Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Well, after a few days last week in the brush country of Laredo, I am back in the River City. I am not sure if you have ever been to south Texas, but it is a unique place. It is known for big deer, oil and rattlesnakes. Everything down there either sticks you or bites you, but there is something about the isolated harshness that appeals to me. I understand that hunting is not for everyone, but you would love the jalapeno and cheese venison sausage that I have now! It is always a treat to spend a few days out of the lights of the city with friends.
It was not that we were exactly "roughing" it. The ranch house is awesome, it has a commercial kitchen and 8 bedrooms and bathrooms. It was indeed a fun trip.
After a year of football, we are finally down to the last week. To be honest, I will be watching the game, but I have no rooting interest. There is a trend that I have watched in the playoffs that could prove a clue to this years winner. In this season of high scoring offense, it has been the teams with the best defenses that have prevailed. Detroit, New Orleans and Green Bay scored big during the regular season, but the playoffs proved the old axiom about winning with defense still to be true. Tom Brady has proven his championship mettle many times before, but this Patriot team is built differently. Julian Edelman is an okay player, but do you really think he matches up well with any of the Giant receivers? The weakness of the Patriots has been their secondary all season. It is a tribute to Brady and his offensive teammates that they have been able to overcome this shortcoming all season. Of course, then there is Belichick. With two weeks to prepare, who knows what he will have planned for the Giants. As I imagine this game, a Giant victory is what I see. But, I was listening to a bit of sports radio earlier and I found it interesting that in the last 10 meetings between the Pats and Giants, each have won 5 games. The average difference in score is something like 4 points. Both of these QB's are very good at winning late, so this should be an entertaining game.
Of course, the average fan will be tuning in to watch the commercials. Hopefully, we will see a few like this:
Or perhaps this one?
I have been digging the music since Norman had his guitar blog. Here is my music spot...
There is a bonus acoustic track on this one...Eric Johnson.
I know that many of us are not too keen on the direction that the NBA has taken in recent years. There is one thing about the NBA that I have enjoyed this year. The Clippers have been bad forever. They are still bad, but in a good sense now. You have probably seen this incredible dunk by Blake Griffin, but I had it to add to my blog:
Hello Mr. Perkins meet Blake Griffin! Lebron was so impressed that he gave Griffin big props. Lebron tweeted something like Griffin is a beast and is the best dunker in the game. So of course, Stephen A. Smith has to open his annoyingly big mouth to proclaim that it was a good dunk, but that Lebron is still better. Where did Stephen A. Smith come from anyway? Suddenly he is the expert on basketball? Did this diminutive loud mouth play ball? Damn, I get tired of this guy. By the way, you are wrong Stephen A. Smith...Griffin is #1 in my book.
I know that football season is not quite over, but last Saturday was the beginning of the high school baseball season in Texas. The Warriors always begin the first day of practice with Warrior Day. We serve BBQ, sell hats and jerseys and there is a hit a thon. A cold front rolled in Friday night, so the cold north wind blowing in derailed many long balls. I was proud of Jr. though, he managed to tie for the top spot with two long balls. Of course, Texas signee Ben Johnson was also hitting well.
Bart Bratcher has been coaching at Westwood since the school opened...
Blake goes yard...
Ben joined him...
That's all I have for this week, but I will leave you a bit of Jack Handey to ponder:
"Playing dead not only comes in handy when face to face with a bear, but also at important business meetings."
"Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don't know what your rights are, or who the person is you're talking to. Then, on the way out, slam the door."
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own...