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Monday, December 17, 2007

Good News for Optimists!

Last week I mouthed off at the bar that the dominating New England Patriots would lose a game before the hapless Miami Dolphins could win one. They both had perfect records up to that point (13-0 and 0-13.) My theory was that it is harder to be absolutely awesome than it is to be absolutely awful. Surely the perfect Pats would botch one game on their way to the next Superbowl... but I didn't figure miserable Miami to be capable of beating anyone. I was sure they would grind out an 0-16 season.

But yesterday, a miracle happened. The Patriots continued their predictable pursuit of perfection (outplaying the Jets) but miserable miasmatic Miami inexplicably won... beating Baltimore for their first win of the season. Woe to the Ravens... losing to an 0-13 franchise has got to hurt. But good news for all of us! Apparently, it's actually harder to absolutely suck than it is to absolutely kick ass! I don't know about you, but I think this is reasonable cause to feel just a little bit rose-colored today. Even Charlie Brown kicks a field goal now and then.

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At 12/17/2007 03:27:00 PM, Blogger Walaka said...

Shoot the moon, baby!

At 12/17/2007 10:14:00 PM, Blogger Yojimbo_5 said...

As the resident Peanuts scholar, I should inform you that not only does Charlie Brown never kick a field-goal--he never gets to reach the BALL!

But that's why of all the Charlie Browns of the world he's the Charlie Browniest. And the exception to your rule (and fulfills his role as being a complete loser by not being real enough to put a dent in your theory one iota).

At 12/18/2007 09:04:00 AM, Blogger Scotty Tuxedo said...

Great observation. Just this morning on NPR they mentioned Voltaire and I started wondering am I an opptimist or pessimist, in the classic sense of believing that people are good and things will work out; or that people are bad and things won't. It's nice to see a good argument for optimism.

Charlie Brown didn't kick a field goal, but he did kick the football in a TV special (It's Magic Charlie Brown) and if that's not canonical enough for you, in the strips he hit two home runs against the grand daughter of Roy Hobbs, won a bowling tournament, and crushed Joe Agate in a game of marbles.

Score another for the optimists.


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