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Gifts That Give Back to Others

 

Gifts That Give Back to Others

by Amy Lignor

 

When it comes to the holidays and the long, long list of places to shop, things to buy, etc., it’s nice to know that there are companies out there not only providing quality goods for the holidays, but also using your money – the buyer’s money – to help worthy causes. It’s a great time of year to support those out there who need the
brothervellies.comsupport. Not only that, but also supporting companies striving to use only eco-friendly products when it comes to their goods and/or services. Although some prices may be higher than the consumer wants to spend, it beats throwing your hard-earned money away on those HDTV’s or cell phones. With these gifts you will be receiving the added gift of knowing that you helped out the right people and/or did your part in preserving the planet.

From diverting resources from landfills to women’s empowerment to sustainability, here are unique gifts to give to the people you love and support brands that have literally signed up to change the world.

We begin with the country of Africa, which has garnered many news headlines as of late. It is the Ambassador Amina Mohamed who spoke about how Africa is attempting to unleash its full potential in the coming years. For those who are unaware, Africa is not only the cradle of mankind, it also plays home to the youngest population in the world. The people in charge wish to enhance their economic growth by promoting democratic ideals in the years to come, and put their trust and support behind these young minds so they can literally grow up and change the world.

Made in the very first African workshop that makes high heels for women, comes the Brother Vellies Bianca Boot for Christmas. This is something that all women will drool over and beg to have as part of their wardrobes. (brothervellies.com)

Also from Africa comes the Indego Africa Mini Liyo Bag. Handcrafted and stunning, the profits made from this wristlet handbag are used to fund educational training programs for the women of Africa who handcraft them. (shop.indegoafrica.org)

Peace Treaty Hamba Earrings are incredibly modern and created by a cooperative based in Jaipur that generates sustainable income for Muslim, Jain and Hindu artisans. (apeacetreaty.com)

For the runner in your family, the Veja Esplar leather sneakers are perfect for both male and female. Created from wild Amazonian rubber harvested by local families, the consumer will not only love the sneaker, but also be proud that only sustainable methods were used to gather the materials and absolutely no trees were harmed. (veja-store.com)

Ace & Jig is a great brand that has offered women who love to wear athletic clothing, a new leisure item. Working with a textile mill in India, by purchasing the Ace & Jig pants, you are supporting a fantastic company that provides free childcare for all their weavers/employees. What a great idea to offer employees in this country, don’t you think? (garmentory.com)

Africa, eco-friendly, Peace Treaty Hamba Earrings, Omondi Pullover, Patagonia Recycled Jacket, incredible gifts, earth friendly, Christmas, gift ideas, Ace & JigAlthough there are many recycled jackets on the market, it is the Patagonia Recycled Jacket that has all the cool guys and manly-men yapping. As rugged as Indiana Jones would don, this product is made from 100% recycled down, wool, and polyester. This is definitely a company working to save the planet one jacket at a time. (patagonia.com)

Also working with gathered and repurposed fabrics, but from vintage stores, the Omondi Pullover made by designer Recho Omondi features hand stitched embroidery and will become a wardrobe favorite immediately. (rechoomondi.com)

There are a great many companies working all year round to product the most amazing goods for all of us to savor at Christmas, while also doing their very best to stay eco-friendly, and support their citizens, and you can find them on the Internet under all eco-friendly brands/stores.

One not to be missed out on, however, is a company called Bambeco. Beginning on Earth Day 2009, it was while the two founders were standing on a dramatically receding glacier in the wilds of Alaska—when they saw evidence of how the shift in climate had begun to harm the surroundings—that they decided to act. They began to wonder if they put together one resource for home goods where every product offered impacted the world in a positive way, if consumers would gravitate towards them. They did. Bambeco is now the premier brand for sustainable home goods, offering an assortment of products that are all original in design, reclaimed, recycled, repurposed, renewable, natural or organic.

So this Christmas, as you’re scurrying around to shop for all the ones you love, take some time to check out these incredible gifts that offer both the giver and receiver a great feeling of having done something awesome for this planet…and its people.

 

Source:  Baret News

Christmas Style: The Past Still Wins by a Landslide

 

Christmas Style: The Past Still Wins by a Landslide

by Amy Lignor

 

family, traditions, holiday spirit, Christmas, memories, Santa Clause, Merry ChristmasTwas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

 

Even the words were prettier back then, wouldn’t you say? Yes, times change and always will. Yet, when you get to this time of year, it is amazing what you actually want to add as a tradition into your own family. This particular poem scribed by Major Henry Livingston Jr. (1748-1828), is one that enables all age groups to actually visualize everything in their imaginations as if it were all coming true the second the words are spoken.

 

There have been new things created over the centuries that were made to “fit” in with the holiday. And certainly there have been a ton of companies created that make Christmas their one and only business. But if you are looking at increasing your holiday “style,” perhaps you should start forward on your new path by…taking a walk into the past.

 

Let us begin with something extremely easy: Christmas cards. Parents will all say they never received a better Christmas card then the ones their little children made for them. Why is that? Because Hallmark may be lovely, and all these “virtual” greetings may be quick and easy to accomplish, but having a real card, made by a real hand, speaking their real emotions, makes it far nicer. It means someone took the time to really say what they meant. To begin, simply sit down at a table and create those old-fashioned handwritten cards for your friends and loved ones. Remember stationery? It still exists, and is still lovely decorated with holiday style. Make your “card” day a craft day, if you wish, and include the kids in the fun. Add personalized pictures to the card, perhaps, showing everyone how well the kids and/or dog is doing, and make sure to stick that seasonal stamp on the outside of the envelope before mailing. Not only have you done something fun, but it will mean far more to the person receiving it than any virtual greeting ever could.

 

It’s evening. The snow is falling (hopefully, lightly), and the fireplace is going, perhaps burning that seasonal pine that makes the house smell truly magnificent and as about as holiday-‘esque’ as it can get. Cocoa is always delicious at this time, but so is tea. There are so many teas on the market right now, you have a wealth of flavors to choose from. And it also allows you and the friends and family to just sit and enjoy that moment, making Christmas memories that are necessary to collect in order to get you through the more difficult days of the year.

 

There is no need to grab some Oreos to leave for Santa Claus. I’m sure he’ll like them. However, baking is not only a way to bring the family together, but it also produces a heck of a better cookie. Want some ideas? How about those gingerbread men that smell awesome when you take them out of the oven (and taste even better. This is one choice of homemade cookie that also allows you to delve into major decorating techniques that can be a whole lot of fun. There is also those homemade sugar cookies, as well as a list of old-time favorites that make your mouth water. They also make amazing gifts. Just bake what you wish, put into a Christmas holiday tin, and deliver. But remember to keep a few for yourself. And Santa, too, of course.

 

Garland is an issue with a lot of people. Although, why tinsel has become so hated in this world is odd. Seeing as that people decorate their homes with some pretty sparkly Christmas trees that range from electric purple to neon blue to a bright green that boggles the mind. So search for that beautiful tinsel that adds the shimmer and glow of new fallen snow to your tree this year. Or even string some popcorn and add it to the lights and family ornaments that you’ve collected over time. When it comes to décor, vintage works; especially when it comes to the tree. The more old-fashioned it looks, the lovelier it is.

 

If you have the option, go out with a group of friends and bring Christmas caroling back to the neighborhood. It really does spread holiday cheer. Everything from Jingle Bells to Rudolf will have kids cheering. And even the grumpiest of grouches will produce a smile.

 

In the end, going back to the past will only add style to your home and holiday in general. Bringing back the style and uniqueness of the past will most definitely add fun to your own household this holiday season.

 

There’s also a little poem/book you could read to the kids as you huddle around the fireplace next to the lovely Christmas tree. If you’re very quiet, you may just hear those glorious words announced from the rooftop as St. Nick proclaims…

 

“HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!”

 

Source:  Baret News

Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe

 

Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe

by Amy Lignor

 

Thanksgiving has been had. Games have been watched and the golden turkey has caused a great many belts to be loosened. So…here it comes!

 

From hanging the stockings on the chimney with care to the red-nosed reindeer who had to be there; from Santa heading down that chimney just right to lovely sleigh bells ringing softly in the holiday season, traditions, Poinsettia, Yule log, nativity, did you know, Mistletoe, holiday magic, Christmasnight, the holiday season is a truly wonderful thing for all ages. And, no, it’s not the high-tech new smartphone or laptop that is as skinny as Twiggy was in the 60’s that makes this time of year the best; it’s the feeling of joy, laughter, spending time with family and the kindness that suddenly descends even on the worst of mankind. Well…maybe not the worst. But definitely that next door neighbor that seems to always be crabbing about your cat having the nerve to “water” his rose bushes.

 

We all have our own traditions, and even share some with other countries around the world. However, there are a lot out there that are cool to not only learn about, but also, perhaps, to add to our own little family fun time.

 

Many of the Christmas traditions we celebrate date only as far back as Victorian times, where most of it was “invented” during the early 1860s. Odd, aye? After all, our country was fighting a war against ourselves at the exact same time that this truly awe-inspiring event was being “brought together” with several well-known traditions coming into being.

 

In Sweden, the people actually honor a saint. Celebrated every December 13, St. Lucia (AKA: St. Lucy) has her day. Most of Scandinavia considers this to be the beginning of the Christmas fun, sometimes addressing it as the “little Yule.” So, what occurs? It may seem odd, but a family’s oldest daughter gets up early, dresses in a white gown complete with a red sash, and puts a crown made of twigs holding nine lighted candles on her head. (You definitely want to make sure you don’t trip wearing this outfit or “little Yule” could end up sparking a massive conflagration.) This is a day of pure light – from candles illuminating all the rooms and windows in the home, to a parade of torchbearers, ending in a celebratory night where everyone who carries torches throws them on a large pile of straw and a bonfire is had by all.

 

Norway is actually where the Yule log came into being. It was the ancient Norse who utilized the special log when they celebrated the return of the sun at winter solstice. “Yule” is actually derived from a Norse word meaning “wheel.” You would think it would mean light or fire of some kind, but this group believed that the sun was a great ‘wheel of fire’ that rolled toward and then away from the earth.

 

Germany gets a big round of thanks for the beauty of the Christmas tree. They were all about decorating those evergreen lovelies, ever since the beginning of the 17th century. German immigrants that came to the U.S. in the 1820s were the first to decorate Christmas trees, in the state of Pennsylvania. Another little known fact is that the first American newspaper, in 1848, actually printed a pic of a Christmas tree which caused the tradition to go countrywide in only a few short years.

 

Our friends in Mexico added the well-known decoration, the Poinsettia, to the holiday and an Englishman named John Horsley brought about greeting cards. Hallmark definitely owes this man a great deal. Back in the 1830s when he began creating small cards with holiday scenes on the outside and blessings written inside, he ended up laying the foundation for what would become a billion dollar industry.

 

Celtic people actually hung Mistletoe in their homes for good luck, but the English hung it from ceilings and above doorways in order to be the first to “sneak” a kiss without having to apologize for their ungentlemanly behavior. It worked, and definitely spread to the U.S. And when it comes to Christmas carols, it was also in England where musicians would travel to the richest of homes (hitting all those castle along the way), and perform some unforgettable Christmas songs, hoping to receive some gratuity in exchange.

 

In France, where Christmas is referred to as “Noel,” a log will burn in some fireplaces from the Eve of Christmas right through New Year’s Day in order to gain good luck for the harvest. Italians call Christmas “The Birthday” (Il Natale), and Eskimos in Canada celebrate a festival called “Sinck Tuck” that includes dancing and gifts.

 

When it comes to the nativity, it was St. Francis of Assisi who actually created the first “living” nativity scene back in 1224, in order to better explain the birth of Jesus to one and all of his followers.

 

In the end, whatever traditions you may celebrate this time of year, always remember this one very important thing: Never fail to experience the incredible magic that comes along with the holiday season.

 

Source:  Baret News

Cash-Strapped Businessman Touched by Homeless Boy in Heartwarming, Holiday Morality Play

 

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Film Review by Kam Williams

Cash-Strapped Businessman Touched by Homeless Boy in Heartwarming, Holiday Morality Play

It’s late November in Grundy, Virginia, a tiny town whose economy revolves around Peyton Automotive, a family business inherited by Matthew Peyton (Ryan O’Quinn) from his late grandfather. Because the company has fallen on hard times in recent days, the overwhelmed CEO is considering canceling the annual Christmas pageant the corporation has sponsored since the Seventies.

In fact, Matthew finds himself being pressured by his financial advisor, Albert Bagley (Kevin Sizemore) either to lay off or lower the salaries of some of his 115 employees. Needless to say, the prospect of cutbacks doesn’t sit well with union rep Bob Alexander (James C. Burns) who proceeds to call for a strike.

Matthew, in turn, testifies before Grundy’s City Council that he can no longer afford to stage the holiday festival because the funds in the trust have been totally exhausted. Trouble is, his grandfather’s specifically stipulated in his will that Peyton Automotive must continue the tradition.

Nevertheless, Matthew asserts that the business has been losing money for a couple of years and that, given the situation, he has no choice but to shut it down. Meanwhile, he’s warned by the Mayor (Lance E. Nichols), “You keep going in this direction, you will get crucified.”

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Soon enough, Matthew finds himself the victim of escalating violence. First his BMW is egged and has a tire slashed, before being torched entirely. Then, he’s beaten to within an inch of his life and left for dead by a gang of union goons.   

Coming to his rescue is a most unlikely hero, a precocious homeless kid named CJ Joseph (Isaac Ryan Brown). CJ and his mom Sharon (Danielle Nicolet) nurse Matthew back to health while giving him a priceless lesson about what really matters most in life.

For, despite their dire circumstances, the Josephs both fervently believe that better days are coming. “I wish I had that kind of faith,” Matthew admits. Upon recovering, the grateful heir informs Sharon and son that “You took care of me, now I’ll take care of you.”

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That is the point of departure of Believe, a modern morality play marking the feature film directorial debut of Billy Dickson. Although the picture is ostensibly aimed at the Christian demographic, it has a complicated enough storyline, including a love triangle and intriguing plot twists, to appeal to more than merely Bible-thumping Evangelicals.

A thought-provoking parable as entertaining as it is a message movie. 

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated PG for violence, mature themes and mild epithets. 

Running time: 118 minutes

Distributor: Power of 3

To see a trailer for Believe, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrStET8MEf0

 

Source:  Baret News

How to Have Yourself a Merry “Green” Christmas

How to Have Yourself a Merry “Green” Christmas

By Amy Lignor

 

Yes, the turkey is carved and eaten and those awesome decorations are beginning to crop up around the neighborhood, as well as in your very own living room. This is the time of year where everyone smiles just a bit more, as family and friends get together and remember how wonderful family and friends really are.

Christmas, environment, Think 'green', energy savings, recycle, tipsBut there are also ways to remember how wonderful everything around us is. The Great Outdoors takes its toll, as we well know, but when the Christmas bells are jingling and Santa is on his way, there are a variety of things we can do to make our “green” world even “greener” – even if it is covered in white. From gifts to food to energy usage – all the way to choosing that mighty Christmas tree – being environmentally conscious is a huge contribution we can give to the world while enjoying every inch of it.

First, look at all the unique gifts out there. Yes, the world of cellphones, computers, video games – all the electronics – hold a high place on the list for most buyers. But there is a whole other category that not only saves cash, but also provides help to small businesses and gives back to the environment. From bamboo bath towels to curly lamps to recycled LP’s that have become a very cool salad set, this Christmas “green” shopping is a whole lot of fun. There are a variety of lists on the Internet and in magazines promoting sustainable designs and “green” living items that make fantastic Christmas gifts for the ones we love.

When it comes to Mother Nature there are other things we can do to decrease our very own environmental footprint, especially when it comes to the ‘cleaning up’ factor. For those who don’t know, one million extra tons of trash is made around the holidays (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency); the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, trash rises by 25%. Therefore, using recyclable wrapping paper can do a great deal to help.

Inside the home, lower the thermostat just a tad. Chances are you certainly won’t feel the cold, considering the company coming over and the stove that will continually be on while baking those awesome sweets and treats for the holidays.

When it comes to lights – as most of us know – there are houses out there that are simply stunning. There are also those that light up so bright that it would be surprising if our friends on Mars didn’t see it. So having a design that allows to cut back on those house and yard lights would help. And choosing to decorate with the LED lights is a must, considering they can use 90% less energy than regular holiday lights.

Heading to Costco or Sam’s is a great idea when the list of food is made. Buying in bulk instead of single packages of, say…soda, baking supplies, and snacks, reduces package waste and also the hit on your own wallet. Not to mention, think about serving less meat on the menu this year. Chicken, pork, most especially, beef, take a heavier toll on the environment than fruits and veggies. Cows actually produce high amounts of methane, which is worse for global warming than carbon dioxide. So as not to serve the platters of meat side by side, try to switch out at least one with those heart-healthy veggies.

And the biggest Christmas treat? The tree. This time out, support those small business Christmas tree farms and get yourself a real tree. Then recycle it. Before wondering if cutting a real tree actually harms the environment by deforestation, it is important to know that’s not the case. Most Christmas trees are grown expressly for Christmas and can be planted or composted when Santa says “so long” for the year. Plastic trees, however, take petroleum to create and then are very hard to recycle. So having that little piece of fragrant, beautiful Mother Nature in the home is a gift that everyone can enjoy!

 

Source:  Baret News

I’m I phoning in Christmas

 

I’m I phoning in Christmas

I’m Will Roberts, and this is the Daily Scream, Ahhh, Here we go!

Now I used to think that if I said something as an adult to kid or young adult I was going to get that look like dude you’re old. But you know what, too many things have changed in our world and too rapidly for that statement to hold any water.  I mean, if you told a kid nowadays; here take down my phone number and then I handed them a pen. You might just see them run away from you, in fear that you were pulling a weapon on them. Hey, the pen may be mightier than the sword, however, find a young person that can use a pen or even has used one in the past 5 years and I’ll eat my fedora … google that kids.

Alright, take notes … So, My wife and I are putting up the Xmas tree the other night, and we wanted to put it up when the kids were asleep ( I have a girl that is 5, and a boy is 21 months). So, that way when they came down from the stairs they would get the magic of Christmas in full effect, You remember.

The next morning, the kids head down, my wife says hey look, pointing in the direction of the tree!  Both kids look, took a beat and pay it as much attention as a pile of clothes we’ve asked them to pick up tow days ago! But then, without skipping a beat, they noticed my wife and my iPhone and iPad and proceeded quickly to them to capture the ultimate prize, the IPhone and Ipad.

Am I Old Fashion?, or is this is the way it’s going to be from here on in … Ill save the time and effort get a christmas tree screen saver decorate it with apps, put the phone on a stand, pipe in Christmas music and call it a day.

Get my cartoons and audio at WillSays.com

Your friend,
Will

 

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Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

When the Weather Outside is Frightful…Time to Vacation

 

When the Weather Outside is Frightful…Time to Vacation

By Amy Lignor

 

November is here! As the trick-or-treating décor is taking away and the large, cardboard turkeys wearing pilgrim hats arrive, the thought of winter coming in with a big, robust, freezing cold hello is on everyone’s minds.

 

winter, escapes, weather, Christmas, getaways, vacation, life is shortWhen the weather outside is about to get frightful, there are those who wish for the “delightful.” There are also those who wish for more bright white snow. Whether it be the first or the second – or perhaps a “middle” path that could give you both depending on how old Mother Nature is feeling at the time – there are some true vacation spots that you need to look into. In fact, you need to book them now, considering that Christmas will be here before you know it.

 

So we start with the “delightful.” Key West, Florida, as always – even though it has a “party” reputation – is one of the most beautiful areas for all ages to go to and enjoy. Yes, you can have that drink on the warm beach, but you can also find stunning Victorian homes, art galleries and museums. As well as take to the water and go kayaking under the stunning sunset.

 

Puerto Rico is yet another getaway for the 2015 crowd looking for the ball to drop on a New Year. You are talking warmth and fun “old-world style” with amazing music, unbelievable food, beaches, rain forests – you name it – without leaving the U.S. you can pre-plan this much-needed winter break right now.

 

Now we come to others that can be “middle of the road” as far as that weather is concerned. Yes, they are usually warm as toast, but look out for that winter landscape if Mother Nature happens to change her mind. Where to go for both kids and adults? There is only one for magic, adventure and a mystical power that is so grand you will never forget it. Down in Orlando, Florida, there is a stunning castle and “realm” that all must see. Hogwarts is there – Harry Potter’s home – with Diagon Alley included. This is one place that will be imprinted on the brain; the place you will want to visit many times over, no matter what the weather is outside.

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For a slower style, where calm, peaceful, serenity is your thing, Tybee Island, Georgia, is stunning. The amazing lighthouse is like a guard; a watcher that takes care of the five+ miles that include beautiful beaches, affordable places to stay, and a boardwalk that takes you back in time. And in just a quick hop-skip-and-a-jump, you can find yourselves in the allure and charm of Savannah.

 

Cheap lodging, stunning scenery, and fun for all ages? You won’t believe this answer, perhaps, but Las Vegas is “Christmasville” to many. You are talking about huge holiday displays, events, kid-friendly locales and entertainment everywhere. Yes, those slot machines are beeping, but with the decor and fun atmosphere, Las Vegas looks the actual North Pole…without that pesky snow getting in the way.

 

And, finally, there are those who love that bright white snow. And in the United States you have an entire section of the country where you can always find the perfect family fun when it comes to skiing, shopping and really enjoying that “wintry” Christmas feeling. Places like Keystone, Colorado, where kids ski free, you will find resorts, such as River Run Village. Talk about the Christmas charm, this tiny town located at the foot of the mountain offers a gondola that lets you ride up to the summit in absolute style, staring out at a landscape that looks as if it was created by Santa, himself.

 

In the core of the Rocky Mountains, you will find Bridger Bowl for the skiing and shopping experience. And just next door is Bozeman, where you can learn all about the history of the Rockies by cruising the Museum. If wanting to go east, Vermont is the number one choice when seeking the most beautiful ski resorts.

 

But no matter what your choice: the warm sunshine, the mystical world of a boy wizard, or the white terrain that only winter can provide…now is the time to plan that vacation that will be much-needed once winter comes a-callin’.

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Source:  Baret News

NFLRundown: Place Your NFL Bets…Carefully

 

NFLRundown: Place Your NFL Bets…Carefully

~ Amy Lignor

‘Twas Five Days before Christmas and all through the house; (Jerryworld, that is),

Not a creature was stirring, not ONE Indianapolis mouse. (Colt, actually, but ‘mouse’ rhymes).

 Romo, Bryant, Murray…Aikman, Irvin, Smith? You’re crazy, people! Well, apparently not so much.

348135488_76fa6a28A large majority of NFL ‘experts’ out there are eating a huge piece of humble pie right now instead of the apple they wanted to live on this week, because the Dallas Cowboys (no kidding) said “TAKE THAT, EXPERTS!” in a very big way.
Even I, a fan of a rival team, must give kudos where kudos are due. And, frankly, I would like to take all those experts and smack them. You know why? Because every single time they say “who’s the best, who’s the worst, who’s going to the Super Bowl…yada, yada, yada,” all they do is mess things up and end up invigorating the teams they just shot in the foot.

 

Don’t you remember? Second game this season all we heard was Tom Brady should retire and Aaron Rodgers had no life left in him. Fast forward: The Patriots have (yet again) taken their division and gotten a first-round bye, as well. Aaron Rodgers may not be AS relaxed as he was because Detroit is coming to town, but he is most definitely in the post-season.

 

We were told by many at the beginning of this season that the 49ers would win it all. They might as well of picked the Jets to win it all, considering how dumb that call ended up to be. Mostly, all we have heard over and over again (much like the chorus of Jingle Bells), is that the Cowboys were the worst team in the NFL. Romo couldn’t cut it. Dez Bryant was nothing but a fantasy. The defense was nothing. And they had absolutely NO shot whatsoever of getting into the post-season. In fact, the coach was supposed to be fired by now and the Cowboys – at best – were supposed to end up 8-8, looking in from the outside. I have to say, 70% of the experts need to be benched. Perhaps they can find another career in tarot card reading, or something.

 

As a nice Christmas present, Andrew Luck decided that the only luck he would be bringing with him to Texas would be ‘bad’ luck…for himself. He may have wanted to place lumps of coal in the Cowboys’ stockings, but all he gave them was a sweet, easy, sleigh ride to resurrecting their past glory.

 

I mean, come on, people! Dallas was headed for the sidelines in the very beginning, unable to convert on a third down, so Indy decides to…oh, yeah, get called for TAUNTING? What is this, the grade school recess yard? Romo decides to capitalize on said taunt and threw his first TD of the day. Then, really? Fake a punt, throw a perfect pass and have your man DROP IT? This ridiculous move by Indy led to the Cowboys taking over on the 19th-yard-line of Indy, and first play – TD number 2. Even the back-up QB, Weeden, came out on the gridiron because the Cowboys were so far ahead it really didn’t matter at that point, and ended up getting a huge hug from Romo. Why? Because he simply went on the field and threw his own TD. There were so many good things happening for the Cowboys yesterday it seemed like Jerry Jones, himself, could have been put in as QB and walked away with yet another TD.

 

Keep the facts in mind:

 

The last time the Cowboys made the playoffs was in 2009. The last Super Bowl won was in 1996. Oddly enough, that Super Bowl was also played in Arizona which is where this one will be played. Déjà vu?

 

The Colts are already in the post-season; they have earned their ticket. Course, not in this game. They haven’t won a Super Bowl since 2007 with everyone’s love child, Peyton Manning, at the helm. Manning is a Bronco now, of course, and seems quite happy to be one…if only he could make Tom Brady disappear.

 

It is not a joke to say the following: The Dallas Cowboys have won the NFC East. Thanks to some excellent coaching; thanks to a QB who, even when taunted and picked on, decided to keep his mouth shut and just play the game really well (unlike most of the Seattle Seahawks, other than their QB); and, because of a man who, even after having surgery, decided to play yesterday with a hand wrapped in tape, gauze, gloves – basically everything Walgreen’s has for sale. And even though he played sporadically, others came in to do the job. Add in the fact that the Philadelphia Eagles decided two weeks ago to fly south for the winter and just forget about it, and you have your end result: the city of Dallas, Texas is lit up like Vegas.

 

So Merry Christmas, Dallas. I offer a smattering of applause (only a smattering because, like I said, I’m rooting for a rival), and a newfound respect. But above all I sincerely hope that the ‘experts’ will love the taste of that humble pie as they choke it down for a long, long time to come.

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

All I want for Christmas is #CUBAN CIGARS !

All I want for Christmas is #CUBAN CIGARS !

 

Dear Santa,
I know I have asked for a lot this year, but I’d like to give you a whole NEW list. I know longer want the iPhone 6, I hear it’s not that good. And I don’t want the big pickup truck anymore, even though gas is cheap, And oil is even cheaper.All I want for Christmas is Cuban CIGARS!
I mean before us American’s cheapin them and mass produce them.P.S. I guess you could throw a couple of cans of oil in my stocking … I could hold onto them and when the government shoots the oil back up to it’s normal cost I could sell it back to them for a profit.Oh, there is one more thing: my kids want the new dynamic duo action figures P & p the pope & the president. Can you throw that in as well?
Well, that’s it Santa, but be careful on the roof my next door neighbour LOVES his guns!Your friend,
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