Monday, January 21, 2019

The Rams are Going to the Super Bowl!!

Yes, I wish the win wasn’t tainted with a bad call, but this isn’t the first time (and probably not the last) that a bad call affected a game.

But I’m still happy the Rams are going to the Super Bowl!

The one thing I really hate about the NFL, though: Overtime. Especially in the playoffs. Make it like the NHL (hockey) in the playoffs: play the entire 15 minutes and if it’s still tied, play another 15. Or do it like college. Heck, if the Saints had scored a touchdown (instead of throwing an interception) on the first drive of OT, the Rams wouldn’t have even had a chance to touch the ball. I just don’t think that is fair. Why does the NFL’s OT have to be so different?


Saturday we were under a winter storm warning. Supposed to get a lot of snow dumped on us (something like 9”). The forecast was so frightening, my local RWA chapter decided not to have their meeting (which I was okay with, since it’s 60 miles away for me). But what does it do instead? Rain.

Rain, rain, and rain.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. I was happy for that rain. Until it started freezing. That happened around the time the sun set. Then around 6pm, we lost power, too. Actually, our whole neighborhood/development did (since our power lines are buried). Seems the transformer that fed our area blew.

And of course, I was in the bathroom when THAT happened. Man, that room got dark in a hurry! And it has a window!!

Luckily, the power was restored at 8:45pm (and our house didn’t really get all that cold—yay!). I almost thought I might have to store the contents of my refrigerator and freezer outside, though. It certainly wouldn’t have spoiled out there.

The snow did eventually arrive, but the winds were so bad, it just blew it around into drifts (I couldn’t tell how much we got, but certainly not 9” worth, more like 2”). And then the temps dropped to single digits.

On Sunday, wind chills were below zero. Both cars were covered in ice. We didn’t even leave the house. Yep, I actually had to cook! Good thing I was smart enough to have bought some food in advance.


Writing update! I think I figured out the ending of my WIP. Of course, I thought I had it figured out until I started writing the scene before and then another idea came to mind. I can’t wait to get back to it this week. I have a feeling I might actually finish this first draft this month after all! Whoo hoo!!

So… Did you watch the football games? How do you feel about OT rules? Are you going to watch the Super Bowl? And did you get caught in this storm?

Happy Monday!



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah, the Saints were screwed by a couple calls. The rules are a little better with a field goal meaning the other team gets to try, but still. I think it's because the game is so exhausting, they want it to end as quickly as possible for the players.
Really cold today but no snow this weekend, only rain. Bummer you lost power.

Maria Zannini said...

Ice is the worst. The best thing you can do is stay indoors.

I don't follow football, but my Facebook feed was full of unhappy people about that call. Must've been a whopper.

JeffO said...

NHL playoff overtime is play regulation-sized periods (20 minutes), but first goal wins, period, and I hope it stays that way. (Some day, it will be reduced to five minutes of three-on-three, followed by a shootout, if necessary, but I hope it doesn't happen in my lifetime)

What are the NFL rules, touchdown wins, but if you kick a field goal, the other team gets a possession or something like that? I don't pay a huge amount of attention to football these days, but how odd for both games to go to overtime. Enjoy the next two weeks!

We got about 11" of snow yesterday, nice fluffy variety that was easy to shovel. It's currently about -15 right now, though, so I'm hunkering in the house, will hopefully get some writing done. Yay for working out your WiP!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Alex - Seems the Chiefs were screwed, too. It happens.

Maria - I'm staying indoors alright, but now it doesn't appear our heater is working right. Can't seem to get the house warm now. Gosh, it's always something, isn't it?

Jeff - Yeah, team that gets the ball first can win it on a touchdown without the other team getting a chance. So basically you're hoping to win the coin toss! It didn't get that cold here (-4?), but it's not expected to get all that warm, either (high of 15). I hate winter.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

I keep reminding myself that this is my last year of single-digit winters. In the meantime, I'm hunkering down and staying in. Glad your power wasn't out for long! And most of all, yay for figuring out your story's ending! For me that's the hardest part (what I'm working on in mine right now, too).

The Happy Whisk said...

Here's to you and your writing. Question: What's a super bowl?

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - If you're not into football (NFL), then it doesn't matter that you don't know what the Super Bowl is. :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Tim is a Steelers dude. I was joking. But even still, I'd much rather cook that watch American football.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - I think you'd much rather cook than do ANYTHING!!! :D

The Happy Whisk said...

I'd say that's close. I'm a writer first though. That's brings me so much joy. I just love a blank page !!!!