Monday, August 19, 2013

Here We Go... Blog Party?

It's really hard for me to get excited about preseason football, but I can't help but be curious about the Pittsburgh Steelers prospects for this season.  I watched their game against the Giants last week and was underwhelmed.  The starters, who played most of the first quarter, didn't play well on either side of the ball.  The offense couldn't seem to get moving, though the running of LaRod Stephens-Howling was impressive.  The defense allowed the Giants to get a few big plays, and that was the ball game.

This week, the Steelers play the home-town Redskins.  Redskins fans are a curious sort, as they tend to get very excited about the littlest bit of success, and figure their team is Super Bowl-bound as long as their QB, Robert Griffin III plays.  I can't blame them, since their owner has shown no ability to put together a winner over the past couple of decades.  But the attention everyone gives RGIII borders on the ridiculous.  He's on every commercial, and ESPN devoted almost an hour on him alone during the pre-game.

The Steelers and Redskins don't have any kind of rivalry (though my wife was a huge Redskins fan and made it a fact, it was fun for us to take wagers on the outcome of the games, and it really didn't matter which of us won....we both won! :-) ).  I never have a problem wearing my Steelers jersey in the Washington area.  It's much different with Ravens fans.  They have no problem abusing any and all Steelers fans, and I've been on the receiving end of lots of colorful insults throughout the Baltimore suburbs, where I live.  Redskins fans don't seem to care one way or the other.

I hope the game tonight is entertaining and no one gets hurt.  And I hope the Steelers win, whether it counts or not.  But I'm not taking wagers.

I'm honored to be a part of the community of bloggers in Howard County.  I was recently invited to have this blog linked on the HoCoBloggers website (linked on the right side of this page).  While I don't blog very often about Howard County, I'm proud to live in the county and enjoy being a part of this community.  My wife was a teacher at both Mt. Hebron and Reservoir High Schools, so I can't help but feel connected.  And my church, Grace Community, is a major presence in the county, as well.

It came to my attention recently that the community's bloggers are planning a get-together this Wednesday, August 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Second Chance Saloon in the Village of Oakland Mills in Columbia, MD.  I sure wish I could be a part of the festivities.  I read quite a few of the Howard County blogs, and link many of them on the right side of the page, a little further down, and it would be great to meet the people behind the writing.  However, my daughter and I have other plans for the evening. so I'll have to wait for the next get-together, and I do hope there is another.  But if you're a blogger in Howard County, I figured I would at least put the information out there so you know about it.


I'm not enjoying the game thus far.  The Steelers are getting pushed around and have already given up an interception returned for a TD.  I'm sure glad it's preseason.

Have a great evening, everyone!  I hope I do...  

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