September 15, 2013 - September 8, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
. On a day of being sad, I finally fell out of
the Smithsonian Channel into a movie I'd never seen. Carousel.
A role Sinatra
created on Broadway in 1946 and refused to reprise in 1956 when they
wanted him to do every scene twice for Cinerama or some damn thing.
Monday, September 09, 2013
narrative gone wrong
HAVE OUR REASONS
. A self-indulgent post. But you know how it goes. Sometimes
it's so delicious you can't resist. The first Monday Night Football
game was supposed to be the triumphant return of RG3, the
inauguration of the return to greatness of the Washington Redskins.
The beleaguered Philadelphia Eagles were the mere foils in the
narrative, a stricken team that had mysteriously traded one of the
most successful coaches in the NFL for a college guy with no NFL
experience. Doom was in the air. None of the pundits even mentioned the Eagles. They quibbled about the relative merits of Cowboys, Redskins, and Giants. Mostly they liked the Redskins and RG3.
Mind, we have nothing against RG3. We like him and wish him well.
But what we like better is when the selected broadcast narrative
gets blown apart. Tonight, the Eagles blew the Redskins to pieces. Their only
mistake was trying to sit on a huge 33-7 lead in the second half.
College boy probably won't make that mistake again. He seems like
he's pretty smart.
Politically correct or not, the Redskins are the yuppiest team in
the NFL. The Eagles are among the blue collar scrappers that made
the NFL great in the first place. Think Green Bay, Chicago,
Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, and, uh, not Jets but Giants. Oh. Did
I forget to tell you? The Eagles won.
The story -- as opposed to the manufactured narrative -- was that a
new coach has revitalized a team that absolutely, desperately, had
to rid itself of a stodgy shell of a coach who responded to the
questions of devoted fans with basically two comments repeated over
and over and over and over again. 1) We have to do a better job, and
2) I didn't see the play you're talking about, so I can't comment on
it at this time.
Did I tell you that the underdog Eagles won? How big is that? Watch
SportsCenter and the NFL Network tomorrow morning. They'll all be
sudden fans of the new Eagles coach, Chip Kelly. Should you be
impressed, converted? No. They're just groping for a new narrative.
The Eagles could still go 1 and 15. They have a long long haul to
climb out of the soggy hole Andy Reid left them in. Want to be
impressed regardless? Try this.
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Yeah. Dismiss it. But the Delaware
Valley is delirious tonight. Something about a hammered heart still beating. Something about hard life still worth living. Tonight I got to see my wife cheering again.
Fly, Eagles, fly.