on...topic: sports

Sunday, February 3, 2008

post-sbxlii notes

One of the better Super Bowls I've seen. Much more of a defensive struggle than most. But it had some great plays, too (Eli Manning's Houdini act and Tyree's circus catch has to go down as one of the greatest plays in the history of the Super Bowl). Pretty entertaining to watch.

I felt a little bad for the Patriots. We might never see an NFL team go undefeated again. This was about as close to that as we might ever get. It's a shame they couldn't complete the journey tonight, but give the Giants (especially their defense) credit. I know Manning got MVP, but I would have given it to one of the Giants' DL. Just about any of them deserved it. They made the Patriot OL look ridiculous, and this was a unit that had performed, as a group, about as flawlessly as could be asked.

It was a lot of fun to watch in glorious HD. Makes me look forward to being able to do it on our own set one of these days.

Oh, and my favorite commercial? Probably the two E-Trade baby ones. But on the whole I was pretty disappointed by the commercials.

Monday, January 7, 2008

a shock coming from me

With everything else that's going on in my life right now, I just can't find the desire to watch tonight's championship game.

Or maybe that's because a team that I support isn't in it this time. It's been so long since that was the case... ;)

Monday, April 2, 2007

out of adjectives

Well, I'm not sure what to say. I don't even know where to start. How do you comment on the one of the greatest streaks in college sports history?

In January 1993, Alabama won the national title in football. I was only 15, and I thought the Tide would be great for years to come. We see where that's gone. The lesson learned was that you have to enjoy the moments when they come...you never know if you'll experience them again.

Now, I'm enjoying a third national title in one year. If you're a Gator fan (or any other college's fan), you just couldn't ask for anything more...can you? And you certainly can't expect it to keep going on like this. So I'll enjoy it, again knowing that the 2nd-best result I could have hoped for happened.

Now if we can just get Alabama back into the national picture...

Monday, January 8, 2007

2006 National Champs!

Well, that was a horrible 15 seconds to start. And a great 59:45 afterwards!

Go Gators!

Sunday, December 3, 2006

My college football playoff solution

Let's be honest. Am I glad Florida's playing for the BCS national title? Absolutely. Do I think that they deserve it? Sure. Does Michigan deserve it, too? Well...yes and no. You'll see why I say that in a bit. But do I still think that the system is flawed?

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

Let's be honest, kids...unless Ohio State wins this thing, everyone will always say, "Yeah, but..." when it comes to the 2006 college football season. And even if OSU wins (and especially if it's a blowout) people will say, "See? Michigan would have given them a better game, and maybe even won it -- the best two teams didn't play for the national title."

Well, what to do, then? Never one to complain without offering a solution when it comes to things like this, I have what I believe to be a workable solution. I've proposed this to several of the readers, but I've never put it on paper or in cyberspace. So without further ado...I present Brandon German's version of a I-A college football playoff.

First things first... there has to be an overhaul of what we really call Division I-A football. Let's be honest...does anyone expect North Texas to win the national title? Florida International? Idaho? Utah State? There are some teams that need to be told, gently but firmly, "Maybe you'd be better off in I-AA." The reason most of these teams are in I-A are to get big payday games for their athletic departments (that they almost always get blown out in) and just maybe to get into something like the New Orleans Bowl. In my system, everyone involved is going to get a shot at the national title, but it stands to reason that there are a few teams that aren't going to have a chance no matter what. And to those teams, we say, sayonara. So the current roster of 119 Division I-A teams needs to be trimmed to...oh, let's say 96. In my mind, I cut the entire Sun Belt, keep the top 4 teams from the WAC, then cut 10 from the teams comprising Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference. (I keep Army and Navy out of tradition alone - your mileage may vary.) After moving a few teams around, you'd have eight conferences of twelve teams each.

Every team must be in a conference. Yep, that means you, Notre Dame. No more special treatment. No more building up resumes on beating up on the service academies and dregs like Stanford. Join the Big Ten (11? 12? No, that's already taken...whatever) like you should have done before, and earn your way in like everyone else.

You must win your conference to win the national title. This is my main beef against Michigan this year, but it was also my problem with Nebraska in 2001 and Oklahoma in 2003. In Nebraska's case, they didn't even win their division! If you can't even win your own conference, you shouldn't play for the national title. End of story.

Every conference must play a championship game. This simply ensures that there's a true champion in every conference. Yes, it also introduces the potential for an 8-3 team to beat an 11-0 team and claim the title, but that's possible now anyway.

Take your eight conference champions, seed them 1-8, and have a playoff. Not much more need be said, other than you can use whatever means you want to seed the teams (even the old BCS one if you want). Play the games at the big bowl sites if you want -- or at the high seed's place, but the teams (or their respective conferences) split the gate. Title game location can be moved around.

Think about what else this gives you. The naysayers who say a playoff cheapens the regular season? You'd better win enough conference games in your regular season to make it to your championship game, or no playoff for you. So the regular season still holds a lot of meaning. But at the same time, you have the chance to play some games that everyone would much rather see than playing East Popcorn State. How about renewing the Alabama - Penn State games of the 80's? You got it. Wanna see Ohio State - Texas regularly, not just in a two-game series? I would. What about a USC - Miami series, where every game is played in sunny, 78-degree weather? The possibilities are endless. And you wouldn't have to worry about the traditional powers playing cupcakes - remember, as long you win your conference, you go to the playoff, so these games won't hurt your chances of getting in. But they're infinitely more entertaining than watching your favorite football powerhouse blow out West Central Podunk Tech 56-3.

I know that this plan will never happen, but that's OK. I hope that one of these days the people in charge will come up with something to replace what we've got right now, though. While I'm happy with how everything turned out tonight, I know that there are people who are equally unhappy, and it shouldn't have to come to that. There should be a way to settle it on the field.

I'm just saying...

The other time a team I follow in college football was celebrating its 100th year of football, it went into a national championship game against an opponent every expert gave them no chance to beat. And then they beat them and won a national title.

I'm just sayin', is all...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

a summary of the comments of Charlie Weis, Notre Dame head coach, to the media, upon realizing that his Irish team wasn't being given their usual undeserved high ranking in the football polls

Wah.

Friday, October 13, 2006

an open letter to the UA athletic department

At the end of the third quarter of a home Alabama football game, only one song need be played. That song is "Basketcase", originally by Green Day, but turned into a beloved stand tune by our own Million Dollar Band.

The last two games that I've gone to have featured "Sweet Home Alabama" over the loudspeakers (and in effect, the band as well). I have nothing against "Sweet Home"...it's a great song, a great tradition, and a great way to pick the crowd up. But "Basketcase" is now a MDB institution, and I think that the band should be given its right to play it unimpeded by other music. Save "Sweet Home" for the beginning of the game, and maybe some other "pick-me-up" time. But the end of the 3rd's sacrosanct.

One man's humble opinion.

Monday, September 11, 2006

which?

So, is Art Shell the Sly Croom of pro football, or is Croom the Shell of college ball?

Monday, April 3, 2006

Go Gators!

Okay, so it's only the second-happiest feeling I could have as a result of the tournament. But hey...I'm still pretty happy, and of course Kelly's happy too, and she's not even the biggest basketball fan! It's the first time that a school that I actively rooted for has won a national title in a "big" sport since Bama's 1992 national title in football, so it's a nice feeling to have again.

Go Gators!

Saturday, October 1, 2005

the game

Everyone still reading this site (if there is anyone, they'd no doubt be saying, "What's there to read?") knows that the Alabama-Florida game is an interesting situation for me. I'm in the unique spot of being a graduate of both institutions (though with one more degree from Bama), with a wife who has a Florida degree herself and no other connections to Bama than me.

It's fairly obvious to everyone now that color schemes will be divided this day.

I've never witnessed personally a game of any kind in which Alabama has beaten Florida. At least, I don't think so...I can't remember if I was at the "Pettway drive" basketball game a few years back. So I feel like I'm a jinx. Kelly's never been to a Bama game where Alabama lost. But she's never been to a Bama game where the team that she wanted to win lost, either.

My prediction for the game? I think that this will be one of those "first to 20 wins" types. Both sides are extremely strong defensively. I still don't know what to make of either offense. Sometimes Bama looks very sharp (South Carolina), sometimes they just don't. Florida put up 49 in the first half against Kentucky, then got outscored 21-0 in the second half by a team that Indiana whipped. And, yes, I know that Indiana is currently unbeaten too. We shall see how that one plays out.

I tend to fall slightly on the pessimistic side when it comes to Alabama football. I've said before that I'm not happy until we have at least one more point than our opponent with 0:00 left, or until we have at least nine more than our opponent with 0:01 left. This will be one of those games, I think, where my emotion for the rest of the day (tempered either way with exhaustion) will be determined sometime deep in the fourth quarter. And, unfortunately for me (and fortunately for my sweet wife), I think that it'll be disappointment. But it really could go either way.

My pick: Florida 20, Alabama 17

Feel free to leave a "ROLL TIDE" comment if we win, though... :)

Monday, March 28, 2005

blast you, Kentucky!

After both of my teams took an early exit from the NCAA tournament, my following of it slowed pretty considerably. But I have to say that I was interested in it over the past couple of days.

Almost every year, I've picked a bracket. Never for money, mind you...just to see how well I could do. Well, after three of the best regional final games ever, I stood to achieve something I'd never done in all my years of trying: pick the final four.

I'd had UNC and Illinois (who hadn't, really), and I'd played upon Louisville's "us against the world" mentality after being chosen a 4-seed. Now, if only Kentucky could come through...

And they couldn't. D'oh!

Oh, well. Maybe the perfect bracket exists next year...

Friday, December 6, 2002

my two cents on the departure

I wasn't all that surprised when I heard the news yesterday. I was extremely disappointed when I did, however.

Part of me can't blame him for going. I mean, he's going to a school that's offering him 1 1/2 times the amount we're offering him, has comparable athletic facilities with the promise of upgrades on the way, a fan base as rabid as ours, and doesn't have the dark specter of probation and the possibility of more sanctions looming over its head. In those respects, it's almost a no-brainer move.

But the Bama fan in me is miffed for a couple of reasons.

One, probation or not, sanctions or not, this is still the head coaching position at the University of Alabama. And biased though I may be, I think that it is one of the top five coaching positions in the country in terms of prestige, at least when you count those schools that actually get a new coach every now and then (so Penn State and Florida State don't apply). Texas A&M, good a school as that is, isn't in that group. Also, this year's Iron Bowl notwithstanding, this is still the most prestigious program in the state (and some would say the SEC, although recent years have proven it difficult to back that claim up) - A&M has always played second fiddle to Texas in this regard. They've made up for it in several ways - mostly through traditions - but the fact of the matter remains: Texas A&M is and always will be the "little brother". Even if the Longhorns haven't won a national title since 1970, the Aggies haven't won one since '39. In this regard, the move can't even be considered a lateral one. The only reason that I don't doubt that he'll win, and win often, there is because the state is so talent-laden and he's already shown that he can recruit the state well from what he did at TCU and even with Shaud Williams at Alabama.

But the other one, the one that really makes me mad, the one that everyone else has harped upon and will continue to do so for who knows how long, is the loyalty factor. Let's face it: when you don't lose a man even after the opportunity is given to all of them to go to any bowl-eligible program in the country without losing any eligibility of their own, you know that you've got a group of kids who really love their school and their team. He said it, and they bought into it full-time. The results, for the most part this year, were wonderful - a 10-3 year, a top-15 ranking and the best record in the SEC West. Except for Auburn, it was just about the most any reasonable Crimson Tide fan could have hoped for. Obviously, loyalty to their team and their teammates went a long way in accomplishing all those wins.

And then the coach doesn't practice what he preaches ("LOYALTY" is on the title logo of his web site, for crying out loud!). He leaves for greener pastures instead of toughing it out. That says a lot to me about what he thinks loyalty is: a buzzword that comes in handy when his neck is on the line (think about it; if we'd have lost some of our best players and finished, oh, 4-9 this year, that looks awfully bad for the ol' coach, and he's not going to get all those schools whispering sweet nothings in his ear, is he?), but doesn't hold a lot of water when it comes to his own well-being.

Say what you will about hiring someone with ties to the program. Obviously, it can be hit or miss: look at what happened with the coach before this one; but one thing can be said for certain. If Mike Dubose had been in Franchione's shoes, having had a year where success came out of dire circumstances, you can bet your bottom dollar that he wouldn't have even thought about leaving for another school. Why? Because he loved Alabama. And that's something doesn't apply normally to someone outside of the program. It can happen, but it's much more difficult to find someone like that.

So just a few thoughts to sum up:

Thursday, October 24, 2002

What should happen at roughly 11:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, October 26

After leading Alabama to its first win over Tennessee in eight years, Brodie Croyle should go over to the section in Neyland Stadium where the Million Dollar Band is located, climb up on the drum major's podium, and raise his arms as if to start off a rendition of "Yea, Alabama."

Then he should say, "No, we're better than that," and climb down and go to the locker room and enjoy a cigar.

Friday, June 21, 2002

national pride

Well, by now if you care (or even if you just frequent ESPN's website), you know by now. I watched it, as I've done all the games for us this time around. I have to say, I'm really proud of this team.

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A lot of people don't care a lick about soccer. And I can understand that. After all, it's never been very popular here; we've got other major sports to fill all the days in the calendar year, all much more popular than soccer. A lot of people think it's a boring game (and I'll admit, I was in this camp for a long time before I saw a few games) because there isn't a lot of scoring.

That being said, this is the most important sports event in the world. It blows the Super Bowl out of the water. Don't believe me? Find out just how many people will watch it worldwide. Don't be surprised if the total's close to two billion - roughly one-third of the world's population.

If you just can't see yourself getting into soccer full-time, that's okay. Treat it like the Olympics. After all, how often do we watch track and field or gymnastics (Alabama and Georgia college fans notwithstanding) other than every four years? But we'll cheer the U.S. and its players on like we were foremost experts in whatever the event happens to be.

This team outplayed the three-time champions of the game for most of the game. Even someone like me, who doesn't understand many of the nuances of the game could see that. We like the underdog here, even if we don't get a chance to be it very often as far as sporting events are concerned. After all, this country was founded by some of the biggest underdogs.

My point is, when the tournament comes around again in 2006 (and in a little bit better of a timeslot for us, considering it'll be in Germany this time instead of Asia), at least tune it in for a little while. I bet you'll find yourself cheering the team on. And who knows? You may actually get to like the game.
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Monday, June 17, 2002

Yep, it's 4:20

What on earth am I doing up at this time of day? Scoring one for foolish optimism. We're in the final eight in the World Cup now...does that officially make us a soccer nation?

I saw Scott and Kelley Shirley yesterday at church, and went over to their house for lunch. Kudos to Scott on his great grilled chicken.

Work on my "masterpiece" (snicker) continues; I'm in the midst of chapter eight right now. Most of my work has been spent fleshing out characters and locations. I've gotten the feeling that this is going to take a little longer to complete than I thought it would. Writing is not easy. I know that I'll go back through this first draft, once I eventually get it down, and tear it apart. But it's fun, a way to pass time, and it's a new experience. I haven't really attempted a story of this length before.

Wednesday, June 5, 2002

news and notes

I stayed up until about 6:30 this morning. Some of you may understand why, but for those who don't, here's a clue: we shocked the world last night. It was one of the most amazing things I'd seen in all of sports. When we went up 3-0, I almost gave my brother-in-law a call down in Florida, just to have one of those special sports-related conversations that go something like this:

"Are you believing this?"
"No..."
"Me neither. Okay, bye."

I knew he'd be up anyway.

Now, if only my Red Wings had won last night, it would have turned out perfect...

Mozilla 1.0 is out. I haven't downloaded it yet, but I will very shortly. Probably after I finish writing this up. I've been looking forward to the finished product for over two years now...for Netscape users, that means that version 7 should be coming out very soon...

Friday, May 31, 2002

random thoughts

Drat. A long time ago, I wrote about the tyranny of the blank screen. Now I'm getting it in printed form. Or lack thereof. I've done a lot of background work on my project, but I can't get it started the way I want to. Hopefully, I'll get past the writer's block soon.

Does the winner of the National Spelling Bee really belong on espn.com? For that matter, should the event be televised (live, even) on ESPN? I could see this back in the day, like in 1979, when it would probably have fit in well with stuff like roller derby. But now, it's just not right. Nothing against the spelling bee. But it's not a sport, people. Someone at ESPN should have had some prospicience concerning this...

A new insane thought.

Thursday, May 9, 2002

this is why I like hockey

You can have your NBA playoffs. Give me a league where they'll take government action!

Monday, February 25, 2002

weekend update

The Florida State application is all but done. I've sent the online parts, and all I have to do now is mail the application identification and my application fee. The Oklahoma application is also going out tomorrow. All I have left is the Texas A&M application, and that one can also be primarily done online.

If that Bama-Florida game didn't Roll your Tide, I don't know what would. SEC Champs, baby!

Ran into Scott and Kelley again at church tonight, and went to Chili's afterwards. Another married couple from their church met us there. In a neat twist, the couple I met spent a few years at OU while the husband got his master's in music, so it was neat to hear from someone who'd experienced one of the schools that I'm looking at.

Another "Small World" update: Kelley, who went to UNA for a year, knows Tim Kilgore, whom most of my UA friends know at least in passing or as Karey's brother.

The service was a presentation done by the youth of the church. It was a big youth choir, too; there were at least 100 singers. Made me wish that I'd gotten to do something like that in my time as a youth. Oh well; I got my opportunities at the BCM, I guess...

I was getting a little burned out on the Olympics as a whole toward the end there, but I've got to admit that Olympic hockey is much more entertaining to watch than the NHL. Too bad that Team USA lost, but hey, it's still our first medal in hockey since 1980...

I was working tonight on moving my blog to a new content management system, but I've run into a snag that has to be worked on by our host. If and when it's put into place, this site probably won't look much different, but hopefully some other areas of 1122 Productions will be, and there will be other ones added as a result of the new CMS.

Wednesday, February 6, 2002

Yeah, it's not football...

But our men's basketball team is #5 in the country...our gymnastics team is top 5...and our men's track and field team is #1!

Monday, February 4, 2002

Is it just me...

...or were the Super Bowl commercials last night actually worse than the game for once?

Side note: forget Tom Brady. Adam Vinatieri is the man.

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

The swing's the thing

I went home this past weekend, to see my parents, but also just to get out of the house. I've been inflicted with a case of cabin fever recently.

Of course, like all other times I went home, we played golf. Saturday, I played with five men: my father, two uncles, and two friends of theirs. Each one could drive a ball over 270 yards easily. My dad said to me as we drove up to the first tee, "I'm the worst of the five of us, by far." My dad has shot 90 before.

Needless to say, this was just a smidge intimidating.

So as we finished up with the first hole (which I thankfully didn't embarrass myself on), it was decided that we'd play a scramble because playing with six can be pretty slow as it is, and I might just hold us up even more.

We approached the second hole, and I was just hoping that I'd be able to do something for the team and not slow us down to a crawl. The second hole is a par-3, 162 yards. I had never put the ball on the green from the tee before in all the times I'd played it. I pulled out my 5-iron and hoped for the best. "All right, Brandon. Same downward swing angle as upswing...clip the tee." Whack.

The ball flew in a beautiful arc and came to a stop 20 feet from the hole.

One of my uncles, who on the previous day shot 79 after not having played in weeks, shouted out, "That's my partner!"

I definitely played better than I ever have before, which was nice. I've discovered golf's a lot more enjoyable when you hit fairways and greens. :) After we played the 18-hole scramble, my dad and a friend and I played another nine holes, where I shot 55 playing my own ball. That's five strokes better than I'd ever done before over nine holes.

So maybe I'll never be Phil Mickleson, but maybe I'll reach that 90 over a full round one day.

Thursday, November 29, 2001

Back from the game

Glad that we got the win, but man, that was some nasty weather. I think that it's in the worst three games weather-wise that I've ever witnessed. First all-time was, and probably will always be, my sophomore year in high school when we played Central of Phenix City. It was about 25 degrees, and it rained the entire night. Hard. I didn't have any rain protection other than my football uniform. I'm amazed that I didn't get pneumonia. And to top it off, we lost the game 6-0 to the eventual state champs.

Still, at least one game for every team every year should be played in the rain. Not necessarily a cold rain, but a rain nonetheless. It's football weather, baby!

Didn't see any of my friends there at the game. I took a few looks at the student section, and never saw anyone stand out. Did anyone actually go?

To Sis: I know that this is probably not the case, but I swear that I saw Todd Whitcomb at this game. He passed right in front of me about a half-hour before the game started. I didn't want to say anything in case it wasn't him, but if it wasn't, his twin was there.

So now we're bowl-eligible. Seeing as I've never been to a bowl game, I told myself that if we did make it to a bowl, that I was going to do everything I could to find a ticket to it. I hope we go to Nashville. It'd be a relatively easy trip. Although if we went to the Tangerine Bowl, I could stay with Sis and Mike...

Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Random minutiae

The ComFrame interview went okay, I guess. We'll just have to see.

A new edition of UA Football Facts is out.

Mozilla users (read: me, probably) will see a little pressing on... icon where their bookmark formerly was. IE users would get the same thing, but I don't have a program that can make icon files on my computer. I did have one when I had Visual C++ installed on my computer, but I don't anymore. You're not missing that much, anyway.

Show that's rapidly becoming my answer to Ricky and Tammy's watching Buffy and Angel: Smallville. Problem is, I keep forgetting that it comes on Tuesday nights at 8! I usually run into it about 15 minutes in. And besides it being a pretty good show, come on! Clark's dad once drove the General Lee! What more could you possibly want? :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

It runs on both sides

Somewhere there is an Auburn fan like Bill Keith. Super-superstitious, and always on the refs' backs. Not afraid to give anyone his real opinion on the "other team".

Somewhere there is an Auburn fan like Eric Sexton. Fired up enough to destroy furniture just thinking about the upcoming game.

Somewhere there is an Auburn fan like Chris DePew. Probably has the entire history of the Iron Bowl on file in his mind. Not to mention the other thousand or so games his favorite team has played...

Somewhere there is an Auburn fan like Stephanie Bain. Wouldn't necessarily know it to look at her outside the stadium, but inside she's one of the biggest fans at the games, and runs through as much the gamut of emotion as any man. Always on the DB's backs. :)

Somewhere there is an Auburn fan like Ricky Eanes. Normally pretty quiet while watching the game, but taking it all in. Always ready to dissect the performance afterwards.

Somewhere there is an Auburn fan like Curt Martin. Always shows his school colors and has a car horn that plays his fight song. Has serious reservations about stepping into the enemy's territory, even when his team's playing there.

Somewhere there is an Auburn fan like me. Knows the stats and the facts and loves all the tradition behind the game. But he's just as ready for the game to be played on the field as anyone else. More so than most, he'd probably say.

Yes, it runs on both sides. That's what makes it so great. And come this Saturday, all sorts of fans will stop a state for three and a half hours for a game that most other people don't understand. Not fully, anyway.

Friday, October 12, 2001

Football facts, collapsing menus, and interviews

To begin with, this week's edition of UA Football Facts is online.

Also, the first step in a slightly new look for the front page: the menus on the right side collapse and expand, for a somewhat cleaner look (in my opinion). This probably won't work in Netscape 4, and may even crash the browser. I haven't implemented this yet on the front page because I want your opinions. Yes, you matter here at pressing on! :)

Finishing up, I've got a couple of interviews next week! One's with Regions on Tuesday, the other is with Hewitt Associates on Thursday. Both are on campus.

Tuesday, October 2, 2001

I'd say this is a big game

This Saturday, Long Beach Poly High School hosts Concord De La Salle High School in a football game. Tickets are going fast. There's a good reason.

Long Beach Poly is ranked #1 in the nation in USA Today's high school football poll. Concord De La Salle is #2.

Oh, yeah, by the way...Concord De La Salle hasn't lost a game since 1991.

That's right. 1991. They've won 116 games in a row. That's a national record. They've had nine straight undefeated seasons. That's a national record. Their coach has a lifetime 94.7% winning percentage. That's a national record.

Monday, September 17, 2001

Roll Tide for a completely different sport

A University of Alabama grad shot a 58 to win a Canadian Tour event.

Monday, September 10, 2001

Honor is at stake!

This fall, ESPN is holding a contest to see which college football rivalry is the greatest. Alabama-Auburn is up against Georgia/Georgia Tech this week. Go here and vote the Iron Bowl as the best rivalry!

Thursday, September 6, 2001

College football picks, week 2

They've been moved here.

Friday, August 31, 2001

College football picks, week 1

They've been moved here.

Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Random musings

I've added a couple of new UA football facts, if you're interested.

Sorry about not posting a lot recently...I just can't seem to find the enthusiasm for it. Yesterday I went to a bookstore, looking for a computer book to learn something new. But I just couldn't get interested in any of the languages or topics. I guess I'm just in a funk.

Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Maybe I need a Snoopy driver

3-year-old makes hole-in-one at California course. What's really sad is that I'll probably never get one.

Friday, February 4, 2000

the ultimate Cinderella story

Yes, I know that by now we all know about how Kurt Warner and the Rams have gone from grocery store bag boys and NFL also-rans to MVPs and world champs. But think about a couple of things, if you will.

In ESPN the magazine's preseason NFL edition, according to analysis on every team's starters, the Rams were chosen dead last in the NFL. Dead last. Behind the Cleveland Browns.

Every starter had a one-line tag that summarized their worth to the team and a rating from 1 to 5. Kurt Warner rated a 1 (the only starting quarterback to get such a rating); his summary was "Okay Arena Football cred, so relax. Wait, yikes!"

Of course, we all know the rest of the story. They were wrong. Absolutely, positively, 100% dead wrong.

Now, I don't know about you, but this helps to restore my belief in the little guy coming out on top in the end with enough hard work. I mean, think about it. This guy worked at Hy-Vee last year. The Rams were 4-12. Things like that just aren't supposed to happen. And you can make your argument that they had a soft schedule. The truth of the matter is that when the playoffs were over, the only team in the playoffs who had not lost was the Rams. And the quarterback who'd rated a 1 by ESPN the magazine was the NFL MVP and the Super Bowl MVP. Too bad he didn't get to go to St. Louis to celebrate...he had a trip to Oahu coming up.

Wonder what he'll be rated next year.

Someone once said that you make your own luck. I tend to believe this theory, and I think that there is proof positive in this story. Yeah, the original starting quarterback had to be injured for Mr. Warner to get his break, and that's luck (in a way...I'm sure that Warner never wished injury on him), but he still had to make something of his chance. And he did.

The whole thing makes me feel, if not more confident, at least more hopeful that when I eventually face the real world, that I can come out on top too. I may not be a Super Bowl champion, but I can achieve my goals in life.