We interrupt our regularly-scheduled sports-related blogging for a moment of well-intentioned, but perhaps self-indulgent, reflections on the real-world happenings of last night....
Living in New York State, much less New York City, politics are always a frustrating business. The Dear God, Why Us? theme often applies to the choices and squabbles of our democratically-elected leaders. As I said on my Facebook page last night: "My politics are often like my sports: riddled with disappointment and anger over the injustice of it all and little hope for the future." Even with a President who I initially adored, admittedly with too much gusto, I am constantly frustrated with the shortcomings of humanity and our insistence to make everything harder than it needs to be. If you follow me on twitter or are friends with me on Facebook, my liberal leanings - especially when it comes to social issues (rather than economic) - are clear. And, while I am hesitant to express too much joy here at the news coming out of Albany last night, I am nevertheless insistent that we should ALL be happy about what happened. Regardless of one's views on the same-sex marriage debate, last night New York State removed a significant barrier to human joy. These issues are by no means simple, I grant you, and I am sure that churches and other groups will continue to maintain their own view of the sanctity of marriage and will fight for their right to express that view in their own lives and faiths - and they should, honestly. But, the issues of state were separate last night, religious freedom is nevertheless maintained, and I pray that we can all take a deep breath and continue working towards a world where a person's access to happiness and joy is not something that needs to be bargained for. It shouldn't be this hard.
Indeed, throw in the preservation of State employee positions like teachers (a particular favorite of the DGWU Crew and our own interests in self-preservation) and firefighters, and Albany had a good night.
I felt compelled to make some statement about these events here - despite the fact that it may piss the rest of the crew off, and certainly may piss a few of you readers off - because sometimes it bears mentioning that sports are not the most important thing. We love them, and we love to write about them and talk about them, but hell if we don't also know that the drivel we put out here is really just about fun. And if I can't get on our blog and express some basic thoughts after having been brought to joyful tears by the events of last night, then I'm not entirely convinced the rest of what I do here is worth my time.
I also felt compelled because, as the DGWU Crew ventures to Eastern PA to catch the FC Buffalo game tonight, and then to the bar for the USMNT Gold Cup final immediately after, sports may at times be far from our minds. Indeed, even though we'll be talking - and RoadCasting - about the Regehr trade during the two hour (or more) trip out through Northern NJ and the Delaware Water Gap, I know 'll be doing so with a broad smile that will have little to nothing to do with sports.
That said, we will be talking a LOT about sports today - about Regehr, about Ales Kotalik (WTF!!), about sending only Butler and Byron in return, about the weirdness of Twitter rumors and the propensity of the Sabres fanbase to believe anything, about how much in love with Pegula we are. We'll also be talking about FC Buffalo, about the USMNT's win on Wednesday night and the delicious craft beer we had at Scizz's place, and our hope for both team's games tonight. Armed with a new phone with new software, be sure to check out @DGWUSports on twitter today for links to my Soundcloud audio posts for our very first RoadCasts. It will be a long trip, and we sure enjoy to talk about things we barely understand, so there should be at least a few. We'll also be giving some in-game audio updates from the FC Buffalo game.
So, enjoy your Saturday people. We ALL have a lot to be thankful for.today, in sports and out.