Well the week is nearly over, and while I have a bunch of random thoughts floating through my head, I’d figure I’d do a culmination of random thoughts in one big post. So without further ado, here are my thoughts going into the weekend.
First a Friday thought. I woke up this morning to find on Twitter that Barak Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize for doing. Maybe he got it for closing Guantanamo – oh wait, it’s still open. Well how about withdrawing from Iraq – oh wait, we haven’t done that either and are escalating things in Afghanistan (and don’t get me wrong, I think it’s important to fight on both of these fronts). Maybe it’s for getting the Olympi-oh wait. Ok, politics aside – can we all agree that the Nobel Peace Prize is simply the Norwegian way of promoting their politics? Obama joins the hallowed names of Jimmy Carter (for whining about Iraq) and Yasser Arafat (for going to a meeting).
My brother-in-law pointed me to a Time.com article about this that is pretty spot on, especially in the end:
"Compare this to Greg Mortenson, nominated for the prize by some members of Congress, who the bookies gave 20-to-1 odds of winning. Son of a missionary, a former army Medic and mountaineer, he has made it his mission to build schools for girls in places where opium dealers and tribal warlords kill people for trying. His Central Asia Institute has built more than 130 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan – a mission which has, along the way, inspired millions of people to view the protection and education of girls as a key to peace and prosperity and progress." [Time.com]
Again, so does this award have any less credibility to it? Hell, the Grammys are now more relevant.
Shifting to football: Historically people think throwback jerseys are cool, and I love the Broncos Orange uniforms (either from the late 60’s, or the ones from the 70’s to mid-90’s). This weekend the Broncos are going to prove that Throwbacks can be ugly. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the AFL, the Broncos are going to wear their "mustard & brown" striped-socks uniforms. Frank Schwab from the Colorado Springs Gazette captured the first look on his blog. If you notice Jabar Gaffney (#10), he twisted his striped socks to look like a barbershop pole.
To make matters worse, I think the refs are again going to be wearing their cream-sicle colored uniforms again. I think I’m going to avoid eating anything before the game, because all of these colors are going to make me sick.
Staying on the Broncos, I have to say I’m really nervous about the amount of press coverage Denver has gotten. I wasn’t complaining when Denver wasn’t getting any respect for their first three games, I was completely fine with them flying under the radar. I think under-rated teams thrive when they have the "nobody believes in us" attitude in the locker room. Now a week has passed, and the next thing you know everyone is talking about the Broncos and Daniel Graham is on the cover of Sports Illustrated. This is a little too much attention for my comfort level. The only thing we have going for us is the national media’s infatuation with Tom Brady and the Patriots, and still don’t give Denver a chance. Let’s hope the Broncos prove them wrong again. My guess is that we’ll win 2 of the next 4 games to be at a very healthy 6-2.
My Rockies Prediction this weekend is that at least one of the games will get postponed
or canceled. It’s going to be a cold one this weekend, and far be it that baseball players face any kind of adversity when it comes to weather.
Lastly, I’m very pumped for Greenfoot’s first show for the fall. We ended up taking time off in the summer due to my wedding and Julien working in California for a few months. We’re really pumped to be playing a full night of music on Saturday night. We’ll be over at Signature’s Night Club, which is a place that is gaining some really positive reputation around Denver for being a great place for bands. If you’re in Denver and looking for something to do on Saturday night, come check us out!