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11 January 2011 @ 06:40 pm
I've stopped rooting for the Bears, because they keep trying to run on every play...  
The words above were Christopher's lament about the Super Bowl when he was seven, and they are frustratingly appropriate for the Ducks' loss of the BCS Championship.

It was a good game, and all the analysts that considered the teams very evenly matched were right. Both teams have very similar playing styles, strengths, and weaknesses. The score was 19-19 until the final field goal kicked by Auburn in the last :02 of the game.

I can't complain about the refereeing (though West Coast fans had concerns about having Big 10 refs for the game). There was a crucial illegal motion call against Oregon down around their own 1-2 yard line which was never shown in replay, so no idea if that was legit. The one clearly botched moment was a "late hit" call on Auburn's Fairley, who kicked Oregon's Jordan in the head after the play. That goes way beyond being a late hit. IMO, Fairley should have been ejected from the game at that point. And because he was a key player for Auburn, yes, that might have changed the outcome of the game.

But in the main, the coulda-shoulda-wouldas were coaching decisions such as repeatedly trying to run the ball on a 3rd Down with eight-plus yards needed for a first down. Ah, Chip, Chip, Chip, what were you thinking? And why the hell did you punt on that 4th down with more than two minutes left in the first half? Auburn scored in the time remaining, and that really cost the Ducks. *headdesk*

What else happened since Friday, you might ask? Um... The outside Xmas lights are put away. No progress on the inside, though, except that the Xmas tree is gone. But! There was paperwork and fic-writing to do all of Saturday, and yardwork and the kids' basketball games on Sunday. So, yeah.

HSH and I had a date on Saturday, and saw The Black Swan. Really interesting movie, good performances. Not sure it's Best Picture material, but this wasn't a great year for movies in general. I'd definitely recommend seeing it. It made me long for the days when I took basic ballet barre classes, which is probably the wrong reaction. :0

I also watched Milk while biking in the garage (HSH is not so much up for "downer" movies these days). I don't think I've ever seen Sean Penn be so likeable before. His portrayal of Harvey Milk showed a very enthusiastic, passionate man who was kind of a loveable dork, and the world could really use more people like that in politics-- people who believe in the government's potential.

So, that was the weekend. Tonight, I'll commisserate with Christopher over his new braces, try to finish up my two remaining Last Author Standing fics, and catch the new episode of V.

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space_raider182 on January 12th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
Aw, Christopher was (and still is) a smart cookie :) Well, sorry about the BCS championship. I hate it when officials make crucial yet possibly non-existent calls that can determine the outcome of a game. Just let the guys play, ref.

Lol, you amaze me with how you find time to write. I wish I could organize my life as well as you do.

Hahaha and Black Swan made you skip ballet class?? Lol, I haven't seen it yet but it looks like that may very well have been the absolute correct reaction!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on January 12th, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
:D When he said that, I knew exactly what he meant and why he'd be so frustrated with such a pointless strategy. And then revisited it all over again lst night. ;)

I'm always squeezing the writing in late at night, and sometimes on the weekend (though that's rare anymore). :0 Back when I was in college, though, I'd have been hard-pressed to find time for that kind of 'extra'!

I should have worded the Black Swan comment better! It made me long for the days when I used to take basic ballet, which is the opposite of how that movie probably affects most people. :0
space_raider182 on January 12th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)

OH, now your Black Swan comment makes perfect sense! I need to take out my contacts. This late, they're obviously doing more harm than good haha
Port: samdesertport on January 12th, 2011 06:19 am (UTC)
I don't follow football, but the game was a very big deal to everyone I've talked to since last night. Needless to say, everyone is grumpy.

Milk was such an excellent movie. I really liked Sean Penn too; he reminded me of a number of family members, which may be part of why, but also overall I think your description of him as an enthusiastic, passionate, lovable dork is head on. We really do need more like him.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 12th, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
but the game was a very big deal to everyone I've talked to since last night.

I guess you'd be even more in the thick of it. I'm on my own island of post-game letdown here, but around Eugene and Portland it must be wall-to-wall.

We really do need more like him.

Yes-- all those people who emphasize the "serve" part of public service. And now, inexplicably, I'm mourning Ted Kennedy all over again. :(
Port: sighdesertport on January 12th, 2011 08:29 am (UTC)
Maybe especially on campus, even though it's not the same school. At least it was a good game.

Yes, Ted Kennedy. And the horror in AZ. Damn, but the list goes on. :/
devon99 on January 12th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
I thought about you this weekend:) I went to see my first ever basketball game with my nephew. It was our City's team and a league match. It was awesome. So exciting, and they were huge!! We are going again this weekend. I have been converted.

It will take a minor miracle to get me to understand or enjoy American football, though. Now Rugby on the other hand...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on January 12th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
I saw your post on that! I love basketball-- all other sports suffer in comparison to the things I like about it, in fact: fast-paced, fluid, all players are both offensive and defensive, any player can score, and possession of the ball can turn on a dime. None of that stop-and-start or "you're restricted to this zone of play" or "let's swap out the whole field for new players!" kind of stuff. ;)

*koff* I get a little carried away on the topic, sometimes. ;)

American football is definitely its own animal, though it's more similar to rugby than soccer. But not with a lot of helpful overlap or anything. :0

Are you more of a rugby fan than a soccer fan? I find that most people tend to be passionate about one over the other. :)
devon99 on January 12th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
I must admit that at times it was so fast that I didn't know what was going on, lol. At one point my nine yr old nephew turned to me and said 'traveling' as if he had been going all his life and could spot a foul a mile away!! I think I am firmly in his best auntie books now:)

I like football (soccer) and rugby. Football at its best can be so exciting, end to end stuff that has you on the edge of your seat.

The city I live in - Leicester - has a really good Rugby team. I have been to watch the 'Tigers' a few times. It's a more 'middle class' sport than football, with a different atmosphere. I can't understand all that chopping and changing that goes on in American Football, and all the stopping!! How can you build any excitiment when you keep stopping?

And don't get me started on baseball!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 12th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
Basketball is a challenge to play _well_, but the rules are pretty simple. Aside from not fouling, there is traveling (taking more than 1 1/2 steps with the ball after picking it up), various clocks (3-second clock for the "key," 28-seconds to get off a shot, 5 seconds to inbound the ball), an over-and-back violation (midcourt line, only applies to offensive ball-handling), and things like palming/carrying the ball and goaltending that are hardly ever called anymore. The Portland Trailblazers used to have a center whose entire dribbling style consisted of a continuous carrying violation. ;)

I can't understand all that chopping and changing that goes on in American Football, and all the stopping!! How can you build any excitiment when you keep stopping?
An excellent question. ;) It gets kind of frustrating at times-- 4 tries to advance 10 yards or lose possession, and most teams will punt on the 4th down just to get the ball farther down the field. The motion stops contantly (when the ball does).

Plus, and I've had this conversation with Christopher because he used to want to play mini-football like some of his friends... everyone wants to be the quarterback or the receiver, but how would you like to spend your entire career as a nose guard? Starting at age 7 or 8?!?


And don't get me started on baseball!!
I pretty much loathe baseball, though some people love it. I think it's actually more entertaining when children are playing it, because there's more possibility of something happening. With professionals, the pitchers, hitters and fielders are all too good. You can watch even a minor league game, and it'll be "Strike. Strike. Hit...catch." When someone does actually connect with the ball, the fielder almost always catches it. Gah.

It's kind of my nemesis sport. I can't pay attention to all that "nothing" for long, and when something DOES happen I've already tuned the game out!

Auntie kudos to you!
devon99 on January 12th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
When we were young, we used to go and watch Leicesteshire play in the county cricket league. Now that really is a sport with long periods of 'nothing'. I have such fond memories of it though. Lying on the grass beyond the outfield, with a picnic and a book. The sun shining, occasionally there was the whack of the ball connecting and a ripple of applause and you would just look up and watch the game a little and then go back to snoozing and reading. I haven't been for such a long time all though my mum and dad still go to the twenty over games and the one day matches.

Do you even have cricket in America?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 12th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
We don't-- baseball is our version of it.

The way you describe 'watching' it sounds very relaxing! My husband often says that baseball isn't worth much on TV, but to go in person with friends and have hot dogs and peanuts and beer... that's a good afternoon. :)