As promised, it’s Sunday (or it might be Monday by the time I finish this, but it will still be Sunday in college kid time) and new material is on the slate for Mark My Type. Some thoughts:
1) THE TEXANS WERE NOTHING SHORT OF SPECTACULAR. I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT TOO MUCH BECAUSE WE TALKED ABOUT IT PLENTY LAST YEAR AND THEN WE FELL APART. BUT THE FACT REMAINS THAT WE OBLITERATED A DIVISION RIVAL AND THE OTHER QUARTERBACKS IN THE DIVISION ARE LUKE MCCOWN AND MATT HASSELBECK. AND WE DID IT WITHOUT THE LEAGUE’S LEADING RUSHER.
Guys, I’m seriously excited for this Texans season. The defense swarmed and looked sharp in the first game of the Wade Philips era. Mario Williams set the mark for Most Intimidating Man Ever To Line Up Against A Tight End and notched two sacks in his positional debut. Great work all around. (Side note: Arian Foster sat, and I played Derrick Ward rather than Ben Tate on my fantasy team. I lost, but the real culprit here is Legarrette Blount. Five carries for a featured back is terrible.)
2) Has anyone read The Last Days of Socrates? It’s written by Plato, recording several dialogues over the course of Socrates’ last days (his trial, his execution, his time in prison spent conversing with friends). So it’s part Socratic philosophy, but it’s written by Plato so it’s part Platonic thought. Confusing stuff. Basically I’m convinced that one conversation with Socrates and his 1,000,000 QPM rate (questions per minute, plus or minus 9,900,000 or so) would either make me feel like the most enlightened dude in the world or the dumbest piece of turd ever to eat, drink and poop their way through life. One or the other.
Studying the thought of the Ancient Greek philosophers has been intriguing thus far, and I respect Socrates’ understanding of the boundaries of his knowledge immensely. The only thing he claims to know is that he doesn’t know. He has to be one of the most annoying friends in history, though, because even though he doesn’t claim to know anything, he is more than capable and willing to dissect and disembowel the arguments and claims of those around him. He dominates some arguments, straight up.
Between Socrates and tonight’s church service (title: Where do we go when we die?) I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time contemplating human mortality and the prospect of death. Sobering stuff. But Socrates makes the argument that death can be one of two things: the most restful night’s sleep imaginable (and who doesn’t enjoy an excellent night’s sleep?) or an eternity spent in the afterlife (the Greeks certainly have a different conception of what heaven looks like). I have my own opinions, but I found Socrates’ thoughts on death to be a unique framing of a timeless certainty. Moving on.
3) NFL Sunday Ticket is awesome, but it would be more awesome if it didn’t black out local games. I can’t watch the Texans on Sunday Ticket, which claims to show every game in the league. Cool. Still, the Redzone channel (flips between ongoing games to those where a team is in scoring position) and the fantasy tracker (allows me to track the players on my fantasy team) are sweet features.
That’s all, folks. See you on the other side.