“In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.”

The sun is just arriving after being away a few days. I can even see blue sky. But if the weatherman is correct, neither will last long. The temperature is only 31˚ and snow flurries are predicted. I’m not sure if it’s a breeze or a wind. All the dead leaves and the smaller branches are blowing. Even with the sunlight, the day isn’t inviting.

This afternoon I’ll be watching the Pats and the Broncos. It will be 62˚ in Colorado at game time. That doesn’t seem right somehow. Football is a cold weather sport. There should be snow and breath you can see. You know I will be cheering for my Pats. I don’t mind the Broncos, but I don’t like Peyton Manning and never have. Something about him grates on me. My Colorado family didn’t like him either when he quarterbacked the Colts. Now he is their poster boy. Wishy washy!

Sometimes I get a bit nostalgic and watch black and white television programs on Cozi, a fairly recent channel to the line-up. The other day I watched The Lone Ranger and Robin Hood with Richard Greene. The opening 0f Robin Hood with the music and the arrow flying through the air with a whooshing sound is still a great opening. I even watched a little of The Real McCoys, but I could take only a little. Grandpappy Amos just didn’t make it for me.

Today is change the litter and do laundry day. I can’t think of two worse chores around the house.

I just made a new pot of coffee. While I was waiting, I took a gander out the kitchen window. It is finch day at the feeders. Both gold finches and house finches vie for space on three different feeders. All of the feeders are swaying. It is a wind, not a breeze.

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33 Comments on ““In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.””

  1. Kat,
    I wish we could get that channel! I’d love to see the old Robin Hood episodes and many more of the shows from my childhood. None of the Westerns ever appealed to me at the time and I still can’t get excited about them. The Rifleman and Wagon Train run here, but I’ve only watched a couple episodes each; a station out of Newfoundland offers two Twilight Zone episodes on Saturday nights which I do watch faithfully.

    Please let us know about any others that you spot – even the mention of their titles triggers memories. ;=)


    • katry Says:

      Well, you’ll be glad to know Cozi also offers The Roy Rogers Show with Dale and everyone, Maverick, I Spy and so many more. I watch them as sometimes nothing else is on TV.

    • Hedley Says:

      William Tell
      Richard the Lion Heart
      The Adventures of Sir Lancelot
      Sir Francis Drake
      The Buccaneers
      The Last of the Mohicans

      Thunderbirds are go, just saying

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        I think most of theses were on BBC and not here except for Thunderbirds. I loved that program.

      • Hedley Says:

        Yes Me Lady
        My guess is that up in Toronto, Vintage spins was enjoying some of these shows on the CBC.

        Loved Richard the Lionheart.

      • katry Says:

        I know I would have like many of those.

      • Now Hedley, I think I DO recall William Tell and The Last of the Mohicans but, unfortunately, I think Kat might be right about the others being shown only in the U.K.

        My parents would go out every Saturday Night and my Gran and I would sit in her rocker and watch The Saint.


      • Hedley Says:

        Loved the Saint. One of the amusing things was that when Simon Templar was supposedly driving his Volvo in Switzerland , he was actually going up the switch back at Box Hill in Surrey. The same Box Hill was to be heavily featured in the bike racing during the 2012 Olympic Games.
        I had planned to watch the racing from the Hill but the found some random plant and restricted the number of spectators. They also made everyone walk down the bi pass from Dorking – I watched in weybridge instead.

        William Tell was really cool as well.

      • katry Says:

        Marie and MDH,
        I loved The Avengers and The Saint. Those they showed here.

    • Birgit Says:

      I found your 1001-blog last week via BluesAllKinds (first time without music links, but I’ve listened to some songs on YouTube) and I tried to comment on Friday. Apparently I failed again. I don’t know why Blogspot doesn’t like my computer. Thank you for sharing your great music and knowledge! I enjoy your blog(s) and I’d love to hear 1001 songs.

      • Birgit,
        You’re very welcome, and I’m so glad you like the songs. Sorry that you’re having problems commenting – about a year ago, I also was unable to leave comments on Blogger and have no idea why. (It was quite frustrating.)

        Thanks so much for letting me know that you’re having some fun when you visit.


      • Hedley,
        Talking about memories being triggered – I just recalled seeing Jane Asher in one of the Saint episodes and telling my pals at school that I’d actually seen Paul McCartney’s girlfriend on TV.

        The Avengers (Diana Rigg era) was another show I would not miss.

        Of more contemporary shows, how do you feel about the new Sherlock Holmes with Benedict Cumberbatch? It’s not my intention to step on anyone’s toes, but I don’t understand its popularity. I think the Jeremy Brett series was brilliantly done but this new series just seems silly and heavily influenced by North American television and script writing.

        The ‘Heartbeat’ series, set in Yorkshire, was not to be missed either, until the last couple of years when they must have hired some junior script writers who’d been brought up on American TV shows (sorry, Kat – Canadian shows are In the same league, but they’re not nearly as well known around the world.) When they all travelled to Australia to search for one of their missing friends, only to discover that she’d been murdered by a serial killer, that was the end for me.

        Anyway, any second now I’m going to start gushing about British scriptwriters and every other British TV series that I love, so I’d better sign off now before you all start yawning. 😉


      • Hedley Says:

        I have an all region DVD player so I can buy DVDs from Amazon UK and watch them in beautiful uptown Oakland Township.
        I am through 6 of the 8 episodes of Downton Abbey series 4 and am bitterly disappointed. Oh well.
        I do tend to surf amazon and ship. I have given up on BBC America which is a relentless parade of Top Gear, Star Trek, Dr Who and pissy chefs.
        We really liked The Paradise, Peep show is rude but funny and Adam Adament awaits. Oh love Foyles War

  2. Bob Says:

    Good luck to the Pats today since I have lost interest in football long ago. I watch the Cowboys with just a passing interest since the team was purchased by the world’s biggest egotist. Jerry Jones not only owns the team but is the general manager. He would probably love to be the head coach but then who could he fire when the team doesn’t make the playoffs again. Jones’ first official act when he bought the team in 1989 was to fire Tom Landry who was the teams only head coach for 29 years. He then made his college teammate Jimmy Johnson the head coach. Of course Jones fired him in a drunken stupor after winning the Super Bowl on the talent from the Landry era. Although the Dallas Cowboys haven’t gone to the Super Bowl in a very long time 1996, they are still the most valuable sports franchise in spite of Jones’ bungling of the team. Unfortunately for the fans, his bungling hasn’t stopped the money from flowing into the Cowboys coffers.

    There is a new book about the life of Tom Landry called “The Last Cowboy”. After Jones fired him Landry would get tickets from the Mara family to watch the Giants play football in New York. In the mid 1950s the Giants had the world’s first offensive coordinator in Vince Lombardi and the first defensive coordinator in Tom Landry. When the Giants didn’t offer either of them the head coaching job, Lombardi went to Green Bay and Landry to the new Dallas Cowboys franchise. I think if the Cowboys had gone to the first Super Bowl instead of the Packers the trophy might have been named the Landry trophy.

    One very cold night in Green Bay Vince Lombardi got into bed. His wife said, “God your feet are cold”. Lombardi supposedly replied, “In bed you can call me Vince”.

    • katry Says:

      I only watch the Patriots. I know the basic rules about football but not all the fancy plays or even what all the different positions do. I figure I know enough to cheer at the right times and exhort my team to that first down.

      Even I know about Tom Landry. He is one of the few head coaches from the past I can name. I know more current now because they play the Pats. Vince Lombardi is another name I know. I guess legendary coaches do make impressions on us all.

      Funny story!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I will not be watching football because when I do they lose. I don’t like football anyway but I do hope the Pats win.

    I agree with you about the opening of Robin Hood. It was one of my favorite shows as a kid. I’ll have to check my tv line-up to see if I have that channel.

    The sun was out here for a couple of seconds. If I had blinked I would never have known. I think it’s back to dribbling snow again.
    And it’s cold and blowing, too. Rocky made quick work of his pre-breakfast outside business. A rarity for him.
    I started breakfast but got side-tracked so now I have to start lunch instead. 🙂

    Stay warm and enjoy the day. Go Pats!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I appreciate your foregoing the game for the sake of the Pats. It will be a tough one.

      We still have the sun but it looks so cold outside. The trees are swaying, even the biggest branches, and my heat is cranking to keep the house warm. I was going out for some Chinese food but not now.

      You stay warm too!

  4. olof1 Says:

    I guess neither of us should complain about the cold today, northern Sweden had a cold record this morning -43,6F Busses can’t take those temperatures and neither can the trains. Authorities says people must stay at home. Snow drift gives problems in southern Sweden and authorities tells people to stay at home there too.

    We have one channel, the one tat shows Bollywood movies, that shows old black and white movies every morning. I can’t say old Swedish movies is anyuthing to watch, they are so bad I always feel a bit embarresed when watchïng them 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      You are right-I can’t complain when it’s just a warm 31˚. I can’t even imagine the temperature that cold. I wouldn’t have to be told to stay at home. I’d be under my comforter reading.

      I couldn’t watch Bollywood. I saw several in Ghana, and I think I’ve had my fill.

      Have a wonderful day!!

  5. Ryan Says:

    I felt the need to respond on behalf of the colorado family and the wishy washy comment. The pats have been very successful through the draft and with their free agent additions over the years. Many of the successful free agents were signed away from divisional and/or conference rivals…not to mention a couple of serious character issue players that will not be mentioned. I think the majority of football fans would agree that PFM was an outstanding pick up for the Broncos. I also believe that many fans would agree that he is the type of player that is very easy to cheer for when on your team and cheer against when he is not (see Seau or Rodney). His passion and knowledge makes him a leader regardless of the team. I’m just glad he is now a bronco (see Orton, Cutler, Tebow)! The pick up of Manning is viewed very similar to the Avs and Bruins trade of Ray.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Ryan,
      I’m not disagreeing that PFM was a good pick for your Broncos. It is just I remember the Smith family did not count themselves as Peyton fans when he played for the Colts. How easy it is to jump from one band wagon to another. Luckily, the Pats have not forced that on me. They haven’t added a player I disliked whom I would now have to support.

      • Ryan Says:


        It will be a good game either way. My thoughts are simple in this matter… Is he a good person Ryder could cheer for? If so, will he help us win? I can answer yes to both 🙂

        Due to the OSU connection I must ask. Did you support OchoCinco?


      • katry Says:

        My Dear Ryan,

        I wanted OchoCinco to make it with the Pats. I always hope their reclaimed players will find a home in Foxborough.

        You can say the same about Tom. He is a good guy who takes his kids to the park and pushes the carriage.

        Enjoy the game, Ry!!

        Aunt Kat

        P.S. Thanks for dropping by to visit. I didn’t think anyone in the family read my blog Aunt Sheila every now and then.

      • Ryan Says:

        Of course I read it 🙂

        Time to tailgate, enjoy the game!

      • katry Says:

        Have fun!!

  6. Bob Says:

    Sorry that the Pats lost. Wait until next year. Spring training is less than a month away and the Red Sox might repeat.

  7. im6 Says:

    Oh my goodness! We forgot to acknowledge what would have been Janis Joplin’s SEVENTIETH birthday on Sunday 1/19. I never was that much of a fan, but she’s such a symbol of the late 60’s. Had she lived, I wonder where she’d be, what she’d be doing and what she’d be like today?

  8. im6 Says:

    I don’t know, Kat. Remember… Grace was the one who was planning to slip Nixon some LSD at his daughter Trisha’s party at the White House. Even though she had a legitimate invitation, she was stopped at the door and the Secret Service wouldn’t let her enter. That’s pretty wild.

    • katry Says:

      I totally forgot about that. I think it would have been a great idea. Too bad they didn’t let her in.

      So maybe Janis would have still been using her creative juices in some way, maybe even singing. Look at the Stones!

      Have you ever seen the movie Dick?

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