With the Bears actually having the season that they did, I tried really hard to actually get into the whole football thing this season. But, try as I might, I just can’t really seem to follow football. The thing of it is, though, that I used to be a pretty big football guy. Back in high school and before, I watched more football than I did baseball. Of course, most of that was probably due to the fact that I lived in western New York during the Buffalo Bills’ ill-fated four consecutive trips to the super bowl. Now that I think of it, maybe that’s just what soured me on football altogether. I have distinct memories of the good and the bad. I remember Scott Norwood’s missed field goal to lose the Super Bowl (Wide Right!). We were listening on the radio to backup QB Frank Reich leading the bills to the greatest comeback in NFL history — overcoming a 35-3 drubbing in the third quarter — against the Houston Oilers (we had to listen to it on the radio, by the way, due to NFL blackout rules). By the way, congrats to Thurman Thomas for making it to the hall this year.

Since adopting Boston as my new home town, I’ve made an effort to like the Patriots. Really, I’ve tried. And I’m really sorry, but that dog just won’t hunt. It seems that as the years go by, I actually like the Patriots less and less. In fact, I found myself rooting for the Colts in the AFC championship game this year. It’s a tough thing to admit, I suppose, for one living in New England, but there you go, I’ve said it.

So, anyway, how many more weeks until the Sox take the field? Props to mrhe for getting the ball rolling on this. I have a healthy dose of skepticism about the whole Dice-K thing, but we’ll see what happens.

Oh, one more thing. Here are a couple of ads from the game last night that were particularly amusing. I think it’s possible that I buy emerald nuts exclusively these days, just on the strength of their advertising. But then again, they are actually some pretty tasty nuts.

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