And so, while Tom Brady sobbed brokenly into a supermodel's bosom, we got to listen to a bunch of retired quarterbacks dissect the game. It's funny how the NFL works.
See, when players are young, they win games and then they get intensive interviews, which is awesome because A) most of them can barely form a sentence and B) you throw a ball back and forth. There's really nothing to talk about.
Brilliant commentary, Jimmy. I couldn't have said it any more coherently myself.
And then, when these elite athletes can no longer take any more brain rattling hits, they retire, which means they get pawned off to some Sportscenter TV show, where old NFL players go to die. Again, this is awesome, because A) they still can't form a sentence and B) you're talking about a game where people throw a ball back and forth. There's really not 2 hours worth of content here.
Man, I'm glad he's here to tell me what happened after the game, otherwise I might have been lost!
So, back to the original point, is it better to John Elway than to Brett Favre? Now, if you don't follow American football, John Elway was a quarterback who ended his career with 2 Super Bowl wins. He retired graciously, and is still regarded as a legend in the sport.
Brett Favre, however... well, this guy was also a talented quarterback, but he ended his career by being traded to multiple teams, getting injured a lot, throwing an insane number of interceptions, and losing a lot of games. There was once a time you'd hear nothing but Brett Favre's name, and now... well, he's kinda faded away. It doesn't help that the most recent thing he's known for, aside from finally throwing in the towel at the tender age of 41, is texting pictures of his junk to some young girl.
|Currently playing football at his retirement home|
So, I wondered today, as a writer (or perhaps in any profession) if, as Neil Young asked: "is it better to burn out or fade away?" Because even if you retire, well, it's no guarantee that you'll be remembered. You could just as much fade away into nothingness.
So do you leave on a high note or keep riding it out? Personally, I'm not sure what I'd do. I'm lucky I'm even in a career where I can have the option of riding it out. In these times, it's just hard to find a job you actually want to DO for the rest of your life.
|He can't patch up their marriage but at least he can patch up their drywall, right...?|
Hell, half the jobs we come across aren't even what we think they are.
Thankfully, that's not much of a concern for us. I can't help but feel that Brandon and I have lucked out, having found our calling as writers. And as young writers, that leaves us to wonder if there'll eventually come a time when we've told all of our tales. If some 40 years from now, we'll be scrambling for decent story ideas.
So until that time comes, worry not, because we have an ever-flowing number of ideas for blog entries, short stories, novels, what have you, but there may be a time when we run out of those ideas. And when that happens, well, I'm not sure what we'll do. I can't imagine a life without writing... and as much as I'd like to be a John Elway and leave like a hero, who knows, maybe both of us will be Brett Favre-ing it all the way to the retirement home.
So what do you guys think? Be it a passion, your blog, or even your job, do you think you could do it for the rest of your life? Would you want to?
Cheers and stay classy, friends,
Beer: Goose Island Honker's Ale
Music: Steven Wilson