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Adventures of an Overpaid Athlete

American football - grr, bleh.  All Autumn/Winter long, it bores me.  (My boyfriend is a Broncos fan.)  And then in the Summer, pundits with shiny suits and shinier teeth still manage to find stuff to say about it.  Grr... bleh... did I mention grrbleh...??!!

(One thing that grates on me particularly is how one must always refer to 'the football'.  It's always 'the football' - never 'the ball'.  Why that annoys me so much, I really don't know... but it does.  "He can really run the football."  *Argghh!*)

Mind you, it does have its entertaining moments - not so much on the field (I still don't get it, and don't like to watch it), but off the field - dear me!

The other day, a player named Javon Walker got beaten up after partying hard in Las Vegas.  During the evening he spent $15,000 - let me repeat that - fifteen thousand dollars, ladies and gentlemen -  on champagne; not for drinking, mind you, but instead for spraying over nearby revellers.  I'll say it again... fifteen thousand dollars, to give people he didn't know an unconventional shower bath.

Obviously, I sympathise that he got beaten up by thugs, and his injuries sound pretty awful, but all the same... wasting FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS like that on overpriced gigglespit that no-one got to drink... what an idiot!!

Mind you, with the amount these people get paid - which is astonishing - you can hardly blame them for going a bit doolally on pay day.  (Maybe when I get paid I'll shake up a can of lemonade and see who I can annoy...)

Alongside flamboyant behaviour of this nature, NFL players seem to have a nice line in eccentric nicknames.  'Cadillac' Williams.  'Tank' Johnson.  'Champ' and 'Boss' Bailey.  (I get the feeling that following a sibling with the name of 'Champ' might be a bit intimidating and liable to stimulate sibling rivalry:  "What can I call myself that's even better than 'Champ'...?  Aha!  What about 'Boss'?!  Yes!  That's it!!  I'm not just the Champ, I'm the BOSS!!!")  And... my favourite... 'Pacman' Jones.  Yeah.  'Pacman'.  That's kinda cool.  I have no idea why he's called that, though.

At least, I hope these are nicknames, not real names.  Otherwise... oh dear.

Well, that's all for now from 'whimsical observation corner'... ;-)


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Jun. 20th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)

Hahahah. I think that shall be the trademark for every time someone sprays the champagne.

Quick, license that so you get paid every time someone says it!
Jun. 20th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
Hah, yeah, that would be cool. Getting paid to invent new slang words... possibly my ideal career! >_<
Jun. 20th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
I remember following the NFL back in the 80's, with fantastically named players like 'Webster Slaughter' and 'Billy Ard'.
Jun. 20th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
I wonder whether having a fabulously odd name is a prerequisite for the draft... Probably not, but maybe it helps...

I think there's a current chap named Algy Crumpler (if I spelled that correctly!). :-)
Jun. 21st, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
Baseball players, I think, have even better nicknames.
Jun. 22nd, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Really? I don't know any of those, unfortunately!
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