The View From Wisconsin

Just a random set of rants from a Sports Fan from Wisconsin.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Proposed Written Diabetes Test



To each question, simply answer "yes" or "no" if you have ever done any of the following during your lifetime:

1. Drank at least a 12-ounce (355 mL) Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, Pepsi-Cola or other carbonated beverage with high fructose corn syrup?

2. Eaten any brand of potato chip, such as Lays, Ruffles, Jays or other flavors/brands?

3. Had a "super-sized" meal at any major national fast food chain, such as McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Carl's Jr./Hardee's, Jack In The Box, A&W or Taco Bell?

4. Eaten any brand or type of tortilla chips, such as Chi-Chi's, Tostitos, Doritos, or Fritos?

5. Drank a sports drink or sugary beverage, such as Kool-Aid, Gatorade, Powerade, or Sweetened Ice Tea?

6. Eaten a chocolate bar or chocolate candy, such as Hershey's, Nestle's, M&M's, Godiva, Dove Bar, or Fannie Farmer?

7. Eaten any cheese puffs or curls, such as Cheetos?

8. Eaten any ice cream (like Haagen-Dazs, Breyers, Dairy Queen or Tastee-Freeze) or ice cream product (such as a Popsicle, Dreamsicle, Eskimo Pie, Ice cream sandwich, Dilly Bar)?

9. Eaten a pizza or any other Italian entrée?

10. Eaten a Twinkie or other processed snack cake, such as a Ding Dong, Cupcake, Little Debbie, Zingers or otherwise?


Give yourself one point for each time you said "yes".

If your score was one or more, YOU'RE A DIABETIC! Get to the doctor NOW to get on insulin!


Obviously, this isn't a real test. However, with the way doctors seem to be bent on getting us all to lower our blood sugar, this one might become reality sooner than we'd like to admit...

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Bringing Back Memories

The other day, I went out and purchased a copy of the ESPN Pro Football Encyclopeda, First Edition. Unintentionally, it brought back a memory: my grandfather had a younger brother who played in the NFL.

Jerry Mertens was a defensive back with the San Francisco 49ers for his entire career, playing in 91 games from 1959 to 1965. He missed only one year, 1963. That's all that the ESPN Encyclopedia says about him, but says he actually intercepted two passes in 1959, returning one for a touchdown.

I'd love to find out which game that was and get the box score from it.

I have already found out what number he wore as a Niner: it's pretty likely no one is going to wear his number 80 ever again.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Mornington Crescent

I have found a new, unintentional, online addiction.

In my postings on the internet, I stumbled across a section of Blank Label Comics' Community boards called the "Wapsi Pub". The section is more or less like a local pub, where you go in, make general non-comics related posts and thread, and generally go wild.

Well, in this section was a lovely thread called "Mornington Crescent (Round One)". I had absolutely NO idea what this game was all about... but then I looked up the rules.

The rules are very complex, take a lifetime to master, and yet... you know them instantaneously if you've ever read or seen or heard British comedy.

The gag is to try and reach Mornington Crescent Station in the London Underground system. The game is really suited for message board posting, as anyone can take a turn at anytime - and you can end up darn near anywhere in the world (or even the universe!).

It is like an ongoing Monty Python skit, where you're trying to play the Very Silly Party candidate.

I love it.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Coming to terms with The New Logo

All right, I've come to terms with this whole mess.

The question you have to ask yourself is this:

Would you rather have Mini-Skeletor, or no team at all?

Even if Greenberg and Turer put together this crappy logo, at least they still have a team on which to put the crappy logo.

Without Turer and company, this thread is replaced by "Predators New AHL Affiliate?".

So bring on Grimm Reaper's kid brother. It's better than no hockey.

Four Bucks, here we come...

Prudhoe Bay oil field shut down due to corroding pipeline

Four bucks a gallon for gas, here we come.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

They went with the pirate theme.

The worst fears of the Admiral fan have been realized:

They went with the pirate theme.

A "smiling" skull with a bone anchor.

And the new uniforms... (shudder)

I really don't know what to say after seeing all this.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Still hot as ever.

Doofus me decided to be a wonderful husband and set the self-cleaning feature on our electric range overnight, while I was still awake, so in the morning my wife would find the kitchen cleaned up. Of course, what I didn't know was that it takes about four and a half hours for the cleaning cycle to complete. I also didn't know that, even with the windows wide open, the kitchen would become hotter than the Mojave Desert at noon during the cleaning cycle. AND, it didn't help that the temps outside were already hitting the high 80's at 6:30 AM Monday.

The air conditioner worked a little overtime yesterday to compensate...

I've been toying with my copy of Strat-O-Matic Computer Hockey 6.0 over the weekend. With the Hall of Fame disk, I actually played out an entire season of games with the various players. The Detroit Motor Kings and the Minnesota Northstars met in the finals, with the Northstars finishing their spectacular 12-1 run to the title with a 4-2 win at Minnesota. Though Detroit captain Steve Yzerman was named the playoff MVP, Detroit's Chuck Rayner couldn't stop Dickie Moore, Marcel Dionne and Dick Irvin from lighting the lamp. Guy Lafleur added an assist for the Northstars.

The standings were:
Eastern Division
  1. Edmonton Oil Kings, 97 pts. (lost to Vancouver, 3-4)
  2. Minnesota Northstars, 90 pts. (won championship)
  3. Pittsburgh Igloos, 87 pts. (swept by Minnesota, 0-4)
  4. Vancouver Islanders, 82 pts. (lost to Minnesota, 0-4)
  5. Philadelphia Arrows, 72 pts.
  6. Quebec Lafleurs, 64 pts.
Western Division
  1. Chicago Jets, 99 pts. (lost to Boston, 3-4)
  2. Detroit Motor Kings, 90 pts. (lost in finals)
  3. New York Americans, 85 pts. (lost to Detroit, 2-4)
  4. Boston Bears, 78 pts. (lost to Detroit, 3-4)
  5. Toronto Blueshirts, 73 pts.
  6. Montreal Habitants, 67 pts.