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NFL Fans Never Sell Your Tickets If Your Team is Playing the Shittsburgh Squealers

I watched the Washington Deadskins game against the Shittsburgh Squealers and felt bad for the Deadskirts fans last night. A very unusual situation because the Deadskins deserve every bad thing that happens to them but not all those piss yellow jerseys in the stands last night.  As usual a stadium, in this case FedEx Field in D.C., which is relatively close to Shittsburgh was over run with a large amount of Squealers fans.

As a Ravens fan I run into this problem regularly.  Squealers fans are dedicated I’ll give them that and they travel to see their team.  As a matter of fact I think that’s great.  However for the home team it is disappointing to see large amounts of Squealers fans cheer the visiting team in your house.

slide1This problem could be fixed easily.  If you’re playing the Shittsburgh Squealers at home don’t sell your tickets. NOT TO ANYBODY FOR ANY REASON. Even if you can’t go it is better to eat the ticket price than have Squealers fans in your seats.  That’s the only way to ensure that your stadium isn’t looking piss yellow on game day.

Now your Shittsburgh Squealer fan comes in two varieties.  The good kind is the die hard unemployed Shittsburghin who luckily scores some tickets to a local game and goes to cheer their team on.

The other and by far the worst is the transplant traitor.  This is a Squealers fan who left Shittsburgh for a number of reasons but usually because the city is historically economically depressed and the person can’t get a job.  This person assimilates into his new community usually living until retirement even cheering for the home team.  But when the Squealers come to play they break out their piss yellow jersey and go the game cheering for the Squealers.  If you talk to one of these “Manchurian” fans they’ll aways give you some line like this; “I grew up in Shittsburgh as a kid, bla bla bla.”  Come on get over it you moved away 20 years ago.

So what is the point: NFL fans and ticket holders if you’re playing the Shittsburgh Squealers at home don’t sell your tickets. NOT TO ANYBODY FOR ANY REASON.

For some good old fashioned NFL rivalry check out http://www.steelerssuck.com/ 🙂

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November 5, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Still Wacco for Flacco

Well Baltimore Ravens fans are still “Wacco for Flacco.”  Flacco has certainly improved with each game this season.  He has proven his value as a number One draft pick.  Today’s victory over a division rival, the pumpkins ,i.e. the Brownies, was huge!! Again Flacco’s play along with those of many others contributed to this victory.

The Ravens over the years I’ve been a season ticket holder haven’t had the ability to usually score 21 points or more let alone come from a 14 point deficit to win. Usually when the opponent scores 17 points or more the Raven lose.  However in this game the Ravens defense gave up more points than they typically do.  The D did however in the second half consistently force the pumpkins into 3 and outs.  The O then scored 17 unanswered points to take the lead and secure the win.  The D then capped it off with an interception by LB Suggs that was returned for a TD.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / November 2, 2008)

(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / November 2, 2008)

Finally lets put an end to this BS “Suggs” package.  The “Suggs” package and the Miami “Wildcat” are just gadget plays.  These type of plays work occasionally if never used.  But when teams game plan for them like the Ravens did against Miami or the Brownies did against the Ravens today they don’t do anything.  Although it was fun watching the Smith to Flacco 43-yard play I cringed watching the Oakland linebaker dive on Flacco after the play.  Yes I know any player can get hurt on any play in the NFL.  Still why do want to increase the risk of injury to your QB?  Remember when the NY football Giants put CB Jason Seahorn back to return punts?

Joe Flacco is the Ravens QB for the foreseeable future.  He’s earned it by proving it on the field on game day.  He’s getting better each game. All you Smith fans need to get over it and move on.  Smith is not starter QB material in the NFL.  If he was the Ravens would never have drafted Flacco to begin with.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / November 2, 2008)

(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / November 2, 2008)

I can’t say enough about the running attack that both Ray Rice and LeRon McClain bring to the Ravens. Congrats to both Rice and McClain; what a huge game!!!!!!  That Rice 60-yard run broke the Brownies back and the McClain steam roller over the Brownie’s safety Sean Jones got the Ravens back in the game.

November 3, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Highway Robbery part 2

This post is a follow up to an earlier post titled “Highway Robbery.” One commenter stated that in Montgomery County signs are posted ahead of speed cameras that are part of the “Safe Speed” program. So I investigated and discovered this is true.

Speed Camera Sign on Quince Orchard Blvd in Gaithersburg

Speed Camera Sign on Quince Orchard Blvd in Gaithersburg

I went to a speed camera zone in Gaithersburg close to where I live on Quince Orchard Blvd. There were posted signs, perhaps a bit to close to the cameras. But if you’re paying attention you should be able to lower your speed prior to the camera. Of course I was only looking at the physical location of the camera and had no idea of where the targeted zone was in relation to the camera or the warning sign. Also I don’t know, but will assume, that the mobile speed camera’s that are being deployed also have warning signs. (Can anybody verify this?)

So if you run through a clearly posted speed camera zone and get a speeding ticket I don’t see what you have to complain about.

I don’t however believe that Montgomery County’s and Gaithersburg’s “Safe Speed” program has anything to do with lowering speed. With 178,000 people receiving tickets at $40 each since our local governments started using these devices against us nine months ago this program is all about a new revenue stream for local government nothing more.

Speed camera mounted on a pole.

Speed camera mounted on a pole. Note you can see the speed camera sign behind the SUV on a pole.

This program still stinks. I believe there are real problems contracting law enforcement activities to include traffic enforcement to corporations whose monetary compensation increases with each ticket issued. If you see a speed camera sign and don’t slow down I guess that’s your problem.

Of course our local government’s contractors are placing these devices in areas with a high probability of finding speeders such as the 25 mph zone shown above.  Like another commenter said this is a “good old fashioned” speed trap.  Speed trap yes, but old fashioned I’m not so sure about.

Note, these two pictures are not of the same signs and camera device.

The top picture is the east end of Quince Orchard Blvd looking west.  The bottom picture is looking west on QOB but on the west end.

October 13, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , | 2 Comments

Georgetown University at Clarendon Stinks

This is a follow up to a previous posting entitled “How’s graduate school?” We’ll the answer is not so great anymore. Georgetown University in its ultimate wisdom has transferred my entire program to the new Georgetown University at Clarendon. This blows.

I didn’t enroll in Georgetown University at Clarendon. If I had wanted that I would have enrolled in George Washington University or Strayer University. Because the university has done a good job enrolling graduate students into the program they decided that we needed more space so they shipped us out.

Amazingly with all the “communications professors” on the staff of this program they forgot to tell any of the program’s stakeholders, the graduate students, that they were making this decision. Of course we did receive an email stating this decision had been made after the fact but we the students were not included in the decision making process in the least. Not even a heads up warning that there might be some program changes coming the future. Not one word from the program administrators. Gee I wonder who is getting which office and parking space? Unfortunately I’m to far along in the program to switch to another program so I’m stuck attending Georgetown University at Clarendon.

Being on and around campus at Georgetown University is what made this program special. Sure we’ll be in a slick corporate office building with marble floors and wood paneled walls and our diploma’s will even say Georgetown University. The problem is we don’t go to Georgetown University anymore. They say we’ll even have the “full weight of Georgetown University” behind us. What does that mean, we can access the website?

The truth is this is now just another cash cow graduate school program diploma mill at some off-site location not remotely associated with the university whose name it bears. I’m sure there will be a gold Georgetown University seal on the door and our bills of course, but that’s our only association with the university now. At this point just give me my B for paying some $2,250 per class and graduate and be done with it.

Perhaps on-line Georgetown University degrees are next. Talk about cash cows. No need to worry about space for administrators or students and no need to rent that office building in Clarendon.

Georgetown University at Clarendon; this stinks big time.

October 6, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Glasses?

My new glasses

My new glasses

Well I received my first pair of glasses today.  It appears that I have simple myopia / Low myopia / Late adult onset.  What does this mean?  Essentially I’m near sighted (things far away look blurry), it’s not bad <3.00D, and occurred after I was 40 years old.  In myopia the eye focuses in front of the retina.

Of course there are some good and bad things.  First I can see again!   I can’t wait for the Ravens vs Titans game tomorrow; the players won’t be blurry.  My HD TV even looks better with glasses on.  And according to the Myopia entry on Wikipedia people with myopia are likely to be smarter than those without.  “A number of studies have shown that the prevalence of myopia increases with level of education[41][38] and many studies have shown a relationship between myopia and IQ.”  Sure glad I’m not one of those dummies with hyperopia when the eye’s focus point is behind the retina.

Glasses are expensive!!!  Somebody please explain to me why my Ralph Lauren frames cost twice has much as the lenses?   This is completely out of control.  There is absolutely no way that frame manufacturers are investing more expense into designing, manufacturing and selling frames than what goes into the actual lenses.  I do not believe that.

//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myopia#cite_note-AOA-7

Compensating for myopia using a corrective lens. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myopia#cite_note-AOA-7

Yes I know I bought expensive designer frames.  But all the frames in the store were within $10-$20 of each other.  Unless you went for like the $100 frames then you really could see the difference between the expensive frames and the cheaper ones.  In any event this frame vs lenses pricing system is completely backwards.  There is no way that frames should be more expensive than lenses.

Also on the bad side I’ve never worn glasses before in my life.  This is going to be a major lifestyle change.  I asked about laser surgery and my doctor said I was a candidate for it but if they fixed my myopia with surgery I’d be wearing glasses to read and see things close up.  Either way it looks like I’m stuck with glasses so why risk the surgery if you can’t get ride of the glasses altogether?  Well I’m glad I can see again.  Highway signs haven’t looked this good in a long time.

October 5, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Even Apple is Not Without Ethical Problems

Here’s the question, is it ethical for a company (in this case Apple) to sell a product to consumers if they are discontinuing the product (in this case Apple TV) shortly in the future?

Apple TV from their Website

Apple TV from their Website

I purchased an Apple TV on September 6th. To be honest I’ve really liked it so far. I saw an article on Digg today that suggested Apple TV was being dropped.

If I had known the product was going to be dropped from Apple’s product line 24 days after purchasing it I wouldn’t have bought it.

So I went to Apple’s support area, to the discussion for the Apple TV. I made a post asking if anybody knew what was going on with Apple TV. My post was immediately (minutes) removed by Apple!!!!! Talk about censorship.

Email from Apple Discussions

Email from Apple Discussions

September 28, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Carry-on Luggage

I’ve been doing frequent travel lately and have noticed that almost everybody is trying to carry their luggage onto the plane rather than check it.

I’ve never been a fan of carry-on luggage but now it’s completely out of control.  Travelers can afford the price of an airline ticket, hotel, food and other travel expenses but not $15 to check a bag?  What gives?  Is $15 each way for a total of $30 going to break the bank and cause you not to travel?  I bet the vast majority of these people spend $30 on dinner and drinks in one sitting where ever they are going.

All these carry-on travelers increase the time it takes to load and unload the plane.  There is no consideration for other people, just the “it’s all about me” attitude that seems to be prevalent these days.  I don’t want to pay a fee or I’m too important to check baggage and go to baggage claim.

On my last flights I took this weekend getting on and off the plane was a comedy.  People trying to drag bags down the isle.  Passengers franticly trying shove their giant carry-ons into the overhead compartment.  People taking the overheads above rows other than they were sitting in.  Bags hitting the deck with a bang as people tried to lower them to the floor but couldn’t. Of course there were the people who weren’t strong enough to pick up their over-sized carry-on and put it in the overhead compartment.  Then they look around with their sad little puppy-dog eyes asking for help.  If you can’t lift it, check it.

Some of you might be saying; but you’re no different.  You’re complaining because people carrying their luggage on the plane inconvenienced you.  Well you’d be right but you see, it’s all about me, not them!  Perhaps carry-on luggage should be banned!  lol

September 22, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , | Leave a comment

Itunes 8 Visualizer is Lame

Itunes 8 Visualizer; I'm bored.

I’m not digging the new Itunes 8 visualizer. Many other bloggers were gushing gooey prose about how great the new visualizer in Itunes 8 is. Let me be the first to say I don’t like it. It was cool for about 10 seconds then got old real fast.

As a matter of fact it looks like a bunch of tiny colored sperm searching for an egg to impregnate.  Not even AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” helps to make any better.

Itunes 8 gives you the option to use the “Itunes Classic Visualizer” but that’s kind of a throwback that isn’t nearly as fun as the visualizer in my recent Itunes software, 7.X whatever it was, before I upgraded to Itunes 8. Perhaps I should use that “Provide Itunes Feedback” link in the Itunes drop down menu… Do you think Apple really cares?

Bring back the 7.x visualizer please.

September 17, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Sticks It to Baltimore Again

Well once again the NFL has screwed the Ravens and the city of Baltimore.  If you haven’t followed the saga of the NFL’s hatred of Baltimore here’s some background.  In March 1984 I was an Officer Candidate at the U.S. Army’s Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA.  As a candidate contact and news of the outside world was limited to short updates from fellow candidates before certain classes.

So while sitting in Building Four, commonly called Building Snore by anybody who ever is or has been unfortunate enough to work or attend classes there, I heard the “sports update” from a fellow candidate that the Colts had moved to Indianapolis.  WTF was about all I could think as the next droning class began another day in the Army.

Of course throughout the rest of 80’s and 90’s NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue as well as the Redskins owner Jack Cooke (much like Orioles owner Peter Angelos worked for years to keep a baseball team out of D.C.) actively worked to ensure Baltimore did not get another franchise when the NFL announced expansion plans.  Tagliabue even stated that Baltimore should build a museum and not a football stadium or words to that effect.

Of course the NFL kept changing the competition rules until Tagliabue awarded franchises to Jacksonville and Carolina instead of Baltimore.  Then when Art Model moved his Brown’s franchise to Baltimore the NFL had a new team in Cleveland within three years.  (Cleveland fans are just as deserving of a NFL franchise as Baltimore or any other NFL rabid city.)  But that little ditty still makes you wonder about the NFL’s leadership’s views towards Baltimore.

Fast forward to this week and the Texans vs Ravens game is cancelled by the NFL due to hurricane Ike and rescheduled for our bye-weekend.  With all the other options available the NFL decided to stick it the Ravens.  The game could have been played in Baltimore.  Clearly the Texans would cry like stuck pigs but that was an option.  That wold have been like the generosity that was afforded the NY football Giants recently in adding a home game to their schedule.

Other options could have been to play the game in any reasonable-sized college or other pro-football stadium in the Houston area and let the Texans have the gate revenue.  That would have satisfied the Texans need for a home game as that’s all they really are worried about when they talk about a home game.  It might have even given the Texans a chance to win over some new local fans by having a home game someplace else.  Also a swap of games with the Oakland Raiders was an option because both teams played the Raiders and it could have been worked out that it wouldn’t have affected the number of home or travel games for either the Texans, Raiders or Ravens.  But no, none of these options was good enough for Goodell.

So now Ravens get to play a 5 out of 6 road games without a bye week on Nov 9th during a time of the season most teams are thankful for a bye.  Thanks for nothing Commissioner Goodell.  Without even researching I bet no other team in NFL history has ever had to play 5 out 6 games on the road.

Well, at least we all know Tagliabue must have been hot enough to fuck when the Ravens won the Superbowl XXXV in 2000. lol

Yes I know some you will say but hurricane Ike happened; nobody could have anticipated that!  Nobody except the rest of planet who watched the hurricane move ever slowly towards Texas on television news and NOAA’s website.  And you know what, I’ve got disaster and especially hurricane overload.  I don’t care anymore.  Don’t live in a flood plain and expect my tax dollars to rebuild your home or city so it can be flooded again and again.  Instead of buying a 60 inch flat screen TV try buying flood insurance if you live in a flood plain.  There I said it.  The truth is out there.  Two rules to live by; don’t live in a flood plain and if you are stupid enough to live in a flood plain buy flood insurance.

Oh and speaking of getting screwed how does Georgetown’s football team start the season with 3 road games?  I mean really, that’s bogus.

And congrats to the Terps for their big win over California this weekend!

September 15, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wacco for Flacco

Well as the signs said all of Baltimore and Ravens fans around the country will be if they aren’t already “Wacco for Flacco.” The rookie QB had an admirable first game as the Raven’s starting QB.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Doug Kapustin / September 7, 2008)

(Baltimore Sun photo by Doug Kapustin / September 7, 2008)

Flacco was poised and confident. He didn’t panic in the face of the rush and he didn’t turn the ball over. He put nice touch on several passes. Unfortunately some passes were dropped that would really have added to his stats for this game. He gutted out a 38-yard touchdown run. He lowered his head and put his shoulder into the last defender close to goal line to finish the run for a touchdown.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / September 7, 2008)

(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / September 7, 2008)

But credit must also be given to Ravens offensive line, running backs and defense. The offensive line kept Flacco on his feet and gave him time to make passes. Rookie running backs Rice and McClain were superb on many plays dragged the pile with them for significant yardage on 3rd downs.

And as always the defense lead by Ray Lewis made the plays when they had to including 4th and 1 and when the Ben-gals got inside the Ravens red zone. Ocho-cinco and friends were kept in check the entire game.

At several points the crowd picked up the chant “Let’s go Flacco” boom-boom boom-boom-boom “Lets go Flacco.” I’ve been a Ravens season ticket holder for I guess about 10 years now.  Never in that time has the crowd chanted for an offensive player before except for the occasional “Heap” when TE Todd Head catches a pass.  It sure would be ice if the Ravens keep giving a reason to cheer on the offensive for a change.

Granted the Ben-gals aren’t a powerhouse team and its offense has lost it’s magic the last few years. But it’s great to open the season with a win against a division opponent.

At the end of the day it’s rookie QB Joe Flacco who is the toast of the town tonight.

September 8, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , | Leave a comment