It was an absolutely gorgeous weekend here in the Twin Cities with highs in the 70s and hardly a cloud in the sky. We really do need some rain, lots of it, but holy cow the weather was nice this weekend.
Went into yesterday 0-3 in FFL. The weekend before I managed some decent points, but luck once again had me up against the highest scoring team in the league and not any one of the five other teams I could have beaten. Going into tonight I am the highest scoring team at 56 points, but my opponent is only 12 points behind and has Michael Bush of the Bears against Dallas. The tie-breaker, bench points, would go to the other guy, so two TDs for Bush and I'm sunk.
L-O-L-A, Lola: Androgynous models and a South Korean boy band that takes the pretty in pretty boys to a whole new level. I'm guessing it is only a matter of time before both phenomena arrive in America, so I'm mostly giving you a heads up. I have to note the Wikipedia page for the band too. They debuted in January 2012 and by July 2012 were making a comeback? I know life is faster in the digital age, but that's ridiculous. Or an English as second language problem. Yeah, I'll go with that last one.
There are some questions that simply should not be asked unless one is truly prepared for the truth. A case in point comes via Cassy Fiano, a writer I normally like. In the middle of another of those tedious essays these days that stereotype men and exaggerate our faults, she asks, "In all seriousness, though, what is it about men and taking forever in the bathroom?"(as in guys spending an hour on the john)
Oy. First of all, I've never known any guy who would spend anywhere close to an hour on the pot. Fifteen or twenty minutes tops. Ladies, if your man is doing more than that there's something wrong, and it's not physical. Second...no, let's leave second alone. Certain realities should be obvious enough.
Minneapolis had what is believed to be the worst incidence of workplace violence in Minnesota history on Thursday. Five men were killed and two more seriously wounded by a coworker who had just been fired. It's being said that the shooter had been suffering from mental illness for some time, but what role that exactly played is still being investigated.
Mental illness is a very common thread in mass shootings. I'm quite sure that there is no complete solution to the problem, but I wish our leaders would focus their attention on that aspect and set aside the polarizing all or nothing positions for a change. Perhaps some of these shootings could be prevented if we had a better way to intervene when people are obviously mentally ill.
To finish on a happy note, the Vikings improved to 3-1 yesterday with a win on the road in Detroit. This time it was mostly special teams and defense carrying the load, with the offense moving the ball when needed and keeping the time of possession essentially even. They also took care of the ball, an important point my friend Rob always makes, ceding no fumbles or interceptions to the Lions.
Oh, and a couple of points on the return of the "real" NFL on-field officials. As noted by one local ref during the lockout, would fans have been happier if there were no replacement refs, and therefore no games at all? Will the real refs be judged just as harshly as the replacement refs in the end? I saw plenty of bad or questionable calls during both the Vikings-Lions game and the Packers-Saints game yesterday. My take is that officiating at that level is a very tough and while there were a handful of spectacular failures, most of the replacement officials did a pretty good job. I also think the NFL did a lousy job of providing real time assistance to the replacement crews. Fox Sports has a former official at the ready to talk about controversial plays, the league could have done something along those lines too.