October 18th, 2009

LL

Scott Fujita, "A Linebacker With a Conscience."

It looks like a great day for New Orleans as they lead another unbeaten team, the New York Giants, by a lot of points. Sitting on the sideline with a leg injury is a 6' 5" linebacker with the curious name of Scott Fujita. Funny, he doesn't look Japanese!

I remembered having a high regard for him when he was a college. I remembered he played in the Pac 10, but I couldn't remember where, so I looked him up, first in Google and then to an excellent article by David Fleming, "Linebacker With a Conscience."

If you think that football is simply barbarism and the players, barbarians, read this article. Fujita was raised in a traditional Japanese family, was deeply affected by the unconstitutional deprivation of civil liberties sustained by his grandmother, whom he considers to be the bravest person he has ever known.

Amongst his accomplishments are degrees in Political Science from the University of California, a Masters in Education, recognition as an academic as well as a football standout, and the courage to speak out for gay rights.

When you watch the Saints, keep your eye on Number 55! He's far more than an excellent football player.
LL

Football and Movies

As I'm relatively free to think and write for the moment, I want to salute a few teams. USC held on to beat a very motivated Irish team, and I need to see what happened in the Notre Dame comeback. The Trojans managed to hold on, however. Their idiotic self-inflicted wounds, penalties right and left, helping the Irish, could have done them in, so they'd better clean up their act.

Georgia Tech for a great show at Virginia Tech, and a very interesting offense, the triple option, that will give defensive coordinators fits.

Alabama for soundly whipping a stubborn South Carolina team. I still don't feel like I know the Tide, but the way they're winning in the SEC is very impressive. However, watch out for visiting Vols, who are tuning up and whose quarterback looked like a weapon... at last, a week ago.

California! Those poor Bears after blowouts against Oregon and USC, they came to life again, and showed what they could do against my poor, sad Bruins.

Washington with a great turn around in one year and a new attitude. They were beaten at Arizona State in a very good game. It would not surprise me to see the Huskies upset the Ducks next week.

Stanford is a team that I really like for Andrew Luck, a freshman QB and the consistent blue collar, Toby Garehart who is a pulverizing runner. They lost to Arizona, and I didn't get to see it because Direct TV is fighting with Comcast, and Versus isn't shown on Direct.

Poor Oklahoma with an another injury to Sam Bradford, who seems to be a really admirable person. Texas and Colt McCoy look to deserve a high ranking, though they are fortunate not to be in the SEC or the Pac10. Oklahoma's freshman QB looks promising, but the Miami freshman QB looks even better.

Lin got it into her head to rent some movies and picked one great one, State of Play, with Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck. It deserved its 84% on the Tomatometer. Duplicity, 64%, was dreadful. We stopped in the middle.

I was delighted to see the Saints and Drew Brees wallop Eli and the Giants, and very, very sorry for the Angels on a cold and rainy day in New York.