NFL: Finally a good week

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Sunday afternoon, I was going to write a post asking the NFL to stop putting the Dallas Cowboys on prime time. They don’t deserve it. They have played awful to mediocre for several years. Then the Cowboys came out and absolutely played the best game that I have seen in years. They spanked the New Orleans Saints. This was the same team that embarrassed the Cowboys last year by racking up 40 first downs a NFL record.

Tonight the always great New England Patriots did what they have never done during the Brady era. They have laid an egg on national television. The Kansas City Chiefs ran and passed their way to a rout. They smacked the New England Patriots. Jamal Charles, Knile Davis ran inside and outside and all over the Patriots. Alex Smith had time in the pocket and he looked sharp. It was a very impressive performance. Then to add to the problems that the Patriots were facing, the Chiefs showed up with a defense. They pressured Brady into some bad decisions and plenty of turnovers. It was a great night if you hate the Patriots or like to see someone else win every once in a while.

The marquee game of the weekend was the San Francisco 49ers verses the Philadelphia Eagles. Let me start by saying that I don’t like the Eagles. To me, a great Cowboys season always includes beating the Eagles not once but twice. This was an entertaining game from start to finish. The Eagles high flying, smoke and mirrors offense was grounded by a strong and fast 49ers defense. It is unclear where this defense has been all year but that showed up on Sunday. The Eagles stayed in the game with defense and special teams touchdowns. The 49ers offense made enough plays to snag the win.

For the first time in weeks, Ray Rice and Greg Hardy was not the focus of the NFL. Adrian Peterson wasn’t the focus of a Minnesota Vikings team that figured out how to play offense and defense without their best player being on the field. They won against an Atlanta Falcons team that nobody can figure out with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback and he looked very good.

This was a good week for the NFL.

Latte Salute (Update)

President Obama salut saluting the troops holding Barney in his armses a Marine as he gets off of Marine One. The president has a coffee cup in his right hand. It appears that he is buttoning his jacket with this left hand.

Ed Rogers wrote in WaPo about how Obama plans everything so reason would dictate that he must have planned the salute as a sign of disrespect. Hogwash. I have never read Ed Rogers’ stuff. I’m not going to bash him, but it appears to be his logic. Just because Obama plans and discusses and thinks doesn’t mean that every single second he is thinking about his every move. That would be very tiring if Obama thought about every single move he makes. Every foot step. Every gesture. Everything. No one could live like that.

In a way I feel sorry for Obama. He has undergone more worthless criticism than any other president. There is a whole network that is devoted to hating Obama 24/7/365. It doesn’t matter what he does. If he swims he is called an elitist. Why doesn’t he sit on the beach like everyone else. If he could walk on water, folks would complain that he couldn’t swim and he is an elitist. This is just another non-issue. Let’s move on to something more interesting. Continue reading

Why Donald Trump Bears No Economic Risks

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From Robert Reich:

Thirty years ago, on its opening day in 1984, Donald Trump stood in a dark topcoat on the casino floor at Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza, celebrating his new investment as the finest building in Atlantic City and possibly the nation.

Last week, the Trump Plaza folded and the Trump Taj Mahal filed for bankruptcy, leaving some 1,000 employees without jobs.

Trump, meanwhile, was on twitter claiming he had “nothing to do with Atlantic City,” and praising himself for his “great timing” in getting out of the investment.

In America, people with lots of money can easily avoid the consequences of bad bets and big losses by cashing out at the first sign of trouble.

The laws protect them through limited liability and bankruptcy.

But workers who move to a place like Atlantic City for a job, invest in a home there, and build their skills, have no such protection. Jobs vanish, skills are suddenly irrelevant, and home values plummet.

They’re stuck with the mess.

Bankruptcy was designed so people could start over. But these days, the only ones starting over are big corporations, wealthy moguls, and Wall Street. (more…)