Today’s Word of the Day is extricate which means, “to free from entanglement or difficulty.” To call on a current news event, the Las Vegas Raiders just extricated themselves from Jon Gruden as their head coach. Word to the wise, people — never put in an e-mail, a text message, a voicemail, or a tweet/Facebook post/Instagram post something you wouldn’t want reprinted on the front page of the New York Times or Washington Post. Or, something you wouldn’t want said to or about your mother. Jon Gruden’s biggest problem isn’t that he’s a racist, misogynistic, homophobic asshole…though that IS a problem…it’s that he was all of those things in print. The Washington Football Team is being investigated, and in the course of that investigation, these e-mails were discovered, then leaked. When are people going to learn that the Internet is forever? If you put it out there, it will stay there, for all time. Of course, no one ever accused racists, homophobes, and misogynists of being the smartest people in the world.
Yesterday’s Word of the Day was conciliatory which means, “intended to make someone less angry.” In other words, something meant to soothe over ruffled feathers. If you’re a Green Bay Packers fan, which I am, then you’re probably well aware that a lot of conciliatory measures will be required to talk Aaron Rodgers down from whatever ledge or cliff he’s perched himself on at the moment. To say I’m pissed off at him would be an understatement, but I also understand why he’s angry. I just wish he was dealing with his anger in a way less likely to destroy whatever good feelings people have for him. He just won the MVP for fuck’s sake. Come on, Aaron. Work something. You’re a Packer. Be a Packer.
Today’s Word of the Day is delve which means, “to dig or to make a careful search.” I love this word. It’s a great word to describe the act of really diving into a subject or topic or whatever that you really love. Football/baseball history for me are two of those subjects. I love any documentary or program about the history of either sport, or documentaries about specific teams or events. I definitely inherited that from my father, who similarly loves both sports. I also love documentaries about historical events. Basically, anything I can watch that will teach me something about that person, event, or place that I didn’t know before makes me happy. Something else that I love which dovetails nicely into what today is would be music, and for my Musical Interlude Friday selection, I thought I’d honor someone who left us way too soon. 50 years ago today, Jimi Hendrix died, joining the less-than-desirable Club 27. Here is “The Wind Cries Mary.” Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is aficionado which means, “a fan or devotee.” One thing you could say I’m definitely an aficionado on is football, Green Bay Packers football to be exact. I can thank my Dad for that; I learned the sport from him when I was a little girl, listening to the game on the radio. Living in Chicago, when the weather was good, we could pick up WTMJ, Milwaukee’s AM station that carried Packers games, so I’d hear Jim Irwin and Max McGee calling the game. During breaks in the action, my Dad would explain something to me I wasn’t clear on, something he still does, much to my amused annoyance. I keep telling him that after all this time, I think I get it, but no. LOL. I’m not holding out hope that we’ll get an NFL season this year, and if we do, it’ll probably be cut short. I just hope everyone on the Packers is doing what they’re supposed to be doing to stay safe. I don’t want any of them getting sick.
Day 10 — A word from your favorite sport
This is tricky. My two favorite sports are hands down, football and baseball, and it’s hard for me to pick which one I love more. I grew up closely following and watching both, but if I had to choose just one…gah! I flipped a coin and it landed on heads which I designated as football. So, my favorite football-related word is undoubtedly touchdown, and not just any touchdown, a touchdown thrown by the sexy hunk of a man in the picture above. I’ve been a Green Bay Packers fan my whole life, so my love of the sport comes before my love for our wonderful quarterback, but yeah. Aaron Rodgers. Sexy AND intelligent. Gotta love him. Unless you’re a Bears/Vikings/Lions/every other team in the league fan. Then maybe not so much.
Today’s Word of the Day is tontine which means, “a plan in which a last survivor takes all.” I always enjoy it when the WotD is a word I’ve either never heard before or had heard before but never used. You’re never too old to learn and expand your vocabulary. However, as is usually the case with words like that, I don’t have much of a frame of reference to immediately think of a song that ties into it in some way. That said, I actually came up with something this time! I know, I know. It’s a cheesy song, but then, it’s disco, so what do you expect? By the way, speaking of cheese….GO PACK GO! BEAT THE NINERS! Here is “The Winner Takes It All” by ABBA. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is recondite which means, “concealed or difficult to follow.” I consider myself a fairly intelligent woman, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things that go way over my head. For example, after every Green Bay Packers game, I watch Aaron Rodgers’ post-game comments. Partly because he’s gorgeous as sin, and I like looking at him, and partly because I love football (Green Bay Packers football, duh) and want to learn more about it than I already do. However, I have a hard time understanding a lot of the terms and whatnot that he uses to describe plays the offense ran or even things the defense did, and I sometimes find myself having to pause the video and go Google something. One day, I hope to be a bit more linguistically proficient in the game so I won’t need to do that anymore. I hope.
Today’s Word of the Day is gridiron which means, “a football field.” I love football. It’s my second favorite sport after baseball. In my house, the only team worth rooting for is the Green Bay Packers, and I definitely inherited that love of the Pack from my dad. He’s been a fan since 1956 and remembers the days before Vince Lombardi came over from the Giants. It was hard picking up the intricacies of the game, why certain things are penalties while other things are not, but through sheer repetition, I figured it out. It was definitely harder to learn about than baseball, but that doesn’t mean I love it any less.
That said, it’s difficult rooting for a team that doesn’t play where you live. If the Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers are playing at the same time, we get the Panthers here, not the Packers…which I expect, this is North Carolina, after all. However, thanks to online streams, I can watch the game even if they aren’t on TV here. Speaking of my dad, he’s one of the Packers’ “owners,” as he owns a share of stock in the team. I remember when he bought it in the mid-to-late 90s, and it’s been framed and hanging on a wall ever since. They’re playing the Patriots tonight, in Foxboro, which should be an excellent if not horrifyingly nerve-wracking game. Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady — the battle of the GOATs.
Go Pack Go!
Today’s Word of the Day is shambles which means, “a place of great disorder or confusion.” If you’re not a sports fan or a Green Bay Packers fan, then this post is not the post for you, and I hope to see here tomorrow. If you’re either of those things…HOW CAN YOU NOT TAKE THE TOUCHBACK WHEN YOU HAVE AARON RODGERS AND TWO MINUTES LEFT ON THE CLOCK?!?!? Sorry. I’m passionate about my sports teams, and when they lose because they got outplayed, I’m angry, but I get over it. When they lose because one player or a coach made a boneheaded, arrogant, thoughtless decision…I stay mad for a while longer. I don’t play professional sports, so said player is far more talented than I am, but when your coach tells you to take a knee in the end zone…TAKE A KNEE IN THE END ZONE.
I feel bad for Aaron Rodgers. I really do. He can’t do more than he’s done, and he doesn’t have the team around him that he needs to do more.
Today’s Word of the Day is thwart which means, “to oppose successfully.” The Packers thwarted the Pittsburgh Steelers last night, which was great to see…even though it’s the preseason and no one really pays much attention to the preseason. Still. Aaron Rodgers played a professional football game at Lambeau Field again for the first time since last September, and I’m happy, damn it. Now, today’s Word of the Day has absolutely nothing to do with the song I’ve chosen for my Musical Interlude Friday selection because Aretha Franklin died yesterday, and the Queen of Soul deserves some attention from this blog today. There are so many songs of hers that I love, that I know the lyrics to backwards and forwards, so picking my absolute, A #1 favorite is impossible…but I’ll go with the song I’ve been listening to the most recently. Sing along if you know the words. “Chain-chain-chain, chain of fools…”