04 January 2007

Post Sugar Bowl Comments

1. It's nice to have the Sugar Bowl back where it belongs. I'd rather see it fold than to permanently move to Atlanta.

2. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Allstate has some balls being the corporate sponsor for a bowl game in New Orleans. Use some of that advertising and marketing money to pay your policy-holders in Louisiana next time. Right now I feel more comfortable giving my hard-earned money to a crackhead. At least he won't lie to me about not paying me back.

3. Fox can take its sports broadcasts and shove them up its ass. WHY IN THE HELL DOES FOX HAVE TO TURN EVERY SPORTING EVENT IT TELECASTS INTO A FLAG-WAVING, GOD BLESS AMERICA, SUPER-PATRIOTIC LOVEFEST? Forget it. I know the answer. Now don't get me wrong. I am not anti-flag, anti-religion, and all that stuff. I am just personally offended at the way the Republican Party (and its propaganda wing, Fox News) have turned them into political symbols. I don't need to have a flag in my front yard and I don't have to talk about God and Jesus to prove that I am a proud, patriotic American. And just because I have NEVER supported the war in Iraq, it doesn't mean I want our soldiers to die. So SHUT THE F&%K UP and leave us alone.

4. After that shot, you'd think I'd have nothing good to say about the telecast. But I do. Thank you Fox, from the bottom of my heart, for not turning the game into "The Nick Saban Show." God knows ESPN and ABC would have done it. Only a brief discussion in the pre-game show. Very little after that. Thanks for showing some restraint. Like I said, ESPN and ABC would have had Nick Saban on the phone for a 20-minute interview. But only if it didn't interfere with the live-in-studio interview with Regis Philbin and/or the star of some new ABC sitcom.

5. After all the Nick Saban talk over the last 24 hours, don't you think it's about time that some of you pro-Saban people cut Les Miles a break? He's 22 and 4. He has top-five finishes in his first two years. LSU could finish this season #2 if Ohio State blows out Florida. He's beaten two "nationally respected" programs in bowl games by a combined score of 81-17. And he doesn't jerk us around with other offers and pay raises. So SHUT UP. He's not Nick Saban yet, but he's not Mike Archer either. Some of you act like it's easy to win national championships and that national championship coaches are falling off trees.

6. But with all that being said, people would respect Les Miles more if he'd get his finger out of damn ear. And stop wearing his headphones over those goofy-ass oversized caps. And stop talking like "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer" every time a sideline reporter approaches him.

7. Thanks to JaMarcus Russell for giving us two great years. I've had a love-hate relationship with him. He makes it look too easy when he's good. But he tries to hard to be the hero sometimes. Like the fumble on the sack yesterday. He's so good that he thinks he can make super-human plays sometimes. And it usually results in interceptions. If he could ever become a Drew Brees-like leader and game manager, he could be an All-Pro Quarterback in the NFL.

8. I'm not ready to say that about Brady Quinn yet.

9. How the hell did Auburn hold this LSU team to three points? Well, let's change that. LSU, JaMarcus Russell and the referees held the Tigers to 3 points in that game.

10. A win there, and LSU would have been playing Florida in the SEC Championship for the right to play Ohio State in the BCS Championship Game. That's the thing that sucks the most about this season, even though it was one of the top-ten (perhaps top-five) seasons in LSU history.


At January 05, 2007 12:58 PM, Blogger Tim said...


I am so with you on that one. I love my city, my state and my country too much to use it as a cheap advertising gimmick. The National Anthem by Irvin Mayfield was awesome, but all the other bells and whistles only detract from the powerful meaning of that song.



At January 05, 2007 1:52 PM, Blogger Commish said...

I agree on the National Anthem. It's unusual for Fox to be respectful to the hometown. Usually it forces the event to have an "American Idol" finalist sing the songs.

At January 05, 2007 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you know Fox has stations in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Indonesia that basically shit all over the U.S. all day.

They don't have any core ideology other than the All Mighty Dollar.

At January 05, 2007 2:49 PM, Blogger Commish said...

And that's how Fox News makes its money. By sucking up to rich conservative Americans who watch news programs and positioning itself as the alternative to the "liberal media." Fox gives them what they want. It may have been fine briefly after 9/11, but it has turned into another form of symbolism since then.

At January 05, 2007 7:30 PM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

Until I see other evidence:
Russell = a bigger Aaron Brooks
Quinn = J. P. Losman Clone

I'm often wrong, but I don't see either of them doing much in the NFL.

At January 05, 2007 9:38 PM, Blogger Commish said...

I'm biased, but I think he has better leadership skills than Aaron Brooks. Many of his teammates like him. You can't say that about the other #2. But like I say in the post, he has the same tendency to make bonehead decisions.

At January 06, 2007 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Allstate gave that guy that missed the field goal at halftime, it marked the first time Allstate gave a check to anyone in New Orleans in two years.

At January 06, 2007 12:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quit bitching about Allstate. What failed in New Orleans is the Federally Funded Flood program, NOT Allstate or any other Insurance Company. Your ignorance of how the industry works is frightening.

Homeowner policies do not cover flood. read your policy... Plain and simple, flood is not covered. YOUR elected officials in the Federal Government CHOSE to regulate flood against the wishes of the insurance industry. Insurance is regulated by each state as defined by the McCarran-Ferguson act. But of course the FED decided to involve itself and take over Flood. It the Flood progrm offers less coverage, and is very confusing. It also needs to be purchased above your normal Homeowners policy. Bear in mind that your insurance company is not in business to screw you... consider this. What company would enter into business where they would want to screw all of their customers? They would soon find themselves completely out of business. On the flip side... should we not allow a company to make a fair profit? Yet if a tree fell on your home in the course of a normal storm, and good old Allstate oir State Farm took care of it, you would not bitch, nor would you shout from the mountain tops... you would simply expect the service that you got. What you expect is "cookie cutter" service. Yet when a catastrophic event occurs, and a company like Allstate or State Farm comes into your area and deploys literally thousands of their employees and does whatever they can to help... you bitch and moan. Yet you ignore the fact that they pay what the contract says they owe.

If you don't like the way the contracts are written, lobby for change, but expect higher premiums... flood prone areas will need to bear the burdon (i.e. should Slidell pay more because of New Orleans coastal exposure???NO.)

If the Insurance industry was allowed to regulate itself, and the fed got out of the way, you'd have more affordable insurance. If you don't believe it... do your #$%&ing homework. Look at the states who regulate a great deal (take NJ as an example) they have high rates and difficulty in providing insurance because they are just allowing the use of an Insurance scoring model. Yet this is a state that MANDATES that each insurance carrier "take all comers" (in other words if you apply for Allstate, geico, state farm, etc. you get it... period regardless of your driving record... don't believe it? Check it out)

Flood policies cover flood or wind driven water... If you want a better policy, then you need to pay more, or be prepared to ask for reform.

If you want the federal government to get out of your affairs (who doesn't) then get involved!!! Check out http://www.protectingamerica.org/

Simply stated... Stop bitching about the folks who have come into your area to help. Was FEMA there to help? Enjoying those @#$%ing trailers Fitch? How long did it take the FED to get the $$ to the Gulf region? Enjoying those @#$%ing $$'s Fitch? Fed was a little late, but I don't see you bashing the @#$%ing people holding the flags... just ripping the folks who sponsored the game. Who dumped $$ into the game and the economy... who helped get the local Allstate / State Farm and other agencies back on their feet so they could help their customers get back to some sense of normal life. It is folks like you who will continually impede the rebirth of N.O. Because all you can do is complain and point fingers. How many hours have YOU donated to the cause (and don't post some BS response that you have)

N.O. will NEVER win the Third Battle until people stand on their porches and say... We WILL take back the City. We WILL reform, and we WILL stop pointing fingers. So Fitch... It starts with you... what will YOU do differently tomorrow? Will you send a nasty reply? Or will you look for sopmething positive to say about those who have helped? will you seek out someone who has volunteered time, energy and effort even though N.O. is not their home... or will you contineu on your tirade... your continual whining?

The Saints have given you something to Cheer for... Can't you work with those who have come to your city and find some other things to celebrate? rome was not built in a day, and N.O. will not be rebuilt in a day, a month or even several years. But if you want to bring people back... celebrate what is good and stop pointing fingers... or get DIRECTLY involved... Hope to see you in an elected position and making a difference soon.

At January 06, 2007 10:34 AM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

Mr. Dardar,
Good point about the difference in personalities between AB and Russell. I honestly think AB is autistic, whereas Russell seems like more of a regular guy.

At January 06, 2007 12:53 PM, Blogger Roux said...

Seems you have your panties in a wad over nothing, as to the flag waving. It's a flippin football game, jeez it's supposed to be America, apple pie, cheerleaders, cheerleaders, and all that stuff.

OTOH-The coverage was horrible, they had their head so firmly up the ND azz it was amazing. Hell they cut away from an LSU run to show the ND cheerleaders throwing their green elf up in the air.

As for Jamarcus, I to had the love/hate thing going. One play he's superman the next he's, well you know.

And you are right. What is up with the hat and the way Miles talks. Of course if he wins I'll be happy but I'm afraid he's another Dinardo.

At January 06, 2007 6:36 PM, Blogger Commish said...

I'm for all the America, football, apple pie stuff too.

But no other network "makes" the games sing God Bless America. That's where I draw the line. That's where it gets political. Because if I complain about it, the other side calls me one of those "Godless (thanks, Ann Coulter)" liberals. It's hard to complain about it without looking bad.

At January 06, 2007 9:39 PM, Blogger Roux said...

Come on Fitch just enjoy the game....I must have missed the God Bless America...was probably getting a beer.

At January 07, 2007 12:53 AM, Blogger Kinch said...

You mentioned 'two "nationally respected" programs".

I know we just played Notre Dame, but who what the other "nationally respected" program?

At January 07, 2007 9:58 AM, Blogger Commish said...

The U. Sure, the wheels fell off last year. But they've won more titles than anyone in the last 25 years.


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