Million Dollar Knee

Wearing a knee brace on February 11, 2017.
Thought I’d give you all an update on my knee. I injured it in late January one morning, though I don’t know exactly how I did it. I probably had injured it slipping in the kitchen getting Harry his breakfast, taking a bit of time for the swelling to grow. 

With above normal temperatures the past few days here in Florida, my left knee feels close to normal again. That leads me to think that I either had tendinitis or arthritis in it, not that I’m a doctor or anything like that. 

Can’t begin to tell you how relived I am that, at least for the time being, it doesn’t appear to have been anything too serious. 

Crossing Lines, Blurred Lines

The ongoing war between President Trump and the media – breathtaking. I heard Chris Wallace on FOX earlier today saying that the President crossed the line when he said the media is the enemy of the American people.

I tend to think that if this is true, the media crossed the line first with their allegations that President Trump is tight with Russia. They want you to forget that so was Hillary Clinton, who gave the Russians all that uranium. Further, the Russians don’t have anything to lose any way they play it: if they support the American left, the American right, or play the double game of playing both sides. Sure, I want the media to do their job, but without harder facts in the whole Russian matter, I can’t say that the job is being done.

I’m also not surprised that, in my opinion, the President has already gotten bored with the D.C. game and is campaigning in spots across the country as if it was still 2016 on the calendar. He plays to his strengths, and he’d be a fool not to play to his strength.

Who knows what happens this week, but so far, it’s been a very interesting ride. Who knows where it goes next.

 

The Lottery Ticket

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I hope Marcus Paschal, the football head coach at my alma mater of Largo High School in Largo, Florida, doesn’t mind me sharing this photo with you.

He is one of only three players from my school to play in the NFL on a full-time basis. (Leonard Johnson and Dexter McCluster being the other two.) The numbers are probably similar in other sports, whether they be baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, what have you.

Very few make it in the world of sports. As the photo illustrates, a million kids play high school ball across the country, but roughly 150 of those players will be around to see their 4th season in the NFL.

Just as you can’t plan on winning the lottery, athletes have to realize that as much as they dream of winning a Super Bowl, the odds are definitely not with them.

One Of Those Nights

It’s one of those nights in my life. I want to rest, my brain is tired but my body doesn’t want to cooperate. 

It happens two or three nights in the winter. Too warm to be cold, too cold to be warm. My left knee feels as good as it has in nearly a month, but there’s something odd going on tonight. 

What do you do on nights like these?  

What can you do on such a night?

The XFL

ESPN did a recent documentary on the most recent major spring football league that had a network TV deal: the X Football League of 2001. 

When I first heard about the league in 2000 and heard that WWF honcho Vince McMahon was going to run it, I quite honestly didn’t know what to think. He was (and is) a marketing genius when it came to wrestling, turning the WWF from an East Coast circuit to a worldwide circuit with no borders. 

I also knew he had a bodybuilding circuit that was a bit disastrous, lasting less than a year. And with all due respect, what did a wrestling guy know about football?

I remember thinking that the league could last a few seasons. They didn’t get into a bidding war with top NFL players, opting to hire players mostly fresh out of college ball. They did have an interesting rule that a punt would be a live ball once it went 25 yards, in other words, each team was free to attempt to claim it. 

It’s biggest problem, or so I thought, was that it looked too much like pro wrestling on a football field, and a bit less of a football game. Because fans, for the most part, knew by that time that wrestling was choreographed, they had to wonder about the XFL being the same, right?

Sixteen years later, no one has dared to try the concept again, though one of these days it’ll happen. It’s just a matter of when.