Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I Love The Internet, Volume MCMLXVI

This gentleman took the time to try and calculate Charlie Brown's win-loss record as a pitcher. I love the Internet.

Monday, January 11, 2010

100 Words On Nervous

Another shot at Velvet Verbosity's 100 Words Challenge-Exactly one hundred words, no more, no less, on a given keyword. ( Look here to learn more.)

Am I nervous?

I think of Jack Nicholson's Colonel Jessup when I hear that word-looking at Tom Cruise, sneering, “So don't think for one second that you can come down here, flash a badge and make me nervous.”

What do I have to be nervous about? What do I fear?

What don't I?

I fear for my child. I fear he has inherited my fear, my reluctance to change.

I fear for my country's and the world's future. I fear the results of our ignorance and shortsightedness.

I fear that tomorrow won't be better than today. Yes, I'm nervous.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

In Defense of Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid

Tonight, the Philadelphia Eagles got waxed in Dallas, ending their season and being eliminated from the NFL playoffs once again.

Philadelphia sports fans, being the level headed, rational types that they always are, will soon be suggesting calm, sensible remedies like firing the coach, hanging the quarterback in effigy, and burning down the stadium and salting the ground that it stands on.

This is probably a little extreme.

The primary criticism is that McNabb and Reid have not won a Super Bowl, which is indisputably true. It is imagined that McNabb or Reid have some sort of character deficiency or lack of passion that prevents them from doing so.

However, neither have Jim Kelly, Dan Fouts, or Dan Marino, who were all Hall of Famers.

Yes, the Philadelphia fan base wants a Super Bowl-I've been a Boston Red Sox fan since 1978. I understand waiting for your team to win a title. But the best way to win a title is to make the playoffs again and again, and hope the bounces go your way. That is precisely what Reid does, but he's not going to receive the credit he deserves.