The Tapes are back for another week – been a good one, too, here at TVFury. Glad that a few folks are finding their way to our weird little project.
Now that the NFL lockout is over, it’s safe to assume there will be more talk of foobaw – that’s pretend Southern slang for football. Then again, some pretty solid TV shows are making their returns so we may delve into that, too. Your weekend assignment is to define “social assassin.” Mine is to set the DVR for Breaking Bad – I lost track roughly two episodes into the first season:
- Can’t believe we’re about to say this, but the Minnesota Vikings might have done pretty well at the quarterback position in this unusual NFL offseason in drafted Christian Ponder and trading for Donovan McNabb. While it’s entirely possible that neither set the decrepit Metrdome ablaze, the club addressed a need by adding a proven if declining veteran and a rookie with more realistic promise than Tarvaris Jackson. (Good luck with that one, Pete Carroll aka Pia Sundhage.) And at least there seems to be a plan in place.
Not that we MIND when the Vikings are disjointed at the most important spot. Fury supports America’s Team, while TV backs the Pack. (Related note, it’s hard to operate in the third person. How did Rickey Henderson do it for all those years?)
- Checked out the third annual Dakota Irish Fest in Sioux Falls on Saturday. And, yes, I am Irish by virtue of my late paternal grandmother being full-blooded. Lorna Coughlin. Doesn’t get much more Irish than that.
Anyway, one of the (many) pleasant surprises was the way that my 7-year-old daughter embraced the concept of learning about another culture, her culture. She genuinely enjoyed it and asked when we get to go to the German, Russian and Czech festivals (those are some of our other ancestries).
That got me to thinking: The older this country gets, the more American we all become. The traditions and histories of what brought us here are fading away. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. It’s not the like the Gangs of New York Era was overly good to a lot of people. (Everything in that movie was true, right?) But I was encouraged by one little girl’s desire to learn more about her heritage. Knowing where we came from just might help us figure out where we’re going.
- Fury here. For the record, during the Favre Era – was it an era? – I threw my full support to the homestate boys, a blatant example of bandwagoning and one I don’t regret. I couldn’t help it, I loved that old bastard. And when they lost to the Saints, I felt, finally felt, what it was like to be a Vikings fan, even though I was in Cape Town at the time and had to read about the crushing defeat and hear about it from my dad on a subpar phone connection. The pain of Hank Stram, Darrin Nelson, Drew Pearson, and the Kick. Maybe it’s happened because I’ve been in NYC for seven years and want to connect to my Nordic roots.
- More Larry David. The new Rolling Stone’s cover story is on David, and it’s a great read. The story’s not online – you actually have to buy the paper product. I know, commies at Rolling Stone trying to make money. But they do have an extensive collection of interesting pieces on their website.
- An amazing story by Michael Kruse in the St. Petersburg Times. It’s about a woman in Florida who disappeared, but never actually left her home. It’s depressing, incredibly written, sad, and will make you want to hug a neighbor, or at least check on them. When people like, oh, me, talk about what newspapers are still capable of delivering, it’s stories like these they talk about.
- Kobe talks about the lockout.