In Which Gradually He Thought He’d Introduce The Night

Sports Corner: Week 1

by George Ducker

The Angel of Despair passed low over New England, Kansas City and Tennessee. He struck swiftly and violently and, if one can really believe in the mathematics of favoritism, he went after the pretty boys. Tom Brady was laid low by a 1st Quarter knee grab from Chiefs’ safety Bernard Pollard. He’s out for the rest of the season.

“A replica of earth
except there was love here.
Doesn’t everyone want love?

He waited many years,
building a world, watching

Persephone in the meadow.
Persephone, a smeller, a taster.
If you have one appetite, he thought,
you have them all.

That’s what he felt, the lord of darkness,
looking at the world he had
constructed for Persephone. It never crossed his mind
that there’d be no more smelling here,
certainly no more eating.

A soft light rising above the level meadow,
behind the bed. He takes her in his arms.
He wants to say
I love you, nothing can hurt you

but he thinks
this is a lie, so he says in the end
you’re dead, nothing can hurt you
which seems to him
a more promising beginning, more true.”

From “The Myth of Devotion” – Louise Gluck

But, like some ancient Babylonian retribution law, it didn’t take long before babyface QB Brody Croyle was sent duly packing with a bruised shoulder.

Brody and Kelli Croyle

Obviously, Brody is no Brady and it it’s arguable that Kansas City’s bleeding offense will really suffer for it. He will probably be back soon. But will anybody care? Besides Huard?

The third character in our tragedy, Vince Young, also went down with a knee injury. There’s some strangeness surrounding Young’s sideline behavior in the period leading up it. Young spent some moments refusing to go on the field after a second interception on the previous drive resulted in a cavalcade of boos from Titans faithful. He took the field anyway. Four plays later, he was down.

Hammurabi sez: “Let Cassel play!

But ultimately, for New England fans desirous of a kind of viral rebound after last year’s pathetic Super Bowl performance, I can only offer words of sympathy. Story-wise, this is a bit like killing off Drew Barrymore in the opening scene of Scream. The field is wide open. Let the blood flow.

“The Rape of Proserpina,” Joseph Heintz

“You Losin’ Out – Two Gallants (mp3)

Lloyd, Orton, Forte

Blood flowed happily from the Indianapolis Colts, as the Bears outclassed them 29-13 in their own house. Upset central. Kyle Orton, looking very much like Jason Lee from My Name is Earl, even figured out how to pass the ball–which he did, with often frightening accuracy. Much heat was generated by rookie Matt Forte, who ran for 123 yards and one touchdown. It doesn’t sound like much, especially against the Colts, who by all rights should have handed Chicago their own ass, but keep your eyes on Mr. Forte as the season winds on and remember, it’s pronounced Forté.

The Tornado from Tulane.

Julio Cortazar

“I’ll always have a clear memory of it because it happened so simply and without fuss. Irene was knitting in her bedroom, it was eight at night, and I suddenly decided to put the water up for mate. I went down the corridor as far as the oak door, which was ajar, then turned into the hall toward the kitchen, when I heard something in the library or the dining room.

The sound came through muted and indistinct, a chair being knocked over onto the carpet or the muffled buzzing of a con­versation. At the same time, or a second later, I heard it at the end of the passage which led from those two rooms toward the door. I hurled myself against the door before it was too late and shut it, leaned on it with the weight of my body; luckily, the key was on our side; moreover, I ran the great bolt into place, just to be safe.

Atlanta 34, Detroit 21

I went down to the kitchen, heated the kettle, and when I got back with the tray of mate, I told Irene: ‘I had to shut the door to the passage. They’ve taken over the back part.'”

Eastern Carolina 24, West Virginia 3

From “House Taken Over” – Julio Cortazar

Murray beats Nadal 6-2, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4

Federer beats Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2

George Ducker is the senior contributor to This Recording. He would like to thank JL for the early game and JRS for the beers. About Sunday’s Murray victory–he didn’t actually predict this, but he sure implied it.

Well hello, TV On the Radio

A Smattering from Dear Science,

“Halfway Home” – TV On the Radio (mp3)

“Crying” – TV On the Radio (mp3)

“Family Tree” -TV On the Radio (mp3)

“Love Dog” – TV On the Radio (mp3)

“DLZ” – TV On the Radio (mp3)


The Romantic Comedy Of Equals

Annie Hall Is About Saudade

The Battle Of The Sexies

Averno. Buy it here.


3 thoughts on “In Which Gradually He Thought He’d Introduce The Night

  1. So can I assume you did not choose Tom Brady in your fantasy draft since you just waxed poetics about the blown ACL?

    Sidenote: I’m not a big fan of TVOTR, but this album is pretty good. Prince-ish. Heavy emphasis on the ‘ish’ part.

  2. Ah yes, the fantasy football gods pressed the ‘smite’ button on you. I happened to pick up Cassel ten minutes after he threw his first touchdown pass in the NFL.

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