Super Bowl 50 FINAL: Broncos 24, Panthers 10

Super Bowl 50 Angles FlyoverWhy Super Bowl 50 instead of Super Bowl L?  Because most persons have no idea that L is the designator of the number 50 — in Roman numerals.

As Peyton Manning said before the game, “I’m still a member of the band.  I’m not the lead singer all the time, but I can still sing a few solos.”

Held this year at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, a town on the very southern tip of the San Francisco Bay and not far from the amusement park Great America, the score at the half is Broncos 13, Panthers 7.

And no, it hasn’t been the wipeout by Carolina that everyone surmised.  In fact, it’s been rather a challenging afternoon for Panthers QB Cam Newton, sacked and tired as he’s been and is.

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers fumbles the ball in the first quarter of Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. The ball was recovered by Malik Jackson #97 of the Denver Broncos in the end zone for a touchdown. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

SANTA CLARA, CA – FEBRUARY 07: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers fumbles the ball in the first quarter of Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. The ball was recovered by Malik Jackson #97 of the Denver Broncos in the end zone for a touchdown. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Second Half:

Uh oh.  Panthers kicker missed a field goal.  Inauspicious way to begin the second half.  Cam Newton continues to be sacked by the Broncs.

You have any favorite commercials?  So far, mine is the one involving the Honda Ridgeline singing sheep.  Or “punch it Richard.  Come on, punch it.”

In case you’re curious, BZ is rooting for the Broncos.  I’d like to see 39-year-old Peyton Manning make his last game a great game.

It was the late 4th quarter touchdown by 5’8″ Broncos running back C.J. Anderson that put the game in the bag for the Broncos.  Then the Broncos held the Panthers at about the goal line.

That’s it.  The party was over.  Broncos 24 and Panthers.10.  Gary Kubiak is the first-ever NFL coach to win a Super Bowl having played for the same team.

And Peyton Manning?  Let’s not forget that he was a league record holder as a five-time NFL MVP, a two-time Super Bowl winner with the Indianapolis Colts and now the Denver Broncos, drafted by the Colts in 1998, named to 14 Pro Bowls.

Because of a neck injury he was released by the Colts in 2012.  Some people thought his career was over, but Manning proved them wrong, signing with the Broncos just five days after his release.

During a 2009 Monday Night Football game, Manning received the nickname “The Sheriff” from color commentator Jon Gruden due to his tendency to make audibles prior to the snap.

Peyton Manning is, along with my great Packer QB Brett Favre, one of only two starting quarterbacks in NFL history who have beaten all 32 teams.  He also beat Favre’s then-standing record of 509 career touchdown passes.  Peyton Manning has 200 total wins under his belt in the regular and post-seasons, the most of any player.

This season had its ups and downs for Manning.  Osweiler started, then Peyton came back from his foot injury as a backup to Osweiler, then re-entered the prime QB slot.

Finally: goodbye to Peyton Manning, and “Omaha.”

Peyton Manning Says Good ByeAt 39 you’ve had a spectacular career and you’ve been one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks.  I must admit that I am SO happy for Peyton Manning.  What a GREAT way to end a career for a football player. It simply could not get better than that, the proverbial “fairy tale” ending.  Peyton Manning was the classiest of acts.

I shall miss you sir.

Us old dudes have to represent.

BZ

P.S.

Caroline Panthers coach Ron Rivera in the post-game interview proved that, he too, is a class act and a very gracious and professional man.  Two years ago Rivera was fired from the Houston Texans  Now he and his young team made it to the Super Bowl.  Not too damned bad, sir.

 

Saturday’s ABC GOP debate

Samsung Note 4, 2-6-2016 201For the first time ever, all the Republican candidates for president are gathered upon one stage in New Hampshire, including Donald Trump.  He eschewed Iowa now decides to partake of New Hampshire.  Did his loss to Ted Cruz possibly have something to do with it?

You can see by the above photograph who is where in terms of the New Hampshire polls.

Seven candidates appeared on stage, to include Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush.  Carly Fiorina was not included.

The Debate Begins.

What was the deal with Ben Carson and Donald Trump waiting behind for everyone else?  The introduction procedure was terrible and uncoordinated.

Ted Cruz is humble with regard to faux pas regarding Ben Carson and apologized then explained.

Rubio was asked to explain his accomplishments as senator, then charged off with vigor and focused on Barack Obama.

Christie came out swinging for Marco Rubio as senator and accused him of truancy.  Christie was making the difference between a senator and a governor in terms of critical decisions.  A nice dust-up between the two.

Cruz made a nice point about North Korea and a potential orbiting satellite kicking off an EMP over the United States.  I’m glad to see that the EMP issue is on the table in public.

John Kasich stepped in on North Korea, and Bush said he’d consider a preemptive strike against a North Korean missile launch.

Rubio nailed it with regard to Obama believing that the US is an arrogant global power that needs to be cut down to size, is too powerful, and creates problems for the rest of the world.  That Obama thinks if we create separation from Israel it will help our relations in the Islamic world.  And the same with the Asia-Pacific region with concessions to North Korea.

Christie understands the paradigm between hostage and paying ransom as in, you don’t do it.  At all.  Ever.

Kasich thinks it is, however, okay for 11.5 million illegals to “pay back taxes and a fine,” and be left in place.  Illegals will not pay back taxes nor will they pay a fine nor will courts hold them to that.  That is why Kasich is wrong on illegal immigration.

Like Cruz said, you build a wall, end sanctuary cities, build a wall and stop business from being able to employ illegals.  That is only logical.

Standard Trump: “let me talk, quiet.”  Boos for Trump.  And eminent domain.

Rubio brought up essentially the 10th Amendment with regard to enumerated powers and all other areas of power belonging to the states.  I like and want to hear that.

Christie made an excellent point about raising taxes on millionaires and people then fleeing New Jersey, taking their money with them.  As in: it won’t work.

Cruz espoused my ideals with waging war: kill people, break shit, don’t nation-build and then get out.  Yes.  Precisely, Ted.

Rubio showed a good understanding of the war in the Middle East, ISIS, and the differences between Sunni and Shia.

Frankly, I’m tired of Carson’s “underdog” shtick.  “I’m not up here just to add beauty to the stage.”  If you want to make a point, Carson, step in.  Bully in.  Show some huevos.  You can’t complain about no recognition and not be assertive.  That speaks much about you, Dr Carson.  You’re a nice man and a good man but you are not cut out for the presidency.

Points to Rubio about Guantanamo.

To this point ABC News is presenting the debate as the Rise of the Governors.  I have to admit that it appeared Kasich was doing better.  Christie made good points as he normally does, in my estimation.

A side note.  I very much dislike Martha Radish and her condescending smirk.

An interesting notation: “none of you on stage tonight have served in the military.”  Excellent point.  I hadn’t realized that.

Once again the Leftist panel tried to trap Republicans with the “ransom” question, such as involved James and Diane Foley,  They wish to portray Republicans as cold and cruel.  Luckily Cruz and Trump stuck to their ransom guns.

So who won?

Kasich sounded a bit better but his immigration stance is wrong.  I always enjoy Christie, who did very well tonight.  Carson was completely unimpressive.  Jeb Bush was likewise unimpressive.  Too little too late.  There were no real flame wars as expected.  Trump was Trump, much generality but little detail.  “We will win, we will win and we will win.”  Rubio came off well and Cruz not so abrasive.  The boos tonight, I noted, were for Trump.  I’d still go:

  1. Cruz
  2. Rubio
  3. Christie
  4. Trump

This, I do not believe, was much of a game-changer for any single political candidate.

BZ

GOP Debate 2-6-2016 New Hampshire

Guess who may be coming to dinner?

JOE BIDEN to Run for PresidentYes, our favorite sayer of malaprops and other verbal gaffes and goodies.

Last night’s (Thursday) debate has the DNC scared for Hillary Clinton.

So, with that and following a new poll showing Hillary Clinton taking a serious nosedive, Bill Bartmann (he runs an Oklahoma financial services company), the creator of “Draft Biden,” sent out an email to Demorats saying:

I would urge all of you to join me in ‘keeping our powder dry’ until we see if for the good of the party and the country we should resurrect the Draft Biden movement.  We cannot afford to lose the White House.

Hold your horses right there buddy.

This could change things.

If it turns out Hillary is not The One for the Demorats, the political gloves may in fact be off.  Should she replay 2008 and is no longer in favor, just think:. when the political prairie winds turn, might the DOJ truly begin to consider accepting the recommendation of an indictment from Director Comey’s FBI?  Will Obama kick her to the curb?  There is no love lost, you know, between the Obamas and the Clintons.

Just asking a question.

BZ

 

All you need are mittens and a handbag

If only we’d known this simple trick in the United States, think of how many people we could have saved from the brutal act of rape.

No, what you are about to see is not a prank, it is not a joke, it is not meant to entertain or make you smile.  Please watch.

If you hadn’t seen it, you wouldn’t have believed it.  That was an entirely serious video played on television and created by the Finnish government in order to reduce the number of rapes committed by Muslim invaders.

Yes, the government of Finland, consisting of what I term GOWPs, truly believes that, essentially, a pair of mittens, a handbag and a stern look will stop most rapists.

Leftists and Socialists and Europeans: upon just what fucking planet are you living?

You’re not just ignorant morons, you’re dangerous ignorant morons.

BZ

P.S.

I truly apologize to ignorant morons.

 

The most awkward moment in politics

We’ve seen some strange things in politics.  We’ve cringed when various politicians made bizangingly-wacky statements.  But I cannot think of anything more awkward or, truly — pathetic — than what occurs below with Jeb Bush.

This is what you get, however, when a Perfect Storm of factors comes into confluence, mixed liberally (sorry) with high expectations on one side and low results, the direct product of said Perfect Storm.

Jeb Bush it was assumed, when this melee started in earnest last year, was going to be The One for the Republican Party.  He was “it” by dint of his name and the fact that a number of people and fiscal backers proclaimed him so.  Establishment all the way, if you will.  Bush, however, resoundingly pissed me off with his “act of love” comments regarding illegal immigrants.

In general I am done with dynasties, both Clinton and Bush.

Following Monday’s Iowa caucuses, Jeb isn’t doing well.  Iowa’s results were:

Ted Cruz beat Donald Trump, 28% to 24%.

Marco Rubio: 23%.
Ben Carson 9%.
Rand Paul 5%.
Jeb Bush 3%.
John Kasich 2%.
Carly Fiorina 2%.
Mike Huckabee 2%
Chris Christie 2%.

Post-results, Mike Huckabee pulled out of the campaign.  Rand Paul and Rick Santorum then exited the road march Wednesday.

GOP Card As of 2-3-16(Thanks for CLA for the graphic.)

That leaves a much smoother line-up which will be more manageable on many levels and allow consolidation and greater focus.

Here comes Saturday.

We’ll see who’s left standing.

BZ

P.S.

Jeb Bush says he hates to be compared to his brother or his father, then most recently trots out George W and, Thursday, his mother.  Jeb is hurting and he won’t be here for much longer.  I couldn’t be happier.  Okay; well, I could be happier.