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The University of Google is where I got my degree from.” – Anti-Vaccine Activist and Blonde Celebrity Jenny McCarthyjenny

“Even for scientists, the scientific method is a hard discipline. Like the rest of us, they’re vulnerable to what they call ‘confirmation bias’ – the tendency to look for and see only evidence that confirms what they already believe.” – Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post, writing for National Geographic

There have been a lot of –isms in global history … most of them were/are not good, even though a few of them are more than okay (e.g., Buddhism).

It seems like there is a relatively new –ism that is building in intensity in the First World: Foodism.

And with Foodism come its adherents/zealots: The Foodinistas.

It’s not hard to find this rapidly replicating species as its high-rent habitat keeps expanding from shade-growing, free-trade coffee with soy stands to gluten-free bakeries to vegan & veggie restaurants to über-expensive, organic Whole Foods.gluten-freefallon

And the frenzy does not stop there. How about the continued ban toward adding natural mineral fluoride in the water of Portland, Oregon? How about those who adamantly refuse to vaccinate their children against whooping-cough, measles and other diseases? And let’s not forget what columnist Charles Krauthammer has labeled, the narcissistic pursuit of the home-birth “experience”?

Like the devotees of other –isms of history, the Foodinistas are almost religious in their devotion to their cause(s), even though they are usually secular in their orientation. They are armed with their increasingly wireless Google, Bing or Yahoo search engines. Literally in nano-seconds with their personal “filter bubbles” they can find what they are looking for and conveniently ignore all the rest.

If you care to spend time with them (if you must), you will find bright, highly educated, well-compensated Foodinistas, inhabiting aware enclaves such as San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and Alameda Counties (e.g., California examples), who are more than happy to proclaim the overwhelming virtues of their shade grown, gluten-free, pro-GMO labeling, anti-vaccination, pro home-birth, anti-vaccination, veggie/vegan existence.

First-World Starvation?

Foodinistas are hungry; they are always hungry, which means food is always top of mind. Is there any wonder why humor is not in great supply with this crowd? A growling stomach and a good time don’t typically go hand-in-hand.

Even though we live in the richest country on the planet, the one that has more than its fair share of food choices in its supermarkets and restaurants, there are ever-more that Foodinistas will not eat as opposed to what they will actually consume. And as time goes on and more pseudo-science articles are posted online, their acceptable food groups shrink even further as they grow more “mature.”chemicals

Some will chop veggies for two, three, four hours or longer in order to prepare a vegan feast (hold the honey, honey; it belongs to the bees). Guess what? The process is repeated for the next meal and the next and the next and …

In an extreme case, a Foodinista will break the vegan fast for a (gasp!) vegetarian meal on Fridays, only on Fridays. There is no alteration of this pattern permitted. The Swallows of Capistrano wish they could be this predictable.

A gluten-free prince or princess will challenge everything that is being served including white and red wine. What do grapes have to do with the gluten in grains?

And what are some of the places that require labeling of genetically modified foods (GMOs)? How about China, Russia and Vermont? Maybe Vladimir Putin will next annex Ben and Jerry’s?

Is increasingly legal, taxed, regulated medicinal marijuana gluten free? Almost DailyBrett can see the coming Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) roll-out for gluten-free weed.

Pass the coconut oil

“The people who believe that vaccines cause autism, often well-educated and affluent — are undermining ‘herd immunity’ to such diseases as whooping-cough and measles.” — Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post, writing for National Geographic

Is it just Jimmy Fallon, little ole me and a few others who see that this Foodism religion taking on even more Kool-Aid drinking zealots?filterbubble

And what are the consequences of the behavior of Foodinistas? It ranges from forcing even more to listen to one more narcissistic epic tale of triumph over gluten and Porterhouses to the unnecessary spread of measles and other diseases. Have these folks ever weighed the impact of their behavior on their own personal brand and reputation? The most important public relations are personal public relations.

One would think that we have enough to worry about including the record $18 trillion+ and climbing federal deficit, ISIS atrocities, rampant obesity, whether the majority of Millennials will be able to buy a home anytime in their lifetimes, and if way too many Baby Boomers will live years/decades longer than their retirement funds. There are others who are obsessed with food: They live in the Third World.

Almost DailyBrett will humbly argue there are real issues that deserve our attention, not whether a scone is gluten free or not or whether it is safe to engage in have-a-blast vegetarianism on any day other than Friday.

Something tells me that fun and Foodism are two F-bombs that don’t go well together.







NFL Commish Roger Goodell is concerned that extra points (five misses out of 1,200 kicks this past season) are just too damn predictable. He is floating a trial balloon to eliminate the PAT.


He is also considering allowing players to have access to “medicinal” marijuana.

How about providing cannabis brownies to the snapper, holder and kicker before any and all PATs?

Wouldn’t that help solve the problem of point-after-touchdown 99-percent-plus predictability?

Just a thought.

Yep, I am mature enough to remember Zenon Andrusyshyn.

The name conjures up someone wanted in the former Yugoslavia? The reality is worse that that. He actually was the place kicker for UCLA.

He was a low-trajectory, soccer-style kicker, who missed the critical extra point in one of the most celebrated USC vs. UCLA games of all time, won by the Trojans 21-20 in 1967 (Troy made all three of its extra points. Alas, UCLA only two of three. Ball game).


Let’s not lose sight of the fact that a successful conversion requires the teamwork of solid protection, an accurate snap, good hold with the laces pointed away and an accurate kick. These may be 99 percent automatic in the sterile world of professional football, but oftentimes they are an adventure in college football.

What’s the best thing about freshmen? When they become sophomores. This law applies to college kickers too.

Before we go into further analysis of the NFL’s proposed dropping of extra points, let’s remember The Law of Unintended Consequences. This rule very much may apply if the NFL follows through on its no PAT proposal (and player medicinal marijuana use as well).

When I first watched the professional game, the goal posts were at the front of the end zone. Seems goofy now, but that’s where they were placed. The colleges always positioned their goal posts in the back of the end zone.

There were no two-point conversions. That was left to the college game.

The NFL eventually moved the hash marks closer to the center of the field to encourage more … (yawn) … field goals.

Later the NFL came up with the notion of the coin flip to decide a tied game. If your team won the coin toss, your team elected to receive, moved the ball down the field and then kicked a field goal to win the game.  If the other team won the coin toss, it would elect to receive, move the ball and kick the field goal to win the game. That’s un-American. Both teams should have equal opportunity in overtime.

Almost DailyBrett is happy to report that goal posts are now in the back of the end zones in professional games. The NFL has, after much kicking and screaming, adopted the two-point conversion. The hash marks are still about six-inches apart from each other in the middle of the field.

Most of all, a field goal will not automatically decide a tied game without the other team having an opportunity to kick a field goal too…or maybe (gasp) even scoring a touchdown.

Where does The Law of Unintended Consequences come into play?

Goodell suggested that instead of PATs, a team scoring a touchdown would be awarded seven points. If a team wished to try for eight points, it could run what is now a two-point conversion play from the two-yard line…except it would now be a one-point conversion try. If it succeeded, the TD-scoring team would get eight points (same as now with the two-point try) and if it failed it would lose one point and end up with six points. Got it?


Why would teams risk two points (8-2=6) to score one point (7+1=8)? That only makes sense if a team is desperately behind.

Or is this just a Machiavellian plot by the No Fun League (NFL) to quietly abolish the two-point conversion?

Here are some suggestions to keep the extra point and to ensure that a two-point conversion (a very exciting play BTW) remains indeed a two-point conversion.

● Consider requiring teams to attempt extra points from the 25-yard line, making the PAT a 42-yard kick. In domes or sunny climes with little wind, this should be no problem for a pro kicker. In windy, cold Green Bay, Chicago, Pittsburgh in January, the PAT would be anything but automatic. In these cases, would it be better to go for two points from the two-yard line? This would bring more strategy into the PAT vs. two-point conversion decision.

● In college overtime games, teams can kick extra points only in the first two overtime sessions (when each team has an opportunity to play offense). After that, each team must attempt two-point conversions. The point is to break deadlocks relatively quickly, and add the excitement of whether a team will score or fail on the two-point conversion and thus win or lose the game all on one play.

Could professional football restrict the number of times that teams can kick extra points to the first two-or-three touchdowns, requiring two-point conversions attempts for the remainder of the game? That would solve the 99 percent PAT success-rate “problem.”

● The net result in restricting the number of extra points to the first two-or-three touchdowns, and then mandating two-point conversions most likely would be fewer NFL overtime games. And if that was the case, the league should allow the team that lost the coin flip one chance at the ball even if the other team scored a touchdown. We are talking equal opportunity and fairness here.

● Another possibility is simply requiring two-point conversion attempts after all touchdowns. These would turn out to be the toughest 72 inches in all of sport. Something tells me the NFLPA would not be real keen to this idea. Maybe the PAT is not all that bad.

Is the no PAT trial balloon a diabolical NFL attempt to do away with the two-point conversion? Almost DailyBrett certainly hopes not. Maybe medicinal marijuana brownies for the snapper, holder and kicker is not such a bad idea.

Heck, why not serve them to the entire offensive line?







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