Blogger’s note: I no longer use the term “Redskins” but am leaving my prior references intact in the spirit of learning.
Although I should really be studying for Finance, I must pause and say a few words about my favorite sports teams. Today I wore an old Washington Redskins t-shirt, which reminded me that I still haven’t posted about Art Monk. Monk was an amazing possession receiver for the late-80’s/early 90’s Redskins dynasty. He wasn’t the fastest receiver in the NFL, but he was the guy you wanted on your side of the ball when it was third down. Besides, the Skins had Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders, the rest of “the Posse,” for speed.
What impressed me most about Monk wasn’t his playing ability; it was his class. On and off the field he was a stand-up guy in every respect. I had the opportunity to spend a little time with him at his football camps when I was growing up and I can’t think of a better role model for young athletes.
Earlier this year, Art Monk was elected into the NFL Football Hall of Fame. Darrell Green, another Redskin, spent nearly two decades as the NFL’s fastest man and was elected into the shrine this year as well. Although IMD is very different from the NFL Hall of Fame, I’m proud that come December I will share the distinction of “Class of 2008” with them. Congratulations, Art and Darrell and HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!
Now, on to matters of more immediate importance: Rice Baseball! My poor Owls have been struggling this season. Last weekend they broke their 40-series home win streak and this week their ranking fell to #12. That’s OK, though; I’m sure they’re just working the kinks out early in the season. And as you will recall from my earlier post, I’m happy as long as we beat Texas. Still, I wore a Rice Baseball National Championship t-shirt on Monday as a long-distance show of support. It worked; last night Rice beat UT in front of an Austin crowd of 6,511. I wish I could have been there–and on 6th Street afterward! Stand, cheer, DRINK MORE BEER! Go, go, GOOOOOOOO Rice!