who do you like?

October 4, 2006 at 10:35 am | Posted in football (american), pillowtalk | 6 Comments

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The other day I was flipping through the channels and happened to see Mr. Marino’s face staring back out of my t.v. He was there talking with a few other “less important” guys talking about the week in american football. The reason that this caught my attention was because they were all talking about Brett Favre. It was only interesting because they were talking about the “current events” that were happening when Favre hit the NFL. Some of the things they mentioned: Last of the Mohicans was the top movie, grunge music came onto the scene lead by Nirvana with Smells like Teen Spirit, both Mike Tyson and Jeffrey Dahmer were arrested that year (tyson for rape, Dahmer for murder), Super Nintendo was released, The Gulf war, Magic Johnson announced that he has HIV, etc. The other men on the show started “ribbing” Marino about how Brett has 402 career touchdown passes, and is quickly approaching Marino’s own record of 420 .

this caused me to think… i mean, one would hope that after 16 seasons straight, starting every game a quarter back would have at least 400 touchdown passes. I looked up Marino’s career and found out that he actually played for 17 seasons. So essentially Favre has another season along with the current one to make 18 touchdown passes. I think he will do it. I just don’t know if he should.

After reading up on Mr. Favre’s life from here, I found out that he’s become a corporate machine. The boy that started out so well has apparently come to the point where he’s lost touch with what really matters in life. In his early years he was a fun guy, making silly bets and having a good time. From there it seems that he’s changed his focus to numbers and records. I don’t know if Marino was the same (i didn’t pay him any attention when he was a QB).

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I really don’t know much about it at all, so I ask: who do you like? Farve or Marino? Should Favre break Marino’s record, or should the record stand at 420 ?

tough talk towards t.o.; too bad t.o. totally topped trained theory

October 1, 2006 at 4:46 pm | Posted in brian, fespn, football (american) | 3 Comments

monday is all about the nfl. that’s what this commercial i saw told me. i figured sunday would be all about that but i guess it’s all about the nfl and trimming the hedges and laundry and maybe cleaning the garage.

the point of the previous paragraph: i watched like twenty minutes of espn’s nfl countdown this morning.

this show was out of control. it started with a virtual tornado of football, i hope. otherwise i have no idea what the opening graphics were all about. every segment of the show was brought to me by a different product–ibm, marriot courtyard, fidelity, ibm again, old spice, direct tv. every anchor(?) was dressed for success. chris b (black blazer, white shirt and a pink tie [pink ties are awesome]) looked the best. but where was steve young? did he speak in conference this week? or was he just in slc for the serious mormon parties? i imagine that young, marriot, covey, thurl bailey, that girl from survivor, boyd k packer and the ghosts of eliza snow and joseph f smith all hung out on top of the conference center last night. i guess steve young was too hung-over to make it back for the show.

t.o. and his accidental overdose opened the broadcast. here’s what t.o. said: “i don’t think i’d be here if i took 35 pills.” he makes a good point. chris b turned it over to the panel to give this quote some context. i’ll try and put there context in context.

irvey (white shirt with orange stripes going horizontally and vertically, light blue tie with blue something on it and a black blazer): the cowboys should have been thinking about the titans, but it’s all t.o., t.o., t.o.

me (black t-shirt and grey shorts): i’m glad someone sort of defends t.o. it seemed like he was saying that t.o.’s teammates were concerned for t.o.’s health (like normal human beings would be) when they should have been focusing on football. but how do you focus on football when your friend overdoses?

t.j. (black blazer with thick white pin-stripes, white shirt and a black and red striped tie): it’s always something with t.o.

me (same as above): t.j. probably thanks god that guy’s in the league or they’d actually have to come up with some stories. i mean, this is a two-hour show about (american) football.

glassface, who other people call jaws (black blazer, peach shirt and an orange and black tie): speaking for bledsoe, if t.o. is always overdosing on pills, how are we gong to work on our timing and chemistry? speaking for myself, how can you win with t.o. on your team?

me: speaking for glassface, i wish i was half the qb bledsoe is when i played, but i was and am too much of a hater. if i hate someone, i hate someone. i especially hate black athletes who don’t know there place.

dikta (navy blazer, blue shirt, grey tie and an american flag pin): so long, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

me: i guess dikta would fire anyone on his team with any kind of mental health problem. real men don’t have mental health problems, i guess.

t.o. may have tried to kill himself. can’t espn lay off him for a week?

here’s what else i learned:
-phil simms won a bunch of money off his son playing poker while his son was in the hospital and probably groggy from the meds.
-chris henry doesn’t mind his rap sheet.
-espn loves alliteration. here are some of the teasers for stories coming up later in the show: too much t.o., tom’s troubles, smith the savior, winning without shawn, dallas distraction and chad’s comeback.

finally, everyone but irvey thought t.o. would hurt dallas this week by playing. he didn’t. they won easily. not only that, t.o. played pretty well. he lead the cowboys in receiving. however, that’s not good enough for espn. i watched a little of the blitz–a show on espnews that recaps the day in (american) football–and saw another t.o. quote where he said that he exceeded everyone’s expectation (maybe he should work at espn writing teasers). sean s took exception to this (maybe i should). first sean talked about how terry glenn stepped up as a number one receiver since t.o. played so bad. while glenn did have a couple touchdowns, he had a lot less yards than t.o. i don’t get his point. then sean talked about why everyone hates t.o. i guess it’s because he says things like exceeding everyone’s expectations even though he did. i thought about this logic for a while and figured that you’re supposed to hate athletes who play better than espn thinks they will. i guess that makes sense.

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