Monday, February 06, 2006

Superbowl Snark

So, yesterday was the Superbowl, and continuing my fine NFL gambling form I backed the Seahawks. Sadly, Pittsburgh picked this game to prove the old adage that it is better to be lucky than good. And my were they lucky. The bastards. Still you can't have everything, unless you're the Pittsburgh Steelers that is. I mean, one Seatle TD nullified for something and nothing, one Pittsburgh TD given for not getting in the endzone, a questionable holding call that moved the ball from the Pittsburgh 1-yard line to the 30-yard line and a crazy fake play that worked for a touchdown (it was pretty though).

Now it might have just been that I was a wee bit angry after the game and not in a generous spirit, but the trophy ceremony at the end of the game really irritated. Is there any other sport in the world where the trophy is given to the old rich white man who owns the team, instead of to the players who just won (luckily in this case... the bastards) the game? I believe the answer is no. Even in Formula One where the manufacturers really do play an enormous part in the on track success, they give the trophy to the driver first. But I guess that's what you get when the sport is run by the owners for the benefit of the owners. Anyone else fancy a nice yacht in Miami in four years time?

On a happy note, the season is now over so it will probably be 8 months until I can start losing money hand over first on teams with a feathery name. Yay!

Muslim cartoon fury claims lives -- Five die in Afghan cartoon furore -- Protests Over Cartoons Turn Deadly -- No 10 criticises cartoon protesters

How do I live in a world where No 10 criticises cartoon protesters is not a joke headline? Losing your life over these cartoons, it beggars belief. (Or more accurately it takes belief out behind the bike-shed and kicks the shit out of it for a couple of hours. Poor belief, all these crazy things happening because too many people take it far too seriously.)

Still, there's always the Fed Ex caveman ad to make you smile.

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