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Tuesday January 27, 2015
Marshawn Lynch gets sassy and Pink Floyd's drummer celebrates a birthday.
Funny, but overdone
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has created some controversy recently, refusing to give decent interviews to reporters during scheduled press events. His latest incident happened this week during Media Day for the Super Bowl, stating from the outset that he only came because he didn’t want to get fined. For the entire interview his only answer to any of the questions was “I’m here so I won’t get fined.”
On the one hand, this is hilarious. I can see how Lynch, who has to deal constantly with banal questions from the media, feels the need to lash out in this way. However, every person in sports has to deal with that, and that Lynch is crying about it like its something unique to him is sort of off-putting. Part of me wants to tell him to just be a man. He’s a monster on the football field but he can’t handle a few annoying questions from the media? Come on.
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Lately I’ve been listening a lot to Pink Floyd’s seminal Dark Side of the Moon. This isn’t normal for me. I’ve gone my entire life thinking the album was overrated, probably due to classic rock radio beating “Time” and “Money” to death.
I listened to it for the first time all the way through a couple weeks ago, in headphones, and now realize that it isn’t overrated at all. The atmosphere, largely created by Richard Wright’s swirling synths and keyboards, is singularly Floyd. The dynamics are perfect and Roger Waters' universal lyrics are thought-provoking.
Today Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason turns 71. To celebrate, re-visit “Time,” which he co-wrote. Sure, it’s a classic rock dinosaur, but if every classic rock dinosaur was this out there I’d listen to the radio a lot more.
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.