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the Bears lost in December again

I just watched the Bears lose in stupendous fashion to their rival Green Bay on my little computer here. their eighth loss to the Packers in their last nine attempts. and their loss was terrible and awesome.

they went up early. and then they went down fast. and then they were hopelessly incompetent on offense in the second half, but they played some solid D and stayed in the game. and then, ultimately, they lost, in a flurry of offensive pass interference penalties and last-gasp hail marys. and it was legit.

keep on heading through the woods, man

keep on heading through the woods, man

a big chunk of America watches football, but something tells me that you aren’t especially a fan. I think this is a good thing; I’m telling you, staying away from this bullshit will save you a lot of grief.

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offer me something

got a college basketball game on.
actually, no, there’s two. UConn at St. John’s, five minutes left, up a dozen. the other, Purdue at Northwestern, down five with four minutes to go. both of these games are indictive of the leagues they play in.
Purdue and Northwestern have been beating the shit out each other. falling on top of each other, missing lay-ups, playing full-court press the entire time. and it’s close. and even though Purdue is ranked, that doesn’t mean they can’t and won’t lose a game to anyone at any time. they could lose this game, to Northwestern, a team that considers it a good year if they lose close games. such is the Big Ten. note: a Valparaiso kid plays for Purdue. of course he does.
on the other channel: St John’s is what Connecticut would look like if it started its bench and it had a shitty day. a bunch of players who are capable of pulling off an alleyoop dunk, but usually screw it up. point in case: one of the St John’s guards got past his man and went for a layup. and it looked good, too! until Thabeet blocked it so damn hard that it bounced out past half court, and grinned while he took the foul. this style of play, on the other hand, is the Big East.
and now, the Virginia/UNC game is on. this is big news around here, simply because UNC is ranked #5 or 6. no one really expects UVa to win, but it’s being nationally televised, and it’s gonna be one of the only interesting games UVa plays in; they suck. the sports desk at the paper is going all out for this. they have an extra hour and a half past deadline to get it in.
also: Louis Farrakhan’s grandson plays for Virginia. and I don’t know if that makes me like them more or less.

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they’re coming to get you, Barbara

“prodigal son” by the Stones is a really kick ass tune. last summer, when I drove back from California, we took U.S. 50 across Nevada. we listened to Beggars Banquet like three times that night. it took us five good hours to cross it, starting east of Reno at about 7 pm.

it’s so wide open out there you could get out and literally sit in the road and take pictures. so that’s what I did! it looked like this.

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I’m told 50 in Nevada is called the loneliest road in America, and I gotta say, if it isn’t, it’s gotta be in the running. there was next to nothing for about 350 miles. it got very dark near Austin, which was about thirty buildings on either side of the road going up a hill along a stretch of road that’s 25 mph, and I stopped the truck and got out and we sat on the hood for a few minutes. very dark. very quiet. lots of stars. and it felt like tempting fate to do that.

we stayed in Ely, at a hotel/casino that had a jailhouse theme. does it have a … yep. it has a website. it was a Friday night when we pulled in, and every jackass in 80 miles was on about two blocks of this two stoplight town. not pleasant. Austin was much cooler.

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