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Test from Windows 8

I am in the process of re-engaging in the blogosphere and am testing some new tools.  So…
This blog will be just about as boring as reading from the NYC phone book.
Playing with the Windows 8 store app via the Start Screen.
See y’all soon!

For A Change of Pace

Here is probably the best (?) band that you have probably never hear of.

The Rock Bottom Remainders!

Rock Bottom Remainders

Rock Bottom Remainders (Photo credit: CanadianAEh)

I’m a huge fan of

Stephen King

Stephen King and a “less huge” fan of Dave Berry.

Get their music from “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” Records.

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Mr. John Albert Elway, Jr.: Lying backstabber?

Tim Tebow, a player on the Denver Broncos Amer...

OK…for full disclosure:

I’ve never met Mr. Elway.  I admire him and appreciate his dedication to the brave men and women fighting for us overseas.   It does pain me when I see him walking because, at times, I can tell his career beat the snot out of his knees.  If you need proof, look at videos of him getting up onto the pre-game set before the Broncos’ playoff game last season or getting off the jet at Winston-Salem, NC airport this past week.

I did not respect Mr. Elway as a “professional” for reason number 1, below.

Also, I haven’t liked Mr. Elway or the Denver Broncos since “my” Green Bay Packers were defeated in Super Bowl XXXII.  (OK…petty but I’m getting over this as a motivating factor to not like the Broncos.) I did root for the Broncos this year (for the first time EVER) after Tim Tebow started taking game snaps.

NFL superstar John Elway prepares to launch a ...
Pro Football Hall of Fame member and former De...

Pro Football Hall of Fame member and former Denver Broncos star John Elway now resides in Englewood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


1.  He refused to play for the Baltimore Colts when they drafted him in 1983[1].  Instead of returning to the New York Yankees baseball system, he was traded to the Denver Broncos [1,2].  Yeah, old history but it shows something about his character.

2.  About 3 weeks before the 2011 NFL draft, “sources” reported that Mr. Elway would draft a quarterback as early as the second round [3].  For some odd reason, Denver drafted TWO player on offense, both of them TEs [4].

3.  The same report intimated that Mr. Elway was not pleased with Mr. Tebow as his quarterback [3].

4.  With the team 1-4, second year pro Mr. Tebow, the 2nd year pro was the starter for the rest of the season and led the Broncos to their first playoff appearance since JANUARY 22, 2006.

5.  At a season ending news conference, Mr. Elway stated “‘Well, I think Tim’s earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into training camp next year…'”[6] and “pledged to work with Te

bow during the offseason [sic] to polish his passing game”[6].

6.  Today, Mr. Elway signed Peyton Williams Manning to be “his” quarterback for the next five years [7].  Can you taste the irony?  [1,2]  After all, Mr. Manning’s brother, Elisha Nelson Manning, and father, Elisha Archibald Manning III, forced the San Diego Chargers to trade their #1 2004 draft pick by stating he would not play for them [8].

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Peyton Man...

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 26, 2010: Peyton Manning...and Tim Tebow ...(Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

7.  TO CLOSE THIS SAD CHAPTER IN THE OBSERVATION OF MR. ELWAY:  His latest backstabbing move was to say “‘Plan B?…I don’t have a Plan B.  We’re going with Plan A.’” [7]  So, Mr. Elway’s “starting quarterback going into training camp next year” [6] with whom he will be “work[ing]…during the offseason [sic] to polish his passing game” [6] has been ostensibly kicked to the curb for a 36 year old quarterback coming off of four neck surgeries in the last two years.  (I guess Mr. Elway is ignoring that HUGE risk by not having a veteran backup, at this time.)

Again for full disclosure, I am an independent, fundamental, born again Christian.  Players like Reggie White,

Reggie White

Reggie White (Photo credit: Keith Fujimoto)

Kurt Warner,

TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 29:  Quarterback Kurt Warn...

TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 29, 2010: Quarterback Kurt Warner ...(Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

and Tim Tebow

Heisman Trophy Winner , before he is about to ...

Heisman Trophy Winner , before he is about to be honored at halftime during the (Dec 23rd 07) Jaguars/Oakland game. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

are extremely rare in any professional sports league.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick a...

Mr. Tebow’s style, while not living up to people’s stereotype of how a quarterback should play, is his own.  You don’t hear people maligning Michael Vick (another quarterback I root for, unless he is playing against the Packers) for his style.  I find it laughable that individuals who were screaming that the Broncos should not change (or made a mistake in changing) their offense to suit Mr. Tebow are the same people who are leading the chorus for Denver to adapt their team and offense to accommodate Mr. P. Manning.  Is this necessary?  I’ve heard from numerous pundits and wizards of NFL smarts that Mr. P. Manning is this awesome, hyper-intelligent quarterback who can master any offense.  I’m not saying he isn’t but perhaps Mr. Elway should insist that the offense not change to accommodate Mr. P. Manning and see how successful Mr. P. Manning is in that system.

Is Mr. Elway a lying backstabber?  I believe he is.  I would advise any player approached to play for Mr. Elway to refuse or threaten to not play in the manner of Mr. Elway and Messrs. Eli and Archie Manning.  All in all, Mr. Elway has made this a sad day for the NFL and a warning event for future players approached by Mr. Elway and the Denver Broncos.


[2]  KaptainKirk
[3]  Kelberman
[4]  Sporting News
[5]  Denver Broncos, p. 412


Works Cited

Denver Broncos.  “Broncos 2011 Media Guide.”  Retrieved March 20, 2012, from  “Broncos sign Peyton Manning.”  March 20, 2012.  Retrieved March 20, 2012, from

KaptainKirk.  “The Deal of the Century and How John Elway became a Bronco.”  Mile High Report blog site March 7, 2011.  Retrieved March 20, 2012, from

Kelberman, Zack.  “Broncos’ Elway not impressed with Tim Tebow; likely to draft QB.”  April 4, 2011.  Retrieved March 20, 2012, from  “Elway gives Tebow vote of confidence as Broncos’ starting QB.”  January 16, 2012.  Retrieved March 20, 2012, from  “Best First-Round Picks By Draft Slot #1 John Elway.”  n.d.  Retrieved March 20, 2012, from

Sporting News.  “Denver Broncos – 2011 NFL Draft.”  n.d.  Retrieved March 20, 2012, from  “Eli Manning.”  March 17, 2012.  Retrieved March 20, 2012, from

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When being unemployed doesn’t count

Great Tweet from @tom19803 “UNEMPLOYMENT STATS MANIPULATED BY FEDS #tcot #tlot #tpot #p2 #ows #NDAA”


Add this to your “homework” for one of the next posts on which I am working…

Do you know “gunnyg”?

Don't Tread On Me flag

Sean Hannity at King of Prussia Mall, PA

Image via Wikipedia: Sean Hannity...A Great American

English: Seal of the City of Prattville, Alabama

Image via Wikipedia: My home town for over 8 years!

I have received my first referral as a blogger on WordPress!  Heady days for me here in Prattville, AL, I assure you.

Although most of the comments I receive will be accepted as written, I have learned to review any information before I “place my name on it”.  As a result, I accepted this referral.

“gunnyg” has a site that contains factual, well-written posts and references.  I do agree to disagree with parts or all of some of the offerings.  However, this is a site maintained by someone Sean Hannity would call “a great American”.

Check out “gunnyg” and feel free to let me know of other sites to include in future posts.

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Introduction to the U.S. Constitution

This is a must see series for anyone who calls themselves an American (especially a Conservative).  If you are waiting for Hillsdale College‘s “Constitution 101” lecture series that started today, this is a great primer to lead into the new, 10-week series.  Also, the popularity of the Constitution 101 lectures has caused some problems when attempting to access their servers.

Hillsdale College-Introduction to the Constitution Lectures by ALAPACKFANS’s channel


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Vince Lombardi’s Comment–>Still Applicable Today

A favorite quote of mine sums up the state of America today in six short words. In a video (still played several times a year on ESPN), Vince Lombardi opines (at least in part) from the sidelines of a Green Bay Packers game , “What the hell’s going on here?!?!”

Consider this the “hook” or tease for several upcoming posts that will included:

1. Political Correctness Gone Pear-shaped.  Your homework reading is Cosentino (2012).

2. How LightSquared is Becoming LightScrewed.  Your homework reading is any article from the Wall Street Journal (2012) or by doing a “Google” search on “falcone lightsquared”.

3. Too Big to Not Fail Part 1.  Your homework reading is at least Holmes (2012).

I implore you to “Roll up for [the] Mystery Tour[, it’s] dying to take you away … Take you today”. Lennon and McCartney, 1967)

As always for knowledge, “STAY THIRSTY, my friends“(R).



Alternative names for the above posts could be:

(1)  Since When Are Words, Used Innocuously, Properly, and In Context, a Justifiable Basis for Firing Employees AND What Causes the Wrongfully Terminated Individual to Apologize for Doing Nothing Wrong?

(2)  The Government Has Every Right to Change Its Mind on a 5+ Year “Business” Agreement, Capriciously or Otherwise, IF Entities Opposed to the Agreement or Business Make Enough Noise and Join Forces With Other Government Entities and Use Their Money.

(3)  How the Automotive Bailout Proved the Insanity of Stealing Taxpayers’ Hard Earned Money to “Save” General Motors and Chrysler, Both of Whom Either Never Intended to Repay the Money or Unknowingly Foisted a Federal Government-endorsed Ponzi scheme on the America  People.

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By way of introduction

I tried blogging about 10 years ago but never was that “into” it.  Now, however, it is time for me to support that which makes America great and denounce that which does not.  For those of you who have followed me on Twitter (@ALAPACKFANS) or on Facebook, you already know this.

I voice my opinion in no uncertain terms.  I ask questions to collect information about issues in which I may not be knowledgeable.

I enjoy discussion and debate and welcome all points of view.  I do not accept shrill attacks, senseless rants, “seminar” comments, ad hominen attacks, inappropriately discriminatory or demeaning replies or inaccuracies.

Topics for the next several posts are:  me; corporate social responsibility; LightSquared, Inc.; #BAMO and its failings; confiscatory government policies; governing bodies run amok; and Jesus the Christ.

Follow me and we’ll see where the road leads.

To borrow a phrase from one of the greatest American authors EVER, Mr. Stephen King, thank you for joining me, Constant Reader.

Ecclesiastes 10:2

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