Thursday, January 31, 2008

Do We REALLY Want Change?

A new AP/Yahoo poll found Americans want change.

Really? You must be joking.

Pert constitutional amendment the occupant of the White House will change. So, change is inevitable.

But as of now the front-runners are senators, who have been part and parcel of the scene in Washington for some time now.

Meanwhile, former governors are lagging or have dropped out. Even Mayor Rudy Guiliani is dropping out.

Maybe the "change" is to elect a senator rather than a governor this time around.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Go ahead, root for the Patriots...

But I want to defend my SoFla team (even though I'm from deep in Packer country--born and raised in Appleton, WI, which used to grow baby White Sox and the city which bears a suburb named Green Bay).

First off, no one really heard anyone from the 1972 team talk that publicly about their feat, until this year. Yes, there were reports of a botle of champaign being opened when the last unbeaten each year lost (although there is some fuzziness if this happened in 1984 when the Dolphins were the last team to lose its first game that year).

Now, down to brass tacks.

If Tom Brady goes out for, say, 3-4 games, would the Pats be unbeaten?

In 1972 Miami's starting QB missed 2/3 of the season and the Dolphins were led by the aging Earl Morrall. Didn't miss a beat. Stayed unbeaten.

The Patriots also get to play their conference championship game at home. The 1972 Dolphins? Well, the NFL had this silly rule that divisions rotated hosting the conference championship back then. So, despite have the best record in the NFL that year the Dolphins played the conference championship--in Pittsburgh! Stayed unbeaten.

It could be argued the '72 Dolphins were one-dimensional. They were the first team to have 2 1000 yard rushers (a third had almost 700 yards for the year). I may be mistaken, but they may still have the league record for team rushing yards. And was it SBVII (SB7) where QB Bob Griese threw only 7 passes? Well, he was just getting back from that broken ankle suffered in game 5....

Yep, stayed unbeaten.

By the way, a #13 for Miami was Super Bowl MVP--Safety Jake Scott in SB7.

As the NFL has shown so many times, it is hard to stay unbeaten for a whole season. New England should be commended But if they don't finish with the Lombardi, well, all good and well but I believe the Chicago Bears twice went undefeated but lost the championship game. Funny, no one ever mentions those two teams in the same breath as the 1972 Dolphins. Which should make this Super Bowl interesting as it appears it may be the Packers and the Patriots.

It might be a rare time I actually cheer for the team in my backyard!
As of 14 January 2008

Magic Number: 1,191

Romney: 30

Huckabee: 21

McCain: 10

Thompson: 6

Paul: 2

Giuliani: 1

Hunter: 1

Total Delegates*

Today's Republican delegate count

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Total Delegates*

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Explain this to me...

I keep hearing on the news that Mitt Romney is losing, that he needs to win Michigan or drop out of the race, yada, yada, yada...

Then the newspaper runs a graphic of delegate counts. One would assume ol' Mitt would be waaaaaay down in the count. He lost the caucus in Iowa and the primary in NH, right?

But the list has Romney in the LEAD for Republican delegates!
So the guy currently with the most delegates is in danger and should drop out soon if he doesn't win a primary?

Go figure.

Must be the same geniuses who predicted Obama would thump Hillary in New Hampshire.