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Super Bowl 50 – Is There a Game Today?

by Carolina Girl ( 193 Comments › )
Filed under Uncategorized at February 7th, 2016 - 5:39 pm
I can't get all that excited.  I've been looking at this all week.....

I can’t get all that excited. I’ve been looking at this all week…..

First off, I would like to point out to anyone currently on highways 101, 80, 880, 680, and 1 that if you are not already at the stadium, pull over, find a nice bar and watch the game from there. I’ve looked at the traffic. I think if you didn’t leave your San Francisco hotel room by 7:00 a.m. for the 44 mile drive, you are, as we say here, ska-rooooood.

We’re having an actual party here today, not a big one, because I apparently kept saying to people – “hey drop by if you’re not doing anything.” How the hell could I have guessed no one was doing anything? But we have a nice spread out for the friends when they arrive, and apparently for a whole lot of people doing anything, Party City was completely out of generic Super Bowl 50 stuff and so I am now forced to make everybody choose sides. Not my intention. We got more orange plates than Blue, so if a guest is forced to eat off the colors of the “other” team, we will not hold them to their selection.

The SUPERBOWL. An event that requires 9 hours of pregame show in order to give fans not in attendance the “full experience.” Yeah, great. I got “the full experience” this week. It’s a far cry from the one San Francisco hosted in ’85, because the 49ers were actually in it. The biggest thing was the Pub Crawl that took place from the week before, where you had drink a drink at 10 different bars in the Embarcadero Center, get your card punched and you were awarded with a cheap t-shirt. I could have BOUGHT a t-shirt for one-third the price of the drinks. Plus it was played at Stanford Stadium, and nobody bothered to tell the poor schmucks paying $500 a ticket back then that Stanford did not have regular stadium seats, but solid cement “rows,” so you needed to buy a $5 cushion so that you’d actually be able to feel your legs at the end of the game. Those of use who couldn’t afford tickets either had parties or sat on nice comfy bar stools and made fun of Dan Marino. I remember a brave lady wearing a Dolphins t-shirt walking into the Pierce Street Annex. I took her aside and said “Honey, run fast. Run far.” The Stanford Seating Situation was what I believe is the primary reason the NFL refused to award them another BIG GAME until they could come with another venue. With, you know, actual seats. That wasn’t Candlestick. Or a hockey arena. Or in Oakland.

So, we’ll be updating throughout the game with some photos from Casa Carolina. If I can figure out how to get the pictures off my iPhone.

Open thread! Game! Have fun. GO BRONTHERS!

Superbowl 50…yes 50. Open

by coldwarrior ( 24 Comments › )
Filed under NFL, Open thread at February 7th, 2016 - 1:00 pm

I hope someone else does a Super Bowl thread for the actual game…(I’m workin’)


Enjoy, yinz!

Pope and Patriarch To Meet

by coldwarrior ( 49 Comments › )
Filed under Christianity, Open thread, Orthodox Christianity, Religion at February 7th, 2016 - 6:00 am

This is a very very good sign:


Unprecedented: Pope Francis, Russian Patriarch Kirill to meet in Cuba to heal 1,000yr rift

Pope Francis (L), Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. © Reuters / Sputnik
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is to meet his Roman Catholic counterpart, Pope Francis, during a historic visit to Latin America. The groundbreaking meeting is to happen in mid-February in Cuba.

The meeting between heads the two major Christian churches would be an unprecedented move to mend a millennium-long rift between the Western and Eastern branches of the religion, which started with the Great Schism of 1054.

The upcoming meeting confirms Russia’s status in the Christian world, according to Alexandr Avdeev Russia’s ambassador to the Holy See.  “In light of the Western sanctions, the meeting between the two celebrants is a confirmation of Russia’s role in Christian civilization,” he told TASS.

Persecution of Christians in the modern world is the main issue for the two leaders to discuss, the Russian Orthodox Church said. Christians are among the minorities suffering at the hands of groups adhering to radical Islamist ideology in places like Iraq, Syria and Somalia.

In addition to Cuba, Patriarch Kirill’s Latin American tour from February 11-22 includes Paraguay, Chile and Brazil. The meeting with Pope Francis will happen on February 12.

Pope Francis. © Tony Gentile

“The intersection of the routes allowed this meeting to be organized,” commented Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Foreign Relations Department.

“The situation in the Middle East, in northern and central Africa and in some other regions where extremists are perpetrating genocide of Christians, requires immediate action and even closer cooperation between Christian churches.

“In the current tragic situation, we need to put aside internal disagreements and join efforts to save Christianity in the regions where it is subjected to most severe persecution,” he said.

Sergey Brun from the Museum of Russian Icons told RT that the meeting could signal a possible warming of relations between Russia and the West.

“It is a sign that the relations are going to get warmer at least between one of the parts of the Orthodox church, namely the Russian Orthodox church, and the church of Rome…I hope it will positively influence the dialogue between Russia and the West.”

The pontiff will make a stop in Cuba on his way to Mexico.

The meeting has been in preparation for two decades and both Moscow and the Vatican agreed that some neutral country would be most suited for it. Austria and Hungary were among those considered, but Cuba was eventually chosen. The Patriarch and the Pope are expected to sign a joint declaration after the talks.

The Holy See called the upcoming meeting a “sign of good faith” and called on all Christians “to pray to God to bless the meeting,” the Vatican said in a statement.

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. © Sergey Pyatakov

For the Russian Orthodox Church the meeting will be the biggest foreign affairs event since reuniting in 2007 with the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia after a 90-year split.

The Great Schism formalized the break of communion between the Latin and Greek parts of Christianity after years of accumulating differences over theology, jurisdiction and ritual. The division endured over centuries, with mutual anathemas declared by the Pope and the Patriarch of what was then Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1054 nullified only in 1965.

#Caturday, February 6, 2016: Wily fox steals cat’s meal

by 1389AD ( 153 Comments › )
Filed under Caturday, Open thread, Russia at February 6th, 2016 - 3:00 pm

On YouTube: Fox teaching some jungle rules to home cat

Published on Feb 2, 2016 by Mshari KSA

RT has the story:

This regular cat was no match for a clever fox, who taught the feline a thing or two about the pecking order.

Believed to have been filmed in snowy Russia, the wily fox was watched by an amused passersby as he flung the cat to the wayside so he could tuck into the kitty’s meal.

The cat did at least attempt to ward off the fox, before resigning himself to the fact that it wouldn’t be sharing a meal with the wild animal anytime soon.

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