With a wide ranging new audience of readers, and the comments section now open on all posts going forward, I feel a slight point of clarity is probably in order:
(By the way my name is Jordan. I’m 38, married, and a father of four. I’m a big Vikings and Twins fan as many of you know. I live in Dallas.)
My sense of humor is all over the place.
Sometimes I’m dead serious and sometimes I’m completely out there just for shock value.
Sometimes I’m sarcastic and sometimes my sense of humor runs dry.
Sometimes I go for the great, underrated, lazy, easy, wholesome ‘dad’ joke, (two peanuts were walking down the road…one of them was assaulted) and sometimes I launch into profanity laced tirades.
Sometimes I bash the troll, Often times I’m doing the trolling myself.
Mostly I just make shallow, fairly obvious observations about life that have a tingle of humor to them.
When I’m putting words on a page I can always tell which is which. I’ve known myself for 38 years.
But I understand if the reader may not be able to immediately differentiate between all my tones.
I get it.
I realize my readers, especially the vast majority having never met me, won’t be able to tell right away if I’m serious or not.
Hang in there…It’s an acquired taste.
The good thing is it doesn’t always apply.
Sometimes, I’ll simply be in story telling mode, where if any humor at all subsides it’ll be simply because of the literal content in the stories themselves. An example of that being my random trip to Lowe’s on Memorial Day Weekend this year.
Other times my sense of humor is a little more satirical. Obviously some of the rule changes I call for in this article after a Vikings loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this season are ridiculous and a direct result of an overreaction to Minnesota losing. If the calls would have gone the other way, the field goals would have gone in, or even if the Vikings had just won the game, no such commentary would have ever been written.
Other times my humor manifests and shows itself in the form of straight up frustration. Like when I briefly commented on the current state of youth athletics, or gave advice for husbands going on a long family road trip.
Whatever the case may be, my sense of humor can be a bit of a mystery…Very hit or miss.
It’s also entirely possible that I’m not funny at all. My humor is just too much, too simple, too exhausting, too obnoxious, and/or too poorly timed to endure.
That’s okay. Thankfully I’m not always writing for comedic effect.
The major point of this post is to get a disclaimer out there about my sense of humor. It can be all over the place.
The general tone of any of my articles can take a quick turn. Even when I’m talking about serious issues involving my kids, or the more serious issue of the Vikings inability to manage the clock in the last two minutes of the first half, my tone can always do a 180.
I talk a lot about the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins. My sports opinions often go whichever way the wind is blowing, but at times I’m able to provide quality analysis. As an example, my 2020 Vikings preview, which I wrote about a week before this NFL season started, turned out to be dead-on. I’m honestly not sure how it could’ve been more accurate.
I talk a lot about fatherhood and marriage issues. What it’s like to be the father of four kids in a blended, mix raced family. What it’s like to raise them. What it’s like to be married to a black woman, and all the things that go with that. I talk about all the adjustments I’ve had to make in my life as a result.
I also talk about some of life’s little quirks and the world’s biggest issues as I see them. Although I rarely get into the latter part of that. I leave that to people who are both way smarter than me and those who have completely lost their minds.
The best way I know how to approach these things is through writing. Whether it’s just to get some frustration out, to make a point about something, or to poke fun at any number of sports subjects…
This is my realm.
This is me.
And it’ll only get better (funnier, more cynical, more lopsided) as we grow together.
As an audience member, you will reap the rewards of free quality content throughout your days, weeks, and months for the foreseeable future.
With your continued support, I can’t imagine going anywhere.
Thanks for reading.
Dexter C.January 4, 2021
Yeah, you’re not funny. But keep hitting me up with your Vikings opinions. I like those.