For the sports fan in me, that is. First off, there was the North London Derby between the team I support, Tottenham Hotspur, and the hated rivals Arsenal, whose fans call themselves gooners, with good reason. It did not go well. I occasionally watch games with other Spurs supporters at a bar called Conor O Neills in Ann Arbor, but they also host fans of other teams, too, including Arsenal fans, and today, there was a decent contingent of fans for both sides. The red fans were certainly more boisterous, and sadly, by the end, they had more to make noise about, including a few less than polite chants, not suitable for the half dozen or so kids brought by Tottenham supporting parents. Oh well. We get to see that goon squad again in a couple of weeks, in a Carabao Cup matchup, and again in March, and hopefully those will go better.
The afternoon football was of the American variety, when the sad sack Detroit Lions took on the Rams of Los Angeles. Unlike the morning's festivities, I expected only bad things from this game, as the Rams are the best their division (and up until now, the NFC) has to offer, and the Lions dwell in the cellar of the North Division. The last time out, the Rams scored 54 points, while the Lions, I don't think, had matched that total in their three prior games. Etc, etc and so forth, basically I was expecting the Lions to get blown out, but lo and behold, Detroit got the ball back in the 4th quarter with a chance to take the lead...only to see our overpaid, overrated quarterback get hit, and fumble, and then see the Rams score very shortly thereafter, to essentially put the game away.
So, yeah, the day sucked sportswise, but at least it was over 50 degrees and there was sunshine? Not that I managed to enjoy any of it, what with a scratchy throat that hasn't really gotten worse over the past three days, but certainly isn't improving, either. Kinda putting a damper on the mood, not feeling so great overall. Stopped me going out to see friends play a concert last night. Oh well, I'll have another chance to see them soon enough.
(And of course, I cribbed the blog title from this children's book