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

The rain started about 1:30 this morning. I was lying in bed when I heard the tap,tap on the roof. My first thought was the weatherman was spot on with his timing. He also said it would stop in time for the Pat’s game. He prognosticated perfectly again because the rain has now stopped. An hour ago it was raining heavily, but now it is just damp and grey and windy, sort of an ugly day.

I am late in posting because I am suffering from sleeping sickness, at least that’s my excuse. I did go to bed really late, but I slept until 11:30: that was nine hours. It has been the same all week. I wonder if I missed a visit from Maleficent and her whole sleeping curse thing went right over my head. Right now I am the only creature stirring.

My father was a huge football fan. He also watched hockey, but never baseball or basketball unless one of us was visiting, and he’d turn on the game for us. I know he found baseball boring, but I don’t know why basketball. My father was a shouter at the TV. He moaned at fumbled turnovers and screamed at interceptions. He was a Giants fan until the Patriots were formed. He then transferred his allegiance to the home town team. He watched the one Super Bowl they made in his lifetime, in 1985, and it was a rout. The Bears beat the Pats 46-10. My father hardly screamed that game.

My dad would love the Pats now. He’d get a kick out of Belichick and his press conferences. He’d be yelling at the officials and their treatment of the Pats. He’d never go to the bathroom or the kitchen except during time outs.

I always miss my dad but most especially on days like today. We’d be watching the game together. My mother would join us but she knew absolutely nothing about football and a couple of times rooted for the wrong team. That was okay. At least she watched.

I’ll be here watching, and I’ll be yelling at a call or a poorly executed play, and I’ll definitely be moaning at a Pat’s fumble. I always think of it as channelling my dad.

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

  1. Richard Says:

    Wanna swap your rain for our sunshine … ? It’s bright ‘n cold here today – or what they laughingly call ‘cold here (40°±) … it’s not cold ’til it starts dippin’ into the 30s. If it’s cold with rain, that’s even better. I know, I know …

    I often suffer from the dreaded malady of ‘sleeping sickness’ … that sounds so much more refined than that common term, ‘lazy.’ If I don’t have any reason to get out of bed, why should I? That’s just common sense. I’ll get up when there are things that need doing, but until then, the covers work jes’ fine.

    Never wanted anything to do with sports. They made no sense. The other team wants the ball? Fine. All they need do is ask me. I’ll give it to them. Points? Score? Sorry, not in my tiny universe … those things are just irrelevant – EXCEPT for the Noo Yawk Yankees! They’re the only team I follow, and that goes back to childhood and early potty training, I guess. There was just something about the logo … that, and the fact that all they cared about was beating their opponent. I can appreciate that.

    Even tho’ I’m from N’Awlins, I don’t particularly care about the Saints. The year they were in SuperBowl XLIV is the only year I paid attention, and that was only on Game Day when I joined my daughter and her family to watch it. After forty-something years of wandering in the wilderness (nice touch, eh?), they finally did it right.

    We now return you to our regularly scheduled program already in progress …

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      Right now it is dank, no rain just its aftermath. You wouldn’t want now. It is, however, fairly warm, in the 40’s.

      I get up as soon as I wake up. I don’t loll in bed. I just seem to be sleeping later than usual. When I’m awake, I usually do get my list done. Today I have no list.

      I enjoy sports, always have. When I was young, I remember going to Fenway and sitting in the bleachers, and I’ll never forget my first night game. It is the whole experience I love: the food, the cheering, the traditions and the excitement when something like a home run or a long run for a touchdown happens.

      I wasn’t a football fan until the Pats. Now I am ardent. I’m ready for game day!! Go Pats!!

  2. olof1 Says:

    It’s nasty cold here now, -0,5F , they hadn’t predicted anything near that earlier today and the latest update isn’t tyat cold either 🙂 The world will be beautiful tomorrow because I’m pretty sure the rime will be very thick.

    My work friend is a big Pats fan and will watch every game and hopefully all the way to Super Bowl. He has already taken the day of from work 🙂

    No American football for me though, I’ve been watching a consert with the German Max Raabe. I’m not sure if You know who he is in the states buet he’s very well known here in Europe. Sings mostly music from the 1920’s and 30’s but I’m pretty sure he sang a pop song today but in the 20’s style. Very funny and he always wear a tail-coat. He sort of looks blase but with a smile in the corner of his mouth 🙂

    Otherwise it is skiing in all its varieties in sports now so if one doesn’t love that there’s nothing much else to watch on tv 🙂 At least one sleeps well to it 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It will get colder tonight into tomorrow but not as cold as you are. We have been in the 20’s a few night but never below that.

      I’m with your friend in hoping they make it to the Super Bowl. This is a tough team they are playing today. They finished their season with 11 straight wins.

      I don’t know Max Raabe but I’ll look him up-thanks.

      No skiing here, pro football playoffs are tonight and tomorrow and basketball and hockey are still being played. I have watched only the Pat’s this season.

      Have a great Sunday!

  3. Hedley Says:

    #72

  4. Coleen Says:

    Enjoy your game today Kat…

    I am overjoyed the last few days with the announcement that the Rams are moving back to LA. It’s the team I rooted for as a kid, and I think I have missed football for a long time.

    If it comes down to Pats vs. Rams, it may test our friendship… 🙂

    Grey day today. Cold snap coming next week.

    Waving,

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      I like football more now than ever. I think I understand the intricacies much more than I ever have,

      I will respect your choice, as wrong as it might be!

      Waving back!!!!

  5. Bob Says:

    Cold and rainy today but no snow, sleet or ice.

    Football is now the national sport. My dad was not a screamer at the TV but watched the game with some interest. When I was a kid here in Dallas in the early 1960s we had two teams, the Cowboys and the Texans of the AFL. Both teams played in the Cotyon Bowl and neither one could fill up the 75,000 seats. The owner of the Texans, Lamar Hunt, and the owner of the Cowboys, Clint Murcheson flipped a coin to see who would leave town. The Texans lost the toss and became the Kansas City Chiefs. My dad took me to a couple of games and he was a fan of the Texans until they left town.

    I can’t figure out how or why the NFL never replaced thr Rams with an expansion team or moved someone to the LA area. Football is really a game of power and controlled violence similar to warfare. No wonder it has become our national passion. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We were lucky as well and dodged everything but rain.

      My nephew loved soccer, and he was so good he got a full scholarship to a Division I school. His nine year old son started with soccer, flag football and T-ball. He chose football and has been playing in full pads for two years. He was just attracted to the sport but never saw his tackles as anything but doing his job. There were no ulterior motives. That’s how many people see football.

  6. Morpfy Says:

    Directions for KFC style Fried Chicken

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    1. NOTES: PREPARE RECIPE EXACTLY AS DIRECTED. DO NOT OMIT ACCENT SEASONING (IT LENDS THE AUTHENTIC SWEET FLAVOR). EGG WHITE POWDER IS SOLD IN HEALTH FOOD STORES. YOU MAY SUBSTITUTE EGG WHITE POWDER WITH 1/2 TEASPOON XANTHAN GUM (ALSO SOLD IN HEALTH FOOD STORES). FINELY GRIND REQUIRED HERBS AND SPICES SEPARATELY IN A CLEAN SPICE MILL OR COFFEE GRINDER. USE A PEPPER MILL TO MEDIUM-GRIND TELLICHERRY PEPPERCORNS. I RECOMMEND MCCORMICK BRAND TELLICHERRY BLACK PEPPER AND SMOKED PAPRIKA, SPICE ISLANDS BRAND GROUND SAGE AND CARDAMOM, SPICE APPEAL BRAND GROUND SAVORY, AND WILLIAMS-SONOMA BRAND GROUND TAHITIAN VANILLA BEAN. USE ONLY LAWRY’S SEASONED SALT FOR THE BARBECUE SEASONING. CHICKEN NOTES: DO NOT DOUBLE-BREAD CHICKEN SINCE IT PLACES AN EXCESS OF SODIUM AND SPICES ONTO FINAL PRODUCT AND COMPROMISES AUTHENTICITY (IF YOU INSIST ON DOUBLE-BREADING, DIFFUSE THE BREADING MIX FIRST BY ADDING A LITTLE MORE UNSEASONED FLOUR). BRINING BONELESS CHICKEN SHOULD BE DONE MUCH MORE QUICKLY (NO MORE THAN 45 MINUTES, TO AVOID OVER-SATURATION OF SALT). BONELESS CHICKEN COOKS MUCH MORE QUICKLY THAN BONE-IN CHICKEN (BE CAREFUL TO NOT OVERCOOK!). FRYING FAT NOTES: ALWAYS BEGIN WITH FRESH VEGETABLE OIL. AFTER USING LET IT COOL. FILTER, THEN REFRIGERATE TIGHTLY SEALED TO YIELD 6-12 FRYING BATCHES, REPLENISHING OIL AS NEEDED.

    2. RINSE and blot chicken; CUT chicken into 8 pieces (or 10 pieces with breast portions cut in half); MIX 2 quarts (8 cups) cups cold water with 2 tablespoons Morton Lite Salt (OR 2 tablespoons fine sea salt), and 2 teaspoons Accent seasoning in a large container with an accompanying lid, until dissolved; ADD chicken pieces; COVER and transfer to refrigerator; MARINATE chicken at least 4 hours in refrigerator. NOTE: FOR A QUICKER STOVETOP MARINATION METHOD, PIERCE CHICKEN PIECES WELL WITH A FORK, THEN HEAT THE MARINADE WITH CHICKEN, COVERED, OVER LOW HEAT UNTIL HEATED THROUGH, TURNING ONCE).

    3. MEASURE the BASE MIXTURE and 11 SECRET HERBS AND SPICES into a large re-sealable container (this includes the prepared BARBECUE SEASONING); BREAK up any clumps (and nonfat milk granules) using the back of a spoon; SEAL the container with mixture; SHAKE to mix well; OPEN container and add the BREADING FLOUR (2 cups unbleached bread flour), then seal the container again; SHAKE well until thoroughly combined.

    4. REMOVE chicken from brine; PLACE one piece chicken at a time into the breading mixture container; SEAL container firmly; SHAKE chicken gently in all motions to thoroughly coat chicken until evenly and generously breaded; PLACE breaded chicken piece onto a rack to rest; REPEAT with remaining pieces chicken; ALLOW breaded chicken to absorb the breading for a few minutes before frying.

    5. ADD the manufacturer’s recommended amount frying oil for deep-frying; PLACE deep-fryer basket into place in deep-fryer; PREHEAT fryer to 315°F (or preheat enough fat to immerse chicken completely in deep heavy stovetop pot between 315°F to 325°F, using a standard deep-fryer thermometer to gauge).

    6. CAREFULLY drop each piece breaded chicken one at a time, gently into the deep-fryer basket without crowding (if a standard size home fryer is used, add no more than 2-3 pieces at a time); (if stovetop frying, gently place breaded chicken pieces into hot oil using tongs, turning once halfway through frying duration).

    7. FRY chicken between 15-18 minutes until golden brown and fully cooked, depending on chicken portions/sizes (juices should run clear when chicken is done); BLOT chicken lightly to absorb excess oil; PLACE cooked chicken into a large resealable container to steam (the steam will soften the breading for added Original Recipe authenticity. If you prefer crisp breading, skip this procedure)

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    8. MAINTAIN frying fat temperature for each new batch and repeat the same cooking/steaming procedures for the remaining chicken.

    9. REHEAT chicken if necessary before serving in a microwave oven, using a reduced-power setting, as if reheating 2 frozen pastries, pausing in intervals to turn chicken for even heating if necessary.

    10. SERVE and enjoy!

    • katry Says:

      Mortify,
      This will take me a while to digest the steps, to figure everything out. I have to say I do love chicken.

  7. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I was out most of today. It poured and snowed but none of the snow stuck. It was just a watery mess. A good day to stay on the couch. I didn’t but it would have been a good day to stay on the couch.

    I don’t watch football. There was a period of time when I watched baseball, hockey and tennis but not anymore. Just can’t get into it. I’d rather watch dressage or 3 day eventing.
    A friend and I were just commenting about how watching Curling is very conducive to getting a lot of knitting done. 🙂 It’s meditative, I guess. Though I did hear there was a huge controversy over the new brooms. They sweep too precisely or something.

    Now I’m home on the couch and the dogs are sleeping warmly next to me. All is good.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I did everything I needed to do yesterday which made today a free day, a do nothing day.

      I watched the game and cheered many times; there were very few groans. I still watch baseball.

      Curling is beginning to be popular here in the US. We are quite bad but getting better.

      I have Fern and Gracie here with me on the couch. We each have our own cushion. Maddie is on the chair. They are all sleeping.

      Have a great day!

  8. Jay Bird Says:

    You must be happy with the outcome of the Patriots’ game. Brady is a magician! I never gave two hoots about New England (Giants-Packers fan) until last summer’s preposterous “deflate-gate” dust-up. Now I’m a big Pat’s booster.

    I was bummed out by the Parkers loss in overtime. Arizona won the overtime coin toss, took the kickoff, scored, and that was it. Exciting game! Pity it was decided by a coin flip! In college, each team gets a shot at scoring in overtime. Oh well…

    • katry Says:

      Jay,
      I thought it was a great game after the dismal end of season games.

      Deflate-gate is still going on with a final review to come after the Super Bowl. That was so blown (pun intended) out of proportion.

      It’s good to be a Pats booster. They are usually fun to watch.

      I hate the overtime rules for the NFL.


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