Posted on: October 6, 2012 4:12 pm

Before You Snicker Or Condemn

Many Chicago Bears and Sooner fans will have by now seen the articles from earlier in the week about Tommie Harris' arrest for allegedly urinating in public & trying to start a fight outside bar.

Unfortunately, Tommie was one of those college stars who left college before graduation and never fulfilled his potential in the NFL. Much of his career with the Bears was marred by injury. During the last few years I also recalls rumblings of clashes with the coach. Then, there came the itinerancy from team to team which ended with his being cut before this season started.

You might be thinking that I am saying all of this by way of offering an excuse for Tommie. I'm not because there is a much better excuse. Tommie got married on New Year's Day of this year to his long-time girlfriend and the mother of his two young children. Ashley died very suddenly & tragically at 29 of a brain aneurysm less than two months later!

Who knows how any of us might react under those circumstances. Before you snicker at or condemn his actions, say a prayer for him and his children.

Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:10 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 3:26 pm

God Is In His Heaven

The universe, ladies & gentlemen, I'm happy to report, is spinning as it should. OU is #1 in the pre-season Coach's poll, FSU is behind us - memo, to self, be sure to visit Son in Tallahassee come mid-Sept. - & Texas is waaaaaaaaay back there at 23 or 24. Yep, God is in His heaven - watching OU football, of course - & all is right with the world.

Posted on: May 30, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: May 30, 2011 6:26 pm

In Memory of Those Who Served

Today is Memorial Day, so, whien I across this old post from another blog -
  - it seems appropriate to recognize those who have not only entertained us, but, more importantly, have died to save us. As I've often commented, too often the sports' headlines are filled with the negative - Burress, Tressel, etc. Take a moment today, to think about the positive.

Those who gave their lives for our freedom:

       Posthumous Medal of Honor recepient Jack Lummus. A N.Y. Giants' end, Lummus was killed on Iwo Jima after single-handedly taking out an enemy gun placement. His reported last words - “I guess the New York Giants have lost the services of a damned good end.”

      Bob Kalsu - played for the Bills; killed in Vietnam. (Boomer Sooner)

      Pat Tillman - for Arizona Cardinals; killed in Afghanian.

     Charley Paddock, multi-Olympain & the world's fastest human at one time was killed in the Pacific during WWII.

      21 NFL players lost their lives in WWII.

      Stars & Stripes estimates 800 college & pro sports' stars were killed in WWII.

Posted on: March 3, 2011 12:35 pm

Kudos to BYU

The basketball world is abuz  with the news that frontrunner BYU has dismissed Brandon Davies from its men's basketball program - and just a few weeks before the Madness hits, at that. Most people are even more shocked that there is even talk of dismissing him from the school.

Now, I'm not a Mormon, but there are many things which they stand for that I am happy to applaud, especially in this day and age. I remember a number of years ago when one of their basketball teams, don't remember if it was the men's or women's, refused to play on a Sunday. Many thought it was weird - I applauded that someone was standing up for what they believed.

Now, back to Davies. He chose to go to BYU. I don't know about his recruitment, but I suspect someone of his caliber had many scholarship offers. Let me repeat again, he chose to go to a school which still has an honor code. Perhaps that is an anachronism in this day and age. I suggest the the state of higher education would be better off if more schools had one and actually made students adhere to it.

 So what if most college students engage in pre-marital sex. Davies chose to go to a school affiliated with a particular religion, which expects everyone on it scampus to adhere to its code. I strongly suspect that the code was explained to Davies and his parents during freshmen orientation; I also suspect the ramifications of viuolating the code were also explained.

Many schools, even with such a code, would be very tempted to not take any action until after the Tournament. Not BYU, it has chosen to actually behave as it believes. How refreshing. How much better all sports would be if people, institutions, teams, etc. did that.

As for Davies, his life will go on. In today's world, this will not even be a blip on his basketball career. It is more likely to be the butt of jokes and elbowing with his future teams and coaches. May, just maybe, he will have learned something from this - there are consequences to your actions. Again, unfortunately, all too many young people, athletes or not, are not learning that in life any more. To paraphrase my hubby, you either learn the necessary lessons in life early, or you'll learn them later, but the consequences of learning later are much harsher.

Kudos to BYU - I'll be pulling for you in the Tournament.

Posted on: January 2, 2011 3:23 pm

Musings On Denver

As the NFL carousel starts circling in highest gear, I saw a couple of articles which have me music about the Denver Broncos. Admittedly, although I enjoyed watching Elway, I've never been a huge Denver fan. Being a die-hard college football fan, though, I started paying attention to them this year because of Tim Tebow.

I don't know enough about the team to comment on the coach's firing, although it does seem that they were quick to pull the trigger on him.

Then, I see the headlines that Elway is getting ready to get back in house. That was certainly intruiging. Now this:
! The theory goes it is unlikely that Shanahan will be back for another season in D.C. (Pity, I think he is exactly what that team needs. I didn't think he & Snyder would last, but I certainly wanted to see if Shanahan could return a once proud franchise to its better days.) Anyway, I agree with the author, it is intriguing to think that Elway might want to bring Shanahan back to Denver. Apparently both of them are really high on Tebow & I think both would be great for the kid. Going in hand with that article is this one -
- opining that Tebow is staying in and Orton is leaving Denver.

So the carousel keeps going round and round, and where it stops, nobody knows; at least not for a while.

Posted on: June 9, 2010 3:43 am

Adrian Peterson's Turn

Since my last entry dealt with new NFL-er Sam Bradford, it's only fair that my next entry deal with my other most favorite NFL star, A.D. So, what's he been up to this off season?

  • He's apparently been practicing with a sand-filled 14-lb. football to help his fumbling problems, the theory being that if he can hold on to that, holding on to a regular football should be a snap.
  • He will be missing this weekend's minicamp practices to attend the 4th Annual Adrian Peterson Day in Palestine, Texas. Some pundits are trying to make a big deal of it, implying that he is missing the sessions because of contract negotiations. I don't buy it; they obviously have no clue how big the Vikings have become in Oklahoma & east central Texas because of A.D. They couldn't buy that kind of publicity. If you're interested in the festivities, you need to be in Palestine before 10:00 a.m. this coming Saturday. That's when the parade starts from the courthouse to Old Town. Afterwards, the party takes up at the Texas State Railroad Depot in Palestine.


Posted on: April 23, 2010 8:54 am
Edited on: April 23, 2010 8:59 am

In Honor of Sam Bradford

Today, I'm doing something I'd thought I'd never do  - adding St. Louis to my Favorite Teams list. I just wish I didn't have to remove the Vikings to do that. Oh well, I'm adding them to my followed list. Also never thought I'd move the Bengals from my despised list, but what can you do when a favorite receiver goes there?

Want to do some checking on stats & records - Has a school, state, or league ever dominated the first round of the draft like that? (I think maybe Miami did in the old days, but it can't have happened very often.)

And now a tactical fantasy musing - how can I wangle it so that I have a fantasy team this season

Posted on: March 5, 2009 10:30 am

New Avatars

I'd been meaning to start a blog here for some time. This lame avatar I've finally gotten approved seemed to be the impetus I needed to get going. I've read all the rants & have posted some of my own, so I won't repeat them all here. Let's just say it's obvious the little people, wherever they are in the Third World, who enforce this policy do not understand a thing about American sports and obviously cannot understand English, i.e., their own policies. (Another reason I know they don't understand English - I've always been clearly marked as "Gender: F." That has never changed, I promise. Yet my imposed avatar was always the outline of a man. That griped me off, too.)

Since my avatar will hopefully change & I don't yet know how to put a permanent link here, let me describe it - it's a plain black & white flag with the word "SPORTS" in black centered across it in 60's-style hippie letters. What have they turned down: a stylized unicorn head on a crest, a stylized flame, a stylized eagle head. There may have been more, but those are the ones I can remember. Anyway, all were the sort of thing which graces countless helmets, banners, etc., as sports mascots across this country. I know of Eagles & Flames; I was sorely tempted to see if there were any unicorn teams.

They tell us they don't want us to offend. Yet, just today, I saw an avatar which had an elephant peeing on an NCAA sign. Seeing that was what made me decide it was time to really start ranting.

I would love to hear your stories, especially those from after March 2.

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