I feel exactly like Peter here hitting on 21 here after yesterday! Like what else is going to happen this week? 85 degree days in April? Check. Jeff Suppan earning (in his own way) some of his contract yesterday? Double Check. Bucks playoff games starting tomorrow? Triple check. I've been typing and saying those words all week and I'm still shocked. Am I going to get a ride home from work on a unicorn* today too? Cause about 5 months ago that seemed more likely than Jeff Suppan doing anything productive on a baseball field. Only 4 earned runs in 5 innings? Yes please! It got to the point yesterday where I was treating his start like a no hitter. 'Soup's only given up 2 home runs today? SHHHHHHHH!' Seriously I'll take that from him 7 days a week and twice on Sunday. Just keep us in games and maybe some Souuuuppppsss will be scattered in with the buffet of boooooooo's he normally gets. As a side note how convenient is it to have a nickname that rhymes with 'boo' 'man the fans REALLY love me today!
As far as the Bucks go it's safe to say this is is the first time I've clicked on the 'NBA' portion of ESPN.com mid-April since 2001. In fact at this point in a typical year I'm as indifferent toward the NBA as Ken Macha is toward warming someone up in the bullpen while one of our pitchers is getting shelled. And even though they clinched weeks ago, a part of me was still worried that on Wednesday they would somehow manage to lose 11 games in one night and get eliminated. But lo and behold they wrap up the season 10 games over .500 and are on their way to Atlanta for Game 1 on Saturday evening! I'll be there next Saturday for Game 3 in Milwaukee, also the first playoff game I've been to at the Bradley Center since 2001. I'm hoping the BC will at least be sold out and Milwaukee will support the Bucks in the playoffs the way they used to. Hell I can remember going to sold out Bucks playoff games early and attending pep rallies and stuff outside the BC. It sounds like crazy talk but this state was Bucks obsessed for a 2 or 3 year stretch there. You want proof? Watch:
See?! It did happen! I had to youtube it just to make sure it was actually true. Then I watched a bunch of 'related video' highlights and remembered just how badly they got screwed in the Eastern Conference Finals that year in Philly. A rage I had buried deep in my subconscious. All of a sudden I had flashbacks to a 16 year old Jon sweating and writing swears in his journal. Truth be told though I pretty much sweat no matter what I was doing when I was 16. TMI. Bonus word: bucks.
*Initially I was going to lead with a picture of a unicorn before I found the Family Guy video. But I google imaged 'unicorns' and every single picture was creepier than the next. Until I found this gem:
Would God let two such forces combine!? Robo-corn! If I don't get this picture framed for my new house I'll just die.