Super Bowl 47 Trash Talk: The Harbowling
It is finally Super Bowl weekend and it feels….kind of blah. Maybe it is because two brothers from an apparently nice wholesome family are squaring off after two weeks of nice making between themselves and their teams. I dunno, but there seems to be a distinct lack of intense vibe, at least to my senses. Super Bowl weekend is also always bittersweet because it is truly the end of the football season and of regular Trash Talk. Sure we will be around for the start of the Formula One Circus and maybe March Madness, but this is it for the regular Trash posts.
In New Orleans there is a party going on. There is also the nagging specter of Katrina hovering over the festivities. For all the glitz and glamor, the Big Easy is still a tale of two cities. There is the glitzy tourist centric French Quarter, which largely survived Katrina intact, the well to do areas of the affluent, all restored and ready to party, and the center of it all this weekend, the Superdome. They are all looking good.
Lets look at at the Superdome, which is not only rebuilt and beautified, but now bears the signage and imprimatur of the ultimate in prestige and wealth, Mercedes Benz:
The multi-phase $336 million project begun after Katrina wrecked the building in 2005, stripping away part of the roof and dumping water throughout, allowing mold to grow unchecked. Evacuees stewed in the summer heat without air conditioning or working bathrooms in a scene that epitomized the chaos of the disaster.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided $156 million of the renovation money, said Superdome manager Doug Thornton. He said renovating the Superdome was half the cost of building a new stadium.
“This is a brand new stadium,” said New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, who pushed hard for construction of a new facility before the 2005 storm. “It’s got all the things we wanted. I haven’t seen a finer stadium in the country.”
We bought that. Now that is not necessarily a bad thing, the Superdome was one of the symbols of New Orleans, and an eye that was blackened by Katrina’s surge and aftermath. It was important symbolically to heal and it is an economic driver for the city. Federal money spent means jobs and there is no denying the pride that the folks of New Orleans took in the rebuilding of their house and the rebirth of the Saints, culminating in their own Super Bowl season. It was a transfusion for an ailing city.
As we get ready to celebrate all that is good, glitzy and reborn about New Orleans, let us also take a moment for all that is lost and unrecovered. And there is still that. The population of New Orleans, although growing well, is still only about 80% of its pre-Katrina level and many of those were not the ones who were driven out never to return. Cleansing is a tough word, but it may have some application, and not in a good way.
Having taken a look at the side of the city that is whole again, let us also do so for the infamous areas that are not:
Most tourists this week will see the parts of the city that fared the best during the hurricane — the French Quarter and the Garden District, built on the highest ground near the Mississippi River. But many neighborhoods still bear Katrina’s scars, from the brown stains of high-water marks on buildings to piles of rubble on lots overgrown with weeds. Unemployment and crime rates are still high.
“It’s hard when you walk out the door and don’t see a house across the street,” said Nevles Brown, 46, who lost his home in the Lower Ninth, but now rents a refurbished one nearby.
His uncle, Ronnie Brown, lives down the block in a house that shouldn’t be standing. Still visible on the bright blue siding are spray-painted X’s — symbols drawn by rescuers who checked the houses for survivors in the early days. The front corner of the roof is sheered and splintered.
“I got nowhere else to go,” Brown said, sitting in a chair on the remains of his front porch.
Overall, you have to feel pretty good, both for, and about, New Orleans this weekend. They have come alive again, but there is still work to do and people to heal in the less glitzy areas. And then there is the homophobia that has surfaced in an ugly way over the last week in the hustle and bustle of the Super Bowl scene.
That is the tale of the city, now for the teams. Niners and Ravens. On the hermetically sealed, temperature controlled fake tundra. As the future of this blog may depend on it, I want to be clear:
The San Francisco 49ers will be the Champions of Super Bowl 47!
As my prediction record is basically 0 for the last few weeks, this should bode well for the Ravens and allow the good work here at Emptywheel to continue unabated.
There are several reason behind my Niners pick. First off, San Francisco has been to exactly five Super Bowls, and they have won all of them. Jo6pack and JohnT, both of the Bay area demand a six pack of Super Bowls. Ray Lewis turned his “last ride” into a sleigh ride. John Harbaugh has been too bubbly and fun, Jim Harbaugh has been too quiet and sullen, you KNOW he is plotting.
I could go over the usual litany of players and potential impacts on the game, but you know them already. Both teams are pretty healthy and ready to go. Lewis may still have a wounded Raven wing, but he played fine against the Pats and has now had an additional two weeks; he will be ready. I am going to go out on a limb here and say the difference may be…..Randy Moss. The Ravens play great ball hawking pass defense; Ed Reed and the boys will have to focus on Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. If they leave Moss one on one downfield, he will burn them. If they pay attention to Moss, there has to be less overage on Crabtree or Davis. Both are killers for Kaeprnick to exploit.
So, what will Roger Goodell be eating while in Nawlins watching the NINERS WIN? Well, not sure, but there is a laundry list of fine establishments that refuse to serve him. Man, that’s cold.
Music this week is by a variety of Big Easy big names. That is it, see you in comments!
You forgot to explain the risk here. I’ve added my playoff picks in the thread–I wrote them on the back of an invitation envelope the Saturday morning before the games.
As you can see, if the Niners win I will have picked perfectly. (and FWIW, I was picking the Niners in the early season as well, at least by September.)
I really do want the Niners to win. Sadly, though, if it happens I will feel obliged to shut the blog down and move to Vegas to bet full time.
@emptywheel: Hey!! I said to trash that damn napkin, NOT throw it in my Trash! And I DID say:
As the future of this blog may depend on it, I want to be clear:
I am convinced the 49ers will win this game (and want them to).
That of course leaves me with looking for the blog equivalent of a cardboard box to live in. Maybe a blogger FEMA trailer…
@bmaz: It’s an envelope! You gotta recycle envelopes, not trash them!
9ers 49 ravens 17. 9ers come out scoring and never stop. Oh, please correct the spelling of my name bmz:)
I like San Francisco.
Charlie Pierce has a humorous take on Number 47 — hamstrung?
“I suppose we must deal with the annual festival of unhealthy snack foods and corporate elephantiasis that will unfold on Sunday. (I have been to four of them. The first one was in Miami, between San Francisco and Cincinnati, and the Overtown riots broke out four days before the game. People were stealing food a half-mile from where the various parties were at full boil. An escadrille of luxury jets flew down from Washington, where Poppy Bush had been inaugurated the previous Monday. The NFL did its damndest to ignore what was happening on the other side of town, but the cognitive dissonance of the whole event was probably detectable on Neptune.) This year’s festivities take place in a radically different cultural context. America is looking at football differently than it ever has before because now the simple fact that the destruction of the human body is as fundamental to football as it ever was to boxing has become unavoidable. The NFL will try to ignore that as thoroughly as it ignored the rioting in Miami. The broadcast crew may well blow out their hamstrings trying to dance around it.”
A-Rod feasting at Balco-East?
Can they void his contract, probably not, without an eye-witness account?
@emptywheel: Thank You
Here’s an interesting story that was out last week. The time line (I made this up)
1. Jeb takes over the team
2. Hires Uncle Eddy
3. 9ers and Stanford have been close since Bill Walsh days
4. 9ers are losing and Stanford is winning
5. Eddy talks with JH about coming over to the 9ers.
6. JH knows he can’t get Andrew Luck but needs a plan so when gets to the 9ers he’ll have the right QB. The D is in place but needs an O.
7. The rest is history
I do hope they win by this margin so they can put in Alex Smith.
@jo6pac: Um, sorry about the spelling error!
@bmaz: No Problem, here’s a little more on the 9ners that live in the town close to me.
He and Ronnie Lott own a few business here in town.
Too bad both teams can’t lose (a lot of folks to dislike on all sides not mitigated by the one or two positive reasons from each team)
Does he take the train to work? (I sure would. The daisy-farms are there for good reason.)
I don’t care who wins. There’s going to be brisket, pulled pork, ribs and sausage.
Then, since I have numerous squares and showdowns I will be pulling for particular scores at the end of each quarter. Winning a little money will make it a great day. :)
@P J Evans: No idea, I use to say hi to him when we would meet up at the local newsstand but it has closed down so I don’t see him anymore. I think most of his work is out at his house I understand from those that know him he has a good size office there.
The train then light rail would put him almost at the front door of 9er world.
GulfCoastPirate, I’m doing Dungeness Crab, Oysters, and wild smoked Salmon all from Calif. ocean with a little/lot cheap Calif. wine.
Kaepernick’s are cheeseheads
PS I’ve been through New London on my way to fishing in Northern Wisconsin; I know exactly where that is
@bmaz: I believe you meant to say
This being the annual celebration of Roman numerals and all, you need to get that right.
@Bay State Librul: Mr Pierce also points to this nifty gadget that will be unveiled in television ads for Budweiser in Canada:
Thankfully, the article notes that there is a volume control on the horn.
As Charlie notes, however, this could be tough on a Vancouver fan who lives in the Eastern time zone: “The Canucks score in overtime, and your den turns into NORAD headquarters at 3 in the morning.”
Too funny. Chinese pirated DVD’s
Ahnold was in Star Wars?
@jo6pac: That menu makes my mouth water.
It also makes me miss living in the Bay Area. The 9ers, not so much; the cost of living, not at all; but the seafood, definitely.
Today’s Darwin Award goes to …
(Why most people don’t try to do a cannonball in the Winter)
Why Jarred Allen will never be a QB
@Peterr: I grew up there in 50s to 70s then moved to the Central Valley because it’s cheaper$
Les Miles is weird
Pat Fitzgerald of the Fighting Journalists: This is the way you drive your car. Drive your car. Drive your car. Early in the morning
That sounds pretty darn good.
@JohnT: Looks like he’s demonstrating how one navigates on Lake Shore Drive: “Change lanes to the left . . . now right . . . now left again . . . now right – no change back! . . . now shout at someone in another car for being an idiot . . .”
Speaking of oysters – we’re in oyster season in the GOM and the beginning of crawfish season so their are definitely some good eats to be had in New Orleans this time of year. That char-grilled oyster dish with the butter, garlic and parmesan that started at Drago’s (but you can get them at a number of places now) is one of the greatest dishes ever invented. I could eat those all day.
@GulfCoastPirate: Thanks, I might have to drive into town early tomorrow to get a few things I need to make them.
@jo6pac: @GulfCoastPirate: Num. My farmers had a Super Bowl special for a pound off your butt, so I’ll be eating pulled pork.
If I can just get Jim White to share BOTH the Carolina BBQ sauce and the KC one.
Two Buck Chuck? Sounds like a joke, but it won and keeps winning awards
I’m going with the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, pork tenderloin and roasted veggies grilled over mesquite charcoal
@emptywheel: Don’t bother with the Carolina stuff.
@Peterr: Well do YOU have a recipe?
I’m keeping it simple tomorrow. Spare ribs were on sale and there’s a nice cabbage from our CSA farm, so it’s just ribs and slaw.
Oh, and since we’re overrun with sweet potatoes, I made sweet potato bread and there should be most of a loaf still around tomorrow.
@emptywheel: I just sent you the special family-secret KC recipe. I thought you still had the Carolina version.
Here at our place, the menu is in flux. Originally we had planned a kind of appetizer buffet through which we’d graze that included many of our kid’s favorites. Then he got an invitation to a SB party at the home of one of his friends, and so Mrs Dr Peterr and I decided to revise things, seeing as how it will just be the two of us. No decisions yet on the specifics, but we’ll figure that out this evening.
As for a recipe for pork butt . . . mmmmmm . . . I’d cover the butt liberally with garlic powder, fresh cracked pepper, and a little salt, then smoke the sucker for several hours over low heat. When it feels like it’s ready to fall apart, bring it in and do just that, adding just enough sauce (tomato-based) to moisten it after you pull it apart.
I don’t make sauce myself. I like to cook, but with the embarrassment of riches that is the KC BBQ community, I’m happy to enjoy the sauce from our favorite local BBQ joint.
@Jim White: I’ve got Carolina, and now KC (but no ketchup or liquid smoke), so I guess I’ll have to go Carolina. Sorry, @Peterr.
@Peterr: Note, please, that this is not a slam on Jim’s recipe in particular, but rather an observation that there are better uses for vinegar and mustard than inflicting them on a pork butt.
Also, RGIII, rookie of the year.
I buy that (though prolly would have voted Russell Wilson after letting myself be illegally influenced by playoff outcomes.
Plus, B1G. We may run like molasses but we can still make good QBs.
@emptywheel: It’s your loss, Marcy.
But what is this “liquid smoke” thing of which you speak? All our wood in KC is solid, not liquid.
@Peterr: Not using the grill because, well, I don’t want to shovel the grill out. Plus, may try to go to the gym tomorrow. Or skiing.
@emptywheel: You need to grill more often then, so that the snow can’t accumulate on and around it.
Back to football
Niners win. If they play to their strengths, I don’t see how they lose.
The Ravens are on a roll, but, the Niners Defense is arguably the best in the league. Navarro Bowman is only the 2nd best LB in the league because of a guy named Patrick Willis. The Smith Brothers from different mothers are on a tear. Aldon could be this generation’s Fred Dean, and the Cowboy is a man among other men
They’ll prolly run the pistol, and read option a lot, but what I think will win the game is a a lot of Frank Gore and Vernon Davis.
The question is, is this the game they unleash the Freak (Moss)? Or has he just been a distraction?
After the game you’re gonna hear a lot of this phrase
@Peterr: Uh. It was shoveled out earlier this week.
We’re finally having snow. Real snow, where compacts have to stay home bc they don’t have the clearance. Relishing in it, really. But, yeah, the grill is pretty deep right now.
The NFL announced the 2013 inductees into the Hall of Fame:
Missing from the list is finalist Eddie DeBartolo. Awwww . . .
@emptywheel: Okay, first jo6pac gets me misty-eyed over the seafood from CA, and now you’ve got me envious of real snow.
But I’ll be fine. Just give me a moment . . .
@emptywheel: All the old Czechs in Central Texas say if you need sauce with your bar-b-q then you’ve screwed up your bar-b-q.
Of course, they also raised a bunch of right wing rednecks so what do they know?
@jo6pac: @GulfCoastPirate: I need a G-3 to get me between the Pirate lair and Joe’s house. I WANT some o that food.
@bmaz: Get in line.
@GulfCoastPirate: Yeah, those “Corexit Oysters” should be awesome.
@bmaz: Did you see the attendance figures out to see Phil this afternoon? That must be some golf tournament.
@GulfCoastPirate: “All my Czeches live in Texas”
@all the rest of you Muthas: I am so hungry now I could scream. This is inhuman what y’all are doing to me.
A little New Orleans vibe:
@bmaz: You’ve got a lot of nerve complaining after you wrote this: ” I am going to go out on a limb here and say the difference may be…..Randy Moss.”
If Randy “I’ll Play When I Want To” Moss is the difference, the Ravens will win going away.
My oddball picks
NFL Network reports
“Jim Harbaugh had a Marine colonel, a buddy of his, address the Niners last night. Message: Importance of being calm with so much on the line.”
As I determine how I will determine which team I will choose in my side-bet with my erstwhile friend, Seutonius, I have to consider the principle of the regression to the mean. Since the Niners are 5-0, it not only superstition but the mystical quality of statistics that should push me towards the Ravens, as the Niners are, as they say, due to lose in a Super Bowl.
But given your own O-fer record recently, you too, Almighty Bmaz (and didn’t I see you hawking handicap tip sheets out at Turf Paradise a few weeks ago?), must surely be due for a win.
What is one to do? How does a mere mortal calculate the odds in such a situation?
Thank God for my friend, Suetonius. He told me that one could discover the ends of history, even football history hanging pendant upon a Super Bowl morn, by the mere flipping of a coin. And my coin says —
Oh, damn. If you want to know, you’ll have to subscribe to my predictions business. I’m not going to give it away free here.
@Jeffrey Kaye: Turf Paradise is still beautiful this time of year; but it is getting hard to make a buck selling tip sheets these days.
Okay, ribs got a generous dose of Butt Rub and are on the grill at 225 degrees. In three hours, I’ll wrap them in foil and put them back on the grill so that they stay moist.
Gotta make the coleslaw and the family recipe KC sauce. It goes on very sparingly, and not even on every rib I eat, but is essential to the full experience, despite what pirates and ministers in these parts would have you believe. I’m out of hickory, so oak chips will be adding to today’s flavors.
@Jim White: JW – Did you see the reports of the new plane the Iranians displayed? Any thoughts?
If you like to Q you may find some of these videos interesting. I’ve actually waited in line at his place and it’s very, very good. I’m personally not a wrapper but since learning a little of his technique I have started using the butcher paper about half the time to wrap that way. For me it depends on the size of the brisket. For a large brisket I think it helps a little.
Another interesting item you may find interesting.
Everyone have a good Super Bowl Day. Hope your numbers hit and all those driving stay safe.
Wait, what @Peterr? For those of us born in KC (St Luke’s Hospital) and raised there, liquid smoke is one of the four food groups. And that’s my family KC BBQ sauce recipe @Jim White is using BTW. Anyone who would even consider making vinegar mustard sauce must be from somewhere else.
@emptywheel: LOL!!! Not to rain on your parade or anything EW, but DO NOT SHUT DOWN YOUR BLOG no matter what happens tonight. Leaving aside the importance of your work to civilization as we know it, consider this…
There was a time when one of your devoted readers and hobnobbers WON THE HUBCAP. Even got her name in the title of a post iirc. Yeppers, she was riding high on her football perspicacity and insight into what made a winning football team…
Sure, times were good, but then… 2012 hit like a tsunami followed by a plague of locusts, desolation everywhere you looked… dead last in her football pool… only two correct playoff picks… grim, ugly, bleak hard times.
Learn from your forebears EW… don’t follow in their footsteps towards epic tragedy…
P.S. ros, while I’m at it, I hate to break it to you, but I’m cheering for your Niners, which pretty much means they’re doomed ; )
@phred: There used to be such mercurial claims of winning not just hubcap pools here, but office pools far and wide by this unknown commenter (NAMED PHRED) you refer to. Once in possession of the prized hubcap however, nothing but doom, gloom and locusts.
We were forced to retire the hubcap out of pity on our poor innocent readers, lest another one of them suffer the same fate.
@Jim White: Of course KC sauce is essential to the full experience. It’s the reference to Carolina sauce that is heretical. No one has been burned at the pit in KC for such sacrilegiousness in eons (that I’m aware of, that is), but they have been banned from coming within 100 yards of any smoker, grill, or BBQ installation.
@Peterr: I am just thrilled nobody has suggested Texas BBQ is worthy of discussion (well except that Slovakian stuff the Pirate was pitching).
@phred: ah hell, i’m rooting for them while deep down inside a voice sez they’re going to do the opposite of win.
* Fresh Dungeness Crab
* Golden Road Hefeweizen brewed right up the road
* 1st Tangerine picked out of my garden this year for dessert
@Mrs. JimWhite: Marcy is the one who mentioned the mustard and vinegar stuff, and she claims that your husband is her supplier:
Now to be fair to Jim, perhaps Marcy tossed that Carolina part in there to get him in trouble with his obviously intelligent wife.
Don’t get upset with me — I’m on your side. I simply told Marcy to forget about the Carolina sauce and stick with KC.
As for liquid smoke, maybe it’s my St. Louis roots, but I prefer to use the wood itself to add the smoke flavor to the meal, rather than import it through the sauce. I may be liberal on many many things, but when it comes to BBQ, I tend toward the conservative. Good meat, good wood, and a nice slow fire to blend the two . . . and good adult beverages to be consumed while supervising the whole process.
@GulfCoastPirate: The HuffPo piece was great. Thanks for the link.
@Peterr: Actually, the Carolina sauce recipe I sent Marcy has no mustard. It is a simple mix of vinegars and peppers that is a wonderful alternative on pulled pork.
@bmaz: Gosh, and no one has been praising the superb governing skills of Sarah Palin, either. Good times!
@Jim White: No mustard in a Carolina sauce? How is that possible?
@bmaz: No love for the Czechs? I don’t think Johnny Football is going too be happy with you. Those are his stomping grounds. I hereby sentence you to a weekend in College Station after which your appreciation for any cooked food and girls with teeth will be greatly enhanced.
@Jim White: I thought that was pretty interesting also. ‘The stall’ with a brisket is a big topic of discussion in smoking circles down here.
@Peterr: Got if off a discussion forum for Kamado grills several years ago:
1 C white vinegar, 1 C cider vinegar, 1 T sugar, 1 T cayenne, 1 T tabasco, 1 T kosher salt, 1 T cracked black pepper.
It’s out of this world on pulled pork. The vinegar cuts through the fat taste entirely. And because it’s so thin, it flows through the pork well.
@bmaz: A noble act of kindness bmaz. No one else should suffer so…
@rosalind: I envy your garden that produces tangerines. Win, lose, or draw ros, fresh citrus puts you in the winning category in my book ; )
@phred: Also begat a problem with excessive parking tickets….
@bmaz: Remind me to tell you about trying to renew my driver’s license recently… Suffice it to say, I’m not kindly disposed to the state of RI these days. Grrrr…
@Peterr – burning at the stake is an appropriate response to mustard based BBQ sauce. However, since @Jim White is dealing with having 3 horses (temporarily) on the property, I will eat the vinegar/pepper stuff on pulled pork without comment.
Is there a football game today? Not big on either team but I’m trying to care. It’s not working…
@phred: spent the morning planting fresh greens in my raised beds for the skunk to destroy in his nightly reenactment of the London blitz.
@rosalind: Your attention to the needs of the local fauna is touching ; ) I’m sure the skunk appreciates it more than you will ever know…
@Mrs. JimWhite: The things we do for love.
As for the football game . . . enjoy the commercials. I’m certainly looking forward to them.
@rosalind: I have a possum doing that to my potatoes/garlic/shallots beds. It’s driving me nuts.
Bmaz, Mercedes-Benz is really teasing their big during-the-game commercial during the pre-game show. “Sympathy for the Devil” in a luxury car commercial is certainly an interesting combination.
Any predictions on the best automotive-related commercial?
Well, this is a rather tame edition of trash, but that’s understandable given the game is still at least 3 hours away.
Dinner here … roast pork, mashed potatoes, red cabbage. Nothin’ fancy, nothin’ involved. Maybe some nachos later.
In case any of you missed him on the Sunday shows, St. John McCain was at the Security Conference (in Munich, I think), demanding that the US (and NATO) shoot down the Syrian air force and bomb its bases. Goes to show that some people never change: that fucker goes to Annapolis and becomes a bomber pilot (a bad bomber pilot who gets himself shot down) and for the rest of his miserable life proposes to solve every problem by … bombing it.
And, in other news, the Iranian Foreign Minister gave an exclusive interview to the Sueddeutsch Zeitung of Munich, in which he said his country was ready for direct talks with the US over its nuclear program, and returned the praise he says the US government has given the Iranians lately, while still complaining about the good cop-bad cop routine they are subjected to. The headline is that he believes in the view of Obama as honorable.
He needs to hang around here more….
And the SZ’s coverage of the Super Bowl is headlined “Only Nate Silver knows who will win”.
And Chris Kyle, former Navy SEAL sniper credited with 150 kills and author of “American Sniper”, was shot to death on a Texas shooting range. Apparently, he was working with veterans with PTSD and met with one there yesterday, only to be shot by him. The other veteran has been charged in his killing.
@Peterr: IIRC, didn’t Mick Jagger attend the London School of Economics?
The Stones seem to never miss a trick when it comes to turning a buck toward their pockets.
@scribe: Well, you can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need.
@Jim White: Ah, good, there it is again. Was just abotu to make it. Sadly didn’t have the ingredients for KC, in spite of MrsJimWhite’s persuasive powers.
@Peterr: If the Benz commercial is not it, I will be shocked. I have seen the whole thing, and it is one hell of a commercial. Seriously good. It is every bit as good as you would hope it to be to be done to Sympathy for the Devil.
A history of Super Bowl bling.
In thinking of words to describe the gallery, “understated” does not come to mind.
Let it be said a former Cardinal makes the first beauteous play of the game.
@emptywheel: Well, Quan sure wasn’t gonna win one of these with the Cardinals, so yeah he is probably all out today.
Anyway, this conversation only reminds you of OTHER Cardinals receivers.
@Peterr: I’m liking more and more the way those Steeler hypocycloids come out, when done in colored diamonds. Very tasteful.
I gotta go watch the Puppy Bowl – keep the dog happy.
If you are a receiver, the ball hits your hands, and you DON’T come down with it, You. Have. Failed.
Especially when it happens in the endzone.
-IV points for the ILers.
Crap. What is it about post-season games in the SuperDome starting out as badly for me as they possibly could? Sugar Bowl flashback time here.
On the bright side, those were easily the very best ribs I’ve made in a long time, if not ever. And they did have KC sauce.
Heh. Someone is tweaking kitteh fans tonight:
I am complaining HARD to Mrs. Bmaz that the food on the training table at Casa de Bmaz is not up to snuff compared to all the hoity toity described herein.
Ergo, I may soon be watching in the garage and calling for pizza….
WOW not looking good for 9ers and I’m sure the cry for put in Alex has started on the inter tubes.
Dammit, and I thought I could be FREE of this infernal blog!
What the hell is going on here??
is there any more grotesque cultural event in the united states than our annual super-bowl halftime show?
@bmaz: Thus proving the wisdom of the old saying, “A lawyer who acts as his own advocate has a fool for a client.”
Okay, SERIOUSLY, with all the incredibly fantastic local music in New Orleans, to ignore it and put on that horseshit disco/rap crap by Beyonce is just fucking criminal. I want to puke.
And a time out has been called by the New Orleans power company.
@bmaz: At the very least they could have spent a few bucks on someone who knows how to run a mixing board.
@Peterr: *heh* God does have a sense of humor, eh…?
@CTuttle: You don’t suppose there’s a corporate intern who unplugged the lights, so as to get more commercials, do you?
Meanwhile, Mrs Dr Peterr just read my mind:
“I’ll get us a rain out. . .”
Making those juju ads look pretty good.
yes, it is.
and in case you don’t know the reference to “jelly roll” – look it up. beats the hell out of beyonce holding her left hand finger next to her crotch.
Ghosts in the Superdome…
If this were a championship soccer match — English Premier League, Germany’s Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A, etc. — the fans would be singing team songs and a serious party would have broken out in the stands. There would be no worries about the teams losing intensity, or the emotions of the game taking a hit. If anything, it would ramp up the energy.
sydney bechet :
We don’ need no houngans!
Right here, no intercessionary medium needed (and a very gracious collaborator):
@prostratedragon: Trombone Shorty rocks.
Dayam, the Niners are clawing their way back into the game…! ;-)
@orionATL: Not that I can think of. Yeesh.
Alain Toussaint entertains company:
@Peterr: As in “Hurricane Season” maybe?
Harry Connick, Jr. with a traditional band: “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
@prostratedragon: Alain is great, though as the father of a budding trombone player . . . gotta love Shorty.
It’s that time of the game:
oh and, btw, the pork? Awesome. you all should come get some.
@bmaz: That was a *fine* ad.
@mr_emptywhel: Okay, that’s it! Who approved this comment??
(It may have been me, not sure of timing)
Like I said, Randy Moss is THE KEY to this game.
@Peterr: My HS band director was a trombonist —in fact, there were two of them, twins, the other of whom taught elsewhere.
Not to read too much into it, but bonists always seemed the most collegial section among themselves.
what a great, great superbowl football game.
no end of great plays; no end of adrenaline-coursing drama.
@prostratedragon: No now, let’s not be boning all over teh place….
@bmaz: The Ravens agree with you 100%.
@Peterr: Dude, I DID IT ALL for the good, and longevity of this blog.
Anyway, Oscar Goodman rang me up and said he did not want “shaky sorts” like Mr. and Mrs. Wheel in Vegas.
@bmaz: Just no way to approach this subject correctly, is there?
Formerly a popular number for Dinah Washington:
Finally, looking ahead to tomorrow’s postmortems, we must not overlook this one (ht stoat at eschaton):
“A Transcript Of Yesterday’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, As It Happened In A Parallel Universe That Only I Can See,” by Tim Carvell
Whew! Dodged a bullet ; )
Well, I guess this proves that the most aggressive team wins
Ravens took it to ’em. The better team won
Haven’t read the comments, but it was a good weekend for Viking fans
Adrian Peterson is the single best player and was recognized by being elected MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, and Chris Carter was elected to the HOF
There’s just one bit of unfinished business though — these two players are equally deserving as anyone could be
Paul Harvey on Farmers – Dodge
Leon Sandcastle – NFL.com
Joe Montana Miracle Stain – Tide