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Second and … goal?

September 14, 2012
By Ted Rowe , Marshall Independent

Bootball season arrived long ago even though the Minnesota Vikings just played their first game a couple of days ago. Has it really been two months in which I have heard on virtually every evening news/sports show broadcast from a Minnesota station that it is not yet known whether Adrian Peterson will be able to play in that first game? Even Sunday morning's Minneapolis Tribune speculated on whether Adrian Peterson would be playing later that day.

The answer is now in. He played and even scored!

Though I am not a big fan of football, I do have at least some loyalty to our home state team. In this case, it was an exciting second half and especially the last 20 some seconds in which the Jaguars scored a touchdown and then went for and scored the extra two points to put the Jaguars ahead by three points, leaving the Vikings to receive a kickoff in the last 20 seconds, get down field a little ways and enough so that Walsh could kick a field goal to tie the game and put it into overtime.

In overtime, Walsh again came up with a field goal to put the Vikings ahead by three and the Jaguars failed to score in their next possession to seal the Vikings win.

I do have a suggestion for all football announcers. Once a team has gotten within 10 yards of the opponent's goal, the typical statement is something like, "First down and goal."

When there is a loss on the next play, it might be something like 23 yards to get to the goal, but the announcers still say, "Second and goal." Wouldn't it be more meaningful to just continue saying the yardage needed in order to score or make it to a first down?


Besides watching football, I also put some time in during the last couple of weeks watching the U.S. Open Tennis matches. One of the sponsors there was IBM and I have a suggestion for them as well. One of their ads shows four similarly dressed fellows casting in synchronization from shore into a river with a boat going by with everyone on board in similar clothing, then switches to a group of young women also similarly dressed who then run through a group of similarly dressed men. There things change a bit as the men proceed from left to right across the screen. Their suits come off and reveal various costumes beneath. The shot then fades to a circle in blue and white with some rays coming off the top. With a lot of imagination you probably can recognize that inside the circle is supposed to be an outline of north and south America as well as a bit of Africa and Europe, but the continents look like they are bulging out like they are obese is that a subtle play on everyone in the world moving toward being obese? My suggestion to IBM is to go back to a more realistic outline of the continents and not get so fancy.


One of the new fall programs has an ad that claims that the story line of a new series is, "Inspired by a true story." Is "Inspired by a true story," different from, "Based on a true story?" Both phrases can be very misleading.

I ate out at a restaurant for breakfast this week. Now couldn't that fact have been the inspiration for a story that might even become a film. Maybe that is how "Breakfast at Tiffany's" came to be.

And couldn't it be said then that "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was based on a true story, namely that I ate out at a restaurant?


Within the past month, I read a most interesting historical novel, Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. This historical novel includes several real persons who lived in the 1800s, particularly two women of different social classes who make scientific discoveries that ultimately resulted in some fossil sea life being named in honor of their discoverers. Part of the story was the prejudice that in the 1800s, women could not speak at the Royal Society (England) even if they made outstanding contributions to science. The reading of that book had reminded me of a movie that coincidentally was shown on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) several days ago. The movie is "Cheaper by the Dozen."

The 1950 movie, Cheaper by the Dozen, starred Myrna Loy who portrayed Lillian Gilbreth. Lillian and her husband Frank Gilbreth, Sr. were efficiency experts in the early 1900s. Frank unfortunately died in 1924 and Lillian fought a prejudice against women in their field when she continued with their efficiency studies after Frank's death. They were real people and indeed had twelve children. Interestingly, Frank had very little academic credentials while Lillian had a PhD in psychology and worked as an industrial engineer. She died 48 years after Frank in 1972. The 1950 movie was truly the story of their lives including family life with the twelve children (though one died quite young) up to Frank's death.

That 1950 film seems to have been the inspiration (story based on?) the 2003 movie with Steve Martin also called "Cheaper by the Dozen." As most of you readers who know who Steve Martin is, you can guess that there is very little else in the movie that connects with the real-life Gilbreths and their twelve children.

Until next time: Oh, Fiddlesticks!



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