14 September 2010

Slice of Life: Ravens Win!

How 'bout dem Cowboys.  Err, well, they lost.  How 'bout dem Bungles.  Err, well, they lost as well.  How about those Charm City Ravens?  ATTA BOY!

Yes, there is a part of me that enjoys the fine things in life, of which beer, wings and football are one of them.  Better still, thank the good lord that my wife is also a homegrown, hometown Ravens fan (and kudos to her sports minded, mind that understands the game even)!

While I dislike Monday Night Football for my team, the national attention, the fanfare, and tradition are always nice to take in, even if it was from the couch in front of my TV.  There is just something about the added trash talking, smash-mouth, buckle up yo chin strap football that is on display.  So, for 60 football minutes, I was able to ignore politics, ignore economics, ignore everything except yelling at the TV to say "HOLD ON TO THE BALL," which my black-birds did everything in their power to ignore.  I would have liked to have seen a bit more scoring by Baltimore, but fortunately, you don't get style points for rankings in the NFL.  U-G-L-Y wins are still wins.

Points to take away from the game?
  • Flacco had one glaring mistake, and didn't exactly set the world on fire, hopefully he settles in with a "normal" Sunday routine for the remainder of the season
  • Defense was pretty stout against the run, and the pass rush was better thus far.  
  • Blitzing:  B-more D-cord still is adverse to the blitz, but did get after it a few times which hurried a young QB.  I hope we see more of that as the season progresses
  • Receivers:  We've got a bunch of gems finally!  
  • Progress:  Week 1 to Week 2 you should see the most improvement, hopefully limiting the miscues will be the biggest area Baltimore fans will see.  
As the ESPN commercial goes, is it Sunday yet?

Blogging is Activism UPDATE: Assateague Island Letter

Yesterday, I posted a letter written to the refuge manager of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge regarding the beach parking that has been there for decades.  This morning the Eastern Shore Post's coverage wound up in my inbox.  (Hat tip to my mother). 

From the Shore Post's story, it appears that I am not the only one who does not want to see the beach parking and access be moved from it's traditional place on Assateague Island.  Magically, the unintended consequences that bureaucrats and politicians don't foresee, are very easy for the non-elite public to contemplate. 

I will let the Shore Post's coverage speak for itself, but the general consensus amongst community members and visitors is that the shore and beach access provided by the parking on Assateague island is important to the local economies and traditions of the park and Chincoteague Island.  Hopefully, it won't be forgotten in the name of environmentalism.