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Lazy Sunday

Posted: January 16, 2011 in sports

This weekend wasn’t too eventful. I went to Culver’s tonight for dinner and the NFL playoffs game between the Jets and the Patriots was on the TVs there. Some of the employees kept stopping by the TV for extended looks, and one of them actually asked me about what was going on. I’m not judging; I remember when I worked dorm security in college and often took extended stops at TVs showing sporting events while doing my rounds throughout the building. I know very well the frustrating feeling of being scheduled while something you want to watch is on (and I didn’t have TiVo-type technology in college.)

Technically, more than two months remain in winter, although by mid-March, it doesn’t really seem like it should be winter. I think April is my favorite month – baseball returns, and it finally starts to be somewhat warm on some days – and I can go for long walks without realizing that I’m too cold to continue five minutes in. The first day of the year when you can wear shorts is glorious. Of course, in college, I actually could wear shorts every day if I wanted – working, not so much. There’s always when I get home, though.

When you become a substitute teacher, they give you some newsletters, and one of them gives you some up-to-date literature they recommend you read – it’s stuff popular with kids and teens, and supposedly gives you something to relate to students with. One of the recommendations was the Hunger Games series, and after seeing the first book available for $5 to download to my electronic book reader, I decided to give it a try. I actually enjoyed it, knowing all the time that it was as close to serious literature as Adam Sandler comedies are to Oscar material (and that I’d read so many books with similar premises – set in the future with an authoritarian government, etc.). Still, I now know why they price the first books of series so low. I’ve already bought the second one.


My experience at Arrowhead

Posted: January 10, 2011 in sports

I left for the Chiefs’ playoff game around 9:30 this morning. Although I sat by myself, I carpooled with several friends. I was grateful for the early departure, because I arrived in my seat only about 10-15 minutes before kickoff.

I’ve attended many sporting events, but I had never been more excited for one than today’s game. The atmosphere was electric, and I was pleasantly surprised that the security/ticket taking process to enter the stadium took no longer than one minute. (I attended a game last year where it probably took me 10-15 minutes to get in, and it was a late season game where the stadium was nearly half empty.)

I didn’t really realize how cold it was (apparently in the low 20s) until the fourth quarter, the stadium began to empty. Apparently the warmth of everyone around me helped (as well as the fact that I was abundantly bundled in several layers).

As the Chiefs began to fall further and further behind, the atmosphere in my section turned nasty. One person near me, who was near an aisle, was angrily ranting about how many people were walking in front of him, and to prove his point, he walked through my row and back. Strong vitriol was directed toward the referees and Ravens players, especially quarterback Joe Flacco (although this isn’t unexpected at any football game) – a drunk guy in front of me yelled that he wanted Flacco to tear his ACL (and about a minute later, apologetically said to everyone around him that he didn’t mean it.) I felt like I was the only sober person around me. The people around me seemed bemused that I was drinking hot chocolate instead of beer, but if I’m going to overpay for a drink when it’s 20 degrees out, I know which sounds better.

As for the game itself? I was obviously disappointed by the result, as well as just how unpoised Matt Cassel seemed at quarterback. I was also disappointed that the team only gave Jamaal Charles nine carries, given that his rushing was the only thing effectively moving the ball for the Chiefs. This was to be a rebuilding year for the Chiefs so I’m really not at all disappointed, but this and the game last weekend against Oakland do leave a sour taste going into the offseason. With uncertainty regarding the NFL’s labor situation, at this point, I just hope there is football to be played next year.

I was very happy to get home, unlayer, and take a long nap. There’s an entire offseason to think about what went wrong, and at that moment, all I wanted to think about was what the insides of my eyelids look like.