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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Changes in Perception: From Big Bill to Little Stevie...


Perception.  It's probably one of the most interesting words and concepts you can think of.  Maybe the term,  Inception, provided a better backdrop for a major motion picture, but that doesn't mean per-ception isn't just as entertaining and even that much more important.  How do you form your perception? How are you perceived, and why?  These are all very interesting and intriguing questions.  Not to mention what usually happens when your longstanding  perception of some one or some thing changes.  That right there, will rock your world.  You immediately get that "through the looking glass", type feeling, and it will usually result in you never again looking at things in the same light...

Well, needless to say after that little intro, my perception has been a changin' over this past week.  And that change in perception has brought me to some interesting, and in some instances, mildly hilarious conclusions.  Like the one that led me to use the Obama/Kennedy perception poster in the lead instead of this other I've slid in here on the right.  I mean, it's hilarious, but using the word "rape" multiple times just isn't really that tasteful.  Tasteful enough to slide in on the side, just not tasteful enough to be throwing it in the headlines.  See?  That's the type of next level thinking I'm talking about here.  Through the looking glass, people.  Even if someone just used that looking glass to smoke a rock of Meth bigger than they trailer they live in...and are about to blow up...

So prepare your looking glass of choice, friends, cuz I'm about to change your perception.  Or at least tell you a few stories in which "change in perception" serves as the common thread.  Either way, I've already given you a glimpse of a questionably sexy ass crack and made a funny joke about Meth.  I'd say it's in your best interest that you continue...  

So get you read on, pimps.  And enjoy...


Red Sox Update
Last Week: 4-3
Overall: 72-44, 1st in AL East by 1 1/2 games over NYY

Erik Bedard is THE MAN!  OK, maybe that's not how my perception of the Sox has changed, but it's almost as drastic...

I've been saying for some time now that without another top tier starter, the Red Sox would be "just another playoff team".  That, without another quality arm to throw behind Lester and Beckett, their historically efficient offense would be left to roll the dice with everyone else once the post season began.  Now?  Well, while I still believe a lot of what I've been saying, a quick look around the league, and a closer examination of how they're winning has got me singing a slightly different tune...

Basically, I've come to the conclusion that A) This team finds lots of different ways to win games AND B) Outside of the Phillies, who they won't have to see til the World Series, there really isn't a team out there any better equipped than the Red Sox for playoff success...

The first part might seem obvious, as they do have the 2nd most wins in the Majors, but their effective bullpen, featuring Bard and Papelbon (PapelBard) locking down the back end, means that more often than not their comebacks won't go to waste.  That's a dangerous combination, right there.  Two top tier starters, an offense always capable of a comeback, and a bullpen that's nearly perfect when it comes to protecting late game leads.  Which is where part B comes in...
Bard's smokin' too, but Pap is having a season worthy
of a box of Cubans rolled by Fidel himself.

I look around the league, and I don't see a single team, not even the Phillies, that can match that combination.  Sure, Philly might hold the trump card with it's 3rd Ace (see what I did there?), but there isn't another team in baseball that can match the Red Sox 2 starters, potent offense and the guys they throw out there in the 8th and 9th innings.  There just isn't one.  Teams like Philly (suspect offense), Texas (suspect starters) and the Yankees (same as Texas) are close, but none of them would stand up to Boston in a categorical breakdown.  They're the front runners right now, the team to beat.  And that includes the NL, too...

So there ya go, Sox fans.  I've finally come around, and seen this team for what it really is.  The team that should win the 2011 World Series.  Granted, it might be a little tougher now that I've officially smacked them with the kiss of death, but I think it's only appropriate at this point to make that stand.  My bar hasn't been lowered, and I still think they missed out on a great opportunity to remove all doubt as to who the favorite was, but just because they aren't at my bar, doesn't mean they aren't still leading the field...

I haven't changed my stance on home field advantage, though.  You think the Sox win a series against the Yanks when Jon Lester loses game 1 in the Bronx instead of like this weekend at Fenway?  Yeah, I don't.  I may have changed my perspective, but that doesn't mean I've gone blind...

Finish strong, Red Friends, and make 'em fill those Duck boats with some athletes who we've actually known about since before 2010.  The way it should be...


This Week: @ SEA vs TB

Former Redskins Andre Carter & Albert Haynesworth are
key to implementing Belichick's new 4-3 defense

Patriots Update

Speaking of changes in perspective, it's Belichick and the Patriots' defense changing from a 3-4 to a 4-3 that's finally got the fans seeing what they've been clamoring for for years.  Big named pass rushers being added to the roster.  Shaun Ellis, Mark Anderson, Andre Carter.  These are guys that fans have always wanted in the past, but that just never fit into the system.  Now they do, and I believe I can speak for Patriot Nation when I say we are reveling in it.  FINALLY!  Guys that you don't have to a be a football genius to understand why they fit in the system.  After so many years of "I know this guy doesn't get any sacks or make any tackles, but trust me, he's good", we've finally got guys that, no bones about it, are there to pressure the quarterback and make his life a living Hell.  It just feels good, and hopefully, it'll feel any better when they turn this change of perspective into some good ole fashioned results.  Guess we'll find out starting tonight.  Well, kind of...

Who am I kidding?  I'll watch anything.  I'm just glad the freakin' sport is back...

Pats Schedule

Little Stevie all grown up...
CaddySmack

Like I said off the top, perspective is often all we as fans have to go on when dealing with professional athletes.  After all, we don't know these people, we only know what we see of them on TV and read about them on the Interweb.  I try to be careful when making character statements about athletes for this very reason.  I may poke fun and speculate, but I always try to stop short of commenting on someones character if I don't know them personally, or haven't been presented with damning evidence.  It's just common courtesy, even if the Pittsnogles and the Williams Brothers might not agree with my tactics...

Stevie Williams is someone that most of us knew nothing about.  He was Tiger Woods' caddie, that was about it.  OK, maybe some of us knew that he liked to race cars semi professionally, too, but other than that, he was below the radar.  I always likened him to another Stevie, "Little" Stevie Van Zandt.  Of E Street Band and Sopranos fame.  Super successful, had ridiculously awesome jobs, but shouldn't have any problem living a relatively normal and private life on top of their mounds of cash.  Now?  After Stevie basically took credit for his new golfer, Adam Scott's, win over the weekend, I've got a totally different view on Stevie.  He's not Silvio to Tiger's Tony.  No, not at all.  If anything, it's obvious now that he was just another soldier that Tiger had firmly situated under his thumb...
"Just when I thought I was out!..."

Why else would Stevie react the way he did, saying it was the biggest win of his career when it's obvious to even the most casual fan that there's really no way that's really the case?  There's only one reason.  Because now, he can.  Before, when he was in Tiger's inner circle, Woods had him under his control.  Now, he's a free man, and he's relishing in that freedom.  Not that there's really anything wrong with that, it's just that it's drastically altered my opinion of the man.  Here I was thinkin' he was Joe Cool all this time, and really what I thought was cool about him was just Tiger's insistence that he not open his mouth.  The second Tiger was off the scene, it was just open mouth, and insert foot...

Maybe not a real "through the looking glass" type moment, but whenever someone that you thought you had an understanding of turns out to be something else, it always makes me think.  He's not a "pro's pro", or "the man behind the man", he's just a top flight caddie with a penchant for the spotlight.  Just another "assistant" that thinks it's all about them, and doesn't seem to know their role.  Which, in my book, is no better than a good umpire that likes to put on a show.  And nobody likes a hammy ump.  Guy like that could find himself in the back of a dumpster in norther New Jersey.  After riding down the highway packed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive, of course...

Oh and if you got that epic Sopranos reference I just tossed in there, and we weren't friends before, then we are now.  Welcome...


That's it for this week, friends.  While I'm taking times to look at things in the right perspective, I wanna wish a Happy 63rd Birthday to my Dad, who's birthday is tomorrow. Obviously without him I wouldn't be here, but that's not even the half of it, he knows it, and I hope he has himself a fantastic day.  You too, friends.  I hope you have a great day tomorrow, and an even better weekend.  And don't worry, just because we're knee deep in August and it seems like Summer is coming to a close.  It's all about perspective.  And from where I'm sitting, Summer ain't over by a long shot, so get out there and enjoy it...

Have a good one, friends.  And I'll catch you on the flipman...


Teddy Williams...
100...

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25 comments:

Mark said...

Thanks for the bday wishes. What a great son.

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