One of the very best quarterbacks in NFL history will now try his luck with the orange and blue in the mile high city. I've been bouncing off the walls in excitement since 9 this morning. Payton Manning as a Denver Bronco! I absolutely love this.
I tip my hat to the Puppetmaster, John Elway. He has come so far in recovering from the damage wrought by Hoody McJunior. John Fox is an able and accomplished coach. Jack Del Rio is a break-out defense waiting to happen. Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil will be crushing opponent's QBs as the opposition has to play from behind. And now, we have a certain Hall Of Famer taking snaps under center. This, THIS, is a team of imminent destiny.
Of course, the Twitter talk all day long has been about Tim Tebow. What will happen to touchdown Jesus? Let me make this very clear: I DON'T CARE! Tebow will make a buttload of money wherever he goes, even if he stays with the Broncos. I really don''t care about his feelings. Pay me half his salary and I'll feel bad for him. Don't get me wrong. Tebow was hellaciously exciting as a QB, and I wish nothing but the best for him. But, as I've clarified before, NFL Football is a business, and Elway will get what he wants. If the Broncos use Tebow as a marketable commodity, then he still gets more money than I will see in my lifetime. Despite the feigned disinterest, many teams could and should snap at that, especially Jacksonville and Miami. Tebow puts asses in seats and sells product. If Tebow stays with the Broncos, then also good. He makes money and we win games. I'd call this a win-win.
I don't care about Tim Tebow right now, because my quarterback is Payton Manning. PAYTON FUCKING MANNING! Not since 1993 have I so looked forward to the NFL season.
It's doubtful that anyone who will read this here hasn't already been informed, but ...
You really need to be listening to Kevin Hamm's podcast, PoliticktickBOOM! I've just listened to the last two episodes, and they're terrific. The host is engaging, the guests are informed and enjoyable. This is a worthwhile expenditure of your ear time.
It seems there is another Jethro Tull album to be had. (That link is to a Metafilter post. If you're not a member, you should be.) The post reads a little like very good marketing, but the comments show that I'm not alone in saying that this is relevant to my interests. There are many more links there at Mefi then I could provide here.
I loved Thick as Brick. It was everything my younger me needed; well, that and most other recording efforts of Ian Anderson. It was angry, full of images, it relied heavily on pace, with discordant rhythm, and most of all, it was just. It's what I needed to hear when I needed to hear it. I've gotten a whole lot older, and so has the album. But the memory remains.
I still have the vinyl, with 16 page newspaper, a far cry from mint condition. I likely wouldn't sell it, even if I cared to. I also know full well that the new album will not be what that one was. Ian Anderson has come 30 years in resolving his daddy issues. We all have. Still, I'm looking forward to the music. If Ian Anderson can still feel the need to create, then I guess I'm not that old after all.