Thursday, September 11, 2008

Short and Sweet

Thursday means quickly....

He is a Jedi, and he helps people ….

Meanwhile, even as devout football fans, the Whites had been on the road and out of touch with the NFL events. They particularly didn't want to know the Dallas Cowboys' outcome. The TiVo at home was waiting. Bill planned to watch the Cleveland game immediately, with suspense attached.

But a couple of miles from the house, while driving on MacArthur Boulevard, the Whites had their own mini-disaster. A tire blew on the Mercury. Bill, luckily, managed to nurse his wounded ride off the street and into the lighted parking lot of a strip mall.

For troubling news on a Sunday, it didn't rank up there with taking a direct hit to the chin from the helmet of linebacker Willie McGinest, but Bill became a bit woozy himself when he discovered his jack was malfunctioning. Never a good thing at midnight.

Plan B kicked in, however. One of those cigarette-lighter-plug-in air compressors was available. Except it was leaking more air than it was pumping.

"I don't know, a hundred cars, probably more, had to go by. Nobody was stopping," said Bill. "That's just kind of the way it is in today's world."

And then ...

"Bill was fooling with that tire, and I was standing beside the car watching him," Sharon said. "The next thing I know, a nice-looking young man, very well-dressed, but with something strange on his chin, he walked up, smiled, and said, 'Hey, you need some help?' "

Sharon hadn't even noticed a car pull up.

So now it's Bill and the well-dressed young man both bent over a flat tire at midnight on a Sunday, trying to figure out why a faulty air compressor plugged into the cigarette lighter was leaking more than pumping.

"I didn't get a good look at him at that point," Bill said. "We were both trying to get the tire pumped up."

Sharon, however, took a second look. "You are Tony Romo," she said. No reply, just a smile, and then it was back to work on the compressor.

Finally, they got the tire aired up. Enough, anyway, to make a slow drive home.
"I didn't want to bother him," Sharon said, "but I asked again, 'You're Tony Romo, right?' " I knew it was him by then. But he smiled and said, 'Yes, ma'am.' "
Sharon: "I did something no 50-year-old woman should be doing, but I screamed real loud, and then jumped up and hugged him."

Bill's immediate response was "Don't tell me how you guys did. I'm going home to watch it."

Awesome Read: Breaking Down the Cowboys Offense – Blue and Silver Report

Tom Hicks is popular over there

Jamie Carragher has vehemently denounced Liverpool's "ruthless" owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, but believes Rafael Benítez must share responsibility for the public spat that almost cost the Spaniard his job last year.

The Liverpool defender admitted he feels physically ill at the prospect of Hicks and Gillett making a substantial profit on their investment in the club, having so far failed to deliver the new stadium that was promised on the first day of their take-over 20 months ago. That project has been delayed for at least a year by the "global economic climate".

Writing in Carra: My Autobiography, which is published today, Carragher claims: "For richer or poorer, we'd sold Liverpool to two ruthless businessmen who saw us as a moneymaking opportunity. They didn't buy Liverpool as an act of charity; they weren't intent on throwing away all the millions they'd earned over 50 years ... They wanted to buy us because the planned stadium offered a chance to generate tons of cash and increase the value of the club."

Loading much of their debt on to the club to the tune of £30m in annual interest repayments, despite initial promises to the contrary, triggered the start of their breakdown with the Liverpool support, the 30-year-old added. "Breaking this vow set the first alarm bells ringing, the embarrassing continual changing of the stadium plans was irritating too," he wrote.

Benítez does not escape criticism in Carragher's tome with the Spaniard accused of triggering last season's disharmony by calling for greater and more urgent investment in his squad. "I understood why the owners were unhappy with him too," he added. "They'd been undermined by Rafa and now they were undermining him."

Pete Carroll – Practical Joker

Larussa Field Sobriety Fun


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Doctor Jones said...

I couldn't understand anything that Carrol was saying in the second one.