Monthly Archives: May 2011

Praying For….

Total Devestation!

Please pray for the fine folks of Jopin, MO to help them cope with the devestation of their homes, businesses and city this past weekend.  Give them the strength to carry on in spite of rough waters and persevere.

Words cannot describe the pictures coming from the scene.

100 Day’s Of Summer….

"Nothing like a Michigan Football Saturday!"

Yes people we are 100 days away from Michigan Wolverine Football.  At approximately 12:06 PM on Saturday afternoon September 3, 2011 100+ Maize and Blue clad youngsters will burst out of the eastern sideline tunnel to start the 132nd year of Michigan Football.  Running toward midfield and jumping up to touch the M Club’s “Go Blue” banner on the way.  The band will be playing “The Victor’s”, the greatest fight song ever written and 113,000 fans will be going berserk.  This is without a doubt the best football entrance in college football today, TV does not do it justice.  See ya there!

Logo Opponent
3 September 2011
Western Michigan
10 September 2011
Notre Dame
17 September 2011
Eastern Michigan
24 September 2011
San Diego State
1 October 2011
8 October 2011
15 October 2011
Michigan State
22 October 2011
29 October 2011
5 November 2011
12 November 2011
19 November 2011
26 November 2011
Ohio State

My Bff….

Well I heard it again.  I cringe every time I hear it.  Well I don’t cringe but it does go through me.  The magic words parents use to show endearment to their offspring.  The old “my son / daughter is my best friend”.  They must think it’s hip or cool.  It’s not!  Stop it!  Stop it now!  They are not your best friend they are flesh and blood.  I’ve got to believe in the pecking order of things, offspring are higher up the ladder than your best friend so your actually degrading them.  Regardless I hate it because it normally means that this parent is raising their child to like them and they will do anything to please that child and make sure he’s happy.  After a while of treating a child like this you can see the lack of respect and who runs the show.   My only guess is that parents are afraid that the child will stop loving them.  That’s not going to happen unless things go to extremes like molestation or abuse, but under normal circumstances your child will always love you.  They may get mad at you, and that’s the fear, but they won’t stop loving you.  When was the last time you taught your best friend manners, respect for self and others, self discipline, initiative, work ethic, and on and on.  You haven’t, but these are all the things you need to teach your child, so stop raising them to be your buddy.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want my child to treat me like a friend, and in return I won’t treat them the like one.  What thought process would be longer, giving a kidney to your best friend or your child?  Your child would get it now, your friend may get it but there would be a bit of soul searching beforehand.  Yes there would be soul searching, don’t say there wouldn’t be.  How many house payments are you going to make for a friend out of work verses your child?  I’m no Dr. Spock by any means but I’m inclined to remember Colin Cowherd say on ESPN one time “you show me a jerky kid and I’ll show you a jerky parent”!  My mother in law used to call me son every now and again, now that I consider endearment.  Look around in general and observe the young people of today and you can tell if they are a spoiled best friend or a respectable young person.  It’s night and day.

Hats Off To You….

College football teams can be defined by their choice of helmet.  Following in ESPN’s footsteps of ranking the best NFL helmets……………………..

20. Georgia

The Bulldogs’ helmet is a perfect example of putting your own spin on something and making it better.  The block ‘G’ also is on the helmet of the historic Green Bay Packers.

19. BYU

The ‘Y’ on the helmets represents one of BYU’s landmarks, “Y Mountain,” which has the large letter looming over the campus.  More than anything, though, it’s a representation of BYU football past and present.

18. Arkansas

Let’s be honest, there are certain helmets that fit certain schools.  When you see that maniacal boar coming at you off Arkansas’ helmet, it just feels right for the Razorbacks.  You think down south, old-time SEC football.

17. Penn State

If you aren’t a college football fan, you simply don’t get it.  Yes, that’s right.  The Penn State helmet is straightforward and clean.  To anyone else, it’s the most boring thing you’ve ever seen.

16. Tennessee

This is the beauty of college football in “Good Old Rocky Top.”  The classic orange ‘T’ fits the program perfectly.  It’s not as omnipresent as the “The U” in Miami but, for generations of Tennessee fans, it’s a source of pride.

15. Nebraska

This isn’t New York City or Los Angeles, it’s the nation’s heartland.  And the definition of Nebraska is its proud football program, and that’s how the red, simplistic ‘N’ sits on this white background – prominent and proud.

14. Hawaii

When June Jones arrived in 1999, he decided to makeover an already great helmet and it ended in disaster.  But a year later, Hawaii got it right.

13. West Virginia

West Virginia has done a good job of putting a twist on a simple helmet.  Not to be confused with the “Flying V” of Mighty Ducks fame, this helmet has a “Flying WV” introduced by Don Nehlen making each Mountaineer look like he’s motoring around the field.

12. Arizona

The Arizona football team always looks strange out there.  It’s a basketball school, and their uniforms aren’t as identifiable in the college football world.  The school did a good thing, though, by switching up the helmets last season.

Nick Foles Quarterback Nick Foles #8 of the Arizona Wildcats drops back to pass during the college football game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Arizona Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 34-27.

11. Clemson

Only certain teams can pull off orange.  But Clemson is literally the only team who can have the famous paw print, the one which is placed prominently on its helmets.  The school had to trademark the paw so that other schools could not copy it.

10. Colorado

Colorado’s helmet is a dual threat, a good logo with a classic color scheme.  The black silhouette of a buffalo is ominous and intimidating and the school’s letters are placed perfectly.

Cody Hawkins Quarterback Cody Hawkins #7 of the Colorado Buffaloes looks for a receiver against the Texas Longhorns at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado.

9. LSU

LSU’s helmet history is actually a bit comical.  There have been four revisions over the years and all of them clash a stark yellow and purple. But somehow, it works.

8. Florida State

The tomahawk chop chant is annoying, but the spear’s presence on Florida State’s helmets is just right.  The gold helmet with garnet and white spear was introduced in Bobby Bowden’s first year as coach in 1976.  Bowden just recently retired, but the helmet looks like it will last.

7. Ohio State

You’re probably expecting a memorabilia joke here, but I’m above that.  This list is for college football purists, ones who love talking helmets, not selling them.  The Buckeyes have a unique lid.

6. Miami (FL)

“The U” is many things – the name fans and former players refer to the school by, the title of an ESPN documentary about the Hurricanes’ heyday and the logo on the side of Miami’s helmets.

5. Notre Dame

The school has the legendary “Golden Dome,” so it’s appropriate that its beloved football team runs around in exquisite gold helmets.  There will always be a positive association.  It’s the right call to go without a logo.  Anything else on the helmet would take away from the gold’s quiet grace.

4. Alabama

Alabama is one of the most storied programs in college football, and its helmet is part of that lore.  College football is playing for the name on the front of the jersey, but in Tuscaloosa, it’s also about earning the number on the side of your helmet.

3. Texas

When you think Texas football, you think Matthew McConaughey.  And burnt orange horns.  Seriously, though, I know the Longhorns have a huge fanbase, most of which never forgets to remind us, “Hook ‘Em Horns.”  It also wears its special shade of orange prominently.  The helmet, with a pure white background, encapsulates everything that is Texas football.

2. USC

What other colors but garnet cardinal and gold could befit the Men of Troy’s helmets?  It’s not so much young Hollywood – Lindsay Lohan wouldn’t wear it – but classic Tinseltown.

1. Michigan

Just like the University of Michigan, you either love these helmets or hate them.  Mostly love.  And yes, Fritz Crisler just re-used the design he originally came up with at Princeton.  But the winged helmet is so incredibly original and steeped into college football history that it’s one of the first things that comes to mind when people think of college football like the “Four Horsemen” and the Heisman Trophy.

The mixture of maize and blue is awesome and they also have a functional purpose (supposedly):   Helping quarterbacks see their receivers down field. Last year the AP also voted them the greatest helmets in college football and Bob Asmussen of the Champaign (IL) News-Gazette remarked, “I’ll bet the Wolverines get 10-15 percent of their recruits based on the helmets alone.”

What a surprise.  Were you expecting something else on MY website?  I think NOT!

It’s All About The Kids….

My son’s the next Mickey Mantle, no kidding, really!!!

 I wish I had a nickel for every person, mostly men, who brag on their son or daughter’s baseball / softball talent.  I’ve been associated with Dixie Youth Baseball for going on 20 years now and I see what parents will do in an effort to enhance their offspring’s talents in this area.  I’ve also heard their rose colored descriptions of juniors Professional Major League Baseball like skills at the tender age of 11.  I know one guy who unendingly tells me of his sons skills at the age of, must be 7 or 8, as he is supposed to be playing coach pitch and he plays with the major leagues.  Why you ask?  Because his skills are so good he is dangerous to the other players around him in his age bracket.  Dangerous!  Holy crap!  It’s hard to sit and listen and not roll your eyes, which I have done, and then the “no really, I’m not kidding” speech comes out.  They also make sure to tell you they are an “A” student in school so you don’t give them the “do you work as hard on his studies as you do baseball” crap.  Every season begins with the “it’s all about the kids” mantra.  Then when the season starts it’s dad in the dugout and junior on the mound pitching regardless of his skills at that position.  Remember dad has on rose colored glasses.  Oh yeah, and dad who is so dedicated to the program, he will be gone when his son moves up or out.   No sweat, another will take his place next year like clockwork.  I remember one time a few years back seeing a grown man, a friend of mine, a man’s man standing in the ballpark in front of parents and children, his own included, sobbing, sobbing mind you, like a little girl because his son was not chosen for the All-Star team.  My God the man was balling.  That was a pitiful sight.  I think I lost a bit of respect for him that night.  I can understand being mad or upset, but crying in front of your own children over that mess.  What example does that set for them when dealing with disappointment?  The children are the least upset when conflict rears it’s ugly head.  No joke.  The ballpark really holds no appeal for me anymore other than to chat with friends.  I know what goes on in the closed door meetings, the draft at the beginning of the year, All-Star selections and what grown men will say about other grown men’s children behind their backs.  Believe me “it ain’t about the kids”!!!    

Tiger’s Tale….

A few posts back I wrote about how I thought that Tiger Woods would never be relavent in golf again.  I don’t think he will be but the potential is certainly still there.  Regardless it is predicted this week that he will fall out of the “Top 10 Golfers” in the world rankings.  Think about it, I believe he was the number one golfer in the world for seven years straight.  Now, all gone.  His Dad dies, he screws around on his wife and the next thing you know, poof, all gone.  Ofcourse he still probably has about a zillion dollars in the bank so all is not lost.  The talent is still there, it’s in his body, I also believe if he ever regained his confidence he could make the charge back.  Good luck Tiger, the uphill battle has just begun.

Premature Celebration….

What makes people take to the streets in celebration?  Superbowl wins?  Championships of some sort?  Parades?  Upheaval?  Wrongs not being righted?  Hell yes all of those!  Two weeks ago I saw people take to the street over a person being killed.  High fives being extended from coast to coast.  Osama Bin Laden was taken out!  Killed, bagged and tagged!  What glorious night.  While I am glad he is no longer the spiritual leader of perhaps the most feared terrorist group on the planet I hardly think I’m going to take to the streets partying.  Hell I joked about being a Navy Seal a few posts back just because I though all the attention was crazy if you really look at the vast scope of things that have happened.  Geraldo on his news cast that Monday night looked like a dick high fiving a Five Star General who had the look on his face like he smelled a turd.  While Osama was a leader he is hardly the end of the fight.  There are others looking to take his place and worse yet, to avenge his death.  I wonder if those same folks who celebrated are going to get involved in the next fray, or bitch when it happens.  And it’s going to happen, mark my words.  You can only swat flys so long before one gets through the screen.  Osama and his network, not Osama alone, killed almost 3,000 people in one felled swoop.  Somehow I don’t feel like we avenged anything, we killed one man.  Where’s the celebration in that?  Folks get a grip and face reality we are no safer today than we were a two weeks ago, and quite frankly we may be at greater risk.  I’ll hold my celebration for another day.

Chuck Norris Is So Tough….

Revised by request, but on the bright side I added a few….
When Chuck Norris pours milk on his Rice Krispies they shut the hell up!
The boogie man checks under his bed every night for Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water, and make him drink.
Chuck Norris once kicked a baby elephant into puberty.
Multiple people have died from Chuck Norris just giving them the finger.
If Chuck Norris is late, time had better slow down.
Chuck Norris sleeps with a night light.  Not because Chuck Norris is afraid of
the dark, but the dark is afraid of Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris can touch MC Hammer.
Chuck Norris ordered a Big Mac at Burger King, and got one.
A Handicap parking sign does not signify that this spot is for handicapped
people.  It is actually in fact a warning, that the spot belongs to Chuck Norris
and that you will be handicapped if you park there.
Chuck Norris frequently donates blood to the Red Cross.  Just never his own.
There is no such thing as tornados.  Chuck Norris just hates trailer parks.
Chuck Norris never cries, because when he’s sad he roundhouse kicks
himself and it makes him feel better since he knows he is the only one who can
survive the his roundhouse kicks.
Chuck Norris doesn’t worry about changing his clock twice a year for daylight
savings time.  The sun rises and sets when Chuck tells it to.
Chuck Norris is 1/8th Cherokee.  This has nothing to do with ancestry, the man
ate a damn Indian.
In fine print on the last page of the Guinness Book of World Records it notes
that all world records are held by Chuck Norris, and those listed in the book
are simply the closest anyone else has ever gotten.
The chief export of Chuck Norris is pain.
Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming Law and Order are trademarked
names for his left and right legs.
The Great Wall of China was originally created to keep Chuck Norris out.  It
failed misserably.
Crop circles are Chuck Norris’ way of telling the world that sometimes corn
needs to lie the hell down.
Chuck Norris is what Willis was talking about.
If you have five dollars and Chuck Norris has five dollars, Chuck Norris has
more money than you.
When Chuck Norris has surgery, the anesthesia is applied to the doctors.
Chuck Norris once broke the land speed record on a bicycle that was missing its
chain and the back tire.
Chuck Norris can whistle in German.
Chuck Norris soaks his contacts in Pepper Spray.
Chuck Norris got a homerun in bowling.
There is no CTRL key on Chuck Norris’ keyboard cause Chuck Norris is always in
Ghosts sit around the campfire and tell Chuck Norris stories.
Chuck Norris can put 13 eggs in a dozen carton!
Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that’s why there are no signs of
Some magicians can walk on water; Chuck Norris can swim through land.
Chuck Norris can speak Spanish in three different languages.
Chuck Norris and Superman once fought each other on a bet. The loser had
to start wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants.
Chuck Norris grew a beard at the age of eighteen, Seconds.
Chuck Norris can cut through a hot knife with butter.
Chuck Norris is the reason why Waldo is hiding.
Chuck Norris counted to infinity – twice.
Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.
“Those are funny, I don’t care what you say!”