Did you miss what happened with the 4×100 Men’s Swimming Relay last night? Miss what happened with the American team? Miss the hype surrounding the opposing French team?
I don’t have words. Watch it.
Politics aside, 08-08-08 was quite a remarkable night. About the population in China, I just have to say: they are a determined people. It’s mentioned that the Games bring people together, aside from the obvious reality of it, it really does. Just thinking about the fact that the largest number of attending heads of state convened under one room. In China. The initial number I heard on NBC, something like 48? No. Over 100. In China. No consider that fact only thirty years ago.
Can you remember thinking through the opening ceremony, “Oh, sweet hydraulic system.” Because that’s probably when they all popped up from the tops and waved at you right? I’ll assume you understood that if you watched it.
One part did bring a tear to my eye. The 56 children representing their specific ethnic subgroups of China carrying in their national flag. boy, they are adorable before age 10.
Then there was the Tai Chi section they exhibited within the opening ceremony. They’re good. They are good. It’s great to see a nation and a people yearning to become more hopeful than has been seen in the last century. To see an exhibition of artful, spectacular display of pride in the human potential.
Oh, and here’s to seeing another ridiculous commercial involving a stampede of sumos conglomerating into a fleshy flight vessel or dragon-breath-induced-heated-water-pipes-for-your-outdoor-hot-tub-in-China.
The inevitable has happened; Brett Favre has retired. We knew it would one day happen but could not dream of the day it would. I remember at final game of last season watching Favre getting emotion on the sidelines as the commentators in the box speculated his retirement. I have to admit I too believed it and was getting a bit emotional myself. Then he returned for this 2007 season, and what a season!
For me Favre is the epitome of everything that is good and true football. He was a17 year veteran who played like a kid at a schoolyard. I loved that when on the field he could do the seemingly impossible. Classic Favre meant throwing off his back foot, throwing or shoveling while completely wrapped by defender and sending the ball into the tiniest of holes and the greatest of distances. I loved to watch football because he loved to play it and he was made to play it
He has also become a legend in his own time with John Madden singing his praises and stories of his feats spreading across the nation. One of my favorites is when I heard that Favre’s strenght in throwing the football breaks the fingers of rookie wide-receivers at training camp. I also like the one that goes: You know you’re in Green Bay when 95 percent of women and 78 percent of men
admit they would cheat on their spouse for Brett Favre. What are your favorites?
I loved watching Favre play and it was perfect that he played for a good olde team like the Packers. It had always been a dream and goal of mine to go the Green Bay and see Brett Favre and the Packers play at Lambeau Field in the winter. Sadly, I have lost the chance to realize that dream, but I am grateful for what I did have. What of Favre I did have the chance to experience. I was always amazed when watching a game being played at Green Bay they would show live footage of the downtown at game time and there would not even be a stray dog. My hope is that he remains in football as coach, commentator, something.
Some of his records:
Most Associated Press MVP awards-3
Most seasons w/30+ touchdown passes-8
Most consecutive 3000yd passing seasons-16
Most consecutive playoff games w/ touchdown pass-18
Most career games w/ at least 3 touchdown passes-63
Most regular-season wins by starting quarterback-160
Most consecutive starts by quarterback-253
Most interceptions thrown-288
Most passing touchdowns-442
Most pass completions-5,377
Most pass attempts-8,758
Most career passing yards-61,655