April 21 – I have a few controversial ideas on how to make sporting events more interesting. For example, I think it’d be great fun if an NFL football field was just 50 yards, and teams had to go down and back just like we did during backyard games growing up. That turn-around would be a great moment, wouldn’t it?
For the NBA, I’d adjust the game clock so teams battled for say, 20 minutes, plus a random, ever-changing amount of extra time. Players wouldn’t be aware of how much extra time there was, it could be two minutes or it could be 24 minutes. Can you imagine the hustle?
Our days are sort of like my idea for the NBA. We’ve burned through our 280 days, and now play with “Extra Time” (Soccer uses this system on a smaller scale, and it’s very exciting). Ashton could blow the whistle at any moment, in an hour or a week. We are just players, trying to hustle and rest when he lets us.
I was curious, so while I prepared dinner the other night I had my wife look up the record for the most overdue baby. According to the internet a baby in the 1940s took 375 days to finish cooking. That’s an extra 13 and a half weeks! Apparently it was just slow to develop, but after birth the kid was normal.
The second longest term on record was about 317 days, which is a 45+ week pregnancy. No one lets you get past 42 weeks now. They want to induce, but they can’t really make us can they? The idea of a doctor showing up at our sleepy neighborhood ranch home with a team of large men in white t-shirts looking extract our baby sounds very science fiction. Like a deleted scene from ‘Brave New World.’ I suppose that’s not how it goes, but some would have you believe otherwise.
Perhaps we’ll hide and go for the record.