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FIXIN’ COLLEGE FOOTBALL

This post was taken on by assignment. Okay, it was self-assignment on the heels of a Facebook discussion. Nonetheless, I made promise to all those involved in the discussion to fix college football with my next Saturday Morning Ramble and here we are. (There were 3 of us, if you count me.)

The issue that launched last Thursday’s round robin of ideas was the University of Central Florida’s victory over Auburn in the Peach Bowl and they’re subsequent celebration of National Championship status. The fly in this ointment was a claim to the throne based in simplistic “we beat the team that beat the team” logic. UCF had beaten Auburn, who beat both National Championship Game participants, Alabama and Georgia, during the regular season.

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HOUSTON… YOU’VE CURED MY PROBLEM

Dear Houston Texans players,

I’d like to publicly thank you for your part in helping me break my addiction to watching and caring about the NFL. I mean this sincerely. I have long wanted to step away from the 7 to 9 hours that I have continually wasted watching football on Sundays. I’ll now be able to invest that time in my family as opposed to locking up on the couch or dropping everything to throw away another $200 at the stadium.

Now that I think of it, breaking this addiction will be a huge financial bonus for us. No longer will we have to budget for an extra $360 for our DirecTV bill in the fall. We can invest that money in other things needed, or possibly even take a weekend trip somewhere.  You guys are the best!

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BLOTTING OUT THE SUNS

Jax Jumbo Shrimp

“If at first the idea is not absurd,
then there is no hope for it.”

                      – Albert Einstein

From the days of my youth, the sun shone brightly in my hometown, especially in the first few days of spring. It appears, sadly, that those days have passed. This morning, as April 1st dawns, there’s a small part of me that genuinely grieves and an even larger part that wishes for all the world that I could close this post with the phrase, “April Fools!” The angst is real and the gotcha just isn’t coming, so don’t wait for it.

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DIVIDE AND CONQUER

Divide and Conquer - War RoomLast night the twelve of us held our annual ancient scholars meeting. If you’re keeping score, last night was Friday and the meeting of the minds was scheduled for primetime on the east coast. The timing of the meeting may lend credence to the accusation that the overall membership has indeed acquired that state of life-development where we might reasonably conclude that all wild seeds have long since been sown.

Although we do not maintain, nor publish, any specific demographic data, I’m fairly certain that everyone in the group is at least in their mid-40’s or beyond. Knowing the age of some of the members as a matter of conjecture tips the balance of the scale. It’s a good bet that, on the whole, the group skews somewhere near, or slightly past, the given parameter for mature (even though maturity on a member by member basis could certainly come into question at times).

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MOMENTUM SWING

Momentum Swing - Earl Weaver Quote

“Momentum is
the next day’s
starting pitcher.”

Earl Weaver, Manager
Baltimore Orioles

The four word headline is sacred gospel in baseball circles:

“pitchers and catchers, report!”

Excuse me for dismissing the annual “Did he? Or Didn’t he?” dance that Punxsutawney Phil has each February with his shadow, but these four words are the true herald of spring.

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