Monday, April 23, 2012

Feelin' Ranty

(post title sung to the tune of Simon & Garfunkle's "Feelin' Groovy")

A few quick observations as we enter the sports lull during which all I do is coach soccer, and make relatively little time to watch sports (because the football season is over, the Penguins have been eliminated from the playoffs, and the Pirates are only worth watching if you're actually in PNC Park).

First: Flyers fans, yesterday, were chanting "CROSBY SUCKS."

Now, look.  You might chant "Crosby is a whiny little child." You might chant "Crosby has questionable taste in Christmas sweaters."  But... sucks?  The man played 25 games this year and got 46 points.  He does not suck.

Second: I rode my bicycle* past a Little League opening day celebration this weekend, in the rain.  I noticed it because they had a PA system playing funky music, a hyped-up announcer ("Age nine-ten boys, in blue, sponsored by Jim Shorkey KIA, head coach Dan Blorkskowski, the Tornadoes!") , and a live adult soloist to sing The Star-Spangled Banner.

The players were 9 years old.  Maybe, suburban USA, just maybe, we need to take it down a notch.

Third: My esteemed colleague Mr. Dansky is working on a post about this, but I just need to say: Really? Seriously?

* I am training for the Bike MS Escape to the Lake in June. I am old, and fat. It is hard.
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