Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Talking About What Matters
So, Jeff Johnson wrote a series of amazingly joke-dense and strange NFL previews for McSweeney's years ago -- back when I was just a young pup working at AOL and somehow making more money than I've ever made since -- that pretty much changed the way I thought about sportswriting. Which is to say that I hadn't previously known that you could compare a Jacksonville Jaguars game to the experience of getting a nosebleed in a rental car, although that was obviously what most Jags games are like and also is way better than, like, talking about match-up problems in the secondary. So obviously I was excited to get the opportunity to talk Randy Moss -- and high-altitude intercourse, and Ryan Fitzpatrick's ultimate frisbee chops, and et cetera -- with him at The Awl today. It went a little something like this:
Jeff: You go out and get Randy Moss because…
David: Tall, great at football, future Hall of Famer, knows lots of trivia about Robert Byrd, is as defiantly country as any multi-millionaire in the world. What the Vikings are doing seems unlike anything I can think of another NFL team ever doing, though.
Jeff: Building by getting older.
David: Just stacking the olds and giving it One Last Try. Totally not the move in the NFL.
Jeff: Maybe Jan Stenerud will come out of retirement.
David: You know he’s keeping fit.
David: Doing decathlons in Bemidji or whatever.
Jeff: Having sex in the Alps.
David: High-altitude sex: that was P90X before P90X was.
Jeff: I don’t want to live in a world where he can’t.
And so on. Good times. Read it, if you have five minutes to spare on things that really don't matter and might not amuse you.