Blog: Super Blog Sunday (No Podcast Tonight)

February 10, 2016

Super Bowl 50!   Good buildup, good tributes to the 50 years of Super Bowls... the game?   Not so good.   However, I thought it was a great display of great defense on both ends of the field.

I'm not doing a podcast tonight, so I want to share my thoughts of the game here.  First of all, what a run for Peyton Manning.   He honestly did nothing in the game, but he played well *enough* to keep the Broncos in it.  Zero offensive touchdowns, until the very end but a great defense and a defensive score got the job done.  I was impressed at that Broncos defense.  The pass rush was sharp and Von Miller was all over the field.  DeMarcus Ware, I remember him, he was big time.   Roby and co. were KILLING IT in the pass coverage.

Having said that, what were the Panthers doing?   My goodness, whether it was Cam inexplicably not diving for a fumble late, or Ron Rivera literally making ZERO halftime adjustments.  None.   It was so obvious that the running game was not working... you gotta get away from that and try something else.  Nothing... Rivera just kept running the same tired old ineffective running plays.  What was Cam doing staying in the pocked.  I thought they should have worked him out of the pocket way more. I realize the passh rush was not giving the team time to move left OR right, but you gotta do something.

My friends, incluing Kids Club panelist Ron in NJ were calling for screen passes in the 2nd half.  This would have been great strategy.  It would at least keep the rest of the defense honest.   Just staying with the plodding pocket offense played right into Denver's hands.   I was very disappointed at the Panthers' play in Super Bowl 50.

Cam also was disappoitning.. after all the years and the strides he made, to go into that and not own your mistakes was unfortunate.   I heard about him walking out on the presser afterward.  Now, the media is ridiculous so I won't leave them blame-less, but being gracious in losing does wonders for PR.   I understand being a sore loser, but it does seem odd he was not taking more ownership of how ineffective he was... and he was ineffective - from the first pass which sailed way over a receivers head.  I also saw some dropped passes too, but he had a tough day.  I don't think thats so egregous... even the greatest QB's ever had tough days.  I think all most people wanted was for him to own up to it.

Cam's got a great career going and more of the same ahead of him.  It reminds me of LeBron when he lost in the finals... he won most of his life, losing can be a tough thing to respond to, and LeBron was just as bad in the pressers.  Remember his "Well at least I have a nice house and a nice life" speech?  Not so good.

Similarly, I think Cam is just so amazing that his moment will come.  Manning looked just as bad in supe rbowls, hell, he looked pretty bad THIS year but he had a great team around him to pick him up.  --but it was tough to defense his general lack of poise in the face of the big moment.  He did shake Peyton's hand and congratulate him to be fair, so that part I don't really harp on.

That puts it in the books!   Another NFL season come and gone.  I hope for bigger things next year.  I feel really good about my own team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, having a big year.  More people will be healthy.   They really need to draft defensive backs this year.   That's got to be a priority.  Not sure what will be available that low on the draft board but we shall see what they do.   2016 will be a big NFL year methinks.

That's it for the moment.   Now -- its time to catch up on College Basketball and food and all the good things.  Hope life is good to you all, 'til next time...

Podcast: Super Bowl Week pt III: Prop Bets & Predictions (02-03-16)

February 3, 2016

On our third edition of the three part Super Bowl Podcast series, Tom in Northern Virginia and Dave break down the Prop Bets for Super Bowl 50.  We'll cover zany props and some traditional props including the predicted winning gatorade bath color!  Join us for this plus our Super Bowl 50 predictions between the Panthers and Broncos.


Podcast: Super Bowl Week pt II: Panthers vs Broncos - Legacy of Manning (02-02-16)

February 2, 2016

On part 2 of our 3 part Super Bowl Podcast Series, Tom in NJ & Andy in Seattle join Dave to discuss the Legacy of Peyton Manning in what we believe is his last NFL game.  Can he make one last stand and do enough to will the Broncos to victory?  Or -- will the young gun Cam Newton dazzle the crowd with his play and collaborate with a very good Panthers defense to win the Super Bowl instead.   More matchup talk, plus some coverage of Media Day and other Super Bowl fun facts!


Podcast: Super Bowl Week Pt I: Panthers vs Broncos (02-01-16)

February 1, 2016

Part I of our Super Bowl Week Podcasts in the City.  Jacob Rosales joins Dave to chat about the Panthers' great defense vs a similarly strong Broncos Defense.  This edition we cover the X's and O's of the matchup, and what Panthers QB Cam Newton can do against the Broncos while Peyton Manning, QB for the Broncos, tries to match up against Coleman, Kuechly, and Allen. Plus: an announcement regarding Kevin on the Cape.


No DITCOW Podcast Tonight, Returning Monday 2/1

January 27, 2016

We will not have a DITCOW podcast tonight, but we return Monday, February 1st for SUPER BOWL WEEK!

Podcast: NFL Conference Championships 2015; Random Q’s (01-21-16)

January 21, 2016

This week -- we preview the Conference Championship Games in the AFC and the NFC.   What do the Broncos have left after a lackluster performance in their divisional round win?  Will the Patriots pull away or will it be a close game for the AFC title?  In the NFC, the Carolina Panthers host their first ever NFC title home game against the very capable Arizona Cardinals.  Can Carson Palmer improve upon his shaky performance last week and lead the Cardinals to another postseason win in Carolina?   Will Cam Newton show his potential MVP mettle with another big win in Charlotte?   We look at all the matchups plus some "Random Q's".


This Week’s DITCOW Podcast Postponed

January 19, 2016

This week's DITCOW Podcast episode is postponed to from Wednesday to Thursday night, due to other commitments and possible company at the home studio.  We hope to re-join you then, but if not, we'll see you back here next week at our usual time.

Take care for now, and enjoy the games!

Podcast: Rams Return to LA; Lakers Update w/ Corey Hansford; NFL; Random Q’s (01-13-16)

January 13, 2016

The Rams return to LA following a Owners approval vote in Houston.  Dave looks at the new era of football in Los Angeles: can it succeed, and will it get the fan support the NFL expects?  We cover how the NFL works in LA PLUS -- Lakers Nation's Senior Writer Corey Hansford joins Dave to give us the latest on the Lakers, including a solid win last night against the Pelicans.   Who of the new Lakers are playing the best this year?   Will Julius Randle, DeAngelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., and others be the future of the Lakers after Kobe calls it quits?  Plus, an NFL Divisional Round Preview plus Random Questions in Hour 2, hopefully with the return of Kevin on the Cape.  


Podcast: CFP National Championship Preview, Alabama vs Clemson, Lakers in Transition, Random Q’s (01-06-16)

January 6, 2016

Lakers's Senior Writer Corey Hansford (scheduled) joins Dave to chat about Kobe's ongoing Farewell Tour and the Lakers in Transition -- young players that could be the foundation for the Lake Show's future.  We chat up Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Larry Nance, Jr., and #2 Draft Pick DeAngelo Russell.   What do they bring to the table and where can they improve to make the Lakers competitive again?   At the 30 minute mark, the Kids Club (Ron, Andy, John) joins Dave to preview Alabama vs Clemson, the CFP Championship Game from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.   Will Alabama steamroll to the title or will Clemson's spread offense and the dynamic Deshaun Watson pull off the win?  PLUS: NFL coach firings and an NFL Wild Card Preview.


The $30 Prime Rib Dinner for 4 at Safeway

January 5, 2016

Do I do it?  A 30 dollar prime rib dinner?  Not for me... for a group of 4-6 people!  I saw the sign for it yesterday at Pavilions, a division of Vons, which is a division of Safeway, which NOW is a division of Albertsons.  The grocery industry is nuts folks.  However, this deal looks outstanding, but I will have to pass......... for now.   The fight to eat and live healthier marches on.

I wrote a lot of notes in my phone let me share some of those with you:

Last week I was at a sushi place that had a "Dodgers Roll."   I am *not* ordering a Dodgers roll in October -- I don't want to choke on it.

Ever try to put a fork into a grape and it won't go through?   Some of those grapes are tenacious, and those moments can be so embarrassing.  All you want to do is eat the grape with a fork and you gotta press on it and angle the fork and then the juice just squirts out into your eyes.  What chaos!

What's the deal with holding the door for strangers?  When you're in public and it's crowded, so like Las Vegas for example, or New York, the limits for how long you hold a door open for people can get so vexing.   You hold it open for one family, and it's wonderful, the family shows their appreciation, you feel good helping somebody out and people can get right through the entrance, THEN some other jokers come in right behind them!   You can't just close the door because you'll look like a *fool.*   So you hold it open again for the second family... then right after that a couple comes in as if they were in the same stream of people.  You hold it for them, but then you get a couple other guys, and one comes in and you have to wait him out and riiiiiiiiiiiight as he goes in the other guy is just close enough to where you have to hold the door open for HIM.  It is a complete mess... where does it end?   Why won't someone else step in and pick up the slack?   Eventually *you* will be late for something if you don't let the door go, but how can you when one person after another marches towards the entrance?

This reminds me... ever notice that at Disneyland you never have to open a door to ANYTHING?  I just realized that.   No restaurants, no bathrooms, entrances to rides are just open from the start.  This never occurred to me -- was Disneyland designed to have all facilities wide open during business hours?  Boy, that's something else!

I went to a Ducks hockey game against the Winnepeg Jets with Canadian Karen and a friend of hers... the game was a laugher, but there was this small line, which grew by the minute for tall stacks of frozen yogurt, so I got in line during the 2nd intermission to try some.  This frozen yogurt stack was amazing.  The cup was really tiny, about the size of a kid's palm, but the frozen yogurt, split into half chocolate / half vanilla, was so thick and cold that it towered nearly a foot over the cup.   This yogurt was tremendous!  I'm used to good soft serve like this in many places, the Bigg Chill in Westwood, Menchie's, McConnell's, but this one holds up great.  It surely made up for the lackluster house popcorn they had at Honda Center.

Remember Zack Garifalakis?  Yeah, me neither!  What a *dope.*

Here's my favorite line about anybody ever:  The legend that is "Mark in the Morning's" Mark Thompson said that Pauly Shore is so unfunny that "he takes things that are funny and makes them not funny."   A line I laugh at again and again.

This week I am craving a box of Valencia oranges.  My parents got a few boxes of citrus fruits at a Valencia stand on the way back to Oxnard for New Year's Day.   They got one box of Mandarin oranges, one box of regular oranges, and one box of giant oranges.  Normally I don't find giant oranges very good because they're just artificially inflated regular oranges, or in simpler terms, a "watered down orange."   ...but THESE were tremendous!   The regular oranges were that much better.  The Mandarin oranges, still smaller than the regular oranges, were simply out of this world.  I was blown away by their greatness. Repeatedly I had the thought of driving all the way to that area between Valencia and Fillmore just to get a box of mandarin oranges.   Those things are unbelievable.

I have an addiction to Wheat Chex.   I LOVE Wheat Chex.   It's made of whole grains, plus it has a rather hearty amount of dietary fiber - 6 grams per serving.   Wheat Chex is not only healthy but it tastes fantastic.   Even when I have dinner I can throw in a partial bowl of Wheat Chex for dessert.  It is great.

Last week I was off and I spent that time with my parents in Oxnard.   During my stay I stopped at Target and bought a gallon of milk and two boxes of Wheat Chex.  It's so irresistible that I bought more boxes of Chex on vacation.   Worth every penny my friends, crispy, crunchy, and you can feel the nutrition flow throughout your digestive system.

The most frightening words to hear in the kitchen while on a diet: help yourself.

What's the difference between LA's Miracle Mile, Chicago's Miracle Mile, and the would-not-be-known-of-at-all-without-Billy-Joel Miracle Mile on Long Island?   What is the Miracle of any of these "miles?"   

That's all I have -- I want to close with a salute to my friend Ari in Philadelphia who showed us this nifty snack invention:

These are slices of pepperoni with a stick of string cheese on top, covering a thin layer of crust.   Ari took out the middle man and chucked the crust leaving merely pepperoni and cheese.   180 calories of unadulterated joy, my friends.  You'll need a fork for this one he says.  Awesome ideas at work.

That's all from here.   All the best to you in the early moments of 2016!