Super Bowl XXXIX

Ok, it’s Super Bowl round-up time. I’m very disappointed in the Eagles’ loss. They were just flat outplayed. Unlike last year where the Patriots had all the calls go their way but I digress. The game itself was actually quite boring. Not as half as exciting as last year.

You know the more I think about it the more I’m surprised we didn’t hear some conspiracy theorist claim the Super Bowl was a conspiracy by the Bush administration. Think about it. The Patriots played the Eagles. Two symbols of our great country. I’m sure some wingnut actually did say this but I don’t hang around at those places to find out.

The national anthem was incredible and very moving.

Anyway, the halftime show was pretty good. I’m not a Paul McCartney fan but he put on a good show. The song selection was a little odd I thought except for “Hey Jude”. That was pretty much a given. And how many of you started singing at least to yourself “Hey Jude/I saw you nude/ Don’t try to fake it/I saw you naked”? I know I’m not the only one. Anyway, that’s how a Super Bowl halftime show should be. Just a band playing music. Not some overblown overhyped dance number capitalizing on whatever is deemed “popular” at the time.

As far as the commercials go they were really substandard. The only ones that stood out to me were the commercial poking fun at last years wardrobe malfunction and the Ameriquest “don’t be quick to judge” commercial with the guy holding the knife and the cat and the spaghetti sauce. The best one was one that wasn’t even funny at all but was the Anheuser Busch commercial where the soldiers are walking through the airport and everyone just stands up and applauds with the simple “Thank You” message at the end. Speaking of the commercials apparently, there is a fake blog about McDonald’s “Lincoln Fry” set up by McDonald’s.

Even worse than the Eagles’ loss to the Pats was the fact that I won no money off the office pool. If the Pats had scored one more touchdown I would have won with my 1-1 square. Office gamblers know what I am talking about. So my bad football juju is the strongest. But like the commercial said today all the teams are undefeated. See you in August for pre-season.

Super Bowl XXXIX

Ok, time to make my prediction and doom one poor team to humiliating defeat. For those of you who don’t know I love football but I don’t watch it anymore. It seems every time I watch one of my favorite teams play they lose. I love the Steelers but didn’t watch a single game of their’s until the AFC Championship. As we all know they lost that game. Last year I pulled for the Panthers in the Super Bowl since I live in the area. They lost. So here I am to announce the team I want to win the Super Bowl which almost guarantees their defeat. So in closing, I apologize to the fans of the…

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Panthers vs. Eagles.

I’m torn over this weekends game between the Eagles and the Panthers. On one hand, my dad was a huge Eagles fan and he died without seeing them win a Super Bowl. On the other hand, I live in Charlotte now and it would be great to see the hometown team go far. But lately, in the local media of Philly and Charlotte, there’s been a lot of trash talking about which city is better. It started with this column in the Philadelphia Daily News. The Charlotte Observer fired back with this column.

As someone who has lived in both cities let me tell you that Philly sucks ass. Now I don’t mean the outlying areas like Media, PA and the like. Those places are fine and are great places to live. But given the choice between Philly and Charlotte, I’ll take Charlotte any day. Philly is a dirty city. It’s garnered the nickname Philthadelphia. The neighborhood I lived in while I Was in Philly I referred to it as a vertical trailer park. Growing up as a kid it was a decent middle-class neighborhood that my mom’s family came from. Over time it degenerated into a white trash hell. Nobody had a job. They all just hung out on their steps and sometimes mine. All they did was play the lottery. They let their kids run the streets at all hours of the night. On Halloween they let their kids go trick or treating in bars which is almost a necessity considering there is a bar at every corner.

When I moved to Charlotte I was amazed by how friendly everyone was. The whole stereotype of the racist south is untrue. If you want to see racism walk down the street with a black woman in my old neighborhood in Philly. You’ll see some racism then. The first day I moved down here I was at a gas station and I dropped a $5 bill. A complete stranger picked it up and gave it back to me. In Philly, a stranger would have picked it up and tried to get 5 more. In Philly, you don’t park in front of your own house. You park wherever there is space and there’s usually not much. If you don’t get home from work until 7 PM, forget it, you’re screwed. You have to park 3 blocks away if you’re lucky.

The only thing I miss about Philly is the food. No cheesesteaks, Tastykakes, or scrapple. But barbecue, Krispy Kremes, and country ham do help to soften the blow.