Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – Happy Spring and Gig ‘Em Aggies!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – Happy Spring and Gig ‘Em Aggies!

We are the Aggies and WE ARE SERIOUS!

In case you would like to watch Chennedy Carter’s three point shot again or over and over like I am…

http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=22823983

http://es.pn/2GE7HXD via @ESPN App http://es.pn/app

DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the U. S. I thought it was that other Catholic university in South Bend too. The one with Touchdown Jesus. The one the Aggie women play Saturday at 3:00 in Spokane. The one with the creepy leprechaun mascot. I hope Reveille pees on it. May a brief stomach virus invade the digestive tracts of Notre Dame basketball Saturday morning.

I wonder how you say “Oh Holy Crap!” in Latin.

Monday, March 19, 2018 – WHOOP! There It Is! WHOOSH! There It Is!

Here's What I'm Thinking

Monday, March 19, 2018 – WHOOP! There It Is! WHOOSH! There It Is!

You come on like a dream,

Reveille’s the Queen,

Shots like maroon and white wine;

You’re 16 and you’re beautiful and you’re

OUR FIGHTING TEXAS AGGIES BASKETBALL TEAMS!

The Madness of March is awesome and we are only half way through.

Sunday- Texas Aggie Women versus DePaul – Way to show up 12th Man! The women needed us from the tip off to the amazing Chennedy Carter three pointer with 2.8 seconds left to go ahead 80-79. Down 17 points, this was the fourth biggest come back in NCAA basketball history.

http://http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=228239

http://es.pn/2GE7HXD via @ESPN App http://es.pn/app

Jasmine Lumpkin- what a steal to seal the game. And of course, Lashes – Anriel Howard – outstanding performance from the Queen of Rebounds with the points to match to keep the Aggies in the game.

Bring it Muffet and…

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Monday, March 19, 2018 – WHOOP! There It Is! WHOOSH! There It Is!

Monday, March 19, 2018 – WHOOP! There It Is! WHOOSH! There It Is!

You come on like a dream,

Reveille’s the Queen,

Shots like maroon and white wine;

You’re 16 and you’re beautiful and you’re

OUR FIGHTING TEXAS AGGIES BASKETBALL TEAMS!

The Madness of March is awesome and we are only half way through.

Sunday- Texas Aggie Women versus DePaul – Way to show up 12th Man! The women needed us from the tip off to the amazing Chennedy Carter three pointer with 2.8 seconds left to go ahead 80-79. Down 17 points, this was the fourth biggest come back in NCAA basketball history.

http://http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=228239

http://es.pn/2GE7HXD via @ESPN App http://es.pn/app

Jasmine Lumpkin- what a steal to seal the game. And of course, Lashes – Anriel Howard – outstanding performance from the Queen of Rebounds with the points to match to keep the Aggies in the game.

Bring it Muffet and the Leprechauns! The Aggies are going to party like it was 2011. Note: for the non Aggie women’s basketball followers. Texas A&M defeated Notre Dame to win the National Championship in 2011. Game date and time TBD.

All of the blue hairs, gray hairs and no hairs were seeking CPR and other breathing devices as we left Reed Arena, but we anxiously hurried home to find a second miracle on TV. The Number two seeded University of North Carolina Tar Heels were behind and the Aggie men were playing like they were possessed!Thank goodness this was never a close game. I am sure that two NCAA Tournament Aggie basketball games equal one Aggie football game in terms of cussing, holding breath, slamming the dammit doll and more. Bring it Michigan. March 22, 6:37 on TBS.

And we are just at the half way mark to one of the best March Madness times ever.

Cheers to UMBC Retrievers, Texas Southern Tigers, Houston Cougars and all of the others who got to dance and be a part of history.

Cheers to Sister Jean and team from Loyola Chicago still making history.

Tonight’s women’s game – Here’s to Geno and UConn – you either need to play in the Men’s NIT or spot Quinnipiac 25 points to start the game. You know, like a golf handicap. May a brief, but severe stomach bug invade your digestive track

BTHO – Notre Dame

BTHO – Michigan

 

 

 

Saturday, March 17, 2018 – Erin Go Bragh and Songs of the Rebellion

Saturday, March 17, 2018 – Erin Go Bragh  and Songs of the Rebellion

May the luck of the Irish be with you and may we always be free.

Two of my favorite Irish folk songs are about the Irish Rebellion of 1798.

While they speak of the slavery of the Irish by Mother England, the songs are sung today about freedom everywhere.

My favorite version of “The Minstrel Boy” comes from The Clancy Brothers with Tommy Maken.

“The Minstrel Boy” is an Irish patriotic song written by Thomas Moore (1779–1852) who set it to the melody of The Moreen, an old Irish air. It is widely believed that Moore composed the song in remembrance of a number of his friends, whom he met while studying at Trinity College, Dublin and who had participated in (and were killed during) the Irish Rebellion of 1798.

https://youtu.be/jBwUhVgjbCw

The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death you’ll find him

 His father’s sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him

 “Land of Song!” cried the warrior bard,
(Should) “Tho’ all the world betrays thee,

One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!”

 The Minstrel fell! But the foeman’s chain
Could not bring that proud soul under

 The harp… The harp he loved ne’er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder

 And said “No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and bravery!

 Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!

 My favorite Irish folksong is Boulevogue. Here are The High Kings singing this song about freedom from the Rebellion of 1798.

I am pretty sure the Duffy’s were with Father Murphy. Otherwise I would not become so emotional whenever I hear this song. “God grant you glory brave Father Murphy…”

https://youtu.be/PnJp5Aw65fE

At Boolavogue, as the sun was setting
O’er the bright May meadows of Shelmalier,
A rebel hand set the heather blazing
And brought the neighbours from far and near.
Then Father Murphy, from old Kilcormack,
Spurred up the rocks with a warning cry;
“Arm! Arm!” he cried, “For I’ve come to lead you,
For Ireland’s freedom we fight or die.”

He led us on against the coming soldiers,
And the cowardly Yeomen we put to flight;
‘Twas at the Harrow the boys of Wexford
Showed Booky’s Regiment how men could fight.
Look out for hirelings, King George of England,
Search ev’ry kingdom where breathes a slave,
For Father Murphy of the County Wexford
Sweeps o’er the land like a mighty wave.

We took Camolin and Enniscorthy,
And Wexford storming drove out our foes;
‘Twas at Sliabh Coillte our pikes were reeking
With the crimson stream of the beaten Yeos.
At Tubberneering and Ballyellis
Full many a Hessian lay in his gore;
Ah, Father Murphy, had aid come over
The green flag floated from shore to shore!

At Vinegar Hill, o’er the pleasant Slaney,
Our heroes vainly stood back to back,
And the Yeos at Tullow took Father Murphy
And burned his body upon the rack.
God grant you glory, brave Father Murphy
And open heaven to all your men;
The cause that called you may call tomorrow
In another fight for the Green again.

 Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Pi Day and RIP Stephen Hawking

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Pi Day and RIP Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking January 8, 1942 – March 14, 2018

Today is 3.14 – pi day. It honors the symbol used in mathematics to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

With no coincidence pi day marks the birth of Albert Einstein and the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death and the death of one of the world’s greatest minds.

From his native England the Prime Minister said of him:

Professor Stephen Hawking was a brilliant and extraordinary mind – one of the great scientists of his generation. His courage, humour and determination to get the most from life was an inspiration his legacy will not be forgotten.

Here are two of my favorite Stephen Hawking quotes.

We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasly polluted and overcrowded planet.

One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away. Interview with ABCs Diane Sawyer June 2010

Tonight, the stars and universe shine brighter tonight and from now on. We will continue look up at the stars. Rest peacefully among them, Dr. Hawking.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – March Madness and Bracket Racket

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – March Madness and Bracket Racket

Everybody Dance Now! The Madness of March is upon us and brackets are filled with teams headed to The Big Dance. I must hurry to complete my bracket on the men’s side. The games start tonight. Here are a few of my favorite teams this year.

Since these teams will not last long I hope they enjoy while they are there with their locations and mascots.

  • UMBC – University of Maryland Baltimore County – Retrievers with a mascot named True Grit
  • UNCG – University of North Carolina at Greensboro – Spartans
  • LIU Brooklyn – Long Island University Brooklyn – Blackbirds
  • Radford – Radford Virginia – Highlanders
  • Lipscomb – Nashville Tennessee, Lu the Bison

Then the big boys begin on Friday. My favorites are:

  • Any team that plays Texas Tech starting with Stephen F. Austin in Dallas on Friday. Give ‘Em the Ax, Jacks. But Beware the Ides of March.
  • The Texas Aggies – the outcome depends on which team shows up l.or who gets suspended for stupidity. The Aggies play the Providence Friars. BTHO the Friars.

Four teams will get the opportunity to spend an April Easter in San Antonio. If you are not watching Charles Barkley and friends’ commercials about Texas you are missing a good laugh.

On the women’s side my favorite teams are

Any team that plays UConn. Actually, I think UConn should be a number 16 seed on the men’s side.

Any team that plays Louisville. Whoa! Could there be an opportunity for Baylor to pay back from a time before?

Any team that plays Notre Dame. Muffet, you are going to have long dance with only six players. You will indeed need the Luck of the Irish.

Princeton – I like to listen to the announcers during Princeton game. It goes something like this: “Mary is a 6 foot junior forward from Chicago. She is a Merit scholar with a double major in biochemical engineering and cybersecurity with minors in Russian and American history. She speaks French, Spanish and Russian.”

The Aggie Women open Friday with Drake. I wonder if they will play Drake music while they warm up. As with the Aggie men, it will depend on which team shows up to play as to how deep into the dance we go.

I have no clue who will win the man’s Championship. On the women’s side – Mississippi State – THIS IS YOUR YEAR! Look for the Bulldogs in Columbus Ohio on Easter Sunday. TY6szzzzzz6yyyyyyyyy – Stop it Peach.

Completed brackets tomorrow. Let’s go Radford.

I think this means Peach is picking Xavier on the men’s bracket.

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Friday, March 09, 2018 – A Happy Friday Smile

Friday, March 09, 2018 – A Happy Friday Smile

Here I am in drag as a college baseball player. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 – Springtime Poetry in Texas

Thursday, March 8, 2018 – Springtime Poetry in Texas

Spring has sprung,

The grass has ris

I wonder where the allergy medicine is.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 – How Cool and How Come?

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 – How Cool and How Come?

I found some family ephemera (fancy talk for old family stuff like pictures of people you do know know). I am sure, much to the delight of my family, I donated it to LSU. My name will officially be in a museum. Thank you LSU Alum, Kathy for the help.

Remember LSU is a land grant school and when the Morrill Act was passed all land grant schools were required to have a military component. Google the Morrill Act if you did not attend a land grant school. Today of course, there is only one land grant school with a Corps of Cadets of any value. Of course that is the Harvard on the Brazos – aka Texas A&M University. Therefore, it is only right and honorable that this Texas Aggie makes a donation. How cool is that?

The photographs were of cadets of LSU and some old buildings the LSU history people recognized immediately. The dates on the back were 1905 from the Old War Skule. This date is two years before my father was born and my aunt was only three years old. I have no idea who the cadets are or where the photographs came from.

When downloading my museum donation form I ran across this from the LSU Old War Skule site posted February 26, this year. http://olewarskule.lsu.edu/?p=3302

Chairs of Honor. POW/MIA permanent seats were installed in Tiger Stadium, Maravich Assembly Center, and Alex Box Stadium and are guarded by ROTC members during home games.

Here’s what I’m thinking. How come there are no POW/MIA seats in every college stadium/arena and sports venue? And especially how come there are not any in Kyle Field and Reed Arena? And Blue Bell Park and the softball ball and soccer stadium?

What do you think about the idea? Share it Aggies!

 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Remember the Alamo and Remember to Vote

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Remember the Alamo and Remember to Vote

Today is March 6. On this day in Texas history, the Alamo Mission fell into the hands of the Mexican Army. The Texians and their supporters were given no quarters and all put to the sword.

But we are Texans and we do not forget or give up.

Today is March 6. On this day in Texas, it is the March Primary. Please remember to vote. People have died for us to have this privilege.

It makes a difference even if you are out-numbered. Ask the defenders of the Alamo.