Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 86

On the Ticket Decision
The NFL knowing the newly added seats would not be ready for the Super Bowl is one thing, but keeping quiet about it is another. Fans buy a legitimate ticket; pay for airfare, lodging, food, and other expenses; and then arrive to the game to find out they can’t get in. Heck yes these people should sue the NFL (and did) … and they should settle for big bucks.

On Short Shorts

  • Sure Christina Aguilera screwed up the national anthem’s words, but even if that didn’t happen, I didn’t enjoy her interpretation.
  • Sarah and Bristol Palin are seeking a trademark on their names. At least their won’t be any intellectual property involved.
  • Daughter Bristol is writing her memoirs. Wow … that has to be riveting.
  • As federal budget talks approach and the rhetoric heats up, keep in mind that all sides play their own version of the shell game.
  • John Avalon writes about the audience decline of the talking heads of the far right. If true, this helps confirm that they and GOP leadership are misreading the recent election results.
  • There is an iPhone app for Roman Catholics to take confession. Huh? Yep … and news enough for columnist Maureen Dowd to have a take. However, this Reuters article says nah baby nah.
  • For those interesting in addressing Social Security, read this blog conservation between columnists David Brooks and Gail Collins.

On Burn the Floor
We recently saw the travelling production of Burn the Floor. I would describe it as the following: impressive, entertaining, energetic, athletic, sexy, precise, fast-paced, and fun.

On Solutions for Washington
Sometimes the Republicans have the best idea – other times, the Democrats provide the solution. Other times, we need a blended compromise. Yet other times, we need to do something that Capitol Hill has (at least) meager ability to do – to look outside the box of party lines for a new solution.

On the PGA Season
I enjoy watching the PGA tournaments on the weekend, especially Sunday afternoon. Now that the PGA season is underway, I love this past commercial. Have a safe weekend everyone.

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12 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 86

  1. Hello Frank! Oh. so many short notes! Whew!

    Where did C. Aguillera screw up the national anthem? Just wondering. NFL? We’ve watched it but haven’t been able to watch the opening ceremony.

    David Funk has told me about how expensive NFL tickets are. My boyfriend and I can never afford to buy ‘em for the next two seasons…. or longer. *sigh*

    HOpe all is good! Hugs!

    • Hi Maxi,
      Price of Super Bowl tickets is high … then one has to get there, have a place to stay, eat, etc … quite an expensive trip for anyone …. let alone coming from Sweden!

      Thanks for stopping by, have a good weekend!

  2. Happy Friday Frank!

    :::Shudder::: I still can see/hear Christina Aguillera’s rendition of your National Anthem last Sunday.

    I agree with your observation at Al’s “2012” last Monday, your anthem is not a rock song. “The Star-Spangled Banner” is touching-motivating by itself.

    Maxi, instead of singing the line “o’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming,” Christina sang “what so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming.” To me it was not so much the fubbing of the words, it was how she presented it.

    iPhone app for Roman Catholics to take confession, now that is wild… “Forgive me iphone for I have sinned…” can they save their sins as they commit them? Sins on a run… What’s next eh? Hahaha

    Have a great weekend Frank!

  3. OOpsie, I’ve inserted the video twice…

    Frank, feel free to remove the second one, watching it once is bad enough… :roll:

    Sorry to Christina’s fans here, I just do not care for her style of singing.

  4. I’m just waiting for the snow to leave so I can just get out and practice my swing again. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t taken the time to follow the PGA like I use to. Going to get back on schedule. Thanks for the reminder :)

    • Hey hey …. it’s Mr. Valentine! Great to see you here.

      I’m with you … the weekend pasted and I didn’t see one swing – thus will try again next weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. How about one more short? The pro-Democracy demonstrators have made SHORT work of Mubarak. Mubarak left the country SHORTly after fleeing Cairo to Sharm-el-Sheikh (I hope that’s close). The Army has SHORTened the parliament’s term to end today. And hopefully, in a few SHORT months (about 6 1/2), Egypt can elect a brand new government that is long on democracy and SHORT on oppression. For those of you who missed the Berlin Wall coming down, put this on your SHORT list of days you’ll remember forever! (You’re right, us old farts should add it to our list as well!)

  6. Hi Frank!

    Couldn’t agree with you more about the unfortunate incident involving the fans left out in the cold by the NFL. It’s an unfortunate occurrence, and hopefully the NFL will demonstrate some Good Faith and compensate these folks, and take the necessary measures to ensure future fans who have driven/traveled such great lengths are not turned away.

    Also, like the way you wisely pointed out that sometimes there are viable solutions shared by either political party, but there are times when neither party may offer the best solution, so a concerted effort in the best interests of the American people should be explored…

    Have a great week my friend. Carpe Diem!

    • Al,
      The NFL surely dropped the ball when it was in their court. Of course I’m sure they have plenty of excuses for not acting in a prudent manner – thus the reason the lawsuits came forward. On the other hand, that doesn’t mean the NFL won’t step to the plate for a reasonable settlement.

      Thanks for stopping by & have a great week too!

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