I am currently sitting in my living room and writing on my laptop. I am also wearing headphones.
Why am I wearing headphones? I am here alone. I’m not listening to anything offensive or personal or particularly private. It’s not something that I need to listen to closely. It’s just music. The reason I’m wearing headphones is because its currently the only way I can hear anything.
There has been a construction crew jackhammering across the street from my apartment since about 8:30 this morning. It’s been nonstop. And, for some reason, its really bothering me today.
I’m usually cool with construction noise. I live on 2nd Avenue in New York City. The jackhammering is related to construction of the 2nd Avenue subway. It’s something I’ve been living with for a few years. For awhile, they were literally blowing up a little part of the city every day. You would hear a siren, then a hiss, then there would be a minor earthquake. They were blasting out the subway tunnel and building the subway station. And I actually liked it. I felt like it gave my neighborhood a little character.
But this jackhammering is driving me nuts. Window open, window closed, it makes barely a difference. The sound woke me up earlier than I had planned on my day off. I haven’t been able to hear the TV all day. And now, I’m sitting on my couch in headphones, by myself, like some sort of 1970’s stoner trying to listen to a Pink Floyd record without his parents knowing about it.
This week, Sports Illustrated goes without a traditional Scorecard column. In it’s place, the magazine presents scouting reports for the final 8 teams left in the NFL playoffs. This was an odd NFL season for me. The Giants opened up so terribly that their season was essentially over by week 3. In past years, that would have meant my interest in the NFL would have waned as well. But, this year, I was really into it despite the Giants’ lack of success. Maybe it’s because of Red Zone. Maybe its because the Yankees didn’t make the playoffs and both the Knicks and Rangers started out so slowly. I think the main factor, though, was fantasy football. Because as soon as my season ended in the NFL’s week 14, All that extra interest drained instantly. I didn’t even watch the final few weeks of the season. And yesterday, while the Broncos were playing the Chargers for a chance to reach the AFC Championship game, I was watching the Golden Globes red carpet pre-show on E!
Seminoles Rising by Andy Staples
Andy Staples writes about the National Champion FSU Seminoles. As I’ve written in the past, my girlfriend went to Florida State. So, for the first time in my life, I followed a college football team this year. It couldn’t have worked out better. This is also the first time I’ve ever actually sat and watched a Championship Game start to finish. Again, it couldn’t have worked out better. Florida State-Auburn was a genuinely exciting football game.
The Cold Hard Truth by Ben Reiter
Reiter writes about which teams will play better in the cold weather because the Super Bowl is at Metlife Stadium and it might be cold that day. I think a Superbowl in the snow would be really cool.
There’s A Story Behind Knowshon Moreno’s Tears by Tim Layden
WOW! Layden’s profile of the Broncos running back is fantastic. I knew Moreno as a high school star in Jersey who turned out to be a decent pro. But this story goes into his truly difficult childhood, spent in and out of various homeless shelters in New York City.
The Wizard and the Giant by Seth Davis
Here’s an excerpt from Davis’s new book on John Wooden. If the purpose of an excerpt is to make the reader interested in buying the book, then mission accomplished. This excerpt is about Wooden’s 1968 championship team, which featured Lew Alcindor and the special treatment he received.
Point After by Phil Taylor
Taylor writes about Chris Kluwe’s assertion that he was probably cut by the Vikings because of his outspoken support of Gay marriage and what that means for the possibility of an openly gay player succeeding in the NFL. Does anyone else get the sense that both Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbedejo have managed to use their genuine and admirable stance on marriage rights to make themselves way more famous. Ayanbedejo is an analyst on Fox Sports 1. I had literally never heard of him before he spoke out on same sex marriage, and now he’s a big enough name to stand with Randy Moss and Howie Long and discuss the game? And Kluwe wrote a book!