No Time for Sandy Sympathy After Pushing Back the Clocks


Tic Toc, mother!@#$!

Inside the Clock Tower - My family in the Bronx and Yonkers are all good, managing to have escaped the worst of Sandy.  And down here in Baltimore, we were on the south side of the storm, which means the surges weren’t as bad.  For me, the lights stayed on and the large tree in my back yard that’s tangled with the power lines stayed upright, so it’s all good.  But of course I have friends in lower Manhattan, Long Island, and New Jersey who got walloped. And that doesn’t even count MTM’s own victims like Cheesy Bruin and Cookie.

But nearly a week later, sympathy had to take a three-hour break as my Steelers came into town to face the G-Men.  No quarter asked, and none given.

It was a good, tight, well-played game. Exactly what you expect from two teams that have won four of the last seven Super Bowls.  Also, by my count, these are the last two teams in the NFL without cheerleaders.  Damn straight.  Football’s about knockin’ heads, not knockin’ boots. It’s about passes and punts, not pom poms.

Anyhoo… Pittsburgh won courtesy of 4th quarter comeback.  The G’ints couldn’t muster much in the second half, their only real highlight coming when they thwarted a fake FG down near the goal line.

The more things change, the more they stay the same

Barring a match up in the Big Game, these two won’t meet again for another four years.  The are two of the premier franchises in the NFL, both in longevity and in setting an example on how to run a team, from multi-generational family ownership on down.  Win or lose, I enjoy it whenever it comes around.

Save an Hour -  It’s that time of year again when, for no discernible reason, the nation screws with my circadian rhythms by pointlessly pushing the clock’s hour hand back and forth like a blind man’s walking stick.  And for what, I ask you!  For what?

This time we gain an hour. Hardly worth it when we just have to give it up again in a few months.  But if you’re so inclined, here are some things the world of sports could do with that extra hour.

  • These Chinese athletes probably weren’t a day over 12, so really, 14 is a step up.

    Oakland could try to figure out a way to stop Doug Martin who, at last check, was still running

  • Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr could pretend to keep negotiating. You know, to make it look good
  • Kentucky can search for a new coach with a name worthy of replacing the recently fired Joker Phillips.
  • That 14 year old Chinese kid going to the Master’s could age some more.
  • Oregon can adjust its rear view mirror to catch a glimpse of Notre Dame as they pass them in the soon to be extinct BCS rankings.
  • And the rest of us can take a nice, long nap.

Speaking of naps, Grote2DMax will be cashing in on a much-needed snooze fest tomorrow after a trying week of no power. West Coast Craig, confused by the whole clock thing, will therefore provide tomorrow’s fodder.


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Mattville's George Plimpton, The Public Professor, is indeed a real, honest-to-goodness, legitimate professor at a major Maryland university. But because he doesn't have a cell phone or cable, he's crazy enough to be with us. A member of Angry Ward's Urban Spur Posse, the terrorized Bronx graffiti artist's by correcting their grammar. His loves? The Yankees, Knicks, NY Rangers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also has a real website: (
  • Cookies Corner

    I am BACK on the grid! Power came back yesterday.. just in time for me to watch the Giants (again) blow a big lead and have enough juice for my computer to see that Dallas lost. Some things never change.

    • AngryWard

      Welcome back Cookie! We missed you.

    • yim clancy

      Yay for Cookie, Mr Cookie and the Cookie chips!!

      • Tall Matt


        • jgclancy

          Look back a few days…I started Yimology

          • Sam’s-A-Fan

            I’ve decided I’m a Yimnastic.

            Praise be to Yim!

          • yimclancy


    • Grote2Dmax

      Let’s get the Cheeseman back now. Get your but to the polls tomorrow and vote for Murphy for crying out loud. Linda McMahon cannot be a senator under any circumstances.

  • Yim clancy

    And…down went the Bills…..

  • AngryWard

    Doug Martin made up for the cancellation of the New York Marathon by running for 26.2 miles against Oakland. That was an insane performance.

    • Grote2Dmax

      Great line.

    • Meet The Matts

      Dean Martin could run all over Oakland and Raider Nation.

  • Big Blue

    Steelers showed class for flying in yesterday and leaving. Rooney family didn’t want to take away needed hotel rooms.

    • Tall Matt

      Grow a pair. F the Steelers and their fans who made up 35% of the fans at the game yesterday.

  • Grote2Dmax

    Bettman and Fehr need to negotiate the folding of 5 – 10 teams and get us back to great hockey, not this watered down garbage in Columbus.

    • Al Arbour

      The problem isn’t Columbus. It’s Phoenix. Would anyone go see the Brooklyn Islanders in August? Of course not!

  • Meet The Matts

    The Public Professor:

    “You can fool some of the fans all of the time… And you can fool all of the fans some of the time… But you can’t fool all of the fans all of the time.”

    Your kindness and lack of gloating over your Steelers may fool some, but it’s not fooling us. Take your veiled compassion and stick your Big Ben where the sun don’t shine.

    • bosoxbruins04

      Somebody call the conspiracy experts! haha

  • Sam’s-A-Fan

    I hope West Coast Craig has something to report on the Breeders Cup tomorrow, being that they ran it in his own backyard.

    Being that I don’t want to talk about the Giants, and I’m not yet ready to get excited about the Knicks (although Friday was sweet!), I’ll mention two things. First, I was incredibly happy that Paul McCartney didn’t show up to the concert for Sandy’s victims singing that horrible “Freedom” song he did after 9/11. I mean that thing was worse than a terrorist attack all by its lonesome. Second, I was fully expecting Kid Rock to be a part of the concert, and to go off teleprompter with a rant saying that “Barack Obama hates white people!” and I was a little disappointed that he didn’t fulfill my expectations as far as that was concerned.

    Yim be praised!

    • WestCoastCraig

      ah Sam, you know me well.

      • Sam’s-A-Fan

        Well I’ve gone the two times they’ve held it at Belmont since I’ve been following the ponies, and I was sure you wouldn’t miss the opportunity. Looking forward to reading about your adventures!

        Yim be praised!

        • Yim Clancy


  • WestCoastCraig

    I didn’t think there was a chance the Steelers would win yesterday, it spoiled Goodell’s feel good storyline.

  • AngryWard

    I , for one, have absolutely no problem with cheerleaders at football games. With all these goddamn commercial breaks I’d rather watch them shaking their asses than a bunch of 300 lb. guys scratching theirs.

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