1. Number 28, Adrian Peterson coming back with a point to prove after missing last season
2.Bridgewater QB: 80% completion rate in preseason – and Fran Tarkenton (“Whoever that is, some old sports announcer guy”, said Jackson who is 13) said he is a very composed QB given this is still only his second season in NFL – he’s calm in the pocket
3. long term team building for the future, not just looking for marquee savior for one season
4. he watched Brett Favre win against them live in 2009 at the Dome, when everyone had left cuz the Vikings were down…but a last minute pass to Greg Lewis, originally called out of bounds, then challenged, call on field overturned for Vikes ….27-24 Q4
Nuff said….and if you knew how much of a sports hound Jackson is (ESPN SPORTS CENTRAL EVERY MORNING BEFORE SCHOOL SINCE FIRST GRADE!!!!), you’d bet on the Vikes this time….
So anyway, 9 year old Jackson, 2 year old Dylan, mom and I are watching the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London.
I take that back. Dylan is taking the chewed gum out of his mouth and throwing it at the television.
Anyway, London puts on a great show, and suddenly I realize from below the ground in the stadium rise a bunch of industrial sized smoke stacks – and as they rise, they billow smoke (dry ice, I guess) meant to represent coal, ash, and other industrial toxins the first world created and that were inhaled by Ebenezer Scrooge, Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger, and some real people, too, back in the day of the dawn of the 20th century.
“What’s that?” Jack asks.
“Smoke stacks.” I say.
“Why do they have smoke stacks?”
“To celebrate human achievement” I say. “”Lung cancer, unsafe working conditions, child labor -”
“What’s child labor?” he asks.
“Black lung – child labor is what you do for your allowance.”
“Is that bad?”
“Not to me.” I say.
“What did they do in Beijing in two thousand and eight?”
“They showed defectors and dissidents. They had this guy standing in front of a tank holding a flower.”