Happiest of Fridays to you all. I’m psyched for the weekend and I’m leading off with Cleveland Browns quarterback talk, so you know it’s off on the right foot.
Once upon a time we thought Peyton Manning might join the Cleveland Browns… as an executive. Now, thanks to the fact that he doesn’t appear to want to retire and Denver will almost assuredly move on from the elderly Super Bowl winner, it must be discussed, apparently. So it goes for a team that hasn’t had a consistent quarterback since Bernie Kosar and enough salary cap space to sign a second team if they were granted the roster spots.1 I’m not going to do it though. I refuse, you know, other than this little post right here saying I’m not going to talk about it. Why? There’s no point.
Should the Browns sign Peyton Manning? No. Will the Browns sign Peyton Manning? Maybe. Will we talk ourselves into it if they do? Absolutely. Will we root for him if the Browns sign him? Yes, until we start calling for his backup, even including one-game starter Connor Shaw, potentially.
If nothing else, we’re a predictable bunch. We also have no control over the situation. So, rather than spending a whole lot of time talking about it, I’ll just hang back here and wait to see what actually happens.
(I’m still hoping for RG3.)
Part of the expansion of the UFC has been a watering down of the events. I am a fan, and I don’t want to be harsh, but it’s just kind of the nature of things. We’ve seen it with Marvel movies too. What was once special is now so commonplace that it necessarily loses its status of being rare. Even with that state of things, UFC 196 is one that I’ll be ordering and watching for sure because of Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.
I’m too old at this point to really buy into Conor McGregor or any other fighter. I was once really bought into Chuck Liddell and other fighters that came after him, but unless it’s hometown fighters Stipe Miocic or Jessica Eye, I don’t find myself invested the same way I used to be. That said, there’s something about McGregor and his constant trash talking and then backing it up that has me intrigued this weekend against Nate Diaz.
Nate Diaz is a late replacement for Rafael dos Anjos who broke his foot in training, and that alone should have taken the luster off the fight, but it hasn’t. Nate Diaz is a crazy person and a pretty brilliant fighter in his own right. The 30-year-old isn’t necessarily at the top of his game anymore, only having won two of his last five fights, but he’s still very dangerous (with those two wins coming over Michael Johnson and Gray Maynard). The only fighter he lost to in the last three? Rafael dos Anjos. Did I mention that Nate Diaz is a little crazy, too?
Nate Diaz called out Conor McGregor in December on Fox with a profanity-laced tirade on national television.
And I don’t think this is all about talk. These guys are both talented fighters who have the potential to give us one of the most entertaining fights we’ve seen in years. These are some of the feelings I used to have with other UFC events before they became so common. And I didn’t even mention Holly Holm defending her title for the first time since winning it over Ronda Rousey. I feel like I’m selling it now, but I’m just so excited for it.
I was cruising soccer Reddit and ended up just being mesmerized by this clip of all the goals scored in one day. It’s a goal scoring superclip.
It’s a good thing we don’t say things like that though. The Foo Fighters might be your least favorite band on earth, but they’ve probably done enough to earn your respect. Now they’ve done it again. Amidst rumors that they’re breaking up, they announced that they want to give the world a break from themselves, but they did it in truly amazingly entertaining fashion. If you haven’t seen it, wait for the end of this video for the surprise ending joke. So great.