Sports, food, and a dose of propaganda. Yesterday was my day to celebrate. I watched Indy, ate chicken, and got all blubbery during the concert on the mall in DC. Ashley Judd looked very fetching in a rainsoaked dress when her gentleman driver hubby, Dario Franchitti, won the 500. He is Scottish apparently, despite all evidence to the contrary. I think the camera lingered on her well past its expiration date, hoping to catch a nipple sighting through her thoroughly drenched gossamer frock.
I had a moment of painful reflection during a Bill Moyers' special.
He asked us to consider whether we've lived lives worthy of the
sacrifices made by those who died for us. I reached for the remote
This is also the weekend for NCAA and high school state titles. The
Northwestern University WOMEN won their third Division I lacrosse title
in a row. A three-peat. Do you have any idea how hard that is to do?
Male or female? They also qualified for the NCAA Women's World Series.
Not the lacrosse team, the softball team. Another Chicago school, De Paul, also qualified, but I didn't go to school there,
so who cares? Another alma mater, Duke, sends its men's lacrosse team
to play Johns Hopkins today. Not bad for a school that lost a captain, coach
and season to a stripper last year.
My old high school qualified a boys 4 x 800 team for the state meet
this past weekend. They came in ranked 11th. White guys can sometimes
be competitive at the middle distances. By some miracle their supply of
Red Bull propelled them to a 6th seed for the finals. The second
miracle was a third place finish. That's like four nicely washed and
waxed Lincoln Town Cars taking on Team Ferrari. I don't want to say
there's been some celebrating, but it's been a little like a mule went
out and won the Kentucky Derby around here. They don't call these kids
Cake Eaters for nothing.
Needless to say, their other team that qualified, the 4x 400 relay, didn't
fare so well. There was a downpour during their qualifying heat so they
had to settle for 24th. Not bad, considering they were ranked
32nd. 32nd? Who goes that deep for ANYTHING?
The boys baseball team is ranked first or third depending on who you
read. The last I heard they'd won 27 to 2 in the sectionials on Friday.
Hmmm, maybe I can catch a game today. Update: Over the weekend they
beat a city team by another jillion, then beat the 8th seed 3-2.
Wednesday is their next game and I'm in a meeting. Ack.