We interrupt this obssessing about Theo to revisit the wonderful world of the NFL, which, as far as I've been told, is still going on. But I'll admit I haven't seen it. Any of it. My dad has had tickets for the taking at least four times already this season and preseason, and I haven't been able to go to Gillette a single time. I think the last game I watched was...I can't remember which game I watched last. I think I put on the Falcons' Monday Night Football game last week when I was in Orlando, and before that I did watch Eli Manning and the Giants come back against Denver, which I'll admit was curiously satisfying.
All of a sudden, today, it's like I've woken up and said, "Ah yes. Football. Where is the football happening?"
Meanwhile, perhaps serendipitously, the Sports Illustrated delivered to my mailbox yesterday features both Peyton Manning and Tommy on the cover.
Inside, there's an interesting article indeed about the debate between these two QBs, one that, for once, actually considers Tom Brady a viable alternative rather than simply another retread of the usual statistics-based Peyton fellatio. There were some sickening quotes from both about how much they respect each other, the usual bullshit, but at least, at least, the idea of Tom Brady being an actual good quarterback was looked at in SI as anything other than a completely laughable idea.
It's the kind of piece I read and think, "What the hell took these guys so long to write this? Where was the Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning debate when they were facing each other in championship games?"
Oh, right. Tom Brady had to prove he could be taken seriously first. And apparently he had to whup Peyton's ass about four times before that could happen.
Not that I'm bitter.
Meanwhile, the most interesting tidbit in the article actually came from Tom Brady Sr. "The funny thing is, it's a role reversal. Tommy's got all the yards [2,020 after seven games, third in the NFL] and Peyton has his team at the top of the league."
Anyway, on to more pleasant topics than the prospect of a) Peyton Manning finally actually pulling off a win in Gillette Stadium on Monday, which, sickeningly, stands a chance of happening this time and b) the fact that I could be at said game, as well as at the Nine Inch Nails concert the night after, but noooo I have to be on a plane for a business trip early in the morning Tuesday and so can go to neither. Pleasant topics such as, say, mercilessly ripping on Ben Roethlisberger.
Because, see, Ben Roethlisberger has a blog.
I'm not talking about one of those "official" blogs where some PR guy writes in the first person, publishes it to a league site, and expects you to swallow that it's this guy's personal diary. No, Ben Roethlisberger has a Typepad site complete with cellphone camera pictures, a little too much love for his Rottweiler, Zeus (if you want my opinion, anyway...man needs to get a hobby. Or a girlfriend? Every third sentence is about that dog), and compelling prose such as the following:
Hello again to everyone and welcome back to my new and improved website...I thought the perfect time to do my first blog would be thursday mourning before the patriot game...I hope that everyone is doing well and enjoying football season so far...I know that everyone is as excited as I am that we are finally back at it...obviously things are going well so far with wins over the titans and texans we have been doing well so far with a big game this weekend...I know that a lot of you were pretty worried about our offense after the preseason and us not scoring any points, but there were a couple of you out there that believed we could do it just like I did...well I am off to practice today and I hope that everyone watches the game, cheers loud, and has a great time...p.s. remember everyone the season is still very young just like us try not to get to high or to low...Thanks to kevin and joel for the new look website it looks great...well I will talk to you all soon.
Yes. Visit Ben Roethlisberger's blog for the bestiality innuendo, stay for the lack of punctuation!
I guess it's good to know that he's about as good at blogging as I'd be as an NFL quarterback.