Monday, October 10, 2005

Ran Into a Rainstorm

Maybe since we're outsourcing all our jobs to India, they've decided to export their monsoon season over to the Northeast.

Everybody I know got douched with rain Saturday, all day and all night. But that gave us a great excuse to park on the couch and not move. Rainy days are a point. When it comes time to go out for the night, though, then they're more frustrating than that girl who thinks it's still acceptable to give handjobs after high school.

Still, this weekend's Earthly re-make of All Summer in a Day gave me good reason to watch college and pro football and post-season baseball all weekend long, without remorse. And I was not disappointed. Except for my free-falling fantasy football squad, all my teams won this weekend, and they all made me proud to be a fan.

Northwestern beat the 14th-ranked and previously unbeaten Wisconsin Badgers 51-48, in a game somewhat reminiscent of the Michigan/NU game from 2000 I wrote about on here last month. The Wildcats scored on seven straight possessions and racked up a school-record 674 yards. True freshman Tyrell Sutton -- whom I've already dubbed a 2007 Heisman candidate -- rushed for 244 yards and three scores, catching a fourth.

Senior quarterback Brett Basanez, the straw that stirs the purple drink (or rather, the purple stuff, Sunny D's alternative), passed for 361 yards and ran for another 69. The tremendous, nationally televised win was agonizing in a way, though. See, had we not gotten down on our knees and blown the Penn State game two weeks ago, the Cats would be 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten, sitting atop the league standings, easily good for a Top 25 ranking in all the polls. Oh well, best not think too deeply on this one.

The Jets also made me gush this weekend, turning in a masterful defensive performance and a solid offensive effort. A 14-12 victory against the unbeaten Tampa Bay Bucs was just what the doctor ordered to turn around the attitudes of all the fans and the players. Right now we're one game out of first place, that's how early it is. Pundits and know-it-all football fans were calling for the Jets to lose the remainder of their games to win the Matt Leinart sweepstakes; but now we're one win and a New England and Miami loss away from the top spot in the division.

Vinny looked impressive for a Julio Franco-aged geriatric, so he'll get us a win if he can remain a steady hand behind center. And as I've said since last year, our defense is good enough to win five or six games on its own -- hell, Jonny Vilma can win two games by himself. So I'm lookin' at a 9-7 season, maybe just good enough to sneak in somewhere. Okay, better make that 10-6 and AFC East champs. Yeah, I said it.

Of course, neither of those wins hold a candle to last night's magic in the Bronx. And of course (of course), that win means nothing if the Yank'ums don't pull out a victory in the OC tonight. So here's to the men in pinstripes -- Matsui gets the big hit tonight, mark those palabras. Big night. Hai!

Slack Link of the Day: This is just an unbelievable story about a chubby 19-year-old pizza delivery boy/"drug kingpin" from Idaho. Kudos, Rolling Stone.

Slack Song of the Day: Hot Buttered Rum String Band's cover of U.S. Blues from last year's New Year's Eve show -- I always thought this would make a sick Phish encore, but apparently the band didn't listen to me (my influence with that band was never the same after Cactus and I double-teamed a schoolgirl). Anyway, this is a cool version, though without Jerry's voice, it's automatically not as good. Musically, fantastic stuff.


At 5:32 PM, Blogger ChrisWoznitza said...

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At 9:21 PM, Blogger MDS said...

Thanks for the link to the Rolling Stone piece, Ace. Fascinating. One guy murders someone and gets eight years; one guy sells pot and gets 10. It's not just that I can't understand the sentencing laws in our country, it's that I've never in my life met anyone who thinks they make sense. And don't even get me started on sex-offender registration.

At 9:07 AM, Blogger dhodge said...

MDS, if you think our drug laws are crazy, wait till you see what they are like in the afterlife.


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