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Down the Rabbit Hole

Posted on: May 11, 2009 4:18 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2009 4:31 pm

Sunday morning found me staring out the window intensely gazing at the beginnings of the first bloom on my magnolia tree.  There were tiny little birds dancing around the bottom, hopefully eating some of the red ants that infested the yard.  Don’t ask me why I was staring out at a tree that was only 5 foot high, I couldn’t tell you, I just know I was watching the blossom.

Spring normally comes early to the south, at least here in South Carolina.  It’s arrival rarely spectacular, but often ushered in with the scent of the Carolina Jessamine and the blooms of the azaleas, and then, a series of bloom, one variety offsetting another when the previous blooms fade.  What is not deniable is what the blooms of the magnolia’s signify, the cusp that teeters between spring and the always early arrival of summer, despite the calendar referencing otherwise. 

Sunday, it was as if I had been awakened from a dream or slipped into one, it’s still too early to determine which it was.  For perhaps I had been in hibernation mode and was slowly pulling myself from it when a major jolt of reality hit, or it could have been, I had slipped into a coma where I was living a Dali-esque nightmare, equivalent to melting clocks.  Which ever it is, just as I was about to comment about the big, beautiful bloom that was about to burst forth, one name sent cold chills of sheer terror down my spine … Darlington.

Guess that explained the drive home on Friday.

I had to wrap my mind around this.  When exactly did NASCAR season begin and did I dream somewhere that there was a time, not too many years ago that they held their last Nextel race at the legendary racetrack?  But this was beside the point.  I wasn’t ready.  I failed to practice my passive/aggressive driving that was needed to survive the season.  Nor did I have my supply of various driver bumper stickers to paste on the cars of those who chose to cut me off and give me the “I’m number one sign”.  My therapist will not be happy, not to mention my cardiologist. 

Then I started to ponder and grew concerned.  Was I experiencing symptoms of early onset of Alzheimers?  I missed spring training.  They held spring training for baseball right?  After all, the Pirates were on a seven game losing streak (eight after this writing).  How can you have a losing streak if you’re in spring training?

I wish I could blame all this confusion on the overlapping of the sports seasons.  After all, we’re still following the Stanley Cup playoffs.  You know, a game played in the winter, on ice, and yet, I’m hearing speculation on who will win the Nextel Cup this year and of course, there’s the pennant race.  Yes, I need someone to blame, otherwise I have to admit that my age is catching up to me. 

Of course there’s still the chance that it’s a dream.  After all,  Prisco and Clark didn’t replace Siskel and Eibert as movie critics, right (be nice here)?  But what happened to Gregg Doyel lambasting low talent athletes for posing in SI’s swimsuit edition, did I miss this?  Surely he did this, right?  Otherwise, the world shifted on it’s axis. 

Sadly though, the onus for this is on me.  My mind is not what it use to be, otherwise, how can one explain confusing at second day rookie running back drafted, with a nickname “The Tank” with a harpsichord musician?  I’m still trying to figure out why I confused Summers with Hubbard (was there a Hubbard in the NFL draft?).  And there must be more that I’m phasing out on, as those around me pat me on the head and smile politely, while whispering “poor thing, she’s not really all there, is she?”. 

Oh well, I’ll adjust, I hope.  I’m still a little too young for my daughter to be wiping drool from my chin, which is a good thing.  I just wonder, does Mark Martin happen to have days like this also?  Oh…and has anyone seen my keys?


Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2009 6:32 pm

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Hi Jelly...ltntt...

I do agree with you and your points.  It is difficult to stay interested...unless it's your team headed to the playoffs.  I peeked my head up and saw that the Pens swept the series with the Canes and are now heading for the Stanley Cup games, the playoffs do make it interesting.  But am I correct..that there's also basketball playoffs happening too now? 

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2009 5:47 pm

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The seasons are too long.  Of the four major sports, football is actually the shortest at at about 6 months (Aug - Jan).  Including pre-season, MLB is basicallyl 8 months (March - Oct.) starting and ending in freezing weather in the northern states.  Will the MLB commissioner ever require all states north of Georgia to get domes so it can be further extended?  I'm being sarcastic, but it could happen.  The NHL and NBA are also 8 months (mid-Oct - mid -June)  It's hard to stay interested that long. The seasons become more of an endurance contest with the healthiest teams having a decided advantage. 

More playoffs teams and longer playoff series.  Fans are asked to pay full price for pre-season games and huge premiums for the playoffs.  More revenue to cover higher payrolls.  That's really what these long seasons are all about, isn't it?

Hope all is well Mom.  I hate to admit it, but I can relate a little too well to your blog. 

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2009 6:52 am

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Well, I guess with all the transplants, there's more people who aren't into NASCAR family being three of them...lolWhen living in Charleston, I used to go to the ECHL games all the time and we had access to good seats right behind the opposing teams bench. I remember during Daytona week, after every stoppage in play, the PA would announce the leaders after so many laps and the look on the players faces was priceless. One game we were laughing at their confusion and one Canadian farm boy asked me,
"What are they talking about ?" I told him that we were in the south and NASCAR rules, the players all started laughing and a few of them turned around and thanked us... The one we spoke to said, "Thanks we didn't know what the h@## they were talking about !"

I don't have a major problem of them playing a game here or there in England, but one team  (Buccaneers) lose a home game for the season, when they play the Patriots. I have a lot of friends in London, whom I work with and they tell me that the game is a huge event there. But I really don't want to see it expanded any more. I thought the NFL Europe idea was great, since it would serve as a developmental league for the NFL. But it didn't take over there, long term.

I'm against an 18 game season, but I think its going to happen, and sooner rather than later.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2009 6:19 am

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No doubt there would be more ramifications with an extended football season then there would be benefits.  I'm also not sure how it would be condusive to replace two of the preseason games in determining who will start.

As far as your list...ever misplace it?  I'm looking for my Covey planner as I ask this.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2009 6:15 am

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Well, I guess with all the transplants, there's more people who aren't into NASCAR family being three of

If the season does get expanded, it won't be this coming season, thankfully.  Word has it (NFL Total Access) that they won't be voting on extending the season at the Spring owners meeting.  However, it looks like Goodell may be trying to get another game in England.  Oh yea...(note the yea dripping in sarcasm).

Thanks for the belated wishes for Mother's Day. 

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2009 3:05 pm

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I am against a prolonged season but I feel it is a lost cause because I can already hear the owners licking their chops at increased ticket revenue.  I feel an 18 game season would decrease the quality of play due to increased injuries.  We would have more Cinderella teams get hot at the right time and advance to the playoffs and Super Bowl.

As far as that getting old thing, I find myself making lists of simple tasks so I don't forget to pay the important bill, put the trash out on the correct day, or forget a birthday.  I can't climb that hill as fast as I used to but I'll get there eventually.

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2009 8:35 am

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Good morning momluvs,

And belated Mother's Day wishes to you as well. hope you had a great day. Spring does come early to SC, that is one thing that I do miss from being down there, but I think I was the only person in the state who didn't like NASCAR !

You are right about the business side of the NFL wanting to go to 18 games, with so many fans complaining last season about having to pay for full price tickets in the preseason and then seeing the stars of your team, if at all for maybe three snaps, it didn't fall on deaf ears. Their solution is to prolong the season another two games as to not lose revenue. Can't say that I'm in agreement with it though.

As to the getting old thing.... I may be getting older but I refuse to grow up ! Tongue out

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 4:41 pm

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Well long as it's not a case of Depends, I guess I can deal with drool wipers.  There's going to be 18 games in a football season now?  They're still have the Pro Bowl right before the SB, right?  Is the NBA still having their games too?

I will agree with you on big business...more games, more revenue.  One would wonder the toll it takes on the body. 

Yeah, it's probably good to have your retirement home picked out early.  Thanks for comment ifonly...

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2009 4:31 pm

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Great blog Mom. You are not too old (yet but we will send a supply of drool wipers just in case) Time has not caught up to you. Big business is all that happened. Every venue now has to go longer, start earlier and one up the other, or vice versa. I am sure that just as baseball gets into full swing (yes I said that) the NFL will talk about going to 18 games in a season, O wait they already are.
Okay now i am confused and thinking it is rubbing off. I will have to start looking for retirement homes before my kids get the chance. I want a good view.

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