Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's weird. Usually when a celebrity dies, I get pretty annoyed, because there's always a huge wave of adoration and support that comes off as a little bit forced and misleading of people's actual opinion of them. I know that's what death does to folks, but at the same time... I mean, there was a huge outwave of support for Michael Jackson, and a lot of people pretty much assumed that before his death he was a pedophile.

All that said... I get kind of sad when there's a death of a celebrity that I actually like.

And all the praise that everyone is giving to Mr. Neilsen is both warranted and honest, because the man was pretty much awesome.

By no means am I the least hypocritical person in the world.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I haven't written here in about half a month... I CAN EXPLAIN!!!

The gist is this: apparently November is National Novel Writing Month. And Sara decided to participate in it and encouraged me to do so. And so, knowing that two people working towards something makes it easier to actually get things done, I went along with it, and I've been doing that all month.

I'm way behind and only have about 11,000 words, but oh well. I'm taking it slow and I'll just continue on after the month.

So the Vikings lost again today.

I kind of want the Vikings to keep losing, just so we can get rid of Brad Childress and begin anew right away (I would say that hopefully we'd get rid of Favre too, but... he will never go away. NEVER EVER), but the problem with that is we face the Packers next week. And I could never ever cheer against the Vikings and for the Packers, so...


Of course, the Timberwolves also suck... but they suck in a different way, you see. Cheering for them isn't laced with bitterness at the fact that a Super Bowl contender has fizzled out utterly and completely. Instead, cheering for the Wolves is just laced with constant disappointment... and I can handle that!

See, the thing is this: the Twins have been great for the past decade or so, but the season in which I watched them play the most was the 1999 season. Now that might have been because I had more time on my hands and all, but even though the Twins kept losing that year, it was also fun because they had some talent that had just come up that year. Torii Hunter, Jacque Jones, Corey Koskie, Doug Mientkiewicz, so on and so on. I mean, they weren't great, but there was a bit of hope nonetheless.

I'm not saying that I'm expecting to make the Western conference championship in 3 years, and I'm not exactly sure that this recipe they have is actually going to work out. But still: I ended up watching the game against the Lakers and the game against the Knicks.

Versus the Lakers, we somehow kept it close the entire game against not only the champs, but against a team that hadn't lost yet. And actually, they would have won the game were it not for the hundred or so turnovers that they gave up.

Against the Knicks... of course Kevin Love had a ridiculous game, but the team was down by 20 at some point in the 3rd quarter, and somehow clawed back to a pretty definitive victory... this after a week in which we did nothing but get blown out. I don't know. I was impressed with that.

I don't know why I've decided I'm wasting too much time obsessing over the losing Vikings only to decide that I should instead concentrate on a team that's probably going to lose 60 games. But the thing is, the Wolves at least have the ability to pleasantly surprise, so anything better than finishing last in the conference would be pretty awesome, even though I'm definitely not counting on it. The Vikings.... even if they win the next seven games, they would still finish slightly below expectations.

I guess I just need a different kind of ineptitude at the moment.