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Friday, August 1, 2014


The season is fast approaching and I am excited, but is it possible, have we actually reached “Football Overload?”

Once upon a time watching a football game was a big deal.  You could go to your local High School game on Saturday afternoon, or watch the college “Game Of The Week” on TV Saturday afternoon.  Sunday was professional Football; one game, if it was your home teams away game.  If my Giants played at home, the game was blacked out.  Why?  I don’t really know.

When the Giants played at home, we listened to it on the radio.  Still it was a big deal.  The exception to this was if the Giants played at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.  We lived in New Jersey, 70 miles from Philadelphia.  When the Giants played at home against the Eagles, Pop went up on the roof and faced the antennae towards Philadelphia.

In half of all the houses in Westfield, New Jersey, there was a Pop on the roof yelling down to his son “How’s that?” It was like a visit to the ophthalmologist only yelling, “Better, better, worse, that’s good!”

Years later they eliminated home game blackouts and started broadcasting two Sunday Pro games when they added the AFL.  The Saturday college games were also broadcast over multiple networks and the TV airwaves were filled with weekend daytime football.

TV ratings were so high ABC added “Monday Night Football.”

Monday night football brought joy to a testosterone overloaded audience.  Somehow even women got caught up in Monday night football.  There were parties every Monday night to watch whoever was playing.  The announcers were Frank Gifford, who called play by play, the expert, Dandy Don Meredith was Mr. Personality, and the whole country formed a love hate relationship with Howard Cosell.   

Soon, Sunday Night Football was on TV, College games were televised Friday nights and Saturday nights.  Cable started broadcasting College games all day Saturday on multiple channels.  High School games are now telecast Saturday morning and Friday nights.

Thursday night became time for college football, and last year games were also aired on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  The week was complete, football every day, and unlimited football all weekend.

This year the NFL is broadcasting Thursday Night Football.

Is it possible, has TV actually reached Football overload?  What person  could possibly watch football every single night.  Who could watch all day on Saturday and Sunday?  It is just not humanly possible.

Still, I’m gonna try.

Thursday, July 31, 2014



Apparently Mrs. Cranky has found a new way to stop my sometimes incessant chatter.  She gives me the silent treatment.  She just doesn’t respond to any of my questions.  This should bother me, but I know how to nudge as well as anyone.

“Are you awake?”


“What time are you going to work today?”


Nobody gives Cranky the silent treatment!

“Are you awake?”

(Me in a high pitched Mrs. C voice)  “Yes, but I am trying to sleep.”

“What time are you going to work today?”

(Me in a high pitched Mrs. C voice)  “I don’t know, probably around 3.”

“Ok, good to know, was that so hard?”

“For crap sake, I’m awake now, and I’m going to work at 3!”

“Still, was that so hard?”

“Yes, I’m trying to get some sleep!”

“Ok, but it’s a simple question, I know you are awake, why the silent treatment?”


“Excuse me?”


“Oh, I get it.”

(Me in a high pitched Mrs. C voice)  “You’re a jerk!”

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


I think it is great that some people still play board games.  Computers and apps and stuff have made most of those old popular games obsolete. 

I remember playing some board games even before Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley “Invented them.”

I understand people paying money for Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Clue, Sorry and a whole bunch of games, but there are some games that only need paper, pen, and dice to replicate.

It drives me crazy when I go through the game section of a toy store and see people paying good money for “Hangman,” “Battleship,” and “Yatzee.”  Hell, I’m surprised Parker Brothers didn’t put out an expensive version of Tic Tac Toe!

Or did they?


We played this for years without any fancy store bought board.  A paper, a pencil, you draw a hangmen’s noose, add spaces below the noose, give a clue and play.  What are people paying Parker Brothers for?  The rules…like they’re so complicated.


Milton Bradley supplies the different size ships, a board with zones, pegs, and something to separate both playing grids.  We used graph paper, penciled in our ships, and simply x’ed out every called grid block.  If a ship was hit then you said, “You hit my battleship.”  Kinda like the MB version.  Any large box cover served to separate the two sheets of graph paper.


I was taught this game by my Grandma’s friend my Aunt Betts long before it was sold on the shelf of “Toy’s R Us.”  Apparently it was a game invented by boating enthusiasts to pass the nights at sea away; hence the name “Yaghtsy” or Yatzee.  All you need for this game are dice (5), a piece of paper and a pencil to record the scoring possibilities with the dice…pair, two pair, three of a kind, full house, straight, four of a kind and Yatzee or five of a kind.

We played all of these games with materials we had at hand.  We did not need Parker Brothers.

I wonder if anyone has patented:

“Hide and go seek.”  I could package the rules with a blindfold, a clock to count to 100 and a home base.

“Tag.” Sell the rules along with a vest to be worn by “It.”

“Kick the can.” A package would include rules, a piece of chalk to draw a circle, a can, and a rock, scissor and a piece of paper to decide who is “It.”

Then there is always “Blind man’s bluff,” “Hopscotch,” “Hot potato,” “I spy,” “Keep away,” “Running bases”…the possibilities are endless.

Too bad technology has made most of these good old games obsolete.