Listening to the Cowboys/Eagles Game

While I was in Australia I listened to the Thanksgiving Cowboys/Eagles game online.  I obviously couldn’t get it on TV so it was my only option.  My dad is from Philadelphia and I’m originally from Pennsylvania, so I’m a huge Eagles fan.  Tonight I’m exhausted after four gigs in a row and a day in the studio.  It’s rainy in Austin, and I enjoyed listening to the game in Australia, so I thought I would listen to the game on the radio tonight.  I’m amazed at how much I enjoy listening to the games on the radio.  Watching them on TV is better, but I have to say that listening to them is better than watching them on TV without sound.  I can’t stand it when I go to a bar and my game is on, but it is not the one with sound on. At least for me I’ve realized that the sound of a game is just as important, if not more important than the visual side of it.

When you are listening to something, whether it is music or sports, the imagination takes over.  Radio really is “theater of the mind”.   It’s amazing how the human brain, if you are reading or you are listening to something, can create a whole visual world with simply sound or letters on a page.

Postscript:  It’s amazing how much swearing mere sound can incite.  

Thanksgiving in Australia

It is already Friday here, but they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia,  so Thanksgiving is only really happening at home.  At least that is my reasoning why I am celebrating today.  I spent all morning listening to the Eagles destroy the Cowboys.  I come from Pennsylvania and my Dad is from Philly, so I was quite happy about that.  Still it is quite surreal listening to a football game at 7:30am.  

There is so much we take for granted that would be totally different if we were born somewhere else.  In the states we think of November as the end of fall and the beginning of winter, but here in Australia it is actually the end of spring and the beginning of summer.  Christmas happens in the summer.  They drive on the left side of the road, which even weirder seems to make people walk on the left side of the sidewalk.  For over half the day I am also in the future as Brisbane is 14 hours ahead of Austin. 

So well someone back home is celebrating Thanksgiving, with winter coming down, walking on the right hand of the street on Thursday, I am in increasingly warm weather, walking down the left hand side of the street on Friday, with no sign of Thanksgiving at all. 

How much do these differences change one’s perception of the world?  These are obvious differences, but so much of what we assume to be normal is an accident of birth.  It’s a strange world. 

However, the Eagles beating the Cowboys is definitely real.  There is much to be thankful for! 

Black Sunday

black-sunday

Whenever there are two football teams playing that I don’t like, I always say I hope for Black Sunday.  This is a reference to the 1977 movie where terrorists plan to blow up the Super Bowl using the Goodyear Blimp.  This week the Cowboys play the Giants.  As a Philadelphia Eagles fan, as all three teams are in the NFC East, I can’t really wish for either team to win even though it would be advantageous right now for the Giants to come out on top.  I know that pro football is completely ridiculous, but that is part of what I love about it.  So next time two teams play that you don’t like, and you can’t in good conscious root for either one, remember the term Black Sunday.  You’ll thank me for it.  Enjoy!

Wikipedia page for the movie below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sunday_(1977_film)

I Want Michael Sam On My Team

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about Michael Sam, a football player that is headed to the NFL, coming out of the closet.  The NFL has never had an openly gay player before.  This shouldn’t be big news, not only because it obviously should not be a big deal in this day and age if someone is gay or not, but there have been NFL players who came out after being in the NFL and I’m sure there are more that remain in the closet.  Many homophobic people have probably rooted for a gay player before without actually knowing it.

I do think this will be fun though.  It will be fun to watch certain redneck fans lose their collective shit when Sam plays their team and lights someone up on the field .  I hope the Philadelphia Football Eagles get him and then I can watch some of the less intelligent Cowboys fans’ faces when he makes a great play.  It’s already been fun watching some of the talking heads, like former coach Herm Edwards, make asses of themselves.  Now if only there could be an unbeatable black, gay, atheist, communist NASCAR driver, I would finally have someone to root for in that sport as well.  That my friends, would be entertainment.