I'm off of work today for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and if you're not, feel free to call your boss racist! (Or recognize that you more than likely work for a private company rather than a public institution.) Let's talk about the weekend:
Mrs. B. and I have been working to clear out our apartment of junk. We have limited space and it gets crowded easily. The last few weeks, though, we've been really working hard to clean up. Since we were meeting a group of friends for dinner at 7pm in Sacramento on Saturday night, I had the bright idea to invite our friends John and Katrina over to watch football before we left for dinner. I would've invited everybody, but our apartment is not big enough! It was nice to do this because we rarely have company over due to our lack of space and John and Katrina have us over quite often. It was nice to be able to return the favor.
In honor of this special occasion, I went and grabbed a bottle of Gentleman Jack and some snacks. The bottle of GJ was well worth it. That stuff is delicious! Katrina and Mrs. B. went out to run some errands while John and I watched the second half of the Steelers/Ravens game and the beginning of the Packers/Falcons game. During that time, we were able to finish the bottle of GJ (750 ml.) We were definitely humming by the time we got to dinner, but luckily the ladies were driving, so we were safe (as we always are- don't drink and drive!)
Dinner at Lucca in Sacramento was delicious, but I definitely burned my mouth without knowing it while eating my pasta with chicken. It was all water for me at dinner which was good. We kept checking the score of the Falcons/Packers game and it was damn impressive what the Pack were able to do to the #1 seed Falcons in their own building.
After dinner, it was over to our friends' Jen and Brandon's house where we broke out Rock Band 2 and got after it. Mrs. B. told me Sunday that "Not every song you sang was a hit." Hilarious! Apparently, drunken singing makes me a lot worse, but hey- that's life I guess.
Socially, that was the peak of the weekend. Football-wise, we all know I enjoyed 10am - 1pm on Sunday A LOT. So, let's talk some football.
- The Ravens blew a golden opportunity to beat their rivals the Steelers. Did you know that Joe Flacco has never beat the Steelers when Big Ben starts? That's still true because of some awful plays and decisions by the Ravens (and the Steelers get by with a little help from the refs, gonna try with a little help from the refs...) Oh well, the Ravens are boring anyway.
- The Packers obviously destroyed the Falcons in the Georgia Dome. I can't speak to the entire game because I didn't watch and was pretty toasty during the game, but the Packer are a scary team. Another fun fact- did you know that Tony Gonzales has never won a playoff game? Yikes. Doesn't seem like it could be possible, but it is very true.
- The Jets beat the Patriots. This is pretty funny. I don't care for the Jets, but it's not like I'm BFFs with Tom Brady either. In fact, if the Bears are able to advance to the Super Bowl, I think the Jets and Steelers are both more beatable than the Patriots. Look what Tom Brady did to them in Chicago already this year.
- BEAR DOWN! I don't care if that victory was against the awful Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks beat a good Saints team and in fact did win more playoff games than the Patriots, Falcons, and Eagles this year so I don't want to hear it. Jay Cutler really, really, really impressed me. His pass to Greg Olsen on the first drive was fantastic. His pass to Kellen Davis later in the game was phenomenal as well.
Cutler did make one AWFUL pass right to a Seahawk defender in the end zone, but fortunately for the Bears, the defender was not able to intercept the ball. I was also disappointed in the defense at the end of the game, but I think they let up a bit because they knew they had things under control. Good thing they didn't allow the dreaded back-door cover. I didn't have money on the game, but I like when the Bears win and cover.
This sets up a great NFC Championship match-up. These teams know each other, play close games, and represent a storied rivalry in the NFL. I can't believe they have not played each other in the postseason since one week after the attack on Pearl Harbor! (I'm full of fun facts today!)
This game should grab great ratings. I'm also pumped that the Bears get to host the game. That should work in their favor a little bit. I'm going to have a hard time being patient knowing this Sunday will be an all out slugfest. Like a little kid waiting for Christmas, these days are going to drag on.
Overall, great weekend, and hopefully I can make the best of my day off today. Rock on MLK, Jr.! I'm not sure you'd be proud of our world today, but I do think we've made strides in the right direction.