The Strangest BrewA mix of politics, economics, libertarian ideals, general automotive info, entertainment of all sorts rounded out with some humor. Anything and everything can be a topic. The Strangest Brew, indeed…
I remember getting this video forwarded to me years ago right when it came out (when it had less than a million hits). I had no idea who Danny MacAskill was. I stumbled across a short documentary of his on Netflix last nite and it reminded me of this video I saw almost 4 years ago and how amazed I was with his skill level.
I also ended up really liking the song by Band of Horses.
Her rant will be frowned upon and she will likely apologize shortly. Here is what she posted on FB.
Proud of my husband and the Pats. By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis’ Wikipedia page. 6 kids 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay. What a hall of fame player! A true role model!
But she shouldn’t apologize, nothing she said was false, even a Miss Hooters knows the truth. When the truth is frowned upon and shied away from by a society you know it has lost its morality.
Ray Lewis is a piece of trash and the way he has been paid homage the last few weeks is disgusting. He is treated as if he is a preacher or freedom activist. He is a borderline illiterate college “gradute” who played a game. This is the epitome of mindless trolls worshipping the gladiators competing in front of them while they devour their state provided bread. After it was announced that the murderer was going to be a part of ESPN immediately after he retires I have basically boycotted ESPN. Throughout the last year or two the NFL has really lost its appeal, and there are plenty of things to do that are actually productive instead of watching jesters give each other concussions and be worshipped by the hoi polloi.
Ken Block showing off his precision driving in SanFran as a closed circuit. My pops forwarded it to me and I was writing a reply to him about how this is the sort of thing Travis Pastrana would do, and then he shows up on a dirtbike for a cameo. Nothing against McQueen, but he couldn’t do the maneuvers that were done in this video, but he did Bullit on the road with regular traffic.
Bob Costas had his idiotic rant last Sunday following the incident in which a KC Chief player murdered his girlfriend and then killed himself. His focus was the “gun culture” of America and if people weren’t allowed to have guns then the lives of Belcher and his girlfriend wouldn’t have been lost.
Well, there has been another tragic incident involving NFL players. Read excerpt below.
IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was arrested early Saturday morning for intoxication manslaughter after a one-vehicle accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown.
According to Irving police, Brent’s car was traveling at a high rate of speed on a State Highway 114 service road before it hit the outside curb at approximately 2:30 a.m. The car flipped at least one time and skidded an estimated 900 feet before coming to rest in the middle of the service road, police said.
Brent was trying to drag Brown from the vehicle, a Mercedes, which was on fire when officers arrived on the scene. Officers quickly put out the small blaze. Brown was unresponsive and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said officers conducted a field sobriety test on Brent and arrested him. The charge was upgraded after Brown was pronounced dead.
I am interested in Costas’ stance on this. He will likely talk about it as a tragedy, which it is. But will he go on a rant about how professional athletes and the general public shouldn’t be allowed to consume alcohol or drive cars. Which results in more deaths in the US, automobile accidents or firearms owned by private citizens? If people weren’t allowed to drive cars at all then Jerry Brown wouldn’t have died, right? If Bob Costas isn’t a hypocrite and applies the logic he used last weekend to this situation then that is the conclusion he should come to, right?
That type of thinking is moronic, just like Costas’ rationale last Sunday. He is nothing more than a mouthpiece of the powers that be that want private citizens disarmed so they can’t protect themselves.
I didn’t start watching NFL until the end of High School so I became an Eagles fan during Andy Reid’s first year as HC.
All in all I think he has done a pretty good job (great would have been a SB trophy), he drafted Donovan so that set the franchise up for success for awhile. I think the biggest reason Andy has had limited success the last 4 years is the loss of Jim Johnson.
Honestly though, he is done, no one can do the same job in the same place for 14 years. His excuses and poor decisions have finally caught up methinks. Him and Mad Marty have been too stubborn this season, the offensiveness of the offense has been nauseating.
Not sure if the next Eagles HC will be “Chucky” or some College Schmuck but I do think Andy will be “taking responsibility” for the losses of another team in the very near future though if not next season. I am cheering for a 3-13 season, at least then they will likely get a top 3 draft pick.
I am a sports fan but I also recognize and consider it a very unimportant and unproductive practice to be a fan. Similar to the occasional playing of video games, I do it anyway simply because I enjoy it.
Something interesting happened today in the Philadelphia Eagles world this morning. Juan Castillo was with the Eagles before Reid took over in 1999. He was the offensive line coach up until last year when he took over as Defenseive Coordinator. This was an unwise move in my opinion and Castillo was being set up for failure. Anyone trying to fall into the role was not going to meet expectations. Jim Johnson’s legendary prowess as a DC insured that. McDermot was there 2 years and was sporadic at best. But Castillo was perpetually overmatched.
Reid has never demoted or fired a coach or coordinator at any time during his tenure while in season but today he fired longtime friend and coach Juan Castillo. I think it was the right thing to do but firing him as offensive coordinator is like firing a truck driver for not being a good airplane pilot.
Todd Bowles might be able to fire the guys up, utitlize the talent better and call plays that put the opposing offense on their heals instead of reacting to what the opponent is doing. Play defense aggressively. For Reid’s sake he better.
The important thing this illustrates a simple truth that most people tend to forget, when your neck is on the line, everyone else’s neck looks better in the guillotine than your own.
I couldn’t watch the entire Eagles/Lions game yesterday but the remainder was listened to on the radio and I watched a few of the highlight (really lowlights). Disgusted once again. Grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory.
Vick didn’t play great but he also didn’t play real bad IMO. He is getting murdered out there, the offensive line is simply offensive. If he throws the ball in less than 2.5 seconds and is hit while doing so up the middle of the line the offensive line is failing. This happened multiple times. I am starting to suspect that Andy Reid is actually a dog lover, the past few years have been a setup and he is trying to punish Vick for what his past and get him killed or turned into a vegetable. And before you jump to the conclusion that is insanely idiotic, ask yourself how much more stupid that is than AR and Morhinwig’s game plans the last few weeks?
The defense once again overall played ok to good but fell apart in the fourth quarter like they did routinely last year. Simply put I dont’ see this team doing much beyond where it is now, be a .500 team, oh well
sidenote: Not sure how the schedule is done but for 3 games straight the Eagles will face a team coming off the bye.
Next up is the 6-0 Falcons, the only undefeated team left. I guess we’ll see if AR’s streak after the bye can hold up and possibly turn the season around like the turnstyles playing on the off line.
2nd sidenote: wordpress has been fubar’ed here for a little while but while it was out I read a post game interview with Nnamdi, after being isolated on Johnson and allowing Megatron 1 catch for 28 yards for 3 quarters the coaches felt they wanted to blitz more and mix up coverages. So Nnamdi wasn’t isolated on Johnson anymore. WTF?!?!?!?! I am no longer surprised that Calvin Johnson then had over 100 yards receiving and Stafford threw for 220 yards in the fourth quarter. I am beyond the point of blaming the players. No more, the coaches are setting them up to fail, the coaching staff overthinks and tinkers too f’n much for the Eagles to ever be successful with this staff.
You know it as the NFL. I learned a lot about how the NFL operated last year and then some more this year. The referree debacle has some good analogies with how government and people operate.
Big egos trying to crush little people to make a buck or just to see if they can squash them for fun. The way Jerry Jones plays the system to get public “investment” is sickening. He isn’t the only one, just the most boisterous one.
I enjoy NFL games as much as anyone else, it is one of the spectacles that I still partake in and pay attention to. Bad habits die hard and even though it is pointless, I still observe, at least for now. Talk to me again in 5 years.
Safety doesn’t matter, your voice/opinion don’t matter. When it’s a monopoly the demand is inelastic. Free market competition is the only solution but that will not be allowed.
The only thing that matters is the almighty dollar. The sooner you learn that the better prepared you will be in living in this world. Vote/complain/write letters etc… all you want, don’t mean sh!t. The ONLY chance you have of making a difference at all is to remove your consent from the system.
Steve Young had a great rant a few weeks ago and that same argument could have been about government, the big banks, the car companies, or the Military Industrial Complex. Stop thinking they care, Don’t believe them when they tell you they care. They don’t care.
The September 24 Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks may one day be looked at as the beginning of the end for the 92-year-old National Football League. Three weeks into a regular season under the direction of substitute officials – a result of an NFL-imposed lockout of its 121-member referees union – the Packers-Seahawks game ended in farce. On the game’s final play, the substitute officials missed a Seattle penalty and erroneously awarded a touchdown swung the game (and millions in wagers) in the Seahawks’ favor.
Three days later, the NFL ended its lockout after agreeing to a new eight-year contract with their regular officials, who returned to a hero’s welcome in Baltimore on September 27. Steve Czaban, a longtime Washington sports radio host and critic of NFL management, proclaimed triumphantly, “This will go down as one of the most spectacular sports business defeats ever, something akin to the military blunder of Napoleon’s decision to invade Russia.“
Nobody would confuse NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the late French emperor, but the metaphor is still useful. Goodell, the son of a former U.S. senator, took over the league in 2006 after spending his entire career as a faceless bureaucrat. Goodell’s predecessor, Paul Tagliabue, was a reserved figure who largely avoided the limelight during his 17-year tenure. In contrast, Goodell has made himself the center of media and public attention. He’s determined to spread the NFL’s reach on a global scale, not to mention his own authority to control the lives of its employees.
The hallmark of Goodell’s administration has been his efforts to construct an internal judicial system along the lines of a federal regulatory agency. Indeed, the title of “commissioner” befits a quasi-governmental entity rather than a corporate or trade association CEO. Like the Federal Trade Commission, Goodell is empowered to act as prosecutor, judge, jury and appeals court over any perceived infraction of the league’s complex governing documents.
Many libertarians don’t like to question the decisions of “private” businesses. Yet little about the NFL is private or compatible with free markets. Most of the league’s stadiums are heavily subsidized by state and municipal governments. The NFL enjoys special tax and antitrust privileges. And a good deal of the league’s revenue and political authority is derived from intellectual property.
More importantly, there’s a clear cultural alignment of the NFL towards the state and its institutions. For example, Goodell recently announced the NFL would donate $30 million to the government-run National Institutes of Health to study “serious medical conditions prominent in athletes and relevant to the general population.” Goodell noted this wasn’t just about helping current and former players – many of whom are now suing the league over brain damage they suffered during the careers – but this research would also help the military, which of course is one of the few occupations even more dangerous than professional football.
In reality, the NFL’s decline probably began with the September 11 attacks. It was the only time in modern history, aside from labor strikes, where the NFL had to postpone scheduled regular-season games. The attacks also enhanced the NFL’s existing ties to militarism and nationalism. Pat Tillman, a respected NFL player, left the field to join the Army Rangers, where he died under still-mysterious circumstances and became a martyr. The NFL actively embraced the new security state, assaulting fans at games TSA-style and lobbying Congress to approve unmanned drones in American airspace.
Most people would laugh at any suggestion the NFL is in decline. Profits and television ratings continue to
increase with no end in sight, they say. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story. The NFL is a monopoly, or more accurately a monopsony buyer of football talent, which in turn comes from a single source – large, mostly government-controlled universities that sponsor college football. The other major North American sports can draw upon substantial foreign markets in addition to colleges. The NFL has never successfully developed an overseas market. And as American universities face dwindling state support and budget crises, football will become less and less relevant – especially as potential liability from brain-injury lawsuits increase.
The NFL’s revenue model is also antiquated. It depends on three basic sources – intellectual property, network television contracts and, of course, stadium receipts. The latter is the most vulnerable. Thanks to the cheap debt of the 1990s and 2000s, the NFL overbuilt its stadium capacity. In markets like Washington – where a stadium was built in a poorly chosen suburban Maryland neighborhood – ownership has been forced to reduce capacity. The league tries to maintain the myth of 100% demand by imposing television “blackouts” of any home game that doesn’t sell out, but even that standard was relaxed to 85% in some markets starting this season.
Television remains the real power center of the league. Networks continue to spend billions on NFL rights. These have never been highly profitable deals for the broadcasters. The conventional wisdom has always held that you break even or lose money on football because the giant weekly audience provides a platform to advertise other network offerings. This is why, in the early 1990s, a then-upstart Fox Network paid a premium to wrest the most lucrative part of the NFL contract away from CBS. Fox never planned to profit from football; it simply needed the lure of NFL games to attract local affiliates away from CBS, which it did. A few years later, CBS scrambled to outbid NBC for its NFL contract.
If not for Fox, the NFL of the 1990s would have looked quite different. Television revenue and ratings might well have flatlined. The NFL itself is a bureaucracy, not an innovator. Fox didn’t just bring new money; it also revolutionized the presentation and packaging of the league, much as ABC did in the early 1970s when it developed Monday Night Football. This led other broadcasters to respond with their own advancements.
The question becomes, What happens when one of the networks goes bust or simply gets out of the football business? The four-network system is not long for this world. NBC, which currently holds the NFL’s Sunday night contract, is probably the weakest link. But all traditional broadcasters are vulnerable to sudden collapse as the entertainment world shifts to internet-based, on-demand distribution. Even ESPN, the all-sports network that holds the lucrative Monday Night package, is facing revolt from cable systems weary of its astronomical per-subscriber fees.
That leaves the league’s intellectual property, the value of which is tied to its brand and reputation. This is where Goodell’s leadership, or lack thereof, will ultimately pay off negative dividends. Goodell’s single-minded obsession with his own authority has not driven customers away from games as such, but it’s made the product much less enjoyable for the average fan. Bureaucracy always results in higher costs and lower quality, even when it’s not immediately perceptible.
Ultimately, Goodell and the NFL may well follow the model of other 20th century legacy industries and seek a full-scale government bailout. Once the brain-injury lawsuits become a serious threat to the NFL’s bottom line, Goodell (or his replacement) will inevitably seek some degree of federal immunity – in exchange for which Congress will get to create a new bureaucracy to oversee the “health and safety” of professional football. That will be the moment the NFL really dies, even if the games themselves continue for several more decades.
First I gotta get this out of the way, we Eagles fans have had to endure Andy Reid wasting timeouts throughout the game for almost 1&1/2 decades. But we found there is a worse alternative, when he has them at the end of the game he uses them so the opponent’s kicker can have a second chance at winning the game.
The Eagles didn’t play perfect but they were able to hold out against a very good Giants team who won the SB last year. The difference was their gameplan was very great, give the ball to your best player, Shady McCoy.
They had true balance this game. Even though the run wasn’t all that effective in the beginning it is the end result that matters. The defense didn’t know what to expect in the second half, run or pass because they stuck with it. This kept both options a viable threat. When McCoy runs well and gets 100 yards the Eagles almost always win.
There are 2 glaring issues I saw.
Bobby April needs to get his guys in shape, D. Wilson thrashed them in the return game. This is killing the D in terms of field position.
STOP TRYING TO ICE THE KICKER, it is stupid, end the tradition. The Giants had to rush out there with no time outs on 3rd & 19 to attempt a 54 yard FG, if he isn’t already flustered in that situation, a timeout ain’t gonna do it. If Tynes had made it on the 2nd attempt, there would have been a Big Red Pig Roast going on into the wee hours of Monday morning in Philly.
Hats off to Vick playing a pretty darn good game, no turnovers, he ran when needed to and went to the sideline/out of bounds to live and fight another day. I just hope he didn’t get hurt on that last run before the game winning FG.
The defensive line needs to do better about getting pressure in the 2nd half, seemed like they weren’t getting as much penetration even when the coverage was good. Not sure what adjustments the Giants made but they didnt’ have the bite they need to have.
Now the wounded, rested,prideful and always tough Steelers are next week’s challenge.