How Should We Deal With The Return Of The NFL Refs?

Sumo Referee

Sumo Referee…and NFL replacement. (Photo credit: sophietica)

A deal has finally been struck in the labor dispute between the National Football League and its referees.

While that dispute was going on, the NFL brought in replacement officials from wherever it is you go when you find yourself a few hundred referees short. Perhaps there is a secret island somewhere to fill that need. It might be populated by judgmental people who spend their days blowing whistles and announcing their decisions.

The consensus on the replacement referees was that they were trying, but were unprepared for what they were facing on the big stage of an NFL game. Fans howled at the bad calls they were seeing and demanded the return of the highly trained NFL officials…who they’d previously booed and cursed soundly. Read the rest of this entry »

Will The Baltimore Orioles Cause The End Of The World?

I have always been a Baltimore Orioles fan. I always will be. Even if they cause the end of the world, they will be my team. Truthfully, if they end the world, it will be partly my fault.

Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Ok, it was in Baltimore.(Image via wikipedia/paul-w)

My brother and I went to our first major league baseball game with our dad at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. It was the first game of the 1973 American League Championship, the Birds vs the Oakland A’s. We sat in left field, Jim Palmer pitched, I saw Brooks and Frank and Boog and Mark and Earl. The O’s won the game. I’ll always remember that day.

The Orioles last won the World Series in 1983 (before that, 1966 & 1970). Things have been bleak since. I’m still a fan. The autographed Brooks Robinson photo my brother got me still hangs over my desk. With the team’s current ownership, I’ve looked forward to opening day only because I was pretty sure that would be my only chance to see the O’s on top of the standings. I am still a fan.

And now, there’s this year. The Orioles are in contention to win the American League East. They’re nearly assured a spot in the playoffs. Once they’re in the playoffs, The Series is one hot streak away. If they make it to the World Series, they could win. I’d be thrilled…but then, there is this little matter of the end of our planet. Read the rest of this entry »

Just tell the truth, Mr. Mixon.

Carolina Panthers logo

Image via Wikipedia

I don’t often write about sports, I’m making a exception here with a post to purge some frustration.

On my way home from work, I was forced to listen to the radio broadcast of the Carolina Panthers on the local station, WBT -AM. This never fails to be a miserable experience, even in a winning season.

Today, after successive awful plays by the defense that resulted in a score by the Panthers opponent, play by play hack Mick Mixon announced that the Panthers fans in attendance were in “stunned silence”.

I beg to differ, Mr Mixon. Read the rest of this entry »

A Letter To South Africa

I know you've been busy...(wikimedia)


Dear South Africa,  

It has been impossible to get you on the phone. I’ve left a couple of messages on your voice mail, but I know you’re really slammed with this World Cup thing. I’m really happy with how well that is working out for you. Sorry I haven’t been able to make it by to see for myself but the airfare is really steep. Read the rest of this entry »