Okay, honestly, I'm not experiencing any hormonal effects here this week, since it may seem that I've climbed on my soapbox. It's just the nervous energy being emitted lately has got me tense. Some people have, in the past, thought I was empathic. I scoffed at that idea (and then ran to www.m-w.com to find out what that meant). Okay, so it doesn't mean pathetic, which at times I can be. Trust me, you haven't seen me when I'm sick.
- Empathy: 2: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also : the capacity for this
I'm thinking of how I just now made my dear grandmother (a retired english teacher), smile from her grave by learning a new word and passing it on. It could be possible that I'm empathic. If that's so, my Patriot fan friends may want to think of taking up yoga, meditation or valium to stay calm, just so ya'll quit affecting my ulcer. (Just teasing).
It's going to be a long two weeks for those of us addicted to football. Many of us have already resorted to watching old games and perusing information on past superbowls. We'll try to keep ourselves busy, ignoring the mild shakes and withdrawals. I suspect many of us come week two will be seeing pink elephants and suffering serious DTs.
It's going to be a long two weeks for sports analysts too. Having already gone through analyzing the stats, they're looking at other areas to report on. Pete Prisco has introduced us to the possible drama that may unfold between Tom Brady and the paparrazi. See Brittany, looks like you may not be the only one with those dread photographers following you all over. I'm waiting for Clark Judge to come back and tell us about how Eli Manning was caught at a late night stop through a Wendy's drive through. Sorry guys, I know there's only so many things you can write about and the different angles until it comes time to start reaching. I wish all analysts luck for the next two weeks.
Steelers lost another casuality from the pro-bowl. Troy Polamalu has bowed at due to an injury with his knee. Guess it's the wisest thing, especially since he's been there before, why aggravate the injury? But geesh, how many more injuries are going to come up for the Steelers. Tyrone Carter dropping after the Denver game, Aaron Smith going on IR, Willie Parker in the Rams game. It was reported that Hines Ward had knee surgery and now Polamalu with his knee strain.
Looking around the NFL and seeing the number of injuries being nursed, to include the surgery on Philip Rivers knee, I' m going to try to convince my daughter that sports medicine is the way to go once she looks into med school.
Okay I've heard of rats abandoning the ship when it's sinking, but not crawling back onto it. Though Gamecock fans may not be too happy with the current game of duck, duck, goose, I think it's funny that Brian VanGorder decided to go back to the Falcons as their DC after being hired by Spurrier. Yes Steve, I'm sure you're neck was red for awhile. Of course, news in the NCAA corrider does report that Ellis Johnson will be replacing VanGorder. Can't blame VanGorder though, he is probably the best one that would know the strengths of the Atlanta Defense. It will be interesting to see what Mike Smith will do with that team.
With Mike Smith leaving the Jacksonville Jaguars to become headcoach for the Atlanta Falcons, one has to wonder how that change is going to effect the Jaguars next year. I'm sure Del Rio will find a capable replacement.
Anyway here's hoping for a good weekend...oh wait, there is no football. Okay here's hoping we all survive the withdrawals that will accompany this weekend due to no games.