Awesome Things I've Seen this Weekend...
1) Faith Rewarded, the NESN DVD about the 2004 Sox. Maybe the best part was footage of Dewey Evans talking to one of the 04 Sox before Game One of the World Series, telling him to go have fun, then desperately imploring him to "win it." Also, any glimpse of Dave Roberts, particularly the big steal, is a treat. There's just something about seeing that guy that pumps me up as much as anything about the 04 team. That and any time I see Big Papi. I get the feeling that if he weren't single handedly carrying the Sox at times, Big Papi could probably solve just about any problem in the world. Plus, the footage of Kevin Millar, particulary his handshakes where he develops his own to compete with the elaborate ones used by Latino players, is really funny.
Only drawback: Is there anyway to get NESN to re-edit the thing to remove that bastard Johnny Damon? I know it's wrong to say this, but if Osama Bin Laden, that Zarkawi guy in Iraq, and Johnny Damon were in the room together, and I could only punch two of them in the groin, I would punch Damon twice. (The military and its $400 billion-plus annual budget really ought to have given the other two the proverbial punch in the groin by now. Big Papi would have taken care of this problem on Sept. 12, 2001).
Runner up: I was watching the heavy metal show on VH-1 Classics, and saw Queensryche's "Empire" video for the first time in at least a decade. It's amazing that a song can have an interlude with the phrases "Fiscal Years 1987-88," "by way of comparision," and other words that belong in the New York Times, and not lose momentum.
Only drawback: The windmachine. In all but the most extreme circumstances, windmachines should be reserved for the hot female models, not men. It's the kind of thing that Johnny Damon would use while doing his stupid naked pull-ups.