Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Would somebody please tell me why Senator Mike Gravel is still running for President? Has anyone besides me, his wife, and maybe his mother even heard of him?
From what I hear, Mr. Obama ducked and dodged her attacks and weathered the storm like Muhammad Ali (in his prime) dodging Sonny Liston. Hillary did not produce the ground breaking effect she was hoping for... a surge that she needs. You see, the slight lead she holds in Ohio is slipping. She was ahead by 17 points about two weeks ago and now she leads by only 4 points. I'm not aware of how things look in Texas but, Hillary clearly needs to do something to gain momentum if she hopes to get the nomination and that hope appears to be getting slimmer as the days go by.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
If I hear one more person say that Eddie Murphy's movie "Norbit" destroyed his chance at an Oscar for "Dreamgirls", I will vomit. I personally thought "Norbit" was the funniest thing he's done in years. The truth is, he deserved the best supporting actor nomination for "Dreamgirls" but, didn't get it because of Hollywood politics (i.e. The Academy doesn't like Eddie Murphy). If I may paraphrase Snoop on "The Wire", "Deserve ain't got nothin' to do wit' it!" I don't think it was racial because, at that same ceremony, they gave Forrest Whitaker and new comer, Jennifer Hudson Oscars. I think it was simply a matter of who they liked and who they didn't like.
Eddie's prickly personality doesn't go over well but, damnit, it should be about the work, not who you like personally. I'll always say and believe that. "Norbit" was released right after "Dreamgirls" but, before the Oscar voting was finished. Everybody said that the movie was so bad that it turned the judges off. That's crazy! Since "Norbit" was not being nominated for anything, what did that have to do with "Dreamgirls"? "Dreamgirls" was nominated. Now don't get me wrong... "Norbit " was not "The Best of Eddie Murphy", but after years of trite family comedies like "Daddy Day Care" and "Haunted House", it was nice to see the real Eddie Murphy return in (what I thought was) a raw, drop dead, funny comedy.
People have lost their minds... Now, one year after the fact, Eddie Murphy just won three "Razzie" Awards (Winners List) and, needless to say, he was not very happy about it. He won the Worst Actor award for his portrayal of Norbit and two Worst Supporting Actor awards for his portrayals of Rasputia and Mr. Wong. Come on... give Eddie a break, will ya? The movie was not THAT bad!
Okay, does anybody else feel like I feel? Did you really go to see any of the movies that were nominated this year? Have you ever heard of any of the actors or actresses that won? (Okay, maybe Daniel Day Lewis.) Yeah, me neither. The Oscars just didn't do it for me this year.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Existentialism is a philosophical movement that posits that individuals create the meaning and essence of their lives, as opposed to deities or authorities creating it for them. It emerged as a movement in twentieth-century literature and philosophy, though it had forerunners in earlier centuries. Existentialism generally postulates that the absence of a transcendent force (such as God) means that the individual is entirely free, and therefore, ultimately responsible. It is up to humans to create an ethos of personal responsibility outside any branded belief system. In existentialist views, personal articulation of being is the only way to rise above humanity's absurd condition of much suffering and inevitable death.
I know... it sounds pretty depressing, doesn't it? I confess, there is a part of me that is a bit of a nerd. As a teenager, I read books by Albert Camus, Jean Paul Sartre, and Franz Kafka... all known writers of the existentialist school of thought. I was also reading Richard Wright's darker novels ("Black Boy" and "Native Son"), which also seemed to belong to existentialism. Some people will argue that Richard Wright was what they call a "Naturalistic" writer... another
blog for another time.
I have read three novels by Walter Mosley this year "Blonde Faith", "Killing Johnny Fry", and "Diablique" and I'm wondering if I have discovered, at long last, a black Existentialist. In all three novels, the main charactor seems locked into a life and set of circumstances that are beyond his control. The protaganists seem bored, hopeless, and depressed until they take action... an action that gives them meaning and purpose... a reckless action that could mean their downfall yet, makes them feel more alive than at any other time in their lives.
I am curious as to Mr. Mosley's philisophical leanings. Of course, I know that one could argue that the protaganist in any story must overcome odds that are beyond his or her control...but in the existentialist novel... the character's response to those odds is a response that defines his/her existence... a response that redeems them somewhat... which is what makes the story fall in this genre. Plus, the themes of meaninglessness, sadness, and betrayal by life itself... I found these themes in all three novels.
Mr. Mosley is not a lightweight. No indeed. He is up there with some of our best writers but, I defer, I am biased... he is my favorite. Oh, and just for the record, I am not an existentialist. In order to be a true existentialist, one would also have to be an atheist, to which I am not. Nor am I one who believes that there is no meaning to life, no pre-determined meaning to life. I do believe in these things and I do have hope. It gets strained at times but, it's still there.
Friday, February 22, 2008
If you were a white male child growing up in America within the last 50 years or at anytime in the history of the United States, your father and/or mother probably told you to study hard, get good grades in school, work hard, and you could one day grow up to be president of the United States. I doubt that any black parent ever told their child that because, come on... this is America after all, and that kind of dreaming just wasn't productive UNTIL NOW.
Jessie Jackson ran for president when I was 26 years old and I voted for him knowing that this vote was more symbolic than real. In the back of my mind, I knew he didn't stand a chance of actually winning but, I wanted to make a statement. The statement being, that black votes are here and they are important. Jessie actually won two or three primaries but, in the end, he was not the Democratic nominee (to nobody's surprise).
When Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton began, I must admit that I thought John Edwards would be the eventual front runner. When Obama won a few primaries, I still was not convinced. I'm sure that I, like most African Americans of my generation, did not believe that America would ever get past race... and we still may not... he hasn't won yet. Then, a funny thing happened... Obama won 10 straight primaries and won in places where he could not have been supported by a majority black vote. (i.e. Hawaii ???)
I know that a lot of young blacks (and whites) are voting for the first time and looking past race but, a lot of older whites must be voting too or he wouldn't be winning in a lot of these states. In the past few days, I have often wondered aloud, "What is happening here?" Is it because Obama is "bi-racial?" or could it be that people are just tired... so tired of what we've been doing before that they are willing to try anything different... even a woman... even a black man!!! Now, little boys and yes, even girls, of all races can truly reach for the stars and one day become president of the United States of America.
H-m-m-m... "What is happening here?"
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
[This article was obtained from Esquire.com, as told to Anya Yurchyshyn.]
Sunday, February 17, 2008
The Pennsylvania Primary is just a few months away (April 22nd) and there are several candidates to choose from. How do you make such a decision? Rely on peer pressure (telling you who to vote for) or the media (telling you who the front-runners are)? NO! You can start with the Presidential Matchmaker Quiz to help determine the best-matching candidate for you based solely on the important issues of the day for this country (which are the only things that really matter, anyway). Simply answer the questions and find out which candidate shares most of your views. It goes without saying that no one will share all of your views. If you don't agree with the result, you don't have to vote for that person. You could also take the quiz "just for the heck of it" to see what candidate comes up for you. Either way, the ultimate decision is still up to you and no one else!
Please Note: This is not intended to be a personal endorsement for the Change.org website or the Presidential Matchmaker Quiz; but rather, a suggested resource that might help if you're really in a quandry about the best political candidate for the job of president. You should know that you will be required to give your name and email address to get the result of the quiz. The site will also allow you to supply the email addresses of friends that might want to take the quiz but, you can choose to skip this step (it is not mandatory).
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Christine M. Flowers, Lawyer
Philadelphia Daily News
The marks have faded after more than 40 years, but there is still enough definition there to remind me of my parents' concern and my doctors' wisdom. Thanks to them, I was immune to anything but the passing cold.
I wonder if, in that pharmacological mix, they slipped in a vaccine against hype. It occurred to me that this must be the only explanation for my complete and utter immunity to Barack "Yes We Can!" Obama. When he stands at the podium and delivers those words of hope and uplift, the crowds roar back in support.
And here I sit, trying to figure out what it is that keeps me from succumbing to the enchantment of this political messiah when so many intelligent people are falling in line and in love. After all, if even some conservatives are in sync with his siren song, like the farmers in Kansas and the denizens of the Louisiana bayous, why am I indifferent to his manifest charms?
Well, I never understood the attraction of those old-time revival meetings, either... where people with personalities even bigger than the churches they were preaching in, could sway the crowds by the sheer force of their passion. I need actual red meat, not the wispy promises of a sweet-talking neophyte.
So, perhaps I should ask the candidate myself: Tell us, Sen. Obama, how would your plan for withdrawal from Iraq keep that country from devolving into a fratricidal cesspool, threatening surrounding nations and our own?
Don't just say, "I was against the war when Hillary voted for it"... that ship has sailed. What in your experience qualifies you to sit at a table with other world leaders and inspire confidence that you know what you're doing, not just that you know how to say it eloquently?
Explain, in simple terms for the non-believers like me, how being a community organizer in Chicago, your friend Oprah's hometown, prepared you to deal with al Qaeda, the looming crises in Lebanon and Syria, the ominous rise of a nuclear Iran and the threat to Israel? And, you might have heard that your father's homeland Kenya is having a few problems these days.
Any suggestions on how to approach the ethnic cleansing there, not to mention the genocide in Sudan, the continued conflicts in Sierra Leon, the highly combustible situation in Algeria, the deterioration in Chad?
I'm waiting to hear some solutions, not just a trite slogan like "Yes We Can", which is beginning to sound like "Can't we all just get along?"
And, speaking of getting along, you pretend to be a unifier but, have little patience for conservatives like me. You make scurrilous attacks against the current administration and conservatives in general.
You pretend to appeal to all of us as "Americans" but have a palpable disdain for those who don't buy the Democratic narrative. You aren't above taking pot shots at a certified war hero because he said we'd have to maintain a presence in Iraq for years to come.
So, I suppose you also have a problem with our 60+ years in Germany since WW II? Our 30+ years in Korea? Our NATO bases in the Mediterranean?
And, I hope you'll tell some of your acolytes to cool their jets when they start accusing we who are immune to your charms of racism. When I last wrote about you, I said that I thought you lacked the experience for public office. Many of those who e-mailed me afterward suggested that, as a white woman, I had a problem with a black man. One went so far as to say that "lack of experience" was code words for "something else." So, let's get this straight... "Lack of experience" means (1) you're too young, (2) you're completely untested, (3) you have an insignificant Senate record, and (4) your soaring rhetoric won't protect us against soaring missiles. It does not mean "I don't like you because you're black."
Frankly, there are a lot of reasons why I could never pull the lever for you, but race isn't one of them. And, yet I'm a racist because I'm immune to your appeal? Please tell your supporters that some people really don't cast their vote because of or in spite of race and gender. The irony is that white folks who embrace your candidacy are viewed as inclusive since this plays right into your narrative as a "unifier", while those who take issue with your, well, serious lack of issues are foot soldiers in the army of Gen. Jim Crow.
Okay, let me say this...I'll go along with Christine's assertion that because she is not voting for Obama, it doesn't mean she is a racist. She has a right to vote for whomever she chooses.
Let's look at her assertion that he's "too young". He's 47... not exactly someone who might need a fake ID card, yet not so old that he might fall asleep during a meeting. (Excuse me, uh, I believe the Republican, so often called "The Greatest President" often did that.)
She says that it doesn't seem like Obama has an "Exit Strategy" for Iraq? Is she serious? We've been waiting for one from the current President since 2004!
As far as "experience to sit at the table with world leaders", I would hope that anybody could sit at this table and do a better job than the current administration has done. Bush and Rumsfeld succeeded in aileanating every Nato ally, except the British against theUnited States. No one with any common sense can say that the Middle East is more stable today than it was in 2000. Here we had a sitting President and his staff, who invaded Iraq not knowing that there were three distinct Islamic groups co-existing who were kept from each others throats only because they feared Saddam Hussein and his cronies more. Not that I'm endorsing Saddam, but with him gone... it is virtually impossible to control these three groups who are now free to kill each other (and Americans) at will. So, is she saying that the current so called experienced administration has done a good job of making the world safe from terrorism? I think the British, The French, The Spanish, and the people of Denmark would beg to differ.
She compares our occupation of Iraq with our occupation of Germany, Japan, and other Nato bases in Europe. I was in the Air Force for 22 years... I visited every last one of the places she named and I'll tell you what the difference was... at no time was my life in danger. There were no bombs buried on the highways in any of those countries. Iraq is dangerous and Americans are in danger every minute they are there.
Obama and Clinton may lack experience in certain areas... but, you only get experience by getting in there and doing the job. If you want my opinion, the Bush administration has performed as though THEY didn't have any experience. Look at this country right now... the economy is on the fritz, there's a quagmire of a war that nobody understands, people are losing their homes, etc. Does she really want more of the same?
I'll go out on a limb and take my chances with Obama, Clinton, or even McCain doing a better job than what I've seen.
That's my opinion and I'm stickin' to it!!!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
by Rev. Ronald McFadden
If you're not married yet, share this with a friend. If you are married, share it with your spouse or other married couples and reflect on it. An African proverb states, "Before you get married, keep both eyes open, and after you marry, close one eye."
Before you get involved and make a commitment to someone, don't let lust, desperation, immaturity, ignorance, pressure from others, or a low self-esteem make you blind to warning signs. Keep your eyes open, and don't fool yourself that you can change someone or that what you see as faults are not really important.
Once you decide to commit to someone, over time his or her flaws, vulnerabilities, pet peeves, and differences will become more obvious. If you love your mate and want the relationship to grow and evolve, you've got to learn to close one eye and not let every little thing bother you. You and your mate have many different expectations, emotional needs, values, dreams, weaknesses, and strengths. You are two unique individuals who have decided to share a life together.
Neither of you are perfect, but are you perfect for each other? Do you bring out the best of each other? Do you compliment and compromise with each other, or do you compete, compare, and control?
What do you bring to the relationship? Do you bring past relationships, past hurt, past mistrust, past pain? You can't take someone to the altar to alter him or her. You can't make someone love you or make someone stay. If you develop self-esteem, spiritual discernment, and "a life", you won't find yourself making someone else responsible for your happiness or responsible for your pain. Manipulation, control, jealousy, deceitfulness, neediness, and selfishness are not the ingredients of a thriving, healthy, loving, and lasting relationship. Seeking status, sex, wealth, and security are the wrong reasons to be in a relationship.
Question: What keeps a relationship strong? Answer: Communication, intimacy, trust, a sense of humor, sharing household tasks, some getaway time without business or children, and daily exchanges (a meal, a shared activity, a hug, a call, a touch, a note), sharing common goals and interests. Leave a nice message on their voice mail or send a nice email.
Growth is important. Grow together, not away from each other, giving each other space to grow without feeling insecure. Allow your mate to have outside interests. You can't always be together. Give each other a sense of belonging and assurances of commitment. Don't try to control one another. Learn each others family situation. Respect his or her parents regardless. Don't put pressure on each other for material goods... remember, for richer or for poorer. If these qualities are missing, the relationship will erode as resentment, withdrawal, abuse, neglect, dishonesty, and pain will replace the passion.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think." The grass withers, the flowers fades, but the word of God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8.
Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight? Always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary. The difference between 'United' and 'Untied' is where you put the " I " . Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
And to that I say, Amen. Enjoy your relationship. Enjoy life! - Keith
Have Sex for Dessert
A meal that leads to bed but, not for sleep.
by the Editors of Men's Health
What fuels great sex? The clichéd stimulants, such as oysters and avocados, "aren't necessarily valid aphrodisiacs," says Barry Swanson, Ph.D., a professor of food science at Washington State University. Follow our menu for a libido-lifting, energy-boosting, three-course meal that will guarantee she stays for breakfast. Bon appétit! Your catch of the day starts here... GO!
Drink: A glass of red wine
Why: Grape skins contain the antioxidant resveratrol, the closest thing we have to an actual aphrodisiac. It increases estrogen production, say Northwestern University researchers, and that heightens sexual appetite and makes lubrication easier for her later in the evening.
Red wines from muscadine grapes have a higher resveratrol content than other reds do, say researchers at Mississippi State University. But too much vino in too little time forces the body to absorb the alcohol quickly, causing drowsiness.
Appetizer: Shrimp cocktail
Why: The zinc-dense shrimp increase sperm levels and make orgasms more powerful, according to a study in Fertility and Sterility. They also contain a stress-reducing amino acid and the feel-good hormone serotonin.
Entrée: Filet mignon au poivre (6 oz)
Why: High-protein foods boost production of dopamine and norepinephrine, hormones that increase alertness and assertiveness. Eating too much (and this goes for everything on the menu) can trigger your body to release cytokines—hormones that induce sleep. Black pepper aids digestion, according to an Indian Journal of Medical Research study, and is helpful for any energetic activities after dinner.
Side: Baked sweet potato
Why: It's high in potassium, which helps reduce stress, a great way to curb performance anxiety later that night. "The thing to avoid is dumping on a lot of salt, because the sodium can inhibit the potato's potassium," says Swanson. Top the potato with a dollop of sour cream, another source of libido-friendly protein.
Side: Spinach salad
Why: Spinach is a potent source of magnesium, which helps dilate blood vessels, ensuring the smooth bloodflow that's crucial for strong erections, according to Japanese researchers.
Dessert: Fresh raspberries drizzled with melted dark chocolate
Why: British scientists have discovered that women release four times more endorphins after eating chocolate than they do after making out. The caffeine in chocolate also increases your alertness for what's to come after dessert. Try using Chocolove's Extra Strong Dark Chocolate (77 percent cacao) on the raspberries, and pair them with a glass of port. You'll get a double dose of polyphenols, antioxidants that increase your HDL (good) cholesterol.
Recipe for Seduction:
Seal the deal with these three dinner moves...
1. Strategize Your Seating: Arrange the table so she'll sit with her back to the wall. "She'll feel like all your attention is focused on her instead of wandering about the room," says Joy Davidson, Ph.D., author of Fearless Sex.
2. Don't Hurry to the Table: Meeting her at your front door with the food already on the table can be awkward. Instead, greet her with a glass of wine, give her a quick tour, and then seat her near the counter to watch you prep.
3. Skip the Movie: "Rushing isn't sexy," says April Masini, author of Date Out of Your League. Time-sensitive activities, like going to the movies, are better for when you're not tied to a stove.
And on that note, I'll leave the rest up to your creative imaginations! Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! - Keith
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Just solid DIY advice on how to keep your heart pumping.
by the Editors of Men's Health
1. Grill a steak: You may think it's bad for your heart but, you'd be wrong. Beef contains immunity-boosting selenium as well as homocysteine-lowering B vitamins. And up to 50 percent of the fat is the heart-healthy monounsaturated variety.
I'm going to take these tips to heart (no pun intended). I feel better already! - Keith
Monday, February 11, 2008
Well, with the exception of one lady I know, most women who read this are going to respond with hate (my wife included). I watched the Grammys last night... what little of it I could stand because I hate most awards shows. For me, the highlight of it all was watching Beyonce and Tina Turner perform "Proud Mary". I believe that most of the media agrees with me because every article in every paper and on every website I have surfed concerning the Grammys has a photo of Beyonce & Tina Turner performing. Some might say that all of the articles and sites were written and created by males. I don't know... but, does it matter?
I have followed this young lady's career ever since the first Destiny's Child CD dropped in 1999. Has she really been part of American Pop culture that long?) Let's face some facts that can't be denied:
1. The girl can sing... No, she's no Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Mariah Carey, or Whitney Houston... but, she holds her own and she sings a lot better than Janet Jackson yet, Janet never gets the hatred from other women that Beyonce gets.
2. She can write a little bit... No, her songs are not as poeticly deep as say a Smokey Robinson or a Bob Dylan, nor are they as melodically catchy and creative as a Stevie Wonder... but, they do speak to her generation and they are catchy.
3. She can dance as well as she needs to for what she does... Take that with a grain of salt.
4. She can act... Again, she's not going to win an Oscar anytime soon but, poor Mariah Carey's two tanked and she hasn't gotten the hatred that comes Beyonce's way. Beyonce has been in some hit movies.
The bottom line is that the girl is a pretty good entertainer. She may not be deep but, neither were the Beatles at first... it took awhile. It took growth, maturity, life, and living... something we all have to attain. Isn't it time we show Beyonce some love?
And, just in case you missed this "once-in-a-lifetime"
performance, watch it here and judge for yourself...
Thursday, February 7, 2008
1. People who point at their wrist while asking for the time.... I know where my watch is pal, where is yours? Do I point at my crotch when I ask where is the toilet?
2. People who are willing to search the entire room for the TV remote because they refuse to walk to the TV and change the channel manually.
3. When people say, "Oh, you just want to have your cake and eat it too. "What good is cake if you can't eat it?
4. When people say, "It's always the last place you look." Of course it is... why would you keep looking after you've found it? Do people actually do that? If so, who and where are they?
5. When people say while watching a film, "Did you see that?". No loser, I paid $12.00 to come to the cinema and stare at the floor.
6. People who ask, "Can I ask you a question?" Didn't really give me a choice there, did ya sunshine?
7. When something is "new and improved!" Which is it? If it's new, then there has never been anything before it. If it's an improvement, then there must have been something before it so, it couldn't be new.
8. When people say "Life is short." Life is the longest thing anyone ever does! What can you do that's longer?
9. When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks, "Has the bus come yet?" If the bus came, would I be standing here, genius?
Well, once again, Arthur is timely and aggravated!
It's time to talk about books again. About 13 or 14 years ago, I read a novel called "Tumbling" by a then unknown Black author named Diane McKinney-Whetstone. What I enjoyed about the novel most was that the city of Philadelphia was the star of the story. It was so nice to read a book that has familiar streets, places you've been, and characters that remind you of people you know. I loved it, raved about it, and was the first person in line to buy her second book, "Tempest Rising". I also bought her subsequent books, "Blues Dancing" and "Leaving Cecil Street". All three of these books are set in my 'native' (West) Philadelphia.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Why is it that a Black Man can create a tiny piece called a filament (electric light - Lewis Latimer) that allows people to see in the dark? But, he can’t be seen fit to lead a country to the true light. Why is it that a Black Man can create an instrument (clock - Benjamin Banneker) that all people use to tell time? But, people don’t think it is time for him to run a country.
Why is it that a Black Man can design a place for the high authorities to meet in and a place for the president to live in (The Capital and The White House - Phillip Reid, a slave, and Pierre L’Enfant)? But, he's not good enough to lead these meetings or live in it himself.
Why is it that a Black Man was brilliant enough to do the first open heart surgery (Dr. Daniel Hale Williams) and show the world how to get and preserve plasma (Dr. Charles Drew)? But, he's not good enough to put a program in place where everyone can afford this surgery.
Why is it that a Black Man was creative enough to design an instrument (traffic light - Garrett Morgan) to bring multiple people (traffic) to a halt? But, he's not seen as creative enough to design a plan to end all of this unnecessary and worthless fighting between countries.
Why is it that a Black Man could create the soles (for shoes - Jan Matzeliger) that people walk on everyday? But, he's not seen as good enough to fill the shoes of a bad president.
Why is it that a Black Man was smart enough and brave enough to teach himself (Fredrick Douglas and Thomas Fuller, both slaves) and others how to read, write, and/or calculate math? But, he's not seen as smart enough and bold enough to calculate a platform to be President to a country that sure needs another first by us.
So, you see my brother and sisters, what I am saying is let us not forgot our past, which led us to our present and can definitely be the backbone to our future. We were good enough, smart enough, creative enough, and bold enough then.
We all are as strong as our weakest link so, don’t be that weak link that denies our people the chance to show we still can OVERCOME & BE THE FIRST!
Primary Election April 22, 2008
The thing that excites me the most this year is that we hear a lot of the candidates talking about the actual issues and at least, appearing as though they care about the average person, where they live, and what they have to deal with. I don't hear anybody talking about this candidate is "a guy I'd like to have a beer with so, I'll vote for him" or any of that other silliness I heard in 2000 and again in 2004.
I think the American people have matured and because they have, the candidates are forced to mature too. We have some serious issues out here that need to be addressed. We have some interesting candidates on both sides with some interesting ideas that need to be heard. 2008 looks like it's going to be an exciting year people... and this is only the beginning!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
my grandson during the commercial breaks.
Now, about the Super Bowl...
What a pleasent surprise! The sports "experts" had all but annointed the New England Patriots the 2008 Super Bowl Champs as far back as week 8 when they were still undefeated. Nobody gave the lowly fifth seeded New York Giants a puncher's chance to dethrone the "annointed kings." If you ask the "experts", the Giants were just one small obstacle to what "everybody knew" was the inevitable crowning of New England.
Well! It didn't quite turn out that way... New York and it's much criticized quarterback, Eli Manning, shocked the world (and the gamblers in Las Vegas) and did the unthinkable! They simply won. I love it when the "experts" are wrong... I love an upset and I always root for the underdog.
It's pleasant surprises like this one Sunday night, that make Monday mornings especially nice.