Archive for the ‘Super Bowl’ Category

Super Bowl: Arizona, Ken Whisenhunt, Kurt Warner

February 1, 2009

Ken Whisenhunt will have a great game plan, and the cerebral Kurt Warner will get just enough time from his offensive line to move the chains of history.

Cardinals 27, Steelers 24

– Dan Bickley, The Arizona RepublicThe Steelers are accustomed to the big stage and that defense can be intimidating. The Cardinals are 3-0 in the playoffs for a reason, however. They have a multitude of offensive threats, and the defense is good enough to control a Steelers offense that isn’t great.

 

Cardinals 20, Steelers 17

– Paola Boivin, The Arizona Republichttp://www.azcentral.com/sports/cardinal
s/articles/0131spt-sb-superpicks01-CR.html

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Photo: Associated Press file

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Steelers’ Defense Recalls Steel Curtain Memories

 Super Bowl Cancels Schools; American Education Easily Delayed By Party, Storm, etc

Steelers’ Defense Recalls Steel Curtain Memories

February 1, 2009

They know the Steel Curtain only through legend, the occasional television clip and the evocative photographs — so much mud, so few teeth — that hang behind the Lombardi Trophies they pass each morning on their way to work.

By Judy Battista
The New York Times

The Steel Curtain and the current Steelers defense were built around linebackers. Jack Ham and Jack Lambert, number fifty eight, stopping the Bengals’ Archie Griffin in 1977. Photo: AP
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The Steelers who will play in the Super Bowl on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals are young enough that even the oldest of them was a child when the Steelers’ defense defined greatness in the halcyon days of the 1970s. For them, the Steel Curtain feels beyond reach, so infused with lore that making comparisons seems pointless. Jack Ham, the Hall of Fame linebacker from that era, pops up in the locker room and his defensive descendants are delighted, but even then, he is viewed mostly as an icon without peer.

And yet, about the midpoint of the 2008 regular season, Steelers fans signaled a subtle shift in perception. It was about then that the defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, a student of the game for 50 years, did a statistical analysis and noted an odd convergence of numbers. His defense was ranked in the top three in the league in nearly every major category — rushing yards allowed, passing yards allowed and points allowed — and in even more obscure ones like first downs allowed, yards per play, third-down conversions allowed and red zone defense. LeBeau said he thought he was reading the figures incorrectly because he had never seen a team so close to the top in so many categories. A hopeful sign appeared at Heinz Field: Steel Curtain II.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/sp
orts/football/01defense.html?_r=1&hp


Jack Lambert

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 Super Bowl Cancels Schools; American Education Easily Delayed By Party, Storm, etc.

Super Bowl Cancels Schools; American Education Easily Delayed By Party, Storm, etc.

February 1, 2009

President Obama joked last week in apparent disapproval as Washington DC metro schools were closed for a minor, by Chicago standards, snow and ice storm.

He even quoted his children making fun of the Washington DC culture.

Now the Pittsburgh schools have already announced a two hour late opening time to accomodate students and parents after the Super Bowl party.

Seems it doesn’t take much to stop education in America.

After the earthquake in China last year, just about all the schools were ruined in the earthquake area.  Makeshift schools started soon thereafter in tents and on roadsides.

You reap what you sew….

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http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09029
/945457-100.stm?cmpid=MOSTEMAILEDBOX

 

Bankers register at the Beijing University of Technology, as others wait for picture-taking.  This for a stock broker and investment advisor exam.  Wall Street needs more education?  Photo: Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

Boob Loose But Skater Ekaterina Rubleva Keeps Cool Like Janet Jackson

January 24, 2009

Sometimes, in ice skating, as in other sports, the show must go on. Nobody knows that better so far this year than Ekaterina Rubleva, a Russian figure skater who had a far more revealing performance than was expected of her at the European championships on Monday.

Video:
http://video.aol.com/video-detail/oops-ekat
erina-rubleva-patineuse-russe/248246916

(NSFW) Russian Figure Skater's Wardrobe Malfunction

Link

http://backporch.fanhouse.com/2009/01/2


Ekaterina was way more cool than Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl in 2004….

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rchemel/russian
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Since her famous wardrobe moment, Janet Jackson has had some weight issues.  She says she’ll have a book out about nutrition before long….

New Year In Asia: Time for Great Food!

January 24, 2009

News of the impending Chinese Lunar New Year or “Tet,” the aroma of my Mother-in-Law’s fresh hot “heart of beast” soup, plus a news story about the Hanoi Zoo and a brief encounter with a friendly black dog reminded me today that it is almost that magical time of year: the celebration of great eating.

No, not “Super Bowl Sunday.”

TET!

My wife’s Mom cooks up many a great delicacy and today it was “heart of beast” soup. I call it this because I have no idea where the heart comes from.

And I mean I don’t know what animal or what vendor.

And I don’t want to know. Like many things Asian, it is made in a mysterious way and it is enough to know that it is no good without a lot of heart…

The BBC News reported today that the Hanoi Zoo had been caught illegally trading in rare animal parts. Carcasses of tigers, elephants and other creatures of God’s good earth had been discovered in strange places. Some parts had been sold or “trafficked.” Some were wrapped in the freezer. An Asian friend said, “Some great eating there.”

Sumatran tiger, file image 

Tigers are used in traditional Asian medicines

Elephant?

I said I didn’t want to know….

Finally, we met a friendly black dog today. We admired her and petted her. Her owner said, “Ten years old. And you know what they say in China? The best dog is black dog.”

I had a feeling this remark came from a chef and not a vet or a dog trainer.

But I didn’t ask.

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I Have Eaten A Pack of Dogs and a Flock of Crow But “Hold the Penis”

How about a nice hot bowl of horse meat and noodle during the Super Bowl?

Plaxico Burress: Armed, Dangerous and Stupid (Apparently)

December 24, 2008

Plaxico’s house was searched and guns, ammo and other objects were seized, police said on Christmas eve….

In our opinion, Pro Players should leave their ego and their guns at home an enjoy their cushy, highly paid life and perform as expected.

Plaxico may have ruided his NFL career by playing with guns….He wouldn’t be the first “star” too risk everything…

From Michael Vick to Jim Brown there is a parade of “Bad Boys” from the NFL, other sports and Hollywood.  We are not saints; just people.  Now Plaxico Burress gets 15 minutes of fame not for a Super bowl touchdown but for shooting hemself in the foot, er, leg….

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick(R) leaves ... 
Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick(R) leaves Surry County Circuit Court after entering a guilty plea on two felony counts connected to dog fighting in Sussex, Virginia. Under a plea agreement, Vick, who is currently serving a term in prison for federal dog fighting charges, will serve one-year of probation for the state charges.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Geoff Burke)

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The weekend self-injury of New York Giants star badboy Plaxico Burress, who sustained a personal injury gunshot in the leg when an illegally concealed weapon accidentally went off may have a few others in hot water.

In New York state, it is a misdemeanor for a hospital not to report a gunshot wound to the police, and according to reports, that is exactly what happened.  It appears that several employees of New York-Cornell Hospital, who treated Burress, did not contact the police. The New York State Department of Health is investigating to see if information was deliberately hidden to protect Burress. Additionally the hospital itself has admitted it has suspended an employee for not following procedure.  The hospital says it is their policy to contact the police in regards to all gunshot patients.

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center, arrives ... 
New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center, arrives in Manhattan Supreme Court in handcuffs, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, in New York. Lawyer Benjamin Brafman says Burress planned to plead not guilty to a weapon possession charge during a Monday afternoon court appearance. Burress accidentally shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub Friday evening.(AP Photo/David Karp)

Meanwhile Antonio Pierce, another New York Giant who was with Burress at the club Latin Quarter during the injury and aftermath, is being sought for questioning by police.  It appears, however, that he ditched the cops yesterday in favor of a paid radio appearance.  Pierce also is reported to have spoken to NFL security about the incident without a lawyer present which could get the league itself tangled up in the investigation.

Link to:

http://lawofhollywoodland.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/plaxico-burress-
weekend-shooting-puts-others-in-laws-sights/


Above: Mug shots of Ryan O’Neil and son Redmond when they were booked by police on drug charges….


Jim Brown was my hero when he played for the Cleveland Browns and he is again my hero now.  But there was a time there when he was just about nobody’s hero…..

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A 9 mm handgun, a rifle, ammunition and clothing were confiscated during a search of the home of New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, police said Wednesday.

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http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/12/24/burre
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In this Dec. 1, 2008 filep hoto, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, second from left, is escorted from a police station in handcuffs in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig/FILE)

In this Dec. 1, 2008 filep hoto, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, second from left, is escorted from a police station in handcuffs in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig/FILE) (Seth Wenig – AP)