MY FAMILY IS THE ONE YOU DREAD SEEING AT THE BALLET.We’re just not cut out for it. My son spilled my cup of coffee in the aisle before intermission. My daughter, whose idea it was to spend more than $100 to go see “The Nutcracker” yesterday, wound up whining so much that my wife had to drag her outside and scold her. (No TV for a week for her now. That’ll learn her to insist on the ballet.)
Worst of all, there was the obnoxious little glow in the darkness coming from my seat, despite how much I tried to shield it — a cellphone with the ESPN app updating the Redskins-Ravens thriller.
Right about the time the Suger Plum Fairy was doing her money scene, a little pixie dust apparently got sprinkled on this Redskins team. My parents and brother are Redskins fans but I am a Ravens guy, so this didn’t make me particularly happy, but I can appreciate magic when I see it dancing on my phone.
I needed help from Twitter to figure out the sequence. Griffin goes down. Cousins comes in. Cousins does what? Throws a touchdown pass in the final seconds? Then RUNS in a two-point conversion to tie it? Then the Skins win it, 31-28, in overtime?
Turns out Robert Griffin III only has a knee sprain, which completes the greatest sequence of events that could have happened for Washington. Think about it: Your franchise QB battles like a warrior, putting the team in position to tie before he finally says “No mas!” Think that doesn’t send a message of leadership?
And it came with no downside, because even though Griffin had to leave the game, he isn’t badly hurt. And Kirk Cousins, the 2012 draft pick many considered to be the biggest head-scratcher, proceeds to show he’s got some clutch tendencies. What a day for the Skins.
Also, Southwest Virginia Ballet did an excellent job with “The Nutcracker.” Sorry my family tried to ruin it.
CATCHING A RABBIT
TRYING TO FIND UPDATES ON DAVID WILSON THIS YEAR HAS BEEN DIFFICULT. There have only been two themes in the David Wilson NFL stories, really:
1. His fumbling put him in coach Tom Coughlin’s doghouse right away, and
2. He likes to chase rabbits.
We knew that last one already.
Anyway, the former Virginia Tech star finally added a new storyline yesterday, and it was impressive. Wilson set a Giants record with 327 all-purpose yards, scoring two rushing touchdowns and another on a 97-yard kick return, to lead New York to a 52-27 victory over the Saints.
Wilson punctuated each score with a trademark backflip. Hence, The New York Post’s headline today: “FLIPPIN’ BIG VICTORY.”
And the start, finally, of what should be a fine pro career.
NAME THAT TUNE
I hope you’re enjoyin’ the scen’ry
I know that it’s pretty up there
We can go hikin’ on Tuesday
With you I’d walk anywhere
California has worn me quite thin
I just can’t wait to see you again...