Supporting Biden is a disease

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From Michael Smith

I’m sure most of you have heard of “Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy”.

Munchausen syndrome is named for Baron Frieherr von Munchausen, an 18th-century German cavalry officer. The baron was known for wildly exaggerating his life experiences. He became famous after a collection of his tales was published.

I didn’t realize it, but that syndrome is now known as “factitious disorder imposed on another (FDIA)”. The formerly named Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSP) is a mental illness in which a person acts as if an individual he or she is caring for has a physical or mental illness when the person (often a child or an infirm person) is not really sick.

Often the caretaker will do things to the subject to make them physically ill – or appear to be. The caretaker craves the attention created by caring for the sick person and feeds on the praise heaped upon the caretaker for being so noble to sacrifice in care for the sick.

I think this explains, to a large extent, the media’s insanely absurd reaction to Joe Biden despite the obvious issues with the declining cognitive ability of the man, on top of a half century career of failure.

I can’t help but remember what Obama’s former Defense Secretary, Robert Gates said about Biden:

“He’s a man of integrity, incapable of hiding what he really thinks, and one of those rare people you know you could turn to for help in a personal crisis. Still, I think he’s been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

So what makes the media experience a mass orgasm at the mention of a Biden presidency?

Let’s call it “Obama Syndrome by Proxy” – a mental illness in which a person acts as if an individual he or she supports is brilliant and/or successful as they believe Obama was, when that person is neither in reality.

Biden was touched by their god – the divine philosopher-king Barry Soetoro. Biden spent 8 years sitting at the right hand of the Lightbringer and as such, is a direct connection with the god-king and those halcyon times.

They are not worshiping Biden, they are worshiping Obama. Biden is merely Obama’s proxy. The media creates the constructs where Biden is alleged to be successful in order to gain attention for Obama.
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Presty the DJ for Jan. 28

Today in 1956, Elvis Presley made his first national TV appearance on, of all places, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey’s “Stage Show” on CBS.

The number one album on both sides of the Atlantic today in 1978 was Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”:

The number one single today in 1984 was banned by the BBC, which probably helped it stay on the charts for 48 weeks:

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Presty the DJ for Jan. 26

The number one single in Great Britain today in 1961 included a Shakespearean reference:

Eight years later came the live version …

… which included, instead of “Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there,” Presley’s impromptu “Do you gaze at your bald head and wish you had hair.” Which prompted a front-row concertgoer to remove his toupee and start swaying to the music.

Then backup singer Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney and aunt of Dionne Warwick, cracked up Presley further with singing what she was supposed to sing. Afterward Presley said, “Fourteen years down the drain right there.”

Five years after Presley’s death, the live version reached Britain’s top 30.

The number one single today in 1965 included Jimmy Page, later of Led Zeppelin, on guitar:

Today in 1970, John Lennon wrote, recorded and mixed a song all in one day, which may have made it an instant song:

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Presty the DJ for Jan. 24

The number one British single today in 1958 was the first in British chart history to start at the top:

Today in 1969, New Jersey authorities told record stores they would be charged with pornography if they sold the John Lennon and Yoko Ono album “Two Virgins,” whose cover showed all you could possibly see of John and Yoko.

The number one album today in 1976 was Bob Dylan’s “Desire”:

The number one single today in 1976:

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View from the other Bay

The Tampa Bay Times:

On the day before the big game, one of the team owners is wearing an old Packers T-shirt with camouflage shorts. He’s behind the bar pouring beers, wiping the counter and filling bowls with peanuts.

Heaven knows if Marty Leonhard was serving any of his fellow Packers shareholders inside Lenny’s Tap on Saturday. There were 16 people in the bar at 11 a.m. and, statistically speaking, the odds were good that at least one of those morning drinkers also had stock in the team.

This may be a hard concept to grasp in Tampa Bay where stadiums are built — or not — only after years of nasty public debate. But folks around Green Bay willingly toss their money into a proverbial hat to make sure their stadium is competitive and their team stays put.

The Bucs’ opponent in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game is the only not-for-profit franchise in major-league sports in America. In a city with a population just over 100,000, the Packers are owned by 361,311 shareholders. The stock, by the way, pays no dividends and cannot be resold.

It’s been made available only five times in the past 97 years — the last time was in 2011 at $250 a share — and prospective buyers are warned their certificates hold virtually no monetary value. The stock exists only to provide a financial lifeline for the Packers and to give the community a sense of ownership in the team.
Which, around here, makes it priceless.

To me, my certificate is just another piece of Packers art. It’s no different than hanging a picture of Aaron Rodgers on the wall,” said Leonhard, whose family has owned Lenny’s Tap for 45 years and who bought his stock in 1997. “It’s the only game in town. Yeah, we have the Wisconsin Badgers and the Bucks and Brewers. But this is it in Green Bay.

“And if you own a little piece of the team, some people get to walk around like they’re one of the bosses.”

In terms of population, Green Bay is almost identical to Brandon [Florida]. The major difference being Green Bay has 13 NFL championships and 26 Hall of Famers. This is what you would get if the New York Yankees were, say, the Topeka Yankees.

Other fan bases may be just as rabid, just as loyal, but none share the same romance of a blue-collar town and its team that always seemed on the verge of bankruptcy before Vince Lombardi showed up. And few other major-league cities could duplicate the same small-town feel.

“It’s a big-league team in little town America, and I don’t think you’ll ever see another one like it. The money has grown too much in sports,” said retired University of Wisconsin-Green Bay professor Daniel Alesch, who was commissioned by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute to write a white paper on the uniqueness of the relationship. “It really is a love affair between a team and a community.”
It wasn’t unusual in the 1960s and 1970s to see Packers players shopping at the grocer on the corner, or picking up their kids from school. Fans would run into players all around town and, to hear the natives tell it, no one ever complained.

Irene Fennell was still in elementary school in the late 1960s when her 10-year-old brother, Doug, got a copy of a Bart Starr biography. One of the older Fennell children piled his siblings in the car and they drove to the house of the Packers quarterback.

“While the rest of us sat in the car, Doug went up and knocked on the door,” Fennell said. “They invited him right in the house, gave him cookies and a drink and Bart signed his book for him. When Doug said he had five brothers and sisters, they got out pieces of paper and signed autographs for each of us with, you know, ‘Warm wishes’ from Bart Starr. That was Green Bay.”

And the rest of the kids waited in the car the whole time Doug was alone in the house?

“Well, we didn’t all want to knock on the door,” she said. “That would be rude.”

The Green Bay Press-Gazette recently ran a feature remembering locals who passed away due to COVID-19. Each resident was memorialized with a paragraph or two, highlighting significant details of their lives. It was noted that one gentleman was married for 57 years, was a math teacher and died while still on the Packers season ticket waiting list.

Around here, the waiting list is simultaneously loathed and revered. Since 1960, Packer games have sold out at Lambeau Field, leaving unlucky fans searching for tickets in the newspaper and on street corners in previous generations, and through ticket brokers and the Internet in recent years. At last count, the waiting list was more than 137,000 long and only a few hundred season tickets come open each year.

When his son was born, Jeff Ash thought it would be a hoot to put Evan’s name on the season ticket list. That was 26 years ago. Every year, the Packers send a postcard to let him know his current spot on the waiting list.

“I moved to Green Bay in 1980 and I wish had I put myself on the list back then because I might just be receiving season tickets now 40 years later,” Ash said. “Somebody signing up today? The list is so much bigger, you’re not going to get tickets in your lifetime.”

Yet it doesn’t deter the fanaticism.

“The schedule comes out in April, and everybody commits it to memory. Your friend may call and say, ‘Hey, we’re getting married October 15.′ ‘Oh, sorry, the Packers have the Vikings that week,’” said Corey Vann, who manages the Hagemeister Park bar. “You go to a liquor store 15 minutes before a game and there’s 100 people buying beer. Once the game kicks off, there’s nobody around. It’s what we do.”

It’s a short walk from the Lambeau Field locker room to the team’s practice field and, for decades, kids have risen before dawn on the first day of training camp to secure a job as an unofficial bike buddy during the summer. The bicycle is turned over to the player, and the child runs alongside with the player’s helmet in hand, or rides on pegs attached to the back tire.

John Gee was a middle school student who had just moved to Green Bay from California in 2005. He convinced another player to pass the word to Aaron Rodgers that he was waiting for the rookie quarterback from the University of California to arrive after a brief contract dispute. When Rodgers walked out of the locker room for his first day as Packer, Gee was waiting with a Cal baseball cap on.

“I was kind of shy growing up and wasn’t the most popular kid because I had just moved to Wisconsin,” said Gee, who is now 28 and a real estate agent back in California. “Aaron would ask me questions to get me to open up. We talked about California, video games, football, music. I tried to get him to check out some metal bands that maybe he didn’t know about. We found common ground with the Foo Fighters.”

For the next three years, they rode together before and after every training camp practice. Suddenly, the shy kid from California had the Packers’ first-round draft pick showing up to watch him play his middle school football games.

By 2008, Rodgers had replaced Brett Favre as the starting quarterback and the Packers deemed it a security risk to have him riding a bicycle across the Lambeau Field parking lot, so Gee was out of a job. Still, their relationship did not end.

“We got together for one last ride the following year, which would have been my junior or senior year. He had already been the starter for a year at that point, but he reached out to me and said, ‘Hey, you want to take one last ride together?’” Gee said. “It’s a difficult thing to conceptualize as a kid but I’ve thought about it a lot over the years and it really is a unique thing. It’s been around since the Lombardi years and there’s really nothing quite like it. You almost feel like you’re part of history.”

Named for the Indian Meat Packing Company in 1919, the franchise would not exist today were it not for the community coming through with the first two stock sales in 1923 and 1935. Conversely, the town of Green Bay would be as anonymous as Sheboygan were it not for the Packers.

It’s not as if it were easy. If it were, the Frankford Yellow Jackets, Akron Indians and Duluth Kelleys would still be in the NFL. It works only because the community was willing to invest, and the franchise consistently won.

And as evolution turned the NFL into a league of bigger and bigger cities, the mystique of Green Bay grew more and more around the nation.

“That small-town story line is how they built interest going back to the 1920s when they started slaying the Bears and the Giants,” said Cliff Christl, the team’s official historian. “A lot of people in small-town America closely identify with the Packers.

“When I first went to work for the team, I told them this is the greatest story in sports. It’s that romance of the team surviving against all odds and then becoming the most successful franchise in the NFL.”

Presty the DJ for Jan. 23

Today’s first item comes from the Stupid Laws File: Today in 1956, Ohio youths younger than 18 were banned from dancing in public unless accompanied by an adult, the result of enforcing a law that dated back to 1931.

The number one single today in 1965:

The number one British single today in 1971 was the first number one by a singer from his previous group:

Today in 1977, Patti Smith broke a vertebra after falling off the stage at her concert in Tampa, Fla.

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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

For the second consecutive season the Packers play in the NFC Championship, this time at home against Tampa Bay.

The weather may cooperate …

… but whether or not it does, getting to the most pressure packed game of the season for the second consecutive season is quite an accomplishment for coach Matt LaFleur.

Matt Wadleigh:

When the Green Bay Packers decided to part ways with longtime head coach Mike McCarthy, they knew the next hire had to be huge. After all, McCarthy brought a Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay and had the Packers competitive year in and year out.

The Packers hired Matt LaFleur to replace McCarthy, and he has taken this team to new heights in just his second season after spending time as the offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans. He has the most wins in franchise history through the first two seasons and has led the Packers to back-to-back NFC North titles.

Yes, LaFleur has more wins in his first two seasons than Packers legends Vince Lombardi, Mike McCarthy, and Mike Holmgren, just to name a few.

Lambeau Field is now home to the NFC Championship Game, and Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have been playing at an all-time high level, with Rodgers the favorite to win MVP. The Packers’ defense has been solid, and Aaron Jones rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the second straight season. Green Bay’s offense is in the top five in both total offense as well as points scored, and the relationship between LaFleur and Rodgers has been incredible.

Questions initially swirled regarding the offense when LaFleur was brought in as head coach, but Rodgers insisted he wasn’t going to change his grasp of changing the offense on the go like he did year after year under McCarthy. As it turns out, LaFleur and Rodgers have worked together without blemish, even more so this season after the Packers selected quarterback Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Aaron Rodgers responded to the Love selection with arguably the best season of his careerand he deserves MVP. LaFleur commended Rodgers’ ability to change the play on the fly earlier in the season:

“He definitely has free rein,” LaFleur said. “So, if he sees something and can get us out of a bad play, yeah, he will get us out of a bad play. And he’s done a great job of it,” per Michael Silver of NFL.com.

It’s no secret that LaFleur has turned around this Packers team in his short time in Green Bay, and putting full trust in a Hall of Fame quarterback has a lot to do with it.

LaFleur’s team is preparing for their second consecutive conference title game, and with the home-field advantage this time around and a few thousand fans in the stands, it’s theirs for the taking. While Tom Brady is never an easy opponent, the Packers are still sour about their 38-10 embarrassment to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in October.

However, LaFleur and the Packers aren’t thinking about that game in October:

“I think our team has come a long way from that day, but everything’s just words at this point,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Monday. “You’ve got to go out there and you’ve got to have a great week of preparation and you’ve got to go earn it on the field. So that’ll be our mindset and that’s how we’ll approach it,” per FOX Sports.

The Packers got off to a 10-0 start in that game against Tampa Bay, but the Buccaneers shut down Rodgers and company for the remainder of the game. Don’t expect that to happen this time around.

The stakes are at an all-time high for both teams, and Green Bay will have the benefit of home field on Sunday. Will the Packers reach the Super Bowl in just their second season with LaFleur, or will Brady reach yet another Super Bowl?

Whatever happens, LaFleur needs to be commended for getting the most out of Aaron Rodgers even at his advanced age. It was clear the Rodgers-McCarthy relationship had run its course, and the future Hall of Famer is rejuvenated under Matt LaFleur.

This seems not entirely accurate. McCarthy’s last days were more a case of players no longer listening to him, possibly including Rodgers, than the specific coach–quarterback relationship. It also was analogous to when the Packers hired Ron Wolf while Lindy Infante was still the head coach and Ted Thompson (who died Wednesday) when Mike Sherman was still the head coach. McCarthy had to know the writing was likely on the wall when Brian Gutekunst, who did not hire McCarthy, took over as general manager. And as happened to Infante and Sherman, McCarthy became the victim to some extent of the subpar work of his previous general manager. (Which, you’ll remember, in Sherman’s case was Sherman.)

On the other hand, McCarthy has not been a roaring success in Big D, but LaFleur has been so far. (McCarthy might be able to blame some of that on his current general manager, who mistakenly doubles as his team’s owner.) To paraphrase Bill Parcells, you are what your record says you are.

An interesting take comes from Nick Angstadt:

The Green Bay Packers have been the NFL’s best team for a large part of the season. They showed just that this weekend against the Los Angeles Rams by staying true to their offensive plan.

On the daily Locked On Packers podcast, Peter Bukowski shared why the Packers were able to operate so successfully on offense. In his opinion, it’s the same reason Daniel Day-Lewis is such a good actor.

Bukowski: What I absolutely loved is everything that they (the Packers) did, they did in character. They did not say that the Rams do X, Y, and Z, so we are going to counter with this. They just played their game. They stuck with the RPOs. Devonte Adams said after the game that most of the runs were called runs. They felt like they had an advantage.

Aaron Jones said during the week that they felt like they could run on these guys and guess what, not only did they run on them, but they also dominated on the ground. Every third and short, it felt like Green Bay could pick it up because they could get two yards. They could get two yards on the ground, or three yards or four yards, at will. That is what they did. That is why Green Bay finished the game eight of 12 on third down because they were in so many advantageous third-down situations. You get something going a little bit on first down, you run, and you get four yards. Okay, now it is second and six and the whole playbook is open to you. You could throw it, you could run it and if you do run it, you are going to get four or five yards and now it is third and short and the whole playbook is open to you. The Packers stayed in-phase the entire game.

What other coach was famous for sticking to his game plan and not worrying about what the opposition would do? Vince Lombardi.

Andrew Beaton reveals something unusual:

In the tensest moment of the Green Bay Packers’ season, they had a three-point lead against the New Orleans Saints with two minutes left and the ball just inches away from the end zone. Then Aaron Rodgers did something that separates him from every other quarterback in the NFL.

Rodgers threw a 1-yard touchdown pass.

It sounds so simple. It’s also unusual. Rodgers’s aggressiveness passing the ball when he’s so close to the end zone, as opposed to handing it off, is unlike any other quarterback in football. It’s one of the critical reasons why the Packers are the No. 1 seed in the NFC and Rodgers’s career has undergone a resurgence at age 37.

The Packers went 13-3 this season, led the league in points and earned the right to watch the first week of the playoffs from the couch. They play the Rams in the divisional round in a matchup between the NFL’s top offense (Green Bay) and top defense (Los Angeles). The Packers are led by Rodgers, a heavy favorite to win MVP who commands an offense, cooked up by second-year coach Matt LaFleur, that behaves differently than every other one in the NFL.

Their extreme pass heaviness near the end zone—and Rodgers’s unmatched ability to do it successfully—explains how he threw for a league-high 48 touchdowns. His extraordinary production in these spots is the key reason why Green Bay scored on 80% of its red zone drives inside the 20—the highest rate for any team in at least three decades, according to Stats LLC.

“There’s been a lot of schematic touchdowns this year where I didn’t really have to do a whole lot except make sure I don’t screw up the throw,” Rodgers said last week.

Analytics experts have for years grown hoarse pleading with teams to throw the ball more often. It doesn’t take fancy metrics to understand that the average passing play gains more yards than the average running play or that modern offenses are throwing the ball more efficiently than ever. But the question teams have to philosophically answer isn’t as binary as run or pass. It’s also when and where.

The where makes Rodgers an extreme outlier.

There’s only one place in the NFL where offensive philosophies approach near uniformity: the parcels of grass closest to the end zone. Teams ran 441 plays from the 1-yard line this season. There were seven field goals, and of the 434 other plays 74.9% were runs. All but one team called more running plays than passing plays in these situations. The lone exception: the Packers.

Even Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, one of the most pass-heavy teams in the league in normal situations, ran the ball more than they passed it from the 1-yard line. Four teams never passed the ball from there all season. Those four teams—the Eagles, Jaguars, Panthers and Jets—also happen to all be picking in the top eight of the draft.

Green Bay placed the ball in Rodgers’s hands in the exact situation when every other team usually takes it away from its quarterback. He threw eight touchdowns from this spot on the field—twice as many as any other quarterback in the NFL. Thirteen of the 20 offensive plays the Packers ran from the 1-yard line, or 65%, were passes. They threw the ball almost as much as the rest of the league ran it.

Even as you inch farther out, Rodgers’s play is unlike his peers. Inside the 10-yard-line, he completed 39 passes. That is eight more than the next closest quarterback, Tom Brady, even though Brady actually attempted two more throws.

Rodgers’s success in these situations isn’t just a matter of play calling. It’s execution, too. He completed 81.3% of his passes inside the 10. The only two other starting quarterbacks above 70%, Drew Brees and Carson Wentz, attempted fewer of these passes, combined, than Rodgers.

It’s a remarkable blend of volume and efficiency for one other reason. Quarterbacks are supposed to be less accurate on this part of the field. Their receivers have less space to run, and they have to fit the ball in tighter windows. While passers completed 65.2% of their throws this season—the highest rate ever—they only connected 55.7% inside the 10. Rodgers, who completed a league-high 70.7% of the time in 2020, completed 81.3% of his passes inside the 10. He was even more accurate than he usually is on this area of the field, while other quarterbacks are less so.

LaFleur says it starts with the plan the team has for this part of the field, adding that it’s made possible when “you have a quarterback, that without a doubt in my mind is the MVP, directing you down there and being able to make quick decisions.”

That decision making is paramount in an offense like Green Bay’s that so often deploys run-pass option plays. Those calls mean Rodgers has to make a near-instantaneous choice after the snap on whether to throw or hand it off—and he has thrived by throwing more than anyone else when he’s so near the end zone.

It also helped that he has the NFL’s premier receiving threat, especially in these situations. Davante Adams led the NFL with 18 touchdown catches. Three of those were one-yard hauls. Thirteen of them came inside the 10. Adams’s 20 targets inside the 10 were the most since Randy Moss in 2002.

It produced a stunning transformation because Rodgers, who was previously MVP in 2011 and 2014, had stopped playing like one in recent years. From 2017 to 2019, Green Bay’s offense ranked no higher than 14th in the NFL in points per game. Even when the team made the NFC Championship game a year ago, it ranked 15th. His 48 touchdown passes this year were just three fewer than the prior two years combined.

The combination of his age and diminishing play were enough of a red flag that the Packers used their first round pick in the last NFL draft on a quarterback, Jordan Love.

Rodgers responded by tightening his grip on his job instead of loosening it—and again making Green Bay the place no other team wants to play in January.