Thursday, October 26, 2006


I turned over the website for the former football team - and they changed hosting providers....

So the banner and my links are gone for a little while. I'm too lazy to rehost them for the moment, and I ask for your forgiveness at my naked blog for a day or two.

But Blogger's picture thingy still works, so here's two pictures I like.

It's been WAY too long since we've had that beautiful face on here.

Those are two of my dogs. Well, kinda my dogs. My parents own three dogs, and they've had those two since they were puppies. The third, Beezer (not pictured), was rescued from a home that was going to get rid of him when he was 10 years old - so my parents took him in. The yellow lab is Shelby, who was a prodigy genius of a puppy, and then went bat-shit crazy. She's very hyper, and is an attention whore. But she was such an awesome puppy, we still love her. PJ, the black lab, is a perfect dog. Not an attention whore, but will quietly sit by you, won't bark just to make some noise, and smiles when you do pet her. She also loves picking up the rubber toy teeth they have, and holding it in her mouth like in the picture.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

I'm Nort's Bookie...

I was gonna post about all the games... and how Nort only has three right so far this week... but instead I'm just gonna bitch about the Arizona game.

How does Leinart almost pull off the upset of the year last week, and then lay an absolute goose egg against the Raiders?? The Raiders?? He faced tougher teams in COLLEGE.

Wow. It's tough being a Packer fan right now, but if I were a Cardinals fan, I'd keep all sharp objects away from myself.

And other note, the Buccaneers kicker made a 62 yard field goal to win the game. The NFL record is 63. We're supposed to be impressed when a guy makes a 50 yarder. A sixty two yard field goal??? They count the ten yards of the endzone in FG yardage, so that means the guy kicked from beyond midfield!! They snapped the ball from the Philly 45, and he kicked it from the Bucs 48!!!

So how come teams don't try this more often? Why do you never see guys lining up for 57,58,59 yard field goals? There's plenty of times when a team is at the 40-45 yard line, and with the last play of the game they take a shot at the endzone? Apparently, peeps can make it from that far out.

And an extension of that is, why do they only stay seven yards behind the line of scrimmage for a kick? If they have that good of legs, why don't they kick from 10-15 yards behind the LOS? They'd NEVER have a kick blocked then. I don't get that either.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Coolest Video You'll See Today

Click here for the video. They've slowed it down a little - but I love how no one comes running to his aid after the break. They just let him writhe in agony before someone comes into the picture. High comedy right there.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Within These Castle Walls...

William: Nort's actually having to do work today while I've sat on my ass and quoted printer prices online.

me: isn't that how it usually works?

William: Actually... yea... now that you mention it.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

"This One Time, At Band Camp..."

I've only ever known one person who was a part of UW's band, and he may have been the strangest person I've ever known. And that's saying alot.

He was the kind of person that while attending UW, climbed up the scaffolding on Bascom hall ( a famous old hall at UW ), and at 2am, was singing the Wisconsin fight song - over and over - at the top of his lungs. Police were called after a few minutes, and they told him to come down. He was enjoying the view, so he yelled down to police a request....

He asked that if he sat quietly for five minutes, if he could stay up there to enjoy the view, then he'd come down peacefully and be arrested.

They agreed.

Seems that he would have fit right in with the band. There's a local story here, and it even made national news on ESPN.

In unrelated Badger news - even this shocked me.

Which team has cranked out more NFL draft weekend picks over the last six years: USC, Texas, LSU, Oklahoma, Michigan, Auburn, or Wisconsin?

I should have known that - but it's Wisconsin, with 31 draft picks. That's one more than USC, two more than LSU, three more than Oklahoma, nine more than Texas, six more than Michigan, and 12 more than Auburn.

Wow. And since I'm prolly the only one that finds that factoid interesting, I now return you to your daily grind.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

One Step Closer...

Fuckin $96 for pants???!?!? Are you kidding me? All those kids in the Nike sweatshops, and they want twice as much for the pants as they do the jerseys?

Friday, October 06, 2006

Nort Says...

Nort only eats chicken strips, pizza, and plain hamburgers. THAT'S IT. So I guess he won't be cutting in front of anyone at Six Flags this year.

Story here. And make sure to check out the video.

The Heir Apparent

.... at least until we draft Brady Quinn.

Aaron Rodgers (#12) - "C'mon Brett. It'll be funny!"
Brett Favre ( #4) - "NO."
Aaron - "Please? Just for a second?"
Brett - "Stop it, man."
Aaron - "Just put your arms down for one second! C'mon! Four and Twelve! Just like last year!"

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

I'm Like Brett Favre...

... except without the multi-million dollar contract, the good looks, the rocket arm, the millions of fans, the endorsement deals.... well, just about everything else - except I do play quarterback, and I have the option to retire this offseason. So yeah, I'm nothing like Favre. I just wanted an excuse to get his name in the blog, and see if that gives me a traffic spike for the day.

( not that it matters, cuz I haven't hardly posted shit this last month )

Anyways - I informed the team this past week that I would not be returning. Those close knew that the decision had already been made. Those that know me well, know that I'm a 'what-if' guy... and once I make a decision, I'll go with it... but making the decision weighs pretty heavy sometimes.

With that, there was the small thought of 'what-if things change next year?' What if the short one doesn't come back?' And a host of other thoughts. But I stayed in a bad situation WAY too long before, and went ahead and pulled the plug on this one.

What ever doubts I had when I let them know, were immediately removed after the first phone call. I called someone on the coaching staff, and the conversation went something like this:
Me: Hi. I just wanted you to hear it from me, and not secondhand, but I'm not going to return to the team next year. I gave it alot of thought, and I know the team wanted decisions from everyone as early as possible... so after thinking it over, and not really having a change of heart after the last few weeks, I've made my decision.
Coaching staff: Oh. Okay. Well, best of luck to you then.
Me: Ummmm..... okay. Thanks.

Not really how I thought that would go. The 5% of doubt I had about not returning was pretty much wiped from the board on that call. At least my call to the owners went a little better. They understood why I made the decision, and tried to talk me out of it. So I've got that going for me.

And that all leads to what happens next. I can still play. I'm not quite 30 yet ( but almost. Will beat me to it by eight months, so Know What I Mean would like to give Will a big birthday shout out. From the looks of it, he drank enough for the both of us on his birthday, but hopefully he had a good time. At least till the next morning. ) - so it would be a different story if I didn't have any skills left. I don't want to hang them up.

Which leaves me with two other choices. Join a different team, or start a new one from scratch. I've already switched teams once in the last two years. A new team means learning a new offense, and timing routes with new players. But no paperwork headaches. And that last point is a pretty big one.

A new team, however, is an interesting choice. There's some discussion as to the viability of me playing quarterback on a team that I would be an owner of... but with all the discussions I've had... I can't find a reason why it WOULDN'T work. Anyone I've talked to about being in on the administrative side all have good heads about them. Several of them already have good ideas, and the ball isn't really even rolling yet. I could hopefully install my own offense ( one from a few years ago that we ran ) - so it wouldn't be learning a new offense, but rather teaching an offense. I could give Tiny total control over the defense. I have people that are willing to step into coaching roles.

It all would work.

And that's the scary part. I can't really come up with a scenario where it wouldn't work, if the people that are interested come on board.

Or I could just say 'fuck it', and go play for the Evil Empire. They're STILL looking for a serviceable quarterback. They would pay gas money to practice, and meal money on the road.

It changes a little from day-to-day, but I'm leaning towards a new team. Kiki is even putting together some logo mockups for me. If I could figure out how to JavaScript voting on the blog, maybe we'll vote for the new logo.

Or, maybe I'll just retire.