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So, anyway, that's fantastic news, and so now the "Latham Park Flyers" are going to officially be a member of the ACC starting with the 2013-2014 season, and, starting then, we will have a 22-game home and away schedule. I don't know if conference officials are planning on building stands for us at Troy Johnson Park, but, either way, we're all thrilled about being part of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
I was very excited about watching the recent X-Factor episode last week because it was the one filmed in Greensboro – so it was this city's rare, big chance to get a lot of great positive national exposure, and I was really looking forward to it.
Well, so much for that. The episode started out – from the very beginning of the show – by portraying Greensboro as a ghost town. The first shot literally showed trash blowing across an empty road like it was tumbleweed blowing through a deserted Old West town.
And the X-Factor judges are driving around and Britney is giving that scowl she has on her face whenever she really has a great deal of contempt for something. Britney was like: What is this place again? Why in the world are we here?
"Where is everyone?" Britney says.
And I'm like, wonderful. So this is our big national exposure.
In the show, Simon asked his female driver what Greensboro was known for, and the driver said, "Country music and grits."
And I thought: Country music and grits?
That's not even right. Since when is Greensboro known for country music? Or grits for that matter.
After I heard that, I Googled "Country Music and Greensboro" and the only name that came up was "Jody Petty," and I don't even know who that is or if it's a man or a woman.
In the show, Simon asked where he could get some grits, and they took him to get some. So that was our big close-up: Jake's Diner.
Later in the show, there was a massive downpour and the Coliseum roof was leaking on Simon, and this wild lightening took the power out. Then a contestant who wasn't picked went berserk and started trashing the set and they had to call security and by the end all four judges are like, let's get out of this blasted place.
They never even mention the biggest selling point of Greensboro: that it is close to the mountains and just a short drive to the coast – that is, that Greensboro is very close to a lot of places you would actually want to be.
It's good to see that the NFL has finally made a deal with the referees. Last week's Monday night game was really something and, as most people know, the league was using high school refs and a ref from the Lingerie Football League as replacement league refs.
But here's the part you may not have known. It's not just that they were using an official from the Lingerie Football League (LFL) – an all-girl league where they play in lingerie. But the NFL was using a referee who got fired from the Lingerie Football League for incompetence. After the Monday night game last week when the Packers were robbed, the lingerie league put out a press release that explained that that ref had been fired from the league that features scantily clad women playing arena football.
Mitch Mortaza, the commissioner of the LFL, said NFL replacement ref Craig Ochoa had been fired from the lingerie league. Mortaza said he was dumbfounded when he learned the NFL was using a ref that his league had determined to be incompetent.
"They were hurting our overall broadcast caliber," Mortaza told Yahoo! Sports about this ref and about some other refs who were also let go by the LFL league. "And if it's opening up our players for potential injury, those things raise red flags here. Is it hurting overall credibility? When either of those two things are compromised, it's time to start thinking about parting ways."
The NFL brings in over $9 billion per year and the demands of the officials were miniscule in comparison.
Right after the Seahawks-Packers Monday night debacle, the lingerie league released an official statement about the firing of the refs who were then hired as replacement refs in the NFL: "Due to several on-field occurrences of incompetent officiating, we chose to part ways with a crew which apparently is now officiating in the NFL. We have a lot of respect for our officials but we felt the officiating was not in line with our expectations ... We have not made public comment to date because we felt it was not our place to do so. However in light of tonight's event, we felt it was only fair that NFL fans knew the truth as to who are officiating these games."
All right, that's it for this week; I have to go now. I'm going to pick up an iPhone 5. Because it's the only new iPhone available right now – but, by this time next year, I plan to be flying around in my flying car talking on my hover phone iPhone 6.
Plus, I need to go get with my friends and practice basketball, since, in a little more than a year's time, the Latham Park Flyers will be competing against such formidable and classic ACC foes as Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame.