Weekend Wrapup

I hope you had a great, restful weekend. Or at least enjoyed yourself in some way. I sure did.

First off, what did you think of this weekend’s Merry Feast on The Appetizer? There were some new Christmas tunes I picked up that I had to share with you as well as a few other tracks good any time, namely the tune from Mana and Santana called Corazon Espinado. That track is tasty year around! I have more great Christmas songs from indie artists coming up next weekend. Stay plugged in here for more details.

If you are more prone to contribute money to PETA than to the NRA, you need to skip the next few paragraphs because you might not like what you find. I bought a house this past summer that sits on roughly 2 acres. I have a huge back yard with tons of pecan trees and for that reason, I have squirrels all over the place. They’ve climbed on the tansformer box that powers my house and 5 of my neighbors and knocked our power out twice in 2 months. They’re a problem. I’ve seen them climb into my neighbors’ attic and I’ve been awoken in the middle of the night by them running through my attic right above our bedroom. It’s a problem. I put moth balls up there to drive them off. That worked for 3 days. I have a large trap up there to catch them. They’re smarter than that. So I’ve done what I can to peacefully deal with this problem. And now I have a pellet gun.

With so much property in the country, I have a lot of privacy to explore and shoot stuff in the back yard. I’ve set up targets and shoot at them with the pellet gun that also shoots BBs. My buddy and I have had a great time just target shooting. But this weekend, after being awoken way too early on Saturday by something running and clawing in my attic above my bedroom, enough was enough. We spotted a furry critter in a tree and he scampered toward the house as I tried to sight him in. I couldn’t get the scope on him in time and he squeezed into the hole that he’d no-doubt dug in the side of my roof and was in the attic. We went upstairs to flush him out with no success. We came back outside and a few minutes later, spotted him again. My buddy got a few shots on him and he escaped back into the attic. We waited. We target shot some more. Then he came back out. Without getting into the gory details (which I found very intriguing to say the least), my hombre scored a beautiful head shot on the squirrel and knocked him out of the tree. It died shortly after. Suddenly, we saw no more squirrels in ANY of the other trees (there’s dozens and dozens of trees all around our house). They vanished. I didn’t see any squirrels yesterday. I want word to spread through the area squirrel community that the big white 2 story house with the large fence is to be avoided at all costs. We’ll see how long it takes for that message to get around. I saw one fur-ball in a tree in my front yard this morning. There were 2 big ones in the trees across the street. We’ll see if they stay in the front or try to move to the back. Either way, that was one of the big events of the weekend.

I also took part in something not many people know about, and that’s collecting firewood at the local recycle center. On Sundays and Mondays in Abilene, you can go to the recycle center and pick up tree trunks for firewood. The trunks are pretty large to medium size. We had a chainsaw but it didn’t work as well as we’d like. Nonetheless, we gathered quite a bit of wood and brought it back. Another buddy came over with some medal detectors to help me locate a ring I’d lost on Saturday during the squirrel hunt. We found the ring and some other unusual things. I’ll try to put some pics up later on the stuff he found.

With the medal detecting and wood chopping, I missed all of the NFL action yesterday. I’m kinda glad I didn’t try to watch the Bears play since the Pats totally demolished them at home. What a way to go down after a 5 game win streak, huh? So the Bears will probably still win the NFC North but either lose in the playoffs or, heaven forbid, go to the Super Bowl and get trounced by an AFC team like they did in 2006. That was sad. At least Danieal Manning (my favorite player) had 9 tackles.

What about the other games. Here’s my take on what happened yesterday in the greatest sport on earth. First the shockers:
If anyone other than the closet Detroit fans thought that the Lions would upset Green Bay, I’ve got to shake your hand. Seriously, the Packers only managed a field goal that the Lions broke one of the longest losing streaks in division play in all of the NFL. That was a great game. And don’t tell me that the Packers lost because Aaron Rodgers was out the whole game. Either Rodgers is the only key to the success of the Pack offense, or this whole season the Lions have really been fabulous and we’re just now starting to see it (though event the Lions were playing with a backup at QB). I think it might be both of those. But with the Bears losing, I’m pleased the Packers lost too. Still, I didn’t expect it.

How about Miami holding on against the Jets? I actually got to watch part of this one. Neither team could move the ball. It was a defense-controlled game on both sides. Sanchez is going to get a lot of crap for not scoring points and leading the team to victory, but give the Dolphins defense some credit (and the Jets defense for that matter) that it was such a low-scoring game.

Other than the Eagles only winning by 3 points and the Chargers totally demolishing KC, I pretty much expected the rest of yesterday’s games. I thought KC would put up more points and it would be closer. And I thought either Dallas would embarrass the Eagles or that Philly would annihilate the Cowboys. Neither happened.

I thought the Redskins would beat Tampa Bay. I’ve hoped all season that McNabb would throw some TDs. Neither has taken place, and the Ace Ventura joke of the day was that horrible snap by the Redskins kicker at the end of the game that iced their own team. Bad news Bears! And then there’s the Bears, who were not picked to beat NE at all, but surely it was supposed to be closer than it was. It totally puts into perspective how the season has really gone, that is unless the Pats are the greatest team in the history of the sport and they’re showing it off every year (which very well could be true). Elsewhere, Caroline never stood a chance against Atlanta (or against anyone for that matter), Buffalo beat a sloppy Cleveland team, and the Bengals seem to be competing with the Panthers for which team is the absolute worst, period.

RB Bernard Scott gets 8 yards on the ground
Let me talk about the Bengals for a second. The only person on that roster that I give a flying rat’s butt about is Bernard Scott, who played at my alma matter. He’s the backup RB behind Cedric Benson. Benson played college ball at Texas, which could mean something to me but doesn’t. He played his first 4 pro seasons with Chicago and sucked. Really sucked. He complained all the time about how we wasn’t being utilized, then they utilized him and he did nothing. The Bengals have 2 of the best at WR in the history of the sport, plus a great receiver in Jordan Shipley who’s young and maturing. And then they have Carson Palmer at the helm, who is supposed to be a great quarterback, he just doesn’t play that way. He’s a glorified Rex Grossman. Rex was great in college, had a few good games with the Bears, and now is a backup’s backup somewhere.
RB Bernard Scott gets 8 yards on the ground
Let me talk about the Bengals for a second. The only person on that roster that I give a flying rat’s butt about is Bernard Scott, who played at my alma matter. He’s the backup RB behind Cedric Benson. Benson played college ball at Texas, which could mean something to me but doesn’t. He played his first 4 pro seasons with Chicago and sucked. Really sucked. He complained all the time about how we wasn’t being utilized, then they utilized him and he did nothing. The Bengals have 2 of the best at WR in the history of the sport, plus a great receiver in Jordan Shipley who’s young and maturing. And then they have Carson Palmer at the helm, who is supposed to be a great quarterback, he just doesn’t play that way. He’s a glorified Rex Grossman. Rex was great in college, had a few good games with the Bears, and now is a backup’s backup somewhere.
QB Carson Palmer had another dismal performance
How is Palmer still starting for the Bengals? If they’re waiting for him to get out of a funk, let him defunk himself on the bench and give your depth chart a chance to improve. That improves the team. He should have been benched after the 3rd consecutive loss and 12th interception in a row. He’s not Jon Kitna, who throws 4 picks one week and comes back the next week and throws 2-3 TDs and wins the game. He’s an over-hyped college star that hasn’t been introduced to reality because someone in the management office won’t let him. Cincinnatti fans are pissed and they should be. Let the last 3 games on the schedule show you who you’re keeping and who you’re getting rid of. Maybe that also includes Benson, TO, and all of the O-line. It certainly should include Palmer. And please don’t tell me they lost so badly because they played the Stealers. Yes, Pittsburgh is good, but every team has treated the Bengals this way all season. Let reality sink in and that’s the truth that the whole team is stuck in crap-mode. It gets out of crap-mode when they evaluate who is worth the multimillion dollar contract, who isn’t, who stays, and who you kick the hell out. It’s business, and it’s time someone did it right for a change.

Wow, that was a long rant about a team I don’t really care much about. Sorry. I just hate seeing poor management operate for such a long time. Especially when you have a giant fan-base and millions of dollars in the mix. That’s just a tragedy.

If you have any comments about the opinions expressed here, or if you’d prefer me to not talk about football, the killing of innocent (they’re not really innocent people!) squirrels, and just stick to music and my radio show, you can comment here with those remarks. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.

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DGrantSmith

Host of the syndicated radio program The Appetizer heard on public radio across Texas and online from our Listen Now link; enjoys conversations, music, food, art, storytelling, and people. Connect with me. Would love to hear from you.

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  • December 25, 2010 at 10:45 AM
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    J’ai appris des choses interessantes grace a vous, et vous m’avez aide a resoudre un probleme, merci.

    – Daniel

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