First of all, besides the usual family and friends stuff, am very thankful to anyone who reads this blog. Whether it’s regularly or whether you stumbled upon it looking for a joke, you all are the reason I write. And I hope I brighten your day.
I also really appreciate everyone who takes the time to comment, whether it’s positive or negative, or to add a line I wish I’d written.
But today is time for a special thanks also to all those who make these jokes possible.
This year, in no particular order, special thanks to the Chicago Cubs, the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox (especially departed manager Bobby Valentine), the Los Angeles Dodgers (especially their trade with the Red Sox), and the Miami Marlins.
Thanks to Jamie Moyer too, who alas probably has retired for good. But he was a great competitor, an excellent punchline, and from all I hear, an even better human being. (Runs a foundation for children in distress.)
Plus another serious thank you (okay, I get one) to the San Francisco Giants. For making us realize that the impossible sometimes is merely the unlikely. And who somehow managed to win the World Series without being on the brink of elimination to the Detroit Tigers.
Thanks to the replacement refs, and to the NFL for maintaining for so long that there was no problem with them. Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles and the NY Jets for imploding so spectacularly. And the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders for not being far behind.
Thanks to the NBA for the shortened season (can we do this every year), and to the Lakers for assuring that even at the beginning of the season we have some drama.
Thanks to the BCS for being as screwed up as ever, the NCAA for turning “student-athlete” into a perennial punchline, and the SEC for making the New York Yankees look humble.
Oh, yes, and thanks to the conferences whose inability to grasp the concept of math (10 is 14?) is equaled only by their utter fail at geography. (San Diego State in the Big East?)
Thanks to politicians on both sides of the aisle. With the GOP primaries, they provided far more targets, not to mention the multiple personalities of Mitt Romney but the Dems always have Bill Clinton and Joe Biden.
And President Obama, for being someone we can blame EVERYONE on. (If he thinks the punchlines are bad, wait until his second term, when the girls hit puberty while Michelle probably goes through menopause.)
And finally, thanks to all the folks in this world, famous and not so famous, who continue to act in absurd ways where often punchlines aren’t even necessary.