Several years ago, while attending an Atlanta Braves baseball game at Turner Field – their home park – my wife kept getting a quizzical look on her face. It only occurred when the Braves were at bat and usually during a moment when things were going well for them.
Finally she turned to me and said, “Isn’t that odd?”
“Isn’t it odd that the Braves play the cavalry charge to rally the team? I mean, aren’t ‘braves’ rather opposed to, say, a cavalry charge?”
As a Mets fan any insult leveled against the Braves is fine by my book. But her observation was of a different magnitude. I suppose it only underscores the fact that there are few thinking Braves fans.
Last night a different question – “Why is it,” she asked, “that men so frequently disparage one another using the word ‘dick’ when said body part drives so much of their existence?”
I tried to think of some sociological or psychological answer. Knowing the little bit that I do about Freud I really didn’t want to go there. And sociologically I was stumped. So I did what I did at the Braves game and smiled and said, “Wow, I have no clue.”
Of course that might just be the right answer to her question.