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The Week that Was 11/18-11/24

30 Nov

American Music Awards

The AMAs were held on Sunday evening, and were for the most part a success.  The usual suspects were winners: Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Rihanna, and the same artists ended up being performers.  The highlight of the night was actually the end when K-pop megastar PSY performed Gangnam Style, with a little twist at the end.  None other than MC Hammer came out and danced with PSY, and the two wowed the crowd with Gangnam style remixed with 2 Legit 2 Quit.  It was good for the youngsters and nostalgia for the generation X-ers in the crowd.



Hector Macho Camacho Dies

The tragic news of Macho Camacho’s shooting hung over the Thanksgiving holiday like a bad smell.  He was shot in the face late Tuesday night and was finally taken off the respirator on Saturday.  Camacho wasn’t one of the best boxers of all time, but he did defeat one of the greatest ever (Roberto Duran) twice, knocked out Sugar Ray Leonard, and he never backed away from tough competition.  RIP Macho



Turkey Day Football Recap (in 5 words or less)

  • Detroit still stinks
  • Ndamukong Suh needs psychiatrist help
  • RGIII is a beast
  • Tony Romo- not the answer
  • NY Jets- stick a fork


Black Friday

Americans came out in record numbers for the Thanksgiving holiday’s signature event.  Retails stores inexplicably started opening at 8 PM on Thursday, and billions of dollars were wasted on useless items.  I’m a huge fan of Black Friday, but I think the event has unfortunately jumped the shark.  The significant majority of the sales were modest at best, seemingly a ploy to get uninformed people to shop in a down economy.  In addition, opening stores so early seems like it should be illegal.  People can’t spend time with their families and/or watch football in peace when shopping commences in the middle of dinner.  Something about this has to change.


College Football Rules the Day

Notre Dame in BCS title game- It’s been 20 years, but the Golden Domers are finally back in a championship game.  Led by one of the best defenses in the nation they always seem to find a way to win.  They defeated a wounded USC team by 9 points to solidify their standing as the country’s best team, and can earn a crystal football trophy with a win in two months.

Georgia vs Bama- The winner of this SEC Championship match gets a chance to destroy all of Notre Dame’s dreams.  On paper Alabama is a huge favorite in this game, but of course games are played on the field.  That being said, expect Alabama to win this one handily, and also send Fighting Irish fans home unhappy on January 7th.

Johnny Manziel = Heisman- Johnny Football is about to be recognized as one of college football’s greatest.  He’s far and away the Heisman leader, and the only thing that could keep him from winning are the idiots who refuse to vote for freshman.  That “tradition” is old, tired, and idiotic.  Vote for the best player on what right now may be the nation’s best team.  Johnny Manziel for the Texas A&M Aggies.

OSU perfect- Urban Meyer has his first ever undefeated season, but unfortunately he won’t be playing for a national title … or in any bowl for that matter.  Thanks to all their cheating, the Buckeyes get to sit out of the BCS this year.  Yes going 12-0 is impressive, but there is a little less pressure on a team when they know there’s nothing to play for.  So congrats on the achievement Coach Meyer, although I don’t think it would have been possible if they were bowl eligible.


One Response to “The Week that Was 11/18-11/24”

  1. Anonymous November 30, 2012 at 8:21 PM #

    Watchman’s take: Notre Dame’s epic goal-line stand in the fourth quarter against USC helped culminate a season’s worth of defensive dominance by Te’o and the Irish. With his late interception of Trojans’ quarterback Max Wittek, Te’o finished the year with more picks than all but one player in the country (Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas). Thanks in part to Te’o, the Irish allowed the fewest offensive touchdowns (10) of any team in the country on their way to earning a berth in the BCS title game. With his regular season complete, the senior’s best hope is that traditional voters will spurn Manziel’s youthful surge in favor of a more seasoned veteran. Of course, those same voters would have to overlook the fact that Te’o plays defense.

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