Early Sunday end-of-summer mornings are meant for sitting on the lanai with a cup of Kona, listening to the birds singing as one watches the sun rise on the horizon. Especially when the morning temps are in the mid sixties, something that's not the norm in late August in the South. Crazy summer that we've been having. It was as if May and August got together over drinks and decided to trade places, ala Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd. I'm not complaining though. My lawn is still green, something that's not normal this time of year.
As I said, mornings like this is meant to be spent watching Mother Nature in all her glory come to life. Sad to say, I'm not doing that. Too much to be done today that will keep me chained to the computer. In the upcoming election, I'd really like to see discussions about lifting the ban on cloning. I really need a mini-me, an exact replica who can help me get the things done that need to be done with little to no instructions. It would be my luck that my mini-me would be reliving my twenty-something years.
I'm really not going to say much about the elections. Of course, we're seeing the normal absurdities in statements coming from both sides of the aisles. If anything positive has come out of the debates and the pleas to "vote for me", it's that we've identified who fell asleep during those boring black and white films that were shown in health classes.
With everyone else talking about Andrew Luck, RG III, Tim Tebow, Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson, I'll pass on discussing them. Instead, I'd like to talk about the Sunday Ticket commercials for DirecTv. I have to admit, I love them. It really takes a man secure in his own image to be portrayed as the NFL fairies bringing all the games to your home, iphone, etc. And have to give Eli Manning credit for not taking himself so seriously to be portrayed as the goof. "You're mom's calling."
Ten days till kick-off and one more week of pre-season games. I'm beginning to wonder if the Steelers are going to make it with their starters intact. Another game, another member down with a major injury as the auditions continue. The thing that I'm really concerned about are the procedural penalties that the Steelers are having. Two twelve-men on the field during the Indy game and the illegal-substitution penalty in the Buffalo game. Idiotic penalties that was caused by players not being aware of what's going on, on the field. It's bad enough that the substitute refs are making bad calls in every game being played through out the league, why shoot yourself in the foot with avoidable penalties?
On an up note, it's good to see the Steelers defense focusing early on getting the takeaways. While I'd like to see them come away with twenty take away per games, its looks more promising then it did last season. The one kid I'm anxious to see on how he continues to develop is rookie safety Robert Golden.
Another person I'm looking forward to seeing develop is quarterback Jerrod Johnson. I know that he's the Steelers project quarterback, the fourth string that will probably never see play time during the regular season, barring an injury to the three quarterbacks in front of him. However, having seen the Steelers having to go down to their fourth string quarterback two years ago, there is that possibility. And I know in the Indy game, it was against the backup defense, but you could see the fundamentals and maturity are there. That he managed to keep the winning drive alive while eating up the clock to keep the Colts from getting the ball back with enough time to score shows a lot of promise.
I would see if there's one thing "fun" about preseason is seeing the rookies and backups potential. Seeing those diamonds in the rough who might not have an impact immediately but end up being solid players as their careers go on.
This weekend, wide receiver Mike Wallace is suppose to return and sign his tender. I've heard a lot of grumbling about his hold out and how the Steelers should sit him since he did. Yeah, I wasn't happy about him holding out either, but since he's back, I say play him until he shows he's not willing to go out and make the plays.
I'll let you in on a little secret. The story that I'm currently working on involves a curse and one woman's (yes woman) battle against an evil curse laid upon her family. Not that I'm pimping my story since it's not even in the edit stage yet. Just that I find it out that curses seem to prove relevant in the MLB. After all, to have gone twenty some years without a winning season would have had the superstitious thinking that someone laid a curse on the Pittsburgh Pirates. But if their overcoming the 19 inning game to win it is any indication, then I feel good in saying that if nothing else, it's at least been exciting. When was the last time Pirates fans could say that about them?
And as the boys of summer make that last thirty some odd game stretch to the playoffs and we gear up for the start of NCAA and NFL football, I have one small piece of advice. Slow down in the school zones. The wide eye faces of our future have started heading back to school and it's up to those of us who drive to be law abiding citizens and be aware of our speed as we're passing through those school zones.