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Phil Collins Retires; World Rejoices

Posted in misc.blurbs, music with tags , , on Wednesday, 2011 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Following the “thank god!” public reaction to his retirement from music, Phil Collins released a statement clarifying the reason he’s quitting is to “be a full-time father on a daily basis” and NOT because of “dodgy reviews” or not feeling loved.

Funny, all of us manage to hold down full-time real jobs and still raise our kids on a daily basis. Music is not something that you quit. If you want to quit “the music business,” fine, just go. Why the announcement? Plenty of bands go years between albums or find themselves on unannounced, indefinite hiatus.

Nothing reeks of “desperate for attention” like first unnecessarily announcing retirement and then releasing another statement about it that essentially screams "I’M STILL LOVED! I’M STILL RELEVANT!!"

I’m not a mathematician, but I’m pretty sure if you’ve sold 100 million records and don’t have the trappings of having to do actual work for a living you could probably manage to juggle the demands of fatherhood without “retiring from music.” But good riddance.

Sarah Palin Won’t Run for President in 2012

Posted in misc.blurbs, politics with tags , , on Wednesday, 2011 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Even the people who aren’t fooled by Sarah Palin are still fooled by Sarah Palin. We, er, they are going to talk and speculate and talk some more about will-she or won’t-she run for President. This will go on ad nausea for most of 2011. All while she’ll soak up way too much attention from the “lame-stream media,” cuz all press is good press, and whatever moves the ratings needle and whatever keeps her in, near, or around political news and pop culture will help her sell more books and land new TV gigs and make her more money on the speech circuit.

She’ll make TV appearances, and ridiculous comments, and her stupid talking points will continue to drive the national conversation despite the fact that even leading conservatives and republicans know she’s unqualified and unelectable. But that stuff is easy. Running for (let alone being) President is not. So she won’t do it. She’s lazy.

So she’ll ride the wave of speculation all the way to her eventual destiny as the White Trash Oprah. And she’ll stroke her ego by holding out her eventual endorsement of one of the Republican candidates as long as possible, as if she’s some sort of kingmaker. But she won’t run for President.

Another Writing Endeavor: Sports Crab

Posted in misc.blurbs, sports with tags , , , , , on Thursday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

So I’m part of a team launching a new Baltimore-based sports parody site called Sports Crab. Please visit the site and share the link on Facebook, etc. So far I’ve written spoof stories about Brett Favre, Bono Saving the Orioles, Vinny Cerrato wanting JaMarcus Russell, and Pacman Jones being himself. But if you poke around you’ll find my stuff. Make sure to click the DIGG and/or HypeItUp buttons at the bottom of each story to help the site attract more readers.

Please Support My NFL Column

Posted in misc.blurbs, sports with tags , , , on Wednesday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

I’ve been sporadically slowblogging here the last few months. I have some other writing endeavors elsewhere online, but I hope to revive this blog a bit as well.

In the mean time, please support my NFL column over at RealFootball365 by going HERE and then clicking ARTICLES. Check back often, as I usually write about 2 columns per week.

If you dig it, please pass along the above link, or a link to this page. Post/share on Facebook, Twitter and wherever else you share webthings.

Thanks!

Generation X: the Last Cool Generation

Posted in essays, misc.blurbs, music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

There’s been much ink spilled (back when ink and paper were still widely used) about Generation X (my generation, born in the mid-60s thru early 70’s). And then I think they named the next one Generation Y (or Generation Next or The Millennials), and now they’re up to Generation Z, or the iGen (ugh, talk about forcing it).

But long after Douglas Coupland’s novel of the same name put “Generation X” on the map, I’d just like to say: We are the last cool generation. For many reasons.

We remember life before Xbox and Wii. I played freakin PONG with two "paddles" (lines on the screen) hitting a "ball" (a dot) back and forth. That was it. That was the whole game. Now, just the commercials for video games look better than the movies we grew up on.

Not only did we wait for our favorite song to come on the radio, but we did so with our cassette players setup to record and then tried to release the Pause button right away to tape the song. In fact, I used to blast records through an old stereo, with a boom box sitting in front of the speakers so I could copy it to a tape.

We wrote letters on paper and sent them through the mail to be read three days later. We used phone books. We used payphones. We used maps. We had to research our school papers at the library, with encyclopedias. We had to look shit up in books. The internet didn’t exist or was still in very early infancy when we were in college. We weren’t sitting around in class with our laptops.

We watched three TV channels plus PBS and waited until the 11pm local news sportscaster came on to show us highlights, until, if we were lucky, we had parents who could afford cable if and when it was finally available in our neighborhood. And we were already 12 by then.

So yes, we are the last cool generation. And all the little whippersnappers who followed us think they are the cool ones.

They can kick our ass at Playstation but they never played outside in the yard until it got dark enough that you could only see the ball when it was in the air. They make fun of clunky out-of-date CD players; I actually owned an 8-track tape player. They started drinking coffee when they were 15 and now they think drinking crappy beer like Pabst Blue Ribbon is cooler than being accused of being a “beer snob.” They think everything is overrated, underrated, or just totally random.

And of course they only like bands you’ve never heard of.

I think it’s funny how all these emo hipsters love to love anything that’s underground indie lo-fi crapola and it’s cool to say U2 sucks or Radiohead’s not great anymore or the White Stripes aren’t cool cuz Jack White’s gone Hollywood and sold out cuz he’s done a film soundtrack and been in a movie with The Edge.

Meanwhile, all these crappy bands sound like early U2 (but not as good) or wanna-be Radiohead or minimalist retro White Stripes. Ironic. Oh, wait, but being “ironic” is the coolest thing, right? I don’t know, I’ve lost track.

They cry and cry and cry that "oh you should check out THIS band and too bad THIS band isn’t as famous as Coldplay!" But then soon as 42 other people start agreeing and liking that band, they jump ship cuz "they suck now."

You suck. Go fix your eyeliner.

And now’s the part where I end the rant and you fill up the comments section (or the emails you use to forward this to your hipster buddies) saying how I’m just a bitter old man who doesn’t get it and I’m a hypocrite cuz I wrote a condescending blog post admonishing the cooler-than-thou people who do stupid shit like write condescending blog posts. That’s cool. I know I’m gonna drive home in my Honda from my day job and probably just go to sleep early. And you’re gonna peep your iPhone for some new App that plays old games like PONG or helps you organize all your stuff that makes you uniquely you. Just like everybody else.

They Should Make the Day After the Super Bowl a Holiday

Posted in casual fridays, misc.blurbs, sports with tags , , on Monday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

It’s so obvious, I’m glad I thought of it. I need to figure out a way to make money off this idea, but I’d settle for just getting the day off.

Here’s the deal: they have Washington’s Birthday or I guess now they sorta combined him with Lincoln or something and made it “Presidents Day.” Third Monday in February I think it is. And the Super Bowl that used to be played in late January, now increasingly falls out on the first few days of February. Not a huge deal, but that puts a bit further from Martin Luther King Day, and it has become a “February” event in our minds. “January football” now means Playoffs and “if you wanna be playing in February” is now a direct reference to making it to the Super Bowl.

So, you see where I’m going with this right? Presidents Day is kinda pointless anyway, right? It’s just some random Monday off. It’s not like we plan family visits or anything. And it usually isn’t really on Washington’s actual birthday, so why not move it back couple weeks and make it the first Monday in February? Like it matters. Jesus wasn’t born on December 25.

But wait…. that’s not all. I’m not proposing the day after Super Bowl be Presidents Day just for the partying factor and being able to stay up late for the game (hey, a new generation of kids/fans/consumers need to be raised, how can they watch the big game if they got school in the morning?). And it’s not to avoid calling in sick, AKA hungover.

This is actually an economic stimulus package that I implore President Obama, enthusiastic sports fan that he is, to embrace and pursue. Presidents Day is usually filled with ridiculous sales on cars and mattresses (two items that are ALWAYS on sale). They drum up these silly commercials with cartoons of Lincoln and Washington to tell us to shop for stuff. Why? Most of us just do laundry that day and wonder what might be open or closed, since it’s not really a holiday but it is. So no one shops. Wasted holiday.

So, once you move it the day after the Super Bowl, Presidents Day will be right after the day/night famous for not just football, but the fact that 10’s of millions of Americans of all demographics gather around their TV’s to WATCH THE COMMERCIALS. Personally I’m all about the game. But a LOT of people come right out and say they are “excited” for the “commercials.”

What an opportunity! Wouldn’t it be awesome if, the day after the Super Bowl, hordes of Americans were off work and school, and heading out to buy the cars and colas and countless other crappy items they saw advertised the night before!

This makes too much sense. And while it might not happen, I think it’s more likely than the NFL moving the game to Saturday. But, until then, just keep callin in sick.

Technology Is Amazing

Posted in misc.blurbs with tags , on Monday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Apparently, I can send an email to my blog and it will appear as a new post. It’s like magic. It seems like not that long ago I was taping vinyl albums onto cassette tapes. Now I can buy an album (or copy it from a friend) with a few clicks of the mouse. A few more clicks and it’s put onto my MP3 player that holds 300 albums and is the size of, well, a cassette tape case. Truly amazing. Then again, I don’t even know how they make decaffeinated coffee beans, so maybe I’m just easily impressed.

Read Me Elsewhere On The Innerwebs

Posted in misc.blurbs, music, sports, Uncategorized on Sunday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Sorry I haven’t been updating this blog much lately. Not sure who I’m apologizing to, or why. Anyway, I’m doing album reviews now for Music Emissions, which is a pretty cool site you should check out. That link takes you to my profile where you can see all my reviews.

I’m also writing occasional football columns for RealFootball365.

So check me out and pass my links along to all your e-friends and post links on Facebook and where ever else you share/recommend relatively pointless digital entertainment.

Got Flip-Flops?

Posted in misc.blurbs on Thursday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Okay, I have a new pet peeve. (My ultimate pet peeve was one of my earliest blog posts.) Obviously I spend too much time in my car, cuz much of what bothers with me with people is what they have on the back of their cars. I’ve mentioned some of the annoying tendencies of rednecks and rightwingers in previous posts, and I’ll get to some more political bumper stickers in the future. But this is about flip-flops and families.

First, you have these people, usually women, who will have one pair of flip-flops… like a generic outlined flip-flop logo window sticker in their back windshield. What is that? Like, “I’m a chick, and I’m such a beach bum! I just LOVE flip-flops! Some people like Obama or the Local Sports Team or the Outer Banks (OBX)… well I like flip flops!!”

Then, you have the minivans or other vehicles with little depictions of their family demographic. Like big guy (dad), slightly smaller female (mom), and then two or three little kid logos. Like I really care how many kids you have and/or that their names are Madison, Brandon, and Logan. Or that you have pets.

Okay, finally, it gets exponentially worse when these two strange phenomena are combined. That’s right, the flip-flop family. Seriously… WHY?

Ricky’s Got Some Splainin to Do

Posted in misc.blurbs, sports with tags , on Wednesday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

So now after all the hype, talented Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio is not coming to the NBA for 2 more years.

“Going to Minnesota would have just complicated my life a lot. It was a risk and I didn’t see it so clearly,” Rubio said. “My priority was the NBA and it was impossible for the Minnesota Timberwolves to pay my buyout clause, so I wanted to stay home.”

Really? The idea that getting drafted by a not-so-great NBA team, perhaps in a small market, would be a “risk” that would “complicate life” (along with the fact that teams can only contribute $500,000 to the multi-million dollar buyout clause to free Rubio from his current contract) was ALL well known months before the draft. So why enter the draft?

I don’t really have a problem with him staying in Europe; it will probably end up helping his game and his maturity. It just seems odd that he just kinda woke up at the end of the Summer and suddenly realized all this stuff that was pretty obvious at the beginning of the Spring.

Biting off more than he can chew: trying to eat a basketball is a risk that would complicate Ricky Rubios life.

Biting off more than he can chew: trying to eat a basketball is a risk that would complicate Ricky Rubio's life.

They Must Have Run Out Of People To Roast

Posted in misc.blurbs on Tuesday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Last night we stumble on Comedy Central’s Roast of Larry the Cable Guy. Yea, i guess they’ve roasted all the real celebrities already.

so as usual everyone rips on the other guests/roasters too. and Toby Keith was there (sitting there with freakin military dog tags around his neck, what a cheese).

A few of the gems dropped on Toby:

“Toby, you put the BIG in biggot.”

“ah, there’s toby keith… sitting there…. waiting for another terrorist attack…. so he can write another song about it…”

“toby keith! i share your love of the 2nd Ammendment. cuz your music makes me want to shoot myself in the face.”

there were lots of other good ones i cant remember. solid stuff.

Associated Content Publishing Me

Posted in misc.blurbs, music, top 10 lists with tags , , , , , on Friday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Just wanted to give you a heads up that Associated Content has published my “T0p 10 Country Albums” originally posted here on the blog. I could eventually get paid for page views, so please click on over and check it out and pass the link on to others.

Top 10 Best Country Albums Ever

Thanks!

Freedom IS Free

Posted in essays, misc.blurbs with tags , , , , on Friday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Well it’s July 4th weekend. Independence Day. Not really my favorite holiday. Of course, I’m an anti-American commie liberal hippie blogger so whattaya expect. Not really. I’m not actually anti-American. I guess I’m just kinda anti-YAYAMERICA!! Just not gung ho about wearing a stars’n’stripes shirt, sayin “happy fourth” like I mean it, and settin off fireworks. I don’t mind hanging out and watching professional fireworks if they’re good. Never quite understood the draw of spending a bunch of money at those fireworks stands that pop up in every parking lot come June.

I guess it’s fitting that America celebrates itself by blowing shit up. I mean really, what are the mainstays of this holiday? Not working, gorging on grilled meat and beer, and setting stuff on fire that makes loud noises and flashy lights. Aint that America.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my freedom and I appreciate my freedom and all that… but I guess I just don’t fully buy into the rah-rah holiday about it.

I see these bumper stickers that say “FREEDOM ISN’T FREE.” Really? It isn’t? I mean, I know that people have made great sacrifices for me to be here and other people have fought and died in wars that allegedly preserved our freedom. But I think freedom is free. Essentially shouldn’t we all be born free? Like that 70’s TV show with the theme song “born free….. as free as the wind blows.” Of course, the people who made the sacrifices to ensure that I would not only be born free, but be born at all… they were Russian and European. And the 50k + who died in Vietnam…. Did they really protect our freedom? Ditto for pretty much all the wars in my lifetime right up to and including Operation Iraqi Freedom. Damn, there’s that word again. What kind of freedom are we “spreading” in Iraq? Freedom to have Burger Kings and Best Buys and “democratic elections?” like that one we had in 2000? That was a nice little slice of democracy wasn’t it? Of course, I don’t remember any of us taking to the streets and risking our lives over it like the people are doing in Iran.

Ah, but I’m dwelling on the past. Bitching about a stolen election that altered the course of America and human history. I need to just get over it. I need to just Shut The Fuck Up and Love My Country. As do all the freedom lovin flag waving real Americans who think that Barack Obama is some secret Muslim socialist.

Okay I’m babbling. And obviously I hate The Troops (I’m kidding!).

Actually the 4th of July, to me, will always be my dad’s birthday. That’s right, falls out on the holiday every year. So, here’s to my dad. And here’s to your freedom, and my freedom, and to the idea that freedom IS free. So maybe we do need a little reminder to appreciate abstract concepts we take for granted like “independence” and “freedom.” So feel free to eat a bunch of burgers, drink some beer, and blow shit up. Just make sure you use sun screen. And Happy My Dad’s Birthday.

Wow, Has It Been That Long?

Posted in misc.blurbs, music, top 10 lists on Monday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

My little unplanned break from active blogging has suddenly turned into close to two months of no posts at all. I’d apologize, but I doubt anyone’s really checking this site daily or weekly looking for stuff to read.

And really, if I don’t have much worthwhile to write about or share with you (assuming “you” even exist), then why fill the space with posts regurgitating the news of the day followed by my snarky comments and criticisms?

So I just wanted to drop a quick note as a place holder to show I’m still here and the blog is still going. Not sure where or when…. but it’s going.

With that, I’ll leave you with a Top Ten list of stuff I’ve really enjoyed listening to recently:

1. John Wesley Harding – Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead
2. Prince – Lotusflow3r and MPLSound
3. Silversun Pickups – Swoon
4. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band – Outer South
5. Bob Dylan – Together Through Life
6. Otis Taylor – Recapturing the Banjo
7. Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi
8. Jerry Garcia Band – Kean College 1980
9. Tom Petty – Highway Companion
10. My 17-month-old son talking more and more every day

Incredible Photo Art That Makes You Think

Posted in misc.blurbs, photos, politics on Monday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

I highly recommend checking out Running The Numbers: An American Self-Portrait by Chris Jordan.

His statement about it:

Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month.

This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.

~chris jordan, Seattle, 2008

Among his fine work you’ll see:

  • 410,000 paper cups, equal to the number of disposable hot-beverage paper cups used in the US every fifteen minutes.
  • 28,000 42-gallon barrels, the amount of of oil consumed in the United States every two minutes (equal to the flow of a medium-sized river).
  • 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.
  • 125,000 one-hundred dollar bills ($12.5 million), the amount our government spends every hour on the war in Iraq.
  • One hundred million toothpicks, equal to the number of trees cut in the U.S. yearly to make the paper for junk mail.

One of his incredible pieces shows 200,000 cigarette packs to symbolize the number of Americans who die from smoking every six months. So 400,000 Americans DIE every year from cigarette smoking. In the name of national security and keeping us safe….. why are cigarettes still legal? I mean, approximately 3,000 were killed on that Tuesday morning in September and we waged war on terror. Where’s the war on tobacco?

Another piece depicts 65,000 cigarettes, equal to the number of American teenagers under age eighteen who become addicted to cigarettes every month.

Man, we are really not keeping Americans safe!!

Anyway, be sure to also poke around the rest of his website to check out his portraits from the wake of Katrina, a global version of Running The Numbers, and other fine stuff.

Slow Blogging

Posted in misc.blurbs on Friday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Wow, it’s been almost a month between posts. Sorry folks… I’ll come back. I promise.

Until then, enjoy this link about Slow Blogging

I Did Not Take This Photo

Posted in misc.blurbs, photos, politics on Saturday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

They Should Make the Monday After the Super Bowl "Presidents Day"

Posted in misc.blurbs on Saturday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

It’s so obvious, I’m glad I thought of it. I need to figure out a way to make money off this idea, but I’d settle for just getting the day off.

Here’s the deal: they have Washington’s Birthday or I guess now they sorta combined him with Lincoln or something and made it “Presidents Day.” Third Monday in February I think it is. And the Super Bowl that used to be played in late January, now increasingly falls out on the first few days of February. Not a huge deal, but that puts a bit further from Martin Luther King Day, and it has become a “February” event in our minds. “January football” now means Playoffs and “if you wanna be playing in February” is now a direct reference to making it to the Super Bowl.

So, you see where I’m going with this right? Presidents Day is kinda pointless anyway, right? It’s just some random Monday off. It’s not like we plan family visits or anything. And it usually isn’t really on Washington’s actual birthday, so why not move it back couple weeks and make it the first Monday in February? Like it matters. Jesus wasn’t born on December 25.

But wait…. that’s not all. I’m not proposing the day after Super Bowl be Presidents Day just for the partying factor and being able to stay up late for the game (hey, a new generation of kids/fans/consumers need to be raised, how can they watch the big game if they got school in the morning?). And it’s not to avoid calling in sick, AKA hungover.

This is actually an economic stimulus package that I implore President Obama, enthusiastic sports fan that he is, to embrace and pursue. Presidents Day is usually filled with ridiculous sales on cars and mattresses (two items that are ALWAYS on sale). They drum up these silly commercials with cartoons of Lincoln and Washington to tell us to shop for stuff. Why? Most of us just do laundry that day and wonder what might be open or closed, since it’s not really a holiday but it is. So no one shops. Wasted holiday.

So, once you move it the day after the Super Bowl, Presidents Day will be right after the day/night famous for not just football, but the fact that 10’s of millions of Americans of all demographics gather around their TV’s to WATCH THE COMMERCIALS. Personally I’m all about the game. But a LOT of people come right out and say they are “excited” for the “commercials.”

What an opportunity! Wouldn’t it be awesome if, the day after the Super Bowl, hordes of Americans were off work and school, and heading out to buy the cars and colas and countless other crappy items they saw advertised the night before!

This makes too much sense. And while it might not happen, I think it’s more likely than the NFL moving the game to Saturday. But, until then, just keep callin in sick.

How I Became a Steelers Fan

Posted in misc.blurbs, sports on Tuesday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Y’know, it’s weird. You’re born in a certain geographic area and you are bound to certain sports teams. I guess you’re really not, but it feels like you are. Or you should be. And so it was that I was born in Washington, DC, and raised in nearby suburban Maryland. A Redskins fan.

And yet, here I am, Super Bowl week, with my basement covered in black and gold. Getting geared up cuz Pittsburgh’s goin to the Super Bowl.

How did I get here?

Well, I lived in northern West Virginia for 10 years and that’s Steeler Country. Of course there were plenty of times that I resisted and hated the Steelers, if only because The League forced me to watch them because of where I lived at the time. But I noticed something. They were a tough, resilient bunch. On and off the field. The fans endured and the team pressed on under solid ownership and very few coaching changes.

I didn’t live through it, but I lived near the Mike Tomszak and Neil O’Donnell and Bubby Brister and Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddux eras. The Chin. The Bus. Hines Ward. I remember when they lost to San Diego in the AFC Championship in the mid-90s. Sure at the time I probably laughed and mocked them for not making it to the big game. Just as I did when they lost that Super Bowl to the Cowboys on those O’Donnell interceptions. But I wasn’t a Steeler fan then. Not yet.

So after all those years of living nearby, I moved away to Baltimore, only to do so with and then marry a crazy Steeler fan. So the Steelers became my Team-inlaw. We grew close. They drafted Ben Roethlisberger. They somehow won that crazy playoff game against the Colts. The Chin. The Bus. Hines Ward. And that season, during that playoff run, I could feel it. I felt it.

The next season I went to three games, two on the road in my black and gold. We lost all three.

Then we had a son. We decided to raise him a Steeler fan. Even though he’s living in Ravensville, not far from Redskins country. But… and you’ll roll your eyes and think this is just politically correct, but the Washington pro football franchise has a racist nickname and have a turned a culture into a mascot. So all those lamps and hampers and onesies and kids replica jerseys we’re gonna buy for our kid? They wont be supporting the racist Washington football franchise.

One of my best friends is a Cowboys fan. We have some fun Dallas-Washington banter and wagers. Some solid sports-rivalry-style hatred there. But much like me, he’s starting to feel like his team represents everything that he hates about modern professional sports. So since he lives in Baltimore, and was a Colts fan as a little kid, he’s pledging his allegiance to the purple of the Ravens. And much like I accept my Washington football franchise blood, he’s still a Dallas Cowboys fan…

And as the Washington-Dallas games have lost the luster they had in the 70s and 80s, the Steelers-Ravens rivalry has snuck up to become the best and hardest hitting in the league. Right up to this year’s game with a Super Bowl berth on the line.

So this Super Sunday I’ll be cheering in hopes for a 2nd ring since I’ve been a Steeler fan. Tomlin. Big Ben. Hines Ward. So call me a bandwagoneer if you must. But so far Steeler Nation has welcomed me aboard that bandwagon. This is how I became a Steeler fan.

Oh yea, and Troy Polamalu.

It’s Got Great Flourish

Posted in first 100 days, misc.blurbs, politics on Tuesday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

At 1:04pm eastern time, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer tells us that Barack Obama has extraordinairy penmanship. David Gergen concurs.

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