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January 28, 2013

Is this Super Bowl matchup more exciting than most, or less? (poll); plus return of Smirk, Heat-Obama video, Pro Bore, Cat panic, runners, R. Kilowatt & more

It's Radio Tuesday: If it's Tuesday, I'm back in-studio with Le Batard and Stugotz today beginning at 3 p.m. on 790 The Ticket and FM 104.3. Ears welcome. 

1aa1kilowatt[1) It is TUESDAY, JANUARY 29. Am thinking of launching a campaign to persuade Florida Power & Light to bring back its old icon, Reddy Kilowatt. Who's with me? 2) MLB is investigating several South Florida "wellness clinics" for the sale of human growth hormone and testosterone to players. I remember the good old days when baseball's only problem in Miami was Jeffrey Loria. 3) Click on Random Evidence for my Sunday notes column, leading with the sublime, somber, surreal week for Miami Hurricane sports. 4) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Chris Bosh-for-Dwight Howard poll, LeBron's joy-tackle, Top 10 Super Bowl storylines. 5) Join us on Twitter @gregcote]

1aa1heatwh2OBAMA TO LEBRON: "IT'S YOUR WORLD, MAN!": President Barack Obama honored the Heat yesterday at the White House for their 2012 NBA championship. Click HERE for a brief video. At one point Obama invotes LeBron James to say a few words with, "It's your world, man!" Pretty cool. A delighted LeBron, overcome by the occasion, says, "Mama, I made it." Very sweet.

HOW DOES 49ERS-RAVENS RATE ON YOUR EXCITEMENT/INTEREST SCALE?: Are all Super Bowls created equal? I mean, unless your team is in it (sorry, Dolfans), isn't the interest level about the same every year? Teams change but the event is the same, right? You'll watch no matter who's playing, right? Or: Are some matchups more or less interesting than others? I'm curious, as Super Bowl Week kicks off, how you slot this 49ers-Ravens matchup vs. most SBs. More exciting? Less interesting? Have a vote and say why.

1aa1lewissiThe return of Super Bowl With a Smirk!: Smirk, sent here to tweak the self-important NFL and the gravitas of its big game, returns today with a menu that includes Ray Lewis' divineness, Alicia Keys, Radio Row, crab cakes vs. wine, Beyonce, cow sacrifice, Miss Alabama and, as always, much more. Click on SMIRK TUESDAY to read.

NFL KICKS OFF SUPER BOWL WEEK WITH PRO BORE: NFC defeats AFC, 62-35. Asusual, defenders lei down in Hawaii. LEI DOWN, GET IT!? Original post: Let me make this clear. The NFL kicking off its Super Bowl Week with the Pro Bowl is like you kicking off your expensive gourmet meal with an 1aa1bore2appetizer of dog s---. My Pro Bowl prediction: The final score will be something like 51-45, with offense once more masquerading as excitement but actually mirroring rampant disinterest by players. My other prediction: You won't remember or care in two days which conference won or who the game MVP was. The Pro Bowl has become such a lame event that the NFL is weighing whether to kill the whole thing because so many selected players drop out with lame excuses and so little effort is put forth by those who do participate. The event has gotten even worse since they moved it to the week before the Super Bowl, because now players from the two SB teams are excluded. You are beyond a diehard NFL fan if you plan to watch today's game from Honolulu. More likely, you are directly related to one of the players, or have been ordered to watch to help fulfill your court-ordered obligation to community service hours. Click on Top 10 Super Bowl Storylines for my column skewering the buildup to the SB. The Pro Bowl is enthusiastically omitted.

HEAT FALL  AT BOSTON IN RAY ALLEN RETURN: Heat lose today, 100-98  in double-OT. LeBron 34 points, Ray Allen 21 off bench. Mixed reaction to Allen shading toward booing. Original post: Ray Allen makes his much-awaited 1aa1allenrreturn to the Garden today. It isn't LeBron-back-in-Cleveland but it'll turn up the boo-decibels pretty good with Celtics fans who feel jilted -- their anger accentuated by the team's current mediocrity. It's another watch-me game on the schedule. Boston will be pumped to beat the champs and their former star, while Miami will rally up around Allen. Fun!

HEAT BIG 5 @ 40: The blog loves bells 'n whistles especially of the nerdy-stat variety and so we started 1aa1heat5this new one we are running throughout Heat season at five-game intervals. It's a top-five cumulative ranking of the players having the biggest overall impact this season based on eight statistical categories. The numbers themselves might not mean much but the numbers relative to each other give an indication of the contribution players are making. The Big 5 @ 40 Games (28-12):

Rank (@35)   Player   Total

1 (1)   LeBron James   1,508.5

2 (3)   Dwyane Wade   993.5

3 (2)   Chris Bosh   979.7

4 (4)   Ray Allen   620.4

5 (5)   Mario Chalmers   606.7

Bubble: Udonis Haslem, 407.6

Poll result: Love for Bosh: We asked in the previous blogpost if you would (or think the Heat should) trade Chris Bosh for Dwight Howard. "No" won with 60.4 percent. It was 33.8% for "yes" and 5.8% "undecided." That might not be mad love, Chris. But it's love.

PANIC IN CATLAND: The Panthers' truncated NHL season began so merrily -- with a 5-1 home triumph -- and has since spiraled dismally to four straight defeats by a combined 18-3 margin. Normally we'd invoke the "long season" call for patience, except the 48-game schedule means the season already is more than 1/10th through, the playoffs or lack of them will get here on a fast track and the Cats need to figure this out fast. That's you, coach Kevin Dineen.

THE 26.2 AND 13.1 CROWD: Some 25,000 serious runners marathoned and half-marathoned in downtown Miami Sunday. I have noticed that fitness aficionadoes in general and runners in particular are very proud of themselves and wish to brag unabashedly share what they do with others, so the public display of their running is nirvana. But here is something to consider: 72 percent of all drivers with a 26.2 or 13.1 decal on their cars bought the stickers just for show, have never run more than a fever and are eating Doritos while driving. I totally made up that percentage, but believe it to be close.

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I think they should do away with the Pro-Bowl, no one pays attention to it and the players are not too interested in playing hard because they might get hurt and I don't blame them.

Fans are fans and R Allen will be boo today, no big deal , I t.nhink the Heat have agood chance of winning the game today, the C's have been just horrible..

The Pro Bowl game is fine, it's a nice reward for players to go hang out in Hawaii and it doesn't really matter that the game is boring and no one watches.

But they need to stop awarding alternates with a 'Pro Bowl' designation, being a 'Pro Bowler' should mean that you're among the top of your conference at your position that year, David Garrard is a 'Pro Bowler' because he was the seventh best quarterback in the AFC in 2009 after Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Shaub, and Vince Young.

The Pro Bowl is only a crashing bore if you have to watch it (for professional reasons).
Reddy Kilowatt is indeed a cool icon. Cote, how is your stash of classic, old-school light bulbs holding out? Don't let the neighbors know!

http://www.scripophily.com/webcart/vigs/generalelectriccompanyvig.jpg

Hey, don't knock it, Kaz. I consider myself an "undefeated" for selling concessions at the Orange Bowl during the 10-0 season.

Hire Ray Allen As Head Coach!!

shadow, here are my next six:

"e" is for Eagles: http: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYf4kqnAWos
"f" Fleetwood Mac: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM7-PYtXtJM
"g" Grand Funk Railroad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8MYsii4DZY
"h" Heart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDwKuYWVMvo
"i" Isley Brothers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3Kf1Iy5E6U
"j" Please! It sucks to be Journey in this category: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwpr60W7EOk

My favorite songs and artists tend to be those who display great guitar work, and/or distinctive vocals.

FZB,

it is hard to discerna favorite among such an array of musical artistry- the "real" kabbalah books (nit these nowadays fakers and moneycounters) have all stressed how liberating music is to the Holy soul which we all possess. "blue sky" is about as lovely a tune as you'll, find; "good vibrations" (knowing what the lyrics are) is no doubt the greatest thing the beachboys ever did; and "back door man", an old howlin' wolf track written by willie dixon (i am the blues) as done by the doors is like every other song on the doors first album- first rate.

OC - don't know if you're a reader but based on your interests you would probably like Stephen King's 'The Stand" and 'Gunslinger' series.

Classic good vs. evil, The Stand is a standalone apocalypse story overlapping characters and themes with the larger series, check it out and if you like the style you should read the Gunslinger books, which King says in his foreword are inspired by 'The Hobbit' and 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'.

Just finished the series, it's good stuff.

Thanks, Kaz. I've read a few of King's novels, but tend to gravitate towards Tom Clancy type stuff, but I'll check them out.

OC Dolphin,

saw (the) eagles when they were linda ronstadts's back-up band, a=and for the sum of $1.50 at the ash grove in LA. longevity and quality of their work is beyond question, and as they used to make apearances and spots for the then powerhouse KMET- "don friendly and glen high"- were filthy rich in talent. don henley another of the rare singing drummers. here is my choice for "e";

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3NpefijqrY


stevie nicks had/has a beautiful voice and even though i prefer the group before the girls got in, they put out much, much good music with lindsay buckingham a very underappreciated artist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL84jPY829I


wasn't into grand funk, but liked this one a lot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc_JcGuH5Z8

no competition in the "j" could challenge hendrix, but we'll try a definite contender among the rest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rvGn0f9peU

not quite the original by the marvellos, but still good.

With apologies to The Killers, Kinks and Kings of Leon, this is not just the best "k" group, but OC's favorite album of all time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjIpU9cV2ac

OC Dolphin,

and since no one can compare to hendrix execpt hendrix (and maybe a little robin trower)-my favorite of all hendrix songs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNYGXMnIGWs

Good choice on that Jimi selection. btw, shadow. Did you know (I've observed) that you have a tendency for liking songs with cowbells in them?

Hmm, no call on Bosh on that last two seconds.

BB,

congrats on the C's win today, they deserve it but you guys have much bigger problems to deal with right now.

losing Rondo is a big blow.

Pretty good predicts concerning the Pro Bowl Senor Cote.

Ohh shadow that IS some BITCHIN' guitar. Right back at ya.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtJ34oFnpog

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Yes bigger problems indeed but at least Ray Ray went home a loser great music guys I will try to contribute at some point.

Shadow I can't believe you complimented Stevie Nicks the genius of Buckingham should be evident to anyone.

Horrible, I don't like Rondo (besides his game of course) but I'm sorry for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, they didn't have seasons to spare.

Big Baby,

i can live w/o stevie nicks witch/gothic obsession, but she does have an interesting voice. lindsay buckingham is really good but most of his songs were overpowered on the charts by the females' songs. here however is the other incredible song from the first album:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9Ddl52hbaM

I agree with Baby on the music selections, for some reason I'm having a litle trouble posting..don't really know why yet...

That is posting music...bummer.

BERNARD POLLARD IS SPEAKING THE TRUTH...


when he says it is only a matter of time before a player is killed on an NFL field owing to the hitting and non-tackling that the league permits. the ole shadow has been saying for the last couple of seasons that these non-tackle hits that are allowed make it difficult to watch the NFL. it is almost mandatory that organized football at all levels mandate proper technique on tackling and blocking or bernard pollard. a major practitioner of head-hunting tactics, will be proven true.

Hey Cote,

With early wins over Mich St, Lasalle (Ws over Butler and VCU!), UNC and Duke is it out of the realm of possibility that the Canes crack the top 10 tomorrow?

Bullshit. If no one died in the 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's when there were no rules and guys were taking hellacious shots on every play they're not going to get killed now when it's almost a touch football game because of the new rules.

If Windland Hall didn't get killed when he played for the 49rs in the 70's and he got speared by two guys at the same time after he was defenseless after calling for a fair catch, no one is going to be killed. Poor Windland, they were playing the game at Candlestick yet you could hear the shot down here in LA. Boy was out for a good ten minutes before they rolled in the meat wagon and rolled him off.

Shadow, the only thing better than this would be if he was in an SC uni when he got leveled.

Sill laughing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y1Sts_5zVs

Wow Senor Woodcock, Bush takes a licking and keeps on ticking as it ah were...

Mr. Woodcock,

reggie bush got smashed and still got up. the guy could have very easily played ppass defense by going for the ball and knocking IT down, but what you saw is what is gonna be a big problem for the NFL. maybe now that would qualify as a "targeted hit on a defenseless receiver" and would deserve a flag. when the president of the country starts mentioning the violence- especially the unnecessary kind-people will take notice. it'll be akin to teddy roosevelt outlawing the "flying wedge" on kickoffs a hundred years ago.

Oh, man. Shad, say it ain't so boy. Aw, why'd you have to go and ruin my night like that.

dukes, just out of curiosity, was your favorite show The Dukes of Hazzard?

I really can't wait until our President and his beloved liberals change every single aspect of our irresponsible lives, and we become this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aINdPaAjwU0

At least the Pro Bowl is a heck of a lot more interesting on a sports blog than the regulars with no life discussing music, TV, and whatever non relevant topic their idle minds come up with during the day. Get a life.

OC and BB,

both the C's and the Lakers looked good yesterday, maybe the Lakers can still get it together and make a playoff run but I'm afraid the Celtics are going to struggle big time the rest of the year.

Magic Johnson was speculating that maybe is time for the Celtics to blow up the team and start the rebuilding this year, he even suggested they should trade Pierce and Garnett to contenders and get some young talent back.

on the musical theme from yesterday, I always thought that ELO was a very under-rated band, they had a bunch of great songs, here's one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R20f-TPKjzc

OC,

You're still trying to fight the fight?..Obama and his cronies will not stop until they ruin America, guess what amigo, there's nothing we can do about it, smoke'em if you got'em.

Hey Frank Baque,

THIS is for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4Ccfpwc6bg

This is for Kazaam and Andrew,

Mario Chalmers stats yesterday.

22.09 minutes play, 0 for 3, 2 asssit's and 3 turn-overs.

tell me you guys think this guy is anything but a third stringer.

Why does Wade think he is marques haynes?

We'll see FZB it will give players like Courtney Lee, Jason Terry, Avery Bradley, Pierce etc more time with the ball in their hands which they like.

I could see them winning the same amount of games during the regular season and finaishing as a 5, 6 or 7 seed.

Maybe win one round in the playoffs but that's it probably Rondo would likely take them to the next level in the playoffs that's what will be missing.

Hopefully others rise up and they aren't boring to watch the rest of the year I think they will be an easy team to root for.

ELO is a very underrated band I still listen to them can't go wrong with their greatest hits.

OC, that post you had about a week ago,, linking a song/band to a list of us was interesting. Pretty accurate too. Thanks for posting.

I have to work Sunday until 2pm or I would take the 3 hr drive to Nawlins & get into the game somehow. Instead, I'll do what most of America does by watching the Super Bowl at home.

As long as the Super Bowl game is close (it should be) and down to the wire,,, I'm good with it. Don't have love or hate for either team.

Big Baby,, got ELO on my ipod & CD lifted off lime wire,, back when it was a free download. My fav ELO song is Showdown.

The ProBowl should be changed back to Sunday following SuperBowl. If you don't play, you don't get a free trip, bonus $. As far as them playing at half speed,, nothing you can do to change it.

Senior Bowl is more entertaining than the Pro Bowl.

also,,, KAZ,,, Yerimiah Bell got the Pro Bowl a couple years ago because the 10 better AFC SS's wouldn't go. Bell was & still is a huge liability in pass defense.

How old are you guys? Big Baby, Kaz, FZB? If you don't want to put your exact age, put down a 5 yr range.
20-25, 25-30, etc. Most everyone else on here has put theirs on here one time or another.

FZB and OC Dolphin,

jeff lynne had some great stuff before ELO, most with "the move". check out this one that he re-did with ELO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuRvumUxMMI

then the flip side, a rocker if there ever was one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMO44KZodxs- this one really rocks!!

and the original move great:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MceUNiGb96c

roy wood and jeff lynne- all stars in my book.

Cheapest ticket on Stubhub for upper level seats is around 2200 Jimbo stay home Showdown a good song Do Ya, Telephone line, Mr Blue Sky three of my faves along with FZB posted song Sweet Talkin Woman.

Hey Bell did have a good season that year he didn't fall quite to tenth Reshad Jones was robbed this year.

FZB and OC Dolphin,

how about a different "evil woman"?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyU8YZ-_Ki8

"canned heat" was a class a blues bond that could rock it good!

41 Jimbo.

boys,

methinks canned heat's woman was eviler than ELO's.

"boogie with canned heat" was great record and they were a fabulous group, with two lead singers (bob the bear hite, RIP (on the road again, let's work together) and alan wilson, RIP (goin' up the country). alan "blind owl" wilson may have been the first musician to succumb to smack. they were excellent musicians who had a treasure house of blues material at their fingertips; when the bear hit the real skids financially he would sell his rare blues albums for money for his veins; sad, sad, sad, and in his memory, the following:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsRUi51QWM4

shadow knows..
wilson was hardly the first musician to succumb to smack
cheap trick's 'california man' more of a rocker than the move's/

http://25.media.tumblr.com/8e9dcd20201a43a671d0f5dc98e188fb/tumblr_mgvat0m2201rq1et8o1_500.jpg

I always wondered who sang that version horace another underrated band Surrender and Dream Police awesome songs along with live I want you to want me.

Jimbo,

just turned 59, but I don't feel old..just confuse at times, lol

Baby,

you're just a Baby, hehe..Hey, I bet you're still younger than Kaz..

Kaz, come clean about your age...

Shadow,

Jeff Lynne is a very underated musician, after ELO he teamed up with the late great George Harrison and formed the Traveling Wilbury's.

B Dylan,Jeff Lynne,George Harrison, Roy Orbinson and Tom Petty..what talent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8s9dmuAKvU

I don't mean to sell out Kaz but he told me at some point that he was in his early 20's going for his PHD so he's the baby ( a smart one ) by far.

Duke of Earl,

That video you posted yesterday of Jimi Hendrix combining old footage with the young kids was very cool indeed.

Kaz,

You're going for your PHD?..impressive

your smarter than me for sure ( when it come to Blue crabs), there I said it..You happy now?

does anybody know if Cote is going to have his little therapy session today?

looks like a go.

Yup he's smarter than me too after I finished my Masters Degree you couldn't get me to look at another book he's also a lot more stubborn than me just kidding kaz sort of not really.

There's book smart, street smart, wisdom, practical-world exploitation•ists, obsessive focused genius, and creative genius, and more. The trick is not just to be blessed and apply oneself to any of these, but to combine many.

That's wisdom.

Frank, please feel free to blow me. If you don't like the entertainment on this blog then follow another. No one is forcing you to read the posts about TV, music, or whatever else the "regulars" that you dismiss so casually talk about here.

I've been to one Superbowl and the experience was great. I had great seats for the game, but to tell you the truth, except for the adventure of going to the game, the eating out at some of the best restaurants in the city, going to great strip clubs, getting some strange pus while the old lady stayed home, and drinking and doing drugs non stop for five days, I think it's just as good to go to a Superbowl party wherever you live and watch the game with the same old people that you hang out with the whole year.

It's great to watch the game on a small TV while eating cold chicken wings and drinking light beer from Miller, while your Old Lady constantly reminds you that you're eating too much, drinking too much, talking to Eddie's niece, the one with the gravity defying great tits, way too much, and that you're starting to slur your words and even farted loudly once or twice in the living room.

I'm going to be 60 in May but I really look like a weathered 45 year old. "No strain on the crane the cable is still able."

5-0, still got my teeth & hair.

The trick is to be a renaissance man like me, OC.

Woodcock my wife wants me to stay home for the Superbowl this year I don't think I will now.

A weathered 45, Woody!? Only if you're referring to living 45 years exposed and in the peeks of Antarctica.

soooooooo, let me get this straight.

Woodcock is 60 years old (well, almost) but he THINKS HE LOOKS LIKE 45?

hehehe, Oye Wood's,I sure want some of that weed your smoking.

have you guys noticed that Duke, Kaz and Shadow are not telling us their age?..

hhhhmmmmm..

well Shadow was born in 1909?..right?..

just kiddin Shad...lol

Flying back to the US for two days for the SB, it'll be the sixth I've gone to (Chargers/49ers, Broncos/Falcons, Colts/Bears, Saints/Colts, Ravens/Giants).

For all you know I'm in my mid-60s and work at Burger King.

How old were you at Chargers/ Niners?

You were maybe 3 or 4 years old if what you said was true do you remember it?

Frank, please feel free to blow mr woodcock.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mczz20AtCU1qmzcwao1_1280.jpg

Dude the Burger King post didn't do you any justice you're starting to sound like someone with multiple personalities.

Nope, just the one personality I made up while working the drive through, it would have been 7 or 8 and would be a big Steve Young fan after that game.

My real 65 year old personality listened to the game on the radio while working the grill. 16 year old manager wouldn't give me the night off.

OC when I first saw Dukes of Hazard I was living with my sister and her Southern Man husband in Fla. While puffin' the rheumatiz' medicine at the time I suddenly broke out in hysterics about something Boss Hogg said and asked my brother-in-law incredulously if this show was only on in the south. Of course he took offense and made comment about Welcome Back Kotter. I had to laugh he had a point afterall...

Easy to see why Obama is smiling in the photo above. He's with his peeps, plus his taxing the 1% just netted his spending programs a cool $29M from the Heat. Well, I suppose that when you still get to keep $55M, what does 35% of your total matter.

Can someone please tell me why we are talking about something to do with Ray Lewis that either happened or didn’t happen 11, 12, 13 years ago? Get over it. It’s not who he his. Stop living in the past, and just appreciate him for what he does on the field now.

Woodcock – Where is Treasure Island? And what hunsky??

UMcanes – You said it pretty well. I don’t appreciate living in an English country and having people trying to make me speak Spanish. Though nobody on this blog is posting in Spanish so I’m not sure what you’re talking about. But yes, I wish English was the official language of this country. I don’t know why we are the only country that doesn’t make people learn our language when they come here. If you go to France or Germany and try to force them to learn English because you speak English you will end up shot. Of course most people from different countries come here and learn our language so they can speak it and understand but people from Cuba for some reason think we should be like them. And they can be the rudest people on the planet. Especially while driving. Did you know that in Cuba they have no stoplights or stop signs at intersections? Whoever blows their horn first goes through first. Talk about a chaotic mess. I do not want to go there.

As for “Vamos”, I just say that when I’m watching Rafael Nadal, because he’s from Spain. He’s my favorite tennis player, so it’s fun to say that when he does something good :)

But other than that, I don’t say much Spanish. Though I would like to learn it incase I went to a Spanish country or went out with a cute Spanish girl. How can I say no to that? :)

By the way, I like Italian. That’s one language I would love to learn. :)

FZB – Mario Chalmers was 0-3 because he didn’t get to play much. I don’t know why they didn’t have him out there at the end of the game. He is always good at the end. They would have won otherwise. If anyone needs to be traded it’s Wade. He’s not helping us like he used to. They should trade Wade and either Chalmers or Cole to the Thunder for Westbrook.

Whew I was starting to worry about you you're a little older than you said though got you pegged for mid- late 20's now.

Kaz – you are a very lucky man. I hope, one day, I get to go to a Super Bowl :)

Btw UMcanes, I thinks it's the El Nuevo Herald if I'm not mistaken.

I'm 51 but I feel much younger. Got everything except my wisdom teeth...

Oh boy,

Flounder just dissed the "cubanos"..what do you say to that mi amigo Woodcock?...

OC you are a darling with your obsession with tax cuts for the rich. Leave it to the socialists to keep carping on about all the deficits we left behind. Blah blah blah blah -I know!

http://www.eku.edu/sites/www.eku.edu/files/mitch_mcconnell-web.jpg

Oh woodcock is a cubano?

Young Mr. Potter,

Let me correct you on a couple of things, mi amigo, first not all cubans are the same, the older generation of Cubans are hard workers, came here to make a life for themselves and learned to speak the native language.

for the most part they are business owners and proffesionals or just simple hard working people , for you to say "people from cuba are/can be the rudest people on the planet" is stupid and immature on your part.

while I agree with you that a lot of the new Cuban arrivals are of a lesser quality (education wise) and have a much different attitude than the old school Cubans is still to incorrect to bunch everyone from a specific race into one single bunch.

I've done this myself (with the muslims) and been called out for it, so you're not alone.

young Mr. Potter,

Woodcock, OC and FZB (always liked talking about me in the third person) are Cubanos.

FZB FYI it's sort of stereotypical to categorize into older generation versus younger generation also but I am not the PC police just letting you know what I learned in school you're both politically incorrect.

I didn't diss anybody FZB - I feel like I get told all the time by some cuban saying "you live in miami and you don't speak spanish?", "you need to learn spanish". That's annoying to here. How bout you get your @$$ to an english class so you won't have a problem communicating to us English speaking americans. You come to my county, you learn my language. Not the other way around. I refuse to go and learn spanish just because somebody comes to my country and doesn't know my language.

You wouldn't go to another country and try to force people to learn your language, so why do you come here and do it. I have no problem with someone that refuses to learn our language leaving the country to go back home or somewhere else. We are over-populated as it is. We could use a little less people.

I like foreign people that come here and work hard to learn our language. It shows they respect who we are and what we're about. People that come from another country and show disrespect for our culture (whatever that is) and forcing us to learn their language to understand THEM. I do not like those people at all.

I'm not going to learn spanish just because I want to go to Burger King or McDonalds because I'm hungry and want food and everyone behind the counter doesn't know any english.

How dare you come to my country and tell me that I have to learn your language because you don't understand what I'm saying.

Sorry Sir, Please feel free to take an enslish class and learn my language if you wish to speak to me and know what I'm saying. Thank you. Have a good day.

by the way Mr. Potter,

there are a lot more Colombians,Venezuelan's, Nicaraguans etc,etc etc in Dade county than Cubans, so is very possible those people that told you to learn english are from another race, lol

But yes, I DO agree with you, if you come here, then bust your ass and learn the native language , work hard and go make a life for yourself.

Potter, you seem to be spouting out from a false point of indignation. Consider that I would tell you exactly the same. The comment as you stated - "you live in miami and you don't speak spanish?" is not intended as a diss to the english language or to Country, but to the practical notion that one would be better served. It's suggestion is almost always meant as something extra to have, like sprinkles on soft serve yogurt.

You might also wish to recognize that to many of us, it has been "our Country" for more than twice that of your age. So cool it the proprietary birthright crap.

Yeah I don't know. I just know that I'm tired of spanish speaking people telling me I have to learn spanish because I'm in Miami. It used to be a mostly english city.

And it's so annoying when you look at intructions and certain other things and you have to see 3 languages or more. I hate that. Not to mention it's a waste of paper and whatever.

How about being in a plane. Especially American Airlines. You have to listen to the safefty insrustions in English and then In spanish. It's annoying as it is to listen to it in english. And then I have to hear the spanish version, I'm like come on, really????? Where's my iPod? And in airports they say something in english and then they have to repeat it in spanish, for the 5 or 10 or so percent that have to hear it in spanish because they don't know what's being said because they wont learn the language.

I just can't wait till people and intructions and books and signs and things start saying everything in 10 different langauages. Talk about really slowing the world down. I think America is going to turn retarted because there will be so many languages that people wont even know what language to learn. Sad.

Get over it. Here in California one hears Farci, Vietnamese, Mexican Spanish and Jive. It is what it is. Such is life in America in the melting pot age.

OC - No Offense but, "Suggestion to learn spanish so I'm better suited" is a pathetic excuse for not wanting to learn english. What reason on God's green earth do I have to learn spanish to "suit me better" in a country that speaks english? I have a reason to learn spanish to go to spain or columbia or brazil (if that is spanish). But am I going to learn spanish so that someone can come here and know what I'm saying? No.

Yes, we have more languages here in Miami other than Spanish. That's fine. But don't come here and make me learn something because you don't understand me.

That's not right.

I rather doubt that all but around less than 5% of those who you think are too lazy to learn English actually know the language, but choose to communicate otherwise.

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