Monday, September 29, 2008

Do or Die






This past Sunday I got to see the legendary Brett Favre do his thing in person for the first time. To put it quite mildly he did not disappoint, throwing a career high 6 touchdowns. Not only did this set a personal record but he also matched the team record previously held solely by the New York Jets original legend - Joe Namath - a man ballsy enough to guarantee entry to the Promised Land and talented enough to make good on it. Time is not on Brett Favre's side to duplicate this accomplishment, but he understands as well as anyone that there is no moment like the present and looks determined to make the best of it. If his coaches also respect the urgency of the matter and let Favre carry the team as far as his strong arm and fearless disposition can take them, it seems destined to be one hell of a ride for Jets fans. Dreaming of the Super Bowl seemed too much of a stretch at the beginning of this season due to sharing a conference with the almighty New England Patriots. Now that the head of the Brady Bunch (which is not you, Bill Belichick) is down for the count, the honor of AFC representative in the big game is basically up for grabs. Brett's reach for the Lombardi trophy, even at the age of 38, is as long as anybody's. If his performance against the Arizona Cardinals is any indication, and if the Jets can get the defensive side of the line in order over their bye week, the next three quarters of this season promise to be something special. Win, lose or draw, there's a word that will not likely be used to describe the Jets for the remainder of the Favre era - boring. In one afternoon all Chad Pennington nostolgia, even that felt by his best buddy Laveranues Coles, was eradicated. There's a new sherrif in town who can sling it with the best of 'em. I sure hope Joe Namath is maintaining sobritety so he can enjoy these theatrics along with the rest of us. Joe above all should be able to appreciate the biggest of stars doing what he does best on the brightest of stages.































Speaking of being on a pressure packed stage, I'm really looking forward to the vice presidential debate on Thursday between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. I eagerly anticipated the showdown that recently took place between John McCain and Barack Obama, and McCain's "maybe I'll show up, maybe I won't" stance added to the intrigue, but when the smoke cleared it turned out basically to be what was expected. Two pros went out there and jabbed away, both landing a fair share of blows, neither managing a knock out. It reminded me of a Pay Per View boxing match, reasonably entertaining but ultimately failing to live up to the build up that causes me to shell out $50 that I always swear never to do again. But as the past couple weeks have shown, once the muzzle has been taken off there's just no way to accurately predict how Sarah Palin will perform. Give her a script and a partisan audience and she's almost certain to knock the ball out of the park. Throw legitimate non-true/false or multiple choice questions at her in front of people as willing to jeer as they are to cheer, and there's a reasonable chance she'll come off sounding even more ridiculous than those hysterical Tina Fey parodies on Saturday Night Live. If she can't deal with an underarm Katie Couric pitch, how will she deal with legitimate queries followed by cross examining from Biden? He certainly has some debating flaws of his own, but surely he can be coached to keep his answers brief and on point. Can Sarah Palin be trained by crash course to become knowledgeable and confident and coherant on a wide range of executive level subjects? We'll see soon enough. Since the republicans are so good at pulling surprises, I advise Joe Biden not to take his upcoming task lightly. It's probably against the rules for her to distract him by showing up for the debate in a bikini, but I expect at least one screwball in attempt to throw the loquacious senator off his game. Perhaps Palin will announce before the first question that she is pregnant with her sixth child. Trying bullying her then, Biden. As the accompanying photos show, Sarah Palin is the most dangerous sort of animal, a political one. That means no holds barred. Biden needs to take a page out of the books of Joe Namath and Brett Favre. Leave nothing on the field. Screw the five yard completion when the sixty yard bomb is sort of open. There is one opponent who absolutely cannot be allowed to be the victor, and that is fear. Fear is precisely what will reign if Palin and McCain are voted into the White House. The thought of it stamps two words on my mind. Hell no.
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- Roy Pickering (Author of Feeding the Squirrels: A novella)
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Quote of the day:
Katie Couric: Why isn't it better, Gov. Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?
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Gov. Sarah Palin: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, we're ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the -- it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.
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Web Site of the day: http://mccainkeatingfive.com/

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