Well, not exactly. But it is odd. Tuesday, I found myself thinking about Josephine the Plumber, the pitchwoman for Comet cleanser.
I’m not sure why. Sometimes, you can be thinking about the strangest things and then, if you take the time, you will connect the dots back to how you got there. But I don’t really know for sure about Josephine. Maybe it was because I saw that Kohler commercial where the guy sees that incredibly good-looking woman plumber going into his building, and he runs to his bathroom to try to clog up the toilet by flushing everything he can find. Perhaps that made me think of Josephine.
Or maybe it was something else. Maybe it was nothing. All I know for sure is I thought about her … and then Wednesday night, “Joe the Plumber” became the big celebrity of the presidential debate.
Earlier in the day, I’d had lunch with “Joe the Sports Columnist” … my good pal Joe Posnanski of the Kansas City Star, who in recent days has showed me how to use my new Mac, encouraged me to start this blog, helped me set it up and even linked to it from his very successful blog.
Joe and I both went to work at The Star in 1996 … but I am not working there anymore. And, um, yes I will get around to posting a blog entry about that, too.
Anyway, if you come to this blog and see anything that looks like it was just copying one of Joe’s ideas, I don’t want there to be any misunderstanding: I absolutely am.
Quick Joe story that will be especially meaningful to you if you’re a women’s sports fan frustrated by media apathy: In January 2005, he was covering an NFL playoff game and got home Monday night. Tuesday morning, he got up at dawn to drive with me to Manhattan, Kan., for a package we did on Kendra Wecker being a former Punt, Pass and Kick standout. How many sports columnists in America could I think of who would make that kind of turnaround? Nobody but him.
And if you haven’t been to Joe’s blog, then hop on over there because it’s awesome: http://joeposnanski.com/JoeBlog
Joe’s wife Margo also blogs, and she’s hilarious. If you remember “Dynamite” magazine, definitely check her out: http://www.mom2momkc.com/?a=profile&u=66&t=blog
As for this blog, it is just a newborn. It is going to be predominantly about women’s sports; that will be its lifeblood. But it certainly not just for women by any means. It’s for all people who like women’s sports.
And who also just might like stuff such as (but not limited to) Josephine the Plumber, the Carpenters, black and white movies, all dogs, every type of mascot, “The Wizard of Oz,” Rachel Maddow, the women comedians on Saturday Night Live, the “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Emma Peel, reading books your best friends love, Alexandra from “Josie and the Pussycats,” eating cereal your mother refused to buy when you were a child, shades of gray, and “Mothra.”