1. I (hiLARiously) won the football pool at work, and in doing so immediately became the Annoying Chick In The Football Pool Who Wins Despite Knowing Nothing About Football. I promise to represent the title well during my reign. I swear to be as obnoxious as possible as I taunt my coworkers with my awesome decision making system which involved following internal debate: “Who would win in a fight, a bronco or a saint? A saint has pious righteousness on his side, but a bronco has four wheel drive and optional leather seating. Hm. I think the bronco would win easily.” Apparently it was my pick of the Jaguars over the Colts that clinched my win, which is kind of cool because that was a pick I actually tried to get right by using adult reasoning- that reasoning being, “Wasn’t everyone all worked up because the Bills beat Jacksonville last week? Jacksonville is supposed to be good. I think the Jags have to win eventually…..and Payton Manning has a bitch face……plus, a colt is no match for a jaguar.”
2. Bucky Gleason wrote a column (which I refuse to link to because TBN doesn’t keep their archives up and I hate having dead links in my posts) under the headline, “Difficult to be inspired by lackluster performance”. Really, Bucky? I think it’s easy. The column is vintage Bucky. First he begrudgingly praises the team for the win, then he sagely and condescendingly dispenses advice to the fans to avoid enjoying the win too much, and then he grumps (with juuuust enough validity) about the the mistakes from first the three quarters, and then he completely ignores the rather remarkable manner in which Trent Edwards comported himself in the final ten minutes. You know, I’m not sure Bucky “gets” sports. If I can’t enjoy a fun come-from-behind win in which our rookie quarterback looks like a grizzled vet, why on earth would I even be watching football? I know it’s not Bucky’s job to be a fan, but is it really his job to be a total pill? I’m concerned that it is.
As far as the headline goes, I happen to have an email from Bucky in my inbox archives in which he personally explains to me that the columnists don’t write their own headlines. I’ve always been confused about this little bit of publishing protocol. It seems to me that the headline is rather important and that journalists would feel strongly about how their articles are perceived “at a glance,” but I’m sure there is a good reason that a third party writes the newspaper headlines. I can only assume that if Bucky could have written his own headline it would have read, “Please Send Help. The Buffalo News has Kidnapped Me and Locked Me in a Dark, Dank Basement. I Have No Contact With the Outside World. I’m Totally Out of Touch. Please Call the Authorities.” No wonder TBN insists on writing his headlines! Poor Bucky!
3. ModFan is back! Please go read our Eastern Conference Season Preview right away! (If you are horrified by the thought of reading another season preview, fear not. Our team-by-team season preview has a rather pleasant twist: It’s very short.)