The Week That Was 9/23-9/29


2012 Emmy Awards

Everything went as expected, save for the dominance of Showtime’s hit “Homeland.”  Most everyone anticipated that the best drama category would go to either “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad;” it turns out that most everyone was wrong.  “Homeland” pulled the big upset in the best drama competition, and also collected three more trophies to tie perennial juggernaut “Modern Family” for the night’s lead with four total Emmy’s.

 

 

Replacement refs rob Green Bay

There have probably been more tweets and replays of Golden Tate’s “reception” than for any event in the history of sports.  The unfortunate replacement refs had been terrible for three weeks, but no one could unquestionably say that they determined the outcome of a game.  Oops.  Green Bay got the short end of the stick in front of the nation on Monday night, but in the grand scheme of things it was a net positive.  It illuminated how bad the replacement refs were, it lit a fire under a so far listless Packers team, and it helped the world realize the gambling implications of having non-professionals in such a prominent position.

 

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The real refs are back!!!

Just days after the replacement refs Monday night debacle the NFL and the real referees came to an agreement.  Amazing how far just a little bit of leverage can go.  The real refs were greeted with a standing ovation for probably the first time in their lives, and now the 2012 football season isn’t completely meaningless.  The whole referee lockout shows just how popular football is in this country.  Even the casual fan knew the details of the NFL/referee squabble, but I’d venture to guess that most Americans have no idea that the National Hockey League is in the middle of a lockout, and all preseason games have already been canceled.  Moreover, the baseball season is in its last week, and no one seems to care.  Football is unquestionably king.

 

Ed Hochuli and his guns are finally back!

 

Presidential Debate shenanigans

In anticipation for the first presidential debate on October 3rd, both the GOP and Democrats are trying to temper expectations.  The press release from Romney’s camp basically says they expect Romney to get slaughtered.  Here are a few lines from Romney’s senior advisor Beth Meyers:

  • President Obama is a universally-acclaimed public speaker and has substantial debate experience under his belt.
  • President Obama is a uniquely gifted speaker, and is widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history. This will be the eighth one-on-one presidential debate of his political career. For Mitt Romney, it will be his first.
  • Four years ago, Barack Obama faced John McCain on the debate stage. According to Gallup, voters judged him the winner of each debate by double-digit margins, and their polling showed he won one debate by an astounding 33-point margin
  • In the 2008 primary, he faced Hillary Clinton, another formidable opponent – debating her one-on-one numerous times and coming out ahead.

On the Democratic side, for White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs continued to lower expectations when he said:

“Mitt Romney, I think, has an advantage because he’s been through 20 of these debates in the primaries over the last year.  He even bragged that he was declared the winner in 16 of those debates.  So, I think, in that sense, having been through this much more recently than President Obama, I think he starts with an advantage.”

If the public judges based upon what the two parties are saying, no one is going to win this debate.

 


1 comment for “The Week That Was 9/23-9/29

  1. Anonymous
    October 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    The deal hasn’t been finalized but the pressure is starting to mount. The replacement refs have been the source of criticism since the start of the season but everything came to a head on Monday night when the result of the Green Bay Packers – Seattle Seahawks game was determined by an erroneous call .

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