The text on the back of this one is not QUITE as weird as the last card, but close. Especially since it basically says that Abraham Lincoln was a "cool dude." Since we're discussing Mr. Lincoln, let us also mention one of the American Heritage cards we pulled from THAT dreadful pack. General McClellan:
Not sure why we got this pack, just curious. These 2009 Philadelphia "retro cards," as the pack says, are from Upper Deck. They are very unremarkable. Somewhat similar to OPC in cardstock and wan-ness. However, on the back, there are trivia questions. We wish companies did this more with baseball cards. Try these two: 1) Rudi Johnson rushed for 5,742 yards with the Bengals. Where does that total rank in franchise history? 2) Randy Moss set an all-time single-season record with 23 touchdown catches in 2007. Who are the next three on the list?
Here's our question about football. Do they have salary caps in the NFL? And if so, is that a good thing?
Here are some of the OPCs:And there was one of these in each OPC pack:
The problem here is 1) I've never seen a blaster of these cards at Target and 2) $2 off is not enough. We might keep the coupons if it was "$8 off."
Back to Goodwin. What are Mauer, Gretzy and Manning looking at, all astonished? Our best guess is they are remarking upon Matt Holliday's stunning jawline:
Now, from the ridiculous to the sublime:
Paralytic poliomyelitis was by far the worst the most frightening health problem of the postwar era in America. An excellent book on this subject is Polio: An American Story, which provides a vivid background of the era, the fear, and also the conflict between Salk and Sabin in the race to find a vaccine. If you, like us, have reached a stage of your life when you only want to read nonfiction, and extremely well-wrought nonfiction at that, we recommend this book highly.
And we end with a mini card that commemorates a shocking experience we endured last night: watching the Yankees-Angels game. Mercury must be in retrograde, because we enjoyed that game.
We felt chilly just looking at the wet, cold people in Yankee Stadium; we hoped Alex Rodriguez would come through, and he did; and we found ourselves kind of, sort of, rooting for the Yankees, if only because they looked far less stupidly disheveled than the Angels. There's something to be said for short haircuts and pinstripes on athletes.
You see? This is what happens when the people who run your home team are the modern-day equivalent of George McClellan.
So, we have to decide what it exactly means that we found ourselves not being overly irritated by the Yankees. Basically, is down up? Is black white? Is the high altitude messing with our gray matter?
Dinged Corners, signing off.