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Super Bowl 2018

Super Bowl 2018

Super Bowl 2018, or also called Super Bowl LII in roman numerals (52 for those of you calling it "Super Bowl Lee") will be played on February 4th, 2018.

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The game will be played in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the U.S. Bank Stadium. Kind of a weird name for a stadium, but hey, it will bring in bank, I'm sure.

This game will be a match up between the AFC Champion New England Patriots, perennial favorites, and the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Patriots By Six

Right now the odds makers have it pegged as the Patriots winning by 6. I think it will be a greater margin though. I almost always root for the NFC, despite the representative, as very few AFC teams appeal to me. Actually, I loathe the AFC, for the most part. The only teams I like are, well, the Steelers, and, um, well, that's about it. However, that having been said, is it even remotely possible that the Patriots won't blow out the Eagles? Personally I do not like the Pats, nor Tom Brady (who really does? Huh?) but let's face it, this team, and Brady are, year in and year out, top notch, A+, top drawer, whatever superlatives you like.

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Pink and Timblerlake

Pink and timberlake Super Bowl LII 2018
If the entertainment on the gridiron is not to your liking, maybe the entertainment otherwise will be. Pink will be singing the national anthem, and the halftime show will feature Justin Timberlake. Meh.
I'm sure the commercials will be good, although last year's were marginal at best.

Coverage starts at 6:30 PM Eastern, 3:30 PM Pacific on NBC.

The Match-up From Hell

I canniot imagine a worse match up for television ratings. Here you have two east coast teams, separated by 309.5 miles, playing for a country (and world) which has very little attachment to either, culturally, civic-ally, whatever. Oh, sure, the rating will be superb in Philly and Boston, nay, the East Coast, but those of us out west really could give a crap about the game, aside from commercials. for myself, I have had no need to watch a single game this year once the kneeling stuff started.

Breaking it down

As this super bowl 2018 features the Eagles and Patriots, let's consider their stats.
Patriots 13-3 record. Eagles 13-3 record.

The Pats were 3-1 against the NFC. The Eagles were 3-1 against the AFC.

Patriots vs. Eagles, Pats lead the series 7 games to 6.

Common Opponents

The Giants beat the Patriots 40-38 in September 2017.
The Eagles beat the Giants the same month 27-24, and again in December 34-29.
The Chiefs beat the Patriots 42-27 in September, and they beat the Eagles 27-20 the same month.
The Panthers beat the Patriots 33-30 in October, but the Eagles beat the Panthers 28-23 the same month.
The Jets beat the Eagles 16-10 in August, the Pats beats the Jets 24-17 and 26-0 in October and December.
Pats beat Falcons 23-7 in October, Eagles beat them in postseason 15-10.
The Eagles beat the Chargers 26-24 in October, the Patriots beat them 21-13 the same month.
In November the Patriots beat the Broncos 41-16, the same month the Eagles beat them 51-23.
Patriots over the Raiders 33-8 in November, Eagles over Raiders 19-10 in December.
Patriots over Dolphins 35-17 and 27-20 in Nov and Dec, Eagles over Dolphins 38-31 in August.
Eagles beat the Bills 20-16 in August, Pats did it twice, 23-20 and 37-16, both in December.

Interesting stats:

Patriots | Points For  | Points Against
458                 296
Eagles  | Points For  | Points Against
457                  295

Pretty even stats for a Super Bowl

All in all, I'd say this is a VERY even match for Super Bowl 2018! Maybe it won't be a blow out. In fact, the Eagles have an outstanding chance of beating New England, and I hope they do! However, the QB position might just make all the difference in the world. Brady vs the Eagles backup Nick Foles. Everyone knows Brady, but what the heck is a Foles? Is't that a baby horse or something?

None-the-less, Foles will be starting in place off ACL injured 2nd year man Wentz, and we wish him the best of luck, he'll need it.

also bear in mind neither the Eagles nor the Pats were in very tough divisions this year. However, the Saints and Panthers were, and where did it get them? Not in the Super Bowl, that's where!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Now that Christmas has passed, or the 1st half of the holidays (Holy Days?), the phrase "Happy New Year" will be on all our tongues. No more Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, or for you Seinfeld fans out there, Joyous Festivus. It will just be day to day life once again, what, with the dearth of cheery, and obnoxious carols, ditties, written to evoke a feeling of a season, as well as guilting folks into a false celebration of the birth a couple thousand years ago, which in all likelihood did not occur in December. Before the hate mail starts, I believe the birth occurred, but not on the date we celebrate. This, in a way, erases much of the authenticity of the event celebrated, in my opinion. Or does it? for me, the uttering of Happy New Year sort of puts the "season" behind us, what with all it's false (and some genuine) "good will for all man kind" nonsense.

New year's eve and day are more honest holidays, plain and simple, which I'll get to is just a moment, but in the mean time, Happy New Year!

What do we celebrate?

In two words, we celebrate Corporate Earnings above all else during the Christmas Season. Dlo I sound like a cynic? Well, I am to an extent, but I am also a realist.

The red and white garb Santa wears? Straight from a Coca Cola advertising campaign, Note that he wears the company colors?
See ad here.

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The Macy's Christmas Parade, sponsored by Macy's, a large corporate department store.

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We end Thanksgiving being thankful for what we have, just to rampage the shopping malls (and Walmart) the next day, on Black Friday just to buy MORE things for Christmas. Or the Holiday Season, whatever. Do you know why it's called Black Friday? That traditionally the day of the year that businesses finally turn a profit for the year, going from the "red ink" (debt) to Black Ink (profit).
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The are a gazillion more examples, Hallmark cards, Christmas specials on the boob-tube, yadda yadda, ad nauseam, so suffice it to say, the whole shebang stinks to high heaven of corporate manipulation. We are the puppets. Black Friday and the day after Christmas (boxing day) are the two biggest shopping days of the year.

What should we celebrate?

Well, that's an open ended question, now isn't it? There are so many people I know who have varying belief systems. There are Christians with Christmas, as well as every other religion out there with their own thing. Pagans with their solstice, (amazing how many Wiccans I know who go on an on about what they want for Christmas) and every other worship system that I can't tell a Christian, or anyone else what they ought to do for the season, however one over-riding theme of "the season" is brotherly love, Kindness, joy, and kinship with all mankind. That can stick.
However, I have seen, in every holiday season of my life, that this just isn't so. It doesn't happen.
See that man fighting with another over that parking space? Those ladies slugging it out over the game console? The frowning person over there, sad because they "didn't get what they wanted?" The Prius driver with the "Joy Sticker on the back window angrily cutting off other drivers? No, this is not what it's about, that I can say.

A take on New Years

Lyric for an awful lot of my thought processes, Written or sung, truth is truth. This from an old Styx song named "Man in the Wilderness" comes to mind:

Another year has passed me by
Still I look a myself and cry
What kind of man have I become?
All of the years I've spent in search of myself
And I'm still in the dark...

Do you examine your past year(s)?

Well, you do? Or do you simply try to drown it away with a lot of alcohol? Or, maybe, you simply don't think about it? Hey, New Year's really IS just another excuse to drink too much, no? Well, no.

I believe New Year's is a much more honest and authentic holiday than Christmas is, None of that "Oh, what am I going to get" stuff. No pretending that one has been good all year long, or at all, for that matter. Mope, just grab a bottle or two of bubble, or whatever your particular poison is, and drink until you are buzzed. Or hammered. No sweating if someone is going to like what you got them. No wrapping anything, hiding it behind some weird printed paper held together by tape.

And best of all, you're saying goodbye to the prior year, be it a gone one or bad, no matter. You are welcoming in a whole new year, usually with optimism for the coming year, even if said high hopes are ill founded. See, here's the beauty: You won't really know that is has been a crappy year for another year!

Do you really mean it when you say Merry Christmas?

Probably not. The person you're saying it to might be an atheist. Or of some other religion. For YOU it may mean something, but to another it may not. However, nearly everyone celebrates New Year's Day.

Let me narrow down this whole entry a bit. I have seen more anti-social, nasty behavior this last holiday season than I can recall seeing in any other two put together. Clearly the meaning is lost on a good many people.

I remember, growing up, a comic strip in the Sunday papers, Rick O'Shay. the Christmas strip was usually like the one below. The cowboy rides out of town in the snow, the people are celebrating in various ways as he rides out alone, cold. He gets a ways out of town beneath the beautiful, starry sky, stops and says only, "Happy Birthday, Boss."
That has struck with me my whole life.
That is the menacing of Christmas.

Rick O'shay Christmas and Happy New Year image

The meaning of the New Year?

Hope. Hope which ought to be hope eternal, that hope for a renewed bowl of optimism, even if it is started of in an inebriated state. Oh, and marking the time and passage of our lives.

So Happy New Year, all of you, hope to see you on the other side!