Manny Lawson continues with his popular column, "Manny's Law," in this latest off-season update. Enjoy catching up with the 49ers linebacker and hearing about his laments regarding the weight room renovation!
Let's talk about this San Francisco Crab Festival on the 24th that I have volunteered myself for. I don't know what all it entails. I hope it is not dealing with live crabs because I'm not too fond of getting pinched. I try to stay away from that. Maybe we can race crabs, I don't know. I'm not sure what it's about. If it's just eating crabs, that's good. I can do that. I'm a huge seafood guy.
I haven't really gone anywhere since the season ended, and it seems like they are really trying to send me home. All I do is work out and run and watch film, and now I guess they are trying to send a strong hint that I need to go away, go on vacation or get away from football because they have taken my weight room away from me. I have been kicked to the curb.
They are calling it a "re-modeling" but they know that I don't know of any gyms around here to go to, and I don't have one in my little neighborhood. And I don't understand this treatment. It's not like I loiter or walk around the building aimlessly bothering everyone. I have my routine, come in and I leave. I don't think they love me any more.
I guess it is good that they are renovating our weight room, changing it and making it more efficient to players' needs, but what about mine?
But I figured something out. If they take everything out of the weight room, where are they going to put it? Well, I discovered that they just shifted it to our locker room, so I can just lift in there. There's always a loophole so in a few hours, I'll be back in here getting my swole on. I'm sure they are laughing and thinking, "Let's see if Manny can find the bench press." Well, I found it.
I haven't cleared 200 in bowling yet. I got 192 bowling and I choked on the last frame. I still can not believe. All I needed was 8 pins out of 10! I had been hitting at least nine pins all day with my little curve ball, but on that last one I decided I'd try to roll it straight down the lane. It didn't work. Instead it went straight into the gutter, so I'm still not a pro and I still don't have my own ball or my own shoes.
Vickiel Vaughn has bowled on his own too, and he did the same thing, came close to 200 but choked on the last frame with a gutter ball.
My choke really hurt my feelings. I just sat there. They know me by name because I go there so much so they were checking on me in there to see how I was doing, and I was just so upset. I just sat and thought about it for a bit. It was tough to swallow.
Mainly though, I've watched a lot of movies. I went to go see Stomp the Yard, and I'm going to go see Norbit later. I don't know exactly what the movie is about, but I know it's Eddie Murphy playing many different characters and I've always been a fan of him and his hee, hee laugh. I also watched the movie Departed on DVD, and went to go see The Guardian. So that's my off-season enjoyment – working out, bowling and the movies.
Oh and cooking! I sautéed some chicken, made some stuffing, corn, and some muffins the other day. My spaghetti sauce process hasn't come through yet because I'm really trying not to get it everywhere in my kitchen. That's a lot of cleaning when sauce gets everywhere, but I'll come up with it. I'm determined. I've even had our team pastor, Pastor Earl, say that I can call his wife if I need help. So, I've got help out there in this journey.
For the month of March, my place is going to be like a hotel because my best friend from high school and middle school, Patrick Fischer, along with my good friend Shawna Morton, and then my roommates from college, Mike Chestnut, Michael Hill, and Javon Adams are all coming to stay with me. I expect me and Costco will soon become very friendly. I'm really a little worried about this trip. I think I may need to get plastic for everything in the house because I'm envisioning my carefully decorated pad getting wrecked. I feel like this might be like JUMANJI in my house, but I love them all…
- Manny Lawson