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

Today is pretty with a blue sky and sun. It is also cold, in the 30’s. Gracie and I are venturing out this afternoon as I have a couple of errands. She’ll be happy for the car ride but Gracie is usually a happy dog, a tail wagger.

I cleaned out my closet of clothes I haven’t worn in years, since I retired. It amazed me how many clothes I had, but I wore a dress or skirt to work every day and hated to wear the same things too close together. Now my closet has plenty of room. In it are my current outfits. There are four dresses which I seldom wear. Easter was the last time I wore a dress. Flannel shirts, polo shirts and a few dressier tops don’t take up a lot of room. Two of my tops are floral. Why I bought them I have no idea. I am not a floral type. I have summer and winter pants and sweatshirt type tops with hoods. My Ghanaian clothes are now hanging in the closet. One is a dress and three are shirts. They used to hang on the back of my bedroom door. They are colorful and stand out from the rest of my clothes. Anyone could guess they come from Africa or some other exotic place. My guest room closet is next on the list to be cleared, but I’ll save that for another day or month or even year.

I know the world hates the Patriots. According to many they only win if they cheat. That to me is poor sportsmanship and sour grapes. The latest accusation comes from the Colts, no surprise there after the beating they took. They are accusing the Pats of using under-inflated footballs to gain an advantage in the rain. It is being called deflate-gate. I loved the CNN post by Mike Downey which called this, “a weird, wild, farcical, you-gotta-be-kidding-me “controversy” that has, uh, blown up unexpectedly.” Mr. Downey filled his article with puns and jokes befitting the accusation. His conclusion was, “I  believe the Patriots win most of their games because they score more points than the other team does.” Jimmy Fallon was hysterical with his opening monologue last night about inflated and deflated balls. You had to know that was coming.

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

  1. olof1 Says:

    But doesn’t that go both ways? That both teams would benefit from a slightly inflated ball 🙂 My work friend loves the Patriots and will see the game on tv. he’ll take the day off because it’s in the middle of the night here.

    I have one closet and can’t use it at the moment, mice have found their way in and they seem to expecially love to eat my shirts 🙂 I think I’ll need to put metal over the hole they’ve made. So my clothes are spread all over right now 🙂

    It is snowing here again and from now on the temperature will drop they say so I guess I’ll have to accept seeing the snow on the ground for some time from now on.

    Have a great day!

    • Christer,
      It does, but they claim that someone did it only to the Pats’ footballs. How and where that could have been done no one can say. Cameras were everywhere.

      I had clothes stored in the cellar eaten but none upstairs. I haven’t seen any evidence of mice since I last removed 46 of them.

      They are saying we will get snow flurries tomorrow, maybe up to an inch. Today was 37˚ but we are going to get colder the next few days.

      Stay warm!

  2. Erin Says:

    The commentators during the Green Bay game chatted nonchalantly about Aaron Rodgers love for over-inflated balls; how he would over inflate them and the refs would take air out of them. It sounds like it is really not a bit deal. This was before “deflate-gate”. http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4776728/jim-nantz-phil-simms-discussion-adds-context-to-deflated-football-talk

    • Erin,
      That played that exchange on WEEI this afternoon. It is only a big thing because it concerns the Pats, the hated Pats. The prices for tickets went down a bit when the Pats won the playoff. According to the paper sales go down if it is the Pats as people are bored of seeing them in the Super Bowl.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m not a huge sports fan unless horses are involved but even I chuckled when I heard the deflated ball thing. Sometime in the third quarter I checked in to see the score. At first I thought I was looking at some other kind of statistic because 37 to 7 didn’t seem right. The Colts didn’t even bother to phone it in. I guess they have to have find some reason for losing other than poor performance.

    It was sunny and reasonably un-cold up here today. The nascent bog that seems to be forming in my back woods has a chain of little ponds that are frozen over. The ice was reflecting the blue sky so beautifully today. It looked like a string of sapphire beads.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • Hi Caryn,
      It’s true-they need an excuse for the horrific game they played. Better to blame it on externals than bad playing.

      It was a nice day here as well. I got my errands done quickly: there were no lines and plenty of parking spaces-a miracle.

      Have a great evening!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Deflate-gate, too funny. Here’s one more:
    Ode To A Ball (borrowed from a well-known song):
    May you be chosen to be righteous
    May your teams be fair to you
    May you always be inflated
    And delight the fans surrounding you
    May you always be unbiased
    Hop upright and jump strong
    And may you stay forever fun.
    Forever fuuuuunn…
    (As you can guess I don’t really know what I’m talking about.)

    • katry Says:

      You join the world by making fun of the whole thing. Most sportscasters are smiling or chuckling when they report this. The trail of where it started is a player on the field who thought the ball felt funny. He told someone who told someone else who told and on and on. The whole thing is silly. The Colts lost and need to get over it.

  5. Bob Says:

    When you get whooped like the Colts did on Sunday how else could you save face. 🙂 Since the officials have to look at instant replay to make a call simple call, they should carry pressure gauges to check the inflation air pressure before the kickoff for each half and refer to a pressure/temperature chart.

    Another blue sky day in the high 60s. Why I love living in Texas. Today the new Governor was inaugurated and is the reason I hate living in Texas.

    • Bob,
      Every time they have met the Pats this year they were whooped. They check the pressure of the game balls before each game and then the balls are given to someone who holds them.

      I complain about the weather, but I love living in New England.

      • Bob Says:

        When I retire I would love to come to New England in the fall to see the colors. Every one of our retired instructors do the fall color tour during their first autumn. You guys are lucky to have four distinct seasons. Here in Texas it’s either hot or cold with two weeks of beautiful weather in April and October.

      • Bob,
        The colors change earlier up north in Vermont and New Hampshire. They are spectacular.

        I love the four different seasons. Each has its wonderful points and drawbacks. Spring is late on the cape but it is the season which has the fewest complaints. I love it when the flowers being to appear.

  6. scott04073 Says:

    No freakin’ lie on the Patriots! It’s UGLY out there.

  7. Jay Bird Says:

    Oh, that story concerned deflated FOOTballs? I thought it was about steroids. Akhem…

    The Patriots are generally hated in upstate New York, too. Don’t really know why, other than maybe the Boston connection. This is Giants country, with a smattering of Bills and Jets fans. Personally, I’m a Giants-Packers fan, rather neutral on the Pats, though I’ll totally root for them against the evil Seahawks!

    • katry Says:

      I thunk they are hated in the same way the Yankees were for all those years. People hate perennial winners. I don’t think it is Boston as most people associate the Pats with Foxborough.

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