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so… I found myself being updated around the continuing adventures of Mary Guthries family. I coached two of her daughters in soccer for a couple of years. they taught me a lot. and, like my own daughter, Haley Anne, I’ll likely long consider great days of coaching soccer as being associated with the Guthrie girls, Claire and Grace.

I’ll keep the details of the most recent email exchange with Mary in trust. but, the immediate result would be the following excerpt from that dialogue…


I am, the eternal optimist.

my own home is under pressure from Satan. I know that sounds dramatic, and it’s meant to be. I don’t know precisely how Satan works because I don’t qualify as as an evangelical Christian. but, in my imagination, this is how dante may have been inspired for the abyss.

but, I always feel like I can prevail and with the balances of forces between good and evil, light and dark, I am a good guy, and thusly hold a tenuous advantage. kind of like the Hal Jordan Green Lantern (my favorite). the ring knows Jordan’s heart is pure, and his greatest test is always his own deeply rooted sense of humanity. that constant test of strength, character and will raises him above many of his brethren, and fuels the awesome power of the ring that is focused against evil.

so Mary, this Fred character makes me think of Sinestro, a Green Lantern arch villain. Or, possibly a Shakespearean villain (actually Sinestro is quite Shakespearean by design, I’m certain, and he is clearly meant to come across as fascist). I’m not prepared to label Fred a “fascist” (mostly because I know hardly anything about him), but he should always offer the courtesy of keeping you in the loop where the kids are involved. but, with that said, I have to believe your daughters approach him with a mix of many feelings, not the least of which is curiosity. but, I would trust them to maintain a level head. you can tell them I expect they’d both to make terrific Green Lanterns.

moods are good. they suggest “feeling” with it’s attachment to life, and change. remind Claire to take a run when she might feel blue. it certainly works for me.


peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


i pick Vick …and Macbeth



Naturally this is going to stir the pot – and, there will surely be the taking of sides.

Me? I already picked my side. And, it’s that of Michael Vick. Say what you will of me and my own story. But, I know more about Vick – and, where he comes from than most of you.

You can expect me to discuss my own history with, and thoughts around Michael Vick, in future posts. And, you know I will find some way to manage a mention of Rowdy. But, what follows, in the now, is where I want to go with this post today:

Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg (who, in my far from humble opinion, is a proven  game-of-football genius – and, it helps that he has proven this season over season) doesn’t expect the insertion of Michael Vick into the Eagles offense, this season, to disrupt its rhythm.

Note that I say “this season”.

“Not at all,” says Mornhinweg. “We’ll straighten that out. We’ll take care of that. Michael is going to help this offense. I’m confident of that.”

That’s right bucko.

Vick was in just six plays Thursday night in the preseason win against Jacksonville. But, of grave importance here, his earlier support of Vick aside, Quarterback Donovan McNabb told Mornhinweg and head coach Andy Reid that Vick’s coming on-and-off of the offense interfered with the flow of the game.


“It’s not going to be a disruption,” Mornhinweg said. “Believe me, it won’t be. It’s not an issue.”

Yes.  It will be. This is a Quarterback controversy with brilliant Shakesperean overtones. Shakespeare saw that the prolongation of innocence – of “infancy” as the biologists say – is the key to mature strength (For my part, I believe that we are nearer the beginning than the end of our understanding of Shakespeare’s genius), and, Philadelphia, city with a history of not living up to it’s claim to brotherly love,  is naught less than the perfect setting for this drama.

“In what do love and friendship consist if not in a perpetual acceptance of the angels and rejection of the devils that we discover in everyone with whom we are brought into intimate contact?” – William Shakespeare

Michael Vick will likely play tonight when the Eagles travel to compete against the Jets in the final preseason game.

McNabb is not expected to play in the game.

And, if the Shakespearean spin on the ball plays-out, Vick will be “unmasked” /1 as the future of the Eagles, and we have ourselves a barn-burner of a season.

Andy Reid and the Eagles front office snapped Vick up as fast as they could get a wink (see update below) from Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the National Football League, and have worked extra hard to find ways to integrate him into their, already lethal, offense. Observe as they now find more ways to build it around him to suit his style of highly mobile play. McNabb is a warrior – in every sense of the word. A true friend as well. But, his days as a starting Quarterback in Philadelphia are numbered.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

UPDATE 5:15pm EST : This just in...

NFL says Vick eligible to play in 3rd week (not 6th week)

1/ What is the face but a mask to conceal the man behind it? What is social position, what are offices, titles, dignities, degrees, but mantles in which men wrap themselves to hide, from themselves even more than from others, the banality of their lives? What is a human life but a role that a man enacts, as different from his hidden self as the role of an actor is from his part in ordinary life? What are words but means of disguising thought? What is life itself but a play for which most of the players are miscast, a masquerade at which only a few of the rarest and most heroic, or the most brutal and cynical, ever unmask?


Failure – Part I


Dante Alighieri had a very bad fiscal 1302. His mission to Pope Boniface VIII ended in a betrayal, political rivals burned down his home in Florence and he was forced to flee into exile and condemned to die if he returned, accused of the rather ordinary and un-poetic crime of skimming money off municipal road repairs in his capacity as superintendent of widening and straightening roads, one of the many mundane duties the poet performed for his beloved native city.

But Dante made the best of it. While scrounging his living, he began writing Inferno, the first part of his Divine Comedy, inventing a fiery Hell and meticulously placing his enemies — including Boniface — one by one into it. The public embraced his creation. Dante was celebrated, both in his lifetime and without pause for the next 700 years, lauded as one of most important writers of the modern world, a titan alongside Shakespeare and Cervantes.

All in all, a fair recovery.

brian patrick cork


What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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