Bag of Randomness

  • There’s a new book out about one of my childhood idols, Walter Payton.  The book describes his addiction to pain killers (which may explain why he never missed a game due to injury), his infidelity, and his depression.  Since he died of a very rare liver disease, I always wondered if it was partly due to some kind of supplement.  Who knows, maybe the massive amount of painkillers was a contributing factor.
  • I’m interested to see what the reaction is going to be in this book.
  • I liked the man so much, I always considered using the name Walter if I ever had a son.  Walter was my father’s name, my grandfather’s name, my middle name, and there’s been several great Walts or Walters like Cronkite, Disney, and Dallas Cowboy great Walt Garrison.
  • As a teen I remember going to pick up a friend and actually having to get out of the car and ring the doorbell to let them know I was there.  I’m sure teens don’t do that today, all they have to do is use the cell phone.
  • Belgium has gone without an official government for over a year.
  • A Pakistani teenage girl was raped, and because she’s no longer a virgin, tribal elders stated she was suppose to be killed but her family refused.
  • I think Amazon is going to give Apple a run for their money with the latest Kindles.
  • Bad snap turns into a nice touchdown run
  • Talk about tail gating, a stripper bus at the Detroit Lions game.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation recorded 364 hijackings worldwide between 1968 and 1972: more than one a week on average.  Source
  • A bit dated, but still interesting: Presidential Physiques of the Modern Age
  • A seventh grader with a great heart
  • Downtown Disney Flashmob Proposal – The first 1:23 is all talk and prep and the flash mob starts after that.
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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. Brokelyn says:

    Payton is a hero of mine as well. His humility and grace, sense of humor, and loyalty were abundant traits. His wife has stated that there are many false statements in this book; I don't know which ones they are nor do I care. Watching him leap over the goal line, run hills in the offseason, prank his teammates, and live his short life to the fullest was an honor and I will honor his memory by repeating these things I know to be true.

  2. Andrew says:

    " I always wondered if it was partly due to some kind of supplement. Who knows, maybe the massive amount of painkillers was a contributing factor."

    If there was a painkiller that could make a player NEVER miss a game, it would be worth children on the black market. Payton played in the days well before "science" made extraordinary athletes play like Jesus. He played when pain killers were all he knew. He was probably fed them like tic tacs and to be honest he was completely right to make sure he never missed a down. A "max contract" in 1981 was usually between 1.5-2 million. And NFL contracts arent guaranteed. LOL @ "he took some drugs"

  3. Andrew says:

    PS he did miss one game due to injury. You should probably make sure you have all your ducks in a row before you start writing your blog because everyone else at the coffee shop does. Learn. Then write. It helps.

  4. Greg says:

    He missed that game his rookie year due to a coach's decision; he always maintained he could have played. Walter Payton is without a doubt the greatest all-around football player to ever play the game.

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