Sunday, January 15, 2012

Ranting in the New Year

It's been a while since I've gone off on a rant, so why not the Sunday before MLK Day? Sounds good to me too!

My hatred for people who try to save their shoveled out parking spaces has been well documented on my blog and I'm happy to say that I haven't had to toss anyone's buckets/chairs/boards into the garbage or parkway as I walk, or drive, by. Yes, I've actually stopped my car, gotten out, picked up the material being used to save their spot and disposed of it. If they pass a law that says I can annex the street for my personal use as I see fit, then fine, I'll let someone save their spot in winter. If I can do it summer, they can do it in the winter. Until then, no dice.

And I have some sports rants too. If my team is up by 30 in the fourth quarter and I want to pass, guess what? I'm going to pass. If you have a problem with it, play some damn defense and stop me. Same deal with stealing bases when up by 7+ runs late in the game. If you have a problem with me stealing to stay out of the double play, tell your wuss armed catcher to make a throw or your dense pitcher to hold on my runners a bit better.

Another baseball "unwritten rule" is not bunting to break up a no-hitter. Guess what? You don't want me to bunt, don't play your third baseman in short left field! Play him on the edge of the grass and take the bunt away. Otherwise, screw you and your no-hitter if I beat it out. And furthermore, I've seen one play open the floodgates for a big rally (do you remember Bartman?).

So that's my rant for today. The only other thing I have to say is thank the Good Lord that Tebow loss. Just imagine if he was giving thanks to something else that he worshiped every time he was being interviewed? Let's say it's a bagel* or something more objectionable like.....some dead murderer. "I just want to thank my Lord and savior, John Wayne Gacy. Not so great then huh? Just keep it to yourself.

*The obvious choice here for an analogy would be Allah, but Jews, Christians and Muslims all stem from the same "father of the faith", Abraham, so that's not really enough of a distinction from what he does now. Many people even believe all three religions even have the same God, but have different messengers and messages: Christ or Muhammad for example.


alexis said...

lol - whew you're on fire today Joe! Bad day at the office? :)

terri said...

I just can't believe people actually think they can reserve public parking spots. How arrogant! I'm glad there are people like you to put them in their place.

I think the thing that bothers me most about Tebow (and I know this has been said a million times in different ways) is the idea that God is helping him win games. I mean, who am I to say whether he does or doesn't, but that's a tough idea to swallow when there are hunger, war, poverty, violence, and natural disasters in this world. In the big picture, football is just a minor distraction from the everyday mundane stuff, meant to entertain us for a short time. Does God really care which team wins?

Joisey Ken said...

I think it's refreshing to see a young player thank God after a big game. We have enough negativity in this worldI I'm not sure why people feel the need to paint this kid in a negative light?? Why not go after Sam Hurd, the drug dealing Wide Receiver for the beloved Bears ? Tiger, Kobe, O.J ..... Be a lover, not a hater :-))

Lakeview Coffee Joe said...

I'll let the courts take care of Tiger (cost him HOW many millions??), Kobe (forgiven after an $8 million ring), OJ and Hurd.

Guess I'm against missing religion and sports or really anything else.

Does God care about Tebow? Maybe, but probably not more than anyone else. So what is he thanking God for? Maybe just for his money or existence? Both are attributable to human action, not divine intervention.

el supremo de nm said...

Wow - that was quite the rant. I actually liked your one on Tebow and I actually like the guy.

I guess all this niceness associated with being with LL suppressed the 'grump' Joe to the point where it was like Mount St. Helen just ready to blow.