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Monday January 19, 2015
Celebrating a great man, Jeff Tweedy and his son get silly, the Seahawks overcome adversity, Vikings fans embarrass themselves like usual.
The dream of a Saint
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the perfect time to remember his dream: that someday all people will treat each other with the respect due to them as people, regardless of age, race, sex, etc. This is something that should be at the forefront of our minds all the time, but setting aside a specific day for remembrance is important as well. Let’s remember when we fight the injustices in contemporary culture to keep the intelligent, loving, non-violent attitude that King had.
You don't see the monkey coming
I was fortunate enough to spend most of the day plotting world domination with one of my best friends, Marshall Nystrom (who is also my closest music collaborator). He’s just getting into Jeff Tweedy’s solo album that he recorded with his son Spencer, Sukierae, which came in at #11 on Rambling On’s top 15 albums of 2014 list. So we bonded over that a bit and indulged in some of the finer things in life.
Eventually he showed me the video for "Low Key," the first single from Tweedy’s album. A lovely, bouncy track, the video is hilarious. The Tweedy’s are sent door-to-door by their record label to try and drum up support for it. It’s deadpan, old school comedy at its finest. Check it out here.
Seahawks win in a sloppy one
The Seattle Seahawks secured their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance with a 28-22 overtime win over the Green Bay Packers. It was one of the sloppiest, weirdest, most fun games of the year.
Ultimately, the better team won. Despite four interceptions (and five total turnovers) by Seattle the Packers still couldn’t put the game away. Their inability get a touchdown on their first two trips into the red zone, as I predicted, cost them the game. Well that and the terrible miss on the onside kick.
That Seattle made so many mistakes and still beat the Packers proves that they’re the better team. Russell Wilson’s ability to overcome adversity was admirable. I couldn't be happier to see one of the only good men in sports today be so successful. See kids, you can be a great athlete without being a jackass.
Sad, sad little men
“Minnesota nice” is exposed for the lie that it is every time the Packers lose an important game. Because Vikings fans never have a reason to celebrate their own accomplishments they instead pathetically relish in the loss of their rivals. It’s just sad.
You know what Packer fans do when the Vikings lose a big game? Nothing. They barely find the time to shrug. That Vikings fans get off so insanely on the Packers losing is embarrassing. I’ll take my allegiances elsewhere, thank you.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He is also a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.