Strange Brouhaha

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas!

As I said to some other people, it's Christmas to me, so you get Merry Christmas--but of course what I mean is "Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, and happy whatever else it is that you do or don't celebrate."

It was good here, and I hope every one of you had a good time doing whatever it was you did. We had a hyperactive six-year-old bouncing off of everything and trying to play with every single one of her Christmas presents (along with everyone else's) at once. Fresh waffles and sausage for breakfast, leftover lasagna for late lunch. Heaven.

Wanna know what I consider my most interesting Christmas present? I got an e-mail from someone in Germany wanting to know what had happened to my LaTeX stage play macros that were hosted on the old Strange Brouhaha. As I told him, I didn't think anyone had ever even known they were there!

(Okay, the iPod was awesome too! Digitizing hundreds of CDs is a slow process...thank $DEITY for CDDB. I would kill myself if I had to type in thousands of song titles by hand, which I already did when I ripped some of our older CDs.)

(Well...the Packers' last-second [literally!] victory over the Vikings to clinch the NFC North title was awesome as well. Sorry, Josh. I thought the end of the first half was pretty funny. Golly, Mike Tice was angry! What were some of those words he was using?)


  • (Josh) Well, "motherfucker" was pretty clear. I couldn't tell you the rest. I listened to our local call-in show after the game, and someone who refs (I don't know at what level) said that what the refs should've done was either call it a first down or a fourth down but keep the clock running. The commentators agreed, and asserted that the Vikings will get an apology from the league, however that works.

    But so what? The real point is that the Vikings let Favre march down the field and beat them. I KNEW when the Vikes punted that Green Bay would win. I just knew the D couldn't stop them, and that's a shitty feeling. Every year the defense sucks, they make some half-assed attempts to do something, and it doesn't work. Red isn't even spending their entire salary cap - what the hell is that? If he's going to bitch about a stadium when the value of the team has gone up by about $400 million over the six or seven years he's owned the team, he can jump off the IDS Center (a Mpls skyscraper). And people here aren't going to bend over and say "okay" until they get to the Super Bowl. It's that simple.

    Sell the team to someone who wants it, fire Tice, fire Linehan, trade Bennett, keep Cottrell, keep Daunte, and play Mewelde Moore. Why can't these clowns figure out what is painfully obvious to Joe Lunchpail?

    Congrats on the iPod - I love mine except that it's too small (15 gigs). I can't complain because I got it for free, but it's full and I only have about half my collection on there. Arguably 4,000 songs should be plenty, but I want the convenience of having every song I own on there. I'll probably buy a bigger one (or a Nomad) soon and give mine to Penny (although she'll have to take off all the Godflesh). It's like having a radio station where every song is good and there are no commercials.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:30 AM  

  • (Savannah) Jeez, Josh. You're already a Democrat. You don't need more pain. You should pick a different team, or sport, or something. (I found your description of the game to be pretty much exactly my experience of the recent election. Shitty feeling, indeed.)

    I second everything Rob said about our Christmas. It was all wonderful. Hope yours was too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:48 PM  

  • (Josh) Ha! That's a great analogy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:26 PM  

  • I guess that's what you get when fans from opposing sides talk, because to me, it looked close enough that they had to measure. Maybe they have to measure if there's any doubt, or if they're asked to. (Clearly, if the spot had been a yard shy, there would have been no need...but it was less than half the length of the ball.) Clearly what that guy meant was that the refs should have homered for the Vikings, called it a fourth down and let the clock run out :D

    Anyway, when the Rams lose Monday night, doesn't that clinch a spot for the Vikings in the playoffs?

    By Blogger Robert, at 9:48 PM  

  • (Matt) The Friday Packer game set the tone for the entire weekend: That is "tense at times, but ultimately enjoyable" Got ever thing I wanted. I'll be taking Thursday and Friday off so I can veg out to Return of the King: Extended Edition and all the extras on it.
    Heard some sad news coming into work this morning: Reggie White died of a heart attack. He was 43.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:09 AM  

  • Yes, a Rams loss will secure a Wild Card slot for the Vikes. And I'm not saying give them a fourth. Hell, give them a first down if you want, but don't give them back the equivalent of one of the time outs they lost on stupid, stupid, stupid challenges.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:54 AM  

  • (Josh) Oh, and I wouldn't guarantee a Rams loss tonight. With home field clinched and T.O. out, I can see the Rams winning. If I'm Andy Reid, I don't play Donovan, I don't play Keyshawn, etc. more than a series or two.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:57 AM  

  • (Matt) Rams won last night. Still, all the Vikes need do is beat Washington on Sunday to make a wild card spot. If they can't do that, then they don't deserve to be in the playoffs.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:11 AM  

  • Yes, and all they needed to do last year was beat horrible, horrible Arizona . . .

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:52 AM  

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