Monday, September 03, 2007

Someone always scolds me in public when I make this blog just "sports"---this time it happened at Walgreen's. I promise to mix it up this week. I don't want to be called out at Kum & Go...

Hawkeye fans travel like no other. Well, slight exaggeration, but the bumblebees took over Chicago last weekend. It was like a September bowl game. Wrigley Field on Friday, Soldier Field on Saturday, what's not to like?! That was a home game for Northern Illinois in name only. Hawk fans stole the stadium...

So what do we know about the Iowa football team now? Next to nothing. We know the Hawks aren't bad, and they're not really good. We'll find out which direction they go from here. Last year, they went from good to bad. This year, I like Iowa's chances of going from pretty good to very good...

Best thing to happen to quarterback Jake Christensen: he's been no better than solid. Iowa fans have a history of anointing young quarterbacks as the next Chuck Long before they've earned it . ("Beutjer is the future" anyone?) Christensen will get better, and most importantly, he doesn't turn the ball over. That's an underrated part of being an effective quarterback, avoiding mistakes...

Right. Time for something non-sports.

I went to see Superbad in Kansas City with Jenny. As were deciding between a car payment and popcorn, I looked to my left and whispered to Jenny out of the side of my mouth, "Hey, standing next to me... it's George Brett." I've interviewed a lot of famous people, but I still turn into a kid when I see one of my boyhood sports heroes...

Brett and his family followed us into Superbad. To give you an idea of just how raunchy and profane this movie is, Brett's wife led two kids out of the theater within five minutes. Good move. Eventually Superbad is all heart, but along the way, we are subjected to every swear word and penis reference you can imagine. I pray teens don't actually act or talk as depicted in the movie, but I realize I'm sounding like my parents. Bottom line: the movie is a little too long but very funny if you're not easily offended. I'm 43 and I could never watch this with my parents. B from me. George seemed to like it too... (After first writing this review, Shawn Terrell took his girlfriend to Superbad. She described the experience as being "blindsided". Shawn has to go see the Nanny Diaries as punishment. That's harsh, but I'm sure he deserves it. Anyway, exercise caution when going to Superbad. It could be rated NC-17 for language alone.)

I just received Premonition from Netflix. That's 94 minutes of my life I can't get back. What the heck was that? It makes less sense than Miss Teen South Carolina. A grade of C because Sandra Bullock is still interesting to watch, even when she's in a plot written by people who must have been baked...

I'm always stunned how many Iowa people go to Chiefs games. We were surrounded by Central Iowans during out tailgate. They were nice people too, but you knew that. Arrowhead Stadium is even loud during those meaningless, overpriced preseason games. Can't wait to go back...

Thanks to KXNO's Jon Miller for filling in for Heather this week on SoundOFF. He did a great job---the man knows his college football---and Heather made every minute count in Chicago. Cubs game, Hawks game, Cubs game, Cubs game...

Big congrats to Hoover's football team. You deserve it guys...

7 comments:

Heather R. said...

GO HAWKEYES!! I was so excited to see game recaps from Saturday. Hopefully this will be a good start to a new season.... WHOOT WHOOT!!! GO HAWKS!!! I can't believe the Cyhawk game is less than 2 weeks away though. Just seems like yesterday I was sitting in noisy Kinnick Stadium and the Hawkeyes came from behind to beat the Cyclones.... Ahhh memories :) Have a good week. Oh yeah go SEP Rams!!!

Anonymous said...

Am I the only person in this part of Iowa glued to tennis? I couldn't believe there wasn't reference to the Blake match on Monday afternoon. Channel 8 only mentioned the Roddick match (and even that was short when the other guy withdrew.) But the Blake match... man, that was some of the best and most exciting tennis I've ever seen.

--Sara

Melinda said...
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Melinda said...

Okay, why can't the Cubs play like they did tonight every night?!?

Sara, no you're not the only one watching tennis. I've had that on, baseball and college football since the past weekend! Just wish they'd televise the ISU/UNI game. Go Panthers!

Anonymous said...

thanks, melinda. people have been giving me crap all week for caring about it. maybe i'll ignore my coworkers and try to have coffee with you instead. :)

Sara

Melinda said...

Sara~
Ah, you must've stayed up to watch Roddick tonight.

My husband is not a sports fan, so when he hears me yelling, he wonders who has just screwed up in a game. Ha!
I think I've got my 4 year old son hooked on the Cubs now though. He'll sit and watch the games with me...until I get too loud. :)

Jen said...

Keith:

I've been waiting for you to review Superbad. I had no kids in tow so I would actually give it a grade of A-. Ironically, I saw Premonition Monday night and totally agree--a terrible waste of talent like Sandra Bullock's. Great blogs! Take care.