A Letter to My Dog, Half Pint

This last year may have been the worst one of my life, but at least I've got the world's two greatest dogs by my side to help me stagger into 2018. Today's post features a letter to Half Pint. Benjamin will be getting a letter later this week--he'd never let me hear the end of it, otherwise.

Also, this posts features a lot of short video clips of Half Pint being silly. Since I apparently can't do anything right these days, they are exclusively shot in vertical mode. Please accept my apologies (and cut me some friggin' slack).

Why big time sports writers are wasting your time and money.


                                                                      thedanschneider.com




So today, the Atlanta Falcons moved to 5-3 under the play of their amazing rookie QB, Matt Ryan and a cast of other great player makers.

I will admit, I did not see this coming.

But check out this article from AJC writer Mark Bradley from before the NFL season began.

http://www.ajc.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/ajc/bradley/entries/2008/09/02/falcons_wont_be_as_bad_as_you.html

Looks like he will be wrong, but do you see how he actually used logic and intuition based on observation to make his predictions?

Here is another one that shows even further that he sees something different about these Falcons.

http://www.ajc.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/ajc/bradley/entries/2008/08/23/falcons_deserve_measured_optim.html

Now here are the hot shot ESPN writers take on the Falcons for this season:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/preview08/team?team=atl

Notice the emphasis on sounding hip and flippant rather than actual...you know...RESEARCH and REASONING. These guys didn't even really look at the Falcons so much as assume that because they had a rookie QB and bad prior season, it would continue to be that way.

Now here is what really ticks me off. Mark Bradley, Joe, and myself all could tell that the Falcons would definitely not be as bad as ESPN, Sporting News, ect. said. Mark Bradley learned it from actually watching the researching the team during the preseason. Joe and I learned it from reading his articles and very lightweight research.

So what the heck are these hot shots at ESPN being paid to do? They surely make more working at ESPN than Mark Bradley does; Joe and I don't get paid at all for looking up football news.

Yes, going to or AT LEAST READING ABOUT the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, or Cincinatti Bengals training camp may not be terribly fun, but it is what you are PAID to do, not something to take as a hobby and screw up. completely.

The NBA Atlanta Hawks are currently 2-0, despite "expert" predictions of a terrible season being inevitable.  Maybe it's just something against Atlanta :(

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