The Way I See It
By cj pollick
1972 Miami Dolphins Celebrate Patriot's Loss - The '72 Dolphins still remain the only undefeated NFL team through a full football season including the playoffs. The loss by the Patriots on Sunday to the Giants in the Super Bowl assured the '72 Dolphins another year of historical honor.
For the record number of fans (more than 97 million) who watched the Super Bowl, they saw a defensive struggle between two very good NFL teams. The N.Y. Giants, however, deserved the win, their defense dominated the Patriots. And, when the game was on the line, young Eli Manning scrambled out of the pocket to throw a successful "Hail Mary" pass to receiver David Tyree (who caught the long pass on the top of his helmet.)
If you had no team favorite, then you probably enjoyed this Super Bowl.
He is sore and wondering why his offensive line could not stop the Giant's defensive rush. Not a good game by one of football's best quarterbacks. Next year? Keep an eye out for the N.Y. Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Indian Rocks Beach Politics - Candidate signs are reportedly being stolen at Indian Rocks Beach. Some IRB candidates are complaining that their campaign signs are being stolen. Of course, that petty act is not unusual in local elections; it happens in Clearwater, Largo, Belleair, etc., etc.
What should happen if someone is caught stealing campaign signs? Whatever the punishment is for theft (and a fine per sign.)
Student Funding Increase - Pinellas County per student funding is 6.55 percent greater than last year for a total of $7,314.
Groundhog Day - On February 2, at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil (the rodent) reportedly saw his shadow. The meaning? Six more weeks of winter.
As a Pennsylvanian by birth, it was always amazing to read about the many hundreds of people that flocked to this small rural Pennsylvania town just to participate in Groundhog Day at Gobbler's Knob.
On the other hand, actor Bill Murray helped to bring this small celebration in Pennsylvania to national attention by his performance in the movie called Groundhog Day.
Six more weeks of winter.
Global Warming? - Perhaps Al Gore missed studying China in his global warming study.
China is battling the coldest winter in 100 years.
China Meteorological Administration (CMA) in Hubai reported that this is the coldest weather China has had over the past 100 years. In fact, the current cold weather has caused millions of Chinese citizens to be stranded due to heavy snowfall and cold temperatures. Chinese power companies are being pushed to provide maximum power needs to major cities throughout China.
Global warming? It is unlikely that the people in China would believe this global warming theory being pushed by some folks.
Super Tuesday - The proverbial dust has settled regarding which candidates are the true frontrunners for the Democrat and Republican political parties.
On Tuesday, the GOP learned that Sen. John McCain will be the Republican party candidate for president. Both GOP challengers Gov. Mitt Romney and Gov. Mike Huckabee came in a distant second and third. It is John McCain for the GOP.
Democrats split votes between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton. Clinton won the larger states while Obama won the most states. At this time, Sen. Hillary Clinton has a small delegate lead over Sen. Barack Obama. For Democrats, the race continues to places like Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Historic Hotels Are Succeeding - According to an article in the New York Times by Paul Burnham Finney, historic hotels (such as the Belleview Biltmore) are succeeding.
Bjorn Hanson of Price Waterhouse Coopers, who follows the hotel industry, said "Historic hotels are a better-performing niche."
Other successful historic hotels?
The Peabody in Memphis - the Algonquin in Manhattan - the Rosewood Mansion in Dallas and the Plaza in New York. There are about 600-900 historic hotels . . . and we have one of those in Belleair.
Bobby Knight Retires - Basketball coach Bobby Knight recently retired from Texas Tech.
Most basketball fans will remember Knight as an old-fashioned coach who, at times, did some of the most outrageous things when he lost his temper.
Will Knight be remembered as one of the best college basketball coaches of all-time? Probably yes.
Will he be remembered in the same breathe as John Wooden of UCLA coaching fame? Probably not.
Will Indiana University throw a celebration for Bobby Knight? Time will tell, truly Indiana owes a great deal to coach Bobby Knight.
Interestingly, Knight's son will now take over as head coach at Texas Tech.
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