It looks as if our long national nightmare may be coming to an end — once again, someday soon, we will all be able to shop at our neighborhood national chain grocery store. As a consumer of foodstuffs, I find this convenient. As a consumer of financial products, I’m principally happy that I don’t own any shares of the stock of said national chain grocery store companies.
I’ve rescheduled my Kenan-Flagler interview. I’m pretty sure I did the right thing canceling due to my sickness — I just don’t think there was any way I could have impressed the interviewer. I’m not sure that I did the right thing in rescheduling a phone, rather than in person, interview.
Mel Gibson’s “The Passion” is opening well, “according to CNN”:http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/25/passion.wrap/index.html. This is a movie that, a year ago, was dismissed as a bizarre self-indulgence by a man who had possibly gone over the deep end. Gibson was said to be pouring his own money into a film that nobody would ever see. Yet today we hear about “The Passion” on every TV news show. This little film became big because of one thing: publicity. Negative publicity, sure, but this is Hollywood, where they’ve long held no publicity is bad publicity. Protesters forgot this axiom, and have hyped Gibson’s pet project more than he ever could have.
Today, I was supposed to be writing an entry about how I was visiting the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler school. Instead, I’m lying on the couch, in my jammies. This is America, so it can’t be my fault that I’m sick, just because I stayed up too late and ate poorly and didn’t get exercise. Instead, I blame my co-workers who came in sick and gave their dread diseases to me.
Well, at least I picked the winner.
I honestly didn’t expect as many touchdowns; 26-20 only works with *lots* of field goals. I also didn’t expect New England to successfully run the ball, or the Panthers to be able to throw long passes. This is probably why I’m not an NFL coach.
While it was nice that Tom Brady got another MVP award, the true MVPs were the Pats offensive linemen. For the QB to get out unsacked and Faulk and Smith to be able to run the ball at all, well, that was quite a feat. Sadly, linemen will never get recognition like that; I couldn’t even vote for the o-line on http://superbowl.com.
It was a pretty good game, all in all, and I enjoyed watching it. Especially — unlike everybody else — the first 20 minutes and the defensive clinic put on by both teams. I could have watched another 40 minutes of that.
I was surprised by the simplicity of the Patriots’ defense; they didn’t run any of their exotic blitzes (and the blitzes they ran didn’t work). I was also surprised by the simplicity of the Patriots’ offense, which was missing lots of the slants and screens. After beating the Rams in the Super Bowl two years ago, Belichick made his entire system more complicated, mimicking the difficult-to-beat methods of Martz; after winning this year using simpler methods, like the Panthers’, will Belichick make things simpler next year?