If you’ve seen the movie “Independence Day” with Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldberg and Randy Quaid, you might remember the last scene that Quaid was in. Sitting here, trying to write this blog up, I keep picturing that movie and in particular, Randy Quaid’s character, Russell Casse said. No, it wasn’t “I picked a hell of a day to quit drinking”. No, returning to my blog on CBS Sports for some reason has me picturing the close up of Quaid as he’s shown taking the plane up the underbelly of the alien ship, the camera zooming in on his face saying, “Hello boys, I’m back.”
It’s good to see some things haven’t changed here on CBS Sports. What would this place be if people quit calling for any of the writers/columnists to be fired on any given day because they write something that someone doesn’t like. And I was glad to see that neither Doyel nor Freeman have mellowed with age.
Seriously though, I have missed this place. It was nice to stop in and amid the news of the scandals and unrest, to see a positive piece on community involvement. Kudos to Will Brinson for posting the LaMarr Woodley piece. With so much cynicism and vitriol and dirty laundry being broadcast in almost every sector of the news, it’s good to see something positive being highlighted. Can’t wait to see what he does with the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
Preseason is in full swing now and while I don’t give too much credence to wins and losses, I can’t help to be a little concerned about the number of injuries that is being reported out of Steelers training camp. I can understand the passion, but the idea is to win a slot for the season, not get placed on injured reserve. But the one bright spot coming out Latrobe isn’t the way the team is jelling, or that Wallace may be back, but that Steelers running back coach, Kirby Wilson is at camp.
Not sure what to think about the replacement refs. I haven’t really watched too many pre-season games. The ones I did watch however, I hope the refs are using these games to brush up and get up to speed before the regular season starts otherwise we’re going to be complaining about the refs a lot more. And yes, I’m tickled pink that a female is among them. I know, it might sound like I have some female bias, but I don’t agree that a referee should be someone who has suited up and suffered jock itch. As long as one can understand the rules and identify the plays at the level that’s required, and they can keep up with the speed of the game, then gender should be irrelevant. Does anyone believe that if Archie Manning had one daughter among all his sons, that she would know less about the game, plays and dynamics of football than someone who rode the bench during varsity football?
No predictions for this season from our house. I know that we’re still speculating that December 2012 will be our last month on earth. Personally I think those extra stone tablets they found hidden was someone’s grocery list and not an extension to the calendar.
Looking forward to the opening kickoff for the season and on an MLB note, keeping my fingers crossed that the Pirates see the post-season. And really excited about the upcoming autumn with its cooler months, at least then I know I’m experiencing hot flashes and it’s not the air conditioner on the fritz.