1. My very earliest childhood sporting loyalties were to the Washington Redskins, the North Carolina State Wolfpack, and the Kansas City Royals. I gave up on supporting the Redskins in the early days of the Dan Snyder regime, and while I still root for the Wolfpack (my dad’s and grandfather’s alma mater), they’ve fallen behind Navy and UAlbany (my own academic homes) in terms of my personal loyalties. But my affection for the Royals has never wavered, and you can use the search form on this website for proof that I’m no recent bandwagon jumper, but have stuck with the team through thick and (mostly) thin over the years. Persistence has finally paid off, as for the second time in my life, and first in 30 years, my beloved boys in blue took home the crown last night in their usual thrilling late-inning fashion. What an exciting end to an exciting season! My gut tells me that this team has dynasty potential, so I look forward to future gloating in this space in the years ahead. Go Royals! World Series Champs! Huttah!
2. On Saturday, Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds rushed for two touchdowns, tying Montee Ball for the all-time collegiate record — with six or seven (depending on whether Navy plays in the American Athletic Conference Championship) games to go. He should break the record next weekend, and by season’s end, he should cap a career that will remain on the record books for many, many years. In addition to his on-the-field accomplishments, he’s an excellent student, and will serve his country upon graduation, having earned a degree in one of the most rigorous academic environments in the country. In his fourth year as a starting quarterback, he has led Navy to a 6-1 record at mid-season, and his team is contending for the AAC title in its first year in the conference. It would seem that Reynolds exemplifies all that’s best about collegiate football — and yet he does not even appear on the screen as a footnote in most of the online Heisman Trophy Watches. This is woefully, criminally wrong. Does he need more of a police record to qualify? Should he have left school after his sophomore year to be a proper contender? Is his value as a collegiate player undermined because he won’t be making money for a professional team or its advertising parasites next year? The Heisman Trophy is allegedly awarded to “most outstanding player in college football whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity; winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.” I see no other player in the country with as strong a C.V. on all of those fronts than Keenan Reynolds, and the college football media engine and online echo chamber that sustains it should be ashamed for overlooking him, again and again and again.
3. Marcia and I visited Soldier Field for the first time yesterday on a perfect autumn day to watch her Beloved Vikings play Da Bears. The game was exciting and ended exactly as it should have: with the Vikings winning on a last-second field goal. Outstanding! We were way up in the nosebleed seats, but the views were still good, and being up so high gave me the chance to capture some fun photos, a few of them copied below. A great sporting weekend, all around!