Was able to catch the Lions yesterday. We got back from Lake Chelan at 3pm-ish, I fired up the tele and the recorded game, and fast-tracked through the game, able to catch every play but bypassing the hub-bub between plays. All games should be viewed this way, you can get through 3.5 hour game in 45 mins.
Jon Kitna became the man yesterday. I bet my ol’ man was comparing him to Bobby Layne or some tough guy QB that the NFL hasn’t seen in 20 years (Brett Farve and Steve Young excepted). Talk about carrying a team on your back and making things happen.
While Kitna displayed admirable toughness, the same can’t be said for the rest of the offense. What a bunch of wussbags. I think the defense should take that pathetic waste of space called an offensive line behind the woodshed and make them man up. Enough of this. The Lions haven’t seen a decent offensive lineman since Jeff Hartings, and even he was very average. How I miss Lomas Brown and Jeff Glover.
I like the four WR set. And the offensive playcalling is well done. Have a sorry RB? Fine, don’t call his number. Good for you, Mike Martz. Go with your strengths and make the defense stop you. Or just let Roy Williams fumble the ball. Sheesh, another wussbag.
I will say this about the defense – man are they flying to the ball and man are they laying some lumber. I guarantee that Minnesota’s offense is glad Hanson hit that FG in OT. I don’t think they wanted any more smacked around from the Lions D. Now Marinelli has to instill that toughness into the offensive line.
And thank you Directv for actually showing a game I paid for. I learned last week that just because you pay for something at Directv you shouldn’t expect to actually receive the service – if they give you part of the service that is good enough for them.
For the third time in five years the Detroit Lions won their opening game, this time on the road against a pretty pathetic Oakland Raiders squad. Despite the Raiders lack of competence, I came away pretty impressed with the Lions (of course I was impressed last year too and see where that got the Lions). At least if the Lions are going to lose I’d like them to lose looking good. Which is more than I can say about the Lions under Ross, Mohrniweg, and Mariucci.
With the exception of the running game, I thought this team looked pretty solid all the way around. I think this team is going to surprise some people, and I think a .500 record this year is possible. Nice to see Calvin Johnson grab a TD pass, although Charles Rogers had two TDs in his debut and he looked like a world beater back then.
Also nice to see Shaun Rogers back in the lineup making plays, and nice to see Kalimba Edwards get to the QB. This defensive line looks pretty solid, which it needs to be given the lack of run support at LB and lack of cover corners.
Enjoyed watching the game today with friends, even if we did lose the HD signal for the first half. Damn you Directv!
The most amazing piece of technology I have owned is not my T-Mobile Wing, not my Directv HD, not my Garmin 60Csx, nor my iPod Nano. No, the most amazon thing I’ve ever owned is a gift from my folks last Christmas: the Celestron Sky Scout.
This thing is un-friggin-believeable! It is touted as a personal planetarium, and its just that. Want to know what that bright (or not-so-bright) object is in the sky? Look through the viewfinder, find the object, and press “target.” The Sky Scout tells you what it is. Want to find a star or planet or galaxy? Use the intuitive user interface to select the name of the object you want to find. The Sky Scout then gives you directions through the viewfinder to find your object, using arrows to move you in the right direction.
Looking for a constellation? Look it up, and it will show you all the stars in the constellation, allowing you to trace it. It also provides deep descriptions of each star, constellations it is a part of, and layman’s terms on how to find it (e.g. “the third star in the big dipper’s handle”).
What’s amazing to me is that it simply works! It uses GPS, and will take a couple minutes to fix on the GPS satellites. From there, given the time of year and the angle you are holding the device, it knows what you are looking at. Amazing.
I am not sure if this is new or I just haven’t paid attention in past years, but I tried the Player Tracker feature this morning. I think it’s a feature that comes with the new DVR, as it requires you to press some special buttons on the new remote to interact with it. You get a menu of options allowing you to display scores or the player tracker on the screen, or go straight to the red zone channel or the game mix channel.
Anyway, back to the player tracker. Apparently it allows you to mark players that you want to receive alerts on throughout the day. Hopefully not every yard gained but just scores. I was impressed with how easy it was to set up – about three minutes to do both my team and my opponents team. It shows a menu of teams that you can cycle through, and clicking on a team brings up their starters and a defense entry – just mark the player you want to track. Excellent usability and excellent efficiency.
Directv and Yahoo should team up to combine content and delivery. That would be a killer combination.
Of course, if this is annoying, it is easily turned off.
I’ve been studying Hebrew lately, and tranlating the New Testament of the Good Book for good practice. I’ve found my translations differ greatly from the King James version. Let’s take Revelations 11:19 for example…
And you will know to prepare for my return when the BCS shall take Notre Dame into its bowl games despite Notre Dame’s suckiness, and thus Notre Dame will be embarassed in front of the world with its performance in said bowl games. As my return draws near I will mark the time one week in advance when the arrogance that is Notre Dame and the pompousness that is Michigan will both begin the football season 0-2. And when the clock striketh 0:00 one week from that time and you see that two teams hath both lost on a single field of battle, you will know my name is the Lord. And a great gate to the heavens will open from the field through the north end zone and into my open arms. And the evil that is Notre Dame will be banished from bowl games forever.
Or something like that.