The pain is not great, but the symbolism is disagreeable

July 2, 2008 at 3:17 pm | Posted in lee, softball | 5 Comments
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I can’t sleep tonight.  I’ve just been laying in bed.  I thought that I would fall asleep easy because I went exercise swimming tonight, and any kind of physical exertion has been exhausting me lately.  By “lately”, I could me the last four years or maybe the last two.  I don’t know for sure, though, because I haven’t been very physically active.

Anyway, I can’t sleep tonight.  I have been wanting to write something for a few weeks now, and since I hate my own blog, I will write here, another blog that I hate.

Something has happened to me lately.  Maybe it has been a gradual thing, maybe it isn’t.  But, I can no longer do athletic things.  Back when I tried out for little league, my coach/neighbor called my mom and told me that I made his team, mainly because I ha(d)ve good hand-eye coordination.  As soon as i found out what that was, I was pretty excited about myself, even though I knew that I mainly made the team because he was my neighbor and a lot of the neighbor kids were on the team.  I don’t really like where this is going, so I will go in another direction.

I can’t catch anymore.  Fielding is my favorite part of baseball, but have become a horrible fielder.  I like to be one of the reliable people on a sports team, but I am starting to realize that I no longer am.  Take last night.  I was at first base for most of the game for the Beekeepers.  I have grown to like first base because it isn’t third base where the balls come at me faster than I have been able handle.  I used to love third base for this reason and because so many balls were hit there.  My stints at third base have yielded no plays made.  Another great thing about 1B is that it isn’t the outfield where I have yet to judge the balls correctly.  A firstbasemen gets to make a lot plays, and most of them aren’t to hard.

Probably my favorite plays to make are easy infield pop-ups.  I don’t know why, they just seem so cool to make.  During yesterday’s game, an easy pop-up was hit to the first base side.  I ran up about 15 feet and called off the pitcher.  I kept my eye on the ball, and put my glove and bare hand up to make the play.  The ball bounced in-then-out of my glove.  Luckily, the baserunner overated me, and didn’t run to the base and we got an easy out.

A few weeks ago, Brian wrote about a catch I made.  I was chasing another fly, this time while I was playing second base.  I read the ball perfectly, and again put both hands up.  The ball completely missed my glove, but landed right in my bare hand.  I was pretty proud of my instincts.  Now I am not so sure.  I also dropped a nice throw from Aaron on what would have been a third out.  Yesterday’s game got me to finally admit that I am not a good fielder anymore.

Actually, I am still not ready to admit it.  I might suck, yes, but I have to other potential excuses:

1) My glove still might not be completely broken in.  I bought it new this year, and though I have molded it into shape, I think it is still too stiff to close properly.  It also probably doesn’t help that I secretly think it is funny to refer to my glove as Mitt Romney.  Stuff like that cracks me up a lot more than I should.  I should probably stop.  (I think I found my solution here: http://www.baseballgloves.com/breakingin/index.html

2) My fielding has digressed as the season has progressed.  About the time fielding seemed to be getting harder, I got new contact lenses that are worse than my previous lenses.  This excuse doesn’t work for yesterday, but for my time in the outfield and third base, it does. 

Or, I suck.

More things:

I like Boozer and I hope he never leaves the Jazz.

I hate that whenever the Jazz draft/sign a white player, Jazz fans are pissed because they think the Jazz are so unathletic.  What about Miles, Brewer, Price, Kirilenko, Millsap, Williams, and Boozer? 

I wouldn’t care if football season never started.

Just because most of the world thinks soccer is the greatest sport doesn’t mean they are right.  I like watching soccer, but basketball, baseball, hockey, and football are more interesting to watch.

The weather is here. Wish you were warm.

September 29, 2007 at 5:10 am | Posted in football (american), lee | 2 Comments

Football has yet to impress me this year.

Let me be more specific: the NFL has yet to impress me this year.  College football has been okay to me, I guess.  I mean, the only game that has really EXCITED me was the Utah-UCLA game.  What the earth was that?  This week, things could change with games like California playing Oregon.

 But the NFL?  Kind of totally boring so far.  The only cool things that have happened have been the Eagles uniforms and the Raiders new coach (Kiffen) screwing the Browns with the same tactic that the Broncos screwed the Raiders with the week before.  It was like he was saying “F__k you, I’m 31” to the rest of the league.  It almost makes me want to not hate the Raiders more than any team besides the Cowboys.  I wonder if the Cowboys still like being America’s team.  It was cool in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and kind of the 90s, but right now, being America’s anything (besides “Idol”) is so uncool in America.  The only thing less hip to admit to being is a Republican.  Or a Bathroom Gay.

Then again, the only team it seems like I have seen play this year is the Broncos because of regional broadcasts.  Everytime I watch a Broncos game, I wish there was a place where fans in a specific market could vote for what game they want to see.  I was fine with seeing Jake Plummer play every week because he was my favorite player, but once Shannahan stopped playing him, the Broncos became irrelevent to my brain.  Cutler is cool, but not cool enough to make me watch them like Plummer was.

Now, I do admit that my enjoyment of football has declined by the year lately.  It is such a weird sport.  These coaches – who were the douchebags we hated in high school –  get their players to do these crazy things that ruin their bodies.  Then, the when the players retire they have the lasting effect of all the things they put their bodies through and they can hardly function physically.  They don’t even have guaranteed contracts.  Kind of messed up, dude.

time to get this shit started

August 28, 2007 at 10:47 pm | Posted in baseball, brian, lee | Leave a comment

this is an email baseball conversation between lee and myself about bonds breaking the homerun record.

Bonds is at 753, two away from tying Henry Aaron’s record. All along, I haven’t lost too much sleep over the whole steriod era. I hated the cheating part of it, but I figured the steroid users would get theirs in the end (look what is happening to WW(F)E wrestlers. It can’t be just a coincidence that all these wrestlers that have a history of steroid use are dying at young ages). I also noticed that teams built on power hitters never win championships (pardon my parenthesis. The Yankees had a dynasty going until they started getting power hitters over contact hitters. The Mariners of the late 90s had Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, and Jay Buhner, and could barely make the playoffs). But now that steriods is effecting the history of the game by breaking one of the most important records in sports, I have a problem with the steriod era.

here’s my thing: i think that in sports, we’re nostalgic for the past, for the golden eras of the sports we love. i don’t know when that golden era was for baseball, but i know base ball is radically different today than it was when i was a kid. anyway we idealize the past talking about when the game was better, when it was purer, when players played because they loved it rather than for money and fame or whatever. but really, there was no golden era. baseball, and every other major sport, has had a troubled past. betting on world series, not allowing african-americans to compete until the fifties, all the shit they used to use to doctor the balls, everyone using speed in the sixties, everyone using cocaine in the eighties, corked bats, pine tar, and so on and so on. so i think all the records could have asterisks by them. my problem is that the game of shadows book is bullshit. it’s all the stuff they couldn’t get into the paper because their sourcing was so poor. it couldn’t get nominated for a pulitzer or national book award or something because the judges couldn’t classify it as non-fiction because of the lack of sourcing. in other words, there is no definitive proof that bonds used steriods. there’s a lot of circumstantial evidence, but nothing that i think justifies suspending him or taking away his homeruns or whatever. i think baseball should actually get serious about testing, because i think what they’ve got going on now is a joke. but i don think it would be wrong to take away bond’s hr record without serious proof.

i agree that power-hitters don’t win championships. however, it’s the move to power that’s brought baseball’s attendance back. or so it seems. you have lowered mounts, smaller strike zones and so many batter-friendly parks. i like small ball and great defense, but that’s not the way baseball is anymore.

Sports fans do get too caught up in thinking that what they are currently seeing is inferior to what they used to see. It’s the same thing with with books, movies, and music. Everything older is better. Maybe it is that we finally realize, “Hey, that was a great movie/book/album/ballplayer,” and then the greatness of that particular thing grows as people talk about how great it was. I think they call it “legend”. Critics aren’t quite as critical about old stuff. It is kind of like ‘the grass is greener on the other side’, but more specifically, it is ‘my old lawn was a lot greener that this crap’.

I’m fine with the steriod era. It happened and baseball had to have known it was happening. I don’t hate Bonds. I like him more than I like Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. I’m convinced that Bonds gets a bad rap because he can be a dick. Lance Armstrong has had what seem to me to be more valid allegations made about him, but because he is friendly, everyone believes him. But, I have a problem with Bonds breaking a record.

Even though I don’t think past eras are necessarily better, I like the history of baseball (and other sports). Statistics and records are part of the history. Hank Aaron’s 755 was probably the biggest of these records. Aaron was against any kind of cheating – including baseball’s somewhat accepted cheatings – and endured a lot when he broke the record because of his race. So, 755 was big to more than baseball. It was big for equality.

Then here’s Bonds. Sure, he hasn’t been proven guilty of steriods, but I’m more sure of his guilt than his innocence, and that taints the record for me. I’m sure I’ll get over it, but I’d rather have someone like Hank Aaron hold the record than someone with so much suspicion.

i think the uncritical and idealized looks at baseball’s past is a lot of the problem. it’s not “my old lawn was greener than this crap” but “the way i choose to remember my old lawn–which only bears the most superficial resemblance to the way my lawn actually looked–is way greener than this crap.” the other thing is it seems like everyone links bonds’ numbers to only steroids when there are a million things that go into it like the emphasis in strength training in contemporary baseball, the expansion of the league and with that a slight decrease in the overall pitching talent, the smaller strike zones, different ways baseballs are manufactured, and so on. so bonds holds the homerun record, but records are not ahistorical. there is always a context to these records and these stats. it makes comparisons, especially comparisons across different eras in baseball, more difficult, but also makes them more interesting.

i guess my problem with the entire thing is the way bonds’ record-chase has been covered. i’m amazed at how much hate many sportswriters and talking heads have for bonds.

i think it’s ricky henderson

Here’s my problem with how the homerun chase was covered by the media. For the last two years, everyone has hated him. Then, the last two weeks before he broke the record, everyone started loving him. Either they were trying to be different (which backfired, because almost everyone else did the same thing) or they companies they work for forced them to change their view because of the lack of interest in the chase, and they wanted more money.

and that’s why i think the hatred for bonds is largely a media creation.

I’m fine with Dirk-money winning the MVP

May 20, 2007 at 9:54 am | Posted in basketball, lee | 46 Comments

I hate two things about the MVP award:
1) When people say that the MVP should go to the best player on the best team. I don’t get why. Obviously, there are times when the best player is on the best team, but more often, the best team is the best team because of the best compilation of players, not because of one player. Especially these days with “parity” being all the rage. This isn’t just an NBA problem. Every sport has experts that like to use this scientific approach to naming the Most Valuable Player.
2) Problem number two seems to only be an NBA problem. For now. It makes me sick when a star player steps to the the free throw line while on their homecourt, the fans start chanting M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P! They should know that their player isn’t a MVP in most cases.

Anyway, Dirk Nowitski won the MVP and I have no problem with it.

Why?

He might as well win it because he was as qualified as anyone else.

I’m convinced that Tim Duncan is the best player in the NBA and does more to help his team win than anyone.  But, the discussion for MVP consisted only of Dirk and Nash, so I’ll consider them the only two candidates.

The argument that I have heard most is that without Nash the team falls apart.  I agree, but what about the Mavericks without Dirk?  Which of the following list of role players would you rather have?:

Maurice Ager, Greg Buckner, Austin Croshere, Erick Dampier, DeSagana Diop, Devean George, Devin Harris, Josh Howard, Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Jerry Stackhouse, Jason Terry

or

Marcus Banks, Leandro Barbosa, Raja Bell, Pat Burke, Boris Diaw, James Jones, Jumaine Jones, Shawn Marion, Sean Marks, Eric Piatkowski, Jalen Rose, Amare Stoudamire, Kurt Thomas

Personally, I’d choose the second group.  Even if you’d prefer the first group, it isn’t by much, meaning that Dirk’s team is as lost without him as Nash’s.

Another reason that people think Nash is more deserving is statistics.  Nash has put up amazing statistics over the last few years in Phoenix, but I’ve become less impressed with them over the last few weeks.  During the Jazz-Warriors series, I noticed that Deron Williams had a few amazing statistic games despite not even playing great.  So did a few other Jazz players (Slambidunktrous, Kirilenko).  Likewise with the entire Golden State team.  Just like the Jazz and Warriors were playing an uptempo style that increases stats, Nash plays for a team whose style is MADE to get amazing stats, especially for a PG.

The third thing people point at for why Dirk shouldn’t be the MVP is his team’s early exit from this year’s playoffs. It is said that the MVP shouldn’t be voted on until after the playoffs are over so that their playoff performance can be factored in. Instead, I think that more emphasis should be placed on winning the Finals MVP. Maybe the name can be changed to the Playoff MVP and a All-Playoff Team can be named too. While I’m on this, a lot more emphasis should be place on being the best team of the regular season. To me, winning the most games over an 82-game period is more impressive than winning a two-month long playoff tournament.

The MVP should go the the player who had the best season. Statistics, team wins, and impact on games should all be part of what is factored into the decision. This year, Dirk’s season was as impressive and Nash’s. If Nash would have won, I’d feel the same as I do about Dirk-money winning.

Conference Finals Predictions

    Jazz/Spurs

– Even if the Jazz don’t win, this series could be huge for them. For the last seven or eight years, the Spurs have owned the Jazz. Utah’s luck has improved over the last few years by winning a few games at home, but they still can’t win in San Antonio (they haven’t won there since before the war), even though the Spurs fans aren’t the most intimidating. A few wins, especially one on the road could lessen the mental edge the Spurs have over the Jazz. What the Jazz have going for them is their youth and rest. This could help them steal Game One or make them more fresh if the series goes six or seven games.
Spurs in 7

    Cavaliers/Pistons

– Sasha Pavlovic is one of my favorite players in the NBA, but I can’t stand to watch the Cavs play because it reminds me that the Jazz gave him away. The Cavs don’t have a chance to win this series.
Pistons in 5 (and don’t be surprised it is 4)

I wrote this as a baseball fan, not as a Yankees fan

April 13, 2007 at 5:43 am | Posted in baseball, lee | 5 Comments

Baseball Needs A-Rod
How Alex Rodriguez can save baseball

You might hate Alex Rodriguez. You might want to rethink that hate, though, because he could be one of history’s most important baseball players.

I know, I know. He is so easy to hate and the reasons to do so are more than plenty.

There’s the record-setting, 10-year, $252 million dollar contract he signed in 2001 that will earn him $27 million this year alone (not to make you hate him more, but if he gets 572 at-bats like he did last year he will make $47,202.80 per at-bat).

Perhaps you hate that despite all that money and his numerous American League Most Valuable Player awards, he usually doesn’t perform well when it seems to matter the most: the playoffs.

It could be that he seems fake. He is too good of a person. Everything he does seems so scripted, his answers so rehearsed. It could be all three.

Or, maybe you just hate the Yankees.

Whatever your reason, you might want to start rooting for Rodriguez because he is important to the history of Major League Baseball (MLB). Why? Because he hits a lot of home runs and doesn’t do steroids. This combination could make him the one to help baseball move on from the “steroid era” that has dragged baseball’s good name through the mud for almost 30 years.

Homeruns are the most prominent of all baseball plays. They show the skill and power that a player possesses. They put a run – or runs – on the scoreboard with a single swing of the bat. The records for homeruns have always been considered sacred and important parts of baseball’s rich tradition.

For a few decades, Babe Ruth held the two biggest records for homeruns that exist: home runs in a single season (60) and homeruns over a career (714).

In 1961, Roger Maris broke the single-season record by hitting 61 homers. His record maintained the sacredness of Ruth’s. Maris held the record until the 1998 season, when Mark McGwire passed him by hitting 70 homeruns. Just three years later, Barry Bonds out-did McGwire by hitting 73 in 2001. Because both Bonds and McGwire have been all but convicted of steroid use, the singe-season homerun record has lost its prestige and had become almost laughable.

The career homerun record is considered by many to be the biggest record in all of sports. The Babe held onto the record until April 8, 1974, when Henry Aaron became the homerun king by hitting his 715th homer. Aaron finished his career in 1976 with 755 homeruns and more than 30 years later, the record has remained holy. It appears that it won’t last past this season, though, because Barry Bonds is at it again.

Going into the 2007 baseball season, the 42 year-old Bonds has dinged 734 homers, only 21 shy of Aaron’s record. That’s a small margin, considering that over his 21 year career, Bonds has only hit less than 21 homers in three seasons: 2005 when he only played in 14 games on account of injury and two others within his first four seasons in the Major Leagues. So, barring an (un)fortunate injury to Bonds or unforeseeable luck for baseball fans, the record will fall well before the season ends.

Alex Rodriguez, though, can make Bonds reign last less than a decade. In 11 seasons the 31 year-old A-Rod has already amassed 464 homeruns. That is an average of 42 homers per season. Let’s assume that Bonds will play one more season after 2007 and finish his career with 800 homeruns. If Rodriguez keeps with his pace of 42 homers, he will break the record in just eight seasons. This means, that in 2014, the all-important record book of baseball could start looking pure again.

Because Rodriguez is a human (despite your perception of his robotic personality), he will age and age will probably bring a lack in production. We’ll guess that his production won’t fall much farther than to an average of 32 four-baggers per year. This would make him baseball’s all-time homerun leader midway through the 2017 season. Far away as that may seem, Rodriguez will only be 41 (turning 42 in July of 2017) that season, which is not an uncommon age for baseball players to still be productive at.

Even though you hate Rodriguez (or, used to), you probably hate Bonds more, or at least can admit that having baseball’s biggest record held by someone clean would be better than someone who used steroids.

Baseball fans need A-Rod to maintain his physical abilities for another decade. For that to happen, we need to do our part to ensure that his mind doesn’t go before his body does because of all the stress caused by unfair criticisms and petty hatreds. Although not short on physical prowess, our new-found hero doesn’t always have a psyche of steel. He’s a pleaser and he wants to meet the expectations placed on him. He wants to be a part of another New York Yankees dynasty of championships. He wants these things so bad, that it can be to his detriment. Mistakes can haunt him and criticism can hurt his confidence. He starts over-thinking and routine things like swinging a bat can become so complex in his brain that it seems almost impossible to do.

Alex Rodriguez is the only one who can put the cheating of the steroid era behind us in the near future, so rather than pick apart every mistake he makes or every thing he says, he should be cut some slack and not held to standards he can never meet. He doesn’t need to be coddled, just treated fairly. Otherwise, the dark cloud of cheating will continue to hover over baseball.

Then again, maybe you are of the line of thinking that everyone was juiced on steroids so it wasn’t really cheating. If so, shame on you. Baseball’s better than that.

(I wrote this for my magazine writing class.)

Barbaro vs. Mr. Ed: youth in eyes, duh

February 9, 2007 at 2:29 am | Posted in lee, misc | Leave a comment

I don’t really care that Barbaro died last week.  In a way, I was kind of glad.  I like animals and animal abuse disturbs me (I even did a stint as a vegetarian.  I don’t know how much it counts, though, because all I did was substitute meat in my diet with doughnuts.  Whatever.  I was doing it for the cause.), but I got tired of hearing about him taking turns for the worse followed by a turn for the better.  I started to wonder if I even wanted him alive, as it seemed they were just causing him months of pain by keeping  him alive.  And why were they going to so much effort and spending so much money to keep him alive?  So he could become a professional fornicator.

Horse racing is jacked.

I can’t wait until the year when there is only one roman numeral digit

February 7, 2007 at 8:50 am | Posted in football (american), lee | 2 Comments

Prince?  Prince?!  PRINCE?!  W T F?!

What, was U2 busy?  Okay, U2 is a bad example because their songs are played during commercial break intros and outros for every single sporting event.  For some reason, and I am willing to bet cash money that that reason was that they were from Europe where soccer is huge, every single montage and commercial break of this year’s World Cup had a U2 song playing.  It’s as if somehow hearing a song by a band from a country that “understands” soccer is supposed to enhance one’s soccer viewing.  From now on, I am going to walk around life saying to people, “I’ve heard U2.  I get soccer.  Out of my way.”

I digress, and I did so because I couldn’t think of anything else to say about Prince playing halftime of the Super Bowl.  The Super Bowl halftime entertainment seems to have run dry, and maybe it is time to bring back the Bud Bowl.  The best part about Prince playing was as they came back from the commercial break right before he played, “We Will Rock You” was playing either on the TV or in the stadium.  I said, “Uh-oh, somebody screwed up and booked Queen instead of Prince.  Honest mistake, but come on….this is the Super Bowl.”  I’m fine with bragging about that because nobody but me laughed.  All I got in response was, “Too bad Brian May (or whatever Queen’s singer’s name is) isn’t alive, so Queen could be playing.”  Whatever.

Which brings me to one of my struggles of watching this year’s Super Bowl.  See, I am brotherless for the first time since early April of 1986, leaving me without my usual Super Bowl watching crew of me and a little brother or two.  A few of my friends needed a place to watch the game, and my mom was more than happy to have them over.  She was a babe, and made more than enough treats for us.  Anyway, here was the problem: during the Super Bowl, I am used to thinking most of the same things (commercials, awkward halftime moments, idiotic things that Phil Simms/John Madden say and whatnot) are as funny as the people I watch it with do.  It adds to the run.  The friends I watched it with not only laughed at different things than I did, they were total snobs about everything.  The only thing we agreed on was that the David Letterman commercial was the best, followed by the Snickers commercial where the two dudes kissed – though that one was ruined by the part where they rip their chest hair out.

Though the commercials are never has funny as people at the water cooler say, this year was particularly bad.  Good thing the game was good.

The first half was great because of the fumbles.  Fumbles are probably the most exciting thing in football, and a game where neither team could hold onto the ball was like a physical dream come true for me.  The third quater was a bore, and the fourth quater tanked because the INT that was returned for a TD eliminated any potential suspense and exciting finish.

On the matter of quarterbacks:

Rex Grossman didn’t play that bad.  Up until the 4th quarter, that is.  But before that, he did okay.  Especially considering that this is his first full season.  If the Bears would have finished 8-8 and Grossman’s season was identical to what he had with the 14-2 season, Bears fans would probably be estatic and the media would be predicting a championship.  Instead, the Bears won 14 games and Grossman is and idiot.

Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning have also suffered from the mistake of winning games.  Because both have played better teams and lost, they have been labeled as people who can’t win big games.  It is such a stupid label to put on somebody, especially while they are still playing/coaching.  At least say, “They have been able to win a big game yet.”  Performing well in big games is something that can be learned.  It isn’t an inate quality found only in certain people.  It is a facet of sports (I feel uncomfortable with using ‘facet’ sometimes; this is one of those times, but it fits).

Back to Manning.  I read and heard a lot of people questioning him winning the MVP.  Are they being real?  He played great.  Even though – as I have mentioned – I didn’t think they were as good as they were being hyped, the Bears have a good defense.  But Manning tore them apart.  Two of his biggest throws were completed even though he had someone holding onto his throwing arm while he was throwing it.  Incredible.

I’ve also heard a lot of people in the media and people I know talk about what a bad playoff season Manning had.  I don’t agree.  Sure, he threw three INTs in the game against the Chiefs, but he also completed 30 of 38 passes (so, not counting the INTs, he only threw five incompletions), more than 300 yards, and the Colts blew them out.  In the Ravens game, his numbers weren’t great at all, but I think it was one of his finest games.  He adjusted his game and took every inch he could from a strong defense.  Against the Patriots, another good defense, one that has played particularly well against Manning in the past, he made the plays when he had to, and if not for his bad start, I would have no problem considering it a ‘great’ game for him.

My apologies for all of the Peyton Manning talk in my first three posts here.  It just kills me how much crap Manning gets from the so-called experts.  What kills me more is how quick the same people are to build up QBs who really haven’t done anything like Ron Mexico, Donovan McNabb, and Carson Palmer.

I also apologize in advance for my summer full of posts about the Yankees.

Don’t worry aaron dw, Peyton Manning is only my number two

February 3, 2007 at 6:06 am | Posted in football (american), lee | Leave a comment

I wrote a semi-outline of my summary of the conference championship games, but I lost it.  I haven’t had time to come write another blog, anway.  But, I think my Super Bowl prediction is vital to this blog and since I am sitting in front of a computer at work pretending to pay attention to this new high-tech training system they came up with, I figured there is no better time than now to give the aforementioned prediction.  This is what they get for leaving me unsupervised.

Before I predict, I feel that I should say that I blame the Saints losing on those of this blog who didn’t respect Hurrican Katrina.

 The Colts will win, and I don’t really like the Bears, but I don’t get why the Colts are such a big favorite and hardly anybody is picking the Bears.  The Bears defense is overrated, but they can still make plays and will provide some trouble for Peyton Manning.  It will be close, kind of like the Colts/Ravens game three weeks ago, only not quite that close and low-scoring.

The winner: Indianapolis

The score: 23-14

Should I give up on Drew Brees ever washing that mud off his face?

January 19, 2007 at 8:02 am | Posted in football (american), lee | 7 Comments

Seriously.

Colin Cowherd is my favorite sports personality. I won’t deny that the American Idol (AI) rants are unnecessary and perhaps inexcusable, but even those entertain me more than some local douche talking about witch supermodel he’d most like to spread his seed with. I heard one of the rants yesterday, and I’m not positive that he wasn’t making fun of it while plugging it. I’m also not certain that he wasn’t just plugging it and he loves the show. Know what I am certain of? That American Idol (AI) is dumb (I refuse to waste better adjectives). I’m in my fourth year of boycotting it. Well, my fourth full year. And it isn’t just because Kelly Clarkson is MY American Idol (AI) and the only American Idol (AI) that I’ll ever need, though that is definitely part of my hate equation. It is because I hate everything about the show, from the stupid outtakes, if you will, at the beginning of the show that are obviously faked by people who think it would be funny to look idiotic on an idiotic show, to Simon Cowell thinking he knows stuff about stuff, to Ryan Seacrest saying, “Seacrest: out!” at the end of every show (I’ve never actually heard him say this, one of my sister’s old boyfriends told me about it). Imagine Ryan Seacrest’s resume when he has to find a job after everyone figures out that shows like American Idol (AI) are lame and should be cancelled and shows like Freaks and Geeks are great and should last more than one season. I’m trying to imagine it right now. Are you? I also boycott Wendy’s.

I am picking the Saints and Colts in the Super Bowl because I like both teams better than who they are playing, because it would be the best Super Bowl , and because I think they are the teams that will win.

Why does everyone hate Peyton Manning so much? Is it because he comes from a family good enough to have three NFL quarterbacks? Is it because he makes funnier commercials than any other athlete? Is it because he is one of the best NFL quarterbacks of all-time, despite playing during an era when teams are infatuated with quarterbacks who have the ability to run with the ball?

I used to hate Peyton Manning too. I wanted Ryan Leaf to be better than him. I was glad that Tennessee won a national championship the year after he left (even though I hate Tennessee). Then, in 2001 or something, I heard an interview with Archie Manning where most of the time he made fun of Peyton. Then I heard/saw/read things from Peyton Manning that I thought were funny. I started paying more attention to his game and less to his what I previously thought about him and I realized that I love watching him play. I like how he calls plays from the line of scrimmage instead of having the offensive coordinator do it from the booth. I love watching him do things like go up against Baltimore’s defense last weekend. Little by little, he chipped away at them, realizing that he probably couldn’t get 300 yards and four touchdown passes. I also like how he calls out Andy Nesbitt every chance he gets.

I also have a soft spot for people who are unfairly judged as “chokers” or players that “can’t with the big one”. It’s not a horrible thing to lose to a team that is better than you (like the Patriots over the last few years), especially if nobody else can beat them.

Anyway, that is my conversion story from Peyton Manning hater to Peyton Manning crusher.

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