Delenda Est Carthago

Why not delve into a twisted mind? Thoughts on the world, history, politics, entertainment, comics, and why all shall call me master!

Location: Mesa, Arizona, United States

I plan on being the supreme dictator of the country, if not the world. Therefore, you might want to stay on my good side. Just a hint: ABBA rules!


"It was twenty years ago today ..."

No, it's not a post about the Beatles. It's a post about an anniversary, a weird news story, and my novel. Yes, I'm still working on it.

Anyway, did you know that today is the 20th anniversary of the Lawrence Taylor leg-breaking hit on Joe Theismann? It ended Theismann's career and launched his epic broadcasting career.¹ Man, it was a nasty scene. I can barely think about it without getting the heebie-jeebies. Seeing it, on the rare times it's shown, is really stomach-turning. If you haven't seen it, count yourself lucky. Just nasty.

And then we have this story. Republican Senators are refusing to pass some idiotic resolution honoring Bruce Springsteen because he campaigned for Kerry last year. Apparently, the Senate does shit like this all the time - because they have nothing better to do, I guess - and it's pretty pro forma. Except this time. If I were a Senator, I would just say it's because Bruce sucks (he does) and he doesn't deserve this if, say, we're not honoring Styx. But that's just me. Remind me again why I'm not dictator yet?

Finally, I'm still trying to finish the novel. I should have a little more free time over Thanksgiving, so maybe I can catch up then. I'm at a little over 23,000 words, and for the latest chapter (here's the link to the whole thing, by the way, because I don't think I publicize it enough) I took Harvey's advice: when in doubt, add ninjas. With my own special twist, I hope. Anyway, it's a fun chapter, and I hope someone heads over there and reads it.

Football picks tomorrow! Will I curse Woody's team? (And after he gave me such nice publicity, too.) Or perhaps Disintegrating Clone's team? You'll just have to wait and see!

¹ If you can't note sarcasm in a blog post, this footnote is for you.


Blogger Roger Owen Green said...

This is the ONE thing about you I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND -Bruce sucks and Styx doesn't? OK, there are other things I don't understand about you, but this is the current one.

Roger (who owns about a dozen Springsteen albums and ZERO Styx)

19/11/05 4:46 AM  
Anonymous said...

Damn, has it be 20 years since that hit on Joe? I remember watching that like it was yesterday. That sickening snap that the mics on the field picked up, the lurch in my stomache when his leg twisted in ways that legs aren't designed to twist, the whole thing. Wow, 20 years. I'm getting old...

19/11/05 6:11 AM  
Blogger N said...

Yeah, roger owne green is right. Your musical taste leaves something to be desired at times. I only have three Springsteen albums, myself, and I'm not a huge fan or anything, but geez --- The Boss' literate, energetic, politically-charged rock versus Styx's lame crap? No contest.

19/11/05 7:16 AM  
Blogger Gordon said...

If I were a Senator, I would just say it's because Bruce sucks (he does) and he doesn't deserve this if, say, we're not honoring Styx. But that's just me. Remind me again why I'm not dictator yet?

Like Roger and N, I have to wonder why you think Styx is better than Bruce.

Snarky response: I think you answered your own question...

19/11/05 9:48 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Man, I can't even pick on the Boss a wee bit!

I was joking, to a degree. I recognize that Bruce is a HELL of a lot better than Styx (and a lot of other people), but I've never been a fan. I just haven't been. I'm not sure why. It's probably because I first heard Bruce during his "Born in the USA" days, and I just don't like Dancing in the Dark and Glory Days and Born in the USA. They're just lousy songs. I have grown to appreciate Bruce a lot more over the years, but I'm still not a huge fan. I will say that She's The One is a truly GREAT song. So of course, it's never played on the radio and it's not on Bruce's latest collection. Damn. (I have the same problem with Industrial Disease by Dire Straits, which is never played anywhere.)

Anyway, my point is that if you want to deny Springsteen an honor, why do it based on politics? Just say he sucks and that's that. It's all subjective anyway.

Don't worry, future subjects - I won't hold your hatred of Styx against you!

19/11/05 12:02 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

And yeah, I know, Mr. Geek. I didn't see it live, but I saw it the next day, and never want to see it again. Ick.

19/11/05 12:04 PM  

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