We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
OXFORD, Miss. -- Two friends, both unhinged football fans, got married earlier this year. During the wedding reception, the bride's father somehow got the Ole Miss band to march into the room, a blaring chorus of starched uniforms and shining brass. The groom conducted. The crowd stomped and cheered. You'd have thought folks were celebrating a 12-play scoring drive, not holy matrimony.
Soon after the wedding, I watched video of this event. Immediately, I recognized the feeling deep down in my gut. It's something I've felt in so many cathedral-like stadiums. I closed my eyes, and the familiar notes sent me rushing months into the future, longing for a tailgate that escalates from simmer to burn, for the chill bumps that always come in the moments before kickoff, for the evening breezes rustling the white oaks when the game is done. My body sat in front of a computer screen. My mind was in a stadium. It was only April, and I longed for September.
"Mike Hart tried to save Michigan (0-1), which lost a season-opener for the first time since 1998. The Heisman Trophy candidate finished with 188 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. His two scoring runs in the second half
put the Wolverines ahead. "It's a huge win for them, obviously, and a huge loss for us," said Hart. "But we have to regroup, it's a long season."
I am a big fan of Mike Harts. He played a great game, as usual.
Football season is so much fun. One young nephew now plays soccer and my brother is broken hearted. Soccer players do not get a lot of respect in his neck of the woods. My nephew was hoping Becker would change that but there
is no changing the fact that soccer is a bit boring to football fans, with low scores and too many games decided by shoot outs. Some soccer players are very handsome though, especially the Argentinians.