Monthly Archives: December 2018

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.

Friday, December 14, 2018 – Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio?

Friday, December 14, 2018 – Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio?

Oops. Wrong sport. Where have you gone Snarky Football Friday?

It is difficult to snark about college football when no games are being played. But tomorrow kicks off the Bowl Games. Here’s a quick reminder to assist you in your viewing of the increasingly growing number of college bowl games with stupid names. The further away from New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day the game is, the crappier the teams and games. In fact, some of these should be called Bowel Games. But hey it’s football.

Tomorrow we begin with the New Mexico Bowl Game between Utah State and North Texas on ESPN at 1:00. This is Utah State University whose mascot is Big Blue and not the Utes or the Cougars from BYU. I actually thought Big Blue was Michigan, but maybe Joseph or Brigham took the name with them. Big Blue is one of those anthropomorphic mascots (i.e. a person in a costume). At one time the university actually had a real live bull that was painted blue. But I think the Donner Party ate it. In spite of Utah State being a land grant school and thus Aggies, I’m going with Eagles of UNT.

In an instate battle between Louisiana schools we have the Autonation Cure Bowl between Tulane and Louisiana at 12:30 on CBSSN. The Green Wave versus Ragin Cajuns. This is being played in Camping World Stadium, but it is in Orlando Florida. However, I do not like to camp and watch football. I do like the name of this bowl – the Autonation Cure. Because I think the nation definitely needs some curing so I hope this helps.

In the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl we find Arizona State (no that is not Sumlin’s school) and Fresno State 2:30 ABC. Should be colorful costumes and/or uniforms.

Raycon Media Camellia Bowl Georgia Southern State University and Eastern Michigan University at 4:30 on ESPN. HWIT – PETA should be alerted because this means GASO versus EMU so it sounds like the emus are in danger of being gassed. Also, I Googled Raycom and only found headphones/earbuds. So I do not know why there a football bowl game named after headphones and the wife of Prince Charles’ of England.

At 8:00 on ESPN we have Middle Tennessee and Appalachian State in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. I don’t what the R+L Carriers carry, but who cares? The game is in New Orleans. We can all have gumbo and cocktails and pretend we are in NOLA!

There are more bowl games next week. I must research the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. Cheribundi? Is this Al Bundy’s sister? Perhaps it is similar to Cowabunga from the old Tarzan films.

Happy weekend. Stay warm.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – Two Weeks from Today

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – Two Weeks from Today

Christmas Day is two weeks away from today. You have two weeks to get in the Christmas spirit. There was a question asked on Twitter this morning. How do you honor the memory of a deceased loved during the holiday season? Here are some of my favorite responses. What do you do to remember your loved ones who are at THE Big Birthday party in Heaven?

  • We have an extra place setting at the table with an empty chair and a flower.
  • We cook their favorite foods following their favorite recipes.
  • We decorate the tree with her/his ornaments.
  • We lost a son at six months of age fourteen years ago. Since his death we adopt a family that has a son who would be the same age as ours.
  • We decorate with our dad’s trains and have the Christmas tree in his train room.
  • Our son was killed in Afghanistan. We donate to Wounded Warriors.
  • We play their favorite songs.
  • I read A Visit from St. Nicholas (The Night Before Christmas) to the family, just like Daddy used to.
  • Donate to a local charity.
  • We go to the cemetery and have a toast of Jameson to our father.
  • We tell some of our relatives’ favorite jokes.
  • We put a photo in chair, light a candle on the table and tell a favorite story.
  • We put poinsettias on the graves and say a prayer.
  • Our church holds a mass for them.
  • We go to candlelight services at church on Christmas Eve.
  • We donate to the food bank in our community.
  • Cry a little bit but carry on with memories.
  • Celebrate for them.

    Dale, I never took down your Christmas tree from last year because you still light up our family. And Peach and Meela have not yet torn it down so that’s a plus.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 4141 Train and Flyover

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 4141 Train and Flyover

Magnolia, Texas was one of the premier sites to see the train carrying the casket of former president George H. W. Bush. I was so blessed to capture some photographs of a historic time in our nation’s history.

For those familiar with Magnolia, I am standing on a Constable truck near the Library.

Looking south toward Pinehurst

Looking north toward FM 1488

I was also blessed to get back to College Station to see the flyover. There were five contingents of four jets. I tried to give some perspective of how low the formations were. The missing man formation was done over the George Bush Library. The lone aircraft took various directions. One actually flew back over the National Hamburger of Texas.

 

 

 

 

You can hardly see the aircraft. Visibility was becoming terrible.

 

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 – Farewell Flyoverover Texas A&M University.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 – Farewell Flyover over Texas A&M University

Tuesday, December 04, 2018 – The George H. W. Bush Library

Tuesday, December 04, 2018 – The George H. W. Bush Library

Monday, December 3, 2018 – The Games Are Set

Monday, December 3, 2018 – The Games Are Set

The Committee has spoken. Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Notre Dame. Those are the four that are in.

This leaves Georgia, Ohio State and most everybody else mad. The Big 12 wanted OU and not two teams from the SEC. Everybody is tired of Alabama except Alabama. They just keep on rolling.

I am so happy Notre Dame is playing Clemson on December 29 in the Cotton Bowl. The Cotton Bowl has never been kind to the Irish. Go Clemson.

There are 33 bowl games between December 15 and January 1. That is way too many to give comments. Unless you or your child or grandchild attends one of the universities, no one really cares about who is playing until the end of December.

Let’s take a preview of some of the action. One more thing. The SEC. It just means more. As in, 11 teams in bowl games.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF BOWLS

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston) – Vanderbilt vs. Baylor – Dec. 27 – 8 pm CT – ESPN

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville) – Auburn vs. Purdue – Dec. 28 – 1:30 pm CT – ESPN

Belk Bowl (Charlotte) – South Carolina vs. Virginia – Dec. 29 – Noon ET / 11 am CT – ABC

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Atlanta) – Florida vs. Michigan – Dec. 29 – 11 am CT – ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl (Miami) – Alabama vs. Oklahoma – Dec. 29 – 7 pm CT – ESPN

AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Memphis) – Missouri vs. Oklahoma State – Dec. 31 – 2:45 pm CT – ESPN

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (Jacksonville) – Texas A&M vs. North Carolina State – Dec. 31 – 7:30 pm CT – ESPN

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Phoenix) – LSU vs. Central Florida – Jan. 1 – Noon CT – ESPN

VRBO Citrus Bowl (Orlando) – Kentucky vs. Penn State – Jan. 1 – Noon CT – ABC

Outback Bowl (Tampa) – Mississippi State vs. Iowa – January 1 – 11:00 am CT – ESPN2

Allstate Sugar Bowl (New Orleans) – Georgia vs. Texas – Jan. 1 – 7:45 pm CT – ESPN

Sunday, December 2, 2018 – George H. W. Bush – A Story and Photos

Sunday, December 2, 2018 – George H. W. Bush – A Story and Photos

This morning I went to the George H. W. Bush Museum and Library. It is already a very busy day there. Security already has a presence. There are landscapers at every piece of grass and ground. The media is already staging.

Here is a story from Aggieland about President 41 and some photos from the Library today.

The staff at the George H. W. Bush Library were informed in October the about the former president’s failing health. They were told to begin to execute the pre-planned protocols. The spokespersons representing the family and the library were in constant contact.

Then it was Thanksgiving week ending with the football game between Texas A&M and LSU. The family and the library began to panic. What if President Bush passes during this time? The logistics would be a nightmare. What if the game had to be canceled?

As you recall (or would like to forget if you are LSU) the game was a history making football game. Allegedly, after the game, the Bush spokesperson called the library and said “We made it. He is such an Aggie!”

President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush did love College Station, Bryan and the Aggies. And College Station, Bryan and the Aggies loved the Bushes.

Rest in Peace.

There is already a security presence. The media is already beginning to stage.

Flags at half staff.

My favorite. So much history in this photograph.

I hope you enjoyed the photoes. Hey, Dan Quayle was GHWB’s Vice President.