First, I just wanted to say that the last few weeks have me somewhat disappointed in the national media. With that said, I immensely enjoyed my trip to Denver to see the Rockies in the first World Series game in Colorado, which was also the longest 9-inning game in World Series history. The reason for mentioning the national media is because of their labeling of the World Series as boring… which I really disagree with. If you only looked at box scores and post-game reports, you might think that I was really depressed watching my Rockies, which just wasn’t true. They played well, all things considered. The Red Sox are a great team, which gives me all the more reason to dislike them. In fact, I’ve had more fun loathing them lately than I have had loathing the Yankees (although that will never stop being entertaining). I’ve had this rising anger toward the Red Sox ever since they beat up on the Cardinals in 2004… not fun. Bottom line is that this World Series was as close as it should have been, and there were enough momentum shifts to keep me in my seat along with tens of thousands of other Rockies fans in Coors Field. I got to go to the World Series, and that’s something even Red Sox dominance couldn’t take away from me.
Check out this video showing the Rockies miraculous postseason run. This video forgets to show us the 14 of 15 games they won at the end of the regular season, which was miraculous enough. Thanks, Rockies! I’ll be back to see you soon.
Well, it’s not Christmas in October but it’s close. I’m writing this from a hotel in a suburb of Denver, Colorado, making final preparations for our trip to the World Series. That’s right, tomorrow I’M GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES! I’m very excited. It’s nearly midnight, and I can’t think about sleeping. It’s like waiting up for Santa Claus.
It seems that scoring tickets to this event was just about as unlikely as the Rockies winning 21 of 22 games, so I’m pretty excited for the chance to be here. I wish that Julia and Emmy could have been here, too, but I’m glad they let me come! This may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance, so I’m definitely going to make the most of it.
So, as I predicted, the Rockies have won the National League pennant in a most sweeping fashion. I’m not sure if it’s their luck or mine on this thing, because back on September 18th, when the Rockies had only a 3.1% chance of even making the playoffs, I asked Julia if I could go to the World Series in Denver if the Rockies made it. Well, here we are four weeks later, and they’re in! Now I just have to get lucky enough to find a way to get tickets without selling my soul to the Yankees or something…
Well, we had a chance to watch Opening Day Eve last night where the Mets beat the Cardinals. It was fun to see a baseball game again, but I’m even more excited to watch the Royals vs. Red Sox game that I recorded on my MythTV computer. Pretty cool, I must say… especially with the kind of hope a new General Manager brings (and that especially when the much-debated $55M signing of Gil Meche brings an opening day win against the Red Sox). I’m excited for the Royals this year, not necessarily because I think they’ll have an Earth-shattering record, but because they seem to be wanting to move the team in the right direction.
I recently read an article on ESPN.com about the two coaches in the Super Bowl coming up next week. As Michael Smith says, they have been talked about a lot because they are the first black coaches in the Super Bowl. Tony Dungy, the coach of the Indianapolis Colts, and Lovie Smith, coach of the Chicago Bears, are much more than just that. They are men of character:
Dungy and Smith are role models, not just for coaches who look like them or men who look like them, but for all coaches and all men. They live their lives the right way, and as a result they do their jobs the same way. Their priorities are, in order: faith, their families and football. The outcome of the Super Bowl or any game does not define them. They personify words such as class, grace, dignity, honor and integrity. We all can draw inspiration from men such as these.
Being a role model is something that transcends the game. It’s great to hear about the accomplishments and character of these men off the field because it’s something so rarely seen in the spotlight: role models in athletics. Read the full article on ESPN.com to see what I mean.