Kaepernick, You Magnificent Bastard!

Kaepernick put on an amazing show in last night's destruction of the Packers. I'm a real Packer fan, but i have to acknowledge what a special performance that was. After the 1st quarter pick six, he was unbelievable. Even Ted Thompson, the packer GM was blown away by it. He was, as they say, a Magnificent Bastard

The MB, as i'll call him, is a special breed. He's the guy that crushes your best plans, and leaves you smiling at the art of it. The one who takes your promotion at work, but leaves you noting his moves for your own future plans.  He's crafty, devious, and sneaky. But, in an artful, easy-to-admire way. He's remarkable, for both the right and wrong reasons. You hate him, but you love him. 

And that was Kaepernick last night. Breathtakingly athletic, very cool under pressure. A charismatic punk. I mean, what QB gets called for a taunting penalty? 

Yesterday, you could see the old school (Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Joe Flacco) in stark contrast to the new (Kaepernick, RG3, Russell Wilson). And, while the change in the athlete playing the QB spot is clear, you can also see the shift to the pistol offense. We should have seen this coming; Smartfootball has been warning us of this change for a while. For a good overview of the offense that Kaepernick is running and winning with, check out this good article (The Future is Already Here: How the Pistol Offense is Changing the NFL) on SBnation (they've been just killing it lately with great articles).  

Confederate Motorcycles

I’m not a motorcycle guy at all, but I do like good design. So, I have mixed feelings about this, but mostly lust. I really, really like the way this looks. I wonder how it drives? Who cares, just park it outside the cafe and smile at your good fortune!

Not Much of a Baseball Fan

I’m not much of a baseball fan, but it’s been very cool watching the Red Sox win tonight. I taped it on Tivo, and I’m watching it while pecking away at some work. I’m a Packers fan, so I understand the joy, the relief, the validation, that a lot of Red Sox fans must have at finally getting back to the World Series. I felt that way when the Pack went to the ’96 Super Bowl. But, I can’t imagine the satisfaction the Red Sox fans will feel at both breaking the curse to beat the Yankees AND going to the World Series. Good stuff. Go Red Sox!

Congratulations Phil

Lefty wins it at the end. I watched the first couple holes, and after the debacle in the bunker, I thought he’d collapse and the streak would go one. But, it looks like he’s got some steel cajones:

“Mickelson birdied five of the last seven holes and shot 31 on the back nine — the best finish by a Masters champion since Jack Nicklaus had a 30 in 1986. He closed with a 69.”

He looks like he’s afraid Ernie Els is going to sneak up on him and take the trophy! Here’s the scorecard for his 18. Damn good.

Cycling…

I’ve got three more months until I leave for France. I really need to bear down now and focus on getting in shape. No more donuts, a little less beer, a lot more riding.

Interviewer: Eddie, how do you get to be so good on the bike?
Eddie Merckkx: Ride lots