If you read BRB prior to this offseason, you probably noticed that MDC has been conspicuous in his absence. If you're not aware of who MDC is, I recommend you search the BRB archives for his work. He is, quite simply, one of the most talented and unique voices writing anything anywhere today.
The crown jewel of his catalog is "The Two-Day Hangover" ("2DH" for short). It is the most popular and most anticipated running feature on BRB, and with good reason. The 2DH seamlessly combines sharp analysis and fantastic humor. It's rare to find that combination, and it's even rarer to find it week after week.
Back in January of 2013, after yet another special teams gaffe that negatively impacted our Houston Texans, MDC pledged to boycott the Texans until they fired Joe Marciano. It was an asinine promise. It was an asinine promise made in the heat of the moment. It was an asinine promise made in the heat of the moment by a man who is far too intelligent to make asinine promises in the heat of the moment. It was the internet equivalent of your kid screaming, "I HATE YOU I HATE YOU I HATE YOU! I WISH YOU WERE DEAD!" after you punish him. Deep down, MDC knows this.
Still, MDC is a proud man. He doesn't want to appear to be a liar. He made a promise, and he intends to keep it, he says. One one level, I appreciate his commitment. On another logical, more sane level, I am flabbergasted by his inability to admit the error of his ways.
For you see, MDC loves his Houston Texans. I have not met many people more fervent in their fandom than the Arkansan with the Mickey Mouse voice. He derives great joy from watching and arguing about the Texans, yet he claims to be willing to give it all up for the sake of keeping his word. A word, mind you, that absolutely no one expects him to keep.
I think this is ridiculous. And by "ridiculous," I mean "galactically stupid."
If MDC boycotts the Houston Texans until Joe Marciano is fired, that necessarily means the 2DH--and his other, thought-provoking articles, which dozens and dozens of Texans fans enjoy and look forward to--dies. Because you and I know the Texans aren't firing Joe Marciano. Especially now, when Randy Bullock and Shane Lechler are going to minimize the amount of damage opposing return teams can do to the Texans this year.
I've repeatedly told MDC that all he has to do is admit that he spoke in haste, made a mistake, and that no one would remember his absurd promise. Thus far, he has refused to make such an admission, presumably because of totally legitimate reasons that are his and his alone. I respect that.
But before the 2DH goes the way of the dodo for the 2013 season, I wanted to let the BRB community weigh in. I can't promise MDC will read this post, or the Comments to it, but I can promise I will forward it to him with a request that he reads everything.
Do you miss reading MDC's stuff? Does the thought of a 2DHless season upset you? Are you disappointed that you could be facing a new world devoid of Texans-related Venn diagrams? Speak up and let your voice be heard.