Monday, January 26, 2015

Awkward.

I had to attend a funeral on Saturday, and it was quite pleasant. The deceased was 97, so there wasn't an overwhelming "sadness" but rather just a celebration of life.

All was fine and dandy until the toast at the post-funeral luncheon.

The deceased's youngest son was addressing those that had gathered with a sincere thank you, but his speech was interrupted by an elderly gentleman choking on his food. Luckily, there were doctors and nurses in attendance who rushed to his aide. The Heimlich was unsuccessful, and CPR didn't work, so the paramedics were called in.

The guy is ok (Thank heavens. One dead guy is enough.) but it made for one of the more awkward situations I'd ever encountered. What do you do while this is going on in one corner of the room? Can you continue your conversations you were having? Can you eat the hot food on your plate? Can you walk past the whole scene to get a drink from the bar?

I opted to put my head down and whisper quietly to my parents. I literally had no idea what to do. The food was good though.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Miss Wisconsin

I love Olivia Munn because she's smart and beautiful, but also because she makes Aaron Rodgers happy. And she's becoming a true Wisconsinite.




Monday, January 19, 2015

Green Bay Gut Punch

I had a 3.5 hour drive home last night in which I was able to ponder many different aspects of the Packers gut-punch of a loss to the Seahawks yesterday. But three things stand out more than the rest, at least to me.

1) It felt like, early on, the Packers were playing not to lose, rather than playing to win. Mike McCarthy could have went for it on 4th-and-short on a number of occasions, and decided to play it safe and hope it wouldn't bite you in the ass. Too bad it did. If you kick five field goals, you don't deserve to win. Step on someone's throats, damnit.

2) Sure, you can point to Brandon Bostick and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix not making plays, but they were just two of many different things that went wrong for Green Bay. Bostick went up and tried to make the play, and didn't execute. Clinton-Dix found himself on an island on a crazy two-point conversion play. I can forgive heat-of-the-moment execution errors. But the ones that get isolated, I think, are unfairly done so.

3) Momentum is a real thing. Once the Seahawks recovered the onside kick, Seattle was destined to win. I know that can't be proved, but what Packers fan had any confidence at that point? Sure, it was nice to see the Packers drive down the game and tie the game on a field goal, but at that point, I think they were spent. There was no doubt in my mind that Seattle was going to score to start overtime, but I was just hoping that somehow, some way, Green Bay could hold them to a field goal. Nope. Sad day.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Rodgers to Rodgers

I could watch this all afternoon. And honestly, I have been for most of the morning.

The throw is ridiculous. Rolling to his left, planting, and threading the needle. I don't know how the Dallas cornerback (#26) didn't at least tip the ball, much less pick it, but I'll take that result.



Wow. Just wow. That's how you complete the process.



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Big Game Burger

I'm about 87% sure I could take this whole damn thing down by myself. Get a few beers in me and that percentage raises to an even 90.



Via CBSSports

The people of Wisconsin don't mess around when it comes to food and football. And neither do the food providers. The Packers food provider Delaware North and the chefs at Lambeau are offering a 3.5-pound "Big Game Burger" to fans for the Cowboys-Packers playoff game this weekend.

This mammoth monster of a meal includes 1/2 pound of ground venison, 1/2 pound of ground bacon, 1/2 pound of certified angus beef ... and that's just the patty.

It's served on a "Big Mother" pretzel bun and topped with crispy fried onions, jalapeño smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato (6 slices!), pickles, secret sauce and a heaping helping of housemade jalapeño cheese (jalapeños, multiple cheddars and BBQ sauce).

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sledding Ban

Really, America? We're going to start banning sledding because it's too "dangerous" all of a sudden? Give me a break. Take away bikes and skateboards then, and plop kids down in front of a freaking iPad all day.

Via NPR:

In its take, Newsweek starts its piece by saying: Sledding is dangerous. It points to a recent study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital that found that more than 20,000 children a year end up at the hospital because of sledding accidents.

But, NBC News reminds us, other childhood activities are a lot more dangerous by that measure: "About 275,000 kids suffer non-fatal bicycle injuries each year, according to the National Safe Kids USA campaign. About 82,000 kids are treated for trampoline injuries, and about 61,000 kids are hurt skateboarding."

Please. I get preventing lawsuits, but put a sign up and call it a day.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Plane Crash

Most plane crashes are simply tragic. This one has at least a bit of a silver lining.

Via Yahoo/AP:

Sailor Gutzler, the 7-year-old girl who survived a plane crash, walked a mile through the cold, dark woods to safety and then helped authorities locate the wreckage and remains of her family, may not be done helping investigators.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Heidi Moats said Sunday that Sailor is "one remarkable young lady," and she might be able to assist them in determining what brought the plane down. It is rare for someone to survive a small plane crash and Moats said they want to talk to Sailor about it.

"Having someone that is a witness (is) always helpful in the investigation, it gives us kind of a story line," Moats said.

It's not clear when investigators might talk to Sailor, who despite being bloodied and suffering a broken wrist, pulled herself from the wreckage and walked to the nearest home.

She was dressed for Florida, where her family had been visiting, and was wearing shorts, a short-sleeve shirt and only one sock when she found a home about a mile from the crash site. Authorities said she walked through thick woods and briar patches in near-freezing temperatures.

Seven. Years. Old. Crazy. Staying that calm? Just remarkable.