Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does!
[Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
Super Bowl Sunday has become an
unofficial national holiday. Everybody
can celebrate no matter what your religion – or even if you don’t like
football! The Super Bowl is an event
unlike any other, as people gather throughout the country and make the game one
of the most watched TV events of all time, every year. Yes, we Americans take our annual Super Bowl
games very seriously – perhaps a little too seriously.
Case in point – many of you have
probably never made the connection but the term “fake news” which has been
bandied about so much as of late got its start back with Super Bowl 49 which featured “Deflate-Gate” which was a
never-ending investigation of the New England Patriots’ balls, and if they were
big enough. After the kind of hard-hitting investigative journalism
that brought us Watergate, various and brilliant members of the fourth estate
determined that, just maybe, the footballs Tom Brady uses were just a little
deflated – from the perfectly fine 12.5 pounds per square inch to the possibly
lethal 11.5 pounds per square inch. And it’s just possible Brady deflated
them intentionally. Or he had the ball boy do it, during a 90-second trip
to the bathroom, all caught on tape. Or the ball boy was just going to
the bathroom. It was never specified if the bathroom in question was
gender neutral so maybe there was more to this issue than meets the eye. I’m still not sure. But it did wind up
in federal court so I am certain this is very serious stuff!
Before this soft
balls scandal the NFL didn’t care much about inflated balls. If it did, it
would have kept track of all everyone’s balls, and made all teams use the same
ones. But it doesn’t. It lets both teams hold their own balls, and
do whatever it likes with them, within reason. But now the NFL has to
care, because a few self- important Shamus word smiths with story deadlines said
so even though most of them probably wouldn’t know the difference between a
bootleg and a bump and run.
Perhaps I am being
a little too hard on them. Truth be
told, the first time I heard the term bump and run I thought it was something
nasty a pervert did while riding the subway.
When I asked a friend of mine who is a football fanatic she told me that
a bump and run is when a defender hits a receiver and then goes into pass
coverage. She went on to explain that
the subway pervert thing I was thinking of is called “frottage”. At that point I was too embarrassed to ask
what cheese had to do with a subway perv.
In any event,
like I said somewhere above, this Super Bowl thing is a big deal and so I would
like to make a suggestion. The Broad
Channel VFW will be holding a Super Bowl “Tail Gate” Party on Sunday, February
5th , with the doors opening at 12 noon.
You are all invited to come on down and enjoy the pre-game afternoon hours with your family, friends and neighbors with ice cold beers, hot dogs and
hamburgers. Of course you will then be
welcome to stay for the game itself which will kick off at 6:30 pm to cheer on
the team you have bet your February mortgage money on!
requires that I inform you that this event will not be an actual “tail gate”
party as this year it will be held inside the Post in the canteen area. This is now required by the VFW’s lawyers
because the pick-up truck we had parked in the back yard last year for the Super
Bowl 50 tail gate party accidentally rolled into Jamaica Bay and Matty Conklin
nearly drowned as he claimed, for the life of him, he could not figure out how to open the tailgate while holding a beer in his hand!
It’s for a great
cause and, as always, all donations and proceeds will go to support the Post’s activities in
supporting our disabled veterans. So spread the word about this event and come
on down yourself on Super Bowl Sunday. Looking forward to seeing you there. Maybe someone can explain this "frottage" cheese thing to me.
why would anyone want to live anywhere else?