Capt America ………Or In As In Today’s Modern Day Sport’s Hero …. The NFL Quarterback ……….

Capt America ………Or In As In Today’s Modern Day Sport’s Hero …. The NFL Quarterback ……….

By tophatal …..

Well here we are , and it’s the championship games this Sunday within the NFL as the New England Patriots play host to the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC title . Whereas, the New York Giants are the guests of the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park , in San Francisco , California .

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To my mind as there’s no need to make prognostications over these games as in the end we know that there will be a result that will culminate with the AFC and NFC representatives for the upcoming Superbowl to be staged Lucas Oil Stadium , in Indianapolis , Indiana. The quartet of quarterbacks on stage this Sunday have been the most efficient of the players we have seen over the course of the postseason . Tom Brady , Joe Flacco , Alex Smith and Eli Manning are simply the quintessential players one would come to expect at this stage of the NFL season.

Now all the plaudits has been simply about the exploits of Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees during the regular season but unfortunately during the postseason the players’ teams simply failed to live up to expectations . Now the great players , specifically quarterbacks tend to be held to another standard than that of their peers on the field of play. In today’s NFL the position of the quarterback is glorified even more than ever before. Consider this , what tends to be the water cooler topic once a game has ended apart from the discussion of the result ? It is usually the play of the quarterback and whether or not their play was up to par . Drew Brees had his record-breaking season having surpassed Dan Marino’s mark for passing yards in a year . But all of that simply doesn’t matter when your postseason aspirations simply blows up in smoke because the New Orleans Saints couldn’t get over the hump in their game against the San Francisco 49ers .

Far be it for me to suggest that the game should simply evolve around the quarterback but the perceived hyperbole being what it is there’s simply no other way to avoid hoopla that surround the players of the position within the NFL. Simply look at the preconceived excitement that surrounded the Denver Broncos’ Tim Tebow this season ? Granted, the player led the team into their first divisional title in 7 years , while the fans were in awe of team’s regular and postseason heroics led by the Broncos’ quarterback. Now let’s get ahead of ourselves concerning the merits Tebow as an NFL quarterback . His game is certainly flawed .

And while the player has many supporters across the nation as well as his detractors from an evangelical , social , performance standpoint it has to be said the player himself has admitted that his game needs to improve . To my mind, if Tim Tebow is to have a long and successful tenure in the NFL then he cannot continue to make poor decisions on the field that places him in danger and thereby curtailing any success that he and the team can have . Certainly the Broncos’ front office led by John Elway and GM Brian Xanders have to be aware that if they’re pinning the franchise’s future on Tim Tebow then the coaching staff led by John Fox will have to implore their quarterback to in part change the way he applies himself in terms of his game decisions . The team’s quarterback’s coach Adam Gase to my mind simply hasn’t been earning his money , in spite of the players’ . heroics ! A win , is a win but what would we now be discussing had Tebow’s recent run prior to the 45-10 loss to the New England Patriots ended earlier ? Praise is one thing but in reality , are we also as quick to question a player’s performance when it is truly poor ? That certainly wasn’t always the case based on the rationale of many as it related to the Broncos’ quarterback as many sought to make use of his faith rather than simply look at the player’s body work and critique him on that !

In the aftermath of the firing of Bill and Chris Polian , Indianapolis Colts’ owner Jim Irsay has been quick to apportion blame elsewhere rather than placing it firmly where it belongs and that just happens to be firmly upon the shoulders of the front office and owner. Subsequent to the abrupt firing of the Polians the team owner under the new GM Keith Grigson has seen fit also to fire Jim Caldwell after the team’s 2-14 …. season within the NFL . If nothing else we saw that in the case of the Colts … one man doesn’t represent a team ” but clearly for the franchise Peyton Manning meant a great deal more . And clearly the player’s record in a Colts’ uniform regular and postseason bears out what a valuable asset to the organization he has been . Never mind the player’s own personal records as borne out approaching the all-time leaders for players playing the position in the NFL [ ( career passing yards , career touchdowns , career passing attempts )] marks.

The loss of Peyton Manning due to a recurrence of an injury and the subsequent multiple operations now casts doubt upon the future of the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback . Bear in mind also that the player is due a roster bonus of $28 million due in early March that is predicated upon his return to fitness. And with the clock now ticking as to what the front office will do with regard to the upcoming NFL Draft if is clear that they have a number of decisions to make that will have far-reaching ramifications not just for the franchise but also with regard to the player’s own immediate future . The consensus appears to be that Grigson will take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck as the number one pick overall . If Manning is retained on the roster along with the signing of Luck to the cursory rookie contract normally expected , the financial outlay to the two players could far exceed $50 million . On the face of it , that might not appear to be a great deal of money but even with today’s tightening economy teams are not looking to be gregarious in their spending habits especially when it comes to team salaries . Manning remains the Colts’ highest paid player by far given the fact that he signed a 5 year contract extension (worth $96 million) in 2010 .

Andrew Luck might rightfully be viewed as the best available college quarterback in this upcoming draft ahead of Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and Landry Jones . However, with so much being expected quarterbacks taken as a high draft pick tends to take a toll upon the teams and in particular the general managers of the franchises in question. Never mind the fact that with on air NFL analysts such as Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr hyping up the merits of players that more often than not have failed to live up to expectations. Ryan Leaf , JaMarcus Russell , Vince Young , Matt Leinart , Tim Couch , Heath Shuler and Eric Crouch to name but a few have entered the NFL as a highly praised quarterback , only to have failed with great ignominy .

In today’s NFL , the quarterbacks are asked to do a great deal more than play the game efficiently as well as showing leadership qualities . But with such a propensity for failure for these players to succeed I would really like to know why it is that so many of these analysts are buying into the so-called skill-set of player before they’ve played a down in the NFL . Potential means so many things nowadays but herein lies the edict of the league and specifically the analysts who cover the game. I understand that they offer their own opinions but it appears that their only thought has to be to make themselves heard , rather than actually offering up anything tangible for an NFL as real insight . Consider this , Kiper is known to consult with the players’ agents in private merely to curry favor . On the face of it one might not see anything at all wrong with those meetings but how can anyone then believe that anything he may well then proffer up as a keen observation and analysis that can have any veracity at all ? Mel Kiper claims to be an impartial observer who provides something in the market place but who if anything has never owned up for the many blunders that he has made over the years concerning the NFL Draft !

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Picture gallery for your perusal .

What thoughts do you have concerning the performances of the modern-day quarterback in the NFL ? And do you as such feel that the on air personalities/ analysts actually provide a service that is beneficial to the NFL fan ? Simply chime in with a comment as you see fit .

Picture and slide show details below .

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(1) SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 22: Alex Smith (11) of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images …

(2) Eli Manning (10) of the New York Giants is interviewed in the locker room by Terry Bradshaw as he celebrates in the locker room with the George Halas Trophy NFC Championship trophy after the Giants won 20-17 in overtime against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images ……..

(3) Lawrence Tynes (9) of the New York Giants kicks a successful 31-yard field goal in overtime against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ….

(4) Ahmad Brooks (55) of the San Francisco 49ers pressures Eli Manning (10) of the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images …

(5) Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during their AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images ……..

(6) The New England Patriots celebrate after Billy Cundiff (7) of the Baltimore Ravens missed a game tying field goal late in the fourth quarter during their AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images ……….

(7) Joe Flacco (5) of the Baltimore Ravens walks off the field after losing to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The New England Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens 20-23 . Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images ….

(8) Tim Tebow (15) of the Denver Broncos is sacked by Shaun Ellis (94) of the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images …

(9) Gone and so easily forgotten ! Former Washington Redskins’ quarterback Heath Shuler whose career in the NFL can be best described as being somewhat nondescript and filled with a litany of woes . Having retired from the NFL they player went on to serve in the US Congress as a House Democratic representative . AP Photo …………. …..

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Do you get the feeling that Diora Baird knows how to use that cue stick to the best of her abilities in more ways than one ?

Which would you now prefer a “hole in one ” or a “mulligan” concerning Diora ?

52 thoughts on “Capt America ………Or In As In Today’s Modern Day Sport’s Hero …. The NFL Quarterback ……….

  1. As a passionate and die-hard Patriots’ fan I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ravens’ kicker ….. Billy Cundiff for some extra eternal bliss and the fact that I was able to ” add some cheddar “ to my pocket book ! Thanks Billy !

    Here’s to you Billy , cheers !

    🙂

    And as a way of getting you out of the doldrums Billy , perhaps Diora Baird can take your mind off things ?

    tophatal ………..

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    1. brief 22

      It’s at times like this you actually wonder what the kicker actually does to stay awake ! All he ( Cunddiff) had to do was to place the ball between the uprights from no more than 30 yards . What gives ?

      The Pats’ defense played their part in this victory as they came up trumps when it mattered most .

      Highest paid kickers in the NFL .

      tophatal ………………..

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    1. chappy

      The answer to that question would be a profound no . Way too much is at stake in terms of success commercially . A win simply adds to the bottom line for a team in terms of their financial calendar . A win in the Superbowl can mean as much as $20-30 million in added revenues for a team if not more .

      Robert Kraft and the Mara family are not about to piss that away and neither would you if you were one of the team owners in this upcoming Superbowl .

      tophatal ………

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  2. To take some heat offa Cundiff………..Nantz miscalled Evans, Torrey Smith…….who by the way wudda held onto the ball. FWIW, the old NFL mighta ruled Evans’ drop a TD. Really. This complicated possession rule is not that old.

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  3. Al,

    1 more comment and I’ll stop the clutter. Fox has taken a step down with that Bradshaw postgame interview. HTF can they allow Mrs Mara to crash/disrupt clown Bradshaw’s interview? Earlier in the scene Tim Mara chided Bradshaw for picking against the Giants. IT’S HIS JOB YOU SNOB-ASS PSUEDO ELITES.

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    1. Ronbets

      The Mara’s lost all sense of reality the moment they made the move to join forces with Jets’ front office to build the stadium in East Rutherford , New Jersey . With all of the money that Michael Bloomberg conned the city out of , what’s another $1 billion or so ! After all he duped the city commission into that $2.5 billion bond issue to facilitate the building of Yankee Stadium as well as Citi Field . This being the same damn city that has a budget and state deficit that combined exceeds in excess of $14 billion .

      tophatal ………………..

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  4. I know this sounds simplistic, but so much of a qb’s success is derived from the support he receives from his coaches and fellow players. Solid potential is great, but a good offensive line helps.

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    1. aero

      You’re right but I look at this way , was Tebow being lauded for his play this season or simply because of his beliefs ? This kid is so far off from being even a half near decent quarterback in this league that it simply doesn’t bear thinking about .

      It may well be at least another year or more before we can truly think of him as being even a top 5 or 10 qb in the NFL .

      tophatal ………………

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  5. Ronbets

    Jim Nantz is to sports’ commentating as Paula Deen is meant to be to healthy American cuisine . A complete and utter joke ! Intellectually, he’s just slightly ahead of the curve of Skip Bayless and Stephen A Smith . And on the evolutionary table the latter two have yet to be fully developed in terms of their intellect much less social skills !

    tophatal ………..

    Paula Deen .

    >I wonder what other fat sticky substance she’s willing to place in between her lips ?

    ” This isn’t my idea of fun as I was hoping to interview Peyton first and then this putz “! Jim Nantz

    tophatal …….

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  6. Can you say choke city. Both San Fran and Baltimore wore the choke collar. Great games. Flaco proved he is a good QB. Good numbers. Flaco outplayed Brady. I hate both New York and the Pats. I hope its a good game. Who do I wnat to win? You gotta be kidden me. The—— No one.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      The losing teams in the championship games didn’t choke they simply didn’t take advantage of the opportunities that arose . Much of that was down to complacency but also the inexperience shown especially in the case of that Niners’ team . In the case of the Ravens , guys like Reed , Suggs and Lewis should have tempered the nerves of the younger players on the team . Obviously they failed to do that and that responsibility has to be placed on the shoulders of the coach John Harbaugh to my mind !

      tophatal ……………

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  7. Ahhh….think it is all wrong….the hero ain’t the QB….He either hands the ball off to a RB or throws it to a WR or TE who makes acrobatic catches
    ala Lynn Swann John Stallworth Jerry Rice that big TE of the Pats Wes Welker etc etc …..you git my point?
    Hell Bradshaw was made by his receivers, Franco and Rocky as is Brady, even Big Ben………I know, I know Some can extend plays like Ben and others…still, who the hell gets open to catch the damn ball??

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  8. Ronbets

    I’ll take the heat off Cundiff the moment Heidi Klum invites me into her home for a night of copious and unbridled sex ! As we know that’s not about to happen anytime soon ! Complicated rules in the NFL ? Wow ! That’s not a first as they seem to be now making up some of the rules as they go along !

    Heidi Klum ..

    Flip Saunders got his whip rolled then ? That front office of the Wizards has to be one of the biggest jokes in the NBA at present ! Ted Leonsis as an NBA owner is proving that when Abe Pollin ruled the roost he also had something in common with his successor . They’re both dead from the neck up ,…. especially Polin in thinking that Michael Jordan running the front office would be a success as a front office executive . Jordan’s first decision was to draft Kwame Brown ahead of Pau Gasol , Tyson Chandler , Joe Johnson , Zach Randolph and Tony Parker in the 2001 NBA Draft . There’s no fool like an old fool but Jordan and Leonsis might just be two of the biggest currently currently in the NBA !

    Leonsis , Jordan and Pollin

    Jordan went on to own the Bobcats and that’s a franchise that’s now going …. nowhere as well !

    tophatal ………….

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    1. al clements

      That’s so true ! I guess that’s why Mitt Romney sits in a 15% tax bracket , not having done a damn thing over the last two years but live off his god damn investments while lecturing the public about what it takes to be a success .

      tophatal ……………….

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      1. Mitt is living off the fat of the land…investments? Shit “his” companies had to produce something that the public boughtt….and of course the Mass taxpayers paid his salary……gimme that job

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          1. Me too….pisses me off that as rich as he is only 15% tax liability. Shit our pros pony up somethiong like 40% as I heard it….same for those big lottery winners

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            1. al clements

              15% of something is at least better than 25% for which appears to be what the vast majority of US workers might have to pay at a minimum , unless one is a protagonist of the AMT (alternate minimum tax ) ?

              tophatal ……………….

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              1. Yep…..the rich and the GOP do not want a flat tax for everyone…..hell the so called middle class pays through the nose, always have since they are the most industrious and numerous….but now are we still the middle class??????

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                1. al clements

                  I see that Donald Trump has shown his true colors ? First he wants to set up his own debate with the GOP candidates and because Gingrich is the first to accept the offer he's all on board in showing his support for the former House Speaker but low and behold yesterday he comes in out support of and endorses Mitt Romney . I wonder what the payoff will be ? Trump as Romney’s VP candidate nominee and running mate ? Fu## that shit !

                  “I fully support Mitt in his efforts to oust Obama and I look forward to being his ambassador to the Royal Court of St James ” . Donald Trump , Mitt & Anne Romney

                  Tax the rich tax the poor ! Who now gives a shit as the country is already in such a damn mess that it is almost beyond repair ! No amount of rhetoric and posturing from the candidates and the Presidential incumbent will be able to change that . They dropped the ball on all of the pertinent issues long ago !

                  tophatal ………………

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    1. al clements

      I see that Santorum is now back in the picture with those recent wins in the nomination process ? What’s up with that ? Newt, Mitt and Ron must be blithering idiots !

      Rick Santorum’s new campaign anthem is the pop hit by the group LMFAO ……… ” Sexy And I Know It ”

      LMFAO doing their #1 smash hit ” Sexy And I Know It ” .

      tophatal …………..

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  9. Public knows those two or three, no one really knows Santorum…..I don’t like him, he is a snake.

    All these runners want to cut taxes, the fed deficit etc etc……who will suffer……the needy abd the old

    Bama just as wrong, but there needs to be some type of compromise to benefit the elderly et al

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  10. al clements

    Santorum in a room filled with drug dealers , murderers , rapists , pedophiles , , scumbag lawyers and even they would be honored to be in his presence as he lacks no more integrity than they do !

    tophatal …………

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      1. al clements

        In terms of intellect , quality and quantity the GOP candidates . in 2012 are a a

        piss poor bunch to say the very least !

        I’m not saying that the candidates in 2008 were that much better but hell I’d take Palin over some of these morons (Paul , Santorum , Gingrich and Romney) this time around , merely because of the comical side she’d bring to the debates !

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            1. Get that…but we are now being held hostage by politicians who only are beholding to the lobbyists.
              We are fast approaching our demise as did the Greek Empire and the Roamn Empire

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              1. al clements

                The lobbyists and Super PAC’s have the testes of the politicians in a vice but simply put , the apathy of the electorate simply don’t see it that way ! So in essence , they’re thoroughly deserving of what they get in the end !

                tophatal ………………..

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                1. We have become a dictatorship…..only not by one person as in Chavez, Hitler, Mussolini, Assad and so on….we’ve been duped into one
                  by many….that E Plurius Una (if that is the right motto) no longer exists…need one that says out of many, many.
                  And you are correct…..arses need to vote..only way to make a change

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                    1. Tis the truth….latest Rick S is now calling rock, like rock&roll, evil or sumthin like that…….where is Harry Truman????

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  11. al clements

    The Founding Fathers as well as the past Presidents that are resting in their burial places are said to be spinning like tops because they’re pissed at the state of the country and the present mess that it’s in !

    Santorum’s foreign policy stance literally scares the shit out of me ! For that guy to believe that the US has nothing to apologize for in what clearly appears to be an idiotic decision to burn the Koran , as was done by the US military in Afghanistan , where it that has incited that country’s outrage , led to the death of two high ranking US military officers in the country. Well , it indicates to me how fucking clueless the guy (Santorum) is on a whole number of things , way beyond domestic and foreign policy . Not that I’m any great admirer of the other GOP candidates much less Obama or Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State . That bitch is looking haggard and old ! I can well understand why Bill got his d_#k waxed and polished by Monica Lewinsky as his wife wasn’t puttin’ out on a regular basis !

    “I fail to see how that question is pertinent as when my wife is off abroad as Secretary of State I do still have sex ………..it’s called mas_##bation . And yes when she returns , she’s open to having sex with me gratuitously and often ” ! Fmr President Bill Clinton speaking candidly about sex .

    tophatal ……

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    1. LOL LOL Funny but true. As to the Muslim holy book excuses are being made that it was an accident…..dunno.

      only thing I don’t get……it is ok for them to kill Christians, burn the King James Bible etc etc, but “we” cannot. WRong by either side,
      but shit will keep happening…….It will never end as long as the world will exist. Eons ago the Romans were killing converts and Jews who believed
      in Jesus….then the Catholics were targeted by Henry’s Church of England it will never stop

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      1. al clements

        There’s absolutely no excuse for the act of burning the Koran unless being an asshole is now considered a normalcy among the US military and all branches covering covert intelligence such as the CIA , DIA , FBI and NSA ? Because in reality there’s no god-damn intelligence to be found in either of these governmental agencies at all !

        tophatal ………..

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        1. Agreed……..Things I think I know: ALL religions ARE man made…..til Jesus or God comes to relieve us of our world, I will stick to this.
          Fact: the King James was written by MEN who allegedly could interpret the “original” or maybe the Latin version, I dunno.
          The Koran was allegedly written by Mohammed, dunno that either….one thing, he was a killer warrior…..and I dunno, but I am told the Koran calls for killing “unbeleivers: if they cannot be converted. Seems a nasty thing to do.

          Wonder why we just can’t accept each other as persons………

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          1. al clements

            Would you agree that it’s parents’ duty to raise their children with an ethical and moral compass ? And then beyond that in terms of a spiritual belief then it’s down to the person to make a decision for them as they mature from a child to a teenager to an adult . Nothing wrong at all with them forming a belief system be it organized religion or not . Just as long as they have a healthy respect for the views of others ! Unfortunately that’s not what’s being taught by right wing bigoted Christian theologists or the Imams within the Muslim faith , as it’s all proselytizing hate-mongering ! .

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            1. To that I agree. My parents instilled in me a strong work ethic and a weird moral compass. I would no sooner do something illegal or unethical…but unless I viewed it as a cop, I would do nothing. If I owe you a penny, I will bust my arse to see that you get it……..Caused me lots of headaches over the years.
              Parents no longer “train” the kids, but rely on schools to do that. Dunno too that parents are piss poor exaples anymore……
              Course just look at what we have for honesty for examples…..entire governments, gouging stockbrokers and banks…..oh shit, whata life……

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              1. al clements

                A parents’ idea of educating their and soothing that child’s gross behavior nowadays seems to involve going out and spending several hundred dollars on the latest gadget such as Sony Wii or some other consumer electronics’ tool to placate and dumb down that child for all sense and purpose .

                tophatal ……….

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                1. Too many parents shouldn’t be parents period. At least those who purchase the gadgets could actually love their chidren, but……..
                  I’m almost guilty of the same thing but we were VERY involved .. still are .. with ours. Taught by example and “lectures”:
                  Wrong, to me, is still wrong…that is what my kids were taught…..immoral behavior is still that……guess I did fairly well.

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