Super Bowl Sunday

For the 43rd time, America is celebrating Super Bowl Sunday, an unofficial holiday of junk food, television marketing excess, the existence of Roman numerals, and football (or is it handegg?). And, for the 22nd time in my life, I have very little emotional investment in the game. Oh, sure, I’ve faked it before: I was rooting hard for the Packers in Super Bowl XXXII, but that never worked out. The Super Bowl was first serious business in The Smith Household when Stan-The-Man Humphries sent the San Diego Super Chargers up against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX, during which Steve Young and Jerry Rice made history by turning an NFL team into meatwaffles for the first time. The other time, of course, is when the Carolina Panthers had their hearts broken by Adam Vinatieri and the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII, which was also a historic Super Bowl because no other game so far has had as many letters in its Roman numeral.

So today we get the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers are looking to start blinging out their other hand, while the Cardinals are benefiting from Kurt Warner’s innate ability to somehow will really bad franchises to victory. Of course, when I think of the Cardinals, I’m always reminded of Denny Green:

So who wins? The smart money says the Steelers, but the Cardinals have beaten the smart money three games in a row now. The stage has gotten bigger and the Cardinals have proven that the stage is not bigger than they are so far. Both teams are playing their best football right now, too — I suspect this game has the potential to be much better than most people expect. Prediction? I’m really on the fence here. I think I take Arizona in a colossal upset, which means the Steelers will likely win because I haven’t given them a chance all postseason. (One does have to wonder what the week off does to Arizona’s momentum, after all.) Enjoy the game, folks!

In Brief Shows

Serious Business Recap: Super Bowl and Hooters…CRAYONS?

The Serious Business Super Bowl Pre-Pre-Pregame Show was a fun one, where we talked a bit about football and a lot more about the availability of crayons at Hooters. Seriously. It’s amazing what happens in Serious Business. Of course, we have video. :)


NFL Championship Sunday

Despite the untimely elimination of both the Carolina Panthers and San Diego (Super) Chargers from the playoffs last weekend, I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about today’s conference championship matchups. For the NFC, we’ve got the Philadelphia Eagles traveling to Arizona to play — yes — the Arizona Cardinals. In the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens visit the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Ketchup Tundra. I’m going to attempt to analyze the games, but I have to tell you: almost nothing has gone to plan this postseason. (Except, of course, the whole “Chargers-don’t-have-a-chance-against-the-Steelers” meme.) Call this a shot in the dark.

As Per Whatever


I’m emerging from my hole for a few…as one can imagine, life has its ways of socking one in from doing much else than sleeping, eating, working, schooling, and repeating the cycle somehow. I did, however, catch a little time to test WordPress 2.1 on a development server and realize that it’s ready for me to go here…so I literally, just now, completed the upgrade. It’s pretty beautiful too. The fact that WP is now auto-saving my posts…a beautiful, beautiful thing.

There’s a lot going on…let’s see:

  • I’ve been heavily involved in revamping the pages for CofC Information Technology over the last several weeks. Next week is going to be quite the doozy, as we begin a thorough QA review of every page on the site, which is pretty gigantic. Should be an interesting, interesting week…
  • Bands of the last several weeks: The Cure, Days of the New, Diamond Head, Sweet Savage, and Filter. Sadly, smooth Weather Channel jazz just doesn’t promote the high energy levels needed to get through the last several weeks.
  • School’s all intertwined in this mess, too. That’s going quite well — I’m extremely pleased with how it’s been going. I have been quite enjoying my classes this semester.
  • Tom’s got the Atlanta pictures up. One day I’ll get a minute to sit down and write a long narrative for these…
  • It’s Super Sunday. Can the Colts’ no-huddle offense sufficiently discombobulate the Bears’ D? Can Rex Grossman pull out the game of his life? I find it interesting that basically no one in the media is giving the Bears a chance. A popular score is 34-24 Colts. It’s going to be a lot closer game than people realize. It’s going to come down to kickers, IMO…

That’s it for now — once life calms itself, I’ll have a bit more for you. Have a happy, joyous day…


Congratulations to the Steelers!

Congratulations to the Steelers for winning Super Bowl XL. I’m especially glad to see the Bus was able to go out on a winning note. The “feel-good” story of this Super Bowl definitely played out. Very nice.

Ameriquest had the best commercials this year, I think. The lady on the airplane…priceless! Local injury lawyer Bill Green most certainly had the worst commercial, in which some opera singer sings the Bill Green jingle with inconsistent orchestral backing. Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad.

In any event, with the Super Bowl now a figment of the past, this can only mean one thing – BASEBALL!!! :) I must say, I can’t wait for the World Baseball Classic. It’ll be nice to have some good competitive ball during the month of March to get me ready for April. :)