Last day of vacation until ...

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CrabAppleLane Golden Silk Orb-Weaver - September 22, 2014
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:

  1. O-O-H Child - The Five Stairsteps - The First Family of Soul: The Best of the Five Stairsteps
  2. Heat Of The Moment - Asia - Then & Now
  3. The Rising - Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
  4. Sad Lisa - Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman
  5. 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?"

CrabAppleLane Sunday - September 20, 2014

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Armstrong Park - September 20,2014
Armstrong Park - September 20,2014
 
Pretty Shotgun in the French Quarter - September 20, 2014
Pretty Shotgun in the French Quarter - September 20, 2014
 
St Louis Cathedral - September 20, 2014
St Louis Cathedral - September 20, 2014

I've been doing the tourist thing the last few days with a friend on his first visit to New Orleans. I'm a bit of an amateur tour guide because I don't know the French Quarter all that well, myself. We saw Chalmette Battlefield Friday morning. I hadn't been there since a grammar school field trip when I was 8 or 9. We had a good meal at Liuzza's for lunch and hit the WWII Museum that afternoon. We saw lots of new things. The museum is expanding big time. Three new buildings are under construction. It's pretty amazing. We toured the Aquarium of the Americas yesterday morning, had a muffuletta at Central Grocery for lunch, and then hit the side streets to just see whatever we could see. It was the first time ever "eating in" at Central Grocery for both of us. He had never had a muffuletta and I always got them to go. It was pretty hot and humid in the afternoon. There was a limit to the amount of walking I could do so we called it a day at about 2:30, I think. He headed back to his room with some Abita Amber and a quarter of a muffuletta to rest up and hit the town last night. We're going to the Saints-Vikings game today. If you watch the game, look for us. I'm having a great time. I don't get to New Orleans as much as I would like.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Flapper Girl - The Lumineers - The Lumineers
  2. The Mountain - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Night Castle
  3. Miss America - Styx - The Grand Illusion
  4. My Back Pages - The Byrds - Greatest Hits
  5. Fever - Peggy Lee - iTunes Download

Quote of the Day

Would you write, would you call back baby if
I wrote you a song
I been gone but you're still my lady and
I need you at home

Flapper Girl, The Lumineers

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Minnesota Vikings fans have been through a lot this week. Well, they have been through a lot period. Find out just how much before Daily Norseman gives a quick preview of the Week 3 game in New Orleans and makes the Week 3 NFL Picks."

Chalmette Battlefield - September 19, 2014

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Chalmette Battlefield - September 19, 2014
Chalmette Battlefield - September 19, 2014
 
Chalmette Battlefield - September 19, 2014
Chalmette Battlefield - September 19, 2014
 
Chalmette Battlefield - September 19, 2014
Chalmette Battlefield - September 19, 2014
 
Chalmette Battlefield - September 19, 2014
Chalmette Battlefield - September 19, 2014
Not sure about the dates
 
Chalmette Battlefield - September 19, 2014
Chalmette Battlefield - September 19, 2014

CrabAppleLane Sunday - September 14, 2014 Issue

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CrabAppleLane Hummingbird Herd - September 14, 2014

CrabAppleLane Backyard - September 14, 2014
CrabAppleLane Backyard - September 14, 2014
 
CrabApple Lane - September 14, 2014
CrabApple Lane - September 14, 2014
 
CrabAppleLane Backyard - September 14, 2014
CrabAppleLane Texas Star Hibiscus - September 14, 2014
Love the sunshine reflection - Pure accident

As you can see, the CrabAppleLane Hummingbirds are swarming right now. Hope they'll be here a few more days, at least.

The chorus is growing for the NFL to fire Commissioner Roger Goodell. As most know, I'm no fan of his. What would Roger Goodell do with Roger Goodell? He's been notoriously tough at times and pretty amazingly soft at other times. Everyone involved in the Ray Rice scandal got it wrong. The prosecutor and judge both allowed Rice to skate by the legal system with a minor penalty. I've never even heard of a "pre-trial intervention". The Ravens got it wrong by standing by him and supporting him through the early stage of this and by saying things like "we believe in second chances" and "he made a mistake". When they actually saw what the mistake looked like, they decided that Ray Rice's second chance will have to come elsewhere. Had they never seen what a knockout looks like? Finally, the league and the commissioner got it wrong by issuing the most ridiculously lenient punishment they could mete out to a violent offender but it was still more punishment than the Ravens issued. They claim the league and the commissioner never saw the video, either, although that apparently is a lie. Again, had they never seen what a knockout looks like, either? At least one person, a woman, there did see it, commented that it was "terrible", and I find it excruciatingly hard to believe that it then didn't get passed up the chain in the league office. How high it got is anyone's guess but I don't believe there are that many people in that office that have the audacity to sit on that powder keg. If I worked there and that video passed to my office and I had no power to act on it, it would be out of my hands as soon as I could get my ass to the next higher-up.

None of this bodes well for Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, and Ray McDonald. The league and commissioner have no choice now but to throw the book at those guys, which they never had a problem doing to pot-smokers.

Firing Goodell might seem excessive but what else is there? What form of discipline for him would actually be discipline? He's got plenty of support amongst NFL owners ... for now. Support like that is fickle, though. Ask Ray Rice. I'm guessing there are also a number of owners who don't mind seeing him twisting in the wind. I don't mind seeing him twisting in the wind, either. This scandal is not entirely media-driven any more. A substantial portion of the heat is coming from fans and women's groups. Next month is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The league and commissioner had better be square with women before then or it's going to get very hot. We'll see just how much support old Roger has.

Saints fans are wondering somewhat if the Johnny Manziel era starts today in Cleveland. My guess is no.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Alice Cooper Five Star Playlist:

  1. Poison - Alice Cooper - Alice Cooper Classicks
  2. Halo Of Flies - Alice Cooper - Killer
  3. Ballad of Dwight Fry - Alice Cooper - Love It to Death
  4. Devil's Food - Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare
  5. The Black Widow - Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare

Quote of the Day

Following his murder, another British hostage is brought into view and threatened with being killed if the UK government continues its involvement in arming the Kurds who are fighting Isis.

Sara Dixon and Robin Henry, London Times

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "This week, the Cleveland Browns take on the New Orleans Saints with both teams entering the game at 0-1. Will the Browns pull off the upset in their home opener, or will the Saints' juggernaut offense just steamroll through them?"

Crispin Tucker

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Crispin Tucker
Crispin Tucker *** October 2, 1996 - September 8, 2014

 

We took Crispin to the vet today for the last time. His health has been failing for a while now. About two years ago, he was diagnosed with early stage kidney failure on top of his hyperthyroidism. The medicine for the hyperthyroidism can cause kidney failure but that malady is also not uncommon in older cats. He's been a joy to us for almost 18 years and we'll miss him terribly.

RIP, Little Man.

CrabAppleLane Backyard - September 7, 2014
CrabAppleLane Backyard - September 7, 2014
 
CrabAppleLane Backyard - September 7, 2014
CrabAppleLane Backyard - September 7, 2014

The Bradford Pear Tree is down. The two images above depict what's left. Well, that and an enormous pile of debris. The fascia and gutters on the back of the house need to be pressure-sprayed but that's a project for another weekend.

The Saints defense took a gigantic step back in their loss today to the Falcons. It was a great game. Matt Ryan is a terrific quarterback and the Falcons have a good offense and they should get credit for that but there was something seriously wrong with the Saints coverage. Ryan was throwing quickly to wide open receivers. The offense acquitted itself OK although the two turnovers were killers. They can play better, too. Tough week ahead for these guys.

Been a pretty lousy week and weekend.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Nobody's Fault - Aerosmith - Rocks
  2. El Condor Pasa (If I Could) - Simon & Garfunkel - Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits
  3. Georgy Girl - The Seekers - AM Gold 1966
  4. Headlong - Queen - Classic Queen
  5. Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers

Quote of the Day

That's how I meet new men. The minute it says 'Sadie Schwartz' I know, 'Go to that funeral'.

Joan Rivers

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Joan would have loved how much she is loved. I think she didn't quite know and yet in a way she must have: You don't have strangers light up at the sight of you without knowing you have done something."

Kickoff

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The NFL season gets underway tonight with a bang out in Seattle. The defending champion Seahawks will take on the strong contender Green Bay Packers. I think we'll see three things in this game tonight.

  • We'll see how serious the NFL is about officiating touchy feely pass defenses such as the ones employed in Seattle, New England, and Baltimore. My guess is not very. They didn't call a single penalty on the Seahawks starting secondary during the preseason according to MMQB's Peter King. If they really want to address this problem, the flags have to fly for a while until players get the message. Normally, I'm a fan of letting the players play and only calling the infractions where one player gains advantage over the other but too many teams have gotten entirely too comfortable in the notion that the officals will only throw a certain number of flags. The NFL is not serious about this, though. They only say they are.
  • We're going to see if either of these teams can protect their quarterback. Has been a problem in Green Bay for quite a while now but I think it's going to be a problem in Seattle this year, too.
  • We're going to see if the Packers have improved their defense and if the Seahawks have improved their offense. They're both contenders whether they have or not but I don't think either team gets to the Super Bowl if they haven't. The NFC was catching up to the Seahawks offensive limitations at the end of last season and lots of film study went in over the offseason. Their offense is going to have to contribute more this year. As far as the Packers D, they've been the weak link there for some time now. If they haven't improved (And Julius Peppers is going to disappoint them greatly on that point), they may or may not still win that division but they won't go very far beyond that.  

13 hours until football season ...

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Glycerine - Bush - Sixteen Stone
  2. Take The Long Way Home - Supertramp - The Autobiography Of Supertramp
  3. No Easy Road - Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Four
  4. Night Moves - Bob Seger - Greatest Hits
  5. When The Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

Quote of the Day

The commissioner maintains that 18 games would be great for fans, but he oversees a league that hasn't fully fixed the practice of robbing fans with the ticket prices of meaningless and largely star-less preseason games, or ceased holding them hostage with an antiquated TV blackout policy born in the early 1970s.

Don Banks, Sports Illustrated

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "At the end of the day, what I really want... is to see the Seahawks play football. I haven't been able to do that since February 2nd, 2014. And for that reason, today... Today I am feeling exactly what I've been waiting to feel."

Happy Labor Day

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Happy Labor Day

Got plans?

CrabAppleLane Butterflies - August 31, 2014
CrabAppleLane Butterflies - August 31, 2014
 
CrabAppleLane Butterfly - August 31, 2014
CrabAppleLane Butterfly - August 31, 2014
Just would not sit still
 
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - August 31, 2014
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - August 31, 2014
Not sure what this little fellow's story is. Originally thought maybe he was a
fledgling because he seemed to be exhausted. Now, I kinda think the
opposite. I think he's exhausted because he's extremely old.
Pure conjecture here, though. I'm no expert.
 
CrabAppleLane Hummingbirds - August 31, 2014
CrabAppleLane Hummingbirds - August 31, 2014
They're starting to swarm. Two males don't normally
get this close to each other except to fight.

 

Thought I'd open with some wildlife images from the CrabAppleLane backyard.

Finished 8 of the 9 physical therapy sessions that were prescribed but had to cancel the ninth due to a work issue. Haven't decided if I'm going to reschedule that 9th one or if I'm going to decide that 8 is enough (Apologies to the TV show). The tingling, pain, and numbness in my right arm have been lessened but not completely relieved, which is what I was hoping for. I don't think one more session will do it.

It's Saints-Falcons week here at CrabAppleLane. The NFL in its infinite wisdom (No need to laugh here . I've laughed enough for all of us at that whopper) has decided to schedule the fierce rivals to play on opening day. Not wild about this. I think Atlanta will succumb to their lack of depth across the board and fall apart by midseason but that won't help the Saints here. Still expect a Saints victory, though. More here if you're interested.

Would be unfair to the LSU Tigers to say they stole the game from Wisconsin last night. Would also be unfair to say the Badgers gave the game away. The Tigers simply took it from them. For almost three quarters, the Badgers had their way while building the 24-7 lead. They ran out of gas and answers while the bigger, faster, deeper, more athletic Tigers finally wore them down. They scored the last 21 to win and probably would have scored the next 21 if the game had continued. Pretty fun thing to see and also a lot of fun watching the Les Miles haters backpedal as the Tigers mounted their rally.

Keep getting email from fantasy football sites. I suppose that's the price for looking into that crap regularly. One of them is advertising fantasy football at $3000 per team. Yeah, there's a chance I'd do that.

About today's QOTD: If you haven't seen that play yet, just do it. It's amazing.

4 days until football season ...

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Solitary Man - Neil Diamond - Classics: The Early Years
  2. I Think We're Alone Now - Tommy James & The Shondells - AM Gold: The '60s Generation
  3. Somebody To Roll - Nazareth - Play 'N' The Game
  4. Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) - The Hollies - Rock Of The 70's
  5. Bad Company - Bad Company - Harley-Davidson Cycles: Road Songs

Quote of the Day

I think the replay booth just wants to watch that some more.

Nebraska game announcers

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Everyone knows that the Falcons vs Saints rivalry is one of the biggest in the NFL. It's almost always a good game, but this year seems extra special. It is the season opener with two of the greatest offenses in the league. So is there a reason not to be excited?"

CrabAppleLane Cardinals - 2014 Edition

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For better or worse, here they are:

  • QB - Jay Cutler - $14
  • QB - Joe Flacco - $10
  • RB - Jamaal Charles - $42
  • RB - Zack Stacy - $18
  • RB - Stevan Ridley - $8
  • RB - Jonathan Stewart - $5
  • WR - AJ Green - $30
  • WR - Mike Evans - $4
  • WR - Justin Hunter - $3
  • WR - Steve Johnson - $1
  • WR - Tavon Austin - $1
  • TE - Greg Olsen - $11
  • TE - Jared Cook - $1
  • PK - Jay Feely - $1
  • D/ST - Ravens - $1

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