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Monday, June 12, 2017 – Make-up Monday. Beer, Bubbles, Bats and Aggies

Monday, June 12, 2017 – Make-up Monday. Beer, Bubbles, Bats and Aggies

I know I have been a slacker for a couple of days and did not post my profound and often profane thoughts for the merriment and amusement of all 48 people who might read Here’s What I’m Thinking.

So to make up here’s what I thought starting with Friday, June 9:

I thought I had enough beer for the first Regional game between Texas A&M and Davidson. But noooo, I had to drink almost all of it because it took 17 innings for the Aggies to finally get the winning run.

Saturday, June 10 – Fortunately there was enough beer left for the Aggies to defeat Davidson in the second Regional game that send the Aggies to the College World Series (CWS). Here’s to Davidson players who gave every pitch, catch, throw, hit and play their ultimate talent. Your fans were great and we hope you enjoyed Aggieland. (Except for the score parts).

To the ESPN2 Announcers: Yes, the campus of Texas A&M University is very big. Even you, Jay Walker were impressed. FYI, Jay, there is NO 10th Man! WE ARE THE 12TH Man in all sports. Next time learn more about the school you are covering. Also, the bubbles burst, so they are not a distraction to the batter!

After game I went to a bookstore and bought It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. It was first published in October 1935. Descriptor from the book jacket: … a political satire with the chilling realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime and a liberal press.” I am into reading scary horror books. I just finished 1984 and The Handmaiden’s Tale.

Sunday, June 11 – Watched LPGA and vowed never to wear an outfit like this. I do not care if she is one of the best golfers in world.

While reading scary book I got this picture from Niece # 1.

That is Sister # 1 (wait I only have one sister) in front of a giant Louisville Slugger. It’s a baseball bat for the uninformed and sports challenged. Sister, Niece#1 and Gniece #1 are touring the sights and sounds of Gniece # 1’s home of Louisville.

Speaking of Louisville and bats, I do hope my sister is placing a curse on the baseball bats of the Louisville Cardinals – the upcoming opponent of Texas A&M. Gig ‘Em Aggies.

BTHO Louisville! WHOOP!

Saturday, May 27, 2017 – Memorial Day Remembrances

Saturday, May 27, 2017 – Memorial Day Remembrances

It does not matter the century, the decade or the war, let us never forget those who took The Oath.

And let us not forget all who are MIA and especially Fighting Texas Aggie, Captain John R. Baldridge, Jr. USAF, downed in 1968.

Butch, I wore your POW/MIA bracelet from 1968 until it finally broke into too many pieces to repair. Today I wear a POW/MIA dog tag with your name engraved on the back. It also has the little diamond for hope when your cross on The Vietnam Wall changes to the diamond marking you are home.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – Beware the Ides of March! Idus Martiae! Brutus and Brackets!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – Beware the Ides of March! Idus Martiae! Brutus and Brackets!

Idus Martae is Latin for Ides of March. I wonder what is the translation of March Madness is in Latin. Maybe – Cray Cray Martiae!

In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius, were involved. If you want to learn more about politics, conspiracy theorists, and leadership, then reread Shakespeare’s play, watch Fox News; CNN, or CSPAN or get on Facebook. Meanwhile, I am dribbling on to my basketball brackets.

What a relief to discover I still have one more day to conduct my complete analysis of the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball brackets. The first of the men’s games have begun with major games beginning today and tomorrow. Women’s games do not begin until Friday.

Here are my helpful hints to complete a bracket and of course my always helpful comments.

Step One: Go to a website and find printable brackets.

Step Two: Print out several blank brackets.

Step Three: Text neighbor and ask them to do it because you do not like them and you printed them incorrectly.

Step Four – TIMES, DATES, and NETWORKS – VERY IMPORTANT

ONLY on this bracket mark the games times, and DAY of the game and the NETWORK the game is shown. It is very easy to become confused especially during First Round play. Times are shown in EASTERN Standard Time. Make sure you adjust. When bracket reads – Texas A&M vs. Penn @ 9:00, that means we here in Aggieland watch it at 8:00 PM.

On this bracket I add the day of the week, as in Friday or Saturday, over the date of the week.

On this bracket mark the Network the games are played.

Network for the men’s coverage is TBS, CBS, TNT and TRUTV. For the women’s coverage is the ESPN family. The First Rounds of play are on ESPN 2.

Step 5: Put this bracket aside, but within easy reach.

Step 6 – Fill out your new blank bracket based on whatever criteria you select and however you want to complete the bracket.

Here are some of my initial thoughts on the women’s First Round games only.

Texas A&M vs Penn – I do believe I referred to the Ivy League Champion yesterday as Nitany Lions. My apologies to both schools. The school Texas A&M is playing is Penn – as in Quakers. I am so hoping the mascot is an Oatmeal box with legs.

Let’s see who is playing in Waco besides Baylor. Texas Southern (Houston), California (Berkley) and LSU (Baton Rouge). Three very large and diverse teams coming to the Hot Spot, Belt Buckle of the Bible Belt – Waco, Texas. I hope they can find George’s.

Moving along: From Starkville, Mississippi – Go Bulldogs! Dallas could be calling your name! Stay focused. Love you, Vic!

Really? Notre Dame on Saint Patrick’s Day! Who made this schedule? Poor Robert Morris.

The great Tina Thompson – currently coaching @ THE University sharing recipes and coaching strategies with official.

That’s right! Get the other official – the one who can SEE the foul!

Come on Texas! As in THE University of Texas! Go Karen! A Stanford/Texas Regional would be so AWESOME!

South Carolina might be able to limp through their bracket, but losing a top player to injury is going to be an issue. However I am taking # 12 seed Quinnipiac to win this bracket because I like to try to say the school’s name.

My initial Women’s Final Four coming to Dallas on March 31 are Baylor, UConn, Notre Dame and Quinnipiac. Seriously, the fourth bracket is going to be iffy.

Friday, December 24, 2017 – The Assist. BA, Curtyce Knox and Still Magnolias.

Friday, February 24, 2017 – The Assist. BA, Curtyce Knox and Still Magnolias.

1.1 seconds left in the game; Tigers behind by one. BA inbounds the ball to Petey; HE SHOOTS; HE SCORES! TIGERS WIN! TIGERS WIN! Their first bi-district championship in ten years. Petey is mobbed by his teammates in victory.

Few people remember “the assist.” It is like life. People only remember the virtuoso piano player and not the piano tuner. Petey scored the winning basket, but it was the perfect inbounds pass that allowed Petey to win the game for the team. It is about the assists in life that matter.

This is Curtyce Knox, point guard of the Texas Aggie Women’s Basketball team.

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Last night she set a record for all time assists in women’s basketball at Texas A&M. She currently leads the SEC in assists per game with 9.5. She also leads the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball teams in assists per game. And currently there are only three NBA players who have more assists per game. She is a finalist for the Lieberman Award for best point guard in women’s basketball.

Like many of us, Curtyce could be living a very different life had it not been for assists along the way to help her stay on course, achieve her goals and dreams and become the graduate of Texas A&M she is today. Curtyce is currently in graduate school. You can read more about Curtyce at: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/aggies/article/Curtyce-Knox-and-daughter-a-welcome-sight-at-10952286.php

And this brings us to Still Magnolias. There are many students in today’s high schools like Petey and Curtyce. The BAs in school have opportunities and the assistance to take advantage of them. The Petey’s and Curtyce’s are fragile. Opportunities are sometimes limited at best. A social upheaval of any kind can take those away in an instance.

Unless someone can step in to assist. That is what Still Magnolias is all about. Funds to the Magnolia Education Foundation to Still Magnolias provide assistance that can provide opportunities for students at Magnolia High School to stay on target to achieve their goals.

If you graduated from Magnolia High School, you are a Still Magnolia. Please consider helping with ideas, suggestions, and of course dollars. It all goes to assist a future Still Magnolia.

The BA is Baylor bound gnephew # 3. WTG BA.

Curtyce is bound for the WNBA or overseas basketball ball and then a career of whatever she wants to do.

Petey – we’ll see.

Still Magnolias – you can help in many ways. Let us hear from you.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – Texas Aggie Baseball. SWEEP! and WHOOP!

 

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – Texas Aggie Baseball. SWEEP! and WHOOP!

Thank you, Joyce for the awesome seat in Blue Bell Park yesterday. I hope your hubby did well in his golf tournament yesterday. Glad he was able to make game three of the double header against Bowling Green State University.

Here are some of my favorite photos from yesterday.

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Check out the hands behind the backs! Gig ‘Em

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From the right.

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From the left.

 

 

 

 

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HOME RUN!

The Aggies swept all three games against Bowling Green by large margins of runs. It was a massacre.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 – Aggie Ball

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 – Aggie Ball

It was elementary day at the Texas Aggie women’s game against USC. There were over 4000 screaming and hollering full of energy, towel waving baby Aggies.

Season tickets holders were moved from their regular seats to other seats. They also fed ticket holders breakfast. I would say I landed a pretty good seat – sweat slinging close. The only thing separating me from the team was the railing.

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The player on the left is Anriel Howard – aka Lashes.lashes3

Look closely just below the other player’s ear lobe. Those are Howard’s natural lashes. When she puts on the glam ones her lashes look like butterflies. She is such a great athlete and a beautiful and talented young lady. The one blowing the bubble, Danni Williams, Miss 3 Point Shooter, is no slouch either.

But alas, the former Queen of the Houston Comets, basketball coach extraordinare Cynthia Cooper-Dykes and her USC Trojans proved victorious, in a great game.

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Friday, August 26, 2016 –The Official Return of Snarky Friday! College Football Rankings 2016: CFB Playoff Predictions After Preseason Way Too Early AP Poll.

Friday, August 26, 2016 –The Official Return of Snarky Friday! College Football Rankings 2016: CFB Playoff Predictions After Preseason Way Too Early AP Poll.

We are eight days from Saturday college football kickoff. Oh be still my heart. Here is the AP way too early preseason college football ranking Numbers one (1) through twenty-five (25) and my snarky comments regarding each.

Alabama – This is not news. This is Bama’s annual expectation. Roll Tide!

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College Station 2015 on the way to tailgate Aggies v. Tide – photo by me.

Clemson –The coach’s name is the same as a bathroom cleaner. Wait. The bathroom cleaner is Babo, not Dabo.

Ooooooooklahoma – where the winds come whistling down the plains. Stooping up with a Baker may just Field The Big 12 Champion. But the Sooner Schooner must leave Dallas with a victory in October.

Florida State – Learned at an early age – Never root for a football team from Florida.

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From my sister’s Magnolia High School senior trip 1954. Photo by Honeyboy.

LSU – Let us pray! First (and seriously) – Oh Lord, please watch over the state of Louisiana and its people. Second – Lord, please keep Leonard Fournette’s legs strong and keep him safe and healthy as he wins LSU’s second Heisman Trophy to sit next to Billy Cannon’s. Billy Cannon 8.10.2014 2014-08-10 003 - Copy (800x585)

Please let LSU’s second Heisman winner turn out better than Texas A&M’s second Heisman winner.

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Please let Leonard’s ankle sprain be just minor enough to not allow him to return to the game after Myles Garrett slams his ass to the turf in Kyle Field on the opening series on Thanksgiving evening. Amen. Gig ‘Em Aggies and Geaux Tigers!

Ohio State – Do not care until you play a team I care about.

Michigan – Ooh. The Big Chill. You can’t always get what you wanted, but you get what you need. Jeramiah was a bullfrog … singing Joy to the World… all the boys and girls.

Stanford –The name of the team is the Cardinal. Not the bird; the color. The mascot of the band is a tree dressed in rags. The name of the band is the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB). They make the Rice Marching Owl Band (MOB) appear tame and organized. I am always impressed by the kitchen sink drum line. The school has never been able to come up with a mascot. This – from the university that has given us some of the greatest academic minds in history. Go figure.

Tennessee – I Volunteer no information at this time. Please check back after October 8. Oh yes, I still think your uniforms were washed with too much bleach to achieve that faded orange.

Notre Dame – Opens against THE University of Texas in Austin on September 3. I am torn between two songs I made up: For ND as a reminder of South Bend – Drop kick me Jesus through the goal posts of life;

End over end neither left nor the right;

Straight through the heart of them righteous uprights;

Drop kick me Jesus in DK R stadium on Saturday night.

2. I am leaning more toward this song. Roomie, perhaps you can think of a catchy tune to sing it to.

Bevo Fight! Bevo Fight! And please eat the leprechaun! Bevo Fight! Bevo Fight and please eat the shamrock too! Bevo Fight! Bevo Fight! For this game is your premier! Hook ‘Em! Hook ‘Em! The gang’s all here and ND can kiss my rear.

What do you think, RL?

Ole Miss – Hotty Toddy! Probation Aw Mighty! Let it Go from the movie Freeze. Zippy KangarooOh, silly me. I meant Frozen. See you in Oxford at The Grove in November.

Michigan State – I so hope you meet USC in the Latex Bowl. The Spartans and The Trojans would be so fun.

TCU – Highway 6 runs both ways and through Waco.

Washington – Do not care until you play a team I care about, she said Huskily. Besides, your games are passed my bedtime.

Houston – Highway 6 runs both ways. So does Highway 290. Let’s see if the QB and the offensive coordinator will help you play with the big boys.

UCLA – You are aware, Golden Bears, we hired your offensive coordinator? Please check back after September 3.

Iowa – Do not care. FYI – Birds do not have teeth so neither should the mascot.

Georgia – DAWGS! Uga! Always on my mind and dangerous in the SEC.

Louisville – The school mascot is not the Sluggers. The mascot is The Cardinals – the birds, as in plural, and not the color and in singular. See # 8.

USC – See # 12. I hope you meet Michigan State in the Latex Bowl. Perhaps it will be the rubber match between the two of you.

Oklahoma State – Go Pokes! Pistol Pete Rules!

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KKN’s OSU graduation weekend. Photo by me.

North Carolina – UNC NO NEW NCAA NOA? Not a code or football play. It means the NCAA added no other NOA or Notice of Allegations to UNC’s original violations. Aren’t you on probation? Or is it just men’s basketball and other athletic departments? The new document with NOA does not mention those football and basketball specifically as the original did. And the athletics department is blaming the academics departments for the grading and fraud scandals for the fake, on paperly classes, with fake attendance rolls, which results in fake grades. Good luck and Fedoras off to you.

Baylor – Baylor @ # 23? INYMI or just came out of the cave and have not seen the news, the Bear poo-pooed in the woods of the NCAA and Title IX. The big people got fired – The Art work is gone and even the Starr.

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Floyd Casey Stadium. 12.03.2013. Photo by me.

Oregon – Let’s talk about ducks! (Greater Tuna). The Nike uniform gods of glow in the dark yellows and 50 Shades of Green are alive and well.

Florida – Learned at an early age – Never pull for a football team from Florida and especially this one! Besides, the alligator can eat Reveille. What is the alligator’s name? Chomp?

Texas A&M – BTHO ucla!Sully's Boots

Friday, August 19, 2016 – Snarky Friday –Only Fifteen More Days

Friday, August 19, 2016 – Snarky Friday –Only Fifteen More Days

For you new readers, during the fall Snarky Friday is my preview of Saturday’s college football games. Since we are still 15 days away from kick off, I do not want to jump off sides and begin football snark until later this month.

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Tailgating at Bama Game 2015

Therefore today the snarks are random.

  1. From the Olympics – Looks like the US swimmers peed in the pool by getting robbed, not getting robbed; telling lies, being detained by the government and causing a general embarrassment to us all. Was Johnny Manziel with you?
  2. From the news – Where is your chaos? This is not a philosophical or existentialist question. In listening to the TV news, the reporter said, “During the shootings, one woman was shot in the chaos.” I have yet to find an image of my chaos on Google Images.
  3. From politics – Donald Trump is going to do away with shredded cheese in order to make America grate again. Also overheard is that if elected he plans to forbid pole vaulting along the Mexican border. On the other side of the political spectrum, just fill in the blank with your own adjectives. God help us all.
  4. From entertainment – Five Major Things you can expect to see in Fifty Shades Freed. There is another Fifty-Shades of Gray movie! Please say no. It took me 50 shots of Grey Goose to read all three books of this crap. I kept thinking I would find something redeemable. Five major things you can expect to see – 1. Me 2. Me 3. Me 4. Me and 5. Me NOT at the movies.
  5. From College Football – Fifteen Days until Kick-Off – BTHO UCLA.

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    I can say I have run through the tunnel onto Kyle Field. Tour of Kyle Field 2015. Photo by me.

PS – Note to Longhorns! Please do not let Texas Tech win the last of the Big 12 Conference. It is bad enough when OU wins. Hook ‘Em Hippies!

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Photo by Martha!

 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 – Ooooooooh! Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch – Aggie Hope and Dynasty

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 – Ooooooooh! Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch – Aggie Hope and Dynasty

Oooooooooooooooh!
Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch
You know that I love you
I can’t help myself
I love you and nobody else

Cause we are the Aggies, the Aggies are true; we’re from Texas AMU.

OK – the Temptations did not really sing that last line.

Texas Aggie football practice for the 2016-2017 opened on Monday. This means Aggies everywhere begin the age old hope of “THIS is our year!”

So far so good. As of this morning no players were under arrest or in jail. Only two coaches have been suspended. So far the “Don’t Be Stupid” rule is holding true.

Quarterback Trevor Knight promises to be the Knight in Maroon Satin replacing all mention of our “Bat-crap Crazy Heisman Winner.” Knight has everything going for him.

  1. He is from San Antonio, Texas 2. He attended OU. 3. He rectified his errant ways and transferred to Texas A&M 4. He is dating Sadie Robertson of Duck Dynasty. How you like dat, LSU? 5. He is really handsome!

So here’s to Trevor Knight …

Oooooooooooooooh!
Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch
You know that I love you
I can’t help myself
I love you and nobody else

Cause we are the Aggies, the Aggies are true; we’re from Texas AMU.

BTHO UCLA!

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Gig ‘Em Barn – north of Hearne, Texas on Highway 6. Photo by me.

Friday, June 10, 2016 – Truckin’ Frogs

Friday, June 10, 2016 – Truckin’ – Yes indeed yesterday’s song was Truckin’ by The Grateful Dead. What along strange trip it’s been! Deadheads recognized Mountain View and tie-dyed Bears T-shirt. Thank goodness there are no photographs and memories are only told late at night among close friends.

But this is Snarky Friday so our song for today is the TCU Fight song.

Frog went a courtin’ and he did ride, uh-huh

Frog went a courtin’ and he did ride, uh-huh

Frog went a courtin’ and he did ride

With a sword and a pistol by his side, uh-huh uh-huh, oh yeah.

He rode right up to Miss Reveille’s door, uh-huh

He rode right up to Miss Reveille’s door, uh-huh

He rode right up to Miss Reveille’s door, uh-huh

Gave three loud raps, and a very big roar, uh-huh uh-huh, oh yeah.

He said, “Miss Rev, will you marry me? uh-huh

He said, “Miss Rev, will you marry me? uh-huh

He said, “Miss Rev, will you marry me?

And oh so happy we will be, uh-huh uh-huh, oh yeah.

And this boys and girls is when Reveille jumped on and squashed the Frog.

Welcome to Blue Bell Park, Froggies.

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BTHO TCU

Gig ‘Em Aggies