There are weekends when the phone wakes you up at 7 a.m., the boss calls with an urgent assignment and the restaurant mangles your favorite dish – and, basically, everything you touch turns to mold.
Then there are weekends like the one I just enjoyed, when you eat Pinkberry in bed with your wife on Friday night and things just keep getting better.
All three kids win their soccer games. Stanford and USC blow leads and lose. (Conveniently, Cal has a bye, so it can't lose.) You get upgraded. You look like a sage on Sunday, from forecasting Mike Shanahan's mindset in the McNabb Bowl to presaging the Return of LT to beating up on that scoundrel "Yahoo! Users" in the weekly picks contest. I even got to sit next to Y! Sports wordsmith Les Carpenter in the Lincoln Financial Field press box.
Now it's Tuesday, and logic would suggest that I'm due to come crashing down to earth. But I have a very good feeling about this day, because Live Trippin' returns after a brief hiatus, and in addition to being a very fast typist who's eager to engage on all things NFL (and, let's face it, plenty of things non-NFL, as long as it doesn't involve your fantasy team), I'm going to be consuming massive amounts of Peet's iced tea to get me through the day.
When I caffeinate, I tend to feel much, much better about the world, at least in the short term. And when y'all step up your games and send in entertaining questions, comments and observations, it makes me all the more giddy.
So let's make it happen, and collectively manufacture a generous hour of real-time magic beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific. I'll tell you all about my new column that debuted Tuesday, Football Never Sleeps, and you can help me figure out how to make next weekend even more awesome.
I'm thinking an even larger size of Pinkberry in bed would be a helluva start.
Meanwhile, here's a little taste of Trippin' On E(Mail) to get us all in the mood:
Michael, Why do you continue to pick the team that is playing the Bears to win? You are now 0-3 in predicting Bears' games and now you are picking the Giants. Seriously?
Fort Wayne, Ind.
One play and he is back. One play in four years and he is back. Now don't get me wrong I like(d) LT. He was a pretty good back once. He is washed up. A blind squirrel can find a nut every once in a while. That's a fact. Watch this week – he rushes for less than 30 yards.
I watched. Let the record show that the blind squirrel (133 rushing yards) was pretty damn hard to tackle.