Saturday, October 07, 2006


With all the hoopla happeing in Philadelphia this weekend, I can't help noting the new football season.

Some teams are talented, organized, and ambitious (Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys). Some are bad (Detroit Lions-- the Ford family running another enterprise into the ground). Others (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) are horrendous.

But what about literary teams? The Underground Literary Alliance has created one full of exciting new stars. We're ready to challenge the best of the conglomerates with our words and ideas. So far none of their best are willing to meet us in competition.

Who can they put forward?

One envisions a full stadium. From out of the tunnel, dressed and ready to go, with uniform spotlessly clean, the monopolists' brightest star: John Hodgman! From the tunnel on the other side of the field emerges a leading ULA writer; bearded, earthy, grubby-- Wild Bill Blackolive! Hodgman stops halfway through his run, glances for an instant, turns around and is seen scampering fast into the tunnel from where he came as the crowd screams madly for him to come back.


M.D.G. said...

Thanks for the shot at the Bucs. They really do suck huh? Gruden has picked the rookie of the year two years in a row and last year he seemed to make something out of nothing. I was just starting to believe in him. Maybe they can play Detroit in the "Stupor Bowl". lol! Or even better they can play Oakland. They could probably beat Oakland.

Bruce Hodder said...

You have to root for any team that has a player called Wild Bill Blackolive. As English football supporters used to chant at the fans of the opposing team: "You're gonna get your fuckin' heads kicked in!!!"

Adam Hardin said...

I don't remember which CEO or Chairman of an American car company said it(GMC or Ford), but one of them recently said, "The North American business model just isn't working anymore."

Translation: "Why pay Americans a decent wage, when we can go elsewhere, pay them little, not have to deal with unions, and put people to work for 14-16 hours a day with few breaks, and not be bothered with environmental or safety regulations?"