Lots of quick-hitting thoughts on the first Saturday in October …
**So I pretty much love the weather here in Florida. Despite being a New Yorker, I’m proud to say I don’t miss the snow, the sleet, any of it. I don’t miss waking up and trying to feel my toes, and I don’t miss spending 10 minutes de-icing my car.
But this time of year, I always seem to miss autumn. We don’t have fall in Florida, we just have a kind of a less-hot summer. I watch TV and movies and I see people running through leaves and jumping in piles and having those kinds of October/November moments, and I get a little sad.
Was there anything more fun as a little kid than raking leaves in your windbreaker, than jumping into a huge pile of leaves with your friends? Quick, somebody get me that “When Harry Met Sally” scene when they’re walking through the park. Anyway, I just miss fall, even more when I watch college football games from the Midwest.
**So I’m going to break my long-standing rule of never having sympathy for a Miami Dolphins player by saying that I really, really feel bad for Chad Pennington. The ex-Jet QB suffered yet another serious shoulder injury last week, and word came down this week that he’s considering retirement.
Chad has always been one of my favorite Jets; 2002, when he came off the bench for Vinny Testaverde and led the Jets, shockingly, to the playoffs, is one of my favorite Jets seasons ever. It pained me to watch him throw for Gang Green the last few years of his time in Jersey; he just couldn’t get the job done anymore.
I hope he plays again, I really do. Just not for Miami, please.
***So it turns out Barack Obama’s magnetism doesn’t quite extend to Denmark. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil won the 2016 Olympics Friday. I’m very glad that Chicago didn’t win, and that Juan Antonio Samaranch, the IOC head who is to liars what Mickey is to mice (the standard-bearer), didn’t get his way by having the Games in Madrid. Believe me, I know some people in Chicago are upset, but they have no idea how much better off they are without.
**Just wondering: Everyone always says “healthy as a horse.” Do we have any, like, proof that horses are healthier than any other animal? I mean, where’s the data here?
**Saw my New York Rangers play pretty well in a season opener Friday night, a 3-2 loss to the Penguins. Love the early part of hockey season because you get to see all the new guys and how they’ll mesh (plus they show lots of games on the Free NHL Center Ice preview, which for this season goes for three (3!) weeks.).
I really liked what I saw from Matt Gilroy, new rookie defenseman, and I think I’m going to love Marian Gaborik’s speed. If he stays healthy, he’ll score 40. Of course, that’s like saying “If Rush Limbaugh kept his mouth shut, I’d like him more.” Gaborik never stays healthy.
But all in all, a pretty good start for the Blueshirts. And even though it was for another team, loved watching the Pens’ banner-raising ceremony. Those things always move me a little, especially in hockey, because it’s so damn hard to win a Cup.
**Finally, why can’t Chris Evert stay in a relationship? Something always goes wrong for America’s old tennis sweetheart. After just 15 months, she and Greg Norman are calling the match, splitting up before they have another anniversary. What is this, like, the end of three marriages for Chrissie? Maybe she’s just hard to live with.