How about those Giants ? I was fortunate in many ways yesterday, the first being I made no wagers on the game. Although I felt the Patriots would not cover the spread, I also felt that the Pats were a superior team and would win. Wrong, journalist breath !
Pleasantly surprised at the final score, I was annoyed in the early stages of the game when the Giants failed to score twice while in field goal range. It seemed that the Pats were destined to go 19-0 and tie the Miami Dolphins' 1972 perfect season. But, New York pulled it all together and after the unbelievable circus catch by Giants wide receiver, David Tyree, I could feel the eventual Giants win coming on. More importantly, my team, the Miami Dolphins ( who almost had a perfect losing season last year) would not have to share the perfect season title.
As a side note, the performance of The Star Spangled Banner by Jordin Sparks was superb. I was especially pleased with the arrangement and styling of the song. Kudos also to the Manning family as Eli joins his brother, Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning, as back to back winning Super Bowl quarterbacks.
The Pictures: Today's pictures come from my pal, Gipsy, who sends these fantastic pictures of the Harbin Ice Festival in China. Harbin, whose temperatures plunge to 40 degrees below zero, is renown for the festival. All the structures in the pictures are made completely of ice with neon lights buried within the ice blocks. These huge structures, some as high as 30 meters, are amazing. The Great Wall of China, an entire ship and various ice sculptures are among the pictures.
This Date In History: 1789; The Electoral College unanimously votes George Washington to be the first president of the United States. 1945; The Yalta Conference convenes with Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin to establish the formulation of Allied military strategy in World War II. 1987; Flamboyant pianist Wladziu Valentino Liberace, famous for his four minute version of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," dies in Palm Springs, California. 1991; The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction committee votes unanimously to bar Pete Rose from the Hall of Fame.
Birthdays: Charles Lindburgh, American aviator, engineer and Pulitzer Prize winner (1902), Ida Lupino, actress (1918), Betty Friedan, feminist leader (1921), Dan Quayle, 44th vice president of the United States (1947).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: My friend, Andy, sent me some simple home remedies that I thought I'd share with you.
1. Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them for you while you chop.
2. Avoid arguments with the Mrs about lifting the toilet seat by using the shower.
3. For people with high blood pressure, you can resolve this malady by simple cutting yourself and bleeding for a while. Remember to use a timer.
4. A mouse trap, strategically placed on your alarm clock, will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button
5. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives and you'll be afraid to cough.
6. You only need two things in life - WD 40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD 40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the duct tape.
And From Jimmys Corner: Never step on a duck!
Joe Bob, Jim Bob and Billy Bob are greeted in heaven by St. Peter. "We have only one rule," he says. "Never step on a duck"
But upon passing through the Pearly Gates, they're surrounded by thousands of ducks, and Joe Bob steps on one. The duck quacks and soon, all the ducks are quacking.
"I warned you not to step on a duck," admonishes St. Peter. He shackles Joe Bob to a ferocious looking 260 lbs Amazon woman for all eternity.
Jim Bob steps on a duck and gets tethered forever to a Brute 6 foot 6 redheaded Viking woman.
Billy Bob thinks, poor ole Joe Bob and Jim Bob. And learns to watch his step. So St. Peter chains him to an absolutely gorgeous girl.
"Wow!" exclaims Billy Bob. "What did I do to deserve this?"
"I don't know about you," says the buxom beauty. "But I stepped on a duck."
That's it for today my little hush puppies. More tomorrow.
Stay Tuned !