More than anyone else, Sully knows that I shouldn’t be allowed to have access to tools. Saws, hammers, heavy machinery. So this weekend I decided to change out some of our lighting fixtures – let’s just say that it’s 11:30 at night and I’m still trying to figure out why the ceiling lights don’t work. Goddamn, they worked before.
The week before Thanksgiving – it’s so hard to believe 2015 is in its last 6 weeks. It just seems when you hit middle age, time just rockets by. Perhaps it’s just at that point when you realize that you’re on the clock that you realize it’s actually moving forward. When I was 30, time wasn’t as fast. Like when you’ve had a couple of beers and you’re trying to install a lighting fixture on Sunday night when you realize it’s 11:30 and nothing now works.
So, first the Broncos lost and then went on a losing skid until they righted the ship this week with a 17-15 win over the Bears: a score that has happened only 10 other times in NFL history. Think about that – with the current number of teams and current number of games, there are 256 games played in a season. Even rounding down, over the last 45 years there have been over 9000 games played. Only 11 have been decided 17-15, the first being the Bears over the Steelers in September 1971. The Packers – the last team the Broncos defeated before going on their skid, and previously an undefeated team – also righted their ship by a far more decisive 30-13. For what it’s worth, there have been 35 other games decided by that score, the first in 1934 with the Giants defeating the Bears. The Bengals fell from the ranks of the unbeaten to the Cardinals 34-31 – that’s happened 59 other times, and twice this season.
That leaves the Panthers and the Patriots (Super Bowl XXXVIII combatants in the Super Bowl with the longest nomenclature yet) as the only undefeated teams. Suprisingly enough, the Panthers 44-16 score over the Redskins has happened only one other time…with the Bills beating the Patriots in 1967…which doesn’t bode well for the good guys tonight on Monday Night Football. The Pats are also 2-4 in 34-31 games. Would you believe before Sunday, a 3-2 score was more common than 44-16? 5-2 has never happened, if you’re keeping score at home.
I’m planning to sign up for another race, this one next April. That would be a race a month for 6 months – with month 5 being a 10-miler, a Spartan Super. Up until last week I would’ve thought that was a crazy schedule, until I connected with this cat that woke up one morning last January and said, “Gee, I’m going to be 50 years old this year so I think I’ll run 50 races…” Holy mother of God, that dude is crazy. I’m just tilted. He’s running races for whatever reason, I’m just trying to keep in shape.
Dave Roberts, one of my all time favorite sports heroes – despite the fact he did exactly one thing for my team, stole one base in one really important game – is to be named the manager of the LA Trolley Dodgers. He’s a little younger than I am – which hurts just a little. AND he beat out another member of that 2004 Red Sox team, Gabe Kapler. There are 3 other managers in the game younger than he…of course I look at it and think about 4 dudes that are younger than me making a mark and here I am sitting behind a keyboard on a Sunday night because I blew a fuse or something.