Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Of Mice and Cheney

I was hunkered down yesterday, submitting resumes and also catching up on the TiVo backlog (Gotta catch up on OLTL), so I totally missed out on any of the news from yesterday. Until I talked with Mrs Duck later on, I was unaware that the stock market tanked and that Cheney had been a "target". Well, a target in a grand target sense.

Now, I am not one of Cheney's biggest fans, that is for sure. But he is someones husband, father and grandfather, so my human being side came out and was thankful nothing serious happened to him. Of course, the same can not be said for the soldier and other people milling around outside the air base who did not fair as well. So, here is my question. WHAT WAS HE DOING THERE??

I think of it this way. We have a colony of mice living outside our front door, ok maybe colony is strong. But they live under the front step. They stay away from me and I leave them alone. Now, the mice dont come running into our front door, probably because of the cats, not because they are a afraid of me, since I am more afraid of them.

How does this relate to Big Time? Well, the mice are smarter then him, they know exactly where they should go and should not go. I am the goverment of Afgahnistan and I guess the cats are the suicide bombers. But guess what, still havent seen a mouse. So, if you want to bolster the troops, or yell at some generals, send an email, do some video conferencing!!

On a side note, Mrs Duck is much more intune with all things financial then I am. Her words of wisdom when she heard about the market? "Gee, I wonder what Haliburton is trading at right now."

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Ear and Eye Candy

I remember how popular the last entry that included the great Jared Leto was, so why not follow it up with another video post? I say give the people what they want, I know who my readers are. Have patience, 30 Seconds to Mars is in this video, trust me.

That was the ear candy, and now for the eye candy.

Of course, I need some eye candy for me, it is my blog you know. I always used to get Rose McGowan and Bridget Moynahan confused, until Bridget went and got herself pregnant. Plus, I have a whole thing with the name Bridget, but thats another story. So, a hottie that you have heard of I am sure, ....drumroll... Rose McGowan.

Frio Manifesto Ver 1.4

As we still continue to melt out of another winter ice/snow storm, let us enjoy another honeymoon picture where the weather was perfect.

I think its sunset in San Diego, though it could be Sunrise, the sun seems to be moving right to left.

san diego 048

This is a Crosspost, so see all my photographic brillance at

Sparky's Photo Hut

Monday, February 26, 2007

Da Comments 2

Da Comments 1

Trish said...
OMHigherBeing! What a great idea!! Imagine- posting comments responses as a POST! I'm gonna try that! LOL
Seriously - lovin' it. :)
Which reminds me - gotta do a comments post. ;D

Yes, I stole this idea from Trish, check her out sometime.

Anthony said...
Unfortunately, I think we'll see Kyle in victory lane a couple of times this year, too. The little shit.
I read somewhere that it's possible that Rudd would leave the car if they either didn't win or Ricky just gets tired. If they keep running like they did last week, Ricky will probably find the energy to stick around.
Even counting the Bud Moore years, this may be the best chance he's had equipment-wise. I always thought he was a talented driver who never really hooked up with the right team for his style. In his younger days, he ran alot like Smoke ... bump 'em out of the way if they don't want to let you go!
He was my favorite when I started going to races. He ran the Piedmont Chevy then. About as reliable as the airline.

I think Ricky will have a good chance with his equipment if he just stops getting wrecked, since his luck ran out again yesterday. Two weeks though and no Jeff, Jimmie or Kyle in Victory Lane is a good thing. Piedmont Air? How long have you been watching racing???

Thursday Thirteen #23

ChupieandJ'smama said...

You know, sadly, I didn't know the whole story behind most of those. What are they teaching us in school anyway? I do know the whole Brittany Spears saga. Pretty sad statement on society isn't it? Nice TT. Sorry it'll be the last one. I always enjoyed yours.

Well, thats why I did the list, since I was pretty clueless on most of them. I thought Purdue University was named after the chicken company for the longest of times. I did know who Ringling and LaGuardia were though. And apparently the TT lives again.

crowwoman / rhian said...

I had decided to continue it as well - it's my one disciplined post a week - well sorta. The whole naming process is interesting - I have a client who is a land developer and he just started naming lakes and roads in the community after his relatives. Must be nice to have the power.

You still can have that power. Sim City 5 and Roller Coaster Tycoon, baby!

Anthony said...

That's a very cool list. I learned a few things. Never knew the source of Purdue or Austin or very much about Rittenhouse.

Do you think it was easier to be an inventor in the 1700s, when there was so much stuff left to invent?

I think it would have been easier and harder in the 1700's. So many new things to invent, but how many people do you think tried to create dynamite before someone did it successfully??

alisonwonderland said...

interesting stuff that i'd really not thought much about before. i'm going to #9(St Louis) in the summer, so i'll have to be sure to recite that information! i'll sound so smart! :o)

Bring me a good souvenir back!!

Neila said...

Wow! I love the TT's that teach me something. :-) Kudos to doing the research for that one!

It was easy, a half hour of Wikipedia! And my wandering brain to wonder about these places.

Will They or Won't They

ali said...

i'm not going to say...since i know who dies...but i think it's going to be a good episode.
i love love love friday night lights. kyle chandler totally carries that show. he's awesome!

It was funny, because in the beginning it became obvious that Kyle Chandler is a method actor, because he sure did sound like his character on Friday Night Lights. Was your spoiler right?

Nancy said...

My thoughts are Grey's: I cried thru most of the episode. Manily, because I have a Person. And, I would so call her first if and when I have to get rid of a corpse. I even emailed her this morning letting her know how much I love because of this show

I think its amazing because almost all women have a person and that person is not there husband. Probably because that is the body you will be burying Nancy :)

Neila said...

I cry at that damn show every week! I was not surprised they didn't kill her. (How's that for a double negative?) But, I was not expecting them to kill her mom. That was a surprise.
And I have been a fan of Kyle Chandler ever since he was on Homefront in the early 90's. Love him!

I actually did not cry this week. But my wife bawled enough for the both of us. No matter how goofy Meredith seems I think Mrs Duck identifies with her some.

Porn Pirate

Anthony said...

They would have really gone Google-nuts if you had found a way to mention Cecily Tynan's name in there somewhere.
She's Google Gold, baby!

Or Erin O'Hern now! Though I think I may have found a way to do just that just now.

Lady Jane Scarlett said...
I am amazed at your title-surely it will go down in the annals of great blog titles. I can't believe it-a sword!?

Please send all awards and monetary donations to my paypal account. Thank you. I will share some with you Lady Jane for part of the inspiration.

Music and Lyrics 3 Quacks

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Audiophile me would love to see Music and Lyrics; maybe I ought to line up a babysitter and surprise the Tour Manager with a night out.
Yes, me who just downloaded White Zombie, Judas Priest, and Prong to her MP3 player has an affinity for pop music. *blush*

Thanks, I knew it should have been audiophile instead of musicphile. And it is worth the effort, plus it ran under 2 hours, always aces in my book.

Slackermommy said...

I want to see Music & Lyrics just so I can see Hugh shake his butt!

You will be pleased, there is plenty of rump shaking and "crowd friendly pants"

kailani said...

I can't remember the last time we watched a movie that I wanted to see. It's usually The Cheetah Girls or High School Musical around here. *sigh*

This High School Musical seems to be the runaway hit of the century. Which I dont get actually since it was a TV movie on the Disney Channel. But, I also never really got Grease either.

And away we go with the rest of the week! Thanks for reading

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Music & Lyrics-3 quacks

Last night was another movie and burgers night in the Duck home, and the choice was an easy one, Music and Lyrics. Mrs Duck is a huge Hugh Grant fan and I like both Hugh and Drew Barrymore, especially when she lets her goofy out.

Overall, it was a formulamatic romantic comedy, but it was exactly what you like about Romantic comedies. Boy meets girl, falls in love, achieves goal, loses girl and finds her again. The perfect mindless fun.

Plus, the movie also told the truth about pop music, it can make you happy, even though it is usually fluff. And considering I am a musicphile, it hit home with me. While my Ipod is filled with Evanescence, Sarah and Springsteen, there is nothing like a good pop song on a Friday afternoon while driving along the highway. Hence, I also am a closet Justin Timberlake fan.

The only quibble is I wish they were able to get one of those tween pop stars to be the pop star in the movie that Hugh and Drew are writing for. It would have been nice to see one comfortable enough to make fun of themselves, but Haley Bennett, who can obviously sing, did a fine turn.

On a sidenote, I have absolutely no opinion on tonights Oscar's because I haven't seen too many of the movies besides The Queen. I hope Scorscece wins, just so he is no longer the best director in the world that has never won an Oscar before. Beyond that, I could care less who wins.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Friday Feast #6/#132

Onward to another great serving. Served up earlier because Center City is calling.

Where on your body do you have a scar, and what caused it? I have two scars. One is alot worse, its from where my appendix was taken out. But the other one on my finger is more interesting. I cut myself with scissors while trying to open up a parcel of firewood. On Christmas Eve. While drinking.

What is something that has happened to you that you would consider a miracle? I am not much of a miracle type person. But I will say that the fact that I have been able to make many mistakes in my life and still be happy right now is a miracle.

Name a television personality who really gets on your nerves. Jay Leno. He's just not funny and his interviewing skills are even worse.

Main Course
What was a funny word you said as a child (such as "pasketti" for "spaghetti")? I had this furry stuffed dog, named Le Mutt, but I called him pookie, because I puked on him multiple times and still would not throw him out. I think I still have it.

Fill in the blank: I have always thought ______ was ______. I have always thought Christina Aguilera was ten times more talented then Britney.

Find more feasters at Friday Feast

While our questions may sometimes be related to food, the main idea here is to feed your mind by asking thought-provoking, mind-stimulating questions.

Each Friday when you visit this meme, you will find 5 enticing courses for your mind to gobble up:
- a quick, tasty morsel to get you started
- smooth and warm to soothe your mind
- a nutritious blend of "veggies"
Main Course
- a hearty portion that is sure to satisfy
- light concoction for your sweet tooth

Porn Pirate

On a side note, my goodness I am sure my google hits will soar for that title.

But, anyway, sometimes life is a series of amazing coincidences. First I was over at my favorite blogging pirate, Lady Jane Scarlett, and she posted this interesting PSA about Itunes and pornographic material.

Then, in one of those amazing happenings that one finds from time to time, I was settled in to watch Channel 6 news, and they talked about this crazy guy in Wisconsin who was holding one of his neighbors at swordpoint over a porn movie's screams.

So, in the long run there are a few things that can be learned by this series of events.
1.Pirates are still alive and well and sharing the electronic booty
2.Porn movies should be watched with headphones if you are living in an apartment
3.Isnt it shocking that a man who saves women with the sword lives with his mother?

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Will they or wont they?

Call me silly, but I am quite excited and intrigued about tonights episode of Grey's Anatomy. Truthfully, I am always excited about this show, everyday I try and figure out how long until the new episode will be on.

So tonight is shaping up to be one of those "very special" episodes. I know I audibly gasped last week as soon as I saw Kyle Chandler at the end of the show. I think he is a terrific actor, check out Friday Night Lights sometime, and the fact that they got him to be on a show on a competing network may not have been the best news for Meredith. Plus, I think that maybe why the producers keep giving Isaiah Washington chance after chance. They dont want to shake up the chemistry that much in quick order.

So, while I am leaning towards 80/20 that Meredith will survive, I will not be stunned if she does not make it. I know others watch this show, what are your thoughts? Well duh, by the way, its one of the number one shows on TV.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #23 The Wikepedia/Last One?

Thirteen Places Named after someone

As I listened to the horrible conditions that injured soldiers were living inn while recuperating at Walter Reed, two things popped into my head. One, how could we treat some of Americas greates heroes this way. Two, who the heck is Walter Reed?? Since the second question is much easier to answer, here are thirteen places named after someone else. reed hospital-Major Walter Reed, M.D., (September 13, 1851 - November 23, 1902) was a U.S. Army physician who in 1900 led the team which confirmed the theory (first set forth in 1881 by Cuban doctor/scientist Carlos Finlay) that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes, rather than by direct contact. This insight opened entire new fields of epidemiology and biomedicine and most immediately allowed the resumption and completion of work on the Panama Canal (1904-14) by the United States.

2.Rittenhouse square-David Rittenhouse (April 8, 1732 – June 26, 1796) was a renowned American astronomer, inventor, mathematician, surveyor, scientific instrument craftsman, and public official. Rittenhouse was a member of the American Philosophical Society and the first director of the United States Mint.

3.Laguardia Airport-Fiorello Henry LaGuardia (born Fiorello Enrico LaGuardia; December 11, 1882 – September 20, 1947) was the Republican Mayor of New York for three terms from 1934 to 1945. He was popularly known as "the Little Flower," the translation of his Italian first name, also perhaps a reference to his short stature of just 5 feet. A popular mayor and a strong supporter of the New Deal, LaGuardia led New York's recovery during the Great Depression and became a national figure, serving as President Roosevelt's Director of Civilian Defense during the run-up to the United States joining the Second World War.

4.Ringling house and art museum, Sarasota, Florida-John Ringling (May 31, 1866 - December 2, 1936) was the most well-known and the most successful of the five Ringling brothers, who merged the Barnum & Bailey Circus with their own Ringling Brothers Circus to create a virtual monopoly of traveling circuses and helped shape the circus into what it is today.

5.Liacouras center, Sporting complex for Temple University
-Peter James Liacouras
Liacouras was the President of Temple University from 1981-2000. He is also a former Dean of the Temple University School of Law. He is currently chancellor of Temple University. During his presidency, the University underwent a building boom. He oversaw expanded sports, medical, housing, and learning facilities

6.Benaroya Hall Seattle-Jack A. Benaroya (born 1921) is a noted philanthropist and prominent civic leader in Seattle, Washington. He supports cultural, educational and medical groups with his donations. He is a former director of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of King County (Seattle).

7.Purdue University-John Purdue (born October 31, 1802 in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, died September 12, 1876) was a famous industrialist based in Lafayette, Indiana and the primary original benefactor of Purdue University. In 1862 the Morrill Act passed congress and the competition was on to find a location for a land grant college in Indiana. Bidding was fierce between Indiana University in Bloomington, Northwestern Christian in Indianapolis, and the Stockwell and Battle Ground Collegiate Institutes. After the death of influential Lafayette senator Albert S. White the Stockwell bid fell through. Years of wrangling failed to reach a compromise. In 1865 the state started the State Normal College (later Indiana State University) partly to relieve some of the pressure. In order to make Tippecanoe county stand out various locals stepped up with offers of land and money. By 1869 Tippecanoe's bid was up to nearly $400,000 in cash, land and bonds but the legislature still stalled. At this point Purdue stepped forth with $100,000 of his personal wealth. His only conditions on the money was that the college be located in Battle Ground and that his surname be associated with it. After some more negotiations (where the name of the university was chosen and Purdue was added to the board of trustees) Purdue's donations were raised to $150,000 and 100 acres of land. The negotiations also allowed the new board of trustees to choose the site of the university. (for the longest time I thought it was named after the Chicken guy)

8.Commodore Barry Bridge-John Barry (1745 – 13 September 1803) was an officer in the Continental Navy and later in the United States Navy. Barry was born in Tacumshane, County Wexford, Ireland and appointed a Captain in the Continental Navy 7 December 1775. He commanded Lexington and Alliance. He also had a hand in the establishment of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Commodore Barry died at Strawberry Hill, near Philadelphia on 13 September 1803, and was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Philadelphia.

9.St Louis, Missouri-St. Louis is known for its long standing French and German heritage and Victorian past. Louis IX or Saint Louis (April 25, 1215 – August 25, 1270) was King of France from 1226 until his death. Born at Poissy, near Paris, he was a member of the Capetian dynasty and the son of King Louis VIII and Blanche of Castile.

10.Smithsonian-James Smithson, FRS, MA (1764 – June 27, 1829) was a British mineralogist and chemist noted for having left a bequest in his will to the United States of America, which was used to fund the Smithsonian Institution. Smithson had never been to the United States, and the motive for the specific bequest is unknown. There is an unsourced tradition within the (existing) Percy family that it was to found an institution that would last longer than his father's dynasty. It is also said that he hated the British monarchy system (perhaps because he was unable to continue his family's title of nobility) and liked the U.S.'s revolutionary spirit.[citation needed] He also lived in France for a while during their revolution

11.Thomas and Mack Center-The facility is named after two prominent Nevada bankers, E. Parry Thomas and Jerome Mack, who donated the original funds for the feasibility and land studies. (its Las Vegas, you would think it would be called the Harrah's Center or something like that)

12.Hardees-Hardee's founder Wilbur Hardee opened his first restaurant in Greenville, North Carolina in 1960. On the strength of its two distinctive signature sandwiches (the Big Deluxe and the Big Twin), the chain experienced rapid growth by franchising and, to a lesser extent, by acquiring other restaurant chains.

13.Austin, Texas--Stephen Fuller Austin (November 3, 1793 – December 27, 1836), known as the "Father of Texas," led the second and ultimately successful colonization of the region by the United States. (so why is the college nickname the Lumberjacks?)

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Just in Case

you were wondering why the evil "bitch" on Lost looked familiar...


Da Comments 1

and warning, this could be tipsy typing...

My Snotty Valentine

Christie said...

raspberry cream cookies and crab cakes! you're welcome at my house anytime!

I dont think Mrs Duck will allow that, now, if you want to do a double date, all bets are off.

Panic "Not" at the Disco

crowwoman / rhian said...

I know exactly the feeling you're talking about and was deluded enough to believe that once ya grew up it would all be better. Ummm - nope. I usually get that Rock-in-the-Pit-of-Stomach when I'm overwhelmed, or worried that life's about to kick my ass. It has happened on rare occassion that i'll have a flashback - maybe that's what you were experiencing?

I am hoping its a flashback, Sundays would really suck if this happened all the time.

Anthony said...

It's like that creepy feeling I get when I hear the end music on "Saturday Night Live". Can't explain it.

Yes, but it is a great song

Wordnerd Challenge
Wordnerd said...

See how easy that was? I'm so proud...brought a tear to my eye, actually. Thanks for being a good sport.

But you know, I really am all about the goat love.

who doesnt love the Goats. And if I am nothing else, I am a good sport.

Tug said...

Oh had me at the goat love, & totally LOST me at Clinton. I'm going to scrub my brain with bleach now.

Tug, lets remember my age. Clinton was the only time that I won. He has to be my hero.

liv said...

Wow. It was so convincing for a moment that I almost thought better of reading further for all of that right wing drivel!

Liv, its all about keeping your friends close and your enemies ever closer.

Jay said...
Don't be down on the goats, my man.
Love #5.

Ties are the one way a business man can express himself

Colleen Gleason said...
See...I knew there was a reason I liked you. An all boys Catholic school, huh?
Me, I went to the girls' version, complete with knee-highs, plaid skirts, vests, and senile nuns.

And I knew there was a reason I liked you, not only did i go to an all boys school, but Mrs Duck went to an all girls catholic school. She hated every minute and wants to know if your nuns were a senial as hers.

Along Comes Milton

amy said...

I dont think me or hubby ( ever told you but my brother is from Philly. Hes a international dj and loves it up there. Thanks for participating in my poll. We enjoy reading your blog

I believe I knew your Hubby was from Philly, and thanks, keep reading. We up in the city of Brotherly love may get it right someday.

id="comment-4808964073455914758">Anthony said...

Milton running for mayor may be Philadelphia's only chance to have a Republican elected mayor.
I still remember when him and his brother John were raising Hell in City Council - screaming and fighting. Whatever happened to John?
Oh yeah ... twice.
Can't blame me. I live in Jersey. Just like Milton.

Yes, but they are enternatining, I wish I knew Milton when he was in the council, it woul dhave been must see TV. And while I say I am in Philly, Im in the suburbs, but no one cares who my Mayor is.

The reason I was pulling for 01

Anthony said...
Yep, pretty much. One of those guys who is consistent, but not fortunate enough sometimes - like last Sunday. He wiggled just enough coming out of turn 4 that "Smiley" was able to nudge him.
Like the old days when they used to race to the flag on cautions. They've since changed that rule. Funny how they didn't envoke it then.
I think they were right to do it, since the crash was behind the leaders, but it stuck me as a bit inconsistent.
Nice that Rudd is driving again, though. He'll win a couple if he races the whole schedule.

The cautions drive me nuts because I cant figure them out totally. Though as I said on some one elses blog, as long as that little Chit Kyle Busch didnt win I was happy enough. Can you tell I hate all of Hendrick Motorsports??

Rudd is running Yates, he will be up at the front almost every week, it will be up to him and his crew to win.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The reason I was pulling for 01

I have absolutely no problem with Smiley winning the Daytona 500. He is one of the drivers that I like and am beginning to follow as some of the older drivers I used to love are starting to semi-retire.

One of those drivers that I still really pull for though is Mark Martin. He has moved on now from the number 6 AAA car that he had been running for over 20 years, to the 01 Army car. I was disappointed when he finally lost Americas race by .002 of a second. And now, I realize why. Reading through Sunday Money, one of the many books stacked on my nightstand, I came across this description of Martin that struck me as spot on.

Sunday Money, page 213

"His Arkansas twang cutting hard through his Viagra commercials, Martin is mighty popular with the fans; he's a 32 time winner (more now) and consistent front runner, who has never won the season championship. Ever the bridesmaid at 43, he's come agonizingly close to winning it all several times, only to watch helplessly as bitch destiny snatched that big ugly Cup championship trophy from his hands. He's now known for his sad air of fated resignation. As one of the smart press boxers puts it, 'if you gave him a solid gold lucky horseshoe, he'd tell you how worried he was about dropping it on his foot. Then he'd drop it on his foot'"

So there it is folks, Martin is the Eeyore of Nascar.

Along Comes Milton

There are days I stare at this screen, with really nothing to write. That white sheet of paper and the blinking cursor just seems to remind me that I am a tad dull.

But, then there is the appearance of Milton Street. Mayor John Street's brother is nuts. He is like that crazy uncle in your family, who will regale you with stories of his battles against the Nazi's in World War II, even though he was born in 1962. We all know these people, and we usually just listen, smile and avoid dealing with that Uncle until the next time we have to see him.

Milton, is Philadelphia's crazy uncle. He claims to be running for Mayor, even though there are still questions about whether he is even a resident of Philadelphia. And then there is the small legal trouble following him, called a federal indictment for taking bribes. And yesterday, Milton was arrested in Moorestown, NJ for unpaid parking tickets. Being the brillant politician he is, Milton took the arrest as a chance to reinforce the fact that he will be running for mayor and that he is the only one who knows how to empower the public because he knows how it feels to be persecuted by the law. Brillant!!

Please dont go away Milton, you are blogging gold. Just please dont win for Mayor either, Philadelphia would never survive.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Wordnerd Challenge

Way Way way way way way way back, I tagged the brilliant Wordnerd for a meme of 6 odd things about her. I cant even remember when I did the post, but she did finally do it and it was eye opening as always. Now, as revenge, she informed me that I needed to the quiz again, except with a twist. So, as per the Crazy Cajuns request...

6 things that you dont know about me that makes me a conservative.

1.I was thrilled when Reagan beat Carter. Ok, I was 7 years old, I was a Cowboys fan and a Yankee fan. So I was a front running kid. When you are a kid, you want to root for a winner.

2. I went to an all boys Catholic High School in one of the richest counties in New Jersey. If those 4 years did not rub off on me and stick with me a little bit, then I must have totally lost those 4 years of my life.

3. I believe in the death penalty, especially when it comes to someone who kills a police officer. Now adays, science is so good that its going to be a lot harder to execute someone who is innocent. I also have alot of family and friends who are in law enforcement, so this is a no brainer.

4. I was in banking for alot of my career (hated it by the way) but my job was alot easier when the market was doing well. The market usually does well when the Republicans were in charge in some capacity, either in Congress or the Oval Office. I liked it when my job was a wee bit easier.

5. I like to wear ties? Well, I do, not sure if thats Conservative or not

6. I believe it should be illegal for a man to marry a goat. Now I am all for a man being able to wed another man and a woman to be able to marry a woman, but I draw the line at goat love!

OK, not the easiest list for me to whip up, as you can plainly see from the Tie entry, but I did do my best. I dont think it was that bad for someone that came from a family of teachers, auto workers, and other union type jobs. Plus, I went to a liberal college and think Bill Clinton was the best President ever. Thats gotta show improvement.

Now, for you dear readers, if you wish to take up the challenge, consider yourself tagged. Give me 5 or 6 things that someone could see as opposite of your political or spiritual leanings.

On a lighter note, if you do ever wander over to Wordnerd, look out for the Puff the Magic Dragon post, its priceless.


I love Jones Soda, but....

You Are Broccoli Casserole Soda

Vegetarians taste better!

This does sound disgusting


Practical Chick

Panic "Not" at the Disco

Do you remember when you were in middle or high school and on Sunday night, you would get that horrible feeling in your stomach because you didnt study enough, or didnt complete the project you were supposed to finish. Or, the big bully Nelson was going to pop you in the nose? Good.

Now answer me this, why would a 35 year old man get the same feeling on a Sunday night when they have no tests, projects or bullies?

Sunday, February 18, 2007

My Snotty Valentine

2007 was our first Valentine's Day as husband and wife and it certainly was one of those memorable ones, if not for the best of reasons. I had started feeling better, but had not been 100%. The fever had faded. Mrs Duck, however, was in rare form. It seemed like everything that she had touched was screwed up in some way, from the coffee pot to the laptop. So, needless to say, a slight "discussion" ensued. We had probably just been spending a wee bit too much time together, with the fevers and all. We were hot blooded. When Tin Man came to take the wife to the doctors down in the city, in an ice storm no less, my parting words beyond I love you were get her a sedative.

The break was good since I got my second wind. The phlegm was still wreaking havoc with the wife, so I just whipped up some Rachael Ray Crab Cakes and some rice that tasted like crap. No more Uncle Bens! Oh, and I made Raspberry Cream Cookies, which were the perfect mix of berry and chocolate. All this activity though had me passing out. No worries faithful readers, I survived, as you can see.

So, Saturday it was the Valentine's Day dinner out down in South Philly at a nice little Italian Restaurant. It was a Mrs Duck Family affair, which was okay actually, since I really do like my in-laws. We did meet Sarge's new girlfriend, though I do not think I will be giving her a nickname yet, since the consesus seems to be that she will not be around that long. Of course, Sarge is Sarge, so I bet they could be married someday with our luck.

Thats 2007 for you. Its not like I am going to have that rough a time of topping it next year. It could have been worse as well, we could have been stranded on I-78 near Allentown for about 42 hours like some other pathetic souls. So things are looking up.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Friday Feast #5/#131

What sound, other than the normal ringing, would you like your telephone to make? I would probably have two different ideas, well 3 actually, though who wants to listen to "Sparky is great" everytime the phone rings. So I would say either a Bob-White bird call, good memories of childhood or the sounds of the waves in Hawaii.

Describe your usual disposition in meteorological terms (partly cloudy, sunny, stormy, etc.). Mostly Sunny, with a Thunderstorm Watch always in effect.

What specific subject do you feel you know better than any other subjects? History, especially the time in the United States between the Depression up until Watergate.

Main Course
Imagine you were given the ability to remember everything you read for one entire day. Which books/magazines/newspapers would you choose to read? Hmm, the Washington Post, any Rachel Ray Cookbooks, and Mad Money by Jim Cramer.

If a popular candy maker contacted you to create their next confection, what would it be like and what would you name it?Starburst for adults, which would be fruit chews (my favorite Candy) flavored like alcoholic beverages.

The Friday Feast: While our questions may sometimes be related to food, the main idea here is to feed your mind by asking thought-provoking, mind-stimulating questions.

Something you dont hear everyday

With Pitchers and Catchers

It is one of those rites of spring, or at least one of those subtle hints that Spring time is right around the corner. There are actually a few signs that pop up that let you know Spring is on its way. Theres the Philadelphia Flower Show, a March Madness Bracket, your first sighting of a blue bird of happiness and finally for many people there is the start of Spring Training with Pitchers and Catchers reporting for camp.

And with Pitchers and Catchers, there is also the crazy ways that these fine tuned athletes find to get hurt. Falling out of bed from a nightmare, falling down the stairs with your luggage, and this years earliest entry, submitted by the snake bitten Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood. Of course, since they train in Peoria, Arizona, you have to wonder how many margaritas Mr Wood was sipping to find himself unable to get himself out of the hot tub. At least he didn't end up looking like the California Raisin.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Buttercup Alert

If your looking to spread a little sunshine on this frigidly cold day, head over to Buttercup and Bean and just leave her a little note to tell her that you are glad she is okay. After reading her story, I am very very happy she is.

Thursday Thirteen #22-The OCD One

Thirteen Neurotic Things about Sparky's start to his day

I do alot of my great thinking while in the shower, it seems to be where I come up with alot of my blog ideas, gift ideas, what things I need from the store, and the meaning of life that day. So, it should not be any surprise that if I do not do things in the shower in an exact order, I lose track of what I have and havent done. I cant tell you how many times I have washed my hair more then once because my mind wandered. So, here's the list from shower to jockeys.

1.Test the water and hop in. Do you know how much I hate to feel the cold water that has been trapped in a showerhead before it comes out hot. Rude awakening

2.Lather up with a bar of soap. Very important to be sure to get the pits here. Personally, I prefer Irish Spring.

3.Shampoo the hair next, I dont mess with the conditioner as a seperate step either, too much time wasted. So a 2 in 1 shampoo works best.

4.Shave. One of the easiest things to double check that I have done, especially when the mind is off on someplace nice. Plus, since I dont do it everyday, its even easier to check.

5.Shower Gel. Yes, men can use Shower Gel and those puffy sponges, and I am damned proud of it. Ok, I use the Old Spice Shower Gel, manly enough?

6.Noxema Face Scrub
-Sue Me, I have bad pores and the orange scent is invigorating.

7.Clean out my Ears and be sure to rinse off my face. A very important step, since I have allergies out the wazzoo.

Now, I just want to stress that there is always a rinse involved in between each step, I just figured that was self explanatory

8.Dry, though honestly I like the Rod Tidwell idea of drying, air drying is better for the skin. Now what movie is that from?

9.Brush the Teeth. I have found that I have to do this before deodorant, just because for whatever reason if I dont I end up having to do the deodorant under the shirt thing.

10.deodorant-and it has to be those clear gels. the sticks dont work!

11.Mouthwash-with Listerine, you can really feel all those germs dying on contact.

12.Get dressed-yes ladies The Duck has been naked the entire time, mmmm hows that for daydreamin (ok I must still be delusional)

13.Brush the hair-I have a bush on top of my head, so if I brush it before Im dressed its all over gods creation.

Ok, I know, way too much time on my hands...

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007


So, socked in due to fever and head congestion and all the fun that goes with it, the wife and I were watching Rules of Engagement on CBS. First off, it might have been the fever talking, but the show was not that bad. Plus, no matter what you think, its not all about David Spade, which is a good thing.

But, the episode itself dealt with a "Birthday Deal". In the grand scheme of things, a Birthday Deal is something that guys ask for on there birthdays that they would not think of getting at any other time. You know, Sportscenter all day, beer for breakfast, assorted sexual favors.

Now of course that got the mind working, and with Valentines Day upon us and all I figured it would be a good time to ask the question. Do my faithful readers have "Birthday Deals", Anniversary Deals or Holiday Deals? We dont have that setup here in the house, though if we did, while I wont go into details, there would surely be cheerleader skirts or a catholic school girl outfit. Anyone brave enough to admit there deals out there?

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Valentinr, Im a follower

Its a Sticky, so if you are a repeat visitor, or could care less about Valentines Day and Valentinr and such, SCROLL DOWN PLEASE :)

My Valentinr - blujackit
Get your own valentinr

Ok, I saw this on one of the sights I frequent, though I am not going to name, names, ruin the whole confidentiality thing. *cough* think Canada *cough*. But, I found it cool and I am a comments junkie/Ho. So, click the button and send me a card. It will be a nice appetizer until Mrs Duck gets home on Valentines Day.

Monday, February 12, 2007


The illness has attached itself to Chez Duck once again, and the gook is probably what we have been currently coughing up. Mrs Duck got it first and last night I was in bed early because I was coughing up a storm and also the horrible shaky feeling that comes with a fever. Mrs Duck is not the best patient, she whines a bit more then me and also seems to like to repeat herself. Though as soon as she reads this I will probably be a dead man.

The Grammy's were dull. Boring dull. I knew we were in trouble as soon as Stevie Wonder and Tony Bennett beat out U2 and Mary J Blige. Some of the performances were good though. I was struck by the Dixie Chicks and Gnarls Barkley respectively. They both did amazing jobs.

Speaking of the Dixie Chicks, dont we think it might be time for some of you country music fans to get over yourselves?? My family tells me all the time how mad they are to be living in Texas and to be associated with the Shrub. What Toby Keith couldnt put out more albums about how he was going to kick some more ass?

It must be sweeps, because the local news has been going GaGa over a storm that hasnt even really formed yet. Let's be sure to use the Bush Doctrine and scare the crap out of everyone so they watch your sick o'clock schlock fest.

Sunday, February 11, 2007


I am a sucker for most of the award shows out there. Heck, I dont think I am too old to be watching the VMA's on MTV, though sometimes during the show, I actually do think I might be old. But, no matter.

Tonight is my favorite award show, the Grammys. I am a musicphobe (is that a word?), well, if its not, I am a music lover to the point of being a music stalker. So, this is a fun night for me. The Oscars can get over my head sometimes. There are alot of movies that I havent seen or heard of. But when it comes to music, even by accident, I have heard a good majority of the songs.

Now, the Grammy's are not exactly cutting edge. Jethro Tull as best Heavy Metal over Metallica?? Steely Dan winning an award in the new millenium? Fresh Prince best rap group? all kind of scary awards. Though they have improved over time, sometimes you still get those old bittys who probably voted for Buchanan in Florida.

But, get there early tonight, the first hour will have Justin Timberlake, The Dixie Chicks and a Police reunion!! Now, I know that you are all sooo darn curious on my picks, so you may still have time to call your bookies.

Record of the Year: (this is based on song and performance all together)-Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

Album of the Year-(best group of songs)-FutureSex/Love Sounds by Justin Timberlake

Song of the Year-(best written song)-Not Ready to Make Nice by the Dixie Chicks

Best New Artist-James Blunt

Pop Album
-FutureSex/Love Sounds, Justin Timberlake

Rock Album-Try by the John Mayer Trio

R & B Album
-The Breakthrough by Mary J Blige

Best Hard Rock Performance-Woman by Wolfmother

Best Alternative Album-St Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley

Best Rock Song-Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

Best Rap Song-Moneymaker by Ludacris featuring Pharrell

Producer of the Year-Will i am

Im also pulling for Sarah McLachlan, whose Christmas album is nominated, and also for any chance to see the ultra hot Christina Aguilera.

Now, go, go enjoy the show.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Wile E Coyote

That was how most of the day went yesterday, at least in the Philadelphia Area when it came to good ole Sparky. Everytime I turned the corner, it felt like I was opening an Acme Box and getting smacked in the head by a sledgehammer.

My first hint that it might have been a bad day was the spool of ribbon that was running from the dining room and out to the front door. The worst part, this ribbon had started out on the dining room table. The furballs were at it again.

And, I got plenty of responses on my resume yesterday. Besides the spam opportunities of course, there were a few jobs that would have paid me less then I made in High School and were jobs that I may not have taken in High School. Not exactly a confidence booster, you know.

So, I was not exactly motivated to join Mrs Duck and a group of her co-workers down in Center City for a happy hour. Alot of the times I get around these folks, I feel like the deadbeat husband, even though I am told over and over again I am not. Then the topping on the cake of a day was the fact that the bar we went too had only one bartender and drinks took a half hour to arrive. Not the best plan to promote a happy hour and then have one bartender is it?

The night did end well with a trip to 5 Guys Burgers in Center City. They are definetly in contention for top burgers this side of the Mississippi. The burgers were fresh and greasy and the french fries really did plead for some malt vinegar, which of course I obliged them with. Not on the level of In N Out burgers, but a nice substitute.

Thursday, February 08, 2007


Ok, its sad, I feel bad for the womans newborn baby and her husband, and any of the family and friends that she was talking too. But why is this the top story on 6 O' Clock News?

Anna Nicole Smith Has Died

39-year-old Found in Hotel Room


The womans life has been a train wreck!! What has she done recently that would even be something that improved someones lives? Her movies were even horrible, its not like she was George Clooney or Jennifer Aniston. At least they can act! It makes me just shake my head, you could probably hear my eyes rattling from where you are. THIS IS NOT BREAKING NEWS!

Project 365-#16 Impromptu Bonfire

dumpster 1

Yes, I am a smoker, but I swear I had nothing to do with it. I guess it wasnt damaged that badly since it has not been replaced.

dumpster 2

And here is some of the area's bravest putting the fire out of its misery. It was a tad exciting I must admit

Thursday Thirteen #21-Blog Love

Thirteen Blogs Sparky reads all the time

I love blogs and I decided this week to share the love with blogs I read everyday, or at least as much as I can. Of course, its another hard list since it will be hard to keep the number at 13.

1. Everyday Margo-One of the first bloggers that linked me and one of the first ones I kept coming back to. I don't even know how I found her, I might have felt the need to make fun of the Cornhuskers.

2. Kill the Goat-If you like your writing with that hint of snarkiness, Jay is just your girl. Plus, shes been nominated, that must men something.

3.Apartment 2024-She is from the Pacific Northwest, one of my favorite places in the world. She lives in Philly, my favorite place I have ever lived. And when she tells a story you feel like your in it.

4.Do I have to Call it a Blog-Football, Warm weather and a Trivia Quiz, great stuff.

5. Lady Jane Scarlett's Den-She reminds me of an old friend that I have lost touch with, because she loves to focus on the idiocy of life, and is sarcastic as all heck.

6.Just Tug-Almost always makes me laugh at least once a week, and usually finds a great meme to do. Plus she leaves comments, which deserves its own recognition.

7. The Zeus Excuse-Well, duh, of course I read Zeus all the time. I voted for him as a blog I would never stop reading for crying out loud.

8. Memoirs of a Feline Empress in Exile- Kukka Maria, what can you say really. While Zeus is down to earth, Kukka has grasped onto her need to be a Queen Kitty and run with it. Hilarious stuff, just dont mention Oprah.

9.Buttercup and Bean-A joint blog, though it seems to have become the Buttercup show recently, though we will cut Bean a break, I think shes expecting and exhausted. B & B is like Sex in the City for the rest of us, well minus the Sex.

10.An Island Life-Local Girl disappeared for a little while and I for one is really really glad she is back. She's running this great Valentines Day Swap, which I would have done if Mrs Duck didnt put her foot down. Plus, LG is in Hawaii!

11.Lost in the Battle-Twyla seems to be the better looking, female Canadian version of me. We share alot of the same tastes and ideas. Now, wouldnt you love to read a Canadian, better looking version of me?

12.My Sick Mind-Brillant. A great writer, who has no problem pointing out the stupid things people do in the world. Plus he looks like Subway, though I dont think there is any relation. And, how many bloggers do you know who make a Spaulding Gray/Rick Dees reference?

13.Here Comes a Storm-A great layout, great posts, plus she is great with comments. Sounds like the perfect Blog combination. Plus, she uses a absinthe reference, that takes brains.

So, there you go, though I know I missed some, like Evil Julie, Sam and Beckyboo, Momish, Blog the Mommy, and the Patent Princess just to name a few. In my defense, it is a Thursday 13 list and I have like 4 sets of blog bookmarks. Know any ones that you read daily that i should be reading?

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Keep your fingers out of my ears

We all get these emails from time to time, talking about stupid laws that are still on the books in the United States. You know what Im talking about, like the fact that its legal to have moose as a pet in some town in Maine. Ok, I am making that up, but, you know its possible.

But, I am not making this one up. Though luckily, its only a proposal, but come on now. I wear my Ipod to avoid dealing with people, especially the ones that are on the street corners looking to get me to donate to there children's charity, vote for some councilman I cant even vote for, or trying to get me to spare a quarter. So, no, I am not a fan of this law, even though I dont find myself ending up in New York City Ipodded anytime soon. Like the police in one of the biggest cities in the United States doesnt have anything else better to do.

Alphabet Meme, D as in Deion

My blogger buddy, Zeus, was giving out letters the other day for a Alphabet meme, since his owner decided to co-opt the meme itself and not take the challenge of listing 10 things that the Human Pet likes about Z. I would have liked to see that. However and luckily for me, Zeus gave me the letter D. And I will take that and run with it. If you want to play, drop me a comment and list 10 things starting with the first letter in the last name on your account (get it D is for Duck).

1. Coincidentally, I actually am going to start off with Ducks. Not only is it my name sake, but I think they are very cute and spend hours just staring at them in zoos or parks. They often have to call the police on me because I am thought of as a stalker. Oh, and the team I live and die with? the Oregon Ducks.

2.Delaware. I know, I know, how could someone think Delaware is cool? Well, I am a proud graduate of the University of Delaware and the good thing about the state is you can see all the top sites in a weekend and cross it off your list.

The In N Out Double Double Burger. There are a few things I miss about my parents moving from Arizona. Swimming in March, T Shirts in December, the views, and the stop after the airport at In N Out Burger. If you have never tried it, find your way to Las Vegas or California sometime and scarf down two for me.

4.Dave's-There's David Letterman, David Gregory of NBC News, Davis Love III, Famous Dave's Ribs and the Dave that broke up my marriage, causing happiness now with Mrs Duck.

5.Drinking, -well yes, everyone needs to drink, water, coffee, soda, juice, something. But I mean one of my favorite things is Drinking, preferably Dirty Martinis with olives.

6.The Dixie Chicks-Besides the fact that they are tough and didnt take any crap from the critics because they expressed an opinion, if you dont get choked up a little listening to the song Traveling Soldier, you may need to get something checked out.

7.Diners-I know, its probably a Jersey thing, but they are the only place I know of that you can ask for French Fries with brown gravy and not get looked at like you have three heads.

8.Elisha Dushku-I know she was in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but she was hot enough for me in Bring it one for me to add her to this list.

9.Dollars- well a whole bunch of them strapped together and given to me to keep.

10.Dancing-Though really, I think I do my best dancing in the privacy of my own home, shaking my booty in the kitchen, rather then in public. Its amazing how, if its your own wedding, how much bad dancing you can get away with.

Read more fun ABC Memes here.

**Letters of the Alphabet Meme by Zeus
**Local Girl loves the Letter T
**Miles gets all over the letter S
**Gimme an S
**Tug shows L some love

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Frio Manifesto, living the life

Over on my photo blog, I have been sharing pictures of warm images and memories, in an attempt to try and fight the frigid temperatures that we have been saddled with here in Philly. I figured I would share one of the pictures over here to, because honestly, who doesnt love Pandas??

San Diego Panda

Denny Green was Right, Super Bowl XLI

Ok, first off, I know I am a day late and a dollar short on this post, but really, the game was kind of lame overall. At first, Tony Dungy looked liked the biggest idiot of a coach in the first 30 seconds, the whole world had been saying, do not kick it to Devon Hester! Hey look there goes Devon Hester 92 yards down the sidelines!

But, luckily for Colts fans and Bears haters like me, Rex Grossman played just as well as you would expect for someone who is following in the great long line of University of Florida Quarterbacks like Danny Wuerffel and the Batchelor. Who by the way shares my birthday and my good looks :)

So, Denny Green, though you got fired for blowing this game and continuing the losing ways in Arizona, on this point you were right. I would think ESPN will be calling again.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Project 365-#15 Home Security

I know some of you enjoyed the pictures of Bettina, so I need the other furball to get some limelight. So, introducing, Lola! Doing her best to work for ADT Squirrel Security.

Lola 2

Sparky's Photo Hut: Project 365 #15-Home Security

Colder then a Sno Cone in Alaska

Its one of those cold days that it actually hurts to be a man. There is shrinkage in places that you dont want shrinkage, and it happens really really fast. Its so cold that its a day to consider quitting smoking. Its one of those days that the temperature has snuck up to 20 degrees and you actually notice the change. The trees are frozen! And since last night was Super Bowl Sunday, yippeee, the vomit is frozen too!

Now, I cant find my gloves, did someone snatch them??

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Its like Turkey on Thanksgiving

And the it I mean of course is a Super Bowl prediction, because everyone seems to have at least a little bit of an inkling.

So, here is the Ducks take on tommorrows national holiday. Peyton and his Wide Receivers are very very good. Much better then the offense of Chicago, especially since I really think the running backs for the Bears and the ones for the Colts are equal.

Rex Grossman sucks. Pardon my french, but he really really does. Can you tell I really dislike him as a player? And he is gonna be tight, not the best thing for an offense that has to be varied. The Bears will never be confused for the Warren Moon led Run N Shoot.

So, the prediction itself. You will have to stay up until at least the 3rd Quarter. It will still be a game at the half. And while I would love to see a score of 31 to 12, for enterntainment purposes only of course, I have had 35 to 17 rattling around my brain for a few days now, and that is the score I am going to predict.

Though, the over/under that I heard that was more interesting was one I heard on Pardon the Interruption. Over or under 2 inappropriate gestures by Prince during his halftime performance. I would take the over on that one by the way.

There ya go Anthony

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Sometimes you really can't keep up

There are some days when you see something and you want to blog about it, get your opinions out. And then there are days when there are so many things, you can not possibly write about everything you want to write about. Today was one of those days.

First, there was this. If I had the connections that Andy Reid had, I would not be running drugs. I would be figuring out a way to use my dad to get into coaching.

Oh Oh and then this was reported. Yes folks thats one hundred and seven million dollars a day. With the warm weather in December, which means they were not selling heating oil, what a joke.

Hey then the world said the United States was fat. Um, possibly not eating dessert could be a good idea.

Finally, on a lighter note, Miss USA continued her embarassment. Lets continue ro be sure to blame everyone else for our problems.

So, in the end, my head hurts from trying to keep up

The ring

"its a 3 karat diamond cut platinum, its the ring"

Some days I really really hate Grey's anatonmy

Thursday Thirteen #20-The NFL One

Thirteen of the greatest Players Ive Seen

I was going to do one on the 13 best Super Bowls, but I have been watching games since 1980 and I dont think I could have found 13 great games. So I went with players, but there gonna be modern ones, since I am only 34. And its gonna be quick since I am running so late.

1. Kellen Winslow-he changed the way Tight Ends are thought of. They are now more like slower receivers because of the way Winslow played the game.

2. Troy Aikman-a quarterback of the dynasty of the 90's. He was able to manage a game and all of there superstars and still win. Even though he was a, ughh, Cowboy.

3. Brett Favre-can make chicken salad out of chicken you know what. As long as there is time left on the clock, Favre is still in a ball game because he can make something happen anytime.

4. LaDanian Tomlinson- Holds the NFL record for touchdowns in one season. A multi Talented running back who can run, catch passes and even throw the ball on a spiral.

5. Tom Brady-Captain Clutch. If I had one game to play, he would be my Quarterback. Up until this year, he just did not lose when the game mattered most.

6.Walter Payton-"Sweetness" The career leading rusher in the NFL. Graceful as a gazelle and enough toughness to match his gracefulness.

7.Peyton Manning- I am not personally one of his biggest fans, but you never watch one of his games and say, good lord what an ugly pass. Finally won a big game this year so he has to make the list.

8. Jerry Rice-if a football was thrown his way, he was going to catch it. And tough as nails, which says alot for a wide receiver. I think he has both the most receptions for a career as well as most TD's for a wide receiver for a career.

9. Emmitt Smith-you dont know how much I hated him as a fan of other teams. Probably because he knew just how to beat your team. Ran for 200 yards against the Giants in the playoffs with a severly seperated shoulder. Tough.

10.Deion Sanders-yes, he couldnt tackle well, and yes he had a big mouth. But no one covered a receiver better. Fastest player I have ever seen and god forbid he was back returning punts against you, a touchdown was almost a guarantee.

11. Joe Montana-The original Captain Clutch. He never lost a Super Bowl in 4 tries. Cool in the pocket and never relief on one receiver to catch a ball.

12. Lawrence Taylor-the fiercest, scariest, toughest Linebacker ever, even when he wasnt doing cocaine. Just as Joe Theismann. Changed the way the NFL thinks of Linebackers.

13.Barry Sanders-The greatest runner I have ever seen. Could magically get out of any situation, out of any pile. A threat to run 80 yards everytime he touched the ball. Did all this in Detroit, who has sucked for as long as I can rememeber. the Greatest, period!

Apologies now to Terry Bradshaw, Cliff Branch, Roger Staubach, Fred Blientenkoff, Franco Harris and Lynn Swann. You guys may have made the list except for the fact that by the time I was watching football, you were all kinda on your last legs.

This list was hard, I know I missed some folks, but thats the fun of lists right? Did I miss any of your favorites?

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