CrabAppleLane Golden Silk Orb-Weaver - September 22, 2014
I have almost walked into my friend in the image above several times. She's just minding her own business but she is in a really inconvenient place.
Thoughts on Saints-Vikes: Went to a Saints game for the first time since 2007 yesterday. The pricing in and around the game is excessive but I suppose that complaint will fall on deaf ears. Parking in the dome: $35. Medium coffee at PJ's across the street: $5. I'm certain that's "event pricing". The Vikes played pretty well despite being outmanned. They didn't have all-world running back Adrian Peterson. The first two offensive drives were all Saints. When they're mixing things up like that, they're hard to stop. The next two quarters were mostly Vikings, though. They made some plays on offense and defense. They quieted the crowd. Sometime during the game, starting QB Matt Cassel broke his foot. I did not see the play that caused it and I didn't see Cassel leaving the game on a cart. Neither did Dave, who was at the game with me. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater came in and finished the game. He handled himself very well in a tough place to play. The Saints have won 18 games in a row in the dome under Sean Payton. But then ...
About today's QOTD: Munnerlyn had Brees and both of his arms wrapped up when he slammed him. It happened very fast and it was a tough call that went against the Vikes. The official reached for his flag immediately, though. In today's NFL, that's definitely a penalty but the officials need to be on top of it better. They need to blow the whistle immediately when the QB is clearly in the grasp. That's something they don't do always and sometimes the QB escapes and makes a play. NFL defenses are in a tough spot. That penalty gave the Saints a first down, fired up the offense, and they went on to score a touchdown giving them some breathing room. Happy with the win but the Saints are still not living up to expectations. I think they're better than they're playing. Time for them to step up.
Dave is headed home after what I hope was a nice visit to New Orleans. First of all, he came in on The City of New Orleans. How cool is that? Had his first shrimp po-boy, his first VooDoo crawfish rolls, first muffuletta, first beignets, first plate of red beans and rice, first Abita Amber, and first Bud's Broiler #6. These are a few of MY favorite things. Between those, we also saw Chalmette Battlefield, The National WWII Museum, The Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans City Park, The Riverwalk, Armstrong Park, and the French Quarter. I'll leave it to him to tell of his night exploits ... or not.
5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:
- O-O-H Child - The Five Stairsteps - The First Family of Soul: The Best of the Five Stairsteps
- Heat Of The Moment - Asia - Then & Now
- The Rising - Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
- Sad Lisa - Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman
- Devil's Food - Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare
Quote of the Day
You can have a guy wrapped up and he can still throw the ball away or try to find an open guy. It's tough to make that decision ... I don't think it was a great call at all.
Captain Munnerlyn, Minnesota Vikings
Blog of the day is here.
Quote from said blog: "When you have two fairly competent coaches going head to head like we had in Mike Zimmer and Sean Payton, you can then turn to other team factors to determine the outcome. How talented is one team versus the other? What about surrounding circumstances?"