Today’s View From the Bull Pen
Growing up in the late 60's and early 70's, I was a huge NBA fan. From Wilt the Stilt to Jerry West to Nate Archibald to my personal favorite, Pete Maravich, I loved the game and watched it as often as I could. Somewhere along the way, sometime after Magic and Bird, I lost that loving feeling, and, unless I just have to watch it for work purposes, I avoid The NBA at all costs.
This cartoon is as clear a comment about those feelings as I can make in less than 100 words. Inspired by the Eagles song "Wasted Time" which I recently heard while watching the History of the Eagles DVD, I think it is my definitive statement about how I really feel about the NBA. It all seems like a colossal waste of time. Don't you agree?
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To say the Avalanche are headed downhill would be an understatement. They’ve lost 15 of their last 16 games with no end in site. We haven’t seen a collapse like this since Charlie Sheen a week ago. It’s ugly hockey, the Avs giving up goals the way Josh McDaniel’s used to give up draft picks. Lots. And often. We are a week away from Tournament picks. Baseball is in it’s early spring schedule, and nobody but Los Angeles and Boston care about the NBA. The NFL is still arguing amongst themselves and NASCAR, well…it’s not the Daytona 500, OK. This is the one week of the year I refer to as the doldrums. The winds are calm and the sails are just laying there. So, let’s just say this week could bring some pretty crazy cartoon ideas. Sounds like fun to me!
My favorite kinds of cartoons are always ones about how sports effects us at home in our family life. This is a prime example.
This cartoon is dedicated to all the great teachers I know now and who taught me then. Teachers like Kim Humphreys, Rebecca Robles, Michael Mehle, Cheryl Wolf, Michelle Worden and Melanie Dressman are among the heroes reaching the kids of today. Mrs Lockett, Mr. Parr, Mrs Frost, Mrs Fultz, Dr. Leonard, and Mr. Card helped to shape the students of my generation. I know you have some who shaped yours. I hope you’ll think about e-mailing a few of them today’s cartoon and telling them how much they meant to you or how much they mean to your own kids. Feel free to share your list of favorite teachers right here in the comments section. Let’s make it Teachers are the real Heroes day!
Life is indeed a balancing act. I’m just glad that is this time of non-stop campaign ads assaulting us each night on TV, there’s something out there to bring us some relief. Although I must admit, I haven’t caught the bug this year for the baseball playoffs, and I’m rarely up for that much of the NBA. But you get the idea. Football. Hockey, and lately, for me, even soccer. It’s all so much better than a campaign ad. I think if I have to see one more “my opponent is a lying weasel” commercial I think my head will explode. Because, after all, aren’t they all lying weasels?
It was great to see a reunion last night at the Chophouse of all of the Avalanche 96 Stanley Cup Championship team. There seems to be lot of those kinds of reunions these days. The Buffs 1990 Championship team celebrated just last weekend up in Boulder. I guess that’s the thing to do when there has been so little lately to celebrate sports wise here in Denver. But I digress…
I’d kind of lost my zeal for the NHL after Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic moved on. That along with the ridiculous level of gratuitous violence that continues to plague the sport left me cold. Let’s not even get me started on the Todd Bertuzzi incident against Avalanche player Steve Moore several years back. Bertuzzi should be in jail.
But I have to admit I’m starting to get excited about the Avs young nucleus of players that could make them a contender for the Cup for years to come. It’s always fun to watch things build into something good. We could use a lot more of that here in Colorado.
Those of you who have followed my cartoons through the years know how hard I’ve been about hammering the sport of soccer. Well, this last World Cup I finally understood what the rest of the world sees in the game. So I picked up a copy of FIFA soccer for my new Xbox 360 that I just splurged on. (Hey I figured after the last few years of trying to survive the aftermath of the Rocky Mountain News going under and that I’m working some 60 hours a week doing animation and cartoons for numerous clients, I thought deserved an Xbox. Of course finding the time to actually play it is a whole different matter altogether). Anyway, the FIFA game got me into taping some English Premier Soccer games, which led me into trying to pick a team to follow, which then led me to start reading a book called “Bloody Confused” about the why the British are so crazy about their soccer. It’s all interesting, It really is. Honest. All of this comes at a time when I really have so little time to spend just relaxing, which is, of course, the time you need to relax the most. Anyways, the moral of the story is, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Even if they involve a Soccer ball.
THE problem when it comes to youth sports are the Parents. This cartoon sums up my feelings about the ridiculous incident that happened over the weekend in Pee Wee football. I’d love to hear your comments on this topic. It’s one that fries my bacon.