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Two Good Things: Beowulf and Bye-Bye Steelers

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Two Good Things: Beowulf and Bye-Bye Steelers

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Last night, I finished the big research paper on Beowulf that I've been writing for grad school. I finished it two weeks and one day before it was due--woohoo! I worked my butt off over winter break to make that possible, in hopes that I will actually have some spare time during January before my next class starts in February. (That spare time will probably be eaten up by getting ready for Back to Middle-earth Month, but such is life!) And I'm really pleased with the paper too.

Second good thing: the Broncos beat the Steelers tonight! w0000000t! Yes, I know there are nice Steelers' fans out there, but in our area, they're almost universally obnoxious. Case in point: Bobby went snowboarding today, so we went out to the Greene Turtle to grab dinner when he got home and to catch the end of the game. Per usual, there were a handful of Steelers' fans there. Now I'm all for cheering and celebrating when one's team does something nifty, but shrieking at the top of one's lungs at every good play the Steelers make is a bit over-the-top for me. As is making loud statements like, "Suckit, Ravens' fans!" in a restaurant while people are eating. Anyway, Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas made short work of overtime after the Steelers tied it up near the end of the game; Tebow threw a gorgeous pass that Thomas ran 80 yards down to end the game. I had just been complaining about the seemingly unnecessarily convoluted new NFL overtime rules (they actually do make sense; I just like complaining about the NFL), but I stopped complaining after that. So I'm a newly minted Tim Tebow fan, but that will be short-lived, I promise. I have no problem with people believing in a personal god (so long as they respect my right not to) but do think people who believe said personal god gives a woof about the outcome of a football game to be rather foolish.

The Ravens play the Texans next Sunday at home. I think things look really good for us. 1) We are more than a season undefeated at home. 2) We are undefeated this season against every team we played with a winning record. 3) We are undefeated in our division, which is the hardest division in the NFL. (Three of four teams in the division made the playoffs.)

Okay, off to watch a documentary about bees--woo! What an exciting life!

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  • As a long-time (life-long actually) Denver Broncos fan, I'm extremely happy tonight :-) The personal god angle is over the top, but whatever works - LOL...

    Congrats on getting your Beowulf completed That was a ton of work and I'm sure you did an excellent job!

    - Erulisse (one L)
    • Well, double YAY Broncos then! :D Hopefully we'll get a chance at some good-natured rivalry; I'd much rather y'all come to Baltimore for the AFC Championship than us having to go to New England. (I think we could beat New England but would just prefer the other scenario. ;)
      • than us having to go to New England. (I think we could beat New England...

        [Lame attempt at NFL trash talk with a Southie accent] Shu-ah, Felagund. Ya keep tellin' yahself that. And tummahdiz go in chowdah, too.[/Lame attempt at NFL trash talk with a Southie accent]

        • Ha! I don't even think the sounds of a Bal'more accent can be rendered using the alphabet available to me, so I'll have to keep my retort short and sweet:

          Yous crazy, hon. ;^D
  • Congratulations! And what a freaky icon. I just found this site other day - I wonder if you already know about it:

    • Thanks! :)

      I found the cranky doughboy on a political cartoon yesterday and really liked him--I feel that way sometimes! :D
  • That really was a beautiful play!

    While I understand the overtime rules, it does seem a *bit* unfair that calling the coin toss should have so much weight. I know, I know, that's not really what happened...but it sure does look that way!

    As for personal beliefs...I've always taken the overtly religious actions of Olympic athletes and the like to be more of a 'to God be the glory'...as in, thankfulness for the talent and support along the way, without necessarily claiming that God has a vested interest in who takes gold. A Tim Tebow type is going to pray regardless of the outcome of the game, so I don't think his interest in God is much tied to the football game, either, if you take my meaning.
    • I think the current rules are much fairer than they were, i.e., the team that wins the coin toss can no longer win on a field goal without the other team getting a chance to answer. I agree that it's probably fairest to let the other team have a chance to answer, even after a TD, since it is easier to score on offense than defense ...

      I dunno on the credit-to-God thing ... I've seen too many teams/players thank God for their victories. God can't feed the hungry and help the suffering, but He'll intervene on behalf of a football team ... right.
  • Congratulations on completing the paper! Well done! And I do hope you get that spare time and it's not all eaten up.
  • Congratulations for the research paper! :))) I'm sure it's great. :)
  • Congrats on finishing your research paper. :-)

    Sorry to say, I'm a bit of a Steelers fan - but only a bit. I like their colors and I love the U.S. Steel logo which is also the team logo.

    I don't like when any teams fans get too rowdy or vulgar in public, so I'm totally with you there. :-)

    I'm a personal God person, but I'm not in favor of being obnoxious with that either - and I've no problem if you aren't a personal God/god person. My son-in-law and daughter are both atheists and I love them dearly. :-)

    Hope you have a great day, Dawn!
    • Pearl, you're cool in many, many ways! :)

      I don't know if it's Pittsburgh fans everywhere or just those here in B'more. (Because Penguins fans behave the same way.) We have a rivalry between our football and hockey teams--which I love, as a good rivalry can be fun--but the loudness and the obnoxiousness and the pushiness ... just so isn't necessary.

      I almost wish I could like the Steelers, as they're the only NFL team without cheerleaders, and their owner is the ambassador to Ireland. But even were there no rivalry with my beloved Ravens, their fans make it impossible for me to see their jersey without wanting to ralph!

      But I still love ya, Pearl, even if you support the Steelers. ;)
      • I suppose I should like the Ravens, after all, Poe was one of my first two favorite authors (Christie being the other). But my brain still has trouble with the Indianapolis Colts . . . should still be the Baltimore Colts. It's funny how our mind wants what it first knew. LOL LOL

        Thank you for thinking I'm cool. I needed that today :-)

        *hearty hugs*!

        Edited at 2012-01-09 10:09 pm (UTC)
        • Hey, there are plenty of people in Baltimore who agree with you that the Colts should still be here. ;) There is still so much resentment whenever we play them. I can't admit in local company that I really admire Peyton Manning's skill as a QB. :^|

          (The Colts moved right around the time I was born, so I have no claim to bitterness.)

          Anytime you need a pep talk, you know where to find me! ;) *hugs*
          • You *are* young!

            Thank you, m'dear. I'll try to remember your offer. You know how it is - it's easy to turn hermit and just gnaw on your own leg when the depression assails.

            hugs :-)

            OMG! you're close to my daughter's age then! I looked it up, the Colts left Baltimore in 1983; the year my daughter was born. :-)

            Edited at 2012-01-09 10:38 pm (UTC)
            • I'm 30, but I spend my days with teenagers who think that is positively ancient! :)

              ETA: I thought it was '83 (the year my little sister was born), but a gnawing voice also kept saying '80 ... and I was too lazy to look it up! :^P

              Please do let me know if you ever want to get together to chat online. I hide online because too many people IM me even with my away message on and I then get nothing done, but I do miss our MPTT mod get-togethers. :)

              Edited at 2012-01-09 10:41 pm (UTC)
  • Ahem. Well, this New England Patriots fan (not among The Devout; I follow the Bruins more closely) hopes that Tom Brady and crew hand the Broncos their equine a**es like they did last month. That said, the Broncos have a lot of momentum, so I doubt that the Pats are taking anything for granted.

    The Pillsbury Doughboy looks like he should be blurting (in an annoyed falsetto): I'm gonna kick you in the balls!

    Congrats on the Beowulf paper! What was its thesis?
    • The doughboy was cursing in the comic I stole him from! :D I just thought he was cute and couldn't resist putting him in an icon.

      I think, in terms of their ability, my blackbirds have a good chance against any of the teams in the playoffs. Now they just need to not do anything stupid ... which is always a problem for them. Part of the reason I'd rather they play all their games at home ... sorry, since that means your Pats would have to lose! >:^)

      Congrats on the Beowulf paper! What was its thesis?

      Thanks! The purpose of the paper was to look at the role of oral poetry and literacy in Beowulf. The thesis was that oral poetry served a eulogistic and didactic function in Beowulf, not a role as sociopolitical commentary about the rise of literacy (and, with it, the Church) like some critics believe.
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