrees outside last Sunday so I got them up while it was warm. I'm patting myself on the back for that move because it's supposed to be no higher than 30 this weekend. Freezing my ass off on a ladder putting up Christmas lights makes me feel Grinchy.. so I'm glad that job is out of the way.

Speaking of the weather, it is officially too cold for me to want to go outside to exercise. I try to walk every day on my lunch break but when I see the temperature outside is in the 30s or lower, call me crazy but I just don't feel all that motivated to go outside. The place where I work has a small gym and I guess it's time to start heading to the gym instead of outside. Time to pump some iron and get huge. Yeah, that's it. I am fully ready to make the commitment to rock hard abs, washer board style, glistening in the sun. Or something.

I'm looking forward to The Pats / Ravens game this week but I am glad this is the last night game for a while. It sucks dragging my ass out of bed for work after I'm up past midnight for these Patriots games. The Baltimore game should be interesting. We had some good and bad news with the team this past week. The bad news was that we lost Rosie Colvin to IR, but the good news is we are getting Mr. Offense, Defense and Special Teams Troy Brown back.

Colvin is going to be missed. Even though he does tend to whif on tackles at times, Colvin has been a huge factor in harassing the opposition's QBs all year. That is going to be tough to replace. The Pats are going to have to adjust their defense to deal with Colvin's loss. Yes, the Pats linebackers have the skill to be able to move the pieces around, A.D. could take Colvin's role as the edge rusher, but moving A.D. causes another gap somewhere else. The good news is that if there is any coach in the league that can compensate for these changes in the defensive scheme, it's Bill Belichick.

Although it's tough to lose Rosie, I have to say the Patriots have been lucky with a certain thing that starts with an 'i' and ends with a 'y' and has a 'jur' in the middle. I don't want to say it and induce some kind of jinx, but I think you know what I'm talking about...


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

My new Christmas song.

Here is a delightful Christmas song I wrote, just in time for the holiday!

oh christmas is canceled this year
tell all the elves and all the reindeer,
that christmas is canceled this year

yes christmas is canceled this year
mrs claus is getting pizza
and santa's drinking beer
because christmas is canceled this year

sorry christmas is canceled this year
tell all the good kids, they're getting underweer
tell all the naughty kids there's no need to fear
because christmas is canceled this year

yeah christmas is cancelllllled thiis yeaaar.
yo ho ho! Hey!

[Don't worry, my kids know this song is a joke and that Christmas is not really canceled this year. DONT WORRY!! THE KIDS WILL BE OK!!!]

Monday, November 26, 2007

Patriots remind fans what TOTAL STRESS feels like but take the win, 31-28

The Patriots took the win in an incredibly stressful game against the Eagles, 31-28. They are 11-0 and are AFC East Champions. Playoffs and a home game are now secured.

The entire game was an up and down shoot-out that went right down to the wire. In the end it was Asante Samuel that saved the game for The Pats. With the Patriots clinging to a 3 point lead and the Eagles driving, Samuel blunted an Eagles scoring drive in the fourth quarter, intercepting an A.J. Feeley pass in the end-zone. The Pats ran as much clock as they could and then gave the ball back to the Eagles with 19 seconds to go. A James Sanders INT sealed it for the Patriots.

This game, I started out all, la-dee-da.. watching the game, surfing the interweb, updating twitter.. by the end of the game, I was writhing in stressful agony, pulling out every lucky totem that I had at my disposal. Oh yeah, this is The Patriots and I used to live with this blood-pressure every week; even when the Pats were going 14-2 in '03 and '04, every week was a close game. When The Pats won their first Superbowl, my Wife literally thought I had died as Adam's kick went through the uprights and I collapsed on my living-room floor. She fully believed The Pats had finally killed me.

I think this season of blow-outs has made me soft because I forgot what it felt like to be biting your nails down to the nub at the end of the game. Maybe the Football Gods were sending me a reminder.

Message received. Consider me knocked down a peg. Thank you oh mighty and total chick magnet Football Gods.

Humble Pie. I'll take another slice.


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Guys and Ladies, it's my fault, well, it's my Wife's fault for taking down the Troy Brown poster...

Ok, I'm watching the Pats / Eagles game. It's 24-21 Pats in the 3rd. The first half was a no holds barred shoot-out between these two teams. I'm thinking, 'what the hell?? A.J. Feeley??' BUT I give the Eagles full credit for hanging with the Patriots in this game. They are giving The Pats everything they can handle and more.. So much for that gigantic point spread. Can you say motivation?

THEN at half-time I learned my Wife was re-organizing stuff upstairs and had taken down the ULTRA-LUCKY Troy Brown poster off of the fridge. This poster literally drips luck. It had been up on my fridge since the 2001 season. It's pre-Superbowl Champion vintage. I got it out of the Worcester Telegram as the Pats were heading into the playoffs back in 2001. It's got Bledsoe slapping Brady on the back and a picture of Foxboro stadium, the OLD Foxboro stadium.. This thing went up on my fridge and look what happened! This poster is a sacred object in my house.

Frankly, I'm amazed the poster has lasted this long on the fridge with three masters of destruction (children) constantly putting their destructive fingers all over it with magnets and stickers and etc etc etc. But then again, it is an EXTREMELY lucky poster, featuring Troy Brown with the words 'GO PATS' emblazoned on it.

Well, as soon as I learned it was down off of the fridge I immediately brought it downstairs to the Man Nook and it is back up, proudly on display. Hopefully it likes the spot I chose for it. It's next to a framed Tom Brady picture.

I have to also personally claim some blame here in this game so far. I was drinking beer from a can in a Patriots cozy instead of the lucky Superbowl 36 Mug. MY BAD!!!!!

Oh mighty, powerful and sexxxy Football Gods, I know, I know. I FUCKED UP but everything is all fixed now!!!!


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Help support our troops at The Army Wife.com

Hey everybody. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and while many of us are spending time with our families, enjoying a turkey dinner and watching football, there are men and women who are away from their families and are putting their asses on the line for all of us over in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world..

You can do something to directly help our soldiers.

Jess at The Army Wife.com is accepting donations through PayPal that will be used to buy baby-wipes, personal hygiene and other helpful items that will be packaged and sent directly to her husband's squad that is currently serving in Iraq.

Regardless of your feelings about the war, remember these guys are there for us. Go to The Army Wife.com to learn how you can help.

Spread the word!

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

It was truly an honor.

I got to meet and briefly speak with Shelton Hank Williams at the merch table after his unbelievably amazing set last night.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Whew, hard day's rockin'...

Long day today. Spent all day getting the yard into 'Winter' mode. Put the snow-blower back together, got the yard mowed one last time, then took the lawnmower apart, changed the oil, filter and general maintenance, parked it in the shed and ran all the gas out of it. Doesn't sound like much but it took me all day. There were a few other things thrown in there, as well as a few obstacles, but, it's done.

Tomorrow I just need to get the shed squared away so all the summertime stuff is organized in the back and the winter stuff (I.E. the damn snow-blower and shovels) is easy to get at.

It shouldn't take me too long, but right now that's all gonna have to wait till tomorrow because I'm getting ready to head out to see Hank III tonight. Should be a good show. I have been looking forward to it. I wish I were a little less tired from working all day, but, I'll manage. 'I've got five dollars and it's Saturday night.'

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Annihilate this week

Wednesday night. This week has dragged. Most likely due to the fact that I'm going to see a show that I've been looking forward to for months on Saturday, so of course that's going to make this week seem to take forever.

I'm going to see Hank III along with The Reverend Horton Heat and Nashville Pussy on Saturday. The Rev is the headliner and Hank III is actually the middle act. I hope that does not mean he will shorten his set too much though. I'm looking forward to seeing Reverend Horton Heat too, I like those guys a lot, but I'm mainly going to see Hank III, who I'm a huge fan of. This will be my first time seeing him so I am pretty psyched.. Nashville Pussy, eh. Those guys are ok. I would not go out of my way to see them if they were coming around by themselves. Maybe they are better live than they are on their records. We'll see.

I'm looking forward to next week too. Thanksgiving break is nice. Extra long weekends always are. After that, insanity kicks in with the Christmas run-around.

Is it Friday yet?

Oh, I was going to hit [publish] but then I remembered I wanted to say hi to all the people visiting from StumbleOn. Somebody submitted one of my posts and I've been getting mega-hits, well, mega-hits for me anyway.

What's up you-all Stumble Upon-ers? Hope you like my site and find it is not a total waste of time! (yeah, right.)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Shot down in flames...

We are getting our family picture taken this weekend.

Me: So what do you want me to wear for the picture? Do you want me to wear like a shirt and tie? Or...

Wife: Well, I was thinking we could all just wear jeans, since we don't have any outfits that would all match. I'm not sure what we should all wear on top though.

Me: Hmmm

Me: [Light goes off over head]

Me: Hey I know! How about if we all wear our Patriots stuff! That would look great, and we would all match!

Wife: ...

Wife: Uh, I don't think that's a very good idea.

Me: What? Why not?? I think that would be great!

Wife: [Trying to let me down gently]: Well, I don't have a Patriots jersey.

Me: I have extras.

Wife: Yeah but... Um..

Me: How about if you call your friend down the street and ask to borrow hers? I can see it now.. This picture is gonna be awesome!

Wife: She doesn't have any Patriots jerseys.

Me: ... What?

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

These cars come with the pussy magnet, standard.

The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) auto show was recently held out in Fabulous Las Vegas. This car show features some of the most tricked out, drool-inducing autos you're ever going to see, anywhere.

I was recently contacted by SEMA Insider to see if I'd be interested in sharing some exclusive photos from the show on this here website. Um, YEAH!

Here you go! Check out these awesome pics from the show and head over to SEMA Insider.com for more great content from the SEMA auto show!

Chevy Bel Air. Please try not to drool on the car. Thank you.

Wow. Nice Scion. That thing is cool. Maybe there is hope for my RAV-4 after all..

Mopar. {Swoon} I love car porn.

I wish I had been there for the show. Vegas baby. I could have done some gamblin', checked out the cars and maybe I could have gotten Chip Foose to Overhaul my RAV-4 and turn it into a Dodge Challenger. We could have called it the Challenger-4 or, even better, the RAVenger. That would have ruled. (Sigh.)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I got wood. Lots of wood..

I left the office last night and it was dark and cold. That sucks. Winter is on its way, no question. The weather forecast for the weekend is saying the high temps for this Saturday are only going to be in the 30's. Ug.

I really hate Winter. As far as I am concerned, there are only three good things about Winter: Patriots Football, Bruins Hockey and Celtics Basketball. Other than that, I have nothing good to say about it. [Ok, the kids enjoy it, so I guess that's ok, I guess...]

Last night we had a 1/4 cord of wood delivered to our house for the fireplace. When I got home I asked the kids why they had not stacked the wood yet. They just looked at me and said, 'what?' I told them I thought it was going to be their job to stack the wood this year. They told me I was crazy. Can you believe that?

Earlier today as they were eating breakfast [pancakes]:

Me: [running in from the rain after starting my car] 'Woo! It's really raining out there! The wood's going to get all wet. When Mom told me the wood got delivered yesterday I thought you guys were going to have it all stacked up and covered for me when I got home last night.'

Kids: 'NNNNNNooooooooooo, Dad.'

Me: 'Oh, well you can stack it up today then, I'll give you each ONE DOLLAR to do it.'

Kids: 'NO WAY'

Me: 'What, you don't want to make a whole dollar the easy way? All you have to do is stack up all that wood! There's only about a 150 pieces. If you split it up between you and your brother that's only 75 pieces each! No problem! AND you'll earn a WHOLE DOLLAR!'

Kids: 'But Dad, it's raining out today.'

Me: 'Oh that's ok, I thought you liked the rain. Just put your rain-coats on. No problem!'

Kids: 'No thanks, Dad. You can stack it.' [goes back to eating pancakes]

Me: 'Great.'

Monday, November 05, 2007

Colts pump up the volume, pump it up, pump it up... Pats will play three 8 PM games in a row...

In a strange twist of irony, the Colts are now being accused of cheating during games by pumping up fake crowd noise while their opposition's offense is on the field. The accusation of the Colts' pumping in artificial noise to make it more difficult for the opposition has been around for years, but it now appears there may be some proof to the legend. It's not as cool as proving Big Foot actually exists, but it's up there.

You can hear the crowd noise 'skipping' sound, which sounds just like what happens when I put in a beat up, over-played CD into my car's CD player, here.

Wasn't it saintly Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy who compared the Patriots to Barry Bonds not that long ago after the Patriots were punished for using a video-camera on the sidelines, and who was quoted as saying, "You kind of feel like there is a code of honor, a code of ethics in the league... You want to win and you want to do things the right way." Hmmmmm.. Maybe that was a different Tony Dungy. Or, maybe it was his EVIL TWIN, the one that worked in Minnesota when they were pumping in fake crowd noise... HMMMMMMM.

Ok, seriously, there's one side of me that's like, big deal, whatever, with this pump up the volume thing, but the vindictive side of me is fully hoping this accusation turns out to be true and that it blows up in Dungy's face just like the camera thing did for Belichick. It's a ying-yang ying-yang kinda thing. We'll see how this plays out.

: Just as I was about to hit the publish button, Mike Reiss reports that CBS is owning up to the audio glitch in Sunday's game. They say that the audio glitch was in the broadcast only and could not be heard in the stadium. If that is true, then how did Jonathan Kraft hear it IN THE STADIUM???

I wonder who the Colts paid off at CBS? Obviously it's a conspiracy between the NFL, CBS and The Colts...

Also according to Reiss' Pieces, The upcoming Pats / Bills game on Nov 18th is going to be moved to 8PM. That means that The Pats will play three 8 PM games in a row.. UG.

As I've said before, I like that The Pats are in prime-time, it means they're doing good, but man I hate being up till midnight to watch the games. It's a ying-yang kinda thing. Ying-yang, ying-yang, ying-yang... Just keep saying it.

The final game of the year is an 8 PM game as well, but at least that one's on a Saturday and I don't have to wake up for work the next day.

In other news, it's official: I now need a coffee.

More Pats / Colts perspective...

Just a few more random thoughts to get out on yesterday's Patriots / Colts game..

As Brady pointed out after the game: a win on the road against an undefeated team that has won 12 in a row, 13 at home. On those factors alone, to come out of Indy with a win is huge..

The Pats overcame a ridiculous number of penalties. Yes some of them were bogus calls, like the offensive pass interference on Moss and the defensive pass interference on Hobbs, the non-interference call on Faulk (I could go on and on with this..) The point is, legitimate calls or not, you have to deal with them. Usually a team that hurts itself with that many penalties is not going to come out of a game with a W, especially when playing a team like the Colts. The Pats were able to make plays and move the ball on offense and on the flip-side, prevent the Colts from moving the ball and scoring on defense, despite being continually backed up with penalties.

The refs gave the ball to the Colts inside the Patriots 10 yard line several times on pass interference penalties. In those situations, The Pats defense was huge, holding the Colts to field-goals and not TDs. If you look at the big-picture, those were the plays that saved the day for the Patriots. I don't need to tell you, if the Colts get 7 instead of 3 on any of those opportunities, we are all in a grouchy mood this morning. Richard Seymour gets a big nod for tipping an Adam Vinatieri field goal and keeping 3 points off the board.

The Colts scored 14 of their points off of turnovers. Again, the Colts are not a team that you can give the ball away to and expect to come out of the game happy. You could say that all of the Colts points came off of some type of mistake by the Pats, either a penalty to put The Colts inside the Pats red-zone, or a turnover to give them the ball back and kill a Patriots drive. Of course, all this 'what if', 'take away that' stuff is meaningless. Undoubtedly the Colts were going to score points in the game, it's just a matter of how. Even after the first Brady interception, it was not like The Colts got the ball at mid-field. They still had to drive from inside their 10 to score a TD.

Randy Moss is THE BALLS. That one-handed catch in the 1st quarter was nothing short of amazing, not to mention the 55 yard bomb that he caught to put The Pats in position to score in the 4th Q.

Wes Welker made the clutch plays at the end of the game with his kick returns to set the team up in good field position, the receptions that kept the chains moving and of course, sneaking in past the left pylon for the TD to bring the Pats back within 3 points.

Kevin Faulk: comes up huge again. With time running out, the shifty back took a pass from Brady and ran it in from about 15 yards out for the go ahead touchdown.

Jarvis Green: Once again, Jarvis comes in and makes a critical play, stopping the Colts chances at an end-of-the-game comeback. With 2:30 remaining, an eternity for Manning and The Colts, Green came in and sacked Peyton Manning, at the same time forcing a fumble which was recovered by The Patriots. At that point it felt like déjà vu for the Pats. Just as in the end of the AFC Championship game last season, all they needed was a first down to seal the game. This time, thanks to sure-handed receiver Wes Welker, The Pats got the first down and were able to then kneel on the ball for the win.

There are so many plays and players that I could point out as making an important contribution to this Patriots win. I guess that's why it all comes down to The Patriots mantra: play as a team, win as a team.

I think this win provides a huge confidence boost for the team going into the bye. There are still some tough road games on the schedule: at Buffalo, at Baltimore (Adalius Thomas hopefully got a reminder about providing bullitin board material to opposing teams), at The Giants.. Those are all going to be tough teams to play on the road, (yes, even The 4-4 Bills, they are always a challenge). This win helps the Pats go into these hostile environments knowing they can come in and play and win. Take away the mistakes, especially the unnecessary penalties, and there's a lot less swearing at the television during the game. There's nothing the team can do about bogus calls, but there were a few legit calls that gave the Colts big yardage: Matt Light's tripping call, as well as losing his composure for a personal foul at one point, the unsportsmanlike call on Willie Andrews on a punt return.. Yes it's emotion and the heat of the game, but those kind of penalties are what kills a team's chances to win. They are preventable and I'm sure that will be one of the topics that gets drilled in once the Pats get back to work following the bye.

I realize that there a lot of people, most of them in the press it seems, who dislike Bill Belichick's dead-pan (some call it grouchy) demeanor. I heard some negative comments about the tone of his post-game interview in that he was not all jumping up and down and excited with the win, gushing over the victory. Belichick was his usual business like self, calling it 'just one game'.

Personally I have no problem with Belichick's approach or his demeanor. In fact, I like it. Why should he buy into all the press generated hype about this game? Yes, it was a big game, but he's right, it wasn't the Superbowl, it was one, regular season game. The Pats have not won anything yet. There are seven games to go on the schedule and they are all just as important as this one was. I hate that Belichick gets demonized just because he does not come out all 'jacked and pumped' like some coaches do after a win.

Keep doing what you are doing Bill. As far as this Patriots fan is concerned, you are THE MAN.


Sunday, November 04, 2007

Patriots overcome

The Patriots overcame some ridiculous penalties, two turnovers, both of which ended up as points for the Colts, a hostile, insanely loud environment and a 10 point 4th quarter deficit this afternoon to walk away from the RCA Dome with a 24-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

I wish I had a dollar for every time I yelled, "WHAT??!!!" today after a yellow flag flew against the Patriots. Some of those penalties were very, very bad but the worst was the offensive pass interference call on Moss. The Colts' defense was literally climbing up Randy Moss' back in the end-zone and the refs threw a flag against Moss for offensive pass interference. That was just beyond ridiculous.

Despite the flag happy refs and a record day for penalty yards in a game by The Pats, they also set some more enjoyable records, like going 9-0 for the first time in team history. Tom Brady eclipsed the Patriots record for TD's thrown in a season, a record that had stood for over 40 years, and Randy Moss tied the Patriots TD reception record. Amazingly this is only 9 games into the season. Somebody pinch me. Then again, don't. At one point early in the game, Moss made an incredible one-handed catch that I expect will see a lot of play on the high-light shows.

The Colts defense was impressive, overpowering the Pats O-Line with their speed and getting to Brady on multiple occasions. On the other side of the ball, Colts RB Joseph Addai was shredding the Pats D. I kept asking myself what happened to all the work that The Pats put into improving their tackling skills in practice the past few weeks. It seemed to all go out the window when Addai had the ball, particularly at the end of the first half when Addai made the Pats look foolish as he ran from mid-field for a go ahead TD going into half-time.

It was a tight game that had me pretty stressed out at several points, but I can tell you in all honesty, even when the team was down, I felt all along that The Pats were going to find a way to win this one.

The Colts have never beaten the Patriots 4 times straight. Thanks to some clutch play by Patriots receiver Wes Welker and a key Manning turnover forced by The Pats D in the closing minutes of the game, another streak lives on.

The outcome of this game could have some serious repercussions as far as playoffs, tie-breakers and potential home-field advantage. Now we get a week off to heal up and get a bit of a break with a bye this coming Sunday. I think it comes at a perfect time and thankfully, The Pats go into the down time coming off a huge win over what is probably their biggest rival at this point.. I can't believe The Pats have played nine games already. This season is flying.

9-0. Incredible. What an amazing ride this has been. I'll take this bye-week break and then look forward to more as we take the big plunge into the thick of the playoff race when we come out on the other side and head up to Buffalo, who's looking pretty dang tough these days. But I'll worry about that in a week.


Friday, November 02, 2007

Me and you and Section 327... Hey if you're getting up grab me a beer before kickoff will ya?

I downloaded the pics I took at the Pats / 'Skins game to my computer last night and several of them came out really good. I'm not the best photog but I really like the way this picture came out.

I've got it set as my desktop pic at work. It makes me feel like I'm right there sitting in the stands at The Razor.. I like it so much I thought it would be cool to share. If you click on the image it will bring you to the full-rez (1600x1200) version. Feel free to grab it for yourself if you like it and feel the power of The 12th Man at Foxboro.

Happy Reward Friday!



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