LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The Sunday Column. I inherited a Sunday-for-Monday column when I moved into the columnist spot at The Courier-Journal, and both the previous occupants of the post warned me, “It’s a killer.”
Nothing is going on around here on Sundays. The NFL takes over, but so often you’re traveling back from a college game on Sunday that following the NFL is tough.
I was thinking about the Sunday column this Sunday as I sat around and did little but watch the NFL. I may not have another Sunday like this all season. So instead of a deftly crafted Sunday column, I offer a few observations from the couch.
PREGAME: I got a kick out of several analysts from several networks all Tweeting about their new studio sets. For the record, let’s get this out of the way. All NFL pregame sets are based on one thing:
JUST GOOD OL’ BOYS: You know it’s going to be a good day when you see the following in the lane of opposing traffic.
No, I wasn’t in Hazard. I was in J’town. That has to be profiling of some kind, right? My younger brother, Wes, channelled Waylon Jennings, captioning the photo, “Now friends and neighbors — you KNOW this here ain’t no routine traffic stop.”
Later in the evening, I learned that the General Lee car belongs to Chris Vittitoe and the patrol car belongs to Paul Brown. The two built the patrol car together, and they were headed to a little boys’ Dukes of Hazard-themed birthday party, where they were going to make a big entrance. They also took the boy and his dad for a spin around J’town. Now you know the rest of the story.
A SLICE OF AMERICANA. I’m watching the Bengals and Ravens, and a series of three consecutive commercials strikes me as saying something about the country we live in today.
First, a KFC commercial that’s nothing but a line of kids eating original recipe chicken, asking each other if they like it. Tag line: “Remember the taste of KFC original recipe? So will they.”
Don Draper stuff, there. Who doesn’t remember a family reunion, or some kind of thrown-together picnic, where someone grabbed a bucket of chicken and came on. Well played.
The next commercial was by Budweiser. Guys sitting around drinking beer, reading about the Yankees signing Babe Ruth on a train, or listening to Lou Gherig’s speech around a radio, Willie Mays’ famous catch, Hank Aaron’s record-setting home run, Cal Ripken Jr.’s ironman game. Tag line: “Here’s to baseball.”
It’s a nice sentiment, coming as it did in the middle of an NFL game. It could also have said, “Goodbye baseball.” Once the NFL starts, it dominates everything. We’ll check in on the World Series, but most of the memorable moments produced these days are produced in the NFL.
The third ad? For the iPad. Showing how various people use it. Tag line: “What will your verse be?”
Chicken, beer and iPad. That about covers it.
RANDOM NFL STUFF:
— When did the 49ers build such a huge fan base in Dallas?
— When did the Colts join the Big Ten? (I Tweeted this in the first half, the Colts were pretty impressive in the second.)
— Peyton Manning is good at football and making commercials.
— The latest thing in Twitter seems to be stadium crowd shots. Three good ones from today:
Look at the ‘49ers fans in Dallas …
And Kansas City was pretty well empty by the final drive of the fourth quarter …
And from Tampa …
BIG TEN, BIG EASY: Picked up this little item in Champaign, Ill., Saturday. It serves as a handy guide for keeping track of Big Ten teams with title hopes:
CARDS STREAK CONTINUES: Florida State, with 18 straight wins, has the longest winning streak in FBS. Second longest? The University of Louisville, with eight straight wins. The Cardinals have won 16 out of 17, and haven’t lost a game away from home since losing at Syracuse in the 2012 season.
NON-SPORTS READING: Working on The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Review to come soon.
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