Sunday, December 21, 2008

On Tap: New Orleans at Detroit

Is it pretty much a token move to just blog and predict this thing? The Lions will lose, plain and simple. I do admit, I've been feeling a little queezy in my stomach about this prediction. New Orleans is capable of dropping a turd from time-to-time.

My guess is today is not that day. Drew Brees may find the path to 5,000+ yards more difficult, if for whatever reason, the way the NFL is. Detroit's secondary may show up for once. Or something resembling a secondary will show up, I should say. The Saints are 1-6 on the road this year. The Lions? 0-7 at home. Go figure.

The final home game of the year for Detroit is also the final blacked out game of the year for Detroit. This one goes to New Orleans.

Saints 24
Lions 19

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

T-Shirt Hell :: Shirts :: BAILOUT

Sounds about right to me (ignore the text on the bottom of the image).

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

On Tap: The Vikings

Another blacked out game in Detroit as the Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings. Earlier in the season, Minnesota managed to best Detroit by two points thanks in part to a Dan Orlovsky safety and a pair of bad calls by the referees (mind you, the calls didn't mean the Lions would have won, only it guaranteed they couldn't win).

Sports columnists near and around Detroit have all singled out this game against Minnesota being the last chance the Lions have at avoiding infamy. If you look at the rest of the schedule, they have two more games at Indianapolis, home against New Orleans, and at Green Bay in that order. All four teams are in the hunt for a playoff spot, but Indianapolis is the only bonafide contender for a Superbowl.

I have a problem with the sportswriters and the analysts on this one. Why is it only this game appears to be the last shot Detroit has at infamy. Adrian Peterson has blown it up against Detroit in the three games he's played against them. The star running back for Minnesota has never rushed less than 100 yards against Detroit, and even the last game where he ran for 111, he was still a major reason why they came out on top.

And what about Green Bay? The rub on Detroit is that they haven't won at Lambeau Field since 1991. I'd remind people however, the in the last four years, the Lions have been very close to beating Green Bay, in so much as leading in the 2nd half in 2004, and 2005, and they were only down 8 points when they lost in 2006. Brett Favre isn't there anymore. Green Bay isn't what it used to be. Not that Aaron Rodgers won't bring the Packers back to contention, it just isn't this year.

Bottom line: the real best shot at avoiding the ugly 0-16 is against the Packers, not the Vikings. As for tomorrow, I'm taking Minnesota. The Viking don't have Daunte Culpepper on their team.

Minnesota 28
Detroit 13

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

'Proroguing' Sounds Dirty

Aren't you glad we don't have this in America?

Canada just voted seven weeks ago to elect a new Parliament, err, House of Commons. Stephen Harper, the Conservative Prime Minister, and his party had won a second straight minority government (where the party with the mo
st seats in the House of Commons fails to attain an absolute majority), this time with more seats.

When the Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presented his economic update on Thursday, the three opposition parties' leaders met to mete out a coalition government that would replace the Harper Government. On Monday, the three leaders formally announced they would consolidate their power to unseat Harper and the Conservatives and establish a coalition that would last eighteen months.

The three leaders of the opposition parties are Stephane Dion of the Liberal Party, Jack Layon of the New Democratic Party (NDP), and Gilles Duceppe of the Bloc Quebecois. The Liberals and NDP are leftist parties, with the NDP being further to the left than the "Grits." The Bloc is a Quebec sovereigntist party that sends members to Parliament to vote in the interests of Quebec, a province that has twice attempted to declare secession from Canada.

(From L-R: Jack Layton, Stephane Dion, and Gilles Duceppe. Courtesy

The showdown is expected to come next week, when Canadian Governal General Michaelle Jean returns to Rideau Hall and the House of Commons is expected to vote down the budget, which in Canadian politics speak means the House has no confidence in the government. If Harper and the Conservatives fail a no-confidence vote, he will go to the GG and ask her to dissolve parliament and call for an election.

Jean could, before Harper presents his budget, prorogue the House, which would call for them to adjourn until the end of January. If she does not exercise that power, Dion could ask Jean if he may form a coalition government with NDP members occupying 25% of his cabinet. He would continue to have the support of the separatist Bloc until no later than June 30, 2011.

(Governor General Michaelle Jean with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, June 2008).

So, if I may chime in as an American with an understanding of Canadian politics, Stephane Dion wants to form a majority government, with a party of fringe leftists on one side, and separatists who want to leave Canada on the other side. Bear in mind, Dion just led his party to its worst defeat in the House of Commons; the Liberals now only have seventy seven seats. On top of that, Dion announced he's resigning, which means if they form a new government, the incoming PM won't have a mandate to govern with.

Let us remember how well the last coalition government worked. When the NDP formed a coalition with the ruling Liberal Party under Paul Martin in 2005, it lasted less than six months before the NDP opted to topple the Martin regime.

And then you want to add separatists to your government? Separatists, who don't even identify as Canadians and would leave if only they could muster up enough votes to actually win a secession vote?

No, this is a shit storm waiting to happen.

The GG should just opt to dissolve Parliament now and call for an election. It looks like a cheap power grab and should enable Harper to successfully win a majority government. So what if Canadians don't want another election. Get out and do it.