90+ Minutes of Pure Hell. It is Time to Focus on Something Positive. Visiting Mars. I Told You the NFL Has Some Smart Peeps.
- While I try to keep my passion for soccer to a limit I must point out some great takeaway’s from Friday night’s USA – Mexico World Cup qualifying match in Columbus, Ohio. I realize that many of you could care less about the sport and our national team but any fan of sport would have enjoyed this game. Above and beyond the ramifications of this being a World Cup qualifier and the USA winning the last four home qualifiers against the Mexicans (all by the score of 2-0), there was an underlying sentiment with all Mexicans regarding the outcome of our presidential election. I watched the match at Ri’ Ra’, a midtown Atlanta Irish pub known as a soccer-viewing venue. The atmosphere, led by the Atlanta chapter of the American Outlaws, was loud and obviously pro-USA until the late Mexican goal in the 89th minute. Qualification for the 2018 World Cup continues for the USA Tuesday night in a place where the Americans have had little success, San Jose. Not California, but Costa Rica. To get an idea of the task at hand, these are the score lines from previous matches: 0-1, 1-2, 2-3, 1-2, 0-2, 0-3, 1-3, 1-3. Those are the scores of the last eight U.S. games at Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying, all losses. The qualification process consists of many games and we can only hope that the USA finds a way to come away with a ‘W’ in San Jose.
- Part of the ethos of this blog is to stay away from the topics of religion and politics. There will be no comment on the outcome of Tuesday night’s election other than to say it is time to move on. Move on from the drama, the speculation and more importantly the instances of hatred spread by morons around the country. I was in Dallas last week, looking down from my hotel room at ‘protestors’ marching in downtown. I read about swastikas being painted on city sidewalks, and anti-Muslim rhetoric being thrown ab0ut. C’mon Man! Enough is enough. I do understand the emotion of the election but everyone needs to take a step back, take a deep breath, and enjoy the holiday season. People who hate: there is an island that suits all of you very well. Bouvet, located 1,000 miles from Antarctica, seems like a perfect place for all of you to rant and rave together.
- It is difficult to get interested in something on Monday night other than Monday Night Football. It is also difficult to get interested in programming that I have not reviewed but tonight starts the six-part series, Mars, on the National Geographic Channel. Sci-Fi has never been on the top of my list but this series seems intriguing for the simple reason it takes place in the not so distant future of year 2033. Elon Musk seems ahead of the game having lined up millions of dollars for his Mars project and there are thousands of people who have sent their deposits in to be selected to ‘fly’ to Mars. And I thought getting from north Atlanta to midtown was a hassle this past Friday night? I will definitely watch this series and yes, my DVR is set so I can watch it at my leisure as tonight is MNF!
- In previous posts I have attacked Major League Baseball and the National Football League games due to disparity between playing time and the length of the game. I also pointed out that I feel like the NFL has a lot of smart people sitting in the NYC headquarters. True to form, a friend of mine sent me a NY Times article from last Thursday outlining how the NFL brass is working on ways to shorten the game and increase the amount of real playing time….see my previous post regarding the second quarter of a Monday Night Football game. Kudos to the NFL brass for acting on their ratings being down 12% year-over-year.
Adios and have a great week!