Monthly Archives: October 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014 – BOO! Halloween or All Saints Eve

Friday, October 31, 2014 – Boo! Halloween or All Saints Eve?

Pick either one, but it is the day before Saturday football! The Aggies return against Louisiana- Monroe. I believe this is like a UTEP or a TAMUCommerce institution of higher learning. The mascot is the War Hawk. Sounds like another bird to me. For Texas A&M it is Game One to see if there is anything to salvage for next year.  I mean with Auburn, Missouri and LSU left on the schedule, who knows what evil lurks beyond the turf? Heck, we don’t even know who is going to be quarterback.  Some reports say Hill, but today’s reports say Allen. Coach Sumlin says “whoever runs on the field” will be quarterback.  I hope it is Johnny Manziel or Peyton Manning, but they are probably working this weekend.   I hate the 11:00 am game.  Too many Bloody Marys and it is difficult to stay awake for the afternoon games. But the prime time games should be prime time action with Auburn at Ole Miss in Oxford, The Hogs of Arkansas are in Starkville with #1 Mississippi State and the Trees of Stanford could knock out Oregon, but the game is in Eugene.  Come on Cardinal. Remember Stanford’s mascot is not the bird; it is the color.  As smart as though Stanford people are, I still do not understand The Tree.

But I do admire the Aggie strategy for this week’s game. If you do not play well, then you should always look good. The Aggies will be wearing throwback uniforms from 1939 – also known as the Year of the Only National Football Championship. The helmets are spectacular and look like retro leather helmets even with faux stitching. Even sports chatter on Yahoo says “But the helmet is just awesome. It’s the best throwback helmet we’ve seen this year in college football.” Take that Texas Tech and whatever finger painting was on your helmet.  BTHO La-Monroe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 – To the Giants!

Thursday, October 30, 2014 – To the Giants!

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for winning the 2014 World Series in seven games. I do not follow much baseball since Texas does not have any professional baseball teams.  Oh, it does? Sorry. But low performing Texas teams and no HB to discuss the game with has left me with little interest.  However, I always watch the seventh game of a World Series. If you did not see it, it was literally exciting from every play made, every ball thrown, and every ball caught.  If you saw the game, you know it probably turned on the flip from the second baseman’s glove to the shortstop. So here’s to the Giants. Three World Series rings in five years!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Next week we enter the darkness and I am not just talking about a new governor. Daylights (insert your own personal descriptive adjective now) Savings Time begins Sunday. Here’s What I’m Thinking about that: I HATE IT! Remember that old TV commercial about margarine tasting like butter? The tag line was “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.”  I feel certain there is a distinct correlation between Global Warming and Daylights Savings Time.  If there wasn’t so much daylight, maybe there would not be so much melting away.  I would like to make this plea once again. Leave the time alone.  There is electricity. Tractors have lights. You can farm all year round. Speaking of time and things agricultural, it is that time of year during the Aggie football season when I begin to think – This is painful, when do my Aggie Women’s basketball tickets arrive?  Well, it was yesterday. Tomorrow, I am having lunch with Coach Gary Blair. Me and about 500 more people. I signed up for the six luncheons hosted by the team. Beats the Hell out of the Burnt Orange room.  I sure hope the food is better too.  I wonder if the Aggies still hold up newspapers while the visiting team is being introduced. It was to express our boredom with the visitors. So it’s time to hear a WHOOP for the ladies basketball team. None of whom I would want to meet in a dark alley alone.

Jon Stewart, Ebola, Texas and Austin

Jon Stewart, Ebola, Texas and Austin

And very, very funny.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – The Committee Meets

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – The Committee Meets!

Today marks the day college football enters a new era. I love historic moments. The Selection Committee will choose the four teams for the first football playoff.  The rankings and selections are based on strength of schedule, head to head results, results of common opponents, championships won and other factors.  I have not looked at the other factors, but apparently there must be one religious school represented. Otherwise, why is Notre Dame even on the table?

Here is the scoop on The Committee. It is composed of “high-integrity individuals with experience as coaches, student-athletes, collegiate administrators, journalists, along with sitting athletics directors.” Their role is to create rankings seven times each year. You can Google “ncaa selection committee” to see who is on the committee, but you can bet Dr. Rice is the only female.  FYI – There are thirteen members on the committee. I wonder if triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) was a consideration. But it means there will be no tie votes. Today is the first meeting when the committee issues their first ranking.

I have always thought there should be a position in any organizational structure called “Committee Attendee.” The job description of this position might look like this:

Wanted: Person to attend all meetings for managers and executives thus allowing them to get actual work done.

Requirements and qualifications:

Able to sit for extended periods of time

Extra-large bladder capabilities

Able to go for long periods of time with minimal food

Ability to take legible notes for boss

Ability to appear interested when bored to nausea

Ability to appear interested when committee colleagues are off topic and you want to scream things about their lack of a brain and question why they are even on the committee

Able to corral bird walking committee member back to topic diplomatically without using profanity or discussing the person’s birth status

So here’s to The Committee as they make history. Welcome to Dallas, Ya’ll. OK – it’s Grapevine.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday, October, 27, 2014

I spent the weekend with BFF Luddite who also doesn’t like college football, so I actually only saw a very few minutes of a game. Therefore, today’s awards are based on what I read on ESPN last evening when I returned home and could access the Internet on all of my devices and watch summaries on any of my flat screen TVs. Sidebar: BFF Luddite does not know her password for Wi-Fi access in her house.  If Wi-Fi goes out and she has to reboot, she calls her son in Dallas. See?) So with no further ado,

Here are the Monday after Saturday – College Football Awards for Week 9.

The Red Tide Rising Award goes to the Crimson Tide for defeating The Vols from Tennessee. The title in the East is still available.

The Don’t Worry, Be Happy Award goes to Nick Saben for the Alabama boosters paying off his $3.1 million dollar home. I guess a $7 million a year salary, just ain’t what it used to be and was just making the ends meet.

The Alert the Fire Departments Award goes to UVA for beating Oklahoma State and moving up to Number 2 in the Big 12 Standings. With their strange, hillbilly tradition of setting fires to celebrate athletic victories, if UVA upsets TCU next week they could burn down the whole damn state.

The Still Shaky Award goes to Auburn for winning again in the fourth quarter against South Carolina.

The Broken Prophylactic Award goes to the USC Trojans for losing to the Utes from Utah. FYI – that is not the Mormon one in Utah.

The Forget Me Not Award is a three way tie between Oregon, Arizona and Arizona State who are still hanging on out West with outside chances.

The OT Award goes to Penn State for almost knocking off THE Ohio State University by losing in the second overtime.

The Long Bus Ride/Thank God it Wasn’t THAT Far Back to Lubbock Award goes to the Raiders of Texas Tech for their lost to TCU 82-27. Throw your tortilla at that TT. Good thing the coach has a modeling job he can fall back on.

The Where Have You Gone Mrs. Robinson Award to goes to Baylor for fading away like a Cecil B. DeMille Ten Commandment sunset.

The Ibuprofen Award goes to TCU quarterback, Trevon Boykin, for throwing a school record seven touchdown passes before he was removed from the game in the third quarter for mercy on Tech.

The New Chant Award goes to – 82 TCU! 82 TCU! For setting a Big 12 Record for a conference game for most points scored. Fear the Frog!

The Null and Void Award goes to THE University of Texas for scoring no points against K- State in DRK Memorial Stadium. Oh well, you still have the Thanksgiving Day game to redeem yourself against Texas A&; Wait. No you don’t. You play TCU!

The What the Hell Are You Doing? Award goes to Ole Miss who had the field goal kicker on the field to go for the tie and send the game to OT, but then changed the play, returned the offensive team to the field and then went for a touchdown running a pass play, with LSU intercepting the ball to end the game. Please note the long, rambling William Faulkner like sentence in honor of Ole Miss as they lay dying and sliding down the rankings.

The Not in My House Award/Spoiler Award goes to the FIGHTIN’ TIGERS of LSU for defeating Ole Miss in another great classic. And thoughts and prayers to the Miles Family.

Friday, October 24, 2014 – GEAUX TIGERS!

Friday, October 24, 2014 – GEAUX TIGERS!

It is a College Football Lite weekend. Most of the teams are wondering what, if anything is salvageable from what was once a promising season, while others are playing for pride and the pledge of an outstanding recruit. The only game of significance is in Baton Rouge where the Ole Miss Rebels come to Death Valley, ranked and undefeated for the first time since 1962. Yes 1962! But this is a game where all the statistics fly out the window.You play strictly for the pride of your school and the rich history surrounding the two schools.  Anything can happen.  And Mike the Tiger does not like to be the “underdog” especially in Death Valley, but he does like to play spoiler. So GEAUX TIGERS!

If you want to read more about this great football rivalry, read the article below from Tiger Rag, sent to me by my cousin who made the block sending Billy Cannon down the sidelines for the 7-3 win in 1959. You can bet The Halloween Game is rocking the radio and TV stations in Louisiana today.

By JIM ENGSTER Tiger Rag President

Ole Miss is 7-0 for the first time since 1962 when the campus of Oxford erupted in violence and death as James Meredith integrated the school’s majestic campus.

At the time, Ole Miss was the best football program in America under coach Johnny Vaught. It’s taken 52 years for the Rebels to return to the glory they last enjoyed when President Obama was in diapers.

The annual hate fest between LSU and Ole Miss could return if a top-three ranking and unbeaten status accompanies the Rebels each time they face the Tigers. Between 1958 and 1962, the rivalry reached war-between-the-states proportions as LSU also hovered above the nation.

Here is a look at the LSU-Ole Miss football war in its five-year pinnacle.

Nov. 1, 1958 at Baton Rouge: No. 6 Ole Miss (6-0) vs. No. 1 LSU (6-0) Final Score: LSU 14, Ole Miss 0

Oct. 31, 1959 at Baton Rouge: No. 3 Ole Miss (6-0) vs. No. 1 LSU (6-0) Final Score: LSU 7, Ole Miss 3

Jan 1, 1960 at New Orleans (Sugar Bowl): No. 2 Ole Miss (9-1) vs. No. 3 LSU (9-1) Final Score: Ole Miss 21, LSU 0

Oct. 29, 1960 at Oxford: No. 2 Ole Miss (6-0) vs. Unranked LSU (1-4) Final Score: Ole Miss 6, LSU 6

Nov. 4, 1961 at Baton Rouge: No. 2 Ole Miss 6-0 vs. No. 7 LSU 5-1 Final Score: LSU 10 Ole Miss 7

Nov. 3. 1962 at Baton Rouge: No. 6 Ole Miss (6-0) vs. No. 4 LSU (6-0-1) Final Score: Ole Miss 15, LSU 7

In six classic games during a golden era for both programs, LSU held a 3-2-1 advantage over the mighty Rebels. The record is impressive because Ole Miss produced a record from 1958 to 1962 of 48-5-1. Vaught was 2-3-1 versus LSU and 46-2 versus the rest of the world.

In those years, Ole Miss welcomed a trip to Baton Rouge often in lieu of playing at home. The result was that LSU more than once spoiled great seasons for the Rebels.

History could repeat Saturday night as LSU brings a 6-2 mark at home against 7-0 Ole Miss, which invades Tiger Stadium with a splendid team. Whatever happens, the result will be huge news.

An LSU win proves the Tigers have returned to top-10 status. An Ole Miss win propels the men from Oxford into conference and national contention. Ole Miss has not won an SEC football championship since the 1963 team went 7-1-2. And the Rebels have not been undefeated at the end of a season since 1962.

It is exhilarating to veteran fans to envision the rage of old returning to the ancient rivalry. The LSU campus was once bombarded with inflammatory leaflets on the eve of the annual game. Vaught pleaded ignorance and blamed the stunt on his counterpart on the LSU staff.

“I thought (Paul) Dietzel’s flying days were over,” bellowed Vaught in reference to the WWII bomber pilot heroics of the LSU coach.

The game in its heyday also featured some of the greatest stars in the history of the storied gridiron battle. In 1958, Billy Cannon finished third in balloting for the Heisman Trophy. In 1959, Cannon won the Heisman and Charlie Flowers of Ole Miss finished fifth. In 1960, Jake Gibbs was third in the Heisman competition and Jerry Stovall was a close second in 1962.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Political Commercials – May I Have the Election Results Please?

Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott, Leticia Van De Putte and Dan Patrick. The Final Four of Texas Politics. May I have the election results, please?

ISIS, Ebola, Tsunami, Obama, Gloom, Despair, Agony, Immigration, Obamacare, Hurricanes, Floods, Toenail Fungus, Baldness, Boils and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

In 30 seconds list as many buzz words as you can that create fear, yet have little, if anything to do with the people seeking political office to run the state of Texas. This seems to be the tactic used by all candidates. It should be known as Rovian Tactics, so named after Karl Rove, whose method is character assassination by association.

My favorite ad is “Wendy Davis is just like Obama.” Yep, blond, white woman and a skinny black man and then lots of inaccuracies and out of context video clips. Just a futuristic question to the GOP – who do you have, besides another Bush in the bush?

Wendy Davis was pretty much handicapped by Abbott’s wheelchair, but records show he did argue against the Americans With Disabilities who were asking to put a ramp entrance to the courthouse. This is the same ramp he uses to get to work every day.

Dan Patrick can link his opponent to a terrorist group by saying “immigration and border control.” If ISIS were to invade the United States via the Texas border, all those gun toting people in the Rio Grande Valley would start shooting and ISIS would be gone before they got to Cotulla.

And Greg Abbott? Your mother-in-law? Really? Your marriage into a Hispanic family does not make you Hispanic.  Where is your wife? Do you even speak Spanish?

Leticia Van De Putte– an extremely smart, level headed woman who is experienced and maintains a voice of reason in a sea of chaos, also known as the Texas Legislature.

Well, Texas will just roll along with a Perry clone, moving closer to the Blues Brothers named Castro. Oh wait, their grandmother was an illegal immigrant. Never mind.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – My Halloween Costume

I realize Halloween is still 10 days away, but it is time to put up the Christmas decorations. So get those shelves cleared for the wreaths. I have never been fond of Halloween. People dress like scary things, go to the events such as haunted houses to be scared, and costumed children come to your house where you supply them with candy to add to the childhood obesity issue. The day used to be just that – a single day. Now it is one of the four holiday seasons selected and grown by economically minded corporations.  So I will just sit at home and maybe watch and dance to the Thriller video with Michael Jackson. But If I were to dress up for Halloween, I would go as Condoleezza Rice. She is a classical pianist. She is a lawyer, who served as a presidential advisor and is now a law professor at Stanford. She is a female inaugural member of Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Master Golf Tournaments and she is on the Selection Committee for the NCAA college foortball playoff. But I somehow do not think anyone would understand my costume if I dressed in a Brooks Brothers suit and applied dark brown make up to my face and wore a black wig. People would think I was Queen Latifa and she is really not even a queen. So it’s back to the video. “Cause this is THRILLER…”

Tuesday, October 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 – May I have Your Autograph, Please?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I am somewhat of an autograph hound myself. In fact several family members and I have growing sports memorabilia collections. So today I propose what seems like a simple solution to me for the NCAA to consider regarding college players receiving money for autographing items. Let’s say the player receives $100 to sign something. The autograph agent or agency receives $50 of that and the player receives the other $50. But the player only receives the money if he or she maintains good grades AND displays appropriate social behavior both on and off the field of play at all times.  In addition, the player must donate a minimum of 50% of his/her earnings to scholarship programs at his or her school.  All funds acquired by the athlete become available when the athlete leaves school assuming all other conditions have been met.  If the athlete graduates, he or she receives an additional 10% of their total earnings. How easy is that?