Jeremy’s Blog: Enough With This Hero Cat Nonsense

So have you seen the incredible video of a cat saving a child from a dog mauling? The video that has taken up valuable space on all news sources over the last few days? The video that has craftily pushed aside news about the atrocities the United States Government has perpetrated on returning war vets? It makes sense though because who doesn’t love a hilarious animal video?  But does this video and the ensuing attention bestowed upon it really deserve it? Why has this cat been labeled a hero?

This cat, Tara, is absolutely no hero at all. Yes the dog was seemingly attacking the child and someone or something needed to intervene. It just so happens the cat was in the area. It isn’t wearing a cape or mask to conceal its identity. It wasn’t using super hearing. It was doing what cats always do; it was being a dick.

The cat was just exhibiting typical cat behavior and acting selfishly. It saw the dog trying to play with the child and had to butt its whiskered nose in to the situation.  The jealous streak of this “hero” is on full display. Tara possibly wanted to play with Jeremy and wanted to make sure nothing else interfered.  Of course this isn’t true because cats are solitary creatures demanding that human beings do whatever it is for the sake of the cat. It is not a reciprocal relationship.

Notice after the dog was unnecessarily forced away the cat goes back to ignoring the child while the mother runs to embrace the boy to ensure Tara didn’t ruin his playtime. Yes, the cat was just being a dickhead and scared off the dog to satisfy its own lust for self-satisfaction. Nothing else will challenge Tara’s grip on her territory.

But really Tara the Hero Cat was doing nothing but what is its very nature. It was being a total, selfish, arrogant and consummate dickhead. It didn’t care about the young boy in the least. Look at the video and it is clear the cat had no intention of protecting the kid at all. All it was doing was bullying this poor dog. It was protecting its own space from outside intruders. The boy was already part of its set rules and thus was allowed to be in that designated area. The old adage of cats vs dogs is on full display as well.

It is moronic to call this cat a hero. It is even more moronic to plaster the cat, its owners and the young boy all over the internet and television. In the same span of time at the gym in the mornings I have the opportunity to simultaneously view, CBS Good Morning, Fox and Friends, The Today Show and Good Morning America. Every single one of these shows repeatedly showed this video.

The Today show and Fox & Friends had separate interviews with the family. In each interview the family held on to Tara for fear it would get loose and attack a grip on set.  The cat seemed disinterested in everything around it but being a cat it was naturally planning a course of escape or worse yet carnage. The family did not once acknowledge that the bundle of burden fur in the wife’s lap as a possible cause of their calamity.

Making matters worse, Tara received increased exposure by being granted the task of tossing out the first pitch for the Bakersfield Blaze minor-league club. It was an embarrassing spectacle that has finally and utterly devalued the first pitch before baseball games forever. Then again it is minor-league baseball and they will do anything for promotion. So, Bakersfield is excused in this calamity.

So let’s review. This “hero” cat “saved” young Jeremy Triantafilo by doing what comes naturally to a cat; being a total dick. It is then rewarded by constant media coverage all the while maintaining the same cat disposition of disdain. It is then has its final taste of fame cemented by pathetically “throwing” out the first pitch as people “ooh and awww” about how cute this display was and how it is harmless. All the while this cat didn’t care one bit about the boy, the tricycle, the dog or this family. It was rewarded for simply doing what all cats do; making life miserable for all of those around it.

Look, is this story harmless? Yes, absolutely. Is it worth any sort of news coverage? Yes actually. As long as it is in a “would you believe this” segment on your local news. It belongs on YouTube but that is the extent of its reach. I am fully aware this is a soapbox moment but there are way other important things we should be reported. Viral videos are not one of those things. In the last week the important stories have been Jay-Z being responsible in an elevator and a cat. The issue of the VA ruining and killing returning soldiers is actually a legit. State governments wasting tax payer money and working against the constitution of the United States as it pertains to gay marriage is an actual story.  The seemingly endless string of a corrupt banking system costing United States citizens their homes and livelihoods is important

This horseshit covering a cat lasting for more than thirty seconds is embarrassing. Yeah, I know this isn’t wrestling; movies, comics or sports related but oh well. Yeah I know this is ending in a sanctimonious manner but oh well. This won’t go anywhere or even matter which sucks. Not because I am the author of this but it just proves the fact no one cares. There is a deep sense of hopelessness whenever these sorts of clips get covered on large format news.

Damn, this took a weird turn. The next celebrity ill-fated statement is around the corner. A bear rescuing its cub that is stuck on a freeway will be all over by tomorrow. Just how it goes now.-Jeremy

Kevin’s Blog: The English Premier League Review Show

On my Twitter feed Monday I saw a bunch of tweets about a fantastic goal that was scored by Pajtim Kasami during the Fulham at Crystal Palace soccer match. I looked forward to seeing it since I have the English Premier League Review Show set on my DVR. I don’t care if you like soccer or not. If you don’t like the athleticism displayed in the video clip, do me a favor and cease watching sports. After watching the goal last night, I knew I needed to write a post that I’ve wanted to write about this show.

The first order of business is the fact that you never, ever see the announcers. I’d be fine with seeing them as they came in and out of segments but it’s really not necessary. I want to see highlights of the sports that I enjoy. Not Bob Ley. Or Kenny Mayne. Or even a super short skirted Hannah Storm. The EPL Review show delivers by having a voice over guy do the work. He is recognizable and does well transitioning from game to game.

The main point of this article though is the dismal state of highlights show in the US. I used to watch CNN for the highlights at :28 & :58 on the hour. Then I moved on to Sportscenter for a long time. For the last several years, I’ve been looking at recaps online because Sportscenter decided that interviews and behind the scenes pieces were more important. I had some hope that when NBC re-branded Versus into NBCSports that I’d have some luck. I did for about three months when they aired “The ‘Lights” but it hasn’t aired since the Stanley Cup Finals. “The ‘Lights” did employ the unseen host which made me mourn it’s possibly temporary demise. I had some hope earlier this year when Fox Sports 1 was launched. My thought process as always “Let’s give Fox Sports Live” a chance. Unfortunately, they didn’t even give me three months of pleasure.

Hannah Storm

The EPL Review Show fills the void that is left by the sports world in the US. I don’t feel like getting into who’s the blame for this phenomenon, whether it’s the mother ship ESPN (chicken) or the people who clicked out of what I enjoy (egg). So the show doesn’t have a host and shockingly enough, shows highlights for the 46-52 minutes of programming that are left after commercials. I love it. They show highlights of every game in the league that week but they’re smart enough to air less highlights if the game was a snoozfest even if one of the teams is a marquee name like Manchester United. If two teams like Fulham and Crystal Palace, near the bottom (Fulham) or at the bottom (Palace) of the table, end up having a highlight worthy match, they get 10 minutes of match highlights like they did on last night’s show.

I know people might refer me to Red Zone for the NFL as a comparative show but I don’t like just seeing the scoring. These highlights show slick plays that may have resulted in a shanked kick that should have been a goal. Or a good move at midfield that may not have had an impact on the score line at all. I like to think of it in a similar vein as what the Tuesday Morning Quarterback Gregg Easterbrook calls “Hidden Plays” which are “Hidden plays are ones that never make highlight reels, but stop or sustain drives”. Well, some of those plays do make the highlight reels in the EPL Review Show because they dedicate the proper amount of time to the game they are covering, not the people in the game they are covering.

I can praise this show all I want, but I get an odd feeling that TV executives at NBC, ESPN or Fox aren’t going to be listening to my carping. That’s okay because I’m a glass half full guy. What I’ll do is sit down every week and enjoy highlights from the most fantastic soccer league in the world. I’ll also get to see a second highlight goal from Steve Sidwell in Fulham, not long after Kasami’s goal of the year candidate. – Kevin

#Wrestlemania Weekend – Cbus Edition

Just in case you're confused like Mr. Maes, that is my foot. Sleeping from left to right, Jer, Kia and Cayenne.

I thought we’d get more work done for the site with Jeremy & I in the same spot. We didn’t have to worry about taking the MARTA and using at least thirty minutes of time to do so. We weren’t going to have to hunt for food like we did in Atlanta after the hour of 8:00 PM. We ended up finding out that showing off a cool city that you’re familiar with takes up more time than going to CNN, the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. The last time Jeremy was here was four or five years ago. I was limited by my ex-wife who didn’t like to try new places. I’ve been liberated and wanted to show it off to the first friend that has been to Columbus who hadn’t lived here before. We talked plenty of wrestling while we were out so I’m going to give you a preview of where you’d go if you stopped in to visit along with some additional thoughts on wrestling we talked about.

Friday Gallo’s Tap Room – They offer a number of microbrewery beers on tap so it has Sippy Time Beer Award written all over it. On top of that, they’ve got some seriously delicious bar food. The menu isn’t that long (check the link) but it’s high quality bar food. Sippy Time Beer Choice – Columbus Brewing  Company India Pale Ale. Wrestling thoughts: Our plan for this evening was to do a round up this evening. We didn’t take down many beers, but after an eight hour drive for him and the woman and a full day of work & week for yours truly led to a sleepy crew. There wasn’t much to update than the players in Team Johnny vs Team Teddy. It wouldn’t have changed my pick for Team Johnny. I’ll hope that his character does as well as he did on Monday. And also takes up as much air time. I have a doubt on the later because we’re not going to have a Rock farewell speech or a appearance by Brock Lesnar after a lengthy John Cena promo.

SaturdayLa Casita & Bob’s Bar – The former is the finest of three Mexican establishments in my neighborhood and the only place that Jeremy had been to previously. We took down some good grub and a pitcher of tasty margaritas. At Bob’s Bar, they serve over two hundred beers with thirty six of them coming off a tap. Sippy Time Beer Choice – Left Handed Brewing Company – Smoke Jumper, an Imperial Porter. Wrestling Thoughts: I was expecting to watch the Hall of Fame ceremonies this night. It wasn’t until Monday Night Raw that it was noted the show would be aired on Monday. I still haven’t watched it. I’m sure it’ll be fun but I wish more of inductions were in there. We were at the event in Atlanta and it last approximately three hours. An hour of TV will not do the ceremony justice.

SundayBabushka’s, homemade meatballs & a Great Lakes Variety Pack – Babushka’s is a Polish joint that opened up about a year ago. I hadn’t had the chance to eat there yet so I figured the Pollack in Jeremy would be a good excuse to try it. It was some good food so long as you like cabbage or pierogies. After getting fat and sassy, we took a nice walk then grabbed the variety pack on our way back to my place. I still have plenty of meatballs left. Good thing I have a large freezer. I have five quarts of tomato sauce in there too. It’s a big undertaking and quite delicious. The twelve pack had Edmund Fitzgerald, Dortmunder Gold and Commodore Perry but my Sippy Time Beer Choice – Eliot Ness. It’s one of my top five favorite beers. I know I’ve pimped it before but I’ll repeat myself. Wrestling Thoughts: The jokes that didn’t make it into the blog were too many because context is everything. I hope you had a good crew to watch. It would have been nice if my neighbors were wrestling fans but they were a nice addition to the crew. After having re-watched the whole thing, I still think this show is in the B-/C+ area. Good but not great, it would have been fun to get Dusty on audio with his take on Undertaker versus HHH and the card as a whole but my week hasn’t been any less busy without Jeremy & his woman around. Hence this going up on Friday.

Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: