Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Bandwagoners

*I was inspired by my previous post to write another one that is similar, but different, enjoy*

I have no problem with bandwagoners.

My only problem comes when people start to like a team just so they can be rude to you and rub it in your face that their team beat your team.

My roommates decided to have people over to watch one of the Laker vs Jazz games last year during the NBA playoffs. 

It turns out most people in Utah are Jazz fans, go figure. Before the game started, I was talking to some of the guys that had come to watch the game. We were discussing players and their stats. Of course, I knew way more about the Jazz then some of the Jazz fans did. They couldn’t even name 4 players on the team. Some of the guys even admitted to not really being true Jazz fans. I said that was ok and everyone has to start somewhere.

Then the game started and all hell broke loose. As the Lakers were slowly but surely beating the Jazz the environment in the house became more and more negative. Did I say anything? Did I gloat? No. I didn’t have the chance to because these guys that I had talked to before started to personally attack me. They were sick of making fun of the Laker players and decided to turn it on me. They told me that I sucked, that I was going to hell for cheering for the Lakers, and I was a raper lover. 

What?! Are you serious?! 

First of all, I don’t suck. I wasn’t playing the game. Second, I not going to hell for cheering for my team... bottom line. Third, just because I like the Lakers doesn’t mean I support Kobe and his act of adultry (he didn’t rape her… let’s not discuss this now). Those guys were just being jerks because they could. I was offended, not necessiarly because of what they said, but because they said it to someone they didn’t know AT ALL and I had NOTHING to do with the Lakers beating the Jazz. Nothing.

The point of all this is that you should be a fan and support your team. You should NOT, however, personally attack people because they support their own team. I’m not playing the game. I’m not beating your team. I have nothing to do with whether or not my team wins. So leave me alone. Insult the players and the coach, I’ll stand up for them and tell you why I think they rock. But I won’t tolerate people being rude to me because of who I cheer for.

It goes the same way with the BYU-UofU rivalry. 

I’ll meet people and they’ll ask me where I went to college. I’ll tell them BYU and they all say the same thing: “Oh …really…” But they say it in the smug stupid voice. Do I love it when BYU beats the U? Yes. Did I think it was great that the U won the Sugar Bowl? Yes. Am I going to 
be rude to someone I don’t know because they went to a different school then me? Come on now. I’m old enough to know that that shouldn’t matter.

One of my really good friends is a die-hard Sacramento Kings fan. The Kings-Laker rivary is nasty. The teams just loathe each other. Sure, my buddy and I tease eachother when our teams win, we’ll even make bets (just dinner) on the games, but it’s not personal and we both know that.

I think sports are getting ruined by the people that proceed to take the games way to far. They are games, they are just games. Games are fun, games are supposed to be fun. Stupid people that don’t know what they are talking about are usually the ones who ruin all the fun for me. And yes, I follow the Lakers religiously: if the games aren’t on TV then I follow the stats on my computer, I get sad when they lose, I wear my Kobe and Gasol jerseys to work, I have a Laker sticker on my car, I can name all the players on the team and tell you some of their stats, I know when trades happen, the Lakers home page is my computer homepage, etc. With all this said, I do know that my life will go on and I’ll be fine if the Lakers loose, maybe a little sad, but I’ll live.

Go, now, support your team. If you don’t have one and you want to be a bandwagoner then I’ll support you. 

Or if you want to start cheering for the underdog, I’ll support you there too. 

Let’s just be friends, ok?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Colors of Courtney

You know what we did in college when we were bored? 

Dyed my hair.

My hair has been black, blue, purple, red, and brown (light, dark, and natural). It has been long, short, straight, and curly. 

Here are the most common of the many Courtney hairstyles:

short, straight, and black

Long, wavy/curly, red
(p.s. this is Adam and he is a goober)

long, straight, and natural brown (current)

I really need a change. I've had my hair my natural color for almost 2 years (CRAZY!) and its been the same style for a while too... So I'm considering a change. Do you agree? 

What shall I do?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Music makes my world go round

I was playing Rock Band with some of my friends a few weeks ago when I requested that we play Zero by the Smashing Pumpkins. I was on the guitar and I really wanted to rock out. Sadly, the person who is singing gets to choose the song, so we ended up playing something else.

After I requested the song, one of the guys asked me, in a smug way, how long I’ve like the Smashing Pumpkins and what the first Pumpkins album I bought was. I knew what he was doing. He was testing to see what kind of fan I was. If I was a bandwagoner or an oldschool fan. I told him that I honestly never bought a cd and that I always burnt them from my friends. He gave me a stupid look and then ended the conversation.

Who is he to decide what kind of fan I am? Ok, so Smashing Pumpkins first CD (Gish) came out in 1991 when I was 6. Did I buy it? Of course not.

Their second one (Siamese Dream) came out when I was 8. Did I buy it?

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness came out in 1995. You do the math.

Ador came out in 1998… we are getting a little closer…

I was first exposed to Smashing Pumpkins my freshman year in high school (1999). In 2000 they came out with Machina. One of my track buddy loves the Pumpkins and she bought their album. From then on I really liked them. And in college, one of my roommates, Coleen, listened to them all the time and this helped rekindel my love for their music. So it took me 9 years to become a fan. Does that make me any less of a fan? Come on now.

You know who else is in my top 10 favorite bands (I have to have a top 10 'cause I can't choose just one)? REM, Grateful Dead, Metallica, Pink Floyd, and Modest Mouse… to name a few…

The Dead and Pink Floyd were formed 20 years before I was born. So does that mean I can't be a fan now?

Metallica started touring 4 years before I was born.

It just drives me insane when people are so overprotected of their bands. If you like them so much then your shouldn't care if other people do too. I love it when I meet people who love REM just as much as I do. That way we can talk about them and our favorite songs. I don't care if you just started to like them of if you've liked them since before you were born.

So what now? Im only allowed to like bands that came out when I was alive and that I bought their first cd. So lets see…

I’m allowed to only like Brittany Spears, Nsync, Backstreet Boys, and Ricky Martin. Even though I've been listening to the Eagles since I was a kid I can't like them.

I think one of the best music lovers I've ever met is my co-worker. He loves Phish. From the frist day I met him, I knew he was a “Phish-head” and that I would be exposed to their music. He talks about Phish a lot, and not just their music, but the lives of the band members. Does it bother me? Absolutely not. I love the fact that he loves something so much that he wants to share it with everyone around him. Now he's got me into Phish. I have a few of their shows. I also have some of Mike Gordons and Trey Anastasios solo albums. So am I gonna run off and go to their concert in March? No. Do I like to listen to them in the car? Yes. Does this make me a fan? Yes. And you know what? That's fine.

I appreciate good music. You may not think so but I really do.

This is what I have listened to in my car or at work over the last few days:

The Wall – Pink Floyd (1979)
The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd (1973)
The Green Sparow – Mike Gordon (2008)
Automatic for the People – REM (1992)
Wicked Soundtrack (2003)
Rent Soundtrack (2005)
Absolution – Muse (2003)
Mellon Collie – Smashing Pumpkins (1995)
Plans – Death Cab for Cutie (2005)
Best of Andrea Bocelli
Black Album – Metallica (1991)
Can't Love Can't Hurt – Augustana (2008)Clone - Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon (2002)
Hell Freezes Over – Eagles (1994)
American Beauty – Grateful Dead (1970)
Viva la Vida – Coldplay (2008)
Wildflowers – Tom Petty (1994)
The Worst of Jefferson Airplane – Jefferson Airplane (1970)

So who are some of your favorite bands? Do you have any recommendations for me?

Sunday, February 8, 2009

What A Weekend

This weekend started off with me going snowboarding with my parents. I've been snowboarding once since I hurt my knee a few years ago. Because of this, I knew I would be a little rusty. Luckily for me, I have patient parents that were willing to deal with me and my inability to snowboard like I use to.

We skied and snowboarded saturday at the Park City Resort. I remember going here when I was just a kid. The mountain is beautiful and you couldn't have asked for a better day.

I'm glad that my knee didn't give me any trouble, but once my ankle started to swell up I knew it was time to call it quits. Plus, it wasn't long before my mom came tumbling down the hill after me and got put on the injury list (thats sports talk). She ended up falling and jamming her thumb and, long story short, she wasn't able to hold her poles any more so we had to call it for the day.

That night we met up with my cousin Michelle, Dan (her husband), and their two adorable kids at the Main Street Pizza and Noodle restaurant in downtown Park City. I live close to my cousins so I get to see them more often then my parents do. But it was nice for us all to catch up. 

Sunday was a relaxing day. We slept in, ate breakfast, and walked around Park City. It was snowing pretty hard and we knew the Laker vs Cleveland game was about to start so we found a nice Sports Bar to eat lunch in. After watching the Spurs beat the Celtics (the Lakers beat Boston earlier in the week in overtime) 

we began watching what we knew would be an amazing game. 

The Cavaliers had not lost a home game this season and they have one of the best records in the NBA. But did that stop the Lakers from taking them down?!

No way! Thanks to Odom and the rest of the Lakers, we were able to complete our 6 game road winning streak by beating the Cavs at home!

If the Lakers can beat the Cavs and Boston without Andrew Bynum (he got hurt a few games ago) AND with Kobe being sick with the flu, then what's going to stop us from taking the title this year?!

This weekend was a ton of fun! Thanks mom and dad for taking me snowboarding. You guys can come and visit anytime!