As both Mrs. Dude and I have been self-employed for many years, we won’t get the luxury many people have of extended paid maternity or paternity leave from work. I’m not going to lie, that sucks. But it’s a part of life that we have accepted. We’ll both be back at work pretty quickly after Baby #2 arrives in the near future: me within a few days and her probably within a couple weeks.
There is another group of people who are in a very similar position with limited, if any, time to spend with their newborns: professional athletes in season.
Before I go any further, I want to be clear that I am a proud American.
I pay taxes.
I eat more fried food than Colonel Sanders.
And I hate the Olympics. Read more…
The LA Kings just won the Stanley Cup for the first time in their almost five-decade history and that story barely beat out Andre Ethier’s contract extension for top billing in the next day’s LA Times. It’s not that fans in LA don’t care about the Kings, it’s just that 99% of the people in LA don’t know who the Kings are.
That group contains a producer at our local NBC affiliate, who posted this graphic on a story a few weeks ago when the Lakers, Clippers and Kings were all in the playoffs:
Remember that Alanis Morissette song “Ironic”? You know, the one where the only real irony is that pretty much every example she lists is more of a unfortunate coincidence than ironic? For some reason, it popped into my head the other day as I’ve been reading about the ongoing scandals involving the New Orleans Saints. Because what could be more ironic than guys known as Saints turning out to be a bunch of sinners?
By now you know about the Saints’ bounty program run by former Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams. Not only did he offer players cash rewards for seriously injuring other players, he was indisputably recorded by a documentarian while doing it. I’m guessing that he let his MENSA membership lapse a while back.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” – Football Fans in Cleveland and Indianapolis. (And Charles Dickens)
With the Denver Broncos’ recent signing of Peyton Manning, it’s made this Browns fan wonder about what might have been if Cleveland had been granted our replacement / expansion team one year earlier. In 1998, the Indianapolis Colts used the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft on Manning, the QB from Tennessee. In 1999, the expansion Browns used the #1 pick on Tim Couch, the QB from Kentucky. Those two horizontal neighbors provided very different types of QBs to Ohio and Indiana, two vertically neighboring states.
Let’s compare and contrast the last decade-plus for these two gunslingers to see who has done better overall since getting drafted: