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Thursday Afternoon Ramblings

I just read an article about the NFL CBA dispute, and it really makes me sick.  How fucking greedy can people be?  The owners, all multi-billionaires on their own, are unwilling to share more of the pie with the athletes, all of whom make more in one season than I can make in my career as a teacher.  Really, guys?  At this point in our nation’s economic situation, you are going to squabble over how you share the $9 billion a year revenue?  Maybe I’m just overly sensitive, but that just seems like a slap in the face to every middle-class citizen in this country.  Most of us are struggling, really struggling, just to see a little daylight in our lives, and you greedy bastards are fighting over sharing billions.  That just infuriates me.

If one game, even pre-season, gets cancelled over this bullshit, I swear I’ll stop watching.  Major League Baseball pulled the same horseshit in 94, and the sport nearly went bankrupt before they let Mark McGuire juice up and hit extra-far-traveling baseballs in that sham 98 season.  Many people who were avid baseball fans haven’t seen a game since 94, and I will be like one of them.  You are already overpaid, all of you, and now at this point, you want to get even more greedy?  That’s a big load of bullshit, and I won’t be part of it.

I realize that my lone little act of defiance won’t really make a difference in this argument, and long-term, much like baseball, the NFL will survive, but the greed just astonishes me.


Tuesday Afternoon Ramblings

Several of my students have tried to give me a hard time about the Super Bowl, but I’m really okay with the outcome.  After the loss in 96 to the Cowboys, I was upset for weeks, and even today, whenever I see clips of that game, I still get angry about the squandered opportunity to shut up those loud-mouthed braggarts.  This time, however, either because of maturity on my part or an absence of utter hatred for the Packers, I feel pretty good about the season Pittsburgh had.

Last spring, when Big Ben’s suspension was announced, all of my friends were ready to throw in the towel.  “The season’s over!” they wailed.  But I had faith in the defense and in Tomlin to see us through those games.  Even with Big Ben, I doubt we could’ve gotten off to much better of a start.  Other than the Patriots game, the team played hard every week and overcame a lot of obstacles along the way.  The injury to Aaron Smith was huge, but at least Ziggy Hood got some experience.  That will pay big dividends in the future.  Our offense found a real groove, and while Ben had a terrible Super Bowl game, overall, he won us many more games than he lost.

Losing the Super Bowl is huge letdown.  But there’s always next year.  I’ll take a 6-2 Super record, and so would fans of 30 other teams.  Hopefully, we’ll get a couple of defensive backs in the draft to fill our biggest need, and then we also need depth on the O-line.  Speaking of which, I’d like to take a moment to thank Flozell Adams for the season he had.  A lot of people, myself included, had written him off, but all in all, he had a good year and was a great addition to the team.  He played through a lot of pain and performed at a high level, so thank you, Flozell.

And to all the haters and doubters and wannabes out there, “Here we go, Steelers!  Here we go!”

Monday Morning Ramblings

First, congratulations to the Green Bay Packers.  They simply beat us and deserve to be champs.  It was a good game, and we had our chances to win it but just didn’t make the necessary plays.  Losing sucks, and I’m not going to pretend like it doesn’t sting, but life goes on.  I’m just as big of a Steelers fan today as I was yesterday.  We’ll be back in the big game soon, and we will bring home number seven.

That’s enough about the game.  What I really want to write about today is that god-awful excuse for a halftime show.  Five Finger Freddy, or whatever the hell his name is, said that the Black Eyed Peas were going to take it to the next level.  Well, if that’s the best you got, you are a terrible excuse for an entertainer.  That show was pathetic.  Sure, there were lots of flashing lights and cool effects, but the “music” was beyond lame.  I would’ve rather watched Milli Vanilli lip-sync their way through twenty minutes of their crap than watch those four no-talent jerk-offs stand around like statues and mumble their songs out of tune, out of tempo, and out of harmony.

That show confirmed so much of what I believe about what hippity-hoppity has done to the music industry.  I prefer my music sung by people who understand harmonics and key changes and well, singing.  Hippity-hoppity has become a terrible parody of itself, much like Air Supply and Journey were a terrible parody of real rock.  Real musicians hold up live, regardless of the venue.  That steaming pile of horse dung that Sam I Am, or whatever the hell his name is, and the others left in the middle of Cowboys Stadium shows just how thin and weak the music industry has become.  Real musicians, who can play real instruments and create beautiful songs, can’t break into the industry, while talentless hacks get to play the Super Bowl.  I mean, they were so bad they made Slash, one of the greatest guitar legends of all-time, sound lifeless and bland.

Part of me looks at the music industry as a perfect metaphor for where we are as a nation.  Sixty years ago, our nation created some of the most powerful and amazing music in the world, and that music inspired the world to follow it.  Musicians like Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Presley had real talent and honed skill.  At that same time, our nation was revolutionizing technology and industry and leading the world into the future.  Today, our country produces mediocre garbage that couldn’t inspire a pig to root in crap.  Our masses still lap it up, however, because we’ve become so accustomed to mediocrity that most of us can’t appreciate real music and real talent.  At the same time, we have lost our innovative edge and have fallen hopelessly far behind in education.  We stand around bragging about how great we are, while the rest of world blazes by us.

Please, America, please, wake up and realize that when you settle for mediocre crap, you become mediocre crap.