Checking in on a chilly afternoon in New England. We're supposed to be heading into our first prolonged stretch of winter weather this season. It was raining for most of yesterday into this morning, but now the temps are dropping into the 30s and the rain is starting to freeze. Tomorrow we're supposed to get a winter storm with sleet/ice/snow coming down most of the day, and after that it's supposed to be in the 20s for several days.
I'm getting psyched for the Pats-Chargers game at 4:30. The Chargers are favored and had the best record in the league, but I've got a good feeling about the Pats. I've got plenty of chili, lime Tostitos and beer, so I don't need to go anywhere.
I drove the Sedona for the first time yesterday. Pretty sweet ride for a minivan. I was just happy to have the Maxima at my disposal all week. As for the Olds, I donated it to the Crohn's and Colitis Society of New England, and a tow truck is coming for it sometime early next week. Fare thee well, my pimpadelic friend.
Mike and Ikes:
- The deal to bring David Beckham to LA to play in the MLS is rumored at $250 million. But is Becks really worth as much as A-Rod while playing in a sport that will probably never be embraced by America? Granted, A-Rod's not worth that money, either, but Beckham presents some interesting opportunities for the LA Galaxy and the MLS, not the least of which is more exposure. And they'll probably sell boatloads of Beckham jerseys internationally. I'm guessing it'll have a similar impact to the 1988 trade that brought Wayne Gretzky to the LA Kings; initial interest will be great, people will watch the game that never have before, and plenty of endorsement deals will be made. But in the long run, it probably won't translate into significant growth for the MLS.
- How about the splash made by Tadd Fujikawa, the 16-year-old kid who made the cut at the Sony Open in Honolulu this weekend? He's the youngest player in 50 years to make the cut at a PGA event, he's only 5' 1", and he drives the ball 285 yards. Damn!
- Although I'm not doing any marathons in the spring, I signed up a few weeks ago to run the Great Bay Half-Marathon up in Newmarket, NH, my old stomping grounds from my college days. The race is on April 1 and the beauty is I don't have to do much more running than I'm already doing to train for it.