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AR = Average Replacement September 10, 2012

I know…

I already know ok?

Packers fans are going to come down on me. I’m not a real Green Bay fan. I’m a traitor. I’ve been accused and called every name in the book. You aren’t going to shock me. Your material is old, and so is Brett Favre. The difference is Favre is laughing all the way to the bank propped up with a cold one in Mississippi and you’re still deciding whether or not to get your kid the Bronco Manning jersey they’ve been asking for. Go ahead and buy the damn thing! It builds character.

This post is NOT about Brett Favre. It’s about being a Packers fan.

I’ve been a Packers fan my entire life. It just so happened that Brett Favre was my favorite quarterback. When my favorite quarterback left the Packers I followed him, with a jersey to wear, and a Direct TV package so I wouldn’t miss a play. I also watched the Packers games. I talked a lot of trash, but the year my Dad died was the year the Packers won the Super Bowl. Of course I wanted the Packers to win. My Dad would have loved to see it with me.

I’m a Packers fan.

It’s been a few years since Favre has been gone and I’ve had to adapt and adjust to the new quarterback in Green Bay. Although, I will never forget a phone conversation that I had with my friend Ryan Cox. It went like this:

Ryan: “You hate Rodgers don’t you? You really hate him!”

Me: “Yes I do.”

Ryan: “I’ll bet you’re the only Packers fan on the face of the earth that gets mad when he throws a touchdown.” (He was giggling at this point.)

Me: “A rushing touchdown is ok, but when he throws a touchdown…” At this point Ryan is laughing hysterically.

It wasn’t Favre. Ok, it was mostly Favre. I just didn’t like Aaron Rodgers. I’ve always thought he was just an average quarterback. Argue with me all night, it’s what I’ve always thought Favre or no Favre. I always liked, and my Dad did too, Matt Flynn. Who now plays for Seattle. Flynn didn’t get any playing  time in last nights game, and the Seahawks lost.  There was no way Flynn was ever going to get some playing time in Green Bay except pre-season, that’s just the way it is. So of course he left.

Think of AR’s situation. You’ve road the bench for I don’t know, 13 years behind one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Promised, obviously, that some day it would be AR’s time to shine in the Green Bay sun. AR’s got patience, I’ll give him that. Ask yourself is he the brightest star on the block? I’m sure he could have gone to other teams and had a very successful career, but good old Ted Thompson promised his golden boy someday it would be his time.

And in 2010 it was his time to shine.

Can you imagine how pumped up that guy was to play football? I mean I wouldn’t have been able to sleep for a week. He came out guns blazing. Amazing stats. He looked like he couldn’t be stopped. AR wasn’t stopped, he went all the way to the dance and won. Bravo AR, bravo.

One thing I do know is if you win the Super Bowl and the hearts of Green Bay fans everywhere, that has to be one of the biggest ego boosts in the universe. Baller doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Here’s where it gets interesting. The dust settles. AR is the man in Green Bay. Last season Packer fans were so certain that they would be going to the Super Bowl I know people that had booked hotel rooms to come to Indianapolis to see the Pack win another one. Thing is, they didn’t make it. From the looks of last nights game they won’t make it again this year.

Really? San Francisco hands you your ass at home? I watched the game intently and AR looked like a deer in headlights. Meanwhile people are AR is the greatest QB, he has ice in his veins, strength like no other in his throwing arm.

He’s average, that’s it. When the hoopla is over AR is just average.

Hey, maybe I’m wrong, as the season goes on we’ll see. They play again Thursday night.

Go Pack!

 

You Need Some “OPA!” February 2, 2012

Doesn’t it just make you feel good to say it?  OPA!

If you’re in the mood for the tastiest Greek food in Indianapolis?  You don’t have to leave Downtown!  Greek Islands is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Lucas Oil!

At Greek Islands family is #1, and that is exactly how you will feel, right at home.  You will have a blast enjoying the atmosphere, the food, and you might even smash a plate or two!

The Food, Oh The Food!  You will feel like you’re sitting at Momma’s table with the generous portions, devouring the recipes that only Momma shares with “family.”

Are we talking Gyros? Um, yeah we are!  The best Gyros this side of Astoria!  Tasty strips of gyro meat topped with onions, tomatoes, and tzaziki – served on hot pita bread…Mamma!  If you feel like a Chicken Gyro, they can do that too!  If you love Spanakotiropita, like I love it, you must have it.  This flakey spinach and cheese pie will transport you straight to Greece!

But really, who wants to go to a Greek Restaurant without the thrill and deliciousness of Saganaki!  For those of you that don’t know what Saganaki is, let me explain it to you.  You server will come out with a sizzling plate, with a big smile, and light the tangy Graviera Cheese on fire and shout “OPA” with enthusiasm!  You’ll never forget the experience or how delicious the cheese is!

Have you tired Souvlaki?  No?  You haven’t lived!  Skewered, hearty bites of grilled, marinated pork, green peppers, tomatoes, and onions served with tzaziki sauce!  You’ll always get a Greek Salad, Bread, Rice Pilaf, and Olympian Beans!  Did I mention you’re not going to leave hungry?

Did I also mention that Greek Islands wants to take care of their Gluten Free Friends.  Please visit their website to check out their Gluten-Free Menu.  http://www.greekislandsrestaurant.com/

A few other things you might want to file away in your deliciousness file…

Moussaka:  Layers of Eggplant, potatoes, ground beef and a savory bechamel sauce topped with tomato sauce and a sprinkle of grated graviera cheese.

Pasticchio:  Layers of macaroni, ground beef and a savory bechamel sauce finished with tomato sauce and a sprinkle of grated graviera cheese.

Dolmades:  Tender grape leaves stuffed with ground beef and rice, topped with a special lemon sauce.

Triopita:  Hand-rolled triangles of phyllo dough generously filled with Momma’s special Feta cheese mixture.

All of those sound good?  Try them all, plus Gyros, and Spanakotiropita – order the Greek Islands Combination!

Greek Islands is located at 906 South Meridian Street.  Their phone number is 317-636-0700.  Open Thursday 10 am – 9 pm.  Friday 10 am – 11 pm.  Saturday 4 pm – 11 pm.  Sunday 4 pm – 10 pm.  You can make a reservation online, just visit their website at http://www.greekislandsrestaurant.com/

Enjoy!  Opa!

 

My #Social46 January 23, 2012

First, let me say how thrilled I am to be part of #Social46.  It’s like getting to eat at the “grown up” table for the first time.  Yes; I still feel that way sometimes.

I love a good story.

But, first let me tell you about my friend… Steven Shattuck.

I remember the first time I met Steven and his wife Leah.  It was the first Social Media Happy Hour at Scotty’s Brewhouse .   I remember tweeting that I was attending the event.  He tweeted he was going to be there for dinner but not for that event.  I gave him a hard time and suggested that he come in and say hello – he said no.  I remember telling him “I’ll find you…”  I did.

What I especially like about Steven is that he lives in Indianapolis and loves the New England Patriots.  He guy gets as much flack, IF NOT MORE – than I ever have about being a Brett Favre fan, and I’ve gotten a lot of flack over the years.  Even more so about (me) openly not being a Colts fan.  Some Sundays I felt like the guy with the blindfold on, a cigarette in my mouth, just waiting for the firing squad to completely demolish me.  I could always count on a snide DM from Steven about a whatever game I was tweeting about, or a certain player, that would make me laugh out loud.  The guy is clever.

So now I jump to Christmas this year.  Everybody was SURE the Packers were going to the Super Bowl this year.  Analysts, ESPN, local tv people – all the “talking heads” knew it.  Hell, my mom (who isn’t really a big football fan) knew it.  Which made unwrapping my two “Media Day” passes from her even more exciting.  I was going to be able to see the Packers at a really cool event up close and personal in my hometown!  That Rocks.

Well, we all know how that scenario worked out…

So here I am with these two Media Day passes.  I’m not going to give them up – duh.  Regardless of the two teams that would be in the Super Bowl, Mr. D and I would be going to Media Day.  It’s the first time ever fans were going to be allowed in during Media Day, I wasn’t missing out.

Then I started seeing #Social46 invites being handed out to people on Twitter.  I didn’t know what it was, so I did a little research.  It sounded cool, and I wanted to be involved, but the chances of me getting an invite seemed rare – almost bleak.  (Remember the table reference.)

I got my #Social46 invite while I was dining out at Iozzo’s for Devour Downtown.  I cried.  I’m not kidding, I was so excited, I cried.

Going to the meeting was so cool.  I tried to keep it undercover, but I was as giddy as a school girl.  Then when the hashtag idea started getting thrown around I said – “why not use #Super46?”  The wind in my sails was quickly checked back into reality when I was reminded  “they’re using that for the sandwich contest.”   Duh Stephanie….sheesh, they’ll let anyone into these things, lol..

We got some really cool stuff.  A Super Bowl “Social 46” hat, a Super Bowl scarf, a NFL Experience ticket, and…a Media Day Ticket.

On the way home, knowing I already had my own Media Day tickets, a plan formed.  I remember telling Mr. D what I was thinking, but didn’t mention it to anyone else.  Things that were beyond my control had to work exactly right in order for my plan to actually be executed.

Watching the New England game was stressful.  I had this plan, and had played out the scenario in my head, but I had to watch and wait.  When the kicker for Baltimore missed what should have been a chip shot to tie the game; Mr. D turned to me and said “make the call.”

So thanks to #Social46 for the opportunity to represent my home town, in the coolest way ever!  I’m truly honored and humbled to be able to participate in this experience.

And….Shattuck gets to see the Pats at Media Day.

I love it when a plan comes together.

 

You Did Not!!!…….. January 16, 2012

For those of you that clicked on this link thinking that I was going to do another debate about whether or not someone my age should wear glitter nail polish, I’m going to apologize right now. That is not what this post is about at all. My most popular post to date was my glitter nail polish blog, after that it was about my faith in God. This post has absolutely nothing to do with either one of those subjects, so if you’re mad at me, I will say “I’m sorry.” If you’re interested in sports at all, I would encourage you to read on. If not, click the next link.

The title of this blog post should be “I Will Never See The Green Bay Packers Win In Indianapolis.”

Why? I never have. The only games I’ve seen in Indianapolis have been with my Dad, and now that he’s gone, I doubt I will ever see a Packers win in Indianapolis.

I was pretty psyched when I got “Media Day” tickets for the upcoming Super Bowl in Indy. I thought for sure that the Packers would be in the final game. Until the other day. I don’t know what it was, but I got a really bad feeling about the game. Everyone thought, surely a win for the Packers. Getting the “Bye” week, enduring the fatal misfortune of their Offensive Coordinators son, the team was together. It was their time, at home, a team they beat earlier this year, no doubt about it.

Damn it all, I know better.

November 16, 1997. In Indianapolis, the year after they won the Super Bowl. My Dad and I were STOKED. We had tickets to the game, an opportunity to see our favorite team, and Quarterback, in our home town. No doubt in our mind we would witness a Packers win…

“Cary Blanchard’s fourth field goal of the game, a 20-yarder as time expired, lifted the Indianapolis Colts to their first win of the season, a 41-38 upset of the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

Colts quarterback Paul Justin, who threw for a career-high 340 yards, completed two passes to tight end Ken Dilger for 55 yards on the drive, including a 28-yarder to the Green Bay 1. Justin downed the ball three times to run the clock before Blanchard came on.

“We decided to kneel on the ball,” said Justin about the decision not to go for the touchdown in the final seconds. “The way our luck has been going this year, we could have fumbled the ball. Go ahead and put it in Cary’s hands; if he missed it was meant to be, but he made it.”

Who the hell is Paul Justin?

“I’ll answer the question now — we were not looking ahead to the Dallas game,” said Favre. “We felt we should have won. We put up a lot of points. We had a lot of fans here — maybe more than them.”

I can confirm, the Packers had more fans there at a Colts home game, no question about it.

Fast forward to the last game my Dad and I saw together.

September 26. 2004. A shoot-out. An incredible shoot-out between Favre and Manning. Even behind a pillar at the RCA Done, Dad and I cheered on our Packers in spite of the derogatory comments from Colts fans. For all of you Colts Fans, you can kiss my ass. I was embarrassed to be from Indianapolis and treated in such a way that I felt ashamed to be from Indianapolis.) I’ve heard from people “you should be happy you didn’t go to Kansas City, or to Dallas, or to New York.” To all of those people I will say; you’re stupid. I’m ok with friendly – even a little hostile banter. If I can’t handle that I have no business being at a football game in the first place. I would NEVER EVER call a person cheering for the visiting team the things I was called in my home town – Period.

“INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Peyton Manning and Brett Favre threw nine touchdown passes between them and weren’t even the heroes.

Manning threw for 393 yards and five first-half touchdowns. Favre threw for 358 yards and four TDs and the Packers rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to within a touchdown.

The game started with five touchdown passes in the first 11 minutes, three by Manning and two by Favre, a pace that would have added up to 175 points between them if they had kept going. Indianapolis threw 22 passes and did not have a running play in the first quarter as Manning and Favre aired it out.”

It was an incredible game. I’m not kidding. I was telling Mr. D the scope of the game tonight, and it still gives no justice to what an amazing football game it was. Besides that, how happy I was to have shared it with my Dad.

Now I’m convinced that I will never see at Packers win in Indianapolis.

I was hopeful…. that I would be able to see the Packers at Media Day in Indy. It would have meant a lot to me, damnit.

I’ll arrive at Media Day with my Favre jersey on, and a few Bloody Mary’s ingested – just to celebrate… What? I’m not really sure. I’ll figure it out.

 

Who Wins “Wife Of The Year” – I Do….. December 22, 2011

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I’m sneaky, and I know it….

I was trying to finish up Mr. D’s Christmas shopping yesterday.  What do you get the man who doesn’t need anything?  Frustrated, wracking my brain I turned to The Twitter.

Then I saw a tweet – Colts Tickets from Scott Wise.  I remember Mr. D saying he would like to go to a game this year (even though the Colts suck.)  Then the planning began….

I DM’ed Scott about the tickets, told him I wanted them and made arrangements to pick them up today.  Yesterday while all of this was going on I told Mr. D that Kameron’s school had a Washington D.C. meeting tomorrow night (just to make sure he didn’t have anything else going on – Mr. D is in charge of the Washington D.C. meetings.)  He put the meeting on the calendar, no questions asked, and my plan was in motion.  Surprise him with tickets, pre-game reservations made at Iaria’s – then him and Kameron are off to the game.  PERFECT!

Kameron and I went up to Scotty’s headquarters to pick up the tickets.  Mr. D mentioned that he was having lunch at Palomino this afternoon, so I knew exactly where he would be to surprise him with the tickets.  My intention was to pack his Colt’s shirt, jeans, a hat, and his comfy shoes and deliver those items and the tickets when he was finishing up lunch.  Sucker already wore his Colts shirt to work – one less thing to pack.

Kameron and I scoped out Palomino, found where he was sitting, and the sneak attack was on.

Slightly surprised to see us, Mr. D was very happy to see the tickets and hear of our reservation at Iaria’s.

Boom – I just got that – Wife Of The Year….

 

46 December 21, 2011

46 Days is all you got left before the Superbowl hits Indianapolis.

So what are you going to do “Business People?”

I’m mainly taking to restaurants.  I see all of you whining and bitching about how business is down on the news.

So what are you going to do?

I’ll tell you who isn’t whining and bitching, Scott Wise of “Scotty’s Brewhouse.”

“We’re in the business of forethought. You’re always trying to foresee, ‘What do I need?’ Multiply that by 1,000, and that is the Super Bowl.”

So if you’re thinking, wow, this might be a good time to create a Facebook Fan page, or gosh, maybe we should add that  Twitter account we’ve been talking about.  Do you want the truth?   You’re probably too late.

It’s so frustrating for me to see establishments that claim they need more business yet won’t embrace Social Media.  Are you “half -in” on Social Media and do a really bad job?  Did you have someone working for you and didn’t see the financial payoff after 3  months?  Right when the uphill battle was going to begin to be fun, and I mean a lot of fun, you quit. You’re going to do Social Media on your own, how’s that working out for you?  Ends up you don’t do it, or do it poorly, and the account created and nurtured lays stagnate.

So where does that leave you with the Super Bowl coming to town in 46 days?  PANIC is a word that comes to mind.

I just Googled “restaurants near Indianapolis, Indiana”

1.   St. Elmo Steak House (Your SEO Company needs a bonus.)

2.  Oceanaire (Really?)

3.  Rock Bottom ( Your SEO Company DEFINITELY deserves a bonus.)

4.  The Rathskeller

5.  Barcelona Tapas (Not even on my radar)

That’s the top 5, in Indy.  There are Gems, GEMS, I tell you that will not get visited because you haven’t put yourself “out there” as far as Social Media goes.

There are hotel rooms that cost $45.00 in Brownsburg that now cost $450.00 A NIGHT for the Super Bowl.  People are not going to spend a week here and just go to downtown establishments.  Get your voice heard, get customers in your door, get your place on the Super Bowl map!

Start yesterday.  Establish a presence on Facebook and Twitter.  Add your location to Yelp, 4Square, Urban Spoon, etc.  Now is not the time to be shy folks, it’s game time.

If you want some help, give me a call.