Monthly Archives: December 2018

Monday, December 31, 2018 – Mamma Called or The Last Time the Aggies were in the Gator Bowl

Monday, December 31, 2018 – Mamma Called or The Last Time the Aggies were in the Gator Bowl

“Mamma called. And when Mama calls, you just have to come runnin.”

Let’s get in the Wayback Machine and return to December 28, 1957. It was a time of floor length formals with frills, white elbow length gloves and the Bowl Queens and their Courts who wore them.

This appears to be a 30 minute promo of the Gator Bowl in 1957. Lots of Gator Bowl Queens, the Tennessee Band, and a little bit of football footage. I wonder if there will be speed boat races this year.

The Texas Aggies were 8-0 and in contention for the National Championship. At one point they had been ranked Number One for three weeks in a row. The running back was Heisman Trophy Winner, John David Crow.

Reverse the Wayback Machine to October 26. Alabama lost to Mississippi State 25 to 13. The Alabama coach, J.B.” Ears” Whitworth was fired. Rumors began to fly down the railroad tracks to College Station. The coach of the Texas Aggies, Paul “Bear” Bryant might leave! Bryant played blocking end for Alabama and graduated in 1936 with a B.S. degree.

The Aggies came undone. The Aggies would lose to Rice (when it was the William M. Rice Institute for the Advancement of the Literature, Science and Art) and to The University of Texas. The Rice quarterback was the great King Hill.

Jimmy Wright, back-up Aggie quarterback, 1954-1956, is quoted to have said “When starting Aggie quarterback, Roddy Oborne threw an interception in the Arkansas game, and Coach Bryant did not say anything, I knew he was gone.”

Because of the losses to Rice and Texas the Aggies dropped out of contention. The Aggies received an invitation to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. It was like the Miss Congeniality of football games at that time. It was not the Rose Bowl. It was not the Cotton Bowl. It was not the Orange Bowl. It was not the Sugar Bowl. Those were the big games. But the Gator Bowl had just enlarged its stadium. It would now seat 43,000.

The Aggies’ opponent was Number 13 ranked The University of Tennessee. In a lackluster, no Aggie spirit, The Volunteers won with a field goal with 5:30 remaining in the fourth quarter to win 3-0.

It would be the last game for Bear Bryant at Texas A&M. The Aggies would not go to a bowl game again until 1968. Paul Bear Bryant would go to Alabama and as they proverbially say “the rest is history.”

When asked why he was going to go to Alabama Bryant was quoted to have said “Mamma called. And when Mama calls, you just have to come runnin.”

And THE University of Texas in 1957? The Horns played Ole Miss (an SEC team) in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. It was Darryl K. Royal’s first year as head coach. They lost 39-7 to the Rebels. Hotty Toddy!

BTHO North Carolina State

Go Dawgs!

Happy New Year!



Sunday, December 30, 2018 – The Eve of the Eve

Sunday, December 30, 2018 – The Eve of the Eve

It is the eve of New Year’s Eve; ah bitter chill it was. Wait that is The Eve of St. Agnes by Keats when the bitter chill takes place. That is not until January 20. We also have Alfred Lord Tennyson’s version St. Agnes’ Eve. I guess plagiarism was not as evident back then.

Speaking of saints, chills, and Tennyson, how about that Charge of the Light Brigade by Notre Dame yesterday? Half a yard; half a yard; half a yard onward into the valley of death rode the Irish. Notre Dame could not summon enough saints and begorrah to even make it interesting. At least Oklahoma tried a comeback. I told you that ND does not do well in a bowl with Cotton in its name.

Here’s what I’m thinking. Next football season why don’t Clemson and Alabama play to start the season? That can be their very own personal national football championship. Then in January of 2020 two other teams can have a shot at the big trophy stick. Other fans would like to wear tacky national championship hats too.

Tomorrow, actual New Year’s Eve starts the SEC Bowl Conference. Tomorrow we find Missouri versus Oklahoma State and Unranked North Carolina versus the fighting Texas Aggies.

These games are followed by LSU, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Georgia.

And to get thee to a summary. The entire Pride of the Big 12 Conference rests between Oklahoma State and THE University of Texas. Missouri is peaking and it depends on which Oklahoma State takes the field. But Georgia is really pissed off. Those Dawgs are mad dawgs. Run Bevo!

Tomorrow – The Aggies and UT in the Gator Bowl 1957 history. Yes, the SEC – it just means more!

Friday, December 28, 2018 – The College Football Sneaky Snarky Friday

Friday, December 28, 2018 – The College Football Sneaky Snarky Friday

Congratulations to the Baylor Bears in their victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores by a whopping score of 45 to 38 in the Academy Sport and Outdoors Texas Bowl. Perhaps if you both field defensive squads next year, you can up your bowl game. Vandy, your defense looked it was Lionel Richie and the Commodores.

Earlier that day in the Walk-on Independence Bowl Duke realized it really is a basketball school and walked on in the second half to score some 45 unanswered points to win over Temple 56- 27.

In the New Era Pinstripe Bowl Wisconsin beat the Miami Hurricanes down to a Category Zero by a score of 35 to 3. May I suggest for a new era, you do not name a football game after a fabric pattern?

Today as I key this we have Purdue and Auburn playing in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Auburn? Purdue? Take a Nap? Hmm.

By the evening hours we begin to drift into the Better Big Boy Big School Bowls. These are the bigger games with top players.

It is during this time period we the multitude of players who get to play in The I Did Something Stupid and Made Poor Choices Bowl and/or The I’m Not Playing for My School Because I’m Going to Combine and Will Make Millions and You’re Not Bowl.

Let’ start with the West Virginia Hillbillies and Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl. Expect the usual tacky, home-spun looking WVA uniforms and some visually unaesthetic orange from Syracuse.  Hope the second string QB for WVA is ready.

If anyone is interest you can watch Iowa State and Washington State in the Valero Alamo Bowl. This does not begin until 8:00 so it is necessary to get a proper amount of sleep because Saturday starts the games with the best of the best.

Saturday begins with Florida and Michigan at noon in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. This sounds like Hooter girls making a peach cobbler bowl.

At the 3:00 hour we have the Creepy Leprechaun and the Halo Gold Helmets on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and another variation on orange on the Clemson Tigers. This is the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in the first of the College Playoff Semi-final Game. Not to worry. The game is Jerry World in Arlington and not the old Cotton Bowl Stadium where bowl games go to be canceled. Just a quick reminder to Notre Dame – you don’t play well in The Cotton Bowl regardless of where it is played. Clemson doesn’t need all of their players to beat you.

The second College Playoff Semi-final Game is the Capital One Orange Bowl at 7:00. We have the University of Oklahoma and the University of Alabama. Like Clemson, Alabama does not need all of players to beat anyone either. Why does OU go by OU when it should be UO? I don’t know.

Anyway you have OUUA or UOUA. or UAOU.  They all rhyme with Tua. ROLL TIDE!


Thursday, December 27, 2018 – The Winding Down of 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018 – The Winding Down of 2018

We approach the last days of 2018 and the last of the college football bowls in the mediocrity category.

Assuming you were not blown away by last evenings’ thunderstorms, you were able to watch the Injured Quarterbacks’ Interception Bowl between TCU and Cal – formerly known as Berkley in the Cheez-it Bowl. The commercials with the big, yellow cheese round were better than the game. In OT the Frogs defeated the Bears 10-7.

Hey Coach Purple Patterson? I gave never coached a football game in my life. Not even Peewee league or girls’ flag football. I am anatomically unable to even wear a jock strap. But what you did with the field goal kickers makes me wonder about your coaching strategies and understanding of players. With an opportunity to win the game in regulation, you really showed your big ass. Who yells at the freshman field goal kicker; then takes him out; yells some more during the timeout; then puts him back in where he promptly misses? Then when given a second chance you send in another field goal kicker. But TCU did win and claim a victory for the Big 12. It may be the only one the conference will claim.

Speaking of the storms across Texas, the First Responders Bowl between Boston College and Boise State was the first bowl game ever canceled. HWIT – given the intensity of the storms all of the first responder in the Dallas Metroplex were needed.

Currently we have Temple and Duke playing in the Walk On Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana. It is being played during the day because no one really cares until the schools’ basketball teams reach March Madness.

In another ‘who cares’ bowl game we have the Pin Stripe Bowl between Miami and Wisconsin.

But at 8:00 on ESPN the last hope of the Big 12 Conference is the Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas Bowl between Baylor and Vanderbilt. The old tight wad, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt only did one altruistic endeavor in his life time. He lent his name and money to the founding of the Vanderbilt University. Subsequent Vanderbilt generations, like the poor little Gloria would have to sell blue jeans to support the family.

Good luck to the Baylor Bears and the Vanderbilt Commodores. This reminder to Baylor, Oklahoma State, THE University of Texas and Oklahoma -the SEC – it just means more. And that means bigger, faster, stronger and overall just better!

Yep, Baylor, you are the last hope for the Big 12. Otherwise, TCU will be the only Big 12 winner. I know Iowa State is in a bowl game, but do you even know anybody who went to Iowa State?

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – Happy Day After

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – Happy Day After

Whether you are celebrating Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, St. Stephens Day, something else or just the day after Christmas Day, I hope you are enjoying it.

It was a wonderful and blessed Christmas Eve and Christmas morning at my house of celebration. I had to get this Red Flyer to help carry my new items back to Bryan.


These are a few of my favorite things; Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens … Yeah, I know you’ll be singing it all day.

Santa really nailed this year. I got two puzzles; three calendars (No, that is not too many), gift cards to Barnes & Noble, socks, slippers, a super cool flashlight, the ever popular money, and so much more.

I got a beautiful, plush gray bathrobe that is so soft I may never take it off. Bathrobes have always been somewhat of a luxury item so it has been a long time since I have owned one. I think if I add a nice pin or a lovely brooch and pair it with a lovely contrasting scarf, I can wear it as a dress. I could be overdressed at Wal-Mart though.

You cannot tell me that my sister Dale was not there. You could taste the love in the gumbo, the Natchitoches meat pies, chocolate roll and in the Nanny cake. I also know that at some point she and Santa came into the room where I was sleeping soundly in the dark and turned on my Christmas hat with the lights.  Nice touch to slam the door on the way out so I woke up to flashing lights. Thought I had passed out on the dance floor again.

And if you need more proof that both she and Mama were hanging around check out this text that was shared last night.

Merry Christmas. I had to share I am using 2 of your mom’s recipes today thinking of her and you all. Love love

At least two of us (I was one) were actually eating a piece of that cake when the text came through. Over the years it has been called a Pound Cake, a Doy Cake, Honeyboy’s Birthday Cake, Honeyboy’s Christmas present and now The Nanny Cake. I guess at one time it was called a Butter Cake.

HB was there too. I know this because he always got puzzles; three calendars, gift cards, socks, a robe, slippers, a super cool flashlight, the ever popular money and so much more. Same things I got this year. And as he would say “There is lots to be thankful for.” I am.

Monday, December 24, 2018 – Christmas Eve

Monday, December 24, 2018 – Christmas Eve

May all the blessings and joys of this the most precious holiday shine brightly you and all of your loved ones.

I hope you hear these words tonight!

“Peace on earth, goodwill to all.”

“… and I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight – Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

If you listen very closely, you might hear Santa say…

“And on January 13, in the year 2020 in the city of New Orleans – the Aggies will win and will be Number One!” WHOOP!

Friday, December 21, 2018 – My Christmas Game

Friday, December 21, 2018 – My Christmas Game

It is the shortest day of the year. Therefore I must hurry and write this while there is still light.

Should your family enjoy playing games and participating in contests as mine does on Christmas Eve, then the following is for you. Play with your family, have fun and deny it until there are pictures.

The No Voice, You Just Think You Can Dance, You’ve Got No Talent, Dancing with No Stars, Survivor, Big Brother Reality Christmas Game


  • Two teams; three judges; one score/time keeper, one videographer (optional)
  • One bag of marshmallows, 2 red Solo cup hats, 2 sheets of paper and 2 pencils/markers
  • There are 10 cards – one for each round of play, plus one tie-breaker if needed. Otherwise it is known as the LAST CARD. Each card tells the number of participants needed to complete the activity; the number of points available and then the activity to be performed.

How to Play

  • Divide into two teams. Decide which team will go first. The first team to go selects someone to go first.
  • He/she draws an activity card. He/she reads the number of people needed to perform; the type of activity; the number of points available and the activity to be performed.
  • The activity is judged by the judges and/or or the number of points are awarded in timed activities.
  • The team with the most points wins.
  • All activities must be performed or done in one minute or less.


  • Judges use their hands to score 0 to 10. Judges scores are totaled and recorded by the scorekeeper.
  • Then Team Two must perform the exact same activity to be scored by the judges.

Next Round

Team Two must go first with Team One performing second.

Additional rules

  • In the event the contestant is unable to remember song lyrics or poetry stanzas, the contestant must make it up.
  • Only props within range of vision can be used. If you cannot see it, then you cannot use it.
  • Alcohol strongly suggested prior to playing this game.


Timed Activity – SOLO

Scoring: Least amount of time

Activity: At the start of the timekeeper, sing the chorus of Jingle Bells as fast as you can using only one breath.

Performance Activity – Three People

Scoring: Judges’ scores

Activity: One person sings Jingle Bell Rock while the other two create an impromptu dance routine.

Performance Activity – Two or more People Needed

Scoring: Judges’ scores

Activity: One person sings Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer while the other persons act it out.

Performance Activity: Two People

Scoring: Judges’ scores

One person recites A Visit from St. Nicholas (aka The Night Before Christmas) while the other person pantomimes.

Performance Activity – SOLO

Scoring: Judges/Timekeeper

Activity: You have one minute to draw a picture of the Christmas tree.

Performance Activity – ENTIRE TEAM

Scoring: Judges’ scores and 5 additional points if the dancers are co-ed.

Activity: Pretend you are the Radio City Music Hall Rocketts. Perform a dance routine including a high kick.

Performance Activity – Candy Cane Catch – Two Players

Scoring: 10 points to team who does not break their candy cane.

Activity: Players stand facing one another about one foot apart and toss a candy cane back and forth USING THEIR OPPOSITE HAND. Right-handers throw with their left. With each toss each player must take one step backward. Play continues until player misses their cane or the cane breaks.

Performance Activity: Sugar Plum Pole Dancers – 2-3 people

Scoring: Judges’ scores and 5 additional points if the dancers are coed.

Activity: Dance like you are the Sugar Plum Pole Dancers

Performance Activity: Christmas Conga Line – TEAM

Scoring: Judges’ scores

Activity: Sing a Christmas song while dancing around in a Conga line

Performance Activity: 2 people

Scoring: Judges’ scores

Activity: Make up a Christmas song and sing it in format of your choice as a duet. Example: country, rap, opera, blues, etc.


Performance Activity: Marshmallow Toss – TEAM

Scoring: Most marshmallows in cup

Activity: One player from each team ties a red solo cup to their head. Both players kneel about six feet from their team. Team members try to toss the marshmallows into the red Solo cup.

Thursday, December 20, 2018 – The Daily Bowl Game

Thursday, December 20, 2018 – The Daily Bowl Game

Tonight on ESPN at 7:00 pm the bowls featuring the smaller universities continue in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. What is a gasparilla? I am assuming you know what a bad boy is and what a mower is.

Gasparilla is inspired by the Legend of Pirate Jose Gaspar, Ye Mystic Krew of Gasparilla is dedicated to enriching the vitality and imagination of Tampa Bay.

If you look at the pictures from the link, you see people dressed as pirates, toasting with adult looking beverages and very crowded on the decks of boats. It somewhat resembles Last Splash on Lake Travis at Hippie Hollow.

If you have ever spent any time in Florida or read any of Carl Hiassen’s hilarious mysteries set in Florida, you would realize Florida doesn’t need much to enrich its imagination. It is already fruitcakes because the Cosmic bakers took the people there out of the oven too soon. So says, the great 20th Century philosopher, Jimmy Buffet. Happy Birthday Jimmy.  Any parrot head knows his birthday is December 25.

Anyway, enjoy watching the Thundering Herd of Marshall and South Florida Bulls. Perhaps it will be a thundering herd of bulls in freshly mowed grass.

It might prove to be two equally matched teams in a game that benefits the culture and community of Tampa. But still it is not the Sugar Bowl – is it, Charlie? (RL, may be the only one who catches the last sentence.)

No Snarky Friday tomorrow because I am trying not to be naughty before Santa arrives. But I will be posting the Christmas game I developed. Stay tuned.


Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – Five More Days Till Santee Claus Comes

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – Five More Days Till Santee Claus Comes

I am so happy that I am finished with my shopping. It is going to be a surprise for the gnieces and gnephews. The surprise is that they are not getting anything. They all probably make more money that I do. Of course they do not have the luxury of sitting on their butt if they chose to do so.

They will each have a little something to open, but no big gifts. The big gift is MINE! If they are nice I might let them touch my new 2 in 1 computer. I am very excited. However, I fear that with my furniture that has USB ports, I may never move.

And now a public service announcement regarding the upcoming holidays from Peach the Cat’s biped humanoid.

  • Drive safely; Don’t Text
  • Remember controlled prescription drugs cannot be refilled over the weekend

You are welcome!

Monday, December 17, 2018 – The National Football Championship Returns to Texas

Monday, December 17, 2018 – The National Football Championship Returns to Texas

And the championship trophy belongs to the Crusaders of Mary Hardin Baylor University from beautiful downtown Belton, Texas. This is the second time the Crusaders have won the title in three years. They beat Mt. Union 24-16 in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl for the Division III National Football Championship.

The Stagg Bowl was played in Shenandoah, Texas in the Woodforest Bank Stadium. The Stadium is also the home to the Oak Ridge High School Eagles, The Woodlands High School Highlanders, the Houston Dutch Lions, The Woodlands College Park High School Cavaliers and The Woodlands Wildcats.

Here’s what I’m thinking. Everything is bigger in Texas. Football is so big in Texas that small universities play in large, urban high school football stadiums.

Happy Birthday to Maggie Lou in Heaven.

Happy Birthday to DeeWee. You kinda look like this picture even today.