A few posts back I talked about the reluctance of sports fans to stick to one team. Instead of being a real fan, not picking and choosing sports teams based on won-loss percentages. Regardless I used the Duke Blue Devils as my example, no slam to Duke, it is a dynasty. Well the dukies put my Michigan Wolverines out of the NCAA tournament in the second round, we only lost by two so that was pretty good. What a damn coincedense! No harm done, checker season is right around the corner. King me!
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up. What with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning…. Uphill… Barefoot… BOTH ways…bla…. bla…. bla! But now that I’m at the ripe old age of fifty, ahem, two, I can’t help but look around and notice the young people of today. You’ve got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia! And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don’t know how good you’ve got it! I mean, when I was a kid we didn’t have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!! Ever work one of those dudes? There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter – with a pen! Then you had to walk, yes walk, all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were treated like gold. Child Protective Services didn’t care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! And that they did! Nowhere was safe! There were no MP3’s or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself! Or you had to use the tried and true method of getting music free, wait around all day to tape it off the radio. Then the damn DJ would usually talk over the beginning and screw it up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We’d play our favorite tape and “eject” it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. People have died over 8 track tapes! We didn’t have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, tough! There weren’t any cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn’t make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your “friends”. Think of the horror… not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there’s TEXTING. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are. No fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent… you just didn’t know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances bub! I still don’t have a PlayStation or Xbox video game with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600 or pong! With games like ‘Space Invaders’ and ‘Asteroids’ or ping pong. Your screen guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen. Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE! TV. You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I’m saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little brats! Our parents told us to stay outside and play… all day long. And if you came back inside you were doing chores! And car seats – oh please! What is that? You were thrown in the back seat and you hung on. If there was a sudden stop and your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for getting in the front in the first place!
I would explain this to the young folks of today but I wouldn’t get their attention or respect for five minutes. Hey maybe if I text it to them.
This space is in honor of the struggling Japanese who homeland was devestated this week by an earthquake and tsunami. In my 52 years on this earth I can remember none stronger than an 8.9. I wish them a speedy recovery of their country and loved ones.
It’s that time of year. The time of year when everyone turns into a Duke Blue Devil Basketball fan. I have more people at work in my face over Duke Basketball than I can shake a Blue Devil at. When they ask “How about that Duke Basketball” I usually ask “what did their Football Team do this year again”? Or their Baseball Team? Or their LaCrosse Team? Oh you just love their basketball team, get the hell out of my face with that schoolboy bullshit. Now don’t get this post wrong I have nothing against Duke Basketball, it is certainly a dynasty and a force even in a bad years. Like that ever happens. My point is don’t pick and choose different schools for different sports like some 10 year old kid would do. My brother in law used to say his son was a Notre Dame fan every year they won the National Title. I pull for Michigan sports period. Be it football, basketball, baseball, hockey, lacrosse whatever. Hell if they had a checkers team I’d pull for that as well. I’d like to get a t-shirt that says “I Love Michigan Checkers, Now King Me”! Now that would be cool!
It’s finally here, March Madness. Oh my God! I know I’m excited,,, not! Does anyone even remember the regular season? Of the one’s that do remember they don’t care. Basketball fans love this time of year, screw the regular season, bring on the tournament. Sixty four teams battling for the National Title. Let’s be serious, 64 teams? I sorry there are not 64 teams worthy of National Title consideration. There has been talk time to time to up it to 96 teams. Hell why not let every team in the country that wants in have a shot. Some in the 64 field will not even have a winning record but through some misconcieved calculation their in like Flynn. I know I’m excited,,, not! This is what it boils down to for most teams. Make your regular season such that you can win in the neighborhood of 20 games to become tournament worthy. That is why no one gives a crap about the regular season because there are no big games scheduled out of conference. All we care about is the tournament. Even the commercials spout the “Road To The Final Four” at the beginning of the season. Why even have a regular season? Let’s just get through it and into March so we can fill out a bracket, maybe look sports wise through a series of good guesses and win 10 bucks in the office pool. This tournament is a regular season killer and if that ever happens to college football, well becareful what you wish for is all I say. I for one would hate to see that happen.
And I’m in it at work. Not much time for posting, but I promise I’ll live through it and be back posting drivel sooner than you think. Thanks for stopping by none the less.