Friday, January 2, 2009

Fridays Furious Five; Religion, The Wrestler, Favre, Twilight Zone, USC

It's a new idea, I am going to try it out and see how it feels. Five topics that resonated through my brain the last 24 hours.

Brett Favre, I love you man, but maybe your time has come. I thought the change of venue would turn back the clock, but it looks like it could not. Several reports are coming out that Brett the Jet was not the best teammate on the planet. He apparently did not hang out with his peeps and spent most of his practice time in a private office at the Jets facility. I had heard the rumors that he was distant in Green Bay but, again, I had hoped a change and a little bit of revenge would change his perspective on what he needed to do to be a capable leader. I guess revenge is not enough, you have to have love to make you great, and I think Brett lost that when Green Bay didn't want to deal with his (and this pains me to say) me first mentality. He deserves special treatment but he had come to expect it and that's not right. It's strange how your opinion of a person shapes what type of fan you are. When Kobe wanted a trade, I was like, get rid of him, it's all about the name on the front of the jersey not the back. When the Favre situation went down, I was like, how can you do this to Favre, with no regard to the Packers. Heroes come and go but the teams remain the same. I won't make that mistake again, I love you Brett but it may be time to hang um up.

I was watching the Seven Deadly Sins on the History Channel last night and religion is crazy. Wow, is really all I can say. The poop that people believe and latch on to, is truly amazing. I want to believe so bad in religion, I cannot even tell you. I want to be in the Army of the Almighty Lord and fight the endless demonic hordes of the Antichrist, but it's not gonna happen. I also want to be strong in the force and maybe one day face off against Lord Vader, but that is not going to happen either. I want to participate in the Dungeons and Dragons of life but alas, I cannot.

The Wrestler is the best movie I have seen this year, hands down, better than The Dark Knight (that was also difficult to say). I don't know if it was the period of time in which the movie covered; 1980's thru present, or the subject, pro wrestling or the broken man story, but something stuck and hurt. The director, Darren Aronofsky is really something special. He is able to make the bleak and horrible artistically palpable. All of his films stick with me and The Wrestler is no different. Really it's an amazing piece of work, makes me feel like my material is rudimentary in comparison.

New Years day Twilight Zone, AWESOME! I can't believe how relevant every episode still is. I also cannot believe how many movies were created out of the Zones catalogue. I watched about 15 and they were all great. It reminds me of a simpler time when my Dad and I used to watch and the world was in black and white. "I Sing the Body Electric", one of my favorite episodes ever, it's about a family that loses their mother and to fill the void go to a company to build them their perfect Grandmother. Very compelling and maybe, a little look into the future, through the eyes of the Twilight Zone!

Lastly, I don't watch a lot of college football, but I will watch USC if they are on at the right time. I watched them last night and I tell ya, they are GOOD! Really good! They kicked the crap out of Penn State, and they looked good doing it. Unfortunately the only thing I could think about was, why no play-off? I though about how exciting a college football play-off would be and when I realized no matter how much I thought about it, it wasn't going to happen. I got so disgusted I could watch no longer. Every major sporting organization has a play-off system except, college football. What a waste, when really at the end of it all, you have no idea who the best team is. I got two words for you Obama, "FIX IT!"

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