Monday, January 13, 2014

2 great games coming in the NFL and Sochi gets more expensive

From where I sit it looks like the NFL is getting all it could ask for in the conference finals...

This almost looks fake. It's the sort of games I would expect to see in a Madden simulation. The four best teams from the regular season face-off. But there's lots of depth to the match-ups. Brady vs Manning. History? Plenty. It's a scintillating meeting with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Both teams bring exciting offences, in fact the early line has a total of 54.5. I wouldn't be surprised if they top it. As for the NFC West battle, it will be brutal, to say the least. The teams split the regular season, with each winning at home. Sure, Seattle blew out the 49ers in week 2, but the week 14 slug-fest in San Francisco is more indicative of how the conference final will proceed. I don't want to dare make a prediction, apart from I'm going to spend Sunday glued to my TV.

Meanwhile, at the Summer Olympics in Russia...


Yes, it's easy to call them the summer games because of the warmth. Although, it's colder in Sochi right now, than in Vancouver and those game were plagued with warm weather. Keep in mind tickets to certain mountain events got cancelled in 2010. It was embarrassing, but the host committee managed to get Canadians to over look that issue thanks to a record number of gold medals. No, these are the summer games in terms of cost. In fact, as they rapidly approach the $50-billion mark, it's the most expensive games ever. And it's not ready yet. Beijing is the next closest at $43-billion. London was a relatively paltry $10-billion. I'm not sure if I'm more disgusted at the waste or impressed at the efficiency. The amount of graft and embezzling happening in Russia is beyond imagination. And there's nothing happening to stop it. On the plus side, this is helping Vancouver's lack of snow look good.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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