During Troy Aikman’s playing days, I remember an interview in which he complained how each game used new footballs. The league used new footballs becaused they looked nice and shiny, but because they were new, they were hard to grip and Aikman wished the league allowed the use of footballs that have been broken in. This was a big deal to Aikman because he’s one of those that threw the ball without his fingers on the laces. Yesterday in Peter King’s MMQB, he wrote about how Aaron Rodgers used the exact same practice ball in the fifth and eighth game of the season and that was obvious because of the numbers written on the ball from crew officials due to new league rules because of Inflategate. I’m curious as to when the league started to allow the use of older broken in footballs.
Speaking of throwing a football, I was a huge Joe Montana fan back in the day, but it wasn’t until a few years ago I learned he throws the ball much differently than I. When I release the ball, my index finger is pointed at the target and my thumb stays up, not towards the ground. But Montana states to get more power behind the ball, the release should end with the thumb towards the ground.
For the first time in a long time, I watched both ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Late Show’. Trevor Noah had and poignant and commentary, with just a small dash of humor, about the Paris tragedy. Colbert showed opened with the house band playing the French national anthem, the show open, and then the start of the show with him behind the desk. He also provided a poignant commentary, but one that was more upbeat and with more humor and then became a bit of a journalist with his first guest in the show open, a retired colonel and Medal of Honor recipient that’s a current military analyst from NBC. But I’ll be honest, I would have preferred to hear what Stewart and Letterman would have said, they spoke so well from the heart when the world seemed like it was spinning out of control. Colbert then brought out his first guest, Bill Maher, and there was some witty, combative, and sometimes terse banter between the two. As one would expect, Maher has no filter and is verbally harsh about religion, but Cobert being a devout Catholic, wasn’t taking any of Maher’s jabs and held firm in his faith and stood his ground with grace and humor. No blood was shed, but that exchange was quite interesting, and it all seemed to start when Colbert brought up Pascal’s Wager.
If the rumors of Charlie Sheen having HIV are true, no one can really be surprised by that, can they? The man has a history of womanizing and addiction and no one has ever thought of him as being safe and responsible.
I finally got to watch ‘Fargo’ on the night that it actually airs, which was last night, and I’m just amazed at how great of a show it is. It absolutely solid, holds my interest more that ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Game of Thrones’, and I had no idea Jean Smart was capable of that great of acting.