Anyone who loves 1980’s rock and roll music had to shake their head at the news last week on the passing of guitarist Eddie Van Halen at 65 due to cancer.
Van Halen was one of the founders of the band Van Halen, which spanned decades. As a result of that longevity, the band had multiple lead singers, the two most well known were David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar.
When Van Halen’s death became public, my Facebook feed was littered with tributes and thanks for his career and the music he gave to us. The second thing, I saw or read the most was who was the better front man between the pair.
The universal acknowledgement among the debate was Roth was the better performer, while Hagar was the better singer. So, like everything else in this world, it all comes down to which one you prefer.
After listening to a fair amount of songs from both of them since Van Halen’s passing, can we maybe agree on this: Van Halen was a great band, and there will never be a band like it again.
I’m a hypocrite
Growing up, one of the reasons I became a sports fan/follower was besides reading the sports section in the newspaper was seeing a Sports Illustrated appear in our home weekly.
Talk about reading something from front to back and in record time. I think there were plenty of times I kept old ones just so I could reread them again.
Sports Illustrated, like a lot of media outlets, lately has seen more valleys than peaks. I never thought they would abandon the weekly model, then, a couple of years ago, it went bi-weekly (to save on costs) and now it’s monthly with more of a focus on feature stories than covering the “big game” from the week before.
During those changes, writers whose byline you saw in the magazines for years and years, left because of their own volition or were forced to.
Yet, I was becoming one of those “people” – subscribers who were thinking of leaving a newspaper of magazine for the benefits of having the information in my fingertips. I didn’t want to become one of them.
My renewal notice came in the mail a couple of weeks ago. Yet, when I said the latest Sports Illustrated is here, my 13-year-old daughter hooted and hollered and read the issue like I did when I was that age. She became a sports fan before she starting reading Sports Illustrated, reading those stories just influenced it even more.
I can’t get rid of that, can I?
Sunday Night Drama
Say this about the Minnesota Vikings. They keep finding new and interesting ways to lose.
Get embarrassed by your biggest rival on your home field? Check
Lose on a field goal in the last minute after your offense scores 30 points and has outstanding plays from your running back and wide receiver? Check
Go into Seattle, where you don’t win, run for over 200 yards rushing, yet can’t convert a fourth-and-inches with two minutes left in the game. That leaves plenty of time for Russell Wilson, to drive down the field and give Seattle a one-point win? Check.
Can’t wait to see what’s next.