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We Mustn’t Build It or They Will Come

But build it we did and the enemy did come.

As many individuals who served in the American military believed, building an outpost at the bottom of a valley in Afghanistan was an absurd and terrible idea.  Even when respectful apprehension at the plan was met with agreement, the commands from higher pay grades and ranks superseded all forms of reconsideration.  Jake Tapper’s book The Outpost opens with the lunacy of building an outpost in a valley and not atop a mountain when he relates a conversation between “a young intelligence analyst named Jacob Whittaker” and his “superior officer, Second Lieutenant Ryan Lockner” in the “summer of 2006” (3).  Lockner gave Whittaker an assignment to create a visual aid for a morning presentation detailing the location of a new outpost.  After verifying that he had the correct information for its exact location, Whittaker confirmed that he could make the requested Power Point, “But sir…that is a really awful place for a base…it’s located at the base of a mountain peak…and flanked by a river on the west and another river to the north?”

Lockner added, “And there’s no good road to get to it — they’re still building that…”

To which Whittaker responded, “And it’s an eternity away by helicopter if something goes wrong..Sir, this is a really bad idea…A. Really. Bad. Idea. Anyone we drop off there is going to die.”

Jake Tapper’s summary of the exchange between Whittaker and Lockner includes more information on the topography on the area that Camp Kamdesh (eventually renamed Camp Outpost Keating) would be built no matter how tactically nonsensical.  Orders were orders after all.

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I finished reading Jake Tapper’s book recently and loved it.  I experienced a substantial pang of sadness and “what the hell?!” afterwards because of current events.  So many lives lost, so many dollars poured into plans, projects, and good intentions that evaporated just like that.

I had wanted to write a blog entry about it after I’d rewatched the The Outpost (Rod Lurie, 2019) and re-read some of the passages in Clinton Romesha‘s account of being at Camp Outpost Keating when it was breached by the enemy….but, I didn’t feel like waiting any more.

If you’ve not seen the film nor read either of the books but would like to plunge into the triumvirate of texts, I recommend you watch the movie first, then read Red Platoon, and then read The Outpost.  Most of the book consists of establishing geo-political and historical contexts that preceded, facilitated, exacerbated what happened at COP Keating.  If you have seen the movie and read Clinton Romesha’s book (or have consumed just one of them) and you want a more compare-and-contrast reading experience of Jake Tapper’s book, then I suggest you read the final section, Book Three entitled “Enemy in the Wire: The End of Combat Outpost Keating”).

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I do want to re-watch the movie soon and organize my notes and thoughts for a blog post.

And, the Atlanta Falcons were in merry ole London over the weekend for gridiron action against the New York Jets.  The Falcons moistened the Jets’ towelettes 27 to 20.  Final score.  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Oh and oh again

The Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets battled it out in front of a Monday Night Football audience last night.  I didn’t get to watch the game but given the score of 30 to 28, I wonder if the Jets got lucky or if both teams’ defense was better than their offense.  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.
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In other news, how rude – then again, at least the modus operandi is laid out…grammatically challenged and all.

AFC Championship 2010: the Colts gargoyle the Jets

Winter mint vs. spear mint, which flavor shall represent the AFC in the Super Bowl?  Televised by CBS, with narration by Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, the Colts started on offense and had to punt the ball away three minutes into the game.  The Jets were able to get a field goal opportunity but kicker Jay Feely missed it.  When Colts quarterback Peyton Manning took his offensive players back on the field, he was sacked faster than one can say, “Thank you, sir, may I have another.”

The second quarter started with a Matt Stover field goal.  Indianapolis 3 and New York 0.   Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards put his team on the board with a touchdown moments later (quarterback Mark Sanchez threw to him and eighty yards later, there was end zone).  The Colts were unable to get the ball to stay in the end zone.   Stover kicked another field goal.  The Jets upped the score with another TD, courtesy of tight end Dustin Keller.  New York 14 and Indianapolis 6.  Can the Jets defense be better than the Colts’ offense?  Can the Jets offense be better than the Colts offense?  The Jets got their hands on the ball after Peyton Manning gave the ball to running back Joseph Addai.  Jay Feely made his second FG attempt in the bottom of the second.  New York 17 and Indianapolis 6.  The Colts got their act together enough to make a TD before the end of the quarter, thanks to wide receiver Austin Collie.  New York 17 and Indianapolis 13.

The third quarter went off with a failed Jets FG attempt.  The Colts’ offense returned to the level of athleticism to which most of us are accustomed with a Pierre Garcon TD near the middle of the quarter.  Indianapolis 20 and New York 17.  The Colts increased their lead with a Peyton Manning TD throw to tight end Dallas Clark in the middle of the fourth quarter.  Indianapolis 27 and New York 17.  Matt Stover took the field for a twenty-one yard field goal with under three minutes left in the game.  Colts defensive back Kelvin Hayden intercepted Mark Sanchez with about two minutes left on the clock.  Indianapolis 30 and New York 17.  Final score.  The Indianapolis Colts go to the Super Bowl! Winter mint wins!

Watch me watching the first half of the game:

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The Jets wore white jerseys and white pants.  Why did number 17 have his top bunched up to reveal hot cross bun abs?   The Colts wore blue jerseys and white pants.

2.  Jordin Sparks sang the National Anthem while US army soldiers held an unfurled flag across the field.  A bald eagle was released towards the end of the song.

3.  Due to heavy precipitation, the telecast was pixellated and stop-n-go.

4.  This game was also broadcast in Spanish (SAP button!)

5.  The bottom of the screen included a map of northern GA that was under a tornado watch.  There’s a Butts County in Georgia.  Something about that graphic made me want some pink lemonade really badly.

6.  After the Jets’ first TD of the day, a camera went to Peyton Manning sitting on the bench looking mauve-faced and very discontent.

7.  Tony Dungy was watching the game.

8.  Do you remember Exposé from the 80s?  As long as the stars shine down from the heavens.  As long as the rivers run to the sea.  I’ll never get over you getting over meSeasons changeLet me be the one to take you to the point of no returnWhat you don’t know is that the guys have to be blond and wear tight jeans too.

9.  Atlanta would like to host a World Cup even in 2018 or 2022?  Assuming the planet and humankind still remain.

10.  What was up with that red zone graphic at 8:50 in the fourth quarter?

11.  Matt Stover was born in 1968!  Holy hot bananas.  As Jim Nantz remarked in the bottom of the fourth quarter, Stover would be the oldest player ever to go to the Super Bowl.

12.  Jim Irsay, owner and CEO of the Colts, was shown in close-up on the Indianapolis sidelines.  One of his middle fingers had a bandaid over the tip.  I wonder what happened.  Did he cut himself chopping veggies?

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NFL 2009: Falcons ground the Jets

The Atlanta Falcons flew north to hang-glide on New York Jets’ thirty degree and 17mph wind territory.   Having started with a season full of possibilities, the Falcons have seen their season slip into uncertainty.  By the time they went up against the New Orleans Saints, running backs Jerious Norwood and Michael Turner, wide receiver Ben Finneran, and quarterback Matt Ryan had missed games due to injury.  Atlanta’s record was 6 – 7 going into today’s game.  Would Turner and Ryan’s reactivated status yield a victory for the Falcons?  They may be out of playoffs running, but a first ever back-to-back winning seasons is still up for grabs.

Televised by Fox, and narrated by Dick Stockton and Charles Davis, the first quarter began with the Falcons on offense without scoring.  A few plays into the Jets’ turn, Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud intercepted Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.  The Jets’ defense allowed a Matt Bryant field goal for the Falcons in the middle of the first quarter.  Atlanta 3 and New York 0.  The Jets got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the quarter with sixty-five yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Braylon Edwards.  New York 7 and Atlanta 3.

Halfway through the second quarter, the Falcons defense was able to keep the Jets to a field goal attempt, which turned out to be a fake field goal attempt.  Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes was there to nix that option.  Moments later, Mark Sanchez threw a second interception towards the bottom of the quarter–Brent Grimes was on it.  The rest of the first half ticked down to three seconds and the Jets tried but failed at a real field goal.  New York 7 and Atlanta 3.

The third quarter saw the Jets performing well offensively and Jets running back Thomas Jones was flagged for unnecessary roughness for getting his hands on Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann’s face mask (after the whistle had blown on a play).  Both teams’ defensive players have been doing much better than the other team’s and their own team’s offense.

Watch me eat seaweed during the commercial break before the fourth quarter started:

Matt Bryant missed a forty-eight yard field goal in the top of the fourth quarter.  The Jets had a chance to score three points nearing the bottom of the quarter, but Falcons defensive end Chauncey Davis blocked it.  The clock ticked down to under the two minutes and VERDANT VALENTINE VIXENS Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez caught a TD pass just inside the end zone (and then used the uprights’ cross bar as a basketball hoop, dunking the ball behind it).  Three or four plays into the Jets’ last go on offense, Brent Grimes made another interception.  Atlanta 10 and New York 7.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Mike Smith wore a Falcons beanie.  What a cutie-in-beanie.

2.  After glancing up from my laptop just before the third quarter began: “Did I just see cheerleaders wearing Santa skirts?”

3.  Michael Turner only played for half of the first quarter, if memory serves.

4.  The top of the fourth quarter began with a shot of a Jets-supporting Santa.

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Attention all male readers, do you like cheeseburgers?  If you answered yes, do not consume these CB’s anymore.

Brittany Murphy has died from a heart attack?!

Classic film star Jennifer Jones passed away at age ninety on Thursday.

Finally, an explanation for cousins twice or thrice removed.

NFL Thanksgiving 08: Titans leave the Lions in the muck

Or as some like to call it, Pilgrims Trespass on Native Lands DayCandied Yams Day.  Sweet Potato Pie Day.

Donc.  The Tennessee Titans, who were given a good talking to last week by the New York Jets, galavant north to play horseshoes with the Detroit Lions.  Broadcast on CBS, the first quarter began with Detroit fumbling the ball and Tennessee recovering it.  Titans running back Chris Johnson then made a touchdown.  The Lions’ next possession ended in a field goal.  Chris Johnson TD’d again on the next drive.  Tennessee 14 and Detroit 3.  Titans defensive end Dave Ball intercepted Lions quarterback Daunte Culpepper and ran seventeen yards into the end zone–or rather, he ran to the one or half yard line and jump-spun into the end zone, as though he were an ice skater doing a single axel or a dancer doing an inside pirouette.  Tennessee 21 and Detroit 3.

The second quarter brought a fourth increase in Titans score with a TD by running back Lendale White.  He did it again in the bottom of the quarter.  Tennessee 35 and Detroit 3.  Defensive end Cliff Avril of the Lions made an incredible ball-snatch with a minute left on the clock.  Tight end Michael Gaines made a TD catch two plays later.  Going into halftime, Titans 35 and Lions 10.

The third quarter started with a forty-nine yard field goal for the Titans.  The bottom of the quarter increased Tennessee’s score by three more points.  41 to 10.  Kicker Rob Bironas sent out a field goal at the top of the fourth quarter for the Titans.  44 to 10.  Dayam green breans.  Another field goal for the Titans in the bottom of the quarter.  47 to 10.  Final score.   The worst Thanksgiving loss for Detroit.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Michelle Williams sang the national anthem.  She was sporting uber short hair.  She only got the words, “by the dawn’s early light” out of her mouth and the telecast cut to commercial for a few seconds.  Good performance.

2.  Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were the commentators.

3.  Chris Johnson is quick.

4.  Jesse McCartney sang during halftime.   He reminded me of Frankie Muniz (probably on account of the short hair).  Good fjord, those backup dancers had smiles plastered on their faces.  He sang two songs: “How Do You Sleep” and “Leavin.”

5.  By the bottom of the fourth quarter, shots of the Lions sitting on the sidelines conveyed a daze from some and detachment from others.  They still had a game to play.

6.  Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has such a stunning body line.  His legs are gorgeously crafted.

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