This is the time of year when everyone is usually looking back on the previous twelve months with a mix of joy, pride, embarrassment, anxiety, happiness, etc…, basically any emotion that can encompass the human spirit during any given length of time. It is in our nature to try to do what we can to grow, prosper, and improve as the years turn and we get older, but sometimes the shit hits the fan and you just gotta pour some whiskey and laugh. So, before you all jump down my throat with the whole “F**K 2020!” thing, lets take a minute to reminisce on some of the finer moments of the year.
- Sports shut down for months at a time……. BUT THE LAKERS AND DODGERS BOTH WON CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!
It had been six long, miserable years for Laker fans since the team last even made the playoffs, and a full ten years since they had captured a championship ring. As a team and fanbase used to winning (17 total championships), this was a devastating time to say the least. Bandwagon fans for the Clippers and the Warriors were popping up everywhere, and it took until 2020 to tell them to sit their asses back down. In a year put on hold for three months in the middle of the season, only to resume in a bubble atmosphere with no fans and players separated from their families, I would argue this was the most impressive of the whole 17.
The last time the Dodgers won the World Series, it was 1988. I imagine people were probably even allowed to be in bars watching sports, high-fiving random strangers (remember those days?). When Kirk Gibson limped on to the field in the bottom of the ninth inning of game one to blast a two-run walk off homerun for the win, I was just three years old. But when anyone asks, I will swear that I remember watching it with my dad, because it was the only one I had. But this year, after getting knocked out of the world series the two previous years by teams that have since been caught cheating, was when they brought a World Series title back home to Southern California.
- Trashy reality television viewing was at an all-time high….
Can I bring up “Tiger King” again? At a time when the whole world was desperate for some lighthearted entertainment, this show stepped up and said, “hold my beer, I got this.” No one knew it at the time, but we all needed Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, and every other lunatic on this show. With murder for hire, third rate country music videos, and even relationship ups and downs driving the narrative, I think most of us were enthralled by the tale of Joe Exotic for at least a short period of time.
“Love is Blind” somehow predicted the state of the world and released a dating show where the contestants could not even meet face to face before they got engaged to be married. In a time when “zoom dates” and “virtual happy hours” are now a thing, the producers really struck pretty close to home with this one. As cringeworthy as this show was, once you cracked a bottle of wine and started imbibing with the characters on the screen, it quickly became must see tv. Almost.
- KANYE WEST RAN FOR PRESIDENT….
I’ll just leave that one there.
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