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Not that it’s remotely likely to happen, but it would be wonderful for San Diego and poor old Norv Turner to knock off the Patriots.

At this juncture, the Chargers have shown they can control the game and also cannot score. It is 14-12 Patriots leading at the end of the 3rd quarter. Chargers play a lot of great football and then kick field goals; Patriots stumble around and every once in a while put it in the end zone. It just isn’t fair.

But if Norv could pull this one out … what a difference it would make for HIS particular head coaching career, the guy who despite his technical knowledge has seemed to show an inability to instill killer instinct in his players. What he has instilled so far over the years has seemed more like “I don’t want to disappoint my mom.” But the Chargers are playing well, especially in defense. If they could just get into the end zone once…

UPDATE: Well, it’s interesting, the Chargers are the third team this season that definitely had the Patriots figured out, but just could not close the deal. On the plus side the Patriots win will make it that much easier to take sides in the Super Bowl.

[If you can say a very condescending "awwww" sound I want you to say one right now. Helpful hints: Begin with a mild "g" and include a very slight audible Darth Vader exhale. "g'hawwwww!!" Good, this will come in handly shortly.]

The Dallas Cowboys just announced that offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has decided to turn down the Baltimore Ravens head coaching job and return to Dallas next year. But not only that:

But Garrett also received more than a title, getting a reported salary raise in the $3 million per year neighborhood.

That was the reported price range the Ravens and Falcons were offering Garrett to become head coach. Instead, Garrett is now making the same as Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips, although a pay raise of his own could be in order, especially after a 13-3 regular-season record in his first season as head coach.

While Garrett received quite a bump in salary, he didn’t say he was offered anything more from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, like a handshake deal or promise that he would some day replace Phillips as the Cowboys’ coach.

The world we live in is complex and multifarious, but not so much so that anyone who’s ever held a job could not immediately recognize the significance of an assistant being wooed by the same compensation package as his “manager”.

Especially after the manager has just been through a very tearful stretch, which could have been so different, “if not for a couple more key plays.”

“That’s why it was so disappointing is we played almost well enough to win,” Phillips said, “and most of the indicators that you usually win by we accomplished but didn’t win the game. I’m still sick over it.”

Wade Phillips, the article says, is “heartsick.” Ok, friends, now it’s your turn: Say it with me:

g’hawwwww!!

Isn’t that just too sad? Let’s hear it one more time for Wade Phillips: g’hawwwww!!

Now, let me clarify something for the heartbroken one: Wade, you did not play “almost well enough to win.” You, in fact, sucked. You brought in a team thinking they were riding a wave and expecting the win to come to them, and you lost to a New York Giants team which came in determined to TAKE the victory. Yes it was close and there were some bad calls, but you should have dominated the injury-plagued Giants. You were driving a Ferrari in November, but then you left her sitting on the beach for six weeks.

This was one of the great underachieving teams in NFL history. Jason Garrett is next in line in Dallas.

Heh heh heh heh heh. I knew there was something off about these guys, but I had no idea ….

The Virginia-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently disclosed that its employees killed more than 97 percent of the dogs, cats, and other pets they took in during 2006…

So yesterday we wrote to the Commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) with a simple request: Since PETA behaves like a slaughterhouse, it’s time to officially label it a slaughterhouse.

There’s something about hypocrisy that is so gosh darn entertaining.

On the other hand, it’s pretty grim that to these folks, “Ethical Treatment of Animals” in the vast majority of cases means killing them.

When you hear a PETA rep use the word “ethics,” reach for your gun.

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General Bob McDonnell recently rolled out their legislative agendas. It was heartening to see that both focused on immigration, mental health, public safety, and government reform… however I was a bit surprised to see that only the LG went further in addressing issues of importance to commonsense conservatives. As far as I can tell, only he addressed abusive driver fees, reigning in spending, protecting Virginia taxpayers with comprehensive proposals, the 65% solution for education, abstinence only education programs, and second amendment rights. Unfortunately, the AG’s legislative package doesn’t appear to be as aggressively conservative and tackle some of these important issues.

While not addressing some of the more core conservative policy issues, it’s worth noting AG’s package did propose banning the use of phosphorus in detergents for household dishwashing machines.

The bottom line is it appears that the LG is a bit more focused on conservative issues Republicans care about. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays into the looming 2009 battle.

More soon…

I’m not at the correct computer so I cannot link sites but I will give you times and locations.  Sorry.

Going backwards (in more ways than one) today’s Washington Post on the front page talks about an ILLEGAL immigrant who worried about graduating from Loudoun County public schools because he would loose his refuge.  Refuge?  But it seems that parents and counselors helped him out by having him return to Mexico for a year and speeding his visa to re-enter the U.S.  Now he can afford to go to college with in-state tuition.   How nice.  The article also states that there are about 65,000 illegal high school graduates a year.  Hummm.

Thursday, January 10 has an article in the Loudoun Easterner that states the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors retracted their efforts to pursue allowing illegals from getting business permits and going after the businesses that hire illegals.   The state will handle it.  It is a federal problem.  We have other issues of more importance (i.e. the roads that are crowded, the schools that are crowded) and we need to find out how to pay for things with a depressed housing market.  After all, we don’t coax business to Loudoun to off-set taxes of homeowners.  We coax business so that we have places to go for school field trips.  Loudoun is alot more affluent than Fairfax and the residences can afford anything thrown at them.  We have deep pockets you know!

On this same thursday an article on the front page of the Washington Post talks about what Kaine will do with the issue of illegal immigration.  The state is proposing new laws againest illegals and pushing the point to the federal level.  “Kaine stressed that the state has taken steps to enforce laws and that he will fight proposals that seem mean-spirited”.  What is mean spirited about enforcing the law?  Also he states that “One in 10 Virginians was born outside the United States, Kaine said, and foreign companies created 2,000 jobs in the state.”  We created more jobs overseas then what is created here.  And those born outside the U.S. seem to mostly congregate in No. Va.

When the Democrats get into office, things change.  Not for the better.  With the articles above, socialism is festering right along.  Do you think a Democratic president will be any different or just a tremendous boost for the cause.

As Kaine states, “6 percent of Virginians have serious mental illness and that one in four have a diagnosed mental illness.”  Welcome to the state of mentals.

Settling in to watch some football before flying home tomorrow, and as if anyone cares here are my thoughts …

You all watching the Snow Bowl in Green Bay? That is some extreme precipitation. At this rate there will be five inches on the ground by the time the fourth quarter ends. Green Bay once again seems to have the weather on its side. It will be interesting to see just what Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck is made of. Personally, I wanted to see Seattle win because I think Dallas has a much better chance against them – BUT ….

Dallas, as much as I love them, will have their hands full tomorrow. Beating the same team three times in one season is not highly likely. This would apply to the absolute best team playing the absolute worst team, let alone two that are evenly matched….

And on that note, I think the Jaguars are going to be very hard for the Patriots to beat tonight. The Eagles, Ravens and Colts helped sketch the game plan to beat New England; in part, run the ball on offense and pressure Brady on defense. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio is a smart guy and will have that team ready with the right game plan.

UPDATE: My wife has posted a guessing game about where we are this week.

UPDATE II: Congrats, Packers. That was not much of a game. It begs the question of was the one team great or did the other team blow donkey. I’m not King Solomon, so don’t ask me. It’s hard not to root for Brett Favre – if the Giants win tomorrow I will have to say, “Sorry, Gints fans, but I am rooting for Green Bay.”

UPDATE III: NE vs Jacksonville, end of second quarter: 14-14 says to me, the Patriots are mortal. Be very afraid, Patriots.

UPDATE IV: If the Cowboys get their act together enough to beat the Giants tomorrow, they will win the Super Bowl. Here’s why I say this: Dallas has enough talent to beat anyone, but they have shown an inclination to play to the level of their competition. The Giants are a really good team, and at this point in the season they will be Dallas’ final test.

UPDATE V: Hey, the Jaguars look ok. At 4:04 left in the third quarter they just lost a TD on a dropped pass, but these things happen. Their quarterback, David Garrard, has to be one of the major inspirational success stories of modern sports, so how can you not root for this guy – especially against the Superman/New York Yankee/Little-Lord-Fauntleroy Tom Brady? (RE: that “roughing” penalty at 1:50 in the third).

UPDATE VI: So much for interest and romanticism – Green Bay and New England, the favorites, won. Bleh.

So all is NOT lost ….

But we must admit, there is an awful lot of voting left to be done and that Feb 5 mess is going to be a complete crap shoot. The candidates can’t give all those states anything like the quality time Iowa and New Hampshire just got, so there is going to be the real possibility that the top three Democrats (and top four or five Republicans, for that matter) each get some wins.

On the plus side, there are a lot of powerful media players who really want Hillary as the nominee, so last night’s victory will be played up as the second coming … maybe even the covers of Time and Newsweek adorning the supermarket check out displays in California, New York and Florida for a solid week. We can hope.

Of course, if John Edwards manages to win in South Carolina next week he’ll have the angry nutso wing of the party screaming his accolades right up until Feb 5 and then Hillary would be yesterday’s news … well, Edwards would probably not be a bad second choice since we’re not going to get Dennis Kucinich, right?