Sunday, February 28, 2010

Fast Food Corner

It's Lent, and it's time for all of those fish sandwich commercials ... McDonalds probably has the funniest commercials of them all with the "Gimme Back that Filet O' Fish" campaign. It started last year with this commercial:

They've updated it for this year, and it's kind of funny, but nowhere near as good as last year's commercial:

I've had the opportunity to try the Filet-O-Fish before, but only because the lovely people at Mickie D's drive thru screwed up my order. Truth be told, if I'm in the mood for seafood, I'm NOT going to a fast-food restaurant. But, that's just me, I guess. Wendy's has a commercial out for their fish sandwich, but it's not very funny, unfortunately.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

80's Corner

Remember "Hands Across America?" I remember the big hooplah around it ... the commercials, the news coverage ... heck, there was even a song created for it. But, to be honest, I don't remember why it was done ... thank goodness for Wikipedia, right?

Here's what Wikipedia says: "Hands Across America was a benefit event and publicity campaign staged on Sunday May 25, 1986 in which approximately seven million people held hands in a human chain for fifteen minutes along a path across the continental United States. Participants paid ten dollars to reserve their place in line; the proceeds were donated to local charities to fight hunger and homelessness and help those in poverty."

I didn't take part in Hands Across America ... I guess I wish I would've or could've.

Here's a video promo for this:

Friday, February 26, 2010

Tiger No Longer On The Prowl?

Rumor has it, Tiger's press conference got bigger ratings than the final episode of Mash ... OK ... that's not really true (or at least I don't think it is). The circus around this has gotten kind of ridiculous, hasn't it? And, when I heard what Tiger was planning on doing with his "press conference," I wanted him to fail, and fail miserably. It sounded like another arrogant step from an arrogant man - controlling a press conference of this magnitude.

But, you know what? After hearing his speech, I gotta say, I like him better. He took responsibility for what he did, and asked people to focus on him, and not his family. It's kind of noble in a weird, demented way (I don't entirely agree with his assertion that this is all about his mistakes, because he built his image as a family man, which, in my opinion, makes his family relevant in this fiasco).

What I really found admiral in his speech was what he said about his rise to fame. He explained that in a way, his fame and popularity made him feel, in a sense, invincible. He felt that he had reached a point where it was almost like a rite of passage to "succumb" to all of the temptations that were "thrust" upon him.

Obviously, I don't agree with what he did. However, I get the feeling that this is very commonplace with celebrities and athletes. It sounds like an unwritten "law" of sorts. Once you become this uber celebrity, you become part of a 'swingers' club of sorts. And, that club is very, very private ... like the Skull and Bones ... or something like that.

Tiger admitted to this fault of his. He admitted that he bought into it. He didn't call it an addiction, but more of a mindset. I don't necessarily respect this, but I can certainly understand it.

He's got a long way to go, and he'll have to get in front of the press to answer specific questions at some time. But, I think this was a good first step. It sets the table.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Weekly Homework Assignment

It's time once again for Mama Kat's Weekly Homework Assignment! This week, I chose the following prompt: 10 Reasons why you’re better off without him….or her….or it.

Snow, I used to love you, especially when you were able to "convince" my school to close for the day. I used to love to frolic in you, go sledding on you, and heck build forts and snow-men out of you. But, as the years have aged me, so have they gradually evaporated away the adoration I had for you. I know longer adore you. I no longer look forward to you. And thanks to your extended presence this season, I'm through with you.

Here are 10 reasons I'm better off without you:

10. Thanks to you, I have discovered new levels of back pain.

9. Driving a car on you is no fun at all.

8. You melt, then re-freeze, and cause me to slip and fall when I step on you.

7. You have caused tree branches and electrical wires to break.

6. In the past, the wife and I have enjoyed going to local bars as you fell to the ground ... unfortunately, you have fallen in record amounts, thus closing said bars.

5. Snow plows have pushed you up against my car, thus trapping it.

4. You have a way of motivating people to go to supermarkets and buy overwhelming amounts of omellette-making ingredients.

3. You turn gray and black near roads when you've been around too long.

2. You cause potholes.

1. You cause sappy newspaper headlines like "snow-kidding!"

Wacky News

Really? A staged Tiger Woods press conference being covered on every major U.S. station? Really? President Obama was jealous on this one.

1. On a monastery near Vienna, Austria offering men the chance to be a monk for a weekend.
"This is followed by free psychiatric counseling."

2. On a man who stole an ATM machine with a stolen pickup truck ... then tried to open the ATM Machine by ramming the stolen pickup truck into it.
"This guys sounds like he might need to take that Vienna monastery up on its offer."

3. On a story that using social websites like Twitter and Facebook could raise your insurance premiums by 10%.
"But, what about adult sites?"

4. On the inventor of the Easy Bake oven passing away.
"Rumor has it, that he elected to get cremated in an Easy Bake kiln."

5. On a Christian Aerobics class that helps you lose weight and find God.
"And jumping jacks .... and to the left ... to the right .... confess your sins .... good! Now, push-ups!"

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fast Food Corner

Frozen pizza is a quagmire of sorts ... it never, ever tastes as good as delivered pizza, does it? Yet, we all still purchase it by the truckload ... and always hope against hope that the next frozen pizza will exceed our expectations. Sure, we've seen some "jumps" in frozen pizza technology ... with decent brands like Red Baron and Freschetta ... yet, these are merely OK, and certainly do NOT compete with pizza shop pizza. At least that's been my experience ... until!

I broke down and finally purchased a couple of DiGiorno pizzas. I guess I held out this long because I was more annoyed at their commercials than anything. First, they're really sappy ... it always centers around somebody "fooling" another person (or group of people) into thinking the DiGiorno pizza is actually pizza shop pizza. I hate sappy commercials. But, I was even more miffed that somebody had the stones to claim that they've created a pizza you can buy at a supermarket that actually tastes like delivery.

But, thanks to a big sale on DiGiorno, I took a chance ... and I bought a couple of pizzas .... and .... I actually liked it ... a lot! Does it taste like delivery pizza? No, not exactly. But, it is head and shoulders better than ANY supermarket pizza out there. The crust rises, the meat and cheese seems fresh, and the taste really does make you question how this could be frozen pizza. Folks, it really is that good.

I may not be able to go back to any other kind of frozen pizza ... I need more coupons!!!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Dope or Nope

The Winter Olympics are here and have enthralled this nation (and me) more than I thought it would. I've watched snowboarding, ski jumping, the biathalon, the slalom, luge, and hockey. But, it seems that curling has taken the Olympics by storm this year. It's been featured on NBC on a regular basis, and has been the subject of many sports highlight shows.

And you know what? I'm loving it. I'm not really sure why. Maybe it's because it looks like an easy sport ... you know, the one you can play whilst drinking a beer. Maybe it's because it reminds me of that game "shuffleboard" that's played at the bar.

Whatever the reason, it seems that I become a curling expert every 4 years ... right around this time of year. Sure, I ignore it for the remainder of the time (much like most people in the U.S. ignore soccer in non World-Cup years).

I do have some questions, though ... for instance, when does one realize he or she wants to be a curler? Or, how does one train to become a curler? How is a future curler "discovered?" Do curlers receive rock-star status? I'm just askin'.

Anyway ... dope or nope ... Olympic Curling?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

80's Corner

Rock and Wrestling was a big thing in the 1980's. It seemed like everybody was a fan of wrasslin' at that time, rooting on the Hulkster as he fought off the bad guys like Roddy Piper, Mr. Wonderful, and The Iron Shiek, just to name a few. "The roof blew off the joint" when Cyndi Lauper got involved, leading to WWF's huge inaugural Wrestlemania pay-per-view.

I remember the huge build-up to this amazing extravaganza ... Hulk Hogan bringing in the famous TV bad-ass Mr. T. to fight the hated Piper and Mr. Wonderful. It was talked about everywhere from Saturday Night Live to MTV. Sure, there were other matches on the program, but they seemed to just get into the way of the big fight at the end of the night.

It changed wrestling as we knew it. Wrestling became somewhat "legit" in a weird way. Sure, everybody (well, just about everybody) knew it was fake or scripted, but this didn't deter the fans from suspending their disbelief and buying into the show (much like we do with plays, TV shows, and movies).

Hogan went on to win the match, and ascended to the top of wrestling stardom. The man quite shockingly is still relevant to this day in the sport. That night was an awesome spectacle for the "sport."

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Song of the Week

Interpol is an Indie rock band from New York City and has been around in one form or another since 1997. Their music has been described as post-punk, and the band has been compared to such bands as The Strokes and Joy Division. Though they formed in 1997, they didn't produce their first album until 2001, and really didn't make a huge splash in the U.S. until 2004 with the release of their "Antics" album. The song, "Slowhands" was their big hit, and remains their biggest hit.

However, another diddy off this album is one that seems to stick with me. The title, "Evil," probably doesn't do this song justice. From what I gather by the lyrics, it's more about perceived deception between a man and woman than anything else.

The musical part of the song is straightforward Interpol alt-rock, led by the uncommonly (for rock)low, yet strangely pleasing voice of Paul Banks. A strong guitar riff accentuates key areas of the song (usually leading to an intriguing lyric, like "But hey, who's on trial?).

The song builds to a tremendous lyrical crecendo (makes me want to scream it from the rooftops, actually) with the following lyrics:

It took a life spent with no cell mate
To find the long way back
Saying, me,why can't we look the other way?
You're weightless, you are exotic
You need something for which to care
Saying, me, why can't we look the other way?

The video is a bit perplexing, but interesting nevertheless.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Wha??? I mean, The Who???

There's been a lot of talk about the Who's half-time performance at this past Super Bowl ... most of it negative. I watched and thought they sounded great. Sure, they look old, but hey, that's what happens when you reach your mid 60's. The performance, in my opinion, was worthy of a Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Sure, had it not been for Janet Jackson's nipple shot, Super Bowl halftime shows would probably be different. But, seriously, how great were those Super Bowl halftime shows before? I mean, really - Aerosmith with NYSNC and Brittany??!?!?!? Really? Aerosmith has never been the same (lost lots of street cred with that blunder).

Yeah, we're running out of old bands to bring out on stage - I'm guessing we may see The Eagles, Bon Jovi, maybe U2 and the Chili Peppers at some point. I'd personally like to see The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, The Bravery, or some newer bands (please, no Creed or Nickleback!!!). I think I'd be ok with Outkast or Black Eyed Peas.

But for me, I think it's ok to have classic rock legends like the Who, McCartney, The Stones, and Springsteen play the Super Bowl ... its a big stage for big bands.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Weekly Homework Assignment

It's time once again for Mama Kat's Weekly Homework Assignment! This week, I chose the following prompt: Childhood memory time: Write about something you loved to do as a child.

I loved Saturdays as a child ... probably for many reasons ... and yes, the lack of school was probably near the top. But one of the other reasons I loved Saturdays was because I'd get to go to the Farmer's Market and bakery with my mom. Every Saturday, bright and early, my mom would wake me up, feed me breakfast, and take me to the Farmer's Market in Sharon Hill.

My mom would get her lunchmeat, and meat there. The person behind the counter would always give me a slice of salami that I gladly gobbled up. One of my main jobs there was to find the best loaf of Stroehman's King Size white bread. I took pride in finding the fullest loaf.

After finishing at the Farmer's Market, my mom would go to a German baker on Chester Pike in Norwood. Mom would buy a couple of loaves of rye bread there (best rye bread I've ever had, by the way), and the baker would give me a sugar cookie (that I again gladly gobbled up).

From there, we'd go to my aunt's house - my mom did grocery shopping for her as well. Mon would enjoy a cup of coffee with my aunt, while I hung out with my cousin Trish and Drew - we'd watch the Saturday morning cartoons - Scooby Doo always seemed to be on the docket.

This seemed like a pretty long day, but we'd be back home by 10:00 in the morning ... I still had the rest of my weekend ahead of me ... I've pretty much forgotten what the rest of those weekends consisted of, but for some reason, I'll never forget that Farmer's Market.

Wacky News

My back is officially on strike ... NO MORE SNOW!!!!!!!!!

1. On Robert Redford receiving the USC School of Theatre's inaugural Robert Redford Award:
"Hmmph ... and my money was on Nick Nolte!"

2. On Whiskey toothpaste being produced in the 1960's.
"This would certainly have encouraged me to brush 3 times a day ..."

3. On a report that states that beet juice helps melt ice and snow.
"Finally, a use for beet juice!",beet-juice-ice-melt-021110.article

4. On officers beginning testing windows and doors at night as part of a campaign to increase home security - If they find one open, they are under orders to knock on the door and drag sleepy residents from their beds and lecture them.
"Um ... this sounds about as smart as letting Keith Richards run a liquor store."

5. On a mother-of-four who has been offered an unreserved apology after surgeons left a seven-inch set of forceps inside her:
"Sorry about the forceps sir ... I mean, maam."

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

80's Corner

Does anybody remember the Krazy Straw? As a child, when I saw the commercial for this engineering wonder, I went Krazy (maybe that's why they named it the Krazy Straw). Regular straws would no longer do for worldy child like myself. I needed to see the milk or juice I was sipping go through a wonder-ride before it ever got to my mouth ... the Krazy Straw made drinking fun (for a child, of course).

Sure, it took more effort to suck, but it was all worth it. The entertainment value of the straw paid for itself. Unfortunately, my mom never gave in to the purchase of said Krazy Straw. I think I had some friends who were lucky enough to own a Krazy Straw ... and the jealousy I hold against them continues to this very day. Jerks.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Dope or Nope

Rumor has it that Aerosmith is looking for a new lead singer. This seems to be "the in thing" with a number of bands in recent years - INXS had a freakin' reality show to determine its lead singer for crying out loud! The Cars tried to "re-invent" themselves as "The New Cars" a few years ago. And who could forget about the many iterations of Van Halen.

Aerosmith may be a little different, though. This band has been together for nearly 40 years at this point, and has, for the most part, had the same front-man. Now that Steven Tyler has apparently fallen off the deep end, Joe Perry and company are ready to throw that all out the window (really guys, after 40 years?!?!?).

Here's the thing. Can this band really go on calling themselves Aerosmith at this point without Steven Tyler? I mean, shouldn't they change their names at the very least? What do you guys think of this?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Song of the Week

This goes out to Four Dinners ... my friend from across the pond. Do me a favor and check out his site. Dinners is a huge fan of Madness, and has encouraged me to sample some of their songs. Prior to the sampling, the only Madness song I really knew was "Our House," which was popular on American pop air waves in the early-mid 1980's.

Dinners shared a handful of songs that I might enjoy. One that stood out to me after an initial listen is a diddy called "Johnny the Horse." The song was released in 1999, and was apparently based on a bum who was beaten to death whilst trying to sleep in an empty building (according to Wikipedia). To me, the song takes on a sound like a mix between Fountains of Wayne and the Traveling Wilburys (both, favorites of mine).

The song has an uppity feel, but the words are dark ... for some reason, I always enjoy that. Dinners (and this song) has inspired me to take a deeper dive with Madness. As an aside, a band this popular and good should really have more exposure in the U.S. (sadly, there are a lot of bands like this - instead, we get crap like Creed and Nickleback).

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Fast Food Corner

I've finally had the opportunity to try Wendy's Spicy Chicken Nuggets ... and although the commercials are a bit over the top with describing the "spiciness" of the nuggets ... the nuggets have a little heat to them, but by no means are they "hot" in the culinary sense, much like their "spicy" chicken sandwich. Sadly, fast food restaurants won't take the chance of making something truly spicy (probably a topic for another blog).

But, for 99 cents, the spicky chicken nuggets are certainly worth it. Wendy's by far gives the best value when it comes to chicken nuggets. McDonalds' chicken McNuggets taste great, but they are about twice as expensive. Burger King seems to have given up with regards to their chicken tenders, which used to be good, by the way. Now, they have chicken "tenders' in the shape of crowns, and they only give you 4 for a dollar. Probably better just to ignore those.

Back to Wendy's - I recommend the spicy chicken nuggets. The 99 cent price tag, and the hint of heat make it a tasty buy.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wacky News

Football's over ... now what?

1. In a study that says your brain can only handle up to 150 friends.
"Ashton Kutcher's Twitter account is out to prove this study wrong!"

2. On a story that claims Hitler took an early form of Viagra for his encounters with Eva Braun.
"Sounds to me like he overdid it, because he was a huge dick ... get it?"

3. On a former mayor getting caught masturbating in women's panties.
"Marv Albert thinks this is weird."

4. On MTV's Jersey Shore being the inspiration for new clothing and hair styles.
"The only thing worse than this would've been if our fashion sense had been inspired by the "Ice Road Truckers" show.

5. On a cop who claims he failed a drug test because his wife spiked his meatballs with pot.
"John Edwards thinks this guy's a liar."

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Weekly Homework Assignment

It's time once again for Mama Kat's Weekly Homework Assignment!. This week I chose a list of Do's and Don'ts .... these are things I've either personally learned, or a close friend or family member of mine "taught" me.

First, a list of Do's:
* Do watch sports on a flat-screen tv ... it is so much better than CRTs.
* Do buy the Rolling Stones Some Girls and Exile on Main Street CDs.
* Do add bacon to any food you can.
* Do make sure you have enough propane in your tank for the barbecue.
* Do go to Vegas at least once in your life.
* Do root for your home team.
* Do try foods you've never had before ... you may be surprised.

Now, a list of Don't's:
* Don't put diesel in your car if your car does not use diesel.
* Don't put paint remover in a styrophome cup.
* Don't buy your mom a wok if she's German.
* Don't be a front-runner and root for a sports team in a different city.
* Don't put dishwashing liquid in the dishwasher.
* Don't talk politics on your first date.
* Don't buy everything you see on infomercials.

80's Corner

The Hackey Sack ... the name itself makes most people think of college hippies standing in a circle, wasting time, listening to the Grateful Dead, and hemp. This is all thanks to the 1980's. What a fad, right? I mean, it's a little sack filled with little balls, kind of like a bean-bag chair for cock-roaches. How much does it cost to make a hackey sack, anyway? The person who came up with the idea is probably siting in some penthouse sharing expensive drinks with the inventor of the pet rock.

This fad became so popular, that it was part of EPYX's "California Games" title for the Commodore 64. I was never really good at Hackey Sacking ... it really wasn't my thing, to tell ya the truth. But, I was pretty good at the Commodore 64 version.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Song of the Week

I'm a big Lonesome George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers for man reasons. In a way, he's a local guy (Delaware is reasonably close to Philly, right?). I loves me some blues music, and Thorogood's guitar work is certainly a good representation of the blues. George's crackly voice just adds to it. Plus, the songs that he's either written or covered are classic blues.

Take "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" for example. This is truly the perfect song to play at a corner watering hole. First, it's long. Second, it involves drinking. Third, much of the song takes place in a bar. And, don't forget the chorus - most bar patrons know it, and love to partake in singing the chorus.

The lyrics themselves are what blues is all about. It's about being kicked out of your apartment, not having a job, and losing your woman ... - "Well, I ain't seen my baby since I don't know when ... I've been drinking bourbon whiskey, scotch and gin ..." And on top of all that, the guitar work is awesome.

Just have a listen:

Monday, February 08, 2010

Dope or Nope ...

This is an interesting one in my opinion (and really, on this blog, my opinion matters, right?). I'm taking this from two angles. First, when you ask someone what music they like and they say, "Everything," is this dope or nope? To me, it is a total nope. I'm really interested in your musical tastes! The least you could do is throw out a couple of groups you really like, right? Telling me "Everything" doesn't help me in the least. What does that mean? Do you like music from cave-man times? Are you enthralled by Zamphir, the master of the pan flute? Does Yoko Ono make you tap your toes?

But, let's look at it from the other side. Is it dope or nope to ask somebody what music they like? Maybe that's why some people answer "everything" with this question, because they really don't like being askied this? Personally, I love being asked this question. To me, it's an opening to a good conversation, isn't it? We can have spirited discussions on what the best Police song is, or which iteration of Van Halen is the best. Doesn't that sound fun? Doesn't it?

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Holy Snowstorm, Batman!

The Philadelphia area got hit with its second 20+ inch snowstorm of the season ... and folks, my back is hurting just thinking about all the shoveling I've got in front of me. I posted about this in December, but remember how great it was when we were kids? The possibilities seemed endless - do we have a big snowball fight, build a snowman, go sledding, build a snow fort?

As an adult, all I can think about is - man, how long is it going to take to shovel all this snow, I hope I have enough rock salt, I hope nobody takes my parking space that I just cleared out, and now I have to wash my car again.

Sure, snow looks great when it first comes down, and it gives us a reason to stay in, watch movies and drink, but after day 1, isn't it more of a nuisance? Am I just getting old and cranky?

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Fast Food Corner

As promised, I did make it a point to try the Taco Bell Drive Thru Diet ... specifically, I chose to sample the Fresco Soft and Hard Tacos ... and my opinion? Not bad. Not bad at all. Really, all they've done is replace the cheese on the tacos with some healthy salsa.

Now, for those of you who LOVE cheese, this may not be a suitable replacement for you. I'm a guy who LIKES cheese, but I don't necessarily LOVE cheese. In all truthfullness, I could take it or leave it for the most part ... as long as there some sort of adequate replacement, like hot peppers or ... yes, even salsa.

I'm interested in trying the Fresco Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco next ... heck, if this is all it takes to lose weight (or at least eat healthier), I can handle this.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Weekly Homework Assignment

It's time once again for Mama Kat's weekly homework assignment. This week, I chose the following prompt: Write an open later to a cartoon character. I am a huge fan of cartoons ... the old kind ... you know, Bugs Bunny, Tex Avery Stuff, and even some Walt Disney cartoons ... actually, I really don't like the Mickey Mouse cartoons - to me they're boring. Specifically, I like the Disney cartoons that feature Goofy. With that said ...

Dear Goofy,

You are the hardest working man ... er ... dog at Walt Disney. Yet, you are constantly underappreciated. When "sharing" the spotlight with Mickey or Donald, you still don't get equal billing, even though you are by far the show-stealer.

You made it OK to be clumsy, as is evidenced by the many sports cartoons you were a part of. Incidentally, these are among my all-time favorite cartoons. The episode you did on hockey makes me laugh to this day.

I wanted to let you know that I appreciate you, even if those knuckle-heads at Disney continue to overlook you. Your sense of comedic timing has always been top-notch. In my book, your slapstick is on the same level is the Stooges ... and that's saying something. That mouse owes you a huge debt of gratitude.

Here's to hoping that new generations rediscover you.

Wacky News

OK, I think I've had enough of winter .... UNCLE!!!!

1. On a Colorado man who says he belongs to the THC Ministry and he's being prosecuted for Mariauna usage which is really only for religious purposes:
"Now rise for the bucket of fried chicken sacrament ..."

2. On a burglary suspect who was unable to get away from police despite using a pedal boat ... oh yeah, and he was also wearing only boxers:
"If Michael Jackson were still alive, he'd think this guy was kooky."

3. On a woman being caught with over 100 pounds of pot in her car.
"Ummm ... officer, you wouldn't happen to have any Cheetoh's, would ya?"

4. On a police officer being arrested on charges he raped a woman in custody and offered to release another woman if she exposed herself to the officer:
"Wait, Tiger Woods is now a cop?"

5. On CBS rejecting a gay-relationship Super Bowl ad:
"Somewhere in the world, Dick Cheney is smiling ... maybe that would be in the CBS studios?"

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

80's Corner

Rubber Cement ... yes, I'm sure this was developed before the 1980's, but I experienced rubber cement in the 1980's! It was art class, and rubber cement was like glue, but when it dried, it was rubbery, and it smelled awesome too. I discovered rubber cement in art class, and my life would never be the same (or at least my grade school years).

Anytime we walked into art class, clad in our smocks and ready to be creative, when we saw the rubber cement cannisters on the tables, our hearts skipped a beat. I think we school kids spent more time creating rubber-cement balls with rubber cement, than we actually did using it to actually glue stuff together.

But, with the passing of time, things like rubber cement (and paste) left my life ... but folks it never left my memories and will always hold a special place in my heart.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Dope or Nope

This should be a pretty easy one. The NFL Pro Bowl .... Need I say more? I do? OK - well, here goes. I remember being excited to watch the NFL Pro Bowl in 1981 right after the Eagles lost the Super Bowl. It was a chance for my heroes, like Ron Jaworski, Wilbert Montgomery, and Harold Carmichael to gain redemption for the Super Bowl loss. I honestly don't remember the outcome of that game, but I do remember being excited to watch it.

I've never been excited about it since. This is pretty much the way I feel about all All-Star games now. It's a waste of time. Maybe it's because the players don't care anymore. Maybe it's because players switch teams so often now that there is no "league pride" anymore. Maybe we see too much of these superstars thanks to cable. Whatever the reason, the games are boring ... the festivities are overdone, and it's an annoying stop to the season.

This year the NFL tried something different - instead of playing the Pro Bowl after the Super Bowl, let's play it the week in between the championship games and the Superbowl. Maybe in theory that sounds good, but now there are 14 players who are not participating in this all-star game. So, should we change the name to the "Semi-Pro Bowl?"