We dont need another hero!

Simply because the Patriots seem to have found one, and he’s not any of the big name players you would ever have heard of. Its fair to say that there may be other NFL players who do similar things in the off season, but he’s the first one I’ve heard of, and yes, I hope that he gets a well deserved Superbowl medal tonight. Because in truth, he deserves one more than Brady, Gronkowski, Belichick and co probably do. Thats not to say they dont deserve one, just that this guy has really earned his, if they win tonight, and not for what he’s done on the football pitch.

Yes, its Superbowl tonight. For my US readers, its taking place at a sane hour, and you get to watch it. Me, it starts at 11.30 pm, and I have to be in work tomorrow, so its not going to happen! Hopefully I can catch the highlights tomorrow, or Tuesday, even if I will know the score by then.

The article?

http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/268116/from-making-11-an-hour-to-super-bowl-behind-the-surreal-year-for-patriots-bernard-reedy

I know, never heard of him, and lets face it, he’s only been with Patriots for about 3 months, on and off. But he’s on today, on the biggest night of the season, and thats the main thing. As I say, this piece isnt about the big names taking part in the game, though they will draw far more attention today, its about this lesser known guy, and what he does when he’s not playing football. Please note, he stayed in Tampa when the rest of the team escaped the hurricane last year, just so he could help!

There is one thing, love them, or hate them, that the Patriots have always been shrewd about, and thats picking up players rejected by other teams. Will Reedy prove to be one of those, who knows? As he says, regardless, give it a couple of weeks off, and he’s going back to his other job, regardless.

Will this make me a Patriots fan, I hear you ask? For tonight, definitely. Beyond that, who knows? Put it this way, Kate wouldnt have to work too hard at present for that to happen. I know, I’ve supported Buffalo for decades, but in truth, I’ve seen so much ghastly racist, and white supremacist stuff posted on their fan boards this season to feel comfortable about being involved with them any more. Logical options for me would be one of the Los Angeles teams, or Kansas City, but fine, a feelgood story like this, then well…?

But yes, definitely for tonight, go Patriots, if only for Bernard Reedy! Of course, if Kate wants to ‘convince’ me to make it more long term, I’m more amenable at present than ever before, just saying… 😉 Mentioning Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma could work. 😉 A joke that she might get, but others wouldnt, just saying…

You might have worked out the video from the title, if you havent, why not? This is quite a stunning live performance from 2009 though, not the original video. Yes, I think Clara might have enjoyed some of those outfits lol!

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Who needs a heart?

Alright, I kept one of my New Year resolutions, I signed up to an online dating website. Yes, I found one that is free (of sorts), so decided to give it a whirl. And being crazy, and supposedly bi, I took a chance, and went looking for men. Yes, I would have done both, if I could, but as doing that would require 2 separate accounts, I havent taken that step yet. I might yet, but having found a couple of interesting, but probably impractical guys, I’ll hold on that option for now.

One is impractical in a way that I’d love to find a get around for. Yes, he’s in America, Texas in fact. Younger than me (ooh!), definitely quite nice looking, and from the brief chats we’ve had, quite an interesting person too. But yes, especially given my current financial position, I can hardly hop across the Atlantic to see him, can I? Same for him, as fares from the US to here seemed more expensive, but that might just be the dates he was looking at, as opposed to the ones I was? Yes, I’d love to meet him, but hardly practical for it to happen at present.

The other happened this evening, and strictly, there’s nothing to stop it happening. He’s in the UK, and though he’s a little way from me (just over 50 miles), nowhere I couldnt get to by public transport, if I wanted to. And his message to me, and his profile are both simply adorable, and sweet. Fine, I mentioned a snag? Yes, he’s nearly 20 years older than me, so put your maths together, and…Thing is, I’m still tempted to at least meet him, all the same! As I say, like the Texas guy, he’s interesting, and appeals to me, so whats age got to do with it?

I’ll be honest, the guy who most took my heart in LA was nearly 30 years older than me! And yes, my one previous (female) partner was nearly 20 years older than me too. So maybe, like Harlow, I’ve got a thing for older partners? Would make sense, I guess? 😉

Fine, in a dream world, I’d find a (wealthy) partner from LA area, who fell madly in love with me, but this is real life, not the movies!

So hey, age is just a number, maybe I’ll take a look at train timetables to Derbyshire tomorrow? Unless someone wants to pay my air fare to Houston, anyway? No? Thought not!

Video. Well change a word, and, whats age got to do with it?

Simply the best?

Yes, lets go back to one of my loves, a quite ironic one for a UK citizen, college football, US style.

Saturday evening, care of ESPN, I had the privilege of seeing a half, and a drive, of one of the best games of college football that I’ve seen. Alabama at Auburn, if you get the chance to watch the highlights at some point. And to be honest, despite what I saw, I missed the most incredible moment of the whole game, the last play! Seriously, it must be somewhere on You Tube, go find it if you can.

So right, its 28-28, and seemingly the game is headed into overtime, as the clock reads 0:00 as the Alabama player runs out of play. But no, they check the play, he actually left the pitch with 1 second remaining. So they reset the clock, and the Alabama coach decides to send out his second string kicker, to try a very long (57 yards, if I remember right?) field goal, to win the game, instead of just taking overtime, and taking his chances there.

That leads to the ultimate facepalm moment. The kicker makes a valiant attempt, and the ball drops barely a yard short. But, and this is the big but, it falls into the arms of an Auburn player, and oh, the ball doesnt go dead when a field goal is missed. He then proceeds to run 109 yards, to the opposite end zone, and win the game for Auburn.

Given these teams are deadly rivals, and the game is in Auburn, the place erupts, almost literally. As I say, go hunt down the film, if you havent seen it already, of course.

But fine, now we get to the rant. The BCS rankings, which decide who gets to play for the National Championship. Seemingly this thing has a total fixation with unbeaten teams. So given Auburn lost one game earlier in the season, and Alabama lost this one, both are seemingly out of the running for the national title, short of an amazing event. Why, because Florida State (probably a merit team), and Ohio State (who probably arent) are both unbeaten this season, and therefore they get ranked the top 2. Seriously, this is the Ohio State team who only won last Saturday, against a relatively moderate side, because the coach had a brainstorm, and went for a 2 point conversion, rather than kicking the extra point, and taking it to overtime.

The snag being, that teams like Auburn, Alabama and Missouri, play in the SEC, probably the strongest league in the country, and take victories off each other, who would probably eat Ohio State for breakfast. We had this problem last year, Notre Dame went unbeaten on a relatively soft schedule, and Alabama destroyed them in the championship match, because they werent the second best team. Oh, and its not just the SEC, both the PAC-12, and the Big 12 have the same problem, of taking each other out, simply because they lose 1 game to a very good team.

In theory, this is the last year of this stupidity, as from next year, 4 teams will play off for the Championship instead. So why do I get this horrible feeling that stupidity may arise again.

So I just want to say this, to the fans of those 3 teams, and Oklahoma State, and whoever wins the PAC-12, you might not be in the championship, that doesnt mean you arent still the best, or second best at worst, thats all.

The video, well, the clue is in the title. I know, shock horror lol!