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I was not thrilled with the sports offered up over the weekend. Ergo, I was forced to find other pleasurable pursuits.

Which weren't so thrilling either. But I digress...

Am I the only one who thought the World Series this year was...well...boring?!? I didn't even watch the whole thing. I hung it up after Game 2. Boston was so dominant, there really didn't seem to be any point. And I don't believe that the eight day rest the Rockies had between series contributed that much to their demise.

My real question with the series is this...does Boston's sweep show how good they are, or showcase how bad the entire National League is? Let's not forget...the Rockies swept the Phillies and the DBacks to get to the series. They won 21 of 22 in September. If they were dispatched so easily by the Sawx, what does that say about the NL?

In the bigger sports picture, this seems to be a disturbing trend. The Eastern Conference in the NBA endured being called the "JV of Professional Hoops" all last season by a particularly annoying sportscaster who will remain un-named in this blog. The NFC is decidedly less aggressive than the AFC in football. Why is there such disparity in the major sports leagues?

I don't have a great answer, but I'd love to hear your opinions on the subject.

I was bored silly with college football on Saturday. The only game that I was really looking forward to was the Ohio State-Penn State match up Saturday night, but that didn't turn out so great. I'm not a Buckeye or a Penn State fan, so I didn't have a vested interest in the outcome, but I was bored with that game too. It was a snooze fest as the Buckeyes beat the Lions by 20 points.

Sunday would be great, right? It's football day, I'm never bored on Sundays! Ha. Wrong.

The Bears lost to the Lions in an aggravating mess of a game. The score wasn't even that high, but you know...when you see your favorite team turn the ball over THREE TIMES in the end zone, you get a little annoyed. My stepmother-to-be (what a ridiculous label...I'm 36 years old, for pete's sake) just looked at my father and my brothers and me, all dressed in our Urlacher jerseys, throwing popcorn and tortilla chips at the TV, screaming at a man who was 60 or so miles away, and said, "I thought this was supposed to be fun. None of you look like you are having fun."

We then proceed to throw our salty snacks at her, and informed her if she wanted to survive in this family, she'd better find something else to do on Sundays during football season. Because there is no logic in fandom--and woe to the person who tries to impose logic upon us.

So...herein lies my first big conflict with my stepmother (forget that to-be, crap...you get my point). She and my dad have been together for at least 7 or 8 years. I have a fabulous relationship with her. She's never been a football fan, which is fine, because she's never been around on Sundays before. But now...she's moved into my dad's house, and she just doesn't get it.

Forget the little comment...that doesn't bother me one bit. What bothers me is that she insists on making plans on Sunday during football season.

At the beginning of the season, I (sort of) jokingly told her "You do know that our lives revolve around the Bears' schedule from September to January, don't you?"

She looked at me like I had just sprouted a second head.

She has no sons, only daughters, and so really never got into sports too much. She'll go to a Cubs game every now and again, but that's about it. She has a grudging respect for the Brigham fandom, and even understands how I came to be such a sports geek (drowning in testosterone like I do from being the only girl born into the Brigham family in 100+ years), but steadfastly refuses to plan around the NFL.

This is completely unacceptable.

My dad tries to temper his craziness...he's really great about compromising and only watching the Bears games. I'm not so great at the fine art of compromise.

At halftime yesterday, I said, "Hey guys, wanna get together next week to watch the Pats-Colts game?"

My brothers were game, and then Dad said, "Uh...Faye and I have plans. It's the Bears' bye week."

WHAT?!?! Do you think football stops because the Bears have a bye week?!? Well, fine...forget your 56 inch plasma TV, Dad. We'll have fun and watch the game at my house. Then my brother chimes in.

"Kari, no offense, but if we're not watching the game here, I'm not really interested. Your TV stinks."

Actually, he used another word besides "stinks" that the FanNation censors won't let me type. You get the idea.

Whatever. They are all fair-weathered fans, in my opinion. You don't see me letting the opposite sex or a wimpy TV getting in the way of MY fandom, do you? If you are going to commit, commit all the way!!




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