Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Double Standard

If I told you there was an NFL playoff team that had been caught cheating four times since 2012, what would you say? Suspend Belichick? Put Brady in stocks in Foxborough Town Square? But the team is the Seahawks, not the Patriots.

The fake outrage over the taping incident a decade ago (I refuse to use any "gate" terminology, not just for this but for anything) is not that the Patriots were caught doing it (other teams were also), but that they got caught twice. Where is the similar outrage over the Seahawks getting caught and penalized THREE times for violating the collective bargaining agreement by staging illegal practices? At least their most recent offense, one Pete Carroll freely admits, was something different. Richard Sherman should have been listed on the injury report for most of the season, but wasn't. It now appears the reason Sherman was seen holding on just about every play was he had lost a step due to a gimpy knee, not because he was washed up as I had assumed. Reportedly the Seahawks will be penalized a 2nd-round draft pick for this offense. The reason injury reports are supposed to be accurate is to prevent gamblers from getting information that isn't generally available. In other words, it is to protect the integrity of the game.

Where is the outrage? Brady is railroaded by the league on the flimsiest of manufactured evidence, evidence that survives no scientific scrutiny, and jealous mouth breathers call him a cheater. The Seahawks get caught doing something illegal every year, including the same offense three times, and no one notices. Double standard indeed.

UPDATE: The Seahawks got away with it. No loss of draft pick. The conspiracy theory is Goodell got pissed after being trolled by Kraft, Patricia, Brady and others after the Super Bowl so he gave a pass to the serial cheater Seahawks.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


30 seconds of fame

I am a regular listener of the Tony Kornheiser Show, which is a daily podcast that evolved from a radio show on ESPN 980, WTEM in Washington. I have followed Mr. Tony throughout his career from the Washington Post to Monday Night Football to his current role on Pardon the Interruption on ESPN. I know he is an acquired taste and many people can't stand him, but as an old fart I appreciate his humor and I listen to his show every day.

I found an old MP3 player that I thought might be useful at the gym because, compared to my current phone, it is tiny. On there I found a download of the Tony Kornheiser show from February 2013. I sent an email to the show telling what I found, and that email was read on the show today. For me, this is the equivalent of mugging for the camera after spotting myself on the Jumbotron at a sporting event (which I would never do).

Follow this link, download the show from 1/18/17 "The Socialite is in the house" and fast forward to 1:12:04. The clip lasts for about 30 seconds.

This is the email:

"I was cleaning up an old MP3 player and found a copy of the Podcast in its former incarnation from February 2013. Feeling nostalgic about a bygone era, I listened to it, and it happened to feature the first in-studio appearance of one Mr. Chris Cillizza. The topic was whether the abrasive Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel would run for President in 2016 if Hillary decided not to, and Mr. Cillizza offered this insightful peek into the soul of America that we have come to except:

"Gary: Can you think of a President that has had that sort of an edge to him?
"Tony: No.
"Chris: His reputation is he loves to swear and is very confrontational. I'm not sure that's what people are looking for in a President."

Today the response to this was,
Chris: Nailed it!
Tony: Yeah.
Gary: Funny.
Chris: Is Rahm president? Thank you. You're welcome.

Validation for life.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Photo of the Year 2016

I have posted lots of elk images over the years, but most of these either were of semi-tame residents of wildlife parks or trailcam images. This image is notable in that is a free-ranging elk in the Black Hills that I snapped with my DSLR. I came around a corner and spotted this guy drinking from a stream near the road. He stuck around long enough for me to get a few shots.

Black Hills Elk 2016

Here are my POY selections for 2002-2015.

Young red-tailed hawk Junior I (2002 edition) right outside my office window.
Junior I 2002
Gentoo penguins greet each other, Jougla Point, Dec. 4, 2003.
Gentoo Penguins 2003
Puffins on Machias Seal Island, Gulf of Maine, 2004.
Little Brothers 2004
Bald Eagle along the Mississippi River, 2005.
Bald Eagle 2005
Blue Jay, 2006.
Blue Jay 2006
Eagle with fish, 2007.
Eagle with fish 2007
Great Horned Owls, 2008.
Great Horned Owls 2008
Custer State Park Bighorn, 2009.
Custer SP Bighorn 2009
Keokuk eagle, 2010.
Keokuk Eagle 2010
Sertoma ButterflySertoma Butterfly 2011 Dark Morph of Broad-Winged HawlDark Morph 2012 Yellow Crowned Night HeronNight heron 2013
Elk FrameElk Frame 2014 Squaw Creek Geese
Squaw Creek Geese 2015

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