3:23 pm, view west into the Gulf of Mexico
Neighbors saw me off suitably last night, up until 2am drinking bourbon, then I had to load my ipod for the trip. 6:15am, lifetime Eagles fan, season ticket holder and Curly R reader/lurker Wilbert Montgomery and his family arrive in Alexandria, 6:45am two Red Top cabs arrive to take us to National Airport. 8:30am, my flight to Fort Myers, Florida is delayed on the tarmac 30 minutes because W. is airborne in the vicinity (all air traffic stops while the president is in the air around DC). 9-11:30am, miserable flight to Florida featuring incredibly heroically unhelpful US Airways gate and flight attendant personnel and a bitchy queen of a flight attendant that sets his own flight rules.
2pm we arrive Boca Grande and it's alllllllllllllll good from there. For Curly R readers only, here are photos from today on Florida's Gulf Coast.
In Redskins news, Art Monk was denied, again, for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, for the seventh time. Instead of admitting the at-retirement all-time leading NFL receiver, the HOF admitted Thurman Thomas, who lost his helmet in Super Bowl 26 (Jim Kelly, born 40 years old, had more rushing yards than Thurman in that game) and Michael Irvin, a convicted cocaine abuser who was alleged to have raped a woman on at gunpoint on videotape.
After retiring in 1999 due to a life-threatening neck injury (Wilbert Montgomery insists that the Vet crowd was not as vicious in reaction to Michael's career-ending injury as the media seems to remember), Michael was arrested again in 2001 on cocaine and mary whana charges just eight weeks after completing his probation for the hotel coke and hookers party in 1999 and then arrested again in 2005 for a pot pipe the belonged to
his friend no his brother no really his friend not his brother. Here's a link to a mugshot of Michael, but I honestly don't know if it's from his first, second, third or fourth arrest. NFL fans, this is the guy that got into the Hall of Fame today. But I don't agree with Skin Patrol. It's not 'fuck Canton,' it's fuck all the dumbasses that Canton lets jerk off on its face when they vote Michael Irvin up and Art Monk down.
In case you are not watching Michael on ESPN, they have no respect for him on that set. It's a weird scenario because the way he replaced Sterling Sharpe on NFL Countdown and ESPN coverage and the way Tom Jackson openly disrespects him evokes bad thoughts about tokens.
Dan Snyder weighed in on Art's snub:
A good man and legitimate Hall of Famer is being denied entry for reasons we never know, by people who secretly vote...Art Monk is a Hall of Famer by any measure. This is not rightDan, shut the fuck up. I don't want to hear anything from you on any Redskins player predating your ownership until you show me you can pilot this team out of your ass. Art Monk is a better man than you and any player you have signed in the past seven years. You are an accident of Redskins history.
Art Monk deserves to be in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Photo by me and the internets can have it