Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Despicable

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2004147460_rbstevens270.html

Everyone should read the above story regarding Jerramy Stevens. It speaks for itself. You can read some comments on the story here.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Read it all

"THE INFINITE POSSIBILITIES EACH DAY HOLDS SHOULD STAGGER THE MIND. THE SHEER NUMBER OF EXPERIENCES I COULD HAVE IS UNCOUNTABLE, BREATHTAKING, AND I'M SITTING HERE REFRESHING MY INBOX. WE LIVE TRAPPED IN LOOPS, RELIVING A FEW DAYS OVER AND OVER, AND WE ENVISION ONLY A HANDFUL OF PATHS LAID OUT AHEAD OF US. WE SEE THE SAME THINGS EACH DAY, WE RESPOND THE SAME WAY, WE THINK THE SAME THOUGHTS, EACH DAY A SLIGHT VARIATION OF THE LAST, EVERY MOMENT SMOOTHLY FOLLOWING THE GENTLE CURVES OF SOCIETAL NORMS. WE ACT LIKE IF WE JUST GET THROUGH TODAY, TOMORROW OUR DREAMS WILL COME BACK TO US.

AND NO, I DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO JOLT MYSELF INTO SEEING WHAT EACH MOMENT COULD BECOME. BUT I DO KNOW ONE THING: THE SOLUTION DOESN'T INVOLVE WATERING DOWN MY EVERY LITTLE IDEA AND CREATIVE IMPULSE FOR THE SAKE OF SOMEDAY EASING MY FIT INTO A MOLD. IT DOESN'T INVOLVE TEMPERING MY LIFE TO BETTER FIT SOMEONE'S EXPECTATIONS. IT DOESN'T INVOLVE CONSTANTLY HOLDING BACK FOR FEAR OF SHAKING THINGS UP.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, SO I WANT TO SAY IT AS CLEARLY AS I CAN:"

Monday, November 26, 2007

50mil and a boatload of pics

'Eli the Terrible' was the first headline I saw, only minutes after walking out my front door. That was to be the theme for the rest of the day. In the worlds of internet sports, local papers, and the blogosphere, Eli was relentlessly trashed.

He deserved it for the bullshit performance he put up yesterday. But that was only a footnote in most of the writing. The real point was that Eli is a bust after being drafted number one overall in 2004.

I'm a big Eli Manning fan. He's a large part of why I'm even a Giants fan these days. I normally react defensively when he's getting badmouthed. But he is often very difficult to defend. In nearly 3 and a half seasons of starting, I don't remember any game where Eli played well from kickoff to final whistle. I do believe that some of that blame lays at the feet of the coaching staff. How much, I'm not sure of, but I do think that its more than they're getting now.

I want to see Eli become one of the greats. That doesn't mean winning a superbowl, he doesn't have to (a la Marino), and in fact it wouldn't be enough. What he needs to do for that is play very well on a consistent basis.

Below, I compared Eli to most of the quarterbacks in the league right now. What it came down to was that, in my opinion, Eli Manning is in the upper level of mediocrity. He's definitely 'good enough.' But thats not what the Giants and all their fans thought they were getting in 2004. We either have to admit he is what we see now, or hold on to hope that he can still get better. I'm in the latter camp for now.

The three columns below are:
Players name / Better than Eli / Would trade Eli for

Tom Brady Y/Y
JP Losman N/N
Kellen Clemens N/N
Miami N/N
B Roethlisberger =/N
D Anderson N/N
Carson Palmer Y/Y
S. McNair N/N
K. Boller N/N
Peyton Manning Y/Y
David Garrard N/N
Vince Young N/N
Matt Schaub N/N
Philip Rivers =/N
Jay Cutler N/N
Brody Croyle N/N
McCown/Culpepper N/N
Tony Romo Y/N
Donavan McNabb N/N
Jason Campbell N/N
Brett Favre Y/N
Jon Kitna =/N
Tavaris Jackson N/N
Rex Grossman N/N
Jeff Garcia =/N
Drew Breeze Y/N
Carolina N/N
Atlanta N/N
Matt Hasselbeck Y/N
M. Leniart N/N
K. Warner N/N
Alex Smith N/N
Mark Bulger N/N

QBs that I consider better than Eli, but would not trade for, are either a) not that much better, or b) not yet proven over a long enough period of time.

It is somewhat encouraging to see that only Brady, Manning, and Palmer would I rather have than Eli. Although I will say that Romo is getting closer, as his consistently good play continues.

Monday, September 10, 2007

I know its NY, but ...

"They're cheering because Pennington's going out. I don't care what anybody says." Phil Simms, during the broadcast of Sundays NY Jets game.

"... rip the tar out of Jets fans for cheering when Chad Pennington got hurt ... What a sickening, shameful display." - Peter King, in his MMQB column.

I like when Simms calls games, I consider him one of the better football broadcasters on TV right now. And I read Peter Kings stuff most days on SI.com. But I have to disagree with them on this.

I was watching the Jets game when Pennington went down. I didn't get any impression that the crowd was cheering because he was hurt. Instead, I thought they were cheering for him because he was eventually able to get off the field on his own strength. I was surprised when Simms made his comment, and as the rest of the media took the same viewpoint I figured I probably just missed something.

But I've since spoken with three different people who were at the game (and not together). All three said they were cheering for Chad, not for him getting hurt, as I had originally thought. I gotta believe that my initial reaction combined with what these three game-goers say is the truth. I can't imagine the fan that would boo a player -- Pennington in particular -- while he's writhing in pain on the field, let alone a stadium full of them.

And this business of making some story out of the crowd cheering for Clemens? OF COURSE they're cheering for Clemens, he's a backup QB coming into the game to relieve the injured starter! They BETTER be cheering!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

9'1

I paddled out into the waves again this past weekend. I had almost given up after my last attempt, but since I was at the beach and the surfboards were there too, I figured I'd try one more time.

I spent an hour and a half paddling out, not catching waves, and paddling out again. Paddle to the left, paddle to the right. Paddle into waves and don't catch them. Paddle back out again. Eventually I gave up and paddled back to shore. But after giving up for a second time, I was disappointed with myself, and felt like I had let my brother down. So after lunch, I tried again.

This time, with a longboard.

Amazing. My first few tries I was riding the break of waves, in the whitewash. When I stood up, I felt like everything was in slow motion. I was very aware of the distinctly different feeling of the board under my feet, which until then had spent the entire morning under water. I felt every little vibration coming through the board from the water against the bottom of it. I looked in the faces of the people I surfed past and saw them watching me. Watching from the viewpoint I had taken all morning, watching everyone else.

After a few rides like this, I started dropping in on the face of waves. Real surfing! I was ecstatic after my first real ride, and looking back over my shoulder I saw my brother going absolutely nuts with excitement for me, slapping the water and screaming after me. I went back out and did it again. And again. Eventually my brother went in to take a nap on the beach, and I kept surfing. When my brother came back out a little later on, he said it was 3:30 and he had to get to work.

I had been out for 4 hours straight, and wasn't nearly ready to leave. But I had to, and I'm now left with the itch to get back to the waves this weekend. I can only hope that the longboard is there. And pray for surf.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Twisted

I've twisted my ankle. Again. For years these things have been twisting, spraining, and breaking. On trampolines, basketball courts, and football fields I have fallen to the ground grimacing. It has even gotten me a few times when I was daring enough to walk down the street!

This time I saw a doctor, which I normally don't do, but there's one right across the street from me. Its been in a soft cast for a week now, and will probably come off this weekend. Walking up to my fifth floor apartment has been outstanding. I try to avoid my stairs whenever possible, and it hurts to walk too far still, so I've been couped up in my apartment most nights. I have finished Feast for Crows, watched the Big Lebowski 3 times, played every song I know on the guitar twice, cleaned my apartment and eaten delivery every night.

This is getting freakin' old.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Sicko

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlDAUKSh9CQ

Michael Moore's newest film promises to strike a particularly resonant chord with me. I grew up without health insurance, my brother still doesn't have any, and my uncle is dying from a disease that he can't afford to treat. Meanwhile every other friday i look at the $1000 that the government takes from me, and wonder why they can't help my family.

I can't even hold a conversation with people about the topic because I get so disgusted with the state of things. Dennis Kucinich made some statements in the last democratic "debate" that seemed to indicate he favors an approach to universal health insurance that I'd agree with. I need to learn more before I can get behind it though.