Normally, walking to work in a pouring rain after forgetting the ol' umbrella would have me in a pretty foul mood, yet today I was Gene Kelly. Pourquoi? Because after the 4th driest January since 1850, our "normal" winter weather pattern has finally returned, whereby it rains in the bay area and snows up in the Sierras. So after 3 planned and aborted ski trips this year tonight I am going up to finally get my ski on, and I'm pretty geeked about it: fresh powder at Kirkwood, getting to see my niece & nephew, staying in South Lake = casinos. Oh, and Chick-Fil-A for dinner tonight.
Moving on, 4 things from this week tangentially related to football or football:
1. Bob Marley's birthday was Tuesday, he would have been 62. Dude is widely regarded as the most influential musician of the 20th century. Less well known was his love of footy, and the fact that it indirectly caused his death (unless you are with the conspiracy theorists who believe that his cancer was introduced into his body by the CIA). He was a very talented footballer, and he & his mates would play pick up soccer every town they went to, and in one game he jacked up his toe. He never got it looked at, it got infected, his rasta beliefs made him refuse medical attention, he got cancer, it spread throughout his body, and that was that.
Ya cyann beet I & I on da football peetch, mon
Anyhow, there is a hell of a lot more to him than smoking weed - dude despised politics but became the most important political figure in Jamaica and was extremely influential in African politics as well, without even really trying. Hell, when Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980, Bob was asked by Mugabe to perform at the celebration since his ideas had been so influential in the independance movement. If you are ever looking for a good subject to read, check out a bio on Bob Marley - Catch A Fire or Bob Marley.
2. You have to read this story to believe it. Cliff Notes: US Army decides to hand out soccer balls in Iraq to promote goodwill. They receive the balls but they are flat. No pumps, no needles. They ask to have pumps requisitioned but the C.O. refused saying that it is a waste of time, and he orders them to hand the flat soccer balls to the children, saying that the children should be grateful. Ridiculously the flat balls are handed out, and now the kids throw rocks at the soldiers when they come around. Mission accomplished. In a statement that is beyond bizarro world, the Army spokesman states:
"To focus on the air in the balls, or lack thereof, undermines the American spirit of generosity and completely misses the point of giving."
We are so inept over there that we even managed to fuck this simple task completely up.
3. LD has been hibernating for a while, but he came out of his cave the other day and he came out strong, completely destroying one of the biggest douchebags out there, one Rush Limbaugh, and his assertion that people are ripping on Rex Grossman not because he sucked in the Super Bowl and was pretty poor all year (24th ranked QB in the NFL this year), but because he is white, saying:
The media, the sports media, has got social concerns that they are first and foremost interested in, and they're dumping on this guy -- Rex Grossman -- for one reason, folks, and that's because he is a white quarterback.
Maybe everything becomes racial when you are high as a kite whacked out on pain pills.
4. Zinedane Zidane was in New York the other night and attended a Knicks game, where he left at halftime after chatting with Spike Lee. Rumors are flying that somehow this means that he is going to sign with New York Red Bulls and come play in MLS. I wouldn't pay money to see Mr. Spiceman, but I would pay money to see Zizou, even if he is past his best. Let's all hope this happens - he is better right now, having not kicked a ball competitively in 7 months, than Becks has ever been.
This would get me to an MLS game, certainment.
Y'all have a wonderful weekend.