Archive for January, 2007

There goes my Hero!

January 22, 2007

 

Not to be denied

Record comeback lands Manning, Colts in Super Bowl

Posted: Sunday January 21, 2007 10:25PM; Updated: Monday January 22, 2007 2:57AM

 
 
 
 
 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The demons can relocate to some other team’s locker room. Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy are Super Bowl material now.

Manning led the Colts from 18 points down in the second quarter, and on a game-winning 80-yard drive late in the fourth, for a wildly entertaining 38-34 victory Sunday over the New England Patriots in the AFC title game.

He took Dungy along for the ride, helping his coach finally get to the big game and make some history along the way. In two weeks, Dungy will join Chicago’s Lovie Smith in the Super Bowl, where together they will be the first black head coaches to meet in the NFL’s biggest game.

“It means a lot,” Dungy said. “I’m very proud to be representing African-Americans. I’m very proud of Lovie.”

Manning wouldn’t concede that a huge weight was lifted with this win, the biggest in his nine-year NFL career.

“I don’t get into monkeys and vindication,” he said. “I don’t play that card. I know how hard I worked this season, I know how hard I worked this week.”

The Colts are the early favorites to beat the NFC champion Bears in the Super Bowl, by a touchdown.

Sunday’s game was a show for the ages, and Manning was the star. He threw for 349 yards and one touchdown and brought his team back from a 21-3 deficit, the biggest comeback in conference title-game history.

The Patriots (14-5) lost in the championship game for the first time in six tries and saw their hopes of winning four Super Bowls in six years — a la the Steelers of the late 70s — derailed by Manning and Co.

Joseph Addai capped Manning’s late drive with the winning score, a 3-yard run with 1 minute left to help the Colts (15-4) complete the rally and give them their first lead in the game.

After the final score, Manning was on the sideline, his head down, unable to watch. Brady threw an interception to Marlin Jackson and the RCA Dome crowd went wild. One kneel down later and Manning ripped off his helmet to celebrate.

“I said a little prayer on that last drive,” Manning said. “I don’t know if you’re supposed to pray for stuff like that, but I said a little prayer.”

Not only was it a win for Manning, the All-Pro, All-Everything son of Archie, it was a riveting, back-and-forth showcase of two of the NFL’s best teams, best quarterbacks, and yet another example of why football is America’s favorite sport.

It was anything but a by-the-book game, and that started becoming obvious when New England left guard Logan Mankins opened the scoring by pouncing on a fumbled handoff between Brady and Laurence Maroney that squirted into the Indy end zone midway through the first quarter.

It got worse from there for Manning, who telegraphed a throw to the sideline that Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel snatched and took 39 yards into the end zone for a 21-3 lead.

Then, the game plan changed because it had to, and the game morphed from another Manning meltdown into something much more.

He led the Colts on an 80-yard drive late in the first half for a field goal to make it 21-6. In the third quarter, he was at his cruel best, dissecting an exhausted Patriots defense for a pair of long drives and scores.

The first came on a 1-yard quarterback sneak. The second was capped by a 1-yard pass to Dan Klecko, a defensive tackle who came in as a supposed decoy at the goal line. A circus catch by Marvin Harrison for the 2-point conversion tied the game at 21.

“I’m so proud of the way our guys fought,” Dungy said. “I’m very happy for Peyton. He was very, very calm. He had to bring us from behind three or four times. It’s just fitting. Our team went the hard way the whole year.”

After Indy’s tying score, the Patriots answered with an 80-yard kickoff return by Ellis Hobbs, which set up a 6-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Jabar Gaffney. Officials awarded the score to Gaffney after ruling he was forced out of the back of the end zone by an Indy defender.

Manning came right back but his handoff to Dominic Rhodes misfired. The ball scooted forward and center Jeff Saturday got this touchdown to tie the score at 28.

After that drive, Manning could be seen on the sideline, nursing a sore thumb. But he wasn’t coming out.

“I was a little worried at first, but I went over, made a few warmup throws and it was fine,” he said. “I guess adrenaline pulled me through there a little, too.”

The teams traded field goals, and Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski put New England ahead 34-31 on a 43-yarder with 3:49 left.

After a touchback, it was time for Manning’s drive: 11 yards to Reggie Wayne, 32 yards to Bryan Fletcher, a scary completion to Wayne, who nearly lost the ball but snatched it back.

A roughing-the-passer call gave Indy the ball at the 11, then Manning handed off three straight times to Addai for the last 11 yards.

This 80-yard march came 20 years after John Elway made his first Super Bowl with The Drive.

“I watched the drive with Elway, you never get tired of seeing that,” Manning said. “I’m not comparing what we just did to that, but it sounds pretty good.”

It was Manning at his best.

He was 0-2 in the playoffs against New England, and saw another great chance for the Super Bowl disappear last year in a home loss to Pittsburgh. The storyline all week was what a break the Colts got in getting the Patriots at home, and what a sensational feeling it would be to finally knock off the team that bedeviled them most.

That story had a happy ending for the Colts, as Patriots coach Bill Belichick found himself uncharacteristically unable to shut down Manning and Co.

“We played the defenses we thought were best for our football team,” Belichick said. “That’s all we did.”

The Colts piled on 455 yards and scored on six of their final eight drives, not counting the one where Manning kneeled down. The mystique that seemed so prevalent last week in an upset win over San Diego seemed missing, and this looked like a tired, desperate, defeated team in the end. Maybe it was due in part to a flu bug that worked its way through its locker room during the week.

So while that dynasty is dead, it is now Manning’s turn to take a shot at starting a new one.

“Some of that stuff is a little deep for me,” Manning said. “I just wanted to do my job and do my job well. I didn’t think I needed to be super. I just needed to be good.”

On this defining day, it turns out he was both.

Entry for January 11, 2007 “Whoops!”

January 11, 2007

Well, this little gem came and went from the news quick!
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — None of the top three suspected terrorists in Somalia were killed in a U.S. airstrike this week, but Somalis with close ties to al Qaeda were killed, a senior U.S. official in the region said Thursday.

A day earlier, a Somali official had said a U.S. intelligence report had referred to the death of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, one of the three senior al Qaeda members believed responsible for bombing U.S. embassies in East Africa. But U.S. and Ethiopian troops in southern Somalia were still pursuing the three, the U.S. official said Thursday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record.

Earlier this week, police at the Kenyan coastal border town of Kiunga arrested the wives and several children of two of the embassy bombing suspects, according to an internal police report seen by The Associated Press Wednesday. The suspects’ relatives had slipped across the border, according to the report.

Residents on Thursday reported new fighting between Islamic militiamen and Somali and Ethiopian forces.

The fighting early Thursday in southern Somalia set off a brush fire, residents said by two-way radio. There were reports of as many as 35 deaths.

The fighting comes after Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said his forces were carrying out mop-up operations against Islamic militants in the extreme southern corner of Somalia and that he expected to withdraw his troops within a few weeks.

While officials in Washington said U.S. special operations forces had entered Somalia with Ethiopian forces last month, they said there was no plan for large numbers of U.S. troops to enter the country.

U.S. and Somali officials said Wednesday a small American team has been providing military advice to Ethiopian and Somali forces on the ground. The officials provided little detail and spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.

Somali officials have said the U.S. had a right to strike, and one even called on America to send in ground troops to help root out al Qaeda extremists and the Islamic militia believed to be sheltering them.

The U.S. Navy has moved additional forces into waters off the Somali coast, where they have conducted security missions, monitoring maritime traffic and intercepting and interrogating crew on suspicious ships.

There were five ships Wednesday: the guided missile destroyer USS Ramage, the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier, the guided missile cruisers USS Bunker Hill and USS Anzio, and the amphibious landing ship USS Ashland. Officials said they could use the Ashland as a brig for any captured suspects.

Ethiopia intervened to protect Somalia’s internationally backed government on December 24 after forces loyal to a fundamentalist group called the Council of Islamic Courts advanced on the only town the government controlled.

Within 10 days the Ethiopians, joined by Somali troops, had pushed the Islamic fighters into a corner between the Kenyan border and the Indian Ocean. The remote, forested area has few residents and high frequency radio is the only reliable form of communications.

“We are hearing bombardment in Ras Kamboni. It started around 6 a.m. and the strike is now continuing,” one resident said Thursday, asking not to be named for fear of retribution. “We can’t see planes, but we can hear heavy explosions.”

Mosa Aden Hersi, who lives 25 kilometers (15 miles) from Ras Kamboni, said earlier fighting in the area had triggered a brush fire. At least 35 civilians were killed along with fighters during the battle.

“We saw the dead bodies of 17 men in military uniform under a small hill, but we do not know their identity,” he said.

“The fighting is near and around Ras Kamboni. This is the last hideout of the terrorists. It is small unit, mopping up operations that have not yet been completed,” Meles said in Ethiopia on Wednesday.

A Somali human rights group said Thursday that thousands of Somalis fleeing the fighting were now stranded on the Kenyan border.

“Thousands are in a bad condition and they do not have food and water. They are stranded at the border after Kenya closed it, and they cannot go back to their houses for two reasons: the ongoing air strikes and lack of transportation,” said Ali Bashi, chairman of the Fanole human rights group.

Somalia has not had an effective central government since clan-based warlords toppled dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991 and then turned on each other. The interim government was established in 2004.
Only way Bush knows how to solve a problem is KILL KILL KILL!
We all know he executed more people in his term as Governor than any Texas Governor in history! Not to mention he never gave more than 15 minutes consideration to any death row convict and was proud of the fact.

The Return of the Thing or Ode to a Toad

January 5, 2007

Space, the final frontier. These are the continuing voyages of the hideous toad. It’s continuing mission to seek out new kitsch and new campiness. To boldly be tacky where no $5.99 frog has ever dared to ruin the decor of someones house before!!!!
Here is a short Haiku.
Oh Blobby fat frog.
You left me for a short time.
But now you are back.
Well it looks like the Frogstrocity had returned. He has traveled to Fort Wayne, Florida and now back to his humble abode. I will not give up however! The frog WILL travel again!! Beware all of you, for you do not know when the frog may rain upon you!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Censorship and Happy New Year!

January 1, 2007

Censorship is bad enough as it is! Thanks to the current admin we lose more and more rights. Here is a parody of censorship gone VERY bad, making everything worst than what is was! Enjoy!