“Anyone who’s just driven 90 yards against huge men trying to kill them has earned the right to do Jazz hands. ”

My mornings rarely start early, but today the alarm jarred me awake at the God awful hour of 7:30. I had a library board meeting at nine and I wanted time for coffee and some of the paper. After the meeting I did my three errands. This has been a most industrious morning for me.

It started raining last night and was still raining when I woke up. Mother Nature must have looked kindly on me because the rain stopped for the few minutes it took me to get the papers then it started pouring when I got inside. The sun came out around 10 for a while then the clouds came back, but it must be a peek-a-boo day as the sun is back.

The day is warm. The morning was filled with the sounds of birds, and the rain brought a sweetness to the air. It is supposed to get really cold by the end of the week so I will savor today.

My father was a football and hockey fan. He thought baseball was boring and just didn’t enjoy basketball. We were poles apart. Basketball and baseball were always my favorites, and I never did like hockey. I abided football but didn’t understand much of it. Baseball has always been my top favorite sport. The cellar dwellers, the Sox, were a cheap Saturday afternoon in the bleachers when I was a kid. Now they are still cellar dwellers but even the bleachers are expensive. I usually try to go once each year but mostly I watch them on TV. I haven’t been to a Celtics’ game in a long while because I seemed to have lost interest. Filling the gap has been football. My dad would have loved to have someone watch with him, and he’d be thrilled at the success of the Pats. He watched them in their early days, their struggling years. He yelled a lot at the TV. I watch every Pats game, and I now understand the general rules of the game, most infractions and even some strategy. I’m hazy about some positions and their responsibilities, but that doesn’t deter me from enjoying the game. I yell at the TV. My dad would be proud!

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10 Comments on ““Anyone who’s just driven 90 yards against huge men trying to kill them has earned the right to do Jazz hands. ””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Sweden is a hockey and soccer nation but unfortunately not a baseball nation. Back in the days when our public service stations showed English soccer the entire family sat in front of the tv every Saturday. Now a rich but small channel has those rights so I haven’t seen it in years. I actually knew english soccer better than the swedish one 🙂 So I feel that I always can hold my thumbs for the English team when the big championships are shown on tv.

    Hockey is our second national sport and there we ahe a chance to actually win the big championships but if we don’t we always hold our thumbs for Finland. Sometimes it is more important for us to win against Finland than the entire chapionship 🙂 🙂

    I think the day has been mostly grey here but it has been fairly warm, so warm that there’s no need to start a fire in the stove.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The US becomes a soccer country during Olympic and World Cup events then it falls back into football and baseball. Tons of kids program are around so the young kids are playing soccer, but it is seldom on TV except for the big games. We have a professional team here that plays in the same stadium as the Patriots, the Revolution.

      Hockey has a huge fan base. They are considered the largest and the most obnoxious.

      We ended up with the sun most of the day!

      Have a great evening!!

  2. Birgit Says:

    There are other sports besides soccer? 😉
    Cold here, first frost, I gave in and turned on the heating.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I don’t follow any of the big four sports. I do remember my grandfather watching baseball every Sunday afternoon when he was visiting us. He would let the Venetian blinds down and close them so that the room was very dark. He’d sit in the upholstered maple rocking chair in front of the little TV. We were not allowed to make any noise. He wasn’t mean about it but we didn’t make noise, either.
    I am a horse sport fan. Dressage, 3-day eventing, show jumping, polo. I’ll even watch cutting horse competitions.

    Today was a slacker day. Even the dogs slept late.
    Yesterday I did three weeks worth of online lessons in Greek history. The video lectures are interesting but the reading assignments are painful. Online versions with tiny print crowded onto one screen with bad background colors. Ouch. I found free ebook versions so I can read them on my Kindle. So much less eye strain. 🙂
    Obviously, the effort of stuffing my brain full of Greek history called for a day of doing nothing. I did two errands very late in the day, walked the dogs, fed us all and now we are all back on the couch being slackers again.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      When I was growing up, I never had friends who were horse people though when I was working, the principal I worked with raised Morgans. I think they are gorgeous animals. His daughter competed and even went to Australia to represent the US.

      Maddie has hyperthyroid so I have to give her medicine every day. I started today. She is hiding now.

      I was busy all morning, and this afternoon I went through a couple of cabinets and threw away outdated stuff, did the same in the fridge. I think I deserve a medal for today.

      Tomorrow is dump then sloth day. Thursday is the 10th anniversary mass for my mom so I’ll be driving to Stoneham for the mass at St.Pat’s then to the China Moon for lunch, a favorite spot of my mother’s.

      I’m impressed: Greek history!!

      Enjoy the couch!

  4. Hedley Says:

    And as the saying goes “There are only two things that you cannot change in your life, your Mother and Your Football Team”

    I straddle a long distance between Tottenham Hotspur and the Detroit Lions both of whom I follow unconditionally. I made it to the 4th quarter of the game against Arizona on Sunday and then headed home – we had a fun time yacking with Billy Sims and remembering the Doug Williams pass over Wayne Smith which destroyed a season. I told him that Monte Clark needed a tactic beyond Billy left, Billy right and Billy up the middle. He laughed and appreciated that we had recognized that and said he sometimes wished that others had been asked to shoulder some of the burden.

    I am at that stage of my life where I can freely travel for sports, the next event being the Lions in London on November 1 and I will pick up Spurs against Anderlecht on November 5th at the Lane.

    I watch for results for Birgit and Christer and wish good things for them. I will see the final of Euro2016 next Summer in Paris and perhaps be able to cheer for a friend of KTCC.

    Its been a long journey from the tribalism of the terraces, $5 bleacher seats at the Pontiac Silverdome to luxury boxes, suites and match finals. However on game day I holler at the TV as though it helps.

    Saturday brings Michigan v Michigan State at the Big House. We are a Sparty Family.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      It is true-I am a Pats fan tried and true and think my team is maligned by almost everybody because nobody likes a winner. They scored more points with the inflated footballs in the second half than the so-called deflated ones in the first half. I think that someone defeated them to keep the scoring down (my new theory based on the scoring).

      I totally understand your allegiance to both the Lions ( poor babies) and Tottenham.

      I did see the Sox in Colorado a couple of years ago and keep making plans to go to Baltimore to see them, maybe next summer.

      You are my Birgit and Christer center of information so I too can wish them well.

      I remember the days of bleacher seats for a dollar!!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat – England and Germany have qualified and been given a number 1 seed when the groups are drawn for France on December 12. Both countries will avoid each other and will no doubt be wanting to dodge Italy who are a 2nd seed. So basically Birgit and I are more than happy

        Meanwhile Christer’s Sweden behind the rather self congratulatory Ibrahimovic face a play off in November when they will face one of Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Slovenia and perhaps most dramatic of all Norway. The draw for the play off takes place this Sunday so by the time you post Christer will know who they face.

        There have been surprises along the way Albania, Iceland and Wales are going – Netherlands are not

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        Thank you for the update. I rely on you for my European football news. Good for Birgit and you. I know Christer will be eagerly awaiting that face-off.

        My nephew played division I soccer on a full scholarship to Oregon State. He had been playing club ball since he was 5. He played high school soccer (the only time of the year he didn’t play club) was all state three years and his team went undefeated his junior and senior years and were state champs. Wouldn’t you know, his 9 year old son lives football. He played soccer but didn’t enjoy it that much. He is a Michigan fan!!


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