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All in or all out

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I love sports, but always trusted sports to be played with some competition and desire to win. I have questioned losing on purpose, but never thought it really existed…just coincidence or bad luck. Until Sunday night when I watched the Eagles lost to Washington and it can only be explained as a purposeful loss. I am not a sports analyst and will not pretend to be, but it bothered me for a lot of reasons…

1. If Cowboys had won, then their game would have determined our playoff chance. I cared about our Cowboy loss because I thought it meant something. Choosing to lose affects more than just one team.

2. It impacts money, salaries, gambling, predictions…it adds a what-if to any game that I never thought really had to be questioned. People lost money over a decision made before the first whistle.

3. Disappointing to the fans who really care..who buy tickets, jerseys and wear the colors with pride. Hard to think that some losses would be determined before the game starts.

4. Just bad for sports and integrity in general. I want to teach my students that you play hard no matter what, show good sportmanship, leave it all on the field…watching paid athletes and specifically coaches not do that is a shame and I never thought I would really see it.

To me, be all in or all out. If you were not winning then say that from the beginning so that I could have cared less about the Cowboys win since it did not matter. In short…be all in or do not even try.

Disclaimer: the coach stands by it was not an intentional loss, but watching the game…no way those bad choices were on purpose. I hope the NFL puts some things in place that saves the integrity of the league and keeps this from happening or that the Eagles do a better job of not letting it look so obvious.

To Cable or not to Cable

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This pic kinda defines our lives. We do not watch a lot of tv, but the tv is mostly on while we are home. I have discovered we use it for background noise more than anything…but want to know what is mostly on? Sports.

Always a game. Baseball or football mostly, but basketball or soccer too. We just like games and my husband likes wrestling too, but he hates when I share that. If there is a show, it is usually a rerun of Friends or the Office or some show that I call “comfort shows”. I also like Hallmark movies and reality shows when I can handle the conflict.

So now that we have entered this phase in life where people are cutting cable…we often ask ourselves, should we jump on this train? Obviously cost is a factor but so is comfort. We want to be able to watch Rangers baseball, Mavericks basketball, and Longhorn and Cowboys football anytime we want. We can live without the shows, but not the sports. So for our 150 a month…not sure where we stand when what we have now is convenient and can be viewed on a tv in multiple rooms…maybe we just need to submit that we will save in other places, but for now we are cable people despite it being the untrendy thing to be.

One thing that does push my buttons is this new trend of a million different subscriptions to watch the show of your choice. Hulu, HBO max, Peacock, Apple TV, Netflix…seems like rather than cable with all the shows you now need 10 different providers to watch your one show..it kinda feels like cable with a twist and it makes me nervous. I feel like my shows are being held ransom for more money!

Whatever 2021 may bring…maybe it is the year to ask ourselves honestly “To cable or not to cable?”