What Sports Figures Do You Clemenate?

I just read this great article on Sports Illustrated called The Joy of Rooting Against LeBron ( http://joeposnanski.si.com/2011/03/05/the-joy-of-rooting-against-lebron/?xid=cnnbin&hpt=Sbin ) where he introduced a new word to me called Clemenate.

Clemenate: (KLEM-a-nayt), verb, to hate an athlete (or a team) in an entirely healthy, fun sports way (rather than hating them in a crazed, stalking, loaded gun, insane sort of way)

I love watching football, both college and pro, more than any other sport.  I will watch March Madness but I have lost a lot of my previous love of pro basketball.  There are just too many baseball games during the season to get excited but I do watch the playoffs.

I have strong feelings about players and teams.  I love, LOVE the New England Patriots, Boise State Broncos, WVU Mountaineers, and Boston Red Sox.  To watch a game, I have to choose a side.  Sometimes my husband tells me I am irrational in my absolute disgust in certain teams.

Some players I Clemenate are based on somewhat rational reasons, others because of things they have done whether on or off field. But I am absolutely passionate in my Clemenatia to the point that I have irritated people who are not used to watching a game with me.

This past Super Bowl had me at an impasse because I clemenate Ben Rothilsberger (I have never liked him and his off field problems have only added to my dislike of him) and the Pittsburgh Steelers in general and I clemenate Aaron Rodgers (I dislike him because I get sick of the announcers talking about him as if he equals Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, or Terry Bradshaw; he has a long way to go before being added to that illustrious company).

Ultimately, it was pretty easy, I just could not root for the Steelers, so my only choice was to root for the Packers.  I can not watch a game without rooting for one side or the other.  An added impetus for rooting for the Packers is because I picked them to win the game in my fantasy pick’em.  And I probably picked the Packers because I didn’t want to have any reason to root for the Steelers.  I know, it is irrational, but that is the fun.

Who do I passionately clemenate?

  • As already mentioned, Ben Rothlisberger.  I have never liked him, I think he is a jerk.  Also not helping his case has been the arrogance of the Steelers early in the 2000’s thinking they were going to trounce the Patriots in the playoffs and getting trounced themselves.
  • I have never liked the Jets, entirely understandable considering the are a division foe, but Rex Ryan just took it to another level.  And anyone who says Mark Sanchez is a great quarterback has been sniffing glue.  Having moments of brilliance does not make you a great quarterback.
  • Dallas Cowboys, I never liked the Cowboys, but if I hear them referred to as America’s Team one more time, I think I may stroke out.  I had such delight this past season as they completely let Jerry Jones down.  And Tony Romo, please refer to what I wrote about Mark Sanchez.  He has played for seven seasons as the Dallas starting quarterback and what does he have to show for it in the playoffs? 1-3, pretty pathetic.
  • New York Giants, I have never liked them and I have difficulty coming up with a game where I would root for them.
  • LaBron James and Kobe Bryant because they are talented, arrogant jerks.
  • BCS Conferences in general except the Big East, with the arrogant SEC at the top.
  • Cam Newton, who I think will fail in the NFL and who I personally believe had full knowledge of his father’s actions and had Auburn not been rank as high as it was, I believe he would have been suspended.  I don’t think the BCS wanted either TCU or Boise State in a position to argue their place in the Championship game.
  • New York Yankees, hey, I am a Red Sox fan and it is in our DNA.
  • New York Mets, 1986 World Series which we lost more so than they won.  And no, I don’t blame Bill Buckner because he should not have been put in position of that play being significant if not for the relief pitching that put him there.

Teams or Players I clemenate but could find instances to root for when playing against above teams:

  • Chicago Bears, all I need to say is Super Bowl XX
  • As mentioned before, Aaron Rodgers
  • San Diego Chargers, classic underachievers loved by announcers who are perpetually putting them in the Super Bowl at the beginning of the season

Of course there is temporary clemenatia for any team playing a team I love.

So which players or teams do you clemenate?

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Dear Charlie Sheen

Wow, really?

I am sure somewhere Mel Gibson is thanking God for the nonsensical, egomaniacal rant you spewed yesterday.

Kanye West has nothing on you, he’s an amateur.

You think you can do anything and people will still love you.  I think you have let the lines between fiction and reality get a bit blurred.  People don’t mind a happy drunk like your character on Two and a Half Men, but in reality you are a mean drunk.

I am guessing you don’t like Alcoholics Anonymous because you may actually have to mingle with actual human beings.  In AA you have to actually own up to your faults.  You probably don’t like AA because people will tell you the truth.

I like this line from another blog from Andrea Reiher “Apparently it is Charlie Sheen’s world and we all just live in it.”  I think that says it all.

I hope for the sake of the people that love you and especially your kids, you get your shit together.

edited to add:

On a poll for whether your career will survive, I thought this was the perfect comeback to you:

“The graveyards are full of irreplaceable actors.” by Charles Hartinger

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Earthquake in New Zealand

My heart goes out to all those affected by the earthquake today.  Having lived in Los Angeles, I have been through my share of them.

They are not fun.

What is so frightening about earthquakes is that they come out of nowhere.  When they start shaking, you have no idea how bad they are going to be.  I have felt those that start with a strong jolt and then peter out.  Then there are those that start slow and build to a crescendo.  Most are smaller ones and they feel like a heavy truck rumbling by close to your house.

I haven’t lived in Los Angeles for almost 10 years and where I am now isn’t as susceptible to earthquakes although they could occur just about anywhere a fault exists.  But when a truck rumbles by and the floor shakes a bit, I still freeze for a moment.

The worst one I was in occurred at 4:30am on Monday January 17, 1994.  It was Martin Luther Kings Day.

This was a rare quake in that I knew from the moment it started shaking it would be bad.  I knew because my electricity went out a millisecond before it started shaking.

If you have never experienced an earthquake, the most surprising thing is how loud they are.  Imagine everything you own and even the windows shaking and you can start to understand why they are so loud.

It was pitch black once the electricity went out and all I could hear was everything shaking and falling.  It seemed to have lasted forever.  I got out my phone (the cheap one that doesn’t require electricity to use) and sat out in the courtyard to call my family to let them know I was alright.

To me, that was the most frightening time because the ground just constantly vibrated from aftershocks.

It is amazing the amount of damage that can occur in 25 seconds.  On my apartment building all the windows facing east and west were broken (which logically speaking means the quake shook north to south I would guess).

I was lucky, even though so much had fallen to the ground in my apartment, only a bottle of wine and a mug actually broke.  But there was quite a bit of devastation along Hollywood Blvd.

But the freeway collapse were crippling.  The Antelope Freeway (the 14) collapsed at the merge with the 5, the main artery up to the Bay area.  Although they quickly went to work to repair it, the interruption in traffic and the detours were crippling.  Also the 10 freeway collapse was catastrophic for traffic causing massive traffic jams on the surface streets.

My heart goes out to New Zealand.

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Hello world!

It seems weird to put your thoughts out there for anyone to read.

Who reads it?

Who cares?

I guess place to start is who am I.

I am an artist.  I have a wide variety things I like to work with and I will go for a period doing one thing and then change to another and I basically cycle through my different skill sets.  Right now, because the heater isn’t working in the studio, I have been working hard on making jewelry, specifically bead stitched jewelry like the following, mostly bracelets and earrings:

I am a die hard football fan, New England Patriots.  Go Pats!!!

My favorite television show of all time is Lost.

My husband and I own two small dogs that allow us to live in the same house as them (I suspect that is because they can’t drive and we live in the boonies and they need their treats.

I love photography and take oodles of pictures because I know somewhere in there are some gems.

I have lived in Philadelphia, Boston, Upstate New York, Germany, Holland, Los Angeles, Florida, and now in the Upstate of South Carolina.

I hope you enjoy the blog.

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Bears safety Dave Duerson Suicide

As a New England Patriot fan, I well remember the Patriots getting annihilated by the Bears in Superbowl XX.

We were so excited.

We were sure the Patriots were going to win.

I still wish I had the Boston Herald copy from that day that was filled from front to back with Patriots-Bears stuff including almost all the ads (my favorite being and ad by a tire place that had a graphic of a teddy bear wearing a sweatband with a no. 9 on it for Jim McMahon and tire tracks like it had been run over by a vehicle).

Unfortunately the excitement turned to dread pretty quickly and the Pats lost by the largest margin in Super Bowl history until that point (thankfully that record was broken when the 49ers demolished the Broncos 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV).  The lowest point was when William “Refrigerator” Perry ran in a touchdown (and they say the Pats rub it in now, they weren’t the first)

If you had asked me to name some of the Bears players today, I could name four of them, Jim McMahon, Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, and William “Refrigerator” Perry.  But I recognized Dave Duerson’s name when I read it and definitely his picture when I saw it (I remember faces much better than names).

I was saddened to read that he committed suicide.  I have to remind myself, often that the game of football that I love so much comes with consequences to those that play it.  That he even took the time to text his loved ones to have his brain sent for study after he was dead and shot himself in the chest (not always a surefire way to kill yourself) tells me that he knew there was something terribly wrong.

I don’t know much about his life or who he was as a person, but what saddened me even more wasn’t the comments accompanying the article by PFT on MSNBC, they were respectful, but that anyone could choose thumbs down on any of the comments.  I just don’t get it.

I have learned over many years of being on the internet that people can be downright nasty when they don’t have to look them in the face.  I have with a few exceptions always tried to only write what I would say to someone’s face.  I guess it is the anonymity that allows people to be mean or downright nasty.

But I guess that is just me.  If any of you read this, what do you think?

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