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Basic Biittner : Some musings

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My occasionally idle mind has been musing about a few things lately, so, being the generous soul that I am, I thought I'd share a few of those things with you.

For example - I found myself wondering recently if any brave souls out there bet money last spring on a Philadelphia Philies-Tampa Bay Rays World Series match-up in 2008. I don't know what the odds would have been on such a match-up last spring, but I think it's safe to say that if anyone placed such a foolhardy bet in February they might be reaping the financial rewards come next week. If anyone put their money on that perennial loser, the team formerly known as Devil Rays, to take it all this year, I can only imagine what kind of money they will rake in, should that come to pass in a couple of weeks.

Another idle thought - in John Mayer's hit song "Say," the singer utters the phrase "There's no need to say" 31 times. John, if there is no need to say something, why keep saying it again and again and again?

On another note ( an F sharp, I believe), it seems that the NFL's Atlanta Falcons have picked a winner in quarterback Matt Ryan. He appears to be a much more stable, respectable person, both on and off the field, than the last QB they drafted, one Michael Vick.

Of course, if the Falcons had hung on to a guy they had in 1991 from the (almost) neighboring state of Mississippi, the years of Vick (and whoever preceded him) wouldn't have had to come about at all. Some guy by the name of Brett Favre.

Speaking of Mr. Fav-ruh, a former Wisconsin resident tells me he just found out that the northernmost Confederate post was in that state. No wonder Brett did so well in Green Bay.

By the way, Favre's not doing too badly in New York these days either. Both his pass completion rate of more than 70% and his quarterback rating of 103 are the best marks of his 18-year NFL career. I guess he really wasn't ready to be "put out to pasture" just yet, was he?

One last thing - a long-time pet peeve of mine is the frequent mispronunciation of the word "library," when people omit the "r" after the "b." The ultimate came the other day, when I heard someone on the radio talk about the librarians (with the "r" pronounced) who worked in the libarry.

Oh well. as Mac Davis once sang, "Oh Lord, it's hard to be humble, when you're perfect in every way. I can't wait to look in the mirror, 'cause I get better lookin' each day. To know me is to love me - I must be a hell of a man. Oh Lord, it's hard to be humble. But I'm doin' the best that I can."

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner