Yesterday’s hella-exciting NFC Championship game should have been one-to-two Minnesota touchdowns less exciting. Why? Because the New Orleans Saints have apparently forgotten one huge football fundamental that even I had drilled into my head as early as JUNIOR high football: when the ball is loose, FALL ON THE $*&#$& THING! Every time the Vikings flubbed the ball last night, not ONCE did a New Orleans defender adhere to this simple, proven, pee-wee football fundamental! Instead, their egos tried to scoop up the ball and run with it…GAHHHHH!
Even one of their 5-ton defensive lineman tried to play Walter Payton last night…I was screaming at the top of my Cowboys-fan-get-revenge-on-the-run-up-the-score-Vikes lungs…ARGH! Oh well, the Ain’ts have finally made it to the Supe…way to go guys!
In other news…
* Looks like my Texas Rangers are nearly out of the ownership woods – yesterday, Pittsburgh sports attorney Chuck Greenburg and Rangers legend Nolan Ryan cleared the first hurdle in buying the Rangers from Tom “Too-Many-Irons-in-the-Sports-Franchise-Fire” Hicks, i.e. they’ve reached an agreement with the Hicks Sports Group, the same group that is destroying the Dallas Stars and Liverpool FC. The deal still needs approval from 75% of MLB owners, the NHL, and the army of banks that Hicks owes money to. Hopefully, all of the above are just formalities and the handoff can happen before opening day.
* Due to my writing inspiration woes of late, I haven’t said much about the Hot Stove here in Arlington. In a nutshell:
1. The Rangers acquired Rich Harden from the Cubs, but it cost us Kevin Millwood(who went to the Orioles in a salary dump move). If Harden works out, it will definitely be an upgrade to our numero-uno spot in the rotation. Millwood was, at best, a very good number three starter.
2. We got Vlad from Los Anaheim of California. Hopefully, that bat he’s used to bludgeon the Rangers with over the years still has some bludgeon left in it. We’re gonna need it, seeing as how Seattle‘s hot stove has been cookin’ with gas this off season. The M’s look mighty mighty on paper. Hopefully, like Communism, they’ll just look good on paper.
3. Our other limited budget, risky business moves include reliever Chris Ray (from the Orioles in the Millwood deal), presumed number-three starter Colby Lewis (from Japan’s Hiroshima Carp), former Ranger and fan favorite reliever Darren Oliver (from Los Anaheim), and utility fielder Khalil Greene (apparently from the loony bin).
On the hockey front –
* My new-found love for hockey continues, unfortunately, the Tom Hicks owned, 25th-in-the-NHL-in-salary Dallas Stars suck this year, and will likely continue to suck as long as Hicks owns the team.
* The Texas Brahmas continue their up-and-down season and despite a barely .500 record, are clinging to third place in the CHL-Southern Division.
* I was rummaging around in my pile of barely played/never played PS2 games this weekend and discovered I had NHL 2001, still in the shrink-wrap. Like the real-life game of hockey, I’m kicking myself for not discovering the game years ago! Mrs. J and I were up all night on Saturday playing the game. Fortunately, my PS2 hockey procrastination payed off – since this was NHL 2001 , the PS2 Dallas Stars roster was that of their 1998-2000 glory years with Brett Hull, Derian Hatcher, Ed Belfour, and in-their-prime Mike Modano & Jere Lehtinen. Much fun was had.