Monday, October 25, 2010

Random sports thoughts

Just some thoughts off the top of my head...
  • I watched the Vikings/Packers game last night (well, parts of it), and all I could think was one thing: Brett Favre is sad. I mean, just the look in his eyes... that sense of total desperation at trying to hold onto his youth. You just get the feeling he's operating from a sense of denial right before everything in his life unravels. He has never been one of my favorite players, and he continues to sink further and further down my list of admired athletes. It was really just nothing but sad watching him play last night. A victim of his own demise.
  • Of course, the Dallas Cowboys have been pretty sad this year too. And, to be honest, I don't really care all that much. For those of you who don't know, I have been a Cowboys fan since I was in the second grade. Long before they were "America's Team." Things started to sour for me when Jerry Jones took over the franchise, and today I'm almost embarrassed to say they're "my" team anymore. In fact, I have had occasion to consider finding another team from time to time recently. And not because the Cowboys are losing this year. I just don't really like what they represent anymore. To be blunt, I don't like JJ. I think it's people like him who are ruining the sport. I also think it's almost funny that they are having such a bad year, because I never understood how anyone was picking them to go to the Super Bowl this year. I think that was all a bunch of 'Jerry-hype' because they are hosting the game. So, while I don't necessarily wish them bad, it doesn't bother me too much to see them lose. I wish Mark Cuban would buy them.
  • I am, however, looking forward to college basketball this year. I am hoping the Illini have a good team. They have a nice bunch of seniors, but also have some very talented freshmen coming in. It 'should' be a good year. Hopefully having a loaded roster will be a good thing instead of causing inner turmoil. I'll be anxious to see how Coach Weber handles it. In my opinion that's always been one of the worst aspects of his coaching. He seems to handle too many things in the media rather than face to face behind closed doors.
  • And... even the Illini football team is doing pretty good this year. They're having a little trouble on the offensive side of the ball - which everyone knew they would coming in, what with a freshman quarterback and all. But their defense is full of studs. Ron Zook might not be able to coach, but no one can say he can't recruit. If they could end up 9-3, or 8-4, or even 7-5, that would be a great year. It's nice to see. I've actually enjoyed watching them play the few times I've seen them so far.
  • As far as baseball... I think the World Series is going on, right? I really have nothing against baseball; I like attending games. It's just one of those things where it's never really attracted my attention. I just don't notice it; or think about it. Just can't get into it. Sorry.
  • I am hoping the Miami Heat fall flat on their face this NBA season. For no particular reason. ;)

2 comments:

Isaac Horwedel said...

While I do think LeBron has handled a lot of things poorly with his transition to the Heat, I'm kind of excited to see what happens. I was reading ESPN magazine the other day and I read an article by an anonymous NBA player saying that most players around the league are actually applauding LeBron and Co. because they basically pulled a fast one on the owners. I kind of like the idea that it wasn't the owners that orchestrated the Miami Heat trio but the players themselves. Also, the fact that they all took pay cuts to play together and try to win gets more cred from me than someone who doesn't care about winning so long as they're the only star on their team and can make a ton of money. Not that that defends the arrogance or anything, though at least LeBron can back it up most of the time.

Either way, it's still the NBA so I guess I don't really care all that much.

isaac

dan horwedel said...

Yeah, you make some good points. I'm afraid the arrogance still trumps everything for me though. And, yes, it is the NBA... so whatever. :)

As far as the Cowboys... after watching them last night I'm tempted to write even more (or write them off even more). Argh. They look pathetic. Maybe I should start to watch baseball.

Thank for the input. Always great to hear from you!