Here are some things that have been blowing through my mind lately. Some have to do with sports, and some do not....most do not.
North Korea is conducting some nuclear tests in an effort to force the USA to the diplomatic table for peace talks. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Probably laugh until tears flow.
Pope Benedict XVI has decided he doesn't want to be Pope anymore, nor does he want to die, so he has chosen to retire....something a Pope hasn't done in close to 600 years. This leaves Mother Church not only taking applications for the soon-to-be-vacant post, but finding retirement housing for the Pontiff, (since he signed away all his worldly goods to the Church when he became a priest, he has no home to return to), luckily the Church didn't have to look very far. It seems in November of last year the Vatican started looking for papal accommodations and on finding Mater Ecclesiae Monastery ordered the community of cloistered nuns to vacate so renovations could begin. I guess they figured closing the convent two years early wouldn't be that big an inconvenience. After all, they're only women.
Next on my list of things that have me baffled is the dropping of wrestling by the IOC. Wrestling is one of the original sports in the Ancient Games. Men would strip naked, oil themselves up, apply a layer of sand to their bodies and the match was on. Women weren't allowed to watch, but I'm pretty sure some of them got away with it. In the modern games the nudity was replaced with clothing of a type and the oil and sand not used and women didn't have to sneak around to watch. Officially, wrestling will be dropped form the Olympics in 2020 but, they can apply for inclusion in the 2020 Games when the IOC votes on which sport to add. The nominees are: wrestling, baseball, softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding, and wushu. Only one can win and it doesn't look good for wrestling. And in case you don't know what wushu is, it's a Chinese form of martial arts.
The SI Swimsuit issue has been published, as if you couldn't tell from all the ads and videos on this website. As an SI subscriber (this is my last year) I was given the opportunity to opt out in receiving this issue. I made my phone call, told them I didn't want it, got a one-issue extention on my subscription and then the customer service rep read a list of other magazines put out by the publishers of SI that I might be interested in. Having told the rep that I only called to opt out of the swimsuit issue and no, I'm not interested in any other offerings, he just kept naming titles waiting for me to say yes. If I hadn't hung up after saying I'm not interested for the umpteenth time, I'd probably still be on the phone.
For me February to April is the doldrums of sports. Football is over, the draft hasn't started, it's too early for spring training and there's no curling on my TV. Life sucks.