Archive for the ‘…Until Someone Gets Hurt’ Category
This story hasn’t been spun this way yet, but the Vikings-Bears game on Monday has all the trappings for a feel-good story. I’m an NFC North kind of guy, but I don’t have a dog in this fight. Here’s the deal…
1. Brett Favre is on the bench. This is the new normal.
2. Joe Webb has never done this whole NFL QB thing before. He was drafted as a wide-receiver. Well, he did complete 2 of his 5 passes this season. So I guess that’s some seasoning.
4. The back-up quarterback was just signed this week. He is an NFL veteran, but, until this week, thought he was retired.
5. The deflated Metrodome has moved the game to the smaller, stadium at University of Minnesota. The frozen, rock-hard playing field was not built to be played in at this time of year. Even the Bears have expressed concern over the field conditions.
6. Joe Webb has never even experienced sub-zero temps, let alone played in them.
7. The Bears are coming off a huge loss at home in the snow to New England. They are hungry.
8. The game is on Monday night. The world’s eyes will be directed on this game.
9. But then there’s this play I found from the preseason. He’s got good legs:
I fully expect the Bear’s defense to pound Webb, but IF he can manage a good game, it will be against a lot of odds.
I’m going to root for him.
Though they are usually pretty junky quality, this fan camera-caught a video of the Reds clinching the NL Central on Tuesday night.
This is a follow-up video to yesterday’s post of Joe Kittinger and his 20 mile, 600+ mph freefall. He is sponsoring a new attempt to break his record by adding another 3 miles to the record. The record that has stood for 50 years.
I think the sponsorship and encouragement is pretty magnanimous of him.
Imagine riding a balloon up to 96,000 feet. Joseph Kittinger took the ride. When at that amazing pinnacle he was ordered to start his descent, he kiddingly morse-coded back the message, “C-O-M-E-U-P-A-N-D-G-E-T-M-E.” That really freaked out ground control.
On a later project, Kittinger rode an open gondola to 20 miles above the earth (103,000 ft.)…and jumped. The details are fascinating (his fall lasted almost 14 minutes).
What drives a man to jump from space?
Scientific discovery certainly. The jump represented more than a daredevil’s thrill or a desire to break records; this was nascent space travel, the world’s first manned space program. Kittinger’s work with Projects Manhigh and Excelsior would study the physiological effects of space on a human subject and test the communications and logistics systems needed for sending a man on high. Before Project Mercury, before even the monkeys were launched into orbit, Joseph Kittinger would travel to the top of the world.
But it was more than that. It was manliness at work. The pioneering spirit. The explorer’s courage. The desire to go farther and higher, simply to see what is out there and what man is capable of. The need to push the limits of what is possible.
Look what Denard Robinson has done in his first three starts! Let’s see what happens today.
Is free-climbing a radio tower your idea of a good time? Take the one-question poll after the video.
1. Your opponent is weak.
2. He doesn’t know the rules.
Dave Wottle wins Men’s 800m in 1972 Munich.
Last November I commended this video to you calling it a gutsy performance by Matthew Stafford. Last week, fans of the NFL Network voted it the third best game of the 2009 season.
First this shows it all:
Then this shows it better:
This Dodgers fan has videotaped himself catching two homerun balls off the same Pirates hitter!