Fatherhood – The funny things that kids do

This is something I never saw coming.  My son is around 3 1/2 years old and he is very creative.  This Christmas, Santa brought our daughter a doll house  and sometimes our son will play with it.  I think it is very good for him to play with it because it stimulates his imagination.  It includes such movable items as a table, chairs, a mommy doll, a daddy doll, a baby doll, a kitchen sink with refrigerator attached, and a toilet. 

Well, often times, when the kids are quiet in the other room away from their parents, that means they are up to something and this time it is my son.  My wife walks in the other room and sees my son squatting in front of the toy toilet. My wife looks at my son’s grinning face, he grinning because he thinks he accomplished something big. He just went pee in that toy toilet.  Hey, at least he has good aim and stopped after the toilet was full.  :>  Of course, when he learns that we are not happy with his stunt, who does he blame, his sister.  What an imagination that boy has,  I can’t wait to see what he does next.

Fisher Price Doll House Toliet with Pee

The Legend of Superbowl 42 Part 2 – Gigantic Upset

 It was suppose to be perfection,  19 – 0, but it turned out to be an awesome upset.  Congrats to the Superbowl Champs, the New York Giants.  The Giants’ defense pressured Tom Brady all night and this allows Eli Manning and the offense to mount an awesome fourth quarter rally.    One word describes the New York Giants, confidence.

As of today, I no longer look at Eli as Peyton Manning’s little brother.  There are two Mannings in the league, one in Indianapolis and the one in New York, both Superbowl caliber quarterbacks. Eli’s performance in both Superbowl 42 and the playoffs has proven him as an elite quarterback.  Eli’s pass to Tyree in the fourth quarter was impressive as well as Toomer performance at wideout with 84 yards.  Eli’s touchdown to Burress with 35 seconds sealed the Patriots’ fate.  Eli’s heroics definitely earned him the Superbowl MVP.

The New York Giants defense was stellar. The Giants’ defense had the daunting task to break down the New England Patriots offensive line.  It seemed all year long Tom Brady had an eternity to dump the ball off to his receivers but tonight was different.  The Giants sacked Brady five times and pressured him over a dozen times throughout the game.  To be honest I knew very little of the Giants defense, I knew of both Strahan and Umenyiora, but tonight I was very impressed with Tuck.

The Patriots played an average game.  The running game was not impressive at all with only 44 yards; therefore it came down to the passing game.  Wes Welker was impressive with 11 catches for 103 yards, Randy Moss had 62 yards, and Faulk had 52 yards.  It came down to one thing, the New York Giants defense putting pressure on Tom Brady.  I felt all year long that the New England Patriots defense was not as dominate as previous years but ultimately the pressure from the Giants defense took Tom Brady out of rhythm.  This sealed the fate for the Patriots. 

Superbowls are typical won with defense and this was an awesome display of defense.  Not too many people gave the Giants a chance including myself but congrats to the New York Giants.  This game will definitely go down in NFL history, as a David and Goliath storyline, with David winning.

Los Angeles Lakers New Look

Well Friday’s trade with Memphis was a shocker.  Everyone knew the Lakers were in need of a big man ever since Andrew Bynum got hurt.  The Lakers go from pretender to contenders with this monster trade.  As many of you know, I am not a Kobe fan but a Lakers fan. This trade shakes up the Western Conference. 

The Lakers traded away Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton,  and a couple of draft picks.  I also heard that Aaron Mckie and the rights to Marc Gasol were in the mix as well.  The Lakers ended up with big man Pau Gasol. Let me say this was a trade that works perfect.  We get rid of Kwame “butterfingers” Brown and end up with a previous NBA All Star.  This is a very good trade for the Lakers.  Let examine the potential starting lineup for the playoffs this April.

  • Derek Fisher
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Lamar Odom
  • Pau Gasol
  • Andrew Bynum

Watch out San Antonio and Phoenix because the LA Lakers are ready for you.  I believe the Western Confernece Finals will be the LA Lakers versus the Dallas Mavericks.  Dallas will be the only really competition for the Lakers in the West.  This playoff seasons every team in the West will fear the LA Lakers. 

A thought for the NBA Finals – LA Lakers vs Boston Celtics.  I am getting goosebumps just think of that.  I know it won’t be the same as in the days of Larry Bird and the Celtics versus Magic Johnson and the Lakers but it is a chance the rivalry could be back this year in the NBA Finals.

The Legend of Superbowl 42

         Most Superbowl tend to be over-hyped. Superbowl 42 in Phoenix, Arizona televised on FOX will create an NFL Legend. The New England Patriots have been chasing the desirable prefect season all year.  A victory in Superbowl 42 will make the New England Patriots one of the greatest teams in NFL History and the only team to ever go 19-0.  The New York Giants have the daunting task to pull off one of the greatest upsets in sport’s history.  The New York Giants started the season 0-2 and barely made the playoffs.  In the playoffs the sent a message by beating Tampa Bay rather easily, they stunned the Dallas Cowboys at home, and they shocked us all with beating Green Bay in subzero temperature in overtime.

   One huge non factor will be the weather.  The last time these teams met The Patriots squeaked by with a 38 to 35 victory at the Meadowlands.  As I recall watching it on television, it was quite windy that evening.  Again I would like to thank the NFL for broadcasting that game on regular television versus just airing it on their NFL Network as it was originally scheduled.  I honestly think when the Patriots played the San Diego Charges in the AFC Championship game, the weather contributed to Tom Brady’s poor performance.  The non weather factor is a benefit for both teams but I give the edge to the Patriots. 

If the Patriots win this game, Tom Brady and Bill Bilichick guarantee themselves as legends in NFL history.  The addition to the receiver core this year has proved how great of a quarterback Tom Brady is.  Tom Brady never has a great receiver until the addition of Randy Moss this year.  Defense are forced to double Moss and that has allowed Welker to accumulate more reception than Moss.  Moss still was able to hook up with Brady for 23 record breaking TDs in one season.  Let’s not overlook the over receiver such as Welker, Gaffney, Staleworth, and Watson. Brady with 50 TDs was also able to break Manning single season TD record.  I have been very impressed with the running game with both Maroney and Faulk.  The defense is not as quite as strong as in previous year but don’t let that mislead you.   Bruschi is the heart of this defense and Seau is a man with a mission to win a Superbowl.  I don’t want to leave out anyone on the defense such as Vrabel, Harrison, Thomas, and Samuel.  Let me stop there.  This is an great team on the verge of becoming a legend this Sunday.  My guess is as good as your as who will be the hero of this team if the Patriots win.   The obvious pick should be Tom Brady but we will see on Sunday.

If the New York Giants win, it will be the biggest upset since Superbowl 36.  The Giants will complete their Mission Impossible and the Patriots perfect season will be forgotten.  I was not a believer in the Giants this season.  I was one of the many people who suggest that Eli Manning needed to be traded or get rid of coach Tom Coughlin.  Was I ever wrong or what?  What I have seen of Eli Manning and the offense in both the Dallas Cowboys’ game and the Green Bay Packers’ game is he is ready for the big time.  I think he wants to emerge fro his brother’s shadow and he has done that.  I think brotherly rivalry and not being known as Peyton’s Manning brother is driving Eli to win this Superbowl.  The running game with both Jacobs and Bradshaw is amazing.  I like the Giants running Burress, Toomer, and Shockey.   Burress is guarantee a victory and I hate when players do that.  That usually motivates the other team but Burress is a big time receiver that can light it up on the field, so watch out.    I am not too familiar with their defense but Strahan and Umenyiora are impact players on the defense.  If the Giants win and Burress has a big game then the MVP has to goto him.

Don’t expect a blowout in this Superbowl.  I think the current spread is 12 pts but I don’t think New England will cover that.  If we examine the past Superbowl victories by the New England Patriots the margin of victory is only 3 pts for each game.(Suberbowl 36 – Patriots 20, Rams 17;  Suberbowl 38 – Patriots 32, Panthers 29,  Suberbowl 39 – Patriots 24, Eagles 21.)  The Giants have been playing rather well in the post season and all the pressure is on the Patriots to win. 

Prediction:  In the second half the Patriots will be down by 3 pts.  Tom Brady drives the Patriots down the field.  The touchdown that puts them up for good will be a pass to Randy Moss.  Final Score: Patriots 35 Giants 24.

Follow up at Legend of Superbowl 42 – Gigantic Upset.