February 17, 2012 § 2 Comments
Twelve days ago, the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots to win their second Super Bowl title in four years, twice against these same Patriots. New England is the team I cheer for, and if I didn’t know any better I would probably still be depressed from the loss.
Because believe it or not, I’m fine with it–and probably have been for about
11 days a week. It took me long enough, but I think I’m cured now. Sports is just sports.
(If the reader happens to be a Patriots fan, he or she will likely love this post. But if not, his or her best bet is likely to stop reading. Right now. Because this will sound a lot like ‘First World Problems.’ Call it my therapy.) « Read the rest of this entry »
January 18, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I bought Jeff Pearlman’s Sweetness last October, not long after Sports Illustrated had published this excerpt of the book–which had created a little buzz for the book and tested the theory that the only bad press is no press. (But I’ll bet that if you asked Pearlman himself, he would probably say that while this may be true, it’s also true that for the most part the only good press is, well, good press.)
Just like that, it was strike one on a very good biography–because yes, I have finally read the book. I loved it, but more on that shortly. The whole book was judged unfairly on that short excerpt, and fittingly a biography of one of the most underappreciated superstars in NFL history was underappreciated. You can’t make this stuff up.
August 6, 2011 § Leave a Comment
August 2011 opened with a bang, as the NFL received a scoop unlike many in recent history: according to his agent Joel Segal, Randy Moss was retiring from professional football at age 34 and after 13 seasons.
The reaction was two-fold. On the one hand, many people (exhibit a) did not believe him and tried to call Moss’s bluff for what it was: a simple plea for a team or two to give in to his financial demands for a new contract. Never mind that Moss is not Brett Favre, the professional athlete of today whose word you can definitely doubt when he says he’s retired; Moss is not Tiki Barber neither, broke beyond repair and almost forced to try a comeback at 36 years old and after 5 years away from football. Moss’s decision doesn’t make sense when you consider that he had 83 catches for 1,264 yards and 13 touchdowns in the 2009 season. That is why this decision is hard to accept: Moss can still play football, despite what last year says, and it doesn’t make sense for him to retire. « Read the rest of this entry »