You know, except for the 2006 World Series, when I was pretty sure I was going to explode from conflicting loyalties, I’ve pretty much settled with the fact that I’m now a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. My two oldest children wear Cards hats. I have a stuffed Fredbird. It’s happened, and I have to deal with it.

I can reconcile this because my Detroit Tigers are in the opposite league.

Because of this fandom, which has grown from the fact that I’m raising my children in this fine metropolitan area, I have to say that I’m pretty excited with how the beginning of the baseball season is progressing. There is—of course—still room for the Cards to disappoint, but they’re looking good.

It is also the reason that this picture is one of my favorite baseball photos of all time:

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It literally never gets old. I thought of it completely spontaneously yesterday and felt I just had to share it with you all.

I realize that not everyone who reads may have an understanding of what Rock Band is and why it’s perhaps one of the greatest timesinks I’ve ever run across. I post often about it and will even throw up YouTube videos of note charts for songs I’m really interested in. For those of you who might need a small primer, I present to you this series of videos and explanations.

Rock Band is a “rhythm game”. What that means is that you are handed some music in the form of a track playing on your television courtesy of a video game system. You are also handed a plastic instrument. The first game to tackle this idea handed you a guitar. In Rock Band, there are four instruments: Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocals. Each plays slightly differently. The goal is to hit the right “notes” within a certain “window” of a graphic crossing your screen.

The game comes on a disc with about 80 songs, and there are weekly releases of downloadable songs you can purchase and play. The songs cost $2 each, which is a steal considering you’re not only hearing the music, but you’re also “playing” it.

To save those of you who might not want to load everything, I’ll put the rest behind a cut; please read on if you are interested.

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If you haven’t played Peggle, then you owe it to yourself to grab a copy any way you can. On the PC or Mac, on the DS, or wherever—though I personally will be recommending the Xbox Live Arcade version that comes out today.

What’s Peggle? I’m happy you (have or have not) asked.

It’s kind of like Pachinko. With an awesome feeling of accomplishment when you clear the stage. You can play it for one board over a few minutes, or in long sessions, and it doesn’t get old. It’s accessible to people of all kinds of skill levels.

And it gets head-to-head competition today. I’m almost giddy.

While chasing after an Achievement tonight, I managed a pretty decent punt return for a TD with the ‘Fins. I know, I know: bad team selection. But I wanted to post the video highlight because I think the capability to take a Flash video of a play in a video football game is one of the most awesome additions to sports games in a long time. No sound is a bummer, but it’s still a neat idea.