Monday, December 30, 2013

Come Monday...Soccer, Anyone?

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

Okay, I am not quite that depressed, but after watching my beloved [Dallas Cowboys] perfecting the art of mediocrity for another season, switching over to being a soccer fan does not sound so ridiculous.  After all, the only expectations that a soccer fan can realistically have per match are for their team to not lose by more than one goal and look fashionable as they frolic on the pitch in short pants for 90 minutes (not counting extra-time, of course).

No, I really don’t want to get into how far too many on the Cowboys roster would rather not play hard when they don’t have to, and from the looks of things, they rarely have to.  For they keep receiving game checks of hundreds of thousands of dollars while trying to keep their uniforms looking spiffy.

Oh, and then there are the mean ones, who seem to only be interested in hurting someone.  Time after time, they can be observed going for the big hit when a properly executed form tackle on defense (or block on offense) would get the job done in a much more effective way.

Does this not come back on the coaches?  For they keep putting those players out on the field.

In all fairness, much of the lack-luster play may have more to do with the game plans than anything else.  For it has to be so disheartening to keep playing their guts out while trying to execute plays that have little chance of working.

Yeah, having incompetent coaches has to come back on upper-level management.  For they keep those coaches in place.  Furthermore, upper-level management also cut the game checks—right?

Last night’s game against the [Philadelphia Eagles] had everything that has been wrong with the Cowboys for the past 10 years on full display in high definition during prime time.  For the Cowboys were forced to start the back-up quarterback, [Kyle Orton], on account of the starter, [Tony Romo], being out with a serious back injury.  So, one would think that they would be seeking to run the ball as much as possible since the timing on pass plays would most likely be off, and with [DeMarco Murray] starting to really shine as a star running back in the league, having to run the ball more should not have been all that much of a bad thing.

What did the Cowboys actually do?  They ran Murray pretty good in the first half, and then almost completely abandoned the run game in the second half.  This was in favor of Orton consistently being wildly off-target with his passes.

Orton’s last pass erased all doubt concerning incompetence.  For it was at least a yard behind [Miles Austin], which resulted in a [game-ending interception].

Yeah, it can be argued that it is easy to be so critical while watching the game on television, but Orton is getting paid [over $3 million a year].  Whereas, I am not getting paid diddly-squat to dispense these invaluable observations.

On the other hand, an 8-8 record is not a losing season.  In fact, it is perfectly mediocre.  Go [Broncos]!

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  1. I'm not a soccer/football fan. I do, however, like David Beckham...except for all his tattoos...I think he's a fine young man. Why he had to go and get all those tattoos, beats me! I'm not a fan of tattoos.

    I do watch Rugby League here in this country...and I always watch the Super Bowl.

    And I'm busy watching the tennis at the moment...and it goes through until late that's January covered for me!

    I hope 2014 brings you and Arlynda much joy, good health and good fortune, Jerry. Best wishes. :)

  2. i don't follow any sports and just hate that we pay these folks so much.

  3. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Lee!!! I don't mind tattoos, as long as they are fairly small and somewhat discreet, but the total body coverage stuff is ridiculous to me. I sure hope 2014 proves to be a good year for you and your varmints!

  4. Thanks for stopping by, my dear TWG!!! I agree that many sports salaries are borderline ludicrous--especially in baseball. For even Punch and Judy hitters with a .200 average are getting over a million a year, and if a pitcher can get one over the plate for a strike every once in a while, that counts for over two million!

  5. IT'S NOT 'SOCCER' IT'S FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. It's times like these that I am glad I'm not a sports fan. Wade however suffered through the games and is not very happy about his Steelers

  7. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Adullamite!!! Also known as footsie--right?

  8. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Ann!!! I can certainly appreciate Wade's pain, but at least he can take solace in that fact that his Steelers are not losers. For there is big difference between getting beat and losing, and the case of my Cowboys, they have been a bunch of losers for the past 10 years.

  9. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Adullamite!!! Better than patty-cake, I would think.

  10. HI Jerry, Hope you and yours have a very good 2014… Hope all of your teams do better in 2014.

    I know the meaning of mediocrity well-since my TN Titans are great at it…. (Actually they are worse than mediocre!!!!! ha)… BUT-I'm a Bronco fan since Peyton Manning went to my University of Tennessee… Go Peyton.

    Happy New Year.

  11. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Betsy!!! Yeah, being a Titans fan has to be tough. Be assured that it is on account of Peyton that my wife and I are now rooting for the Broncos. For he is truly a class-act in every respect--on and off of the field. It is the same with Eli and his dad. Although, I still haven't got over Archie beating my beloved Razorbacks in the 1970 Sugar Bowl.

  12. No, not today, but happy new year to you, and may the best be just around the corner! Here's to a wonderful 2014 and blogging fun too!

  13. Happy New Year to you and yours ~ enjoy ~ carol, xxx

  14. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Karen!!! I just saw on the news where 2014 certainly did not start off well for those involved in the massive apartment building fire in Minneapolis this morning.

  15. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Carol!!! Be assured that we appreciate the well-wishes.


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