Friday, September 30, 2016

More idle rants

In all of sportsdom, is there any team, along with their fans and certain beat writers, that whines more than the Detroit Lions? They act like a massive conspiracy is against them. It's as if bad calls are unique to them only. The refs have it in for them. Whine, whine, whine. Here's a thought --- with the exception of maybe the Cleveland Browns, what other team has been inept for so long? If the koolaided Honolulu blue and silver faithful are getting the Rodney Dangerfield no respect treatment, they've brought it on themselves. Try winning something. A couple playoff games would be a start. In the meantime, here's a box car load of cheese and crackers for them.

Remember when Buick was considered a "grandpa" car? Evidently, they're going after a new demographic. The wimp generation. Have you seen the latest batch of commercials? They're just about enough to make Pee Wee Herman and Richard Simmons look like Rambos in comparison.

A playoff quandary. What would happen if -- three teams wound up tied for the second wild card in the American League? For the sake of argument, let's suppose Toronto gets one wild card spot. Then Baltimore, Detroit, and Seattle all wind up with the same regular season record. How would they play it off? A lottery, drawing numbers out of a hat, to determine which two teams play a one game knockout while the third gets a bye? Or are there tie-breakers to determine such a format? Beats me, but it could happen.

College game of the week. Though there are several interesting ones, notably Wisconsin visiting Michigan, both well within the Top Ten, it's gotta be Louisville going to Clemson. The Cardinals have a wunderkind quarterback in Lamarr Jackson that's already made everybody forget about Teddy Bridgewater, while Dabo's bos are coming off a national championship appearance last year and sport a Heisman candidate of their own in QB Deshaun Watson.

What's that? Once high and mighty Michigan State is less than a touchdown favorite over lowly Indiana? This is what happens when a team gets thrashed in their own house by the above mentioned Wisconsin. They had a good run for a while, but the Spartans can forget about being contenders on the national stage this year, or probably even vying for the Big Ten crown. With Michigan, Wisconsin, and currently ranked #2 Ohio State in the mix, it ain't looking good in East Lansing.

In other news, we are left to question the veracity of a couple of notable "charities". Our beloved Presidential candidates both have one. Trump's outfit and the Clinton foundation. If yours truly has this right, we the people are supposed to give them money, which they in turn decide who to pass it along to while taking a hefty cut for themselves as "administrative costs". And they no doubt get a sizable tax deduction to boot. The filthy rich get even filthier.

Here's what I want to know. Out of over 300,000,000 people. the best the US of A can come up with for the highest office in the land is THESE two? A crook and a clown? Wow, this country's in more trouble than I thought....

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