Sam: There's no way I can catch up now, is there? I swear, I need the internet implanted in my brain, with a little heads-up view in front of my eyeball, so I can just be online all the damn time. But let's try anyways, shall we?
1. I'm very much a diehard Pats fan-- I've got the jersies, I've got the pictures up on my wall (I've been making my mother mail me the photo inserts from the Globe), I've got the calendar, I've got the swanky computer wallpaper. But if the Lions were in the postseason, they would be whom I rooted for, because they're my number one team, and I've also got the jersies, photos, etc. for them, plus the added fact that I've been to numerous Lions games and not one single home Pats game (I've been to a couple where they played the Lions). What does this make me?
2. Do people really not know who Tedy Bruschi is? Good lord. I'm at the point where I can't imagine a life without Tedy Bruschi in it. It's hard for me to picture a football fan who doesn't know of his glorious ways. I guess this is what they call a nonsubjective point of view, huh?
3. Tom Brady + full beard = uncomfortable lovin'. I mean, yes, I will enjoy him no matter how he turns himself out in the mornings, but still. Some people are not meant to wear that kind of facial hair. Now, see, McNabb can wear the beard, he looks good with that beard. Brady, not so much.
4. "We have a very "Hail the conquering hero" attitude about it" OK, so was I the only one who thought of the Michigan fight song here? Hail! to the victors valiant! Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes! Hail! Hail! To Michigan, the leaders and best, etc. Yes? Yes? Work with me here, people.
5. "I'm just going to keep trying to be one of the greats, but three or four balls just doesn't suit me very well." Um, Plexiglass? Knock it off. In non-spoiled- overpaid-brat-speak we call this 'whining'. Then he goes on to say, "Everybody keeps telling me how important a person I am on this football team, but you can't justify that for me right now. Just look at the whole season -- it speaks for itself." What? You guys had a fucking amazing season, in case you had your head in the turf for most of it. I wouldn't be totally disappointed if you made it to the AFC Championship with a rookie quarterback. Do I even have to say how ecstatic I would be if the Lions made it to the NFC Championship?
6. Speaking of which, talk about disrespect: yes, there is debate about Brady. The lack of shiny numbers does make him a nice target for the naysayers, even if he does have all the big wins. But there's been plenty of debate about McNabb too-- he had the numbers, but not the big wins. Now he's got one, and I suppose we'll see what we will see. But neither one gets the flak that poor Joey Harrington gets. The guy's got all the stuff to be a good quarterback, but had everything aligned against him: he was forced to play right out of college without any learning time behind a seasoned veteran, he has had approximately zero receivers and zero running game before this past season (and this past season it was all young, and the receivers had tons of dropped ball), his offensive line is weaker than Jorge Posada's chin, and EVERYONE HERE BLAMES THE STATE OF THE TEAM ON HIM.
They get on him for being too nice to his teammates, they get on him for poor execution in the red zone, every damn thing. Sometimes I just want to give him a great big hug and let him know that not everyone in the entire state of Michigan thinks it's all his fault. 'Cause it's not. Excuse my Lions ranting, ladies, I know this is the playoffs, and they may be out but they're not forgotten.
Yeah, if I missed anything it's because you people are too damn talkative when I'm in studios. Blast and tarnation be upon you.
Beth: So getting back to scruffiness and trucker caps...is this more your style, Kristen?
Kristen: Did anyone else read the article in today's New York Times comparing Brady to Jeter?
My knee-jerk Sox fan reaction is to be horribly offended but, dare I say it, Araton makes some interesting points.
And Sam, we don't likes a little scruff? Not even a little bit?
A highly scientific and well-researched poll of three female co-workers and, um, my mom shows the count 4-2 in favor of the scruffy, frat boy Tommy over the metrosexual Queer Eye incarnation. Hey, I just report the facts.
Beth Allow me to make a case for the metro look.
Kristen, he looks FAR more gay in that pic than in the pic I linked. FAR.
Mer: Nice beard. Maybe when he's done with the press conference he can come cut down the tree in my backyard.
Beth: As long as he worked up a nice sweat, I wouldn't mind.
Kristen:I see your point. But I was referencing the scruff. However, this one gives me pause.
Oh God, I've totally devolved into one of those times when I stare at absolutebrady.com for hours on end and lose use of all my functional brain cells. Please forgive.
Sam: Omigawd. I think my heart just stopped. Seriously.
Scruff, yes. All about the scruff. Full-on beard, not so much. There's a fine line there that some guys can walk, but when they tip over to the mountain-man beard, I just have to shake my head sadly.
Seriously, though. We need some sort of Absolute Brady site for Bill Mueller. Um. Yeah. *slinks away*
Mer: Any guy that nay have been reading this thread has definitely abandoned it by now.
Kristen: But, I mean, who would want to spend all their time scouring the internet for pictures of hottie Sox players? I mean, really.
I cannot function. Seriously, my kitchen is a complete fucking disaster because of a burst water pipe owing to the Blizzard of Aught Five, my bedroom is a disaster area, I have no clean laundry and I desperately need to vaccuum. And all I can think about is how I seriously need to invest in a color printer and some double-sided tape. This is what three straight days of cabin fever yields. Fucking football players and their hotness. And just think, two weeks of this...
Am I the last person on the planet to notice how fine David Givens is? Yes? Okay then, I'm on the slow bus.
Sam: David Givens has long been a favorite of mine. Not only is he luuuurvley, not only is he good with his hands *cough cough*, he MAJORED IN DESIGN in college. As one half an art student, this makes me inexpressibly happy.
I tried thinking of a way to get this thing back on track, but really, I've got
nothin'. Sorry, gals.
Beth: Um...we could talk about the Eagles?