Monday, December 22, 2008

Close night for NY football

It seemed that all hope was lost for NY to make it to the playoffs. Both teams had done very badly in the last three weeks. The Jets had a two game losing streak until last week but the victory was more contributed the careless mistakes made by the Bills rather than the Jets actually playing well. The Giants were on a three game loosing streak. They were making basic mistakes unheard of for the Giants.

The Jets lost badly to the Seahawks 3 to 13 making their record 9 and 6. They were in a three way tie for the division with the Patriots and the Dolphins and both teams won their games so the chances of the Jets making it to the playoffs is slim to nil. It's really sad because I had very high hopes when the Jets signed Bret Farve as their quarterback but as I have seen he has not delivered.

The Giants were lucky to still have their division thanks to the Cowboys losing their game last week. Last night it seemed that the Giants' up hill climb was going to get worse when the Panthers were leading 28 to 20. It wasn't until the last five minutes of the game that the Giants were able to tie up the game and hold up the Panthers offense to bring the game into over time. The Giants were on their third attempt at a first down and it seemed that the Panthers were going to get the ball until Derrick Ward was able to rush the ball to the two yard line. Then Brandon Jacobs was able to power through for the touchdown. The Giants had officially clinched their division last night and hopefully the Giants have gotten their act together and can once again head to playoffs and then the Super Bowl.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Caroline Kennedy to replace Hillary as Senator: Starpower over substance?

Much noise is being made in Albany in who will replace Hillary Clinton as Senator of NY. In NY, the State Constitution states that the Governor hand picks the replacement. One name that has come up is Caroline Kennedy, the only surviving child of John (JFK) and Jackie Kennedy. Niece to Ted "One drink too many" Kennedy. Since this is my state I had to check it out and to my "surprise" this woman has nothing in regards to public service. All I was able to find that Caroline has worked in various charities and she spends most of her time in Washington DC while her official residence is in NY state.

Now some people have said that I demand too much out of my leadership and that the politicians I want in office are unrealistic. While true in today's modern political climate but at the very least I want my leadership to be at least 80% in line with my views. One qualification that is a must with me when it comes to national office is experience. Does this person have any experience in the public sector at all. I typically only reserve this for national elections (House, Senate, Presidency). If you are going to represent me and my state on the national stage I want someone that knows what they are doing. Caroline Kennedy is only being whispered by the Albany elites because of her last name being Kennedy. She has nothing accomplished in regards to public service or holding any sort of public office. What has Caroline Kennedy done to deserve the Senate seat? I'm going to go with nothing. I am really hoping Governor Patterson is thinking long and hard about who he will appoint to fill Hillary's Senate seat. Patterson's reelection chances in my opinion will bank on how he handles the states' budge problem and who he picks as Hillary's replacement.