Saturday, January 31, 2009

Superbowl; Super Rant!

Okay it's been awhile since my last post everyone, But I feel compelled to spew my thoughts about the upcoming Superbowl... This isn't going to go very in depth, because I'm no sports guru, just a modest fan.

"Pappa Kurt" Warner has 'played his Cards' really well over the past season, finishing his less than star studded team at a respectable 9-7, winning the NFC West. But the credit doesn't rely solely with Warner; Larry Fitzgerald has carried the Cards threw the play offs with 4 stellar games thus far. Kurt and Coach Wisenhunt have really turned the team around since last season...

On the flip side of that, is the AFC East Powerhouse, king of Smash-Mouth football, or simply the Pittsburgh Steelers. Big Ben and the team aren't competing for their 6th play off win... They're gunning for their 6th Superbowl.

But whatever with me and the stupid lines.

If the Cards are going to have a chance, I think, they rely on their 'O' line giving Warner enough time to deliver the football, and the brain's behind the operation on the sidelines calling plays that get Fitzgerald open, and down field where he can do what he does best. Steelers defense has never been a problem (quite literally, NEVER been a problem), and their basic pass rush can break down some teams... Just the Pass rush. Not when they are blitzing, but the core pass rush can break down a team's Line. But the odds are against the Cardinals, and I'm not sure Kurt Warner would change that; he operates best when he's under pressure. The Steelers cannot afford to go into this game thinking its already won, because we've seen this happen tiem and time again... Like with Joe Namath. If the Steelers don't play their very best football, the game, In my opinion will be the Cards. Easily.

That's why I'm going against my better judgment, and picking the Arizona Cardinals Over the Pittsburgh Steelers:


No matter the outcome, the question of Kurt Warner being accepted into the Hall of Fame will arise somehow. Personally, I think he should be in because Tons of QBs with lesser stats and no Bowl Rings are in... But then again Kurt Warner is in a Pass-Happy-Offense, and was so, possibly even more so with the 2000-ish Rams. This renders stats inefficient in measuring how good he is. So... hm, the only way is to see how he changes a Football team... and so far, he's taken two teams out of the Cellar, and brought them all the way up to the Superbowl... America, induct Kurt Warner.

Anyways, just random banter, feel free to Comment!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Fuck. The. Roman. Airport.

So I felt that I might rant about some bad experiences I had flying to Poland recently. It describes what a massive monument to inneficiency the airport in Rome is. So 2 weeks ago when I set off to Poland I was supposed to fly on Swiss Air where I would change flights in Zurich due to a lack of direct flights from Boston to Warsaw. But, the flight was canceled so I got put onto an Alitalia flight that would go through Rome. BUT, I would need to get my boarding passes for my next flight in Rome, not in Boston. So the flight to Rome was fairly normal. Typical for a transatlantic flight. So I land in Rome, pass through security, and follow the signs that say "Transfers." The signs at some point stopped, probably because the airport makers assumed that like most people I would know which gate I'm going to. Sadly I didn't, but I saw something that sayid "Alitalia Help Desk" or something like that. So I stand in line for half an hour, after which I am told that they have no idea how I should get a bording pass for my next flight but some help desk in Terminal B would. So I get on some train thing to Terminal B, and find the help desk that I was directed to. However, they too do not know how I should get a boarding pass so they direct me to Terminal C, which I just came from. Apparently there's another help desk that should know what to do. So I head back on the quck train ride to Terminal C, find that help desk. They also don't know what to do, but I should head to another part of the terminal (at least I don't need to go to another terminal) where they will help me. So I head in the direction that they pointed me in, but I get lost. But I do see a general information desk, so I ask there. They say that I need to go outside, up a floor, and then to the place where you would normally check in if you were coming to the airport from the city. But I get pointed in the wrong direction and I end up wandering into another part of the terminal. BUT, I see a Swiss Air desk. Since these guys were originally supposed to fly me to Warsaw I thought they might help. They confirm what the most recent source tolde me, and give me good directions. So I get to the Alitalia desk where I'm supposed to be, but I'm told that due to the fact that I've had to walk all over the fucking airport my flight is gone. So I beg and plead that they get me on another flight. After 10 minutes, the Alitalia employee that I was talking with finally gives into my pleas, and puts me on a flight to Warsaw that would go through Paris first. But I only get my ticket. Not my boarding passes. This is when the greatest example of how inneficient this airport is appears. I get my ticket in Terminal C. I then have to be in Terminal A to get my boarding pass. Finally, I have to go to Terminal B to actually board my plane. That's THREE terminals just to get on a damn plane. So I finally get on the plane, but it just sits around and takes of an hour and a half later with no explanation. This is very bad because in Paris I'm going to only have 2 hours to get to my next flight to Warsaw. When I land in Paris I find out that I am in fact too late to get onto my next flight. However, my luck was actually good after this. I quickly go to an Air France desk, where they give me another flight, a hotel, food, and excellent directions to my hotel. What took 3 hours in Rome took 5 minutes in Paris. And the kind and merciful woman who provided all this said that she too had bad experiences with that airport. So I'm not a unique case. Later on when I finally get to Warsaw, it turns out my luggage didn't arrive. I report this to the airport so that they will know to look for my luggage. And they workers say that a lot of luggage seems to get delayed at that airport. Overall, I think there are some vital lessons to be learned from this.

1. Never ever fly Alitalia.
2. Never ever fly through Rome. If there are any complications you will be screwed. In multiple terminals.
3. Seriously, stay out of the Roman Airport.