When I was a child, we didn’t have Photoshop. Or MsPaint. Or PaintShopPro. Nope, when we wanted to set our imaginations free, we had to rock it Old School. We whipped out our crayons.
In the hierarchy of kindergarten, it was your crayons which denoted your class. The slackers had to bum them off the other kids. The weirdos ate their crayons. And then there was the In Crowd. We were pimpin’ the big-ass 64 Colors Box (with sharpener!). It was the preschool equivalent of rolling up in to your high school parking lot in a brand new Corvette.
One color not found amongst the selection of 64 is Swaggin’ Green. The discovery of that unique shade is owed to Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback [intlink id=”101″ type=”category”]Ike Taylor[/intlink]. Face Me Ike is among the most amusing interviews around. If the national media gave the Steelers one tenth of the publicity they actually deserve, Ike would be in the same pantheon as Ochocinco and Tony Plush in terms of most entertaining characters in all of sports.
So as to fill my mandatory Actual Sports News requirement in this post, the interview broadcast on Pittsburgh’s WXDX also contains Ike’s thoughts on the impending showdown with the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday. The most pertinent being he expects to be in the starting line-up after missing most of the preseason recovering from a broken finger. It is perversely amusing to hear him complain that the injury hampers his ability to hold on to footballs when he has the same problem with ten completely healthy and functional digits.
Still, I’ll be glad to see Ike back. The Ravens laughable aerial attack is hardly a threat in the worst of times but with the Steeler D at full strength, it’ll be all the more pitiful. When overrated Joe Flacco misfires on his umpteenth attempt of the afternoon, perhaps we’ll invent our own color for the Ratbird fans in attendance. Let’s call it “BooBird Red.”