Championship Sunday Trash Talk

Last Sunday of football before the Super Bowl, so only two games today. We’ll get to those in a minute, but since there are only two, I thought I’d throw a couple of other topics out for discussion too.

You’d think the Trump impeachment would be the biggest news for the weekend, but it got a serious run for its money from the Royal split-up. Harry and Meghan are out, and not out in some kind of hybrid duty arrangement, but just out. They will still be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but no longer possess any “Royal Highness designations (seems kind of like a distinction without difference, but the Brits seem to take it seriously), and will do no more official work at all for the queen. They will no longer get money from the Royal Trust or whatever, but that was very little of their funding anyway and will still get from whatever personal trust Prince Charles doles out, which is apparently a lot. And will earn some of their own too, how is unclear. And they will maintain possession of their UK home Frogmoor Cottage (apparently one hell of a “cottage” but will have to repay some money that went to renovation of it recently. And, maybe most notable, they intend to spend a lot of time in North America, sounds like British Columbia is the likely place for that, which also puts them in easy reach of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. I don’t really have too much interest in all this, but a stunning amount of people do it turns out.

Second is, of course, impeachment. The House Impeachment Managers filed their brief yesterday afternoon, and it is here. It is over 100 pages and is extremely well done, supported and argued. That is the House’s main trial brief. Team Trump made a filing yesterday as well, but it is only a six page boatload of stupid that veers into ludicrous and awful. It is here, and reads like Trump himself authored a lot of it. And it is really only an answer to the impeachment articles summons. The Trump trial brief will be much longer, and is due tomorrow, so yesterday’s filing is NOT their final word before the proceedings begin.

Okay you can also talk about anything else you want of course, but enough of the other stuff, let’s get to the football.

First up is the Titans at Chefs. The Titans are simply a better team than people think, and they caught lightning down the last half of the regular season and playoffs. Derrick Henry is just a beast, but I expect KC’s defense to try and contain him and make Ryan Tannehill beat them. Tannehill has played well enough in their first two playoff games, throwing for TD’s, but not throwing often, and not for many yards (as in 160 yards combined over this two wins). He is going to have to do a lot more today, because Pat Mahomes looks back to full speed and Jesus can he and KC’s offense put up a lot of points in a hurry. Odds started out plus 10 in favor of the Chiefs, but are down to 7 now. Sounds about right.

The second game is the rejuvenated Packers at Santa Clara to visit the 49ers. Green Bay is a lot better team than the one that got absolutely smoked 37-8 there earlier in the year. I think the Pack defense can do some things against Jimmy Garropolo and the Niners, but they better watch out for those quick hitters in the middle, and that is not the best part of the GB defense. That is a problem. Packers offense is much improved as of late, especially with Devante Adams back at full speed. But the rest of the receiving core is not exactly going to light anybody up with the possible exception of Aaron Jones out of the backfield. And that is a problem. Rookie Nick Bosa is just a freak for the Niners’ defense, he is seriously good, and Dee Ford is back from injury and a handful too. And then there is always Richard Sherman in the secondary, and he always comes to play in big games. Packers O-Line has been playing fairly well, but they are fragile as to in game injuries. They will have to be great today. Current line favors the Niners by 7.5, and that sounds about right too. If this game was at Lambeau on the Frozen Tundra, I would be very tempted to take them in an upset. But not in the Niners’ crib.

Since the Royals are all over the news, today’s music is The Royal Scam by Steely Dan. Tilt a pint or two and have some fun.

86 replies
  1. John Forde says:

    Usually NFL Sundays mean one beer per quarter. That mean by the second half my oculomotor muscles will be unable track Tyreek.

  2. Bay State Librul says:

    Looks like Meghan and Harry D/B/A Sussex Kids, will be filing a Schedule C in lieu of Form 1120.
    I’m sure they will still have a UK/USA Branch Office for their Netflix revenue.

  3. scribe says:

    Harry should have listened to his grandfather, who told him “you date actresses, but do not marry them.” As he’s found out, it’s all about her being center stage and the object of everyone’s attention, 24/7/366. And now he’s stuck with it. Bummer.
    To answer the question implicit in the “why does seemingly everyone care about this?” it’s because it’s a train wreck playing out among the most genteel and mannerly, rule- and tradition-bound people there are. And it sells popcorn.
    Of course, now that she’s climbed this high, there isn’t much higher for her to go. One is compelled to wonder what new stunt will be hers, once the spotlight fades.

    Harvey Weinstein has a jury. Good. Time to refer back to the old Texas tradition, where trial starts on Tuesday so as to give the pit man time starting Monday to properly barbeque the post-trial meal (and let the gallows carpenters time to finish up). As in “We’ll give him a nice fair trial in the morning, then hang him after noon and have some barbeque”.

    For those who castigated me over alliteratively renaming the Boston teams and Boston itself into the Cheating Cheaters of Cheatertown, the CheatSawx, and Cheatertown, proper, I say: “Meh. Events have yet again proven me right.”

    Word is Biebs is “embarrassed” by being around the median of quarterback pay, having taken team-friendly contracts for a number of years on the basis – explicit or implicit – that Cheatin’ Bill (making personnel decisions on all except Antonio Brown) would be using the money and cap space spared by Biebs to pay for talent to surround him. Given the cast of never-wases, never-will-bes and who? that surrounded Biebs this year (excepting the car-jumper Edelman) one is compelled to contemplate that Cheatin’ Bill tanked in a most subtle and original way. He abandoned his notoriously good drafting and scouting skills and brought in a collection of tomato cans and stiffs who would have had a hard time making the Bungles’ roster specifically so he could persuade Biebs it was time to leave. Word is that in addition to the embarrassment, Biebs and Giselle have decamped from Boston for either warmer climes or Greenwich (to be near Biebs’ other family in NYC) and are allowing studio musicians in Boston to use the Big House for echo chamber experimental music. I foresee a series of long, dark winters in Patsies Nation, which warms this Stillers’ fan’s heart.

    Speaking of the Bungles, already have seen an article on “can the Bungles avoid wrecking the career of Joe Whatshisname from LSU?” I would not bet on it.

    And in other AFC North follies, OBJ has fully developed the case of self-important idiocy that comes from wearing a Browns helmet and letting it cast its brown rays into your brain. In short, first he imitated Adam “Pac Man” Jones by making it rain in the LSU Locker room (as opposed to the strip club where Pac Man did, and got into one of his early jams with King Roger and the Clowns). Then he assaulted a cop – slapping him on the butt – which the cop did not appreciate. I see this morning that the coverup on that incident is well underway, as the cop has had the arrest warrant sworn out against OBJ withdrawn. It wouldn’t do to send an NFL star to Angola or wherever for a butt slap, at least until he’s done in the league and can’t sell any more tickets or jerseys.

    To his credit, after early run-ins with King Roger and the disciplinarians, Pac Man recognized the ever-closing career window heading his way and wised up before making a Manziel out of himself. OBJ ain’t there yet.

    The G-Men have hired ex-Jerry’s whipping boy Garrett to be their OC, which should make for some good TV when they go to JerryWorld next fall. It might not make for good offense but then again it might.

    Iggles are tearing it down but not doing a gut renovation. Yet. Stillers trying to figure out their identity and so on. Tomlin looks to have saved his job. Time for everyone to get healthy.

    I like the Niners. They have the “it”.

    Similarly, I think Andy Reid gets to get back to the SB as Mahomes’ ability to score lots of points will ameliorate if not eliminate the chance that Andy Reid’s Clock Management will rise up to bite him in the ass. That said, I think the Titans are for real and, if they can keep the band together, will be a force next year. They very well could win and have Vrabel usurp Tomlin’s mostly successful effort to keep the Stillers relevant for Coach of the Year.

    Thing is, if it’s a Frisco-KC SB, who gets to wear red?

    I’m packing to move and this has been a great diversion from shredding old files and putting stuff in boxes. I have concluded: “I have too much stuff.”

      • P J Evans says:

        We’re all better off with her not driving at all. Though I suspect she would have walked into traffic with the same idea, and somewhat different results.

    • bmaz says:

      This is so sexist it is ridiculous. Marry who you are in love with, Harry appears to have very much done that. As far as “seeking attention” she seems to have done quite the op[posite, and they both want a hell of a lot less of that. Good for them. If they want to break away from hundreds of years of monarch bullshit, and go do progressive things that actually better the world, that is commendable.

      That is so seriously sexist and misogynistic I want to puke. But, hey, maybe you can craft yet some more petty, repetitive and bogus alliterative horse shit for it all. I do hope things are going well for you on the unfortunate relocation, that could make anybody cranky.

      • BobCon says:

        The Murdoch press made a deliberate decision to use Meghan and Harry to drum up the worst people’s fears of race mixing. I can’t blame them for wanting out of the game.

        • e.a.f. says:

          Getting out of “the game” or “leaving the Firm”, is probably the most sane thing they can do. In 15 years, they would have been replaced in the public’s eye with the current crop of Royal grandchildren, (William’s 3). There isn’t much to life if all its about is doing personal appearances and being hounded by the press. The British press have been awful, when it comes to Megan Markle. Most of it is sexist, racist, etc. Harry Windsor, most likely remembering how his Mother’s life ended has decided to get out while all of them are alive.

          Ms. Markle was an actress in Canada for several years, in Toronto, where she lived a fairly normal life.

          Whatever the couple and their child chose to do, it is hoped they can do it with out the press hounding them. When one tour boat operator was asked to take a group of press people off shore to the home they were staying in, in Sannich, B.C., he declined. He didn’t want to be part of the problem for the couple. Its most likely why they will choose Canada to live.

          I’ve seen nothing in Ms. Markle’s past to indicate she is attention seeking. As to what it is alleged her father in law has said, well he isn’t exactly any one to take advise from. His track record isn’t exactly clean. A lot of this about boys will be boys and girls ought to be in a convent until marriage. those days went out the window a long time go.

          Members of other royal houses have married outside the “royal comfort zone” and lived happy lives. More than one royal family member has chucked it and done just fine. The press moves on.

          A lot of the Brits are just a tad unbalanced about a member of the Royal family being a person of colour. If you remember the Breit campaigns a few years ago, its was all about “not having foreigners in their country”. It was funny. some of those voting to exit actually thought many of the people of colour would be leaving. they didn’t realize their families had been there from a couple of hundred years to new arrivals. One small town on the coast of England was furious that Polish immigrants had settled there. It was pointed out, if not for the immigrants, their town would have been lost. they didn’t care, they just didn’t want foreigners.

        • Peterr says:

          The Murdoch UK press is facing multiple lawsuits for hacking royal cell phones and other nasty pseudo-journalistic practices, but I’m sure that has nothing to do with their non-stop attacks on Meghan and Harry.

          Buzzfeed did a nice takedown of Murdoch tabloids by comparing the way Kate and Meghan were covered by Murdoch Media. The subhead sums it up well: “Over the years, Meghan has been shamed for the same things for which her sister-in-law, Kate, has been praised.” Click through for the pictures of the front page headlines – it’s brutal.

      • jo6pac says:

        I agree and I think he is also trying to escape the royals as his Mother did. Sadly she didn’t make it but he will and go to have a Fun Life unlike his brother.

        9ers by 20, sorry I don’t see much improvement in socialists’ club from GB.

          • jo6pac says:


            They barely beat the hawks and the 9ers beat the hawks without 3 D players that are now back.
            Then again what do I know?

            • bmaz says:

              I fear you are right. But as Herm Edwards would say, you play to win the games. I really do think that the four best teams at this moment are playing today. None are flukes.

              But that the two favorites are favorites for a reason and, much to my Cheeser chagrin, the Super Bowl will be SF and KC, and that is as it should be.

      • scribe says:

        it’s what actors and actresses do – seek attention. Tthey wouldn’t and couldn’t be in that profession, let alone be successful in it, if they weren’t always looking for the spotlight. And, in a profession with a normal unemployment rate of around 85%, the level of competitiveness for that spotlight is astonishingly high.
        Has nothing to do with anyone’s gender. At least as far as I’m concerned.

        • bmaz says:

          That is just not what I have seen over many years. Not much of a Hollywood type, but most I have seen are as far away from the idiots like the Kardashians as you could imagine.

          Most of them hate the spotlight, but tolerate it as required to do their duties. Grace Kelly was an actress who married a prince, and that worked fine until and unfortunate driving accident. She was not climbing, she loved Prince Rainier and vice versa. Give them a break and we’ll see what they can do. Maybe something good. Why not?

        • eh says:

          I can come up with a magnitude more examples of mainstream actors who never appear on TMZ as you can of those who depend on it.

      • Rugger9 says:

        I’d also point out that Harry (and William) are less likely to tolerate Murdoch-driven press given how the papers hounded Diana into her grave, so I applaud him for saying “enough”. Unless I missed something Harry is still in the royal succession as is Archie.

        Harry’s keeping up with Invictus among other useful pursuits and Meghan will support that. That’s better than anything the Murdochs or the Trump Foundation have done, and I am wondering why Individual-1 hasn’t tweeted about this yet.

    • bloopie2 says:

      “I have concluded: ‘I have too much stuff.’” Truer words were never written. We all have too much stuff. And that hurts the world, what with all the unneeded use of resources, energy to make the products, etc. I’ll bet that the money we spend on our excess stuff could do a lot for the rest of humanity. Imagine, for example, if all the excess money that is spent on high fashion shoes (that alone must be billions of dollars a year) were directed to good causes. Wouldn’t the world be a better place? Should I start by buying less expensive shoes/clothing from now on, and give more to worthy causes? Yes, of course I should. Right after I plunk myself down in front of my large screen TV for seven hours today to get some benefit from my hundreds of dollars a month cable bill. Go Titans! Go Packers!

      • bmaz says:

        I agree about the “too much stuff” thing. We thought about moving and downsizing, so a few months ago, got one of those big trash dumpster things delivered and spent two weeks sorting through stuff and chucking it. We filled it up almost 2/3 of the way, and it a huge one. Have not really missed anything except some spare plumbing parts I did not mean to throw away and were like $20 when we had to replace a dishwasher. Other than that, nope! Decided moving was too hard, so we are staying, but having all that clutter gone is sweet.

        • posaune says:

          I can’t help but recall Jimmy Carter: “We cannot continue to consume at the pace we currently consume.” He was so right.

        • e.a.f. says:

          there is nothing so liberating as holding a very large piece of something over your head and tossing it in a dumpster. Of course I was 20 yrs younger.

          These days, plumbing and electrical bits go to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, where they re sell it and use the money for their next build. If I need something, I head over there and purchase it. One could consider it an alternative to storage. A number of local business on Vancouver Island also participate, so currently we have a lovely selection of brand new, in the box, bathroom sinks and counter tops for a fraction of the retail cost. Store is staffed by volunteers.

          Much of what we purchase and accumulate doesn’t do our financial well being and the environment much good.

          On Wednesday my 20 ft. long container will be emptied and brought to the house. then all those boxes have to be gone through and ………….who knows what will be found.

          • P J Evans says:

            When I was a kid, my father got some sink cutouts from Formica-topped counters, for us to use as drawing boards. (They were about 3/4 inch thick, very solid.) And our box-o-blox had pieces of scrap lumber as well as alphabet and building blocks. It made building stuff much more interesting.

    • P J Evans says:

      My mother’s version was “Every time I move I swear I’m not going to do it again.” (The longest she lived in one place was about 25 years.)

      I’m packing to move and this has been a great diversion from shredding old files and putting stuff in boxes. I have concluded: “I have too much stuff.”

      I hear you. I have way too much stuff.

    • Tracy Lynn says:

      To be fair, Meghan had a career before she married Harry. So to imply that she’s social climbing because she married royalty is only slightly less misogynistic than the UK’s tabloid press. Oh, and the racism? Who would want to raise their young biracial child in that toxic mess?

      • Jenny says:

        Thank you Tracy Lynn. Well said. Good for them creating a new life.
        They will do very well for themselves and in helping others.

      • Eureka says:

        On the racism part, I recall the Most Rev. Michael Curry’s sermon at their wedding. The press always quoted/s the MLK-related parts, but Curry was throwing down some very deep shade to the racists/ hope for the future when he cited Teilhard de Chardin (loosely, a religious evolutionist). Curry was saying in so many words that we are all black, and all one, IMO from an evolutionary biologist’s perspective.

        • Eureka says:

          A little more specifically, Curry (via Teilhard de Chardin) was saying that the first people were black people, and that (pre-)history is what enabled the Royal Family to even exist.

          i.e. Harry’s family / the royals were *not* the most important people in the room, there was no such outranking (prevailing classism & racism aside, including that of Teilhard de Chardin, long story short!).

  4. SomeGuyInMaine says:

    Just read the President’s 6 page answer. Wow.

    Somewhere between the playground retort of ‘I know you are, but what am I?’ and the Bart Simpson classic, ‘I didn’t do it. Nobody saw me do it. You can’t prove anything.’

    Oh, I also noticed not a single footnote, which common in legal briefs, but less so in PR press releases.

    Congrats to Sekulow and Cipollone. Mercer U and U of Chicago must be beaming with pride.

    (Go Niners. As a sign of my clear Niner fandom autocorrect tried repeatedly to change ‘breifs’ above to ‘Breida’).

      • SomeGuyInMaine says:

        It remains somewhat shocking statements like the one from the opening of the ‘conclusion’ that says: “The Articles of Impeachment violate the Constitution.” get repeated in the media utterly unchallenged.

        Wait, what part of the constitution? And how? Oh nevermind, I forgot, you are just making up stuff that sounds good untethered to reality.

        Good luck, greatest deliberative body in the world.

        ‘I’m not out of order! You’re out of order!’

        • eh says:

          I feel like the “violates the Constitution” is of a piece with the hardline Republican strategy of, apparently, rejecting the idea that the Constitution restricts them at all, anywhere. A more pessimistic person might even say that it’s part of a plan to *revoke* the Constitution.

          Where’s David Addington these days, anyway?

          • bmaz says:

            Where’s Waldo Addington these days?

            Great question. Last I heard, he was at NFIB, but I am not sure. Liz Cheney wants to advance in the ranks, surprised he has not been drafted into that effort by her and her father.

            • Rugger9 says:

              I’m sure she does, and that makes the decision to not go after Enzi’s Senate seat all the more curious, because it’s six years between elections there and I’d expect a continuing minority in the House for the GOP in spite of their gerrymandering.

  5. Molly Pitcher says:

    Niners game is going to be AWESOME !! They will win, but Rodgers (Go Bears !!) will have his usual terrific performance.

    Of the 4 quarterbacks playing today, Tannehill has the highest rating of all of them. He is the only QB who has been disrespected more than Jimmy G. That has led to both the Titans and the Niners going under the national radar all year. KC probably will fulfill it’s home advantage, but a Niners Titans Super Bowl would be pretty fun.

    My daughter just texted me from KC where she and her husband flew from Nashville. Her best friend lives in KC and they are all in the stands. It is 17* and the windchill makes it feel like 5*.

      • Peterr says:

        Obviously, she needs to drink more quickly.

        To be fair, KC is not Green Bay, so this is not something KC locals have much familiarity with. To be even more fair, playing football deep into January is not something KC has much familiarity with, either.

    • bmaz says:

      Saw that story last night, and it is truly great. And not just any ship, but a freaking aircraft carrier being named for the most important mess attendant. That is some kind of awesome. And about time.

      • earlofhuntingdon says:

        Yep. The Navy throws Navy Crosses around like manhole covers. Hard to come by, let alone for an African American in the 1940s.

        • Peterr says:

          That picture of Admiral Chester Nimitz pinning the Navy Cross on Miller’s chest gave me chills.

          And the fact that had he survived the war, Miller would have had to worry about where he’d be allowed to eat in a restaurant or stay in a hotel makes me shake my head with disgust.

  6. earlofhuntingdon says:

    “I left my heart in ‘Frisco'” hasn’t the same ring. The shorthand is used by visitors who don’t know the city very well.

    The designator “royal” used to be conferred by having won the birth lottery, it was not earned by “working.” That must have come from some crypto-republican wag at Court. With a few laudable exceptions, the royals’ highly-paid work is mostly limited to conferring status on a large number of charities, acting as ceremonial doormen for the entertainment and tourist industries, and acting as gatekeepers for the establishment. Not many would consider that work.

    • P J Evans says:

      The head gets to make speeches at Christmas/New Year and the opening of Parliament. Also has to deal with VIPs – and with people like Trmp who think they should be treated like royalty. (I kind of like the Queen; she’s survived a lot, and put up with a lot, and is still going. And she has far more military experience than Trmp.)

  7. bmaz says:

    Great play call by Tennessee on that last TD. But, damn, the Henry versus Honeybadger matchup is really interesting. Mathieu is game, and tough as nails.

  8. Peterr says:

    I’m watching the game with my 80 year old mom, who had knee replacement surgery two weeks ago. For the week, I’m her in-house physical therapist, or as she puts it (mostly jokingly), I’m her torturer.

    Mom, in the middle of some tough exercise to stretch the tendons, muscles, and scar tissue in her knee: “‘Push harder,’ he says. ‘Do it again,’ he says. ‘Hold it longer,’ he says. You’re just *loving* the opportunity to stick it to your dear old mom, for every little thing I ever did to you. I hope you’re happy.”

    Me: “I love you, too. And as a wise woman said to me tens of thousands of time, ‘Someday you’ll thank me for this.'”

    Mom: “Nuts. This is a helluva a time to learn that you’ve actually been listening to me all those years.”

    So we’ve been watching the game, and every time someone gets hit in the legs or goes down hard on their knees, she winces. About halfway through the first half, she realized what she was doing and started laughing about it. She still winces, but then laughs each time.

    • bmaz says:

      Yep. Also, just like last week, the quick strike furious comeback in the first half by Mahomes et. al was just a killer blow. Mahomes is so, so, good.

      • Peterr says:


        On the other side of the ball, Daniel Sorenson has been absolutely monstrous, with some really clutch tackles to shut down the Titans.

  9. Peterr says:

    What a game.

    I’ll predict it now: next year, these two teams will meet again in the AFC Championship game.

  10. Eureka says:

    Aw, Big Red (and with a team in red for good luck this time around). Rooting for KC though will not be mad if the NFC winner takes it next week. That’s the best thing about this SB season, it’ll be a great game however it turns out.

  11. Rapier says:

    As a Bear fan and Lion supporter, don’t ask, and thus a neutral observer, it is best if this year like every year, for the Packers season to end as quickly as possible so the city of Green Bay can devote its energies full time to the purpose for which it was created. To making that crummy industrial toilet paper.

    • bmaz says:

      “As a Bear fan and Lion supporter”? Ugh.

      And to think I have been having to deal with mere foreign trolls……

  12. jo6pac says:

    Well the 9ers are off to so-so start but hopefully they can put the game away in the 3rd Q. Jimmy G has 48yds in the first half and wonder what the fewest yards for the winning Q is in a game?


    Back to wine and adding some firewood for heat.

  13. Rugger9 says:

    Aaron woke up in the second half, but unfortunately for the Pack, they still can’t stop the Niners’ running game. Mostert has almost 200 yards. Onside kick fails and the Pack still needs 3 TDs to tie.


  14. Eureka says:

    Anish Shroff: “Andy Reid is like that lovable uncle that’s stayed single forever because he gets his heart broken over and over. But this year he brought a winning date to Thanksgiving. The family loves her. Everyone is rooting for it to work.”

    Richard Chizmar: “I’ve already pulled her aside in the foyer and whispered, “Please don’t hurt him.” ”

    Anish Shroff: “That’s for all of us”

    Tim Peters: “I’m a 49ers fan and I’m kinda rooting for Andy Reid too “

    In Reid’s last season in Philadelphia before taking over in KC in 2013, it was a long year (OK, longer) of “football reasons”, front office drama, and all that. But what I remember most about that time is that he left coming off a cloud of tragedy. His sons’ troubles had more or less faded from the news, but then his eldest, Garrett, died of an accidental heroin overdose in training camp just before the 2012 season. Add to that more months of speculation and questions until the official cause of death was announced, and another couple months until more from the investigation was released — with related old news dredged-up, as Reid is trying to lead a football team under already strained circumstances, and his family has formally fallen apart in a significant sense with a key member’s death.

    I’m revising my earlier comment: I’m rooting for KC, still won’t be mad if 9ers win next week — but will be a little sad. I joked last season that all Reid needed was a QB who could overcome him, but he really is a great coach, completed and sparked by Mahomes (et al.). I am happy for his and Britt’s successes in KC. Go Chefs!

  15. scribe says:

    “The NFL is a pass-centric league. Can’t win without a stable of superb receivers.”
    So they say these days.

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