What a great time for sports, eh? Life is good in the sports world right now. I feel very serene.
I think it's the Olympics. You gotta love the Olympics. Everyone loves the Olympics. Even people who hate sports like the Olympics. It's the one time in a four-year period when strapping guys like myself actually feel good watching women's gymnastics.
(Resisting urge to make one more wisecrack about Utah fans...)
Well, unless you're a Ute fan.
(Dang, couldn't do it. Maybe next time.)
And then on top of the Olympics you pile on football. I don't care what anyone says, football is the king of sports. No other sports fills our great country with this kind of passion and intensity. And personally, no other sport causes me to wake up in the middle of the night in a state of giddiness thinking about the season opener.
Yep, it's a great time of the year.
So allow me, please, to get a few thoughts off my brain.
1. I could be an Olympian. I'm only 24. If I start training now I could do it, and I could get a gold medal. The only question is which sport? I'm thinking beach volleyball. (Seriously- how many of you have had the exact same thought this last week? I know I'm not alone.)
2. Caught the Cougar Kickoff last night. At first I thought I wouldn't be able to hold up because my leg was giving me trouble, but then after seeing Max Hall I was infused with the Love of the Cougar--a natural painkiller, adrenaline boost and aphrodisiac. (Too much?)
The wife and I bought some Cougar gear, and then some friends and I snapped pictures with Mad Max and our favorite Mountain of a Man: Travis Bright.
Bright and I officially have a pseudo-friendship. He and I both have a mutual friend (Rock Mitchell) and last night he asked me about my leg. Mountain of a Man, that Travis Bright.
3. During the festivities Bronco Mendenhall took some questions from fans. He was asked about the BYU offense, which he described as "indefensible," UNI (our opening game) whom Mendenhall framed as a very good team, and wearing blue to the games. About the latter, Mendenhall said the following (Not a direct quote, but close enough): "I think wearing blue should be required... when you see someone who isn't wearing blue, I'm not saying you should be mean to them, but you should definitely remind them of the expectations that come along with attending BYU games." Awesome. Just awesome.
4. Nastia Liukin won me over last night. At first I was pulling for the elfish and endearing Shawn Johnson, but Liukin with her psycho stage dad, her icy stare and her uneven bars won me over. Good work, Nastia. And Johnson gets my respect for taking the silver away from that Chinese chick. You know the judges were cooking the books last night. Come on. Back me up on this.
5. My thoughts and prayers are with John Beck. I'd love to keep defending the guy, but at some point you have to put up or shut up.
6. Finally, I love BYU but sometimes my fellow fans make it very hard. My buddy Rock wrote a funny and painfully true opinion piece about Bryce Mahuika on my sister blog recently and it quickly became the center of much controversy. Trevor, who does a fine job promoting my sister blog, was put under scrutiny and several BYU fans flamed Rock for his comments regarding the oft-injured Mahuika.
Listen, first of all- the guy sucks. Just admit it. What meaningful thing has Mahuika done for BYU? Please, I want to know.
Second, it's okay to say a player sucks. Saying a BYU player sucks doesn't make you a traitor or even less of a fan. If anything, it makes you more of a fan because you can recognize weakness and target areas for improvement.
Third, I'm sure Bryce Mahuika is a great guy. Saying he sucks as a football player does not mean I think he should be damned to hell.
Fourth, a message to certain uptight BYU fans: LIGHTEN-FREAKING-UP. Please learn the fine arts of levity and lightheartedness. Life is so much more enjoyable when you can learn to laugh, rather than be so easily offended.
Anyway, that's it. Take 'er easy today, and go see The Dark Knight again in honor of the football team.