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Archive for December 2017

Remembering the 1967 Ice Bowl

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On December 31, 1967, The Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers met in the NFL title game….legendary game now known as “The Ice Bowl”…..Green Bay scored with seconds to go…..click to watch”

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December 31, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Remember the Ice Bowl? Nobody mentioned climate change then!

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As a new arrival in Wisconsin, I found myself falling in love with the Packers.  The Braves moved to Atlanta in 1965, so Lombardi’s Packers were the only local team around.  (I did love the 1965 A.L. champion Minnesota Twins because they had four great Cuban players, but that’s for another post)

On December 31, 1967, the Ice Bowl, as they now call it, was played under the old NFL rules: the NFL champ met the AFL champ in what they later called the Super Bowl.

It was a brutally cold morning.  It was so cold that my mother asked my brother and me in Spanish: “Are they going to cancel the game?”  We responded that they didn’t cancel games in the U.S.! 

The Packers-Cowboys came down to the last few minutes.  Green Bay was down, and Bart Starr got to work:

On first and 10, Starr faked a double[-]handoff to Mercein and Anderson and then threw a swing pass to Anderson, who gained 6 yards in the right flat.  Mercein then ran right for 7 yards and a first down.

Starr hit Dowler over the middle for 13 yards.  Dowler suffered a concussion on the play when Cowboys cornerback Cornell Green tackled him and his helmet slammed into the frozen ground.

On the next play, Mercein missed a chip block on Townes, who tackled Anderson for a 9-yard loss.  But then Starr threw consecutive passes to Anderson in the right flat.  The first went for 12 yards and the second for 9 and a first down.

Then Starr lobbed a pass to Mercein, who was alone in the left flat.  Mercein eluded linebacker Dave Edwards and gained 19 yards before stumbling out of bounds at the Cowboys’ 11.

The drive, before John Elway coined the term, was amazing.  I watched it recently, and it is just fabulous to watch Starr outfox the Cowboys.

Eventually, Starr himself took the ball in, and Green Bay beat Dallas once again in the NFL title game.

Fifty years have flown by since my brother and I watched that game.  My father had a second job at a hotel that day, and he called in a couple of times for game updates.  My mother had little to say, but she did tell us to wear something heavy if we decided to go out and play football in the snow.

Today, I live in Dallas, and that game draws a totally different reaction from my friends down here.

Of course, it was so cold back then, and nobody called it climate change.  They called Wisconsin weather, as I recall!

I miss that NFL a lot!

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December 31, 2017 at 6:43 am

We look back at the top stories 2017 and ahead to 2018 

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They are freezing up north….chilly here too…..we will look back at the big stories of 2017……and chat about a couple of trends for 2018……..Happy # 82 to Sandy Koufax………..and other stories………….

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Source: We look back at the top stories 2017 and ahead to 2018 12/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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December 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Rahm and Trump Derangement Syndrome

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A friend from Chicago lamented recently that his city is going to the Devil, and the local leadership just wants to talk about Trump’s tweets!

My friend is right, according to news reports:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a good year at the expense of city residents – and for that he might want to thank President Donald Trump.

Despite presiding over a city with rampant money and crime problems, Democrat Emanuel has bolstered his approval ratings and become the rising star of the left by placing himself front and center in the anti-Trump “resistance movement.”

Emanuel declared the Windy City a “Trump-free zone,” prevailed in a legal battle against the White House over threats to cut funding from sanctuary cities, and came out in strong support of combatting climate change – an apparent dig at Trump for pulling out of the Paris Agreement.

 

Most importantly for Emanuel, his profile has risen – with political pundits floating his name as a possible Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, even as he openly says he is not interested.

It’s a lot of nonsense, but it keeps the mayor alive politically.

From coast to coast, we see more and more Democrats avoiding the tough issues by simply activating their TDS.  It is not helping their constituents, who are voting with their feet by leaving and taking their taxable income with them.  Nearly 450,000 people fled these three deep blue states in 2017!

Emanuel in 2020?  I don’t see it, but stranger things have happened.  At the same time, my guess is that a large chunk of the aforementioned 450,000 are not going to vote for the policies they are rejecting!

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December 30, 2017 at 6:40 am

People leaving blue states plus 2018 midterms and other stories

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They are freezing up north….chilly here too…..it is way too early to speculate about the 2018 midterm elections……it could go different ways……..over 450,000 people moved out of blue states over the last year…….Happy # 71 to Marianne Faithfull…….and other stories………….

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Source: People leaving blue states plus 2018 midterms and other stories 12/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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December 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Very good update about Mexican Tourism and Tourist Security

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December 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

All of this talk about a “wave” in November is premature…..

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December 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm