Filament Friday 11/22/2013

What a crazy week, dominated by the Drew Brees – Ahmad Brooks controversy, one that I contend was largely manufactured by a certain worldwide leader. As we sit here, nearly a week later, the narrative has gotten to the point that San Francisco journalists are insisting that Brooks caressed Brees in his manly arms before gently laying him down on the turf like a swaddling baby and then read him a bedtime story before tucking him in. Such a delicate play, the kind of thing that causes people to bleed from the mouth all the time. Give me a break. Tell you what, I’ll give you a break and not talk about it anymore. In fact, let’s tie up the loose ends – with filaments!

  • The Saints knocked out their third victory in 12 days by defeating them drrrty birds of Atlanta last night, 17-13. It was a safe, conservative performance on offense against a fired up Falcons team, but the Saints defense was downright dominant after an initial Atlanta touchdown drive.

    Aww, lil' buddy, everything is going Oh, who are we trying to fool, kid, it's never going to be all right. Who dat!

    Aww, lil’ buddy, everything is going to…um. Oh, who are we trying to fool, kid, it’s never going to be all right. Who dat!

  • Cameron Jordan is becoming a star before our very eyes. He was credited with 2.5 sacks last night and was a terror all game. The Saints haven’t had an All Pro level defender in the front seven since Darren Howard and La’Roi Glover prowled the line of scrimmage. Will Smith came the closest, but he was always more good than great. I think Jordan can become great.
  • Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK (In case you’ve been hiding under a rock the last couple of weeks. Wait, why were you under a rock? What are you hiding?!). In a bit of real life surrealism NPR has created the @todayin1963 Twitter account, which tweets events from 1963 (a very important year in American history) as if they are happening now (or, more accurately, how they would have been covered had Twitter existed five decades ago). It has been has been up since June, but it’s going to be weird watching it today.
  • The Wizards go for their third win in a row tonight, after getting revenge against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. A win in Toronto would set the Washington roundballers up for a nice finish to November.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers were named via newspaper contest in 1970. The winner wrote that Cavaliers, “represent a group of daring, fearless men, whose life’s pact was never surrender, no matter what the odds.” It originally meant “murderous thug“. I think it just means “sucky basketball team.”
  • I love John C. Reilly and have just learned of the existance of Dr. Steve Brule. Check it out!
  • You can find more of Dr. Brule here and follow him on Twitter (highly recommended).
  • Not much from the Cubs so far this off season, the general consensus (at least among sane people) is for the team to stick to the plan and stay the course and not try to prove anything to anyone.
  • If you’re a DIY’er who loves beer, fire and glassware (who doesn’t), you’re going to love this.
  • Alternatively, the Nintendo cartridge flask.
  • Jeimer Candelario is an up and coming Cubs prospect to keep an eye on. His stats haven’t been eye popping, but he’s consistently been one of the younger players at his level and seems to have good genes for this kind of thing.
  • I can’t wait to see Otto Porter get on the court with the Wizards, if nothing else so there’s something to write about him. Judging by this interview by Kyle Weidie, he may be the most boring man in the world.
  • It seems Mr. Porter, along with Brad Beal (budding star), are also Cardinals fans. Man, Wiz have got to stop drafting this midwestern guys, it’s killin’ me over here.
  • There have been hopeful Airwolf sightings at Wizards games recently, let’s hope he continues to gain altitude.
  • Speaking of which, best theme song ever.
  • Humans keep hurling things into the solar system.
  • And the solar system just keeps hurling them back. With any luck we get a spectacular show from Comet ISON in the next few weeks.
  • I leave you with this classic, which seems somehow appropriate today.
Dylan Steele

About Dylan Steele

A Louisiana native, Dylan Steele now lives in Halethorpe, Maryland. A web developer by day, he is also an occasional musician, frequent dog walker and sometimes hoopster. And now he blogs, too.
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