I think I am hitting almost all of it below – yep, I got college basketball, the Hall of Fame balloting for Cooperstown, college football, the NHL lockout being resolved, and a rant about fishing at the collegiate level. I guess that does leave out NASCAR and horseracing, but if any of the above are your interest you are in look and if none are appealing check back later, as I am sure I will have something else in a few days.
Did anyone see the game between what should probably be the national championship for college football on Saturday? In case you were not paying attention LSU played Alabama in a SEC match-up that just so happened to include the number one and number two ranked teams in the land. If you happened to catch the game, you would not have been disappointed. It was a low scoring defensive brawl that ended regular time with a tied score and in the end a win by LSU in overtime.
I said it two years ago, prior to Joker Phillips officially being named the head coach of the University of Kentucky football team and I will say it double strong now – that was a big mistake. Okay, I know that football is on the far edges of the kind of thing I normally talk about, but I am trying to get back into the habit of posting daily (and doing a better job of it than has been the case in the past). With that in mind, I thought I would get things rolling quickly with some of the easier shorter post as I work on some of the more in-depth postings for later this week and early next week. In case if you are around Lexington and have noticed, the football team at our fine university has slipped from barely above average to be the annual punching bag for everyone in the SEC once again and the blame rest squarely on the ‘Joke’ that is that is in the top coaching position.
The ongoing saga of the NFL lockout is turning this mostly former fan of the NFL off even more. You may recall that I was more put out with the off field actions of some players last season and even more so with the media hype that was given to those alleged events that occurred off the field. At this point, the NFL is loosing those of us like me but if they keep it up, they are going to start to lose more hard-core fans to other options in the very near future. Here a few thoughts of mine on the matter for anyone that may care.
I have not done a group of my short observations in a while and decided it was time to do so. I have a list that is from around Christmas, but I will come back to that one. This one was a list that I had already started and especially came back to when I was writing another blog entry. It was during that writing (see common sense below) that I realized it was only a few words and completely contained. Anyway, without further ado here is some of the things I have been observing and perhaps am continuing to observe here in the early part of the new year, 2011…
Dear American Football, Please consider this my official Dear John letter to you. I have, over the last several weeks and even seasons become really dis-enchanted with most of your purported sport and have finally reached my last straw. I will no longer be a general watcher of your sport going forward. I have been coming to this break with your sport for some time now, but events over the last several weeks have just completely cemented my choice to abandon you. Honestly, I have never been a super big fan, other than the shared something to do in an often social environment, so my abandonment comes easily enough. After all, no big fan of any one team, but rather the fan of any game that offers a good level of competition. I am sure you are perhaps finding this as a surprise and maybe I am just catching you off guard completely, so I will fill you in on a few details as to why we are reaching this end of our sometimes Saturday and Sunday relationship.