A Burgundy and Gold Obsession
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Cake or Death?

Is It Time?

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You know what the best thing is about movies? The journey. Think about it. When's the last time you were completely Kaizer Sose'd at the end of a movie? Usual Suspects aside.

When's the last time you had no earthly idea what was going to happen next? Inception? Maybe? Memento? There are precious few movies anymore that a) leave you guessing until the end, and b) leave you completely confused about what is really going on until the end.

And that's usually OK. Listen, I love Westerns. Always have. John Wayne was venerated in my house growing up. If I pass a Clint movie on TV just flipping channels, my wife knows better than to ask me to keep going to see what else is on. I just introduced my 13 year old to Tombstone last week. Love that movie. Think back to before you saw it though. Could you not have laid out some basic plot points fairly accurately without having seen it or knowing the story? The Earps move to a new town, settle down, get in some trouble with some bad guys, someone important in the family gets injured or killed, retribution ensues.

Not ground-breaking stuff, is it? Not like it differs radically from She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, El Doraldo, Josey Wales, or any of another dozen Classic Westerns.

So what do I love about Westerns then? My wife is probably reading this answer with great anticipation.

I love the journey. What surprises are there along the way? Character development? What happens that makes me feel something about these characters?

And yes, I love the quotes:

Doesn't seem like dying is making much of a living.

Maybe we could have a spelling contest!

Young fella, if you're looking for trouble, I'll accommodate ya.

Good stuff. Coulda been a LOT more, by the way.

Isn't that kind of why we watch the Redskins. I know [U]technically[/U] our playoff hopes were alive before kickoff yesterday, and are still [U]technically[/U] alive this morning.

But at the beginning of the season, most of us had the Skins somewhere between 7-9 and 9-7, which looks to be about where they end up.

Betcha didn't see losing to a 65 year old QB on a bad leg yesterday, particularly when his team's stud RB went down with a leg injury, did ya?

Were you counting on a victory against the NFL's yards from scrimmage leader, Chris Johnson a week earlier?

Was there anything better than beating Dallas in week one and starting their slide towards irrelevance?

See, it's the journey.


And guess who I care about now, speaking of character development?

Perry Riley.

I want to see him get up off the carpet and [U]knock someone out[/U] next week. I want to see how he responds.

The season's not over, we have 5 games left. Enjoy them. We'll finish 7-9, 8-8 or 9-7, would be my guess.

Now let's see how we get there.
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