You know when you go out to a restaurant and you want to order appetizers, but nobody can decide what to get because they all look so good; or not so good, but you’re just hungry enough to try a few anyhow? Well, that’s kind of what I got going here in this blog post, and it’s closer to the latter than the former. I don’t have a single topic worthy of it’s own blog post (full appetizer order), but I’m sure my readers (yeah, right) are hungry enough to sample a few of my topics anyhow. Since I anticipate this happening at least once more in my blogging career, I’m naming this Sampler Platter I (that’s right, I’m numbering them Roman numeral Super Bowl style).
Topic #1: T-Jack Apologist Guy Gets His Big Break
At work, I listen to a lot of KFAN podcasts to help pass the time. I find work more enjoyable this way, my bosses never seem to care that I have headphones in as long as the work gets done, and it helps me stay connected with the Minnesota sports scene while up here in Alaska. Plus, since they don’t only talk sports, I’m a lot more aware of other current events as well. My favorite show on KFAN is The Common Man Progrum (it was Sludge & Lake, but alas, it got canceled). I asked for the moniker “T-Jack Apologist Guy” in an e-mail that I had read on air many weeks ago, and so that got me real excited to e-mail the show more regularly. So I re-wrote the lyrics to Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” so that it would be a tribute to Brett Favre titled “He’s So Vain.” Well, Common complimented the lyrics a long time ago, but never sang the lyrics along with the song on air. Today, he finally dusted ’em off and sang along with Carly using my lyrics. I was so jacked up! It was quite the thrill. If any of you are interested, I have the podcast link here, and since it’s about 45 minutes long, you can skip ahead to the 3:55 mark to hear Common first compliment it, and then the 29:50 mark to hear him sing it.
Common Man, Hour 3, 3/8/10 or since that doesn’t fast forward very well, you can download the podcast from here by right clicking on the “Download” link and then selecting “Save link as” and then you can skip around to any point you choose in Windows Media Player.
Topic #2: Talking on Cell Phones While Driving
I’ve heard some rumblings lately that in Minnesota people are starting to make a stronger push to outlaw talking on cell phones while they drive. I know that in some states, this is already the law, and for example, in the city limits of Chicago, it’s also against the law to do so. I am completely against any of this type of legislation. I know that the far more common law out there is that it’s illegal to “text” while driving, and I guess I’m okay with that one, because it’s absolutely impossible to keep your eyes on the road anywhere near the amount that you should while you’re text-messaging someone. Talking on the phone, however, is no less distracting than talking to someone else in your car, and we all know that that is not going to be outlawed. But if we do in fact pass this legislation, where will the line be drawn? Will we not be allowed to eat while driving? Will radios and stereo systems be removed from vehicles to prevent wild sing-alongs that can be distractions? Maybe the increasingly-popular GPS navigations systems will have to go by the wayside if too many accidents occur due to people programming them while driving. When you get in a car and drive, you’re putting yourself at risk no matter how safe you try to be. In this country, we believe in liberty, and sometimes the liberties we enjoy come with risks. If the government takes away all risks to our safety, then we’ll be left with no liberties, and that wouldn’t be any fun. It’s my opinion that we have a pretty good balance right now between safety and liberty, and I hope that the government does not decide to overstep its bounds and ban the use of cell phones while driving a car.
Topic #3: Damian Johnson
Damian Johnson is a senior basketball player for my favorite college basketball team, the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Damian is my favorite Golden Gopher of all time, and frankly, it’s not even close. I’ve only been a true fan of this program for 5 years now, and Damian just brought the most solid, all-around game out of any player that I had the privilege of watching play in person. I think that Damian could have been the third or fourth best player on a great team, but instead he was the best player on our mediocre team. If the team around him was better (like if Nolen wasn’t ineligible, Mbakwe wasn’t suspended, and White wasn’t released from his scholarship) he still could have been the best player on a really good team, and it just kills me that Damian’s senior year had to be such a disappointment. With all of the close losses, I contend that we win at home against Michigan St, Purdue, and Michigan, and on the road against Northwestern and Indiana if we had those three guys, and if that were true, we would have been Co-Big Ten Champs with Ohio State. But this team somehow held it together to be on the bubble of NCAA contention without those guys, and with a miracle run to the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament, the Gophers still might be able to steal an at large bid into the tournament. For any of you out there who aren’t convinced that Damian is a likable guy, I defy you to watch Big Ten Network’s “The Journey: Minnesota Basketball” found here, and come away not loving “VIP Johnson”, as he calls himself. Anyhow, in Damian’s final home game, (unless of course, we miss the tournament as expected, and get a home NIT game) he recorded one of his best all-around lines of his career. A 10 point, 11-assist (career high), 5 rebound, 3 steal, and 3 block gem of a game. And here’s the real kicker: 0 turnovers. Damian, it’s been quite a run, and I wish you well at whatever you choose to pursue after college.
Topic #4: One funny video
I’ve been reading “Club Trillion” which is a blog by a walk-0n Ohio State basketball player and he links YouTube videos in his blog postings. One of them happened to be this. Enjoy.
Well I hope you’re satisfied, because unfortunately there won’t be a “main course” today.