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June 22, 2008

5th and 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Skrzat @ 10:18 pm

Okay. So you may or may not know that currently I am interning for a newspaper outside of my element. While it is good experience and great for a resume, this place offers almost no social scene for someone who does not yet qualify for social security.

In order to counter this unbearable experience, I made a venture up to exciting Memphis this weekend. (It was all one could expect from a city such as Memphis.)
The reason I’m telling you all this is to write to all of those left lane abusers out there. HOLY CRAP! I don’t know what it is with people below the Mason-Dixon, but you guys feel as though anywhere from 40-80 is adaquete for the left lane when the speed limit is 70. No, no, no, no.

In order to educate some of you abusers out there, please allow me to run some things by you when the speed limit is, for argument’s sake, 70 m.ph.

– Anything below 70 is ridiculous. Move your vehicle over. I don’t care if you think you’re a bad mofo driving your Escalade, Porsche, or what-have-you. No. 65, stay right. 40, stay right.

– If you have someone right on your bumper and you’re one of those people who, much like my father, will just utter an obscenity, utter it while drifting out of the way. You’re not proving a point by staying in the left hand lane. In fact, all you’re really doing is increasing the probability of an accident. Okay, so some jerk is right on your butt and wants to go fast. Let them pass you and, if they get in an accident, at least you’ll know it’ll be way past your car and you won’t be involved.

On a related note to point 2 (let’s call this 2b) if someone passes you in the right hand lane, it’s probably for this reason. Get over it. Looking at you here, Dad.

– If it’s a crystal clear, gorgeous day, and you feel like cruising in your convertible at a nice 75, and scenerio 2 occurs, same situation. Odds are, no matter who you are, someone will want to drive faster. Cope.

– And finally, if it is not a gorgeous day, and you feel uncomfortable driving fast, still move left! There’s no reason why I should be in a 65 going 40 only because it’s raining. I’d like to cite my numerous times which I’ve done this in Memphis. People, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Or, in this case, the left hand lane.

This being said, it’s all I have. But, on a few final points, let’s look towards the sports related future:

– In the near future, training camp starts for the NFL in July. Freaking sweet. I know I can’t wait for this year to get started and my Eagles to play Dallas early on.

– The NHL draft came and went without anyone paying attention except for the few devotees in the US of A. I didn’t watch, but did get a recap. With 5 picks, the Philadelphia Flyers acquired 3 defensemen and 2 goalies. Let’s hope something positive comes out of this.

– Russia upset the Netherlands in the Euro Cup quarter finals yesterday. It was one of the few, okay, it was the only game I watched of the whole process. Very dull, boring. Please tell me what is so exciting about soccer? A notable quote came from Dmitri Torbinski, the Russian player who put the Commies up one in extra time after the game. When asked what advice his coach gave at the end of regulation, Torbinski relayed, “kick the ball, run, and kick the ball again.” Good stuff.

– And for the grand finale, Tiger Woods is done for this year. I’d like to make reference to Mr. Robert Fisher’s blog a few days ago when he noted that Tiger might show up in Memphis next year if he was injured for this season. Let’s see how intelligent Roberto is. Results pending.

That’s all I got for you. Something to ponder for this week: Numerous professional athletes have been complaining about their $3 million dollar a year contracts. Boo hoo. I want to know who you all think is more responsible: the players and their agents for believing they are immortal, or the fans for paying so much for tickets, merchandise, etc., and inflating the players’ egos?

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