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May 22, 2018

Open Thread – YOU Make the Call!

OK, Mudflatters… It’s Steel ‘N Cheese! Who are you rooting for?

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125 Responses to “Open Thread – YOU Make the Call!”
  1. futurexpat? says:

    Pittsburger here, but I don’t watch or like football, so I’ll find something else to watch. One thing I will say, though, is that Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans are true fans, through thick or thin. It doesn’t matter if they are up or down, this town LOVES them.

  2. DonnaInMichigan says:

    I’m rooting for the team, that ends up with the most points.

    Actually super bowl to me, is work. Making appetizers/food, cleaning house, and getting things ready for the super bowl party we host every year, for a few “football” friends of ours.

    So really, I am only “there” for the beer and food. Oh and I love the half time shows….who is putting on the half time show this year??

  3. StElias says:

    Question was: Who you going to root for. Well, I’m rooting for the Pack.

    But if the question was/is, who you going to bet on: Then I have to go with the rapist. I would have bet on the dog killer but he got knocked out before the elite eight.

    Truth–You got to bet on who you believe the best team is. Not on who parts their hair correctly or other emotional judgments.


  4. jojobo1 says:

    Good one Linda I have to go with the packers but really I cheer on both teams when the make good plays.That is when I have watched them.My dad never missed a game either football or baseball,so I did see some games back when,He sure gave me a look when I was cheering the cowboys because one of their p-layes intercepted and made a long run for a touch down.Was a great game or what I saw of it anyway even if thew cowboys won.

  5. As someone whose band played halftime for the Steelers in college, I can tell you (at least back then) they had the best butts in the game. (They seemed to think underwear was…ahhhh…constricting.) Other than that bit of TMI trivia, I’ve got nothin’.

  6. leenie17 says:

    I just ran across this article and it brought back some really wonderful memories of a trip I took back in 2000. If you don’t mind a little snow and cold, Yellowstone is a great place for a winter vacation. It’s much less crowded than in summer and has a spectacular beauty that you just don’t see in many other places. If you go, I would also suggest spending a little time in Jackson and in Grand Teton National Park (sleigh rides around the National Elk Refuge are pretty cool!). I took some of the most beautiful photographs I’ve ever taken going through the Tetons at Christmas. Every turn brought another view that was better than the last one

  7. Charlotte says:

    Go Packers ๐Ÿ™‚
    Been a Green Bay fan for many years.

  8. GA Peach says:

    Superbowl? I just want to see the commercials!

    On another note…

    Billy needs to have a ‘coming to Jesus’ meeting with Franklin.

    • bubbles says:

      ahhhh so now his days draw to a close and he thinks he might hear the Master’ s voice calling him. now he regrets his role in foisting his beliefs on the body politic. well it is too late. the damage has been done. generations not yet born will pay for the infiltrating of fundamental Christian doctrine and its hedge-grown cults by this man and his ilk on the people of this country.
      ARGHHH. too late Billy. much too late.

      • He’s not begging for millions or his god will call him home,is he? Like Oral Roberts? Churches must be displacing money as a root cause of evil. I am not trying to make anyone mad,its just almost too much to bear watching one televangelist after another implode over finances.

    • vyccan says:

      Maybe he’ll pass on this new insight to his son when they have that meeting.

  9. Enjay in E MT says:

    Pretty much like both teams – and it should be a great Superbowl game!

    I had to vote for the Packers – they have the most awesome fans
    got to love the “cheese-heads”

  10. bubbles says:

    all i can say about the footballer fans around here is that they grab all the potato chips and cheezy poofs and goodies. then they scurry back home with their loot leaving the rest of us without snacks! i can hear them munching away in their apartments. the selfish gits!

    • leenie17 says:

      Not to mention how all those people eating chili and hot dogs with sauerkraut and washing it down with beer are personally contributing to global warming! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      And they’d just BETTER leave me a bag of Cheez Doodles or there’s gonna be trouble! ๐Ÿ™

    • prisonernumbersix says:

      Selfish gits? Bubbles, you have been spending far too much time with Irish!

      (Not that that’s a bad thing!)

      Enjoy the game if you watch it; enjoy the day if you don’t!

      • bubbles says:

        i know Prisoner. every since Irishgirl was here i been talking like her. saying “eejit” and “git” and “feck off!” it is liberating! also. too. it is not considered cussin’ in the Lower East so i gets hugs and kisses instead of frowns. LOL.

        • leenie17 says:

          One of my favorite Irish cusses has always been ‘shite’. It means what you think but sounds a bit more exotic (and you don’t get in as much trouble for saying it)!

    • Riverwoman says:

      Go out now, buy lots of chips, send them to yourself via UPS. There, now, Bubbles, all your problems solved!

  11. Okay,here’s the deal- Bryan Bulaga,#75,starting right tackle for the Pack is close to whale size and you can probably adopt him as a Bulaga Whale mascot in the off-season. I have heard some Packer’s fans call him Beluga. Besides trying to keep his QB upright,he can hit homeruns in Brewer’s Stadium with the best big-leaguers. What’s not to like?

  12. JR says:

    As a dyed-in-the-wool Bears fan, it pains me to have to root for the Packers now. But I lived four years in Pittsburgh and I have to say, for as much as I loved the city, the fans there were insufferable! Plus, Roethlisberger. Bleah. But I did enjoy this Onion article:,2861/

  13. Judychicago says:

    Just scanned the rumors regarding Mr. Palin and a sex scandal. Any buzz up there about this rumor or is it old stuff?

    • bubbles says:

      i don’t know judy. the story doesn’t seem to have much traction. i don’t know if it has to do with Palin overload in the wake of the tragedy or what. it may be that the Palin’s ability to ability to strangle scandal in Alaska is still very strong. i looked around a bit and couldn’t find anything to confirm the story: the associated content had this to say in part:

      with this assortment of alleged facts are myriad. To begin with, the anonymous email sent to the National Enquirer claims no first person knowledge of the relationship between Todd Palin and Shailey Tripp, but rather that the person “has sources,” which of course remain unnamed. It also states that residents of Tripp’s apartment building saw Palin come and go. Of course, nobody appears willing to go on record that they saw him entering or leaving her premises.

      even if true. such a scandal would help not hurt Palin imo. it would simply make people pity the poor dear even more than they do now. i hope this helps. i can’t help thinking how distasteful the whole subject of delving into another’ s sexual life is. in this case i am planning to keep my own counsel and pay attention to my own bedroom. going now to change the sheets and fluff the pillows just in case that cute UPS guy comes by with a package for me. Woooo Hoooo!!

  14. Mo says:

    Still pirating from Brad DeLong’s blog….another chapter on why it is now immoral to be Republican:


    Here’s one case for the individual mandate in the health care law boiled down to two sentences — both fairly elegant considering they were spoken extemporaneously.

    “There isn’t anything wrong with it, except some people look at it as an infringement upon individual freedom. But when it comes to states requiring it for automobile insurance, the principle then ought to lie the same way for health insurance, because everybody has some health insurance costs, and if you aren’t insured, there’s no free lunch. Somebody else is paying for it.” — June 14, 2009A corollary to that argument is that you can’t have a functioning private health care system that treats the sick unless it also draws money from the healthy. In this regard, the individual mandate actually marries two distinctly American priorities — an obsession with private markets, and the core belief that nobody should go without health care.

    Considering just how cacophonous the health care debate has become, it might surprise you to learn that the mystery reformer quoted above is Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the Republicans’ health care point man in the Senate who, during the same interview, with great authority, claimed “I believe that there is a bipartisan consensus to have individual mandates.”

    Two months later he threw in his lot with Sarah Palin (R-AK) and the Death Panelers. Now he claims — along with about half the attorneys general in the country — that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and, like the rest of the GOP, uses it as the foundation for a far-reaching political assault on the health care law.

    • A fan from CA says:

      The more the Cons talk, the deeper hole they dig for themselves. Let’s hope the debate keeps up and we can continue to point out the hypocrisy.

  15. Bretta says:


    Not really. I just wanted to try that out. TeeHee.
    If it doesn’t have a Manning, I don’t pay much attention.

  16. Mo says:

    Holy cow, check this out:

    Farther west, a separate monster high developed over Alaska last week. According to Richard Thoman (National Weather Service, Fairbanks), the 500-mb height over both Nome and Kotzebue rose to 582 decameters (5.82 km). Thatโ€™s not only a January record: those are the highest values ever observed at those points outside of June, July, and August.

    According to Philips, the implications for people in the far north have been widespread. Nunavutโ€™s capital, Iqaluit, had to cancel its year-end snowmobile run on Frobisher Bay for the first time. โ€œLast New Yearโ€™s Eve, the big story was ice breaking up,โ€ says Phillips. โ€œThis year there was no ice to break up.โ€ Worst of all, he adds, โ€œitโ€™s impossible for many people in parts of the eastern Arctic to safely get on the ice to hunt much-needed food for their familiesโ€”for the second winter in a row. Never before have we seen weather impact a way of life in so many small and big ways.โ€

    [but of course, ya gotta read the whole thing. It’s good, trust me.]

    • Bretta says:

      Yup. We’ve done ourselves in with the global warming. I’ll stop my rant right now.

    • Zyxomma says:

      Perhaps that’s why we have an arctic air mass over NYC and environs — it got lost! However, temps here are nowhere near as cold as Nome and Kotzebue are accustomed to. It’s about 10 degrees F, with wind chills making it feel colder. If I go to the post office today (I may wait till tomorrow), I’m sure I’ll see the usual idiots without hats, gloves, scarves, and boots. It’s common around here.

      • leenie17 says:

        I saw a story last week (on the weather channel?) that said exactly that…the strong, persistent highs over Alaska, western Canada and the Pacific Northwest were rerouting the jet stream and causing it to dip very far south over the eastern half of the country. That brings extremely cold air down from Canada. Because the overall annual temperatures have been increasing over the years, more water from the Pacific evaporates into the atmosphere. When that extra moisture hits the arctic temps brought further down the east coast, LOTS more snow falls.

        So, despite what climate change deniers claim, the record amounts of cold and snow these winters ARE actually caused by global warming!

        (But why let pesky facts get in the way of a good snarky argument!)

  17. Steven J says:

    Waving a Terrible Towel here! Actually I am more of a Pirates fan but they can’t afford to hang onto any of their good players, which makes it hard to root for them.

  18. Linda in Ohio says:

    As a Cleveland girl, I have to say — anybody but the Steelers!

    (But I really wanted the Bears to win.)

  19. PollyinAK says:

    Malia Litman has a post up about her visit and book signing at Borders in Anchorage this past Saturday. (I had a property management issue and didn’t make it.) She loved us, but was amazed that there will still so many Alaskans un-informed re: SP.

  20. dreamgirl says:

    Not a football fan, so I’ll probably watch some great old movies like S.O.B. or a new Oscar contender with a beer a bag of chips and my grungiest PJs while the laundry does all my mental lifting on Superbowl Sunday. Then after de-chipping my attire and floor, folding laundry and walking the dog will try to fall asleep after such a crazy and exciting day.

  21. yukonark says:

    The Steelers were the team of my childhood. Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Joe Greene, and Jack Lambert finally made the Steel City winners after decades of losing seasons. But Bart Starr, Jerry Kramer, and Vince Lombardi were like gods in my house – my dad being a former high school football coach. So, I’m reluctantly going with Whatever, and preparing to thoroughly enjoy the game!

  22. leenie17 says:

    I was rooting for the Jets. ๐Ÿ™

    • Lynnrockets says:

      Ouch, that’s gonna leave a mark!

      • leenie17 says:

        Well, I live in Bills country now (sigh…), so I had to go back to my Long Island roots for this playoff game.

        Back when I lived there, the Jets training camp was at my alma mater, Hofstra University, so I often saw the players on campus during the summer. The Jets trainer also helped me out years ago with the loan of some water jugs for an event that I was running nearby during a particularly bad heat wave. I’ll always have a soft spot for them…

  23. pvazwindy says:

    Packers all the way. They’re kickass cheeseheads.

  24. Zyxomma says:

    I hate football (had to play trombone in the marching band back in high school, and didn’t understand the game; once my lip froze to the mouthpiece — now I do understand the game, but still think it’s stupid, brutal, and that we should call it gridiron, as they do in Oz, rather than football, which is what the rest of the world calls what we call soccer). I could care less who wins (or who plays, for that matter). The only good thing about the Super Bowl is (some of) the commercials, IMO. If you are a “football” fan, enjoy. I’ll find something else to do.

    • Dagian says:

      Thing 1 is (was?) in the marching band, but in the pit. Beating time is better than killing it.

      “What is the football team doing on our field?”

      I get to retire my “I’m my kid’s roadie” bumper sticker for one year. I’m arm-twisting Thing 2 to join marching band in 9th grade.

      It’s that…or cross-country.


    • fishingmamma says:

      I never enjoyed football until my son started to play. 8 years later, after many frozen toes, I have come to understand how much the players put into the game. The strategy, the practice, the comraderie, the effort. I believe it was a life-changing experience for my son. We watch the games together now, and it gives us something more to talk about, a good way to connect.

      We are not big Steelers fans, because we have a friend who is, so we generally pull for whoever they are playing against, just to rile our friend. So this year, we are cheeseheads.

  25. Irishgirl says:

    Bad news.

    “Moscow blast: Russia’s Domodedovo airport rocked
    Scene at Domodedovo airport. 24 Jan 2011 Reports say the blast happened in the baggage reclaim area
    Continue reading the main story
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    * Live: Moscow airport blast

    Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, the busiest in Russia’s capital, has been rocked by an explosion that has reportedly killed 31 people.

    More than 100 people were injured in the blast, which reports suggest may have been the work of a suicide bomber.”

  26. Lynnrockets says:

    Life-long Packer fan here. What Irishman could not root for the “Green” Bay Packers anyway? Plus, the Packers sport two players from Boston College. GO PACK GO!!!

  27. Dagian says:

    As two of my office-mates and buddies are from Pittsburgh (and I don’t care one way or another about footbal anyway), I guess I’ll pretend to root for Pittsburgh. Just to keep the peace!

    They’re both very happy today, wandering around in their Steelers gear. I wonder if one of them is going to trick out her wheelchair, too. I mean, we can duct tape a little Steelers flag to it, so we should do it. Right?

    • laprofesora says:

      Thanks for the support, Dagian. It looks the Steelers are unrepresented here. We’re pretty excited here in Black and Gold country.

      Love the doggie pictures, AKM.

  28. G Katz says:

    I’m going with the Packers!

  29. benlomond2 says:

    Packers !…I remember watching the FIRST Superbowl..with Bart Starr at the helm… now THOSE were Football Players !! no covered domes, no inflated salaries, …

  30. Molly says:

    Whatever is beating the Steelers.

    I’m, I guess, for the Packers, since I’m from WI, but only because people I love are Packer fans. I hate football. SOOOOOO glad Brett Favre is no longer with the team, the grey-haired overinflated narcissist.

  31. Scorpie says:

    Won’t be rooting for either team. Probably won’t watch the Super Bowl either and I am a football fan.

  32. OMG says:

    Heavily republican Texas weighs in on 2012 presidential race–not good news for Palin (even though she’s a BFF of Perry’s):

    • ks sunflower says:

      This article may be the impetus for the only time I will say “Run, Sarah, run.” If the polls were applicable to every state, then, wahoo, let Sarah run.

      I did find it disturbing that even Huckabee and Gingrich would beat Obama in Texas. Talk about politicians almost as loathsome as Palin — they rank high up in my distasteful list. Poor Texas, ready to embrace any dubious “talent.” I gave up on the state when W, Delay and others of their ilk got re-elected. Any state can make a mistake once, but repeatedly. Gees.

      • A fan from CA says:

        These folks are all the darlings of the Xstains who wrestled control of the Texas R party over the past 2 decades. They started at the local level with school boards and such. By the late 90’ies they had gotten control away from the “business” community type R’s.

        They will whip up the “social” issues like reproductive rights, fear of immigrants, etc. The religious connection is why Huck is at the top of the heap. Seems that some may have started to get turned off of SWWNBN from all her antics. IMHO, all of these people are not what we want or need running anything if we want a functioning country.

  33. PollyinAK says:

    My son has been a fan of the Packers since he was 12, and therefore so am I. It is one of the things that links us. (He’s 34 now.) We’ve been talkin’ football on the phone, and pretty darn excited about the Packers this season. I read Vince Lombardi’s biography. It was interesting to find Lombardi wanted to be a priest in his youth. He was a teacher at a Catholic school, and football coach. As Packers coach, he used his teaching skills to teach his team. He was quite obsessive, sleepless nights watching reels and reels of games to analyze each teams plays, strengths, vulnerabilities. He neglected his wife and son due to his obsession. I was surprised to know how intelligent and psychologically exhausting the game of football is.

  34. Cathy from Colorado says:

    Once a Packer backer, always a Packer backer.

  35. London Bridges says:

    The Cheese Doodle Heads have a running back from Niagara Falls, NY who played at the University of Buffalo named James Starks. An unknown who has played very well in the playoffs. So I’ll root for the Packers.

    • BuffaloGal says:

      Not a big football follower but Starks being from Buffalo/Niagara is good enough for me. Behold the power of cheese!

      Now I need to find a few squares to bet on. That always adds some excitement to the festivities.

  36. Packers it is. They have the only ex-Iowa Hawkeye after the jets crashed and burned. Anybody see the Sanchez picking a winner video today? No wonder the Jets lost.

  37. LisaB says:

    When you’re hubby’s from Wisconsin, you go for the Pack—unless they’re playing the Cowboys. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Also, the last thing we want to see in my house is another Lombardi trophy in Pittsburgh. The Pack must win!

    • Alaska Pi says:


    • Baker's Dozen says:

      How about before a jury sentences anyone to death, they have to see pictures of the convicted’s beating heart and hear it–and his or hers parents’ hearts, and siblings? How about if all the people responsible for carrying out the verdict also have to do this, the jury must be present and actually watch (get some machine that can tell what you’re looking at), ditto for judge, all the legislature, the governor.

      I don’t like heinous crime, but the state being an executioner coarsens us all.

      • ks sunflower says:

        Not a health care issue, you’re talking about the criminal justice system. I can understand why you would bring this up because of the sonogram discussion in the article, but it really isn’t germane to the inconsistencies of the GOP towards health care reform.

        Your point, though, would make an interesting thread in and of itself. Please note I am not criticizing your view on the death penalty, just suggesting it doesn’t pertain to Helen’s post. I can feel your passion on the it and respect it.

    • ks sunflower says:

      I loved Helen’s statement, “I find it funny how universal healthcare is big government gone bad, but somehow the government crawling up my uterus and telling me what choice to make isnโ€™t.”

      She nailed the problem, and I hope Governor Big Hair Perry takes her advice. I am so very tired of the GOP (primarily) trying to force their religious views on the rest of us and trying to repeal health care reform because they see it as a “government takeover,” all the while trying to force their “health care solutions” on us as regards rape, reproductive rights, and end-of-life care. Enough already. I want affordable health care that allows me to discuss any issue with my physician and allows me control over my own body.

      • CO almost native says:

        I agree. And, how hypocritical of the GOP to push reproductive restrictions, but cut off all assistance, such as subsidized housing or daycare, medical care… anything that would help the family succeed and the child thrive.

        • Dagian says:

          Not to mention birth control. And why the h*ll can I NOT write off tampons and condoms from my FSA? Tampons are considered medical devices by the FDA. Condoms are well, you know why.

          Given the ugly weather that has been rolling in around North America, I bet that this is the season where the condom companies make their biggest profits on this continent.

          I mean, marshmallows, milk, bread and toilet paper are all well and good. But ADULTS also stock up on Adult Beverages and Adult Pleasure Supplies.

          Okay…I do. Anyone else?

      • A fan from CA says:

        Down in the comments someone asked a question I have often wondered about by the most staunch Anti-choice crowd. How come they don’t have funerals and burials for miscarriages?

        • Dagian says:

          “Down in the comments someone asked a question I have often wondered about by the most staunch Anti-choice crowd. How come they donโ€™t have funerals and burials for miscarriages?”

          That would be criticizing God?–after all, “miscarriage” is just a fancy name for the correct term: spontaneous abortion.

          And “God” provides a LOT of spontaneous abortions.

          • Dagian says:

            What is a miscarriage?
            Miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy in the first 20 weeks. (In medical articles, you may see the term “spontaneous abortion” used in place of miscarriage.) About 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, and more than 80 percent of these losses happen before 12 weeks.

            This doesn’t include situations in which you lose a fertilized egg before a pregnancy becomes established. Studies have found that 30 to 50 percent of fertilized eggs are lost before or during the process of implantation โ€“ often so early that a woman goes on to get her period at about the expected time.

            What causes a miscarriage?
            Between 50 and 70 percent of first-trimester miscarriages are thought to be random events caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the fertilized egg. Most often, this means that the egg or sperm had the wrong number of chromosomes, and as a result, the fertilized egg can’t develop normally.

            Sometimes a miscarriage is caused by problems that occur during the delicate process of early development. This would include an egg that doesn’t implant properly in the uterus or an embryo with structural defects that prevent it from developing.

            Since most healthcare practitioners won’t do a full-scale workup of a healthy woman after a single miscarriage, it’s usually impossible to tell why the pregnancy was lost. And even when a detailed evaluation is performed โ€“ after you’ve had two or three consecutive miscarriages, for instance โ€“ the cause still remains unknown half the time.

            When the fertilized egg has chromosomal problems, you may end up with what’s sometimes called a blighted ovum (now usually referred to in medical circles as an early pregnancy failure). In this case, the fertilized egg implants in the uterus and the placenta and gestational sac begin to develop, but the resulting embryo either stops developing very early or doesn’t form at all.

            Because the placenta begins to secrete hormones, you’ll get a positive pregnancy test and may have early pregnancy symptoms, but an ultrasound will show an empty gestational sac. In other cases, the embryo does develop for a little while but has abnormalities that make survival impossible, and development stops before the heart starts beating.

            If your baby has a normal heartbeat โ€“ usually first visible on ultrasound at around 6 weeks โ€“ and you have no symptoms like bleeding or cramping, your odds of having a miscarriage drop significantly and continue to decrease with each passing week.

          • IMO-a miscarriage is having a Potus of one party impeached for lying about a consensual sex? act with another consenting adult and then not having what appears to be a mass-murdering war criminal Potus get any charges at all. I am bitter about the seeming lack of proper anger at Bush and why was Scooter Libby not disbarred as Bill Clinton was? I’m about done snarling for the day,I think.

  38. flying pig ranch says:

    There is a little something from Sarah in USA Today after several days of quiet. Ronald Reagan Lifeguard. Well now, it would seem that someone has been doing a little reading and has written a book report on Ron Reagan Jr’s new book, My Father at 100. I noticed at Costco there was a small stack of Ron’s book next to a smaller stack of Sarah’s leftover faith, family, heartburn.

  39. No Telling says:

    One of my best friends is a rabidly avid Packers fan. My choice has been already made.

  40. HappyPlace says:

    The Packers are the only NFL team collectively owned by the residents of their town instead by some rich asshole, so I’ve gotta go Green Bay just for progressive reasons. ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. GoI3ig says:

    The only Alaskan is on the Packers, so I guess I’ll have to go with them.

    • tigerwine says:

      Sounds like an excellent reason!

      Not into professional football, so will stick with the Florida Gators – Hah! Hmm – you gave me a thought. Maybe I ought to check out the rosters and see if there are any ex-Gators playing, then I will have a team to cheer for!

  42. thatcrowwoman says:

    Born in Wisconsin….
    Praise Cheeses!

    • dreamgirl says:

      Cheeeeeese…brie… gruyere… yum. Praise Cheeses, hallelujah!

    • bws says:

      Cheese curds! Sharp cheddar cheese curds…can you tell I am a real Cheesehead, grew up 40 miles south of Green bay

      • ToesInTheSand says:

        Born in Oshkosh, went to High School in Neenah! That’s about 40 miles south of Green Bay! ๐Ÿ™‚
        GO PACK GO! Haven’t lived in WI since the 80’s but
        once a Cheesehead, always a Cheesehead!
        I’ll be watching the game with my dog, Mr. Vincent Lombardi III.
        G O P A C K E R S !!!

        • bws says:

          I lived in Neenah, during the 60’s when the Starr Pack was alive & active, family transferred to Niagra, and then back to Appleton. I graduated from AHSeast.

          Remember the Catholic school across the street from NHS? My elementary school ๐Ÿ™‚

          Live in Florida, but have my jerseys & cheese head all ready to go…lol..wore my sweatshirt out the other day, and loved the looks

    • ToesInTheSand says:


  43. WakeUpAmerica says:

    Now that picture is just wrong! I have to root for the Steelers. My cousin played for them (not a rapist).

  44. CanadianGuy25 says:

    Jack LaLanne passed away at age 96.

    • thatcrowwoman says:

      Eat well, trim down, exercise…live long and prosper, eh?
      When I was just a littlebird, I used to do calisthenics along with him when he came on the teevee.

      May this be the spark to revive my commitment to get out there and move it. I’d love to have another 40 years!

  45. OMG says:

    Is it possible that Murkowski’s eyes were opened, just a little bit, after her run in with the tea party?

    • ks sunflower says:

      We can only hope. If she has, may enlightenment spread amongst other Republicans.

    • tigerwine says:

      Maaay-be – Let’s hope so!!

    • Bretta says:

      She used to be good and reasonable – she gained a lot of political capital with her write-in win, here’s to using it wisely and well.

    • Pinwheel says:

      One could hope, but she also says she would vote for repeal if it did come to a vote. I don’t think this woman can be trusted.

    • Valley_Independent says:

      Murkowski has always been a realist, and now that she isn’t trying to pander to the right to get re-elected, my hope is that she will go back to being the rational moderate we’re more used to. She’s proven she doesn’t need to toe the party line to have a political future – she just needs to be responsive to Alaskans.

      In conversations with her, her primary concern about the health care bills is the same one I have – nothing has been done to reduce the cost of health care or insurance. Requiring small employers to pay fines because they are not offering insurance because they simply cannot afford to, doesn’t make sense. It also doesn’t make sense to have legislation that makes it cheaper to pay the fine than pay the cost of insurance. When dropping the company insurance plan and paying the fine makes more sense on the bottom line, what do you think will happen? And don’t get me started on the nut that thought the new 1099 requirements that have nothing to do with health care and are totally unworkable should be written in the bill, or the people that voted to pass the bill with that in there.

      There are good things in the reform bills, but there’s some junk, as well, and there are quite a few issues they don’t address at all. My hope is that Murkowski and Begich will be able to do what he has quietly done already – take a realistic look at what can be done given the current political climate, and then get what amendments passed that they can to make things better.

      She’s also right that the economy and jobs are a bigger issue right now. It’s critical that people have the ability to pay for food and housing, or we have an even bigger health care crisis.

  46. Ripley in CT says:

    I’d have to go with the Packers, because the Steeler’s quarterback is an accused rapist. And If I can’t stand the dog-killer Vick, I better not root for the rapist. Both scum of the universe.

    • CanadianGuy25 says:

      He’s only an accused rapist – nothing proven in court, never charged, never sued. Can’t hold an accusation made by a publicity-seeking Sheriff against someone.

      • GoI3ig says:

        Both times?

      • beth says:

        I have to defend the sheriff in the GA case, CG25 – he wasn’t “publicity-seeking” at all. Unfortunately, since the accused was/is a big name, the media was all over the story like white on rice from the moment charges were filed; on it from before any investigation could even begin (charges are ‘needed’ to start the investigation.)

        The ‘domain’ of the sheriff (and chief of police) includes the state’s liberal arts college which is full of eager, bright-eyed students, many of whom have never really been away from home and a very small few of whom decide to push their new-found ‘freedom’ to the max. Alcohol is almost always involved…as it was in this incident. Not surprisingly, when a student spends an evening going from ‘good’ (obeying their parents/peers) to one who ties one on (out drinking heavily), there’s a conflict/problem. Sometimes the ‘response’ to being ‘caught’ is to deflect the onus by making accusations casting someone else in an even more unfavorable light. (Think: accused NC hockey players…)

        From all physical evidence in the case as well as the (multiple) conflicting stories and statements made by the accuser (and from others) that night and in subsequent interviews, that seems to be the case, here. That the accuser withdrew the complaint within days also speaks volumes — the story had by then taken on a life of its own because of the big name attached to it, though; naturally, sheriff was sought out for comment. The NFL suspended Roethlisberger, *not* for the allegations or charges (which were completely dropped), but because he showed really, really poor judgement in drinking with under-age kids (and for allowing himself to be in a situation where such accusations could be made in the first place.)

        The whole incident pixxes me off — I just get so saddened by people making bogus accusations of “sexual impropriety” because when legitimate accusations are made, people dismiss the legit ones as another case of someone crying “wolf.” I feel sad for the accuser who gets caught up (intentionally or not) in their weave of lies, sad for the accused who is stuck in the weave, but saddest of all for those who are never able to get anyone to believe them because of the false claims that have cast doubt on any claims. beth.

        • CanadianGuy25 says:

          Exactly – save the disdain for those who are convicted, because you can be sure wrong was done. Maybe Ben did something, maybe he didn’t – it was stupid to be in that situation, just like when he crashed his motorcycle without a helmet on.

          The first “complaint” was a civil lawsuit where no complaint to the police was made. When your first course of action is to seek money, I don’t put a lot of stock in your “allegation”.

          I don’t know about a NC hockey sex allegation, but there is the Duke Lacrosse case where the players were exonerated by DNA, perhaps that is what you referring to.

          • beth says:

            [eyes darting frantically about for a ‘cover my adz’ reason, CG25, for being so off on that one…]

            Well, NC hockey – Duke Lacrosse…it’s all the same — guys playing games and thinking they’re hotshots. [doesn’t ‘fly’, does it? … but wait, there’s more!] You get a bunch of liberal ‘prosecutors’ behind them and they think they can get away with anything. We have to get rid of all these activist prosecutors and judges who make up the rules as they go along and continually disregard the Constitution and should be prosecuted themselves for not doing what our Founding Fathers meant when they wrote the Constitution which clearly was inspired by G_d and now we can’t even have a prayer before hockey and lacrosse games in our schools because of them. [Whew! — did I deflect enough? Can I be a R/T-bagger now?] ๐Ÿ˜‰ beth.

    • vyccan says:

      Another take on this?
      Just an observation
      [POSTED BY JHW22 – Sunday, January 23, 2011]

      Some people who are choosing to root against the Steelers because of Ben Roethlisberger who had two sexual assault claims made against him are supportive of Julian Assange who had two sexual assault claims made against him.

      So a few thoughts/questions:

      Why do we accept the word of some women when they make the claim but not others?
      Will some women lie about assault?
      Will some men be assholes but still not go THAT far?
      Why will we believe famous men over unknown women?
      Why can some men’s actions be overlooked while other men’s can’t?
      Why is a team of 53 somehow accountable for one player?
      Why is there an assumption that the other teams don’t have any secret offenders?

      • Ripley in CT says:

        Oh, I think Assange is an Ass-ange, too. NO worries about me overlooking anyone. I don’t care who you are. If you’ve been accused TWICE, in my mind there is a significant problem. And that’s enough for me not to root for you in the Stupid Bowl. Just sayin.

  47. merrycricket says:

    I have never been a fan of football. I doubt at my age that I ever will be. So, whatever! LOL

  48. abirato says:


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