Thursday, March 15, 2007

My favorite sports writer right now, Mr. Bill Simmons, continues to write the type of articles that I intend to be writing very soon. [My strategy is to publish this blog, and then flood the market with writing samples on the strength of the published blog. A stretch? Maybe to you, but I'm determined and focused, plus I have made some recent contacts that lead me to believe a breakthrough cometh]. Anyway., not only does Simmons get to write about sports while dropping some pop culture references in the process, but he also gets his wife in on the act, by allowing her to make her own observations sports and otherwise.(hello run-on sentence) An example:

"Bill offered me a chance to pick March Madness even though I don't know anything about college basketball. Then again, I didn't know anything about the NFL and still managed to beat his football picks. Now he's back for more humiliation. I don't care if I sound like I'm rubbing it in because Bill beats me in everything we play and even cheats sometimes. The first time we played Scrabble, he flipped one of his letters over and played it as a blank -- I didn't even realize what happened until there were suddenly three blanks on the board. I couldn't believe it. We'd only been dating for six months. He claimed it was an accident. He also talks trash, which is a problem because I'm super-competitive -- one time, he made me so mad that I flipped over the board and stormed off. He's so happy when he's winning, it's really annoying. The minute he takes the lead in any game, he makes little digs even though he knows I'll get mad -- stuff like, "How many points will you get if you spell L-O-S-E-R?"


Now maybe that isn't funny to you, but I think its hilarious for a couple of reasons. One, I am the same type of Scrabble player. If I'm winning, I'm talking more trash than you can possibly handle, but the minute I am losing, I get quiet, and cheating becomes the name of the game..I'm competitive that way. The second reason I think her passage is good, is that you can clearly see that Bill doesn't take himself TOO seriously. He allows his wife to take a shot at him in his own column. I dig that, he's secure in himself AND his marriage..good times indeed. Alright enough of Bill Simmons...

When I first began this blog, my friend Brandon implied that I was doing it just to get women. He said I was showing sensitive parts of me, and women took a shine(an expression I'm determined to bring back) to that type of behavior. For a quick second I thought to myself that maybe deep down in my subconscious this was exactly true. Then yesterday, my friend Jolanda asked me to retrieve an older blog entry for her. While trying to find that, I started to read some old entries of mine, and I realized that Brandon was WAY off. If I was a woman reading some of these entries, I'd run like the Burger King man was chasing me. Women go in and out(not literally of course) of my life, I'm breaking my hand, not speaking to people I know in public, killing insects at will, and I avoid church like its a prostate exam. That isn't exactly the dream man blueprint..I write because I love to write, it just so happens blogs provide a larger forum for me to do what I've always loved. To quote my brother and Michael Jordan, I do it for the love of the game.


In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel

5 comments:

Hadassah444 said...

This entry is superb Rashad....
I actually smiled on how you ended it. Must be the March Madness!! I notice you write better when sports is happening.....

again, I got tickets sucka, hahaha

Jo said...

Now that my friend was a FABULOUS entry! WoW! And yeah your friend Brandon was waaayyyyy off. But, I have already commented that same sentiment you expressed. If anyone were considering dating you, I would strongly suggest they read your blog! LOL! But then again, you might be better off not telling them about it until a few months/maybe days, in your case, after things do or do not work out! LOL!

As for the scrabble comments the wife made, I was cracking up! And yes, it reminded me soooo much of you! Cheater! The only thing she didn't add was that as soon as you win consistently for about 10 games you quickly get bored and then don't want to play anymore. So, if the other player is like, no, I still have a fighting chance, you are like "no, next." You are only interested as long as you "think" you might NOT win. Once you feel secure, then it's no longer fun for you.

Now that I think about it . . . that sounds a lot like your love relationships, too. Hhhhmmmm. Now that's a thought.

Anonymous said...

for the record i WHOOPED your entire ass in a game of scrabble and still have the score card as proof.

GOOD TIMES!

Dana-Marie said...

LOL @ whooping your "entire ass" as opposed to only a portion of it. Now, THAT'S a butt-whoopin'!

I won't harp on your relationship history or anything, but I WILL say this: I can always appreciate a man who treats his wife/significant other as a teammate or partner. Always makes for fun times and light-hearted banter.

Great blog entry, Rashad.

LittleTortilla stays in DC said...

Yeah Brandon was wrong, lol. But you sure do make the mundane interesting.