Tuesday ramblings

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 by Travis Cody in

Last week I had nothing to say on Tuesday. I still feel a little lost without my Dancing reviews, but I do have this one thing to say.

Tony Kornheiser must GO! I'm sick of listening to him speak in columns!

Mr Kornheiser is one of the jokers...I beg your pardon...one of the pronouncers on Monday Night Football.

Now I enjoy Mike Tirico. But he doesn't get to talk enough. And I enjoy Ron Jaworski. But he doesn't get to talk enough.

You know why neither Mr Tirico nor Mr Jaworski gets to talk enough?

Because Mr Kornheiser can't shut up! His brand of confrontational speech is annoying. I don't want to listen to the two color guys argue and try to talk over each other during the broadcast. I don't want issues on my football coverage. I want football!

Mr Tirico should keep the viewer informed of down and distance, time, and other business during the game. He does this well. Mr Jaworski should explain the plays and the action, and be allowed to use his superior knowledge to point out things the viewer might have missed.

And Mr Kornheiser should go back to his radio show and Pardon the Interruption, where he excels at his brand of sports journalism. Just please get it away from my Monday Night Football.

Whew. I feel surprisingly better now. And my TV is on mute, which is the way I prefer to watch MNF these days.

Later on that same night...New Orleans beat Atlanta, and my record for picks for week 14 is 14-2. Woooooooooooooo!!! That's my best result for the season. It's not my best result ever. In 2003, I had a 16-0 weekend. But I'll do a victory dance for 14-2 because 14-2 is damn good!

Let's see now. I'm facing some dungeon time, so I'm going to give this Five Courses meme a go. Ann from Anndi's Luggage tagged me back in November for this and I'm in trouble for not doing it. Jeff from A Word in Edgewise also tagged me for it, so now I'm in double trouble.

Oh, before I screw up...I think the meme originally comes from Blue Tea person.

Dangit! I better shape up quick or I'll end up in the dungeon at Bloggingham Palace.

Here's the rules:

Devise a list of 5-10 courses you would take to fix your life. It's more fun to be in classes with friends, so include one class from the person who tagged you that you'd also like to take.

1. Sports Knowledge, Doctoral Dissertation - Dr Trav...it has a nice ring to it don't you think? My thesis is called Hey dummy, why did you run frantically away from the pursuit, give up 10-15 yards of field position, run clear across the field, and then get tackled within a yard of where you caught the ball on the opposite side? I should take this with my tagger Jeff, and then we'll get a radio show and be the Sports Docs.

2. Ballroom Dance 101 - This is the class I would take with my tagger, Miss Anndi. What? Yes I'm well aware I've already taken the class several times. It's my money and I'll take it again if I want to.

3. Advanced Snarkiness - I do ok with basic snarkiness, but I'm outta my league when the Hoochies and Hotties really get rolling.

4. Tuneage Tutelage on The Couch with Mr Bond - I know some music, but Bond is The Man when it comes to comprehensive knowledge about bands and record labels and genres. There's a companion course to go with this one called Introduction to the Lost Sounds of Louisiana, taught by John at Altjiranga Mitjina.

5. Coming to Terms With Your Fear of Spiders - Uhm...I may have to drop this one and take something else.

6. Using Your Innate Charm - Yeah! I'll sub this one in and learn how to sweet talk myself out of the dungeon.

I'm breaking the rules and not tagging. But feel free to play along if you like.

I'm still one meme down.


  1. Anndi says:


    I'd LOVE to take that course with you bro... just use the knee thingy sparingly or I'll spend all my time on the floor.

    You hold your own in the snark department...

    And since you finally completed this, I'll volunteer to chase all the spiders out of your shower and bathtub for you. (and the ones that lurk in the shoes at the back of your closet. (Oh.. I have something for you in the de-spidered luggage compartment)

  1. Matt-Man says:

    I dont mind spiders as much as I hate seeing bugs with dozens of legs. Egads. Cheers Trav!!

  1. Bond says:

    HEY I thought you and I were going to do MNF and we were going to get one of those wolf masks on a stick for you to hold up when we were on camera!

    That is some course load...join a frat for some fun

  1. Roger says:

    Your a rebal at those memes lol!Good job on your picks Travis. I miss playing football squares on MNF sense I moved back to Idaho I haven't found anyone yet that plays the squares (ya it sucks) Have a great day!

  1. I am totally with you on the talking heads on football anymore these days. On Sunday night, I can't listen to Al Michaels and John Madden (I know, I know, he's Da Man, but I can't stand his way of speaking.) I have the mute on for Sunday night and Monday night's games. Just tell me about the damn game! Good for you on your picks, BTW. My record has sucked, but I'm not revealing.

    I'm not sure I'm ready to take that Sports Knowledge level class with you, but you can be the prof in my class!

  1. Dixie says:

    At least now you won't be in dreary dungeon with the spiders! ;-)


  1. I agree with you on the announcers. It was really irritating watching the Monday night game, althoguh I loved the results, of course. Bring back Howard Cosell

  1. now I'm the only one who hasn't done this yet...

  1. lisa says:

    I think you need this for Christmas
    Overcome Your Fear of Spiders

  1. I love your courses, especially the dancing. I do think you should start a BlogTalk sports radio show. If you shared all the play-by-plays I see here on game weekends, it would surely be a hit. Mr. Tucker could help you anchor!

    You're officially out of the dungeon and you didn't even have to sweet talk. Just don't tell anyone all the dungeon secrets.

  1. Meribah says:

    Awww, the puppy would have volunteered as your tutor for the Spider course...but you might need the Charm one more to keep out of the dungeon! LOL :P

  1. Travis says:

    Ann: I promise about the knee thingy.

    Matt: I knew I was going to regret mentioning the spiders.

    V: DOH! Well, if Kornheiser can do a radio show and MNF I'm sure I can too. So I'll do both.

    Roger: Thanks! I'll usually buy a few squares during the Super Bowl.

    Songbird: Awww c'mon! Tell us how you're doing on picks!

    Dix: No more spiders!

    Charles: It was a good win for the Saints.

    Katherine: Once I got started it was fun.

    Lisa: No more spiders!

    Mimi: My lips are sealed.

    Meri: No more spiders!

  1. Julie says:

    Okay y'all no more spiders!

    Great course load my friend. But you do an A-1 job in the snarkiness field!

  1. Jeff B says:

    Take your weekly medicine with the Sports Docs. Kind of has a nice ring to it don't ya think?

    What is the deal with MNF. I think it all started when they put Dennis Miller in the line up. Now they feel obligated to have a third wheel in there that does nothing more than enjoy the sound of his own voice. Kornheiser fits in with this all to well...unfortunatly.

    Who is the target audience for this type of "commentator" anyway?

  1. Jeni says:

    Pardon my ignorance here - but it's been years and years now since I've watched Monday Night Football so I have no clue who this broadcaster you mention is. But back a long time ago when I USED to watch MNF, I often would get thoroughly ticked off at Mr. Cosell for his constant talking so I guess I'd have to equate what you're saying to my feelings about good old Howard.

  1. Travis says:

    Julie: Thanks for the support!

    Jeff: That does sound good. I don't know who their target audience is...but it sure as hell isn't me. I haven't talked to anyone who enjoys the commentary on Monday night.

    Jeni: Tony Kornheiser is a journalist who offers issue centered sports journalism. He's very good at it in the appropriate format. But on MNF he turns every comment into a 4-5 minute column. And he is not entertaining like Howard Cosell could be.

  1. TopChamp says:

    Ah - I miss the dancing reviews too.

    My bug thing is moths. They're scary.

  1. Travis says:

    TC: I'm ok with moths, although they do irritate me because of the fluttering...it makes them harder to smack. We'll have our dancing back soon.