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The Trickle - Dec. 10
December 10, 2008 - Brian Ferry
I had to use Harmer Street in a story today. As I was spell-checking that story, the location took on a whole new meaning. The suggestion? Harem. Interesting street. What's really going on at that incubator?
I am a volleyball player. I can get pretty serious about it, but, I've learned to back off a bit under certain circumstances. This past Monday was not one of those circumstances. I had decided to be a little more serious than normal – it was playoff time. Then, during the finals, we played against a man who had some pretty harsh words for the referee. Now, I could be wrong, but I assume this ref was not being paid. Further, I've been playing high level volleyball with and against him (the ref, not the guy on the other team) for probably 15 years. He knows the game. The harsh words were in response to a call made on a play I was involved in. It was the right call. I was there. I understood when the guy wanted to ask a question of the ref. But, following the (correct) response with a hollered complaint was over the line. The ref was fine with all the attention, but I took it somewhat personally (which was convenient for me). I took the match more seriously thereafter.
Baseball and football
Right after reminding me of a very painful, recent fantasy football loss, the Times Observer sports editor asked me not to let readers (what, all 4 of you?) know that he is a New York Yankee fan. With the signing of C.C. Sabathia, he's been gloating. The Yankees and their unlimited payroll strike again. Oh, yeah. He won the fantasy football matchup 190-64. “It's like I was kicking you in the face with my boot,” he said. He then went on to say it was worse than that. “And there was crap on the boot.” It is an apt analogy. I was soundly thrashed in a fantasy football way. No humans or animals were harmed in the making of this blog (that I know of). Just in case, the sports editor's name is Jon Sitler.
I don't mind weighing in on the race for the Heisman Trophy. Maybe my last-minute input will sway some voters. Maybe not, because I really don't have any basis for what I'm about to say. I've heard some say that Graham Harrell, Texas Tech QB, is being short-changed. I don't think he's one of the top two candidates at his position in his conference. I'm certainly not a fan of Texas nor Oklahoma (reminds me of a song I heard at Penn State), but I've seen their quarterbacks doing impressive things. And Tebow (who plays for another school that's high on my list of teams I root against and hope PSU doesn't have to play) just makes good things happen with arm and feet, for his team. If you want to know, my vote is for Sam Bradford. Ridiculous things he's done this year. One thing I found interesting was a sports analysts projection that Georgia QB, Stafford, would be the first overall pick in the NFL draft. This is a pretty impressive crop of quarterbacks, methinks.
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