Friday Thoughts

So I’ve been thinking . . . about football. I mean, whether you are a fan or not, who isn’t thinking about Super Bowl 50? It’s everywhere.

So I’ve been thinking . . . about football. I mean, whether you are a fan or not, who isn’t thinking about Super Bowl 50? It’s everywhere.

Me, I love football. I know, I know. It’s a hideous sport, and there’s a long list of what’s wrong with it. For now, spare me that list. This is one of my guilty pleasures, and I am reveling in it. I’m going to sit down with my big ole plate of wings, some pizza, veggies and dip, pigs in a blanket, guac and chips, and a cold bottle of beer to watch the Carolina Panthers play the Denver Broncos in, what I hope, is an awesome Super Bowl. At the very least, I’ll enjoy the overpriced commercials and impossible-to-live-up-to-expectations half-time show with Coldplay.

For those of you who don’t want to watch it, don’t. There are plenty of other shows to watch. Have at it, quit complaining, and let me enjoy my immoral sports event in peace. (Oh, and you might want to skip down to the “I’ve been reading” part of this post.)

Now, about the teams and who is going to win, it’s a tough one. I genuinely like both teams and both quarterbacks. I mean, come on, Cam Newton has been getting better and better every year. He’s pretty darn good, he’s more than a flash-in-the-pan, and he seems to love what he’s doing. (I’ve had enough of the haters criticizing him for <gasp> dancing and being happy. Seriously, if you think he’s a “bad” role model, good god, do you think the drug abusing, raping, physically abusive, DUI, animal killing, gun-shooting ones are better role models? [Dang, I brought out the list.] I’ll take a happy, dancing, being-true-to-yourself NFL player as a role model over the other players any day.) As for the rest of the Carolina Panthers, they have worked hard to have a stellar season. This team kind of crept up on us while we were busy watching the typical “dynasty” teams.

But then there’s the Broncos, a team I’ve always liked. And it’s Peyton Manning, one of the last truly great quarterbacks. This could be his last year—I, for one, would like to see him end his career on a high note with Super Bowl win. And, how is it that Peyton has one Super Bowl ring and his brother, Eli Manning, has two rings? That’s just wrong. Sorry, Eli, you’re just not that good. The Broncos defense has been pushing hard this year and deserves a lot of credit for getting the team to the Super Bowl.

So who’s going to win? I don’t know, but I’ll be rooting for them both while stuffing my face with Super Bowl snacks and dancing after touchdowns and having a darn good time.

And another thing (or two or five) . . .

I’ve been reading . . . All the Light We Cannot See still and picking up steam. I’m at that point where all I want to do is sneak in any time I can to read it. Also still reading Istanbul: Memories and the City. And keeping with the Turkish theme, I just got Forty-Four Turkish Fairy Tales collected and translated by Ignacz Kunos and will be starting that this weekend.

I’ve been watching . . . The Way We Were. I don’t really have a television show that I watch regularly (except for Game of Thrones) so I’ve been reading more and watching movies. This movie is one of my all-time favs. It’s got Streisand and Redford. A heart-wrenching love story. This movie always makes me cry. Oh and the ending! Gets me every time.

I’ve been listening to . . . Big Audio Dynamite. If this song doesn’t get you pumped up, you must be dead inside. Great pick-me-up!

Have a wonderful weekend!


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