It’s Just Kicking a Ball

You may have seen this one already. Almost 1.5 million people have. It is especially impressive if you have an appreciation of how difficult it is to accurately kick a football. Just watch the kickers of the NFL to witness their inconsistency. They make a lot of money to do nothing but kick but I doubt any NFL kicker could do what this Norwegian kid can. Heck, I’ve seen plenty of quarterbacks without his accuracy.

Ban Football?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I was listening to Rush Limbaugh’s radio program a month or two ago. He was discussing the NFL, football in general, concussions and other injuries. The crux of his monologue was his claim that, due to injuries, within a decade or two, there will be no more football.

People called in to his program saying he was crazy. The NFL, after all, is not only wildly popular, but a veritable money-making machine for all involved. No one in their right mind would ever try to put the brakes on that gravy train.

As Rush often says, “Don’t doubt me”.

Well, I for one, do not doubt him. His track record is very good. He claims to know liberals better than they know themselves. As he puts it rather ingloriously, “I know liberals as well as I know my own glorious naked body”. Scary thought, I know.  Try not to dwell on that.

Liberals are really quite predictable. They are all Nannies at heart. They don’t think, they feel. They feel somehow better equipped to solve the worlds problems than us conservatives, that “something” always must be done. Liberals are also the kings of the knee-jerk reaction and contradiction.

If they see something they don’t like, unlike a conservative, who can simply avoid it, the liberal must stop it, ban it or shut it down.

Of course the liberal must employ the government to do their bidding. The government is the only entity large enough and with enough authority to demand society cease whatever behavior or product the liberal finds so offensive.

It always happens the same way. It begins small with a “concerned citizen” suggesting to a local politician that something should be regulating. The politician, seeing a golden opportunity, provides a knee-jerk law or regulation. Maybe not enough motorists are wearing seatbelts, or helmets, or car seats. Second hand smoke, salt, sugar, trans fats are all killing us. “Do it for the children”, they exclaim. If it saves just one life, it will be worth it (except for abortion). Herein also lies the contradiction, or paradox. One example is cigarette smoking. The liberal desperately needs the tax revenue from smokers to fund their silly government programs but yet they call for regulations virtually banning the product.

Then “science” or “medicine” is employed, proving the “concerned citizen” right. It could be faux-science (global warming), but that matters not. As long as it advances the agenda and the agenda is always for our own good. Liberals care more than we do, so we couldn’t very well be left to fend for ourselves. What do we think this is, a free society?

Before you know it, there has been a state law passed, regulating this or that and finally an overarching federal law.

It’s always the same tune, just with different lyrics.

That brings us full circle, back to football. Even I was surprised how fast this has progressed.

When Limbaugh predicts something, it usually takes years for society to catch up.

Don’t Doubt Him!

(I live in New Hampshire, so don’t doubt me when I say, Dover is a liberal stronghold. I don’t know what their “Nannies per capita” are, but it’s up there.)

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — A proposal to drop football at one New Hampshire school district has surprised and upset many residents.

The idea was suggested at a Dover School Board meeting Monday night by board member Paul Butler, a retired physician.

Butler said the potential for concussions is too great of a risk. He said concussions on developing brains can have a long-lasting impact, including the possibility of brain damage, depression and dementia.

Butler said he knows stopping the game isn’t popular.

“I suspect it’s going to take a long time. This might be the first volley. It took a long time for people to wear bicycle helmets. It took a long time for people to stop smoking,” he said.

The board later released a statement that Butler’s comments were his reaction to various studies he’s read and is not the opinion of the board itself. It said termination of the high school football program isn’t on the agenda at this time.

Dover Athletic Director Peter Wotton said safer tackling is being coached and players are being supervised by doctors.

“Any sport is a target, because it feel like anytime you put kids in motion — there is an inherent risk to playing sports and taking part in athletics, and for some reason the target is on football. I don’t think it should be on anything,” he said.

Wotton said girls basketball ranked higher in concussions in 2011.

A new law in New Hampshire is aimed at protecting student athletes from concussions and other head injuries. Under the law, coaches and other athletic officials who suspect that an athlete has suffered a concussion will be required to remove him or her from play immediately, and the athlete will have to get written authorization from a health care provider and a parent before returning.

Information about such injuries also will be distributed to all youth athletes each year, and parents will have to sign forms indicating they had read the information before the start of practice or competition.

And so it begins. Don’t Doubt Him!

Just Give Me More Time

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Looking at an electoral map or a red/blue state map one will notice virtually all of New England is blue. New Hampshire is currently purple but, in November, will return to its natural red hue. We in New Hampshire tend to buck the blue state monopoly shared by the rest of the New England states.

I write today, not of electoral maps or red and blue states, but of the saga of the Boston Red Sox (even if you’re not a sports fan, just continue reading).

Anyone who follows baseball knows of the utter collapse of the Red Sox beginning at the end of the 2011 season.

I am not a Red Sox fan. Truth be told, I am not a baseball fan. The game is slow and arduous. If it were full-contact, I might watch.

But fans of New England sports teams are a spoiled bunch. Championships have been the norm for the last decade for every major league team. Winning is the only thing up here and we have grown accustomed to that. Anything less is a disappointment. The Celtics, the Red Sox, Bruins, and of course, the Patriots.

 New England sports talk radio is big business and there is plenty to speak of. For the past year, the discussions have centered around the Red Sox. The scandals regarding the pitchers being fat and out of shape, not practicing and drinking beer in the dugout.

Terry Francona, the very successful Sox manager, who led them to 2 World Series titles was summarily dismissed. What superstar did they choose to head up one of sports top franchises? A washed up old has been, Bobby Valentine. He was supposed to come in and inject some discipline into the team and right a rudderless ship. So it was said.

Fans had high hopes for the Sox. The manager said all the right things.

When things went bad, as they did in short order (or should I say, remained bad), the manager stated that it could still be turned around. That he just needed more time.

The fans had faith, that despite witnessing loss after painful loss, things could still magically turn around. Some were calling to replace the manager immediately, but plenty still held out hope that things would change and had a wait and see attitude.

Well, most Red Sox fans have come to the end of their respective ropes. Bobby Valentine is just not cutting it. He has to go. At the end of the fast approaching, bitter end to the season, the manager will be out. So will many of the players, who are as much to blame as he.

The ultra-left wing liberals of the New England states have neither the stomach or endless patience for such a loser. Bobby Valentine will not get a second chance. The fans demand a winner.

Such is the dichotomy of sports and politics in New England.

When one of our beloved sports franchises is suffering, the cause of that suffering must go, and sooner than later.

In the grand scheme of things, sports is rather trivial, yet it appears to trump all other trials we are experiencing.

New England liberals seem to care more about the Red Sox than they do about the country. They are quick to throw out a bum like Valentine and disregard him as he asked for more time, but somehow, when our beloved president does the same, they accept it.

I don’t recall Bobby Valentine ever stating he should be fired if he couldn’t fix the Sox problems, but I sure remember Obama stating just that.

Honest…My Dog Ate Them

A desperate golf fan forced his pet pooch to get sick and then sifted through her vomit after she ate his tickets for a prestigious tournament.

Russ Berkman fed his beloved Swiss mountain dog Sierra hydrogen peroxide solution after realizing she had devoured the four sought-after passes to Augusta National, sight of the upcoming Masters golf event .

He then pieced the scraps of the tickets he had won in a lottery back together so he could still fulfill a life-long dream and take his three friends to watch Tuesdays practice round.

He told KJR Radio the first thing he did, when realizing exactly what had been her tasty treat, was ‘panic’.

The Seattle resident then called up his girlfriend, who told him the only thing he could do to get the tickets for the Georgia tournament back undigested was: ‘Well you gotta make the dog puke.’

Feeding her the substance, which is evidently safe for dogs to drink, she quickly threw up her meal.

He added: ‘Quite frankly, she didn’t really have much else in her stomach but that, so it worked out.

‘I grabbed a spatula, put (the vomit) into a Ziploc bag and brought it inside on my kitchen counter.’

‘I started, I guess, either a CSI or surgical-type process to figure out what was going to be salvageable, if anything.’

Each ticket had been chewed into 20 vomit-covered pieces. But he managed to put them back together.

He added: ‘We got about 70 per cent of all four tickets put together. It took about, I don’t know – about three cocktails deep [for me] was how long it took to put this thing all together.’

Then, when he contacted Augusta National Golf Club to explain the situation, they were nice enough to reprint his tickets.

The 2012 tournament begins today, and will see Charl Schwartzel defending his title. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are favorites for this year’s event.

Joke of the Day

A man went to the confessional. “Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.”

“What is your sin, my son?” the priest asked.

“Well,” the man started, “I used some horrible language this week, and I feel absolutely terrible.”

“When did you use this awful language?” asked the priest.

“I was golfing and hit an incredible drive that looked like it was going to go over 250 yards, but it struck a power line that was hanging over the fairway and fell straight down to the ground after going only about a hundred yards.”

“Is that when you swore?”

“No, Father. After that, a squirrel ran out of the bushes and grabbed my ball in his mouth and began to run away.”

“Is that when you swore?”

“Well, no. You see, as the squirrel was running, an eagle came down out of the sky, grabbed the squirrel in his talons, and flew away!”

“Is that when you swore?” asked the amazed priest.

“No, not yet. As the eagle carried the squirrel away in his claws, it flew toward the green. And as it passed over a bit of forest near the green, the squirrel dropped my ball.”

“Did you swear then?”

“No, because as the ball felt it struck a tree, bounced through some bushes, careened off a big rock, and rolled through a sand trap onto the green and stopped within six inches of the hole.”

The priest signed, “You missed the putt, didn’t you?”

Octogenarian Olympian

Meet Johanna Quaas, the lycra-donning granny whose muscular physique puts Madonna to shame.

At 86 Quass, of Halle, Saxony, would be forgiven for wanting to put her feet up, which she does – over her head that is.

And her gymnastic prowess is not the only trophy in her cabinet, she was once a member of the East German handball champion team, too.

The octogenarian showed off her skills at the 2012 Cottbus World Cup in Germany, where she wowed the crowd with her moves, performing an impressive parallel bar and floor demonstration.

Ultra flexible Quaas was a late starter, beginning her gymnastics training at the age of 30. But that hasn’t held her back.

More than fifty years on she still steals the show from her younger rivals, as a multiple time senior champion of artistic gymnastics in Germany.

As she performs routines with the balance, strength and flexibility of a 20-year-old, this geriatric granny could easily be a quarter of her age – were it not for her tell-tale curly bob of snow-white hair and specs balanced on her nose.

Joke of the Day

A cocky State Highway inspector stopped at a farm and talked with an old farmer. He told the farmer, “I need to inspect your farm for a possible new road.”

The old farmer said, “OK, but don’t go in that field.” The arrogant Highway employee said, “I have the authority of the State Government to go where I want. See this card? I am allowed to go wherever I wish.”

So the old farmer went about his farm chores.

Later, he heard loud screams and saw the State Highway employee running for the fence and close behind was the farmer’s prize bull. The bull was madder than a nest full of hornets and the was gaining on the employee at every step!!

The Inspector, running at break-neck speed, shouted to the farmer, “Help, what do I do?”.
The old farmer shouted back, “Show him your card!!”

NFL Rules Updates

From Alex Marvez of Fox Sports

The NFL’s traditional “sudden death” overtime format died a sudden death Wednesday at the league’s annual owners meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.

NFL owners voted to adopt the same overtime rules for the regular season that are used for the postseason.

The team that loses the overtime coin toss is now guaranteed a possession provided the club that won the toss doesn’t score a touchdown on its opening drive.

The NFL instituted the postseason overtime rule during the 2010 offseason following the 2009 NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. The Saints won the overtime coin toss and drove for the game-winning field goal on their first possession.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and members of the NFL’s competition committee believed too many teams were enjoying an unfair competitive advantage by winning the overtime coin toss and proceeding to score without the coin-toss loser receiving at least one possession

The playoff overtime rule came into play for the first time in last season’s first-round game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos. Because the Broncos scored a touchdown on their opening possession, Pittsburgh’s offense never got to take the field in OT.

The NFL also voted to make review of turnovers by the instant replay booth automatic rather than requiring head coaches to use one of their two challenges. Reviewable plays include interceptions, fumbles, backward passes recovered by an opponent or those that travel out of bounds through an opponent’s end zone, and muffed scrimmage kicks recovered by the kicking team.

A rule proposal advocating that all challenged calls get reviewed by the replay booth rather than the on-field referee didn’t pass. Horse-collar tackles on quarterbacks in the pocket are also still permitted. NFL competition committee chairman Rich McKay pointed to the fact such plays are rare and might not be preventable considering the unpredictable nature of tackling that happens during a pass rush.

“We just didn’t think this had an impact on player safety,” McKay said Wednesday morning after the vote was announced.

Other proposed rules changes that passed after receiving votes from at least 24 of 32 NFL owners:

• The banning of “crack-back” blocks on defensive players aligned more than two yards laterally outside an offensive tackle at the snap. This was aimed at improving player safety.

• Being caught with more than 11 players on the field before the snap becoming a dead-ball foul rather than a five-yard penalty that would be enforced after the play was run and time taken off the clock. This is to fill a rules loophole that was exposed during Super Bowl XLVI, when the New York Giants fielded 12 defensive players during a last-minute New England Patriots drive. There was a concern that coaches would begin illegally fielding extra defensive players to preserve a lead if there were no ramifications on the game clock.

• Illegally kicking a loose football becoming a loss-of-down penalty.

Proposed rules changes tabled for further discussion until the NFL’s spring meeting in May in Buckhead, Ga.:

• The addition of a game-by-game roster exemption for one player who has suffered a concussion and is not cleared to play. This would allow greater flexibility for clubs to sign short-term replacements without adversely affecting the roster. It also may lessen pressure on concussed players to return to the field prematurely.

• The ability to bring one designated player off injured reserve during the season after a minimum eight-week recovery period. All players currently placed on injured reserve are prevented from returning for that team during the season.

• The rescheduling of the NFL trade deadline from six to eight weeks into the regular season. The extension was designed to give teams greater flexibility to swing deals, especially those in playoff contention seeking to replace injured players or upgrade their rosters. Clubs that are out of the playoff race also might be more likely to begin early housecleaning before the offseason begins.

• The expansion of training-camp rosters from 80 to 90 players. Although the regular-season roster will remain at 53 players, one of the rule’s intents is to allow teams to better scout reserve talent that could serve as in-season injury replacements. Starters and key backups also would potentially receive less preseason wear-and-tear if more substitutes were available during practice

No March, No Protest, No Trademark

Where’s Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, et al? Why are there no marches, no protests, no ‘T’ shirts printed with the victims faces printed on them? Why no public outrage? Why hasn’t the President called? Gee, I don’t know?

Why have we not heard of this shooting?

During his trial, a Florida teenager, accused of killing two British tourists in 2011, told a friend how he gunned them down as they pleaded for their lives.

Shawn Tyson, 17, is accused of killing James Kouzaris and James Cooper in April of 2011. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and could face life in prison if convicted.

Yesterday, 18-year-old Latrece Washington testified that Tyson told her he saw the two tourists walking through a housing project in Sarasota, drunk.

Washington testified that Tyson said he intended to rob the two men, but the men said they had no money.

 ‘He said “Well since you ain’t got no money I got something for your ass,”’ Washington recalled Tyson saying on the day after the killings.

Tyson told Washington that the men begged for their lives and one said, ‘please let me go home, I’m lost.’

Recounted Washington: ‘He shot one of them in the side and one of them fell instantly and the other one was crying for his life. He shot him.’

Judge Rick De Furia ruled that TV cameras should not broadcast Washington’s face because of fears for her safety.

As testimony continued Monday in the second week of the trial, a portrait of Tyson began to emerge. He was 16 at the time of the shooting, was behind in school and had the word ‘Savage’ tattooed on his chest.

He and friends – many of whom had criminal histories – repeatedly watched Shootas, a 2002 movie about gangsters in Jamaica and Miami.

The two Brits, Kouzaris and Cooper, were in Sarasota on a three-week vacation. On April 15, 2011, they went to dinner and then had drinks in downtown Sarasota.

Mr Kouzaris was from Northampton and Mr Cooper was from Hampton Lucy, Warwick.

The pair went to two bars and left on foot early in the morning of April 16, and somehow strayed into a neighborhood known for its high crime rates.

Witnesses say they saw Cooper and Kouzaris walking shirtless and stumbling through the neighbourhood followed by two men, one with a red bandanna around part of his face.

Prosecutors are trying to link Tyson to the shootings by showing he had a friend bury .22-caliber bullets in a yard. That was the same caliber of ammunition used to kill Cooper, 25, and Kouzaris, 24.

Defense lawyers contend there is no evidence linking Tyson to the bullets and that witnesses tying him to the scene are not credible.

On Monday, another witness, Jermaine Bane, said Tyson accidentally called him the night of the slayings, and Bane heard Tyson say to someone ‘Who are those crackers walking past the park?’ Shortly after that, Bane testified he heard gunshots. He described a cracker as a white person.

His friend, Mr Bane told the court he received several phone calls from Tyson both before and after he heard gunshots in the early hours of April 16.

He also told the court when police arrived to search Tyson’s house later that day, he saw the teenager – then 16 – throw something into a friend’s car.

Mr Bane said he had been friends with Tyson for about three years. They lived less than two minutes from each other and would often spend around 10 hours a day together.

Bane said he often saw Tyson carrying a 0.22 caliber revolver, usually in his pocket, and had seen him fire it into the air in the ‘the projects’, about four or five times.

On the evening of April 15, 2011, Mr Bane, Tyson, and two friends spent the evening together ‘smoking and chilling’, and visited a Jamaican Club nearby.

The four split up just after midnight, with Mr Bane and one friend going to Bane’s house, while Tyson headed in a different direction, the court heard.

Mr Bane told the court he received a phone call from Tyson asking if he got home.

He said he heard Tyson say: ‘Who are those crackers walking past the park?’

Mr Bane said: ‘I kept saying ‘hello’, to see if he knew I was still on the phone.’

But Tyson did not answer and Bane hung up the phone.

Shortly afterwards, he heard gunshots.

Bane said after that his brother Jarius started ‘beating down the door’, adding: ‘He was very loud like he was scared, like he was about to knock the door down.’

His brother was saying ‘they’re dead, they’re dead’, he told the court.

Mr Bane said Tyson then called him asking if he had heard gunshots and did he know what happened, and if ‘anybody got hit’.

‘I told him, ‘I don’t know ‘cus I’m not out there’,’ he said.

‘I wouldn’t go out there because I didn’t want to step into crossfire or anything.’

He said Tyson called him again, and asked him ‘repeatedly’ to go out and see if the people were dead, but he refused.

Later that day, when police arrived to search Tyson’s house, Mr Bane said he saw Tyson throw something into a friend’s car.

‘He went over to the car. He opened the door and threw something in.

‘He leaned towards under the seat, the driver’s seat.’

Mr Bane originally told police he did not know anything about what had happened because he did not want ‘the image of being a snitch’, he said.

The court heard he was arrested in May and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, but the charge was reduced in seriousness in exchange for giving evidence in the Tyson trial.

Last week the court heard that phone records showed a series of calls were made to and from mobile phones registered to Tyson and Mr Bane just before 3am – around the time of the killing.

The court also heard Mr Bane make a comment that it was the phone calls that had ‘f****d him up’.

Today he said: ‘If it wasn’t for the phone calls I wouldn’t have been getting questioned.

‘I didn’t want to be put in the situation where I had to snitch or anything like that.’

Bane and his brother, Joshua Bane, both testified that they saw Tyson with a .22 calibre revolver before the April 16 shootings. Jermaine Bane also said he was testifying in exchange for authorities reducing a felony weapon charge against him to a misdemeanor.

Another friend, Treshaun Simmons, said he had been with Tyson and Mr Bane that night, and when the group split up, he went to Bane’s house with him, and shortly after, they both heard gunshots.

Mr Simmons also told the court he had gone to Tyson’s house on April 15 to get some bullets.

He said: ‘I needed bullets for my gun. I walked into Shawn’s room….I got a pack of bullets that weren’t open.’

On Friday, Tyson’s sister was arrested and charged with retaliating against a witness in connection with comments she made on Facebook to a woman who testified earlier in the week.

Attribution: Daily Mail