Monday, October 2, 2017 – Football is Just a Game

Monday, October 2, 2017 – Football is Just a Game

No awards today. Thoughts and prayers for:

Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, the children who need CHIP, and the United States of America.

Photo by me.

Friday, September 29, 2017 –Snarky Friday College Football

Friday, September 29, 2017 –Snarky Friday College Football

Thirty days hath September and there were some games to remember and many to forget… But first.

The NFL debacle – IMHO – This should never have been an issue. The intrusion of the government into the corporate arena sets a dangerous precedent. Here’s what I’m thinking – the American citizens in Puerto Rico would die to have a cold drink of fresh water and electricity to even watch TV. Wait, the citizens just might die while waiting. So why?

Speaking of why? Why is THE University of Texas playing on a Thursday? Better yet, why is THE University even playing Iowa State? Even better, why is Iowa State even in the Big 12 Conference?

BEVO – Photo by Jill.

But BEVO’s Boys withstood the Cyclones 17-7. Please know that Iowa State is in the running for Ugly Uniform Award. The mascot is a weather pattern.

Tonight we have Miami and Duke on ESPN at 6:00 and USC and Washington State following. It is always fun to watch a Mike Leach team.

The Saturday Wake-up Call Games at 11:00 are:

New Mexico State and Arkansas on SECN – more Aggies for the Baconators. Did you know the New Mexico State mascot is named Pistol Pete?

  • Vanderbilt and Florida on ESPN – Did you know the ONLY altruistic endeavor by Commodore Vanderbilt was the establishment of Vanderbilt University?
  • Northwestern and Wisconsin on ABC. Yawn.

In the 2:30 time slot we find:

  • Baylor at Kansas State @ 2:30 on ESPN 2. This depends on which Bears show up in Manhattan. Could be interesting if the ones from last week take the field.
  • Georgia and Tennessee on CBS – Dogs again. UGA and Smokey. I don’t know if “Rocky Top will always be…”

Why? Why are the best games in the evening?

If any two teams should have a weather pattern as their mascot it should be Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. in Lubbock at 7:00 on Fox. Tortillas blowing in the wind.

Love my TT pic. Love you Little Sister. AXOs.

If Oklahoma State and New Mexico State should meet in a game, would it be Dueling Pistol Petes?

In the battle between Mississippi and Alabama ESPN will showcase:

  • Mississippi State and Auburn at 5:00. To the Bulldogs – you need a Big Solid Defense. To Auburn: Roll Tide.
  • Ole Miss and Alabama at 8:00 ESPN at Tuscaloosa – Hotty Toddy, but Roll Tide. Dear Coach Saban, Do not underestimate your opponent. The Rebels have nothing to play for except pride.

Sandwiched between the Battle of Mississippi and Alabama we find Troy University at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge to meet LSU at 6:00 in the last non-conference primer for LSU. Here is a primer on Troy: The Troy Trojans mascot is named T-Roy. He is one of those dressed up mascots. Troy University’s athletics nickname was the Red Wave until the early 1970s when the student body voted to change the name to Trojans. I am not going to ask why they changed to that. One can only hope the students and the state of Alabama were aware that Trojan refers to a warrior and not a birth control device.

The game of the weekend is the Texas A&M Aggies versus the South Carolina Gamecocks on the SECN at 6:30.That means crappy announcers live from Kyle Field. Things to watch for overall: Crappy announcers misprouncing small Texas towns, talking way too much and saying nothing. For the Gamecocks watch for Uncle Will Muschamp exploding at referees and players. For the Aggies watch for the explosive Captain Christian Kirk.

Other burning questions you must have are:

What is the mascot of South Carolina?

Cocky (mascot) Cocky is the costumed mascot of the University of South Carolina athletics teams. He represents a cartoon version of a gamecock (a fighting rooster).

Why is South Carolina’s mascot a Gamecock?

The University of South Carolina’s varsity sports teams are known as the “Gamecocks”. This unique moniker is held in honor of Thomas Sumter, a Revolutionary War hero from South Carolina who was nicknamed the “Carolina Gamecock” after British General Banastre Tarleton said Sumter “fought like a gamecock.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocky_(mascot)

What is the mascot of Texas A&M?

The mascot of Texas A&M University is Reveille. She is a beautiful and very real Collie and the First Lady of Aggieland. She is prettiest mascot in her category in the NCAA mascot contest.

Source: NCAA and every Texas Aggie on the planet.

Native Texan Wall: Texas Monthly Cover signed “To Delia; Ann Richards.” FYI – I also have George W’s signature signed “To Delia Best Wishes George W. Bush.

Since we started the day with politics, let us end it with politics. When former Governor of Texas, Ann Richards, was campaigning for her first term, she and her staff were flying to The Valley on a campaign trip. One of her staff members asked: “Miss Richards, the people will want to know where you stand on cock fighting.” Miss Richards replied “To be honest, I never met one that I wanted to fight with.”

BTHO South Carolina.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017- From the File: Don’t Remember – History/ Doomed to Repeat it. 1969.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017- From the File: Don’t Remember – History/ Doomed to Repeat it. 1969.

What is wrong with We, the People?

If you are watching the Ken Burns and Karen Novik PBS Series The Vietnam War then you know we have done this before. Ask me, I was there. I was 20 years old. I saw US divided. I saw US protesting for and against. I saw US yelling and hating. I saw US killing each other in the streets and villages in places with foreign names and in places like Ohio. There was no way one could not be caught up in the times in some way.  Yes, I still have my protest buttons. “Old enough to fight; old enough to vote:” Thank you great nieces and nephews!

Sometimes in watching each episode of The Vietnam War I think, the only difference between then and now is high definition, digital television and sound.

How did the story end then? President Richard Nixon resigned in scandal for lying among other impeachable offenses. I bet he was even lying about the damn dog, Checkers, and Pat’s “good, Republican, cloth coat.”

I do not know how the same song/second verse of history will end this time. But, HWIT, I do not think the continued division over football is worth US being divided.

Like then: like now – How can people be so heartless? We, the People, need to focus on other issues.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – It’s Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – It’s Voter Registration Day

Today is voter registration day. If you sincerely want to see change, then register to vote and exercise your privilege to cast you ballot.

Meanwhile back in the chaos. It is not about the flag. It is not about disrespecting the United States. It is about supporting the Constitutional right guaranteed by the First Amendment as “the right to protest.” Do not confuse dissent with disrespect.

Rosa Parks was not protesting the buses or the transportation system. Gandhi was not protesting junk food. Martin Luther King was not walking through the South for the soul food.

I hope you are registered to vote. Be thankful that we live in a country where we have the rights expressed in The United States Constitution.

Meanwhile I am taking the day off and taking a knee.

Should have been a constitutional lawyer.

Beyond here, there be dragons. Photo by me. Austin graffiti wall – 2013

Monday, September 25, 2017 – My Monday After College Football Awards

Monday, September 25, 2017 – My Monday After College Football Awards

Things begin to get serious for teams I like and teams that play teams I like. There are few cupcake games on the schedule. Defensive and offensive units begin to solidify. We hope.

Let us begin with Poopy Undies Awards. This is given to the fans of teams who need a change in undergarments due to their team’s performance. The first award goes to the Fighting Texas Aggies for once again defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks in overtime. How many times now Hogs? Doesn’t matter the South Carolina Chickens are coming to College Station.

Poopy Undies Awards must be awarded to the fans of Oklahoma and Baylor. To go with your Poo Poo Undies Award, OU, you also receive The Never Under Estimate your Opponent Award.

Boomer Sooner Baylor Bust. Photo by Debbie

While we are giving bodily function awards, let us proceed to the Pepto Bismal Awards for upsets.

  • Florida – 28 Kentucky – 27 – Gator kick field goal to win as time expires. Basketball season begins soon!
  • Florida State 21 NC State 27- Good bye to the Top 25 for the Seminoles.
  • TCU – 44 Oklahoma State -31 – Pissed Off Pistol Pete in Stillwater. Frogs rising and making things interesting in the Big 12.

The Southern Ladies Arts and Crafts Ideas for During Game Award goes to those who endured the Mississippi State loss to Georgia. Bully 3 and UGA 31.

Ladies, may I suggest implementing a Cursing Jar on game day? This is for those whose language often becomes colorful when one is forced to utter expletive deleteds as he or she watches in horror as their alma mater has no defense and no offense. With each play, drop a quarter into a plastic jar. Jars should be plastic to avoid breakages when thrown at the television.

This Curse Fund can add up quickly. During the Texas Aggie/UCLA game I made five dollars during the fourth quarter alone. Variations may include quarters for one syllable curses; two quarters for compound words; and a $1.00 for compound words and phrases questioning one’s religion and one’s birth mother.

The only Big Solid Award for Defense goes to Texas Aggie Armani Watts for intercepting the pass in the end zone to end the game in OT and seal a victory for the Aggies.

To the official from The Hellen Keller School of Officiating, we give the Right Foot Wrong Foot Award. This is given for calling the Aggie QB out of bounds when it was actually the defender who was out of bounds. Does the “S” stand for Sightless?

Photo by Barrett Sallee, from Twitter.

The last awards are the fashion awards. First the team – to Baylor. Not exactly ugly, but the black and gold lame (pronounced “lay may”) numbers did not work for me. But hey, if works, then keep on wearing. Also, do you know how long it took me to find out how to spell lame? And now I can’t find the little punctuation thing show it is French prounced‘lamay’ and not ‘lame’ as the team was before.

The final fashion award for Worst Dressed goes to Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema. Yes, that sweat shirt made you look frumpy. It looked like a last minute pick up off the floor fashion decision. Show some dressing!

I apologize for no awards to the Biggies this week as each had no trouble with their opponent – Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson. Here’s a Dr. Pepper and boys’ medium shirt from Larry, Doug Flutie and Boston College.

I wonder if South Carolina will take the mascot to the Dixie Chicken next Saturday. BTHO South Carolina. Maybe we’ll tailgate. I’ll bring chicken tacos!

Friday, September22, 2017 – Snarky Friday – My College Football Preview

Friday, September22, 2017 – Snarky Friday – My College Football Preview

It is the First Day of Fall. The temperature is an unpleasant and humid 90 degrees in Texas.

Hope The Fighting Texas Aggie Band looks as good in Jerry World in Dallas as in Kyle Field last week. Photo by KB.

Starting our football day on ESPN at 11:00 AM. in the morning, we have The Hopefully Fighting Texas Aggies versus the Arkansas Razorbacks in the SEC opener for both teams. Sing it Willie Nelson, It’s gonna be a Bloody Mary Morning. Hopefully it will be served with an extra-large side of bacon, sausage and a pork chop. I imagine the frying pan will very hot for both coaches.

Speaking of a coach’s butt sitting in the frying pan, on ABC at 11:00 you will find the Red Raiders from Texas Tech playing the University of Houston Cougars in a match-up of former Big 12 quarterbacks now head coaches. We find in the frying pan Tech Coach, Former Tech QB, Kliff Kingsbury. Opposite will be former QB at THE University of Texas, Major Applewhite. Hook ‘Em! And Go Cougar High! Remember Tech does not play defense.

I am not so certain I would be screaming “Guns Up” in TDECU Stadium in Houston. Sidebar: The official name of the stadium is derived from Texas Dow Employees Credit Union (TDECU), the largest credit union in Houston, which purchased its naming rights in the largest-ever naming rights deal for a college football stadium.

On CBS at a most reasonable hour of 2:30 Alabama travels to Nashville to meet Vanderbilt in their SEC opener. Vandy, you gonna need a lot more than Lionel Richie and The Commodores trying to sing country in Nashville. ROLL TIDE!

Photo by Kristen

Following the Aggies and Hogs we have TCU and Oklahoma State on ESPN @ 2:30. This game has potential. Go Pokes!

The David and Goliath Game is between Baylor and Oklahoma. Nothing sounds worse rising over The Brazos River above McLane Stadium than Boomer Soomer all evening long. Oh, the game is on FS 1 at 5:30 in the event you are interested.

 

Veterans Park, College Station Texas. Photo by me.

That game could be over by 6:00 when it time to switch to any other game on TV. I will be watching ESPN and the dog fight between Bully and UGA or Mississippi State versus the University of Georgia. Let the Cowbells ring in Athens on Saturday night. Going to need some Big Solid Defense.

Of course I will be accessing all of my screens (I know JH, you have screen envy) as I check on other contests looking for close scores; ugly uniforms/helmets, and exploding coaches.

BTHO Arkansas!

Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Shanah tovah um’tukah

Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Shanah tovah um’tukah

For my dear Jewish friends, holiday greetings. I hope I have the greetings correct and wish you a good year.

On Rosh HaShanah, we can say “Shanah tovah um’tukah,” which means “May you have a good and sweet new year.” The greeting can be shortened to “Shanah tovah” (“A good year”). As on any happy holiday or festival, we can say “Chag sameach!” (“Happy holiday!”).

Another traditional greeting for both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is a Yiddish greeting, “Gut yontif,” which means “Wishing you a good holiday.”

Special greetings on Yom Kippur include “G’mar chatima tovah,” which means, “May you be inscribed (or sealed) for good in the Book of Life,” and “tzom kal,” which is used to wish others an “easy fast.”

Tomorrow is the first day of Fall. Photo by me. Alaska 2014,

https://reformjudaism.org/practice/ask-rabbi/what-greetings-are-appropriate-rosh-hashanah-and-yom-kippur

 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Ken Burns and Karen Novik – The Vietnam War. Sometimes Known as The Vietnam Conflict.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Ken Burns and Karen Novik – The Vietnam War. Sometimes Known as The Vietnam Conflict.

I am calling attention to my blog post from Sunday regarding the PBS programming of Ken Burn’s and Karen Novik’s documentary – The Vietnam War. https://drdrd85.me/2017/09/17/sunday-morning-september-17-2017-vietnam-and-constitution-day/

If you are not watching this series you should be. If you are watching, then you know it is powerful, painful and critically important to watch.

Tonight is Episode 3. Here are some reactions I saw on Facebook that I paraphrased from Episodes 1 and 2 and then I added a few of my own. Feel free to share any of your thoughts.

From Episode 1.

Evans: I did not know it went back to the 1940’s.

Me: I did not know that of the first two names on the Vietnam Wall noting their death that one was from Texas – Copperas Cove.

Episode 2

Smith: I learned things I never knew – disturbing and relevant to today. Dammit.

Jones: I was shocked, but not surprised about the lack of communication from the OSS/CIA, Ho Chi Minh, John F. Kennedy, the US Congress and of course the American People.

Several people: I wonder what the outcome might have been if those communications had reached the intended parties and the U.S. pulled out and backed Ho Chi Minh?

Museum of the American G. I. (19124 Highway 6) South College Station, Texas. Permanently housing the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit. The name on the tag is Ralph Smith. Photo by me.

The black tags mark those MIA.

Me: who actually taught the Vietnam Unit in high school and college: I did not know Ho Chi Mihn’s history. While I remember seeing the monks set themselves on fire on the evening news, I did not know the cause behind them. I did not know it was a Catholic minority ruling a majority Buddhist country. Then again the Catholics are the church that gave history The Inquisition and invented burning at the stake. Or was it The Crusades trying to convert everybody to Christianity?

There are 10 episodes to The Vietnam War. Last evening’s episode ended with the assassination of Diem. History people know who was behind the assassination, but perhaps others are just learning. This could have been such a huge turning point. What if it went down like this? OK, Ho, we got Diem out of the way. It is all yours to unite your country and its culture. We are leaving.

Something that stood out for me last evening was this quote from one of the many Marines who bravely served and is providing narratives. It seems to describe a pivotal point in history.

“We were the last generation to believe our government would not lie to us.”

Last Sunday was U. S Constitution Day. I wonder if in tonight’s episode we see how The Constitution played into this history with the Gulf of Tonkin incident and why the Vietnam experience is of often noted as a “conflict” and not a “war.”http://kenburns.com/films/vietnam/

 

Monday, September 18, 2017 – My Monday After College Football Awards

Monday, September 18, 2017 – My Monday After College Football Awards

This weekend’s games were why we love college football.

Let’s begin with the scores. All the Bigs won big by big scores. Alabama OU, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Clemson.

The When Is It Basketball Season? Award goes to Baylor for their loss to Duke 20 to 34. There is always Kansas, Baylor.

The ULaLa Second Half Elixir Award, produced by Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Fighting Aggie Band goes to the Texas Aggies.

The announcers said “Perhaps the Aggie Band will help the Aggies in the second half.” Photo by KB.

Not certain if this is Kyle Field at 11:00 kickoff, but it looks pretty full to me. Photo by KB.

I hope you ordered a case of the Elixir for next week’s game. Now that you have finished playing the Three Sisters of the Poor, next week it is time to bring home the bacon.

 

Photo by me. Gator by Prejeans.

The 00.00 Clockwork Orange Award goes to both UT schools. First to the University of Tennessee. Hail Mary, Full of Gatorade, as Florida wins with a Hail Mary pass as time runs out to defeat the Vols. I guess Gators can reach Rocky Top.

The second 00.00 Clockwork Orange Award goes to THE University of Texas as USC scores with seconds left in the first half.

In addition, THE University of Texas receives a Poopy Undies Award and a new award entitled Pop a Vein Award as their fans watched the entire game ultimately loosing as the field goal split the uprights in the second overtime giving USC the win 24 -27. Trust me, Horns, the Aggies know the feeling of seeing the ball go through the goal post as time expires. At least it wasn’t in your stadium and on Thanksgiving.

The Herding Cats Cowbell Award goes to the Bulldogs of Mississippi State. For Real! These dogs put an ass kicking on LSU 27 to 7.

As mentioned in previous posts, this year there is The Big Solid Award. This award is given to defensive units and individuals in the defense and there are several this week. Let’s begin with The Big Solid’s Alma Mater, Mississippi State and award a Big Solid Award to the Mississippi State Defense. It is not easy to herd cats.

Bully! I could have been a contender. I am prettier than Smokey and UGA. When is our play day, Miss Reveille? Photo my me from the TV.

A second Big Solid Award goes to the Defense of THE University of Texas. I am not sure the Horns are back, but the defense was impressive. Let us see what happens in Dallas in October.

Now to the individual Big Solid Awards.

To #4 Deshon Elliot, of THE University, I am awarding the Franco Harris Immaculate Reception Award and a Big Solid Award for 2.5 interceptions. Yes, it was almost three interceptions so I am giving half credit for the almost third one.

To Texas Aggie # 23 Armani Watts – a Big Solid Award for two interceptions. We are going to need many more of those.

And last, the Big Super Solid Award goes to #8, Dorion O’Daniel of Clemson for his interception of a Heisman Winning Quarterback, (Lamar Jackson) and returning it for a touchdown. Pure Big Solid. Perhaps he will share the video when the Bulldogs take on the Tide. Factoid: Joe Namath was eleventh in the balloting for the 1964 Heisman Trophy, which was won by quarterback John Huarte of Notre Dame. John Who?

Honeyboy! Look who just won the American League West! The Houston Astros! This might be the year! Go Astros.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Ken Burns and Karen Novik – The Vietnam War. Sometimes Known as The Vietnam Conflict.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Ken Burns and Karen Novik – The Vietnam War. Sometimes Known as The Vietnam Conflict.

I am calling attention to my blog post from Sunday regarding the PBS programming of Ken Burn’s and Karen Novik’s documentary – The Vietnam War. https://drdrd85.me/2017/09/17/sunday-morning-september-17-2017-vietnam-and-constitution-day/

If you are not watching this series you should be. If you are watching, then you know it is powerful, painful and critically important to watch.

Tonight is Episode 3. Here are some reactions I saw on Facebook that I paraphrased from Episodes 1 and 2 and then I added a few of my own. Feel free to share any of your thoughts.

From Episode 1.

Evans: I did not know it went back to the 1940’s.

Me: I did not know that of the first two names on the Vietnam Wall noting their death that one was from Texas – Copperas Cove.

Episode 2

Smith: I learned things I never knew – disturbing and relevant to today. Dammit.

Jones: I was shocked, but not surprised about the lack of communication from the OSS/CIA, Ho Chi Minh, John F. Kennedy, the US Congress and of course the American People.

Several people: I wonder what the outcome might have been if those communications had reached the intended parties and the U.S. pulled out and backed Ho Chi Minh?

Museum of the American G. I. (19124 Highway 6) South College Station, Texas. Permanently housing the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit. The name on the tag is Ralph Smith. Photo by me.

The black tags mark those MIA.

Me: who actually taught the Vietnam Unit in high school and college: I did not know Ho Chi Mihn’s history. While I remember seeing the monks set themselves on fire on the evening news, I did not know the cause behind them. I did not know it was a Catholic minority ruling a majority Buddhist country. Then again the Catholics are the church that gave history The Inquisition and invented burning at the stake. Or was it The Crusades trying to convert everybody to Christianity?

There are 10 episodes to The Vietnam War. Last evening’s episode ended with the assassination of Diem. History people know who was behind the assassination, but perhaps others are just learning. This could have been such a huge turning point. What if it went down like this? OK, Ho, we got Diem out of the way. It is all yours to unite your country and its culture. We are leaving.

Something that stood out for me last evening was this quote from one of the many Marines who bravely served and is providing narratives. It seems to describe a pivotal point in history.

“We were the last generation to believe our government would not lie to us.”

Last Sunday was U. S Constitution Day. I wonder if in tonight’s episode we see how The Constitution played into this history with the Gulf of Tonkin incident and why the Vietnam experience is of often noted as a “conflict” and not a “war.”http://kenburns.com/films/vietnam/