Friday, November 29, 2013
You can't have a blog called the Poop and the logical organic nickname the Poop and expect not to get stories about Poop e-mailed to you. Nails and Master Bates and perhaps others flagged me to this Taiwanese restaurant in the LA-area called The Magic Restroom Cafe, complete with a toilet theme. You sit on toilets
No Helmet, No Touchdown A wacky and wild end to the Steelers-Ravens game. The Steelers had two touchdowns reversed, both of which were the right call and the second one coming when Le'Veon Bell lost his helmet right before he scored. The rule was enforced correctly, and it's a good rule. As soon as the helmet comes off, the play is dead. You can't have defenders charging helmetless players, so you have to stop the play. It didn't have a big impact on the game but imagine if the Steelers had been stopped and never gotten the chance to miss the 2-pointer.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Gone With the Wind Bill Belichick is a mad genius. Sometimes his gambles pay off other times they don't. It would be too results-oriented to say because the Patriots won the game that he made the right decision to give up the ball in overtime. The benefits of having the ball first far outweigh any potential wind advantage. It has to be a mathematical fact, even if it doesn't work that way every single time. But that one weird quirk actually makes this amazing game even better. The Patriots fumbled the first three times they had the ball, and the Broncos took a 24-0 lead. The Patriots staged an amazing second half comeback and won the game thanks to a horrible play by the Broncos, a punt bounced up and hit Tony Carter, New England recovered and that was that. I wouldn't quite write this game off as the last head-to-head matchup between Brady and Manning (they could meet in the playoffs and if they both win their divisions, they'll play next year) but certainly after 14 games (Brady is 10-4), this great individual rivalry is in its twilight. It's been a lot of fun to watch over the years and once again Tom Brady was able to make the plays to lead his teem to victory whereas Peyton Manning didn't. Playoffs? If the AFC Playoffs started today the Tennessee Titans would be the 6th seed, by virtue of their win over the Raiders. If the Raiders had won, they would have occupied the 6th spot at 5-6. But before you run to your bookie to bet against Ryan Fitzpatrick in the first round of the playoffs, on the road, there is a host of other 5-6 teams (Jets, Dolphins, Steelers, Ravens and Chargers) ready to take that spot. One Spot Too Few We have the opposite situation in the NFC where two great divisions have produced 3 teams battling for two wild card spots. We know the Panthers are on fire, combining a great defense with a resurgent Cam Newton, but they still trail the Saints. In the NFC West we have the Seahawks running away with the division, but the 49ers are still the defending conference champions with a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. And we can't sleep on the Arizona Cardinals because they have a good defense, and Carson Palmer is rejuvenated, which has rejuvenated Larry Fitzgerald which had made the Cardinals a serious contender.
"All of Me" - John Legend This would be the perfect song to dedicate to Mrs. Poop on our anniversary but I didn't want to wait that long. I think Thanksgiving is just as appropriate. "My head's underwater But I'm breathing fine You're crazy And I'm out of my mind Cuz all of me Loves all of you Love your curves And all your edges All your perfect imperfections Give your all to me I give my all to you You're my end and my beginning Even when I lose I'm winning." Note: That's John Legend's wife supermodel Chrissy Teigen in the video, naked in the shower.
Monday, November 25, 2013
One of the basic things all humans want to feel is that we are not alone in this world. Someone out there loves us, cares for us, understands our struggles and is going through the same things. Hence the phrase misery loves company. It's why this great bit of stand-up from British comedian Michael McIntyre has gone viral. Because all parents experience these struggles when trying to get their children to do something as simple as leave the house. Similarly, this clip perfectly sums up the inexplicable tantrums our children have for no reason. This next clip is a little different, not as many people can relate. And it has never happened to me, but at my job there are TV cameras everywhere, and a giant staircase in the center of the newsroom. Walking down those steps always makes me fearful, not only of falling, but of falling, being caught by a live camera and have the video passed around the internet for everyone to laugh at.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The misery continues chicago -1 ST. LOUIS I think the Bears can pull this one out, even with Josh McCown starting. He might be better than we think. ARIZONA -2 indianapolis I guess we should just ride the Cardinals while they are hot. Don't question it, just go with it. And the Colts look really bad, even when they win they aren't inspiring confidence. NEW YORK GIANTS -2 1/2 dallas The Giants are another hot team, that I won't question, I'll just roll with it. denver -2 1/2 NEW ENGLAND It's hard to imagine the Patriots losing another tough game like this, and this one coming at home, but I really think the Broncos are a much better team. BEST BET KANSAS CITY -5 san diego The Chiefs are a good team. They will bounce back. Last Week: 2-3 (1 point) Season: 26-29 (21 points) Best Bets: 0-1 (3-8) Home Favorites: 2-2 (12-12) Home Underdogs: 0-0 (1-1) Road Favorites: 0-1 (6-7) Road Underdogs: 0-0 (7-9)