Of all the recent musical deaths Dolores O’Riordan hits the hardest for me. At the same time, I didn’t personally know her, so I’m not really mourning at all. She just created some of my favorite music in the 90s. I own all of The Cranberries albums, but really haven’t listened to them in at least a decade. While I loved Dolores and The Cranberries, they weren’t a part of my current life. She was just another chunk of my childhood that is slowing dying off until the day it’s my turn.
I’ve been a Denver Broncos fan since the fourth grade. It was 1984 and a then young John Elway was a super exciting quarterback to watch. It was the first year that that I really paid attention to football after watching my first Super Bowl the year before. I also lived in Denver from an infant through kindergarten, so there was other reasons to like the Broncos. I’ve been a Broncos fan ever since.
31 years ago today was one of the most memorable games ever. Football fans know it as just “The Drive”. It was the AFC Championship against the Browns. I remember feeling devastated when the Broncos lost the lead and bobbled ensuing kickoff and got tackled on the two yard line. They had 5 minutes and 32 seconds to go 98 yards just to tie the game. A near impossible feat. Well, they did it! Then they won the game in overtime! My favorite teams was going to the Super Bowl. Little eight year old me went from the lowest of lows, to the highest of highs. I remember like it was yesterday.
— NFL History (@NFLhistory) January 11, 2018
They then went on to lose three Super Bowls in four years. I was starting to not want them to get to the Super Bowl anymore because of the constant disappointment. Lucky for me they went on a Super Bowl drought and didn’t get back until they won it in 1997 and then won it again in 1998. Then recently they lost another one in 2013, but won another in 2015. I feel pretty lucky to have seen my favorite football team play in seven Super Bowls. I always think about those good time during the rare bad seasons like this past one was.
So here I am all caught up on my podcasts for the first time in years. I’m giving some of my favorite albums from 2017 some more listens. I’ve really been listening to a lot less music these last few years. Here are my favorite albums from 2017 in no particular order because I’m horrible at picking favorites:
- Bad Cop/Bad Cop – Warriors
- The Front Bottoms – Going Grey
- All Time Low – Last Young Renegade
- Weezer – Pacific Daydream
- Sincere Engineer – Rhombithian
- Mobina Galore – Feeling Disconnected
- New Found Glory – Makes Me Sick
- The Menzingers – After the Party
In 2018 I want to blog more and listen to more music. We will see how that works.
If you don’t get the reference in the title of this post, it’s from The Front Bottoms song “Peace Sign”. One of my favorites from 2017, and it kind of sums up what most people think about 2017.