(Being a short digression before beginning a holiday that may, with luck, take me to the Saints training camp next week.)
If training camps have barely just opened, it must be time for all the pundits to release their annual preseason power rankings, the journalistic equivalent of a tourist wandering into the projects. And guess what? Training camps have barely just opened. So…
Remember when Peter King had us ranked 24th in 2009? I wonder if Peter remembers. I also remember the video of him after the season, swimming nude through a cesspool while chewing on crow. No, actually, I don’t remember that. Being a sports journalist means never having to say you’re sorry. How come repentance isn’t ever a part of the job description, but having a student driver is? But I digress.
I compiled a list of seven power rankings (excluding Fox Sports, whose website is so fucked up it’s not even worth considering). The rankings for NFC South teams are summarized in the table below:
If they mean these rankings to be predictive of actual success, that means that only 2 out of 7 are predicting the Saints to win the NFC South. A cumulative ranking of 11.7 puts the Saints in “out of the playoffs” territory. And Prisco, in another article, flatly stated as much.
And that’s glorious news. It means that Joe Vitt, Drew Brees, and all the rest are out there in Metairie this morning singing a rousing chorus of “Somewhere Under The Radar,” while Roger Goodell plots and schemes in his castle and Pete Prisco rallies the flying monkeys. We know how that ended: happily, and at home.
Now. Second item. I want to leave you guys with enough to discuss while I’m out for a week. I’ve noticed that y’all really like to talk about food, beer, and music as much if not more than football. So what the hell, have at it. Consider this an open thread. I’ve been prowling through YouTube recently, rediscovering all sorts of stuff I’d almost forgotten. And also discovering full albums. To hell with singles: let’s add some albums to this jukebox.
This is something I hadn’t listened to since I owned it on vinyl, way back in the 1980s. I don’t know how Jethro Tull escaped being classified as “prog-rock”; is it the jazz bits? They’re certainly as tight as any progressive band that ever existed, and Ian Anderson’s themes, riffs, and changes are masterful throughout. I’d forgotten how damned good this album is.
This one I still own on CD; but when I was a kid in high school this was spinning endlessly on the turntable. I pretty much wore it out. This is, I believe, the high water mark of Yes. And it’s pretty high. (Which I’ve already told Stu, and he doesn’t buy it. You be the judge.) And it’s definitely prog rock.
And this one definitely isn’t prog rock. It’s, um…I don’t know. Brilliant? Is that an adequate description?
And finally, here’s an item I came across recently. I’m not sure what’s going on here. Can anyone explain this?