Up and driving

My car had another problem yesterday, although nothing compared to what I went through last Friday in Salina. 

One of my headlights was not working. I discovered this as I sat down in the barber chair for a haircut before going to Hays for my appointment with Crista. I figured I might as well do it yesterday, especially if I wanted to go to Norton today.

The appointment with Crista went well, and we ended early, simply because there was no drama to really discuss this time. 

Got the headlight fixed, and it turned out I needed an oil change and a new air filter. Glad it all got done. 

I saw lots and lots of snow piled up along the US 283 between WaKeeney and Norton. At least the highway was clear, but when I turned off US 36 in Norton to get to the school, it was horrible. I went 6 MPH down the street. It’s going to be awhile before the residential streets here are totally clear. 

It’s now 49 hours and counting to Super Bowl 50. As much as I like the NFL, I’ve done my best to avoid the hype and the talking heads. I don’t need to know anything more about Cam Newton than I already do. I don’t care if he’s black. What gets me is the arrogance and the bad things he did at Florida, stealing a laptop and cheating. 

I hope Denver wins. However, I’ve got my doubts. Some think the Broncos could get beat worse this time than they were by Seattle two years ago. God I hope not. Lord knows I’ve seen some really bad Super Bowls in my lifetime. Four of them involved the Broncos. 

Denver is the only franchise to lose five Super Bowls. No loss has been closer by 17 points, and three have been by 32 or more. To be fair, Denver was a major underdog in three of its losses (Dallas in XII, Giants in XXI and 49ers in XXIV), and the Seattle game was a toss-up. 

Only in Super Bowl XXII vs. Washington was Denver favored, and that was largely because the Broncos had John Elway, who was the NFL’s MVP in 1987, and the Redskions had indecision at quarterback, with Joe Gibbs vacillating between Jay Schroeder and Doug Williams. Good thing Gibbs picked Williams as his starter. 

Yet as bad as this Super Bowl might be, nothing will be worse for me than Super Bowl XXIX. Not only did the 49ers eviscerate the Chargers, but (a) we had to listen to Kathie Lee Gifford sing the national anthem, which was bad, but not the worst, and (b) I was in personal hell throughout 1995. Not to mention the O.J. trial was going on, and the MLB strike was still going on at that time. The worst year ever. 

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on February 5, 2016, in National Football League, Personal and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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