College Football 2019 – Week 3

As the third week of the college football season unfolds, summer may be drawing to an end but the competition on the field is heating up. Here are some of this weekend’s games.

In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Syracuse Orange 🍊 are hosting the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅, the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 are on the road at the #25 Virginia Cavaliers ⚔️, the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 head to Morgantown to face the West Virginia Mountaineers ⛰, the #13 Penn State Nittany Lions 🦁 play the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆,  and the doughty Demon Deacons 😈 ✝️ of Wake Forest defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 🦶 24-18 on Friday night.... [Read More]

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College Football 2019 – Week 2

As Week 2 of the college football season gets underway, we can look forward to more thrills, chills, and highlights galore!  Let’s take a look at some of this week’s featured matchups.

The Atlantic Coast Conference has the Maryland Terrapins 🐢 hosting the #21 Syracuse Orange 🍊, the Western Carolina Catamounts 😸 on the road at the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺, the South Florida Bulls 🐂 at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝, and the #12 Texas A&M Aggies 🤠 in a showdown with the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅.... [Read More]

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Iron Men

Watching sports like football is the closest the average man comes to the contemplation of eternal things. The game is one of the only places left where we still find cheating to be cheating. We find glory in what is earned. We find corruption and repentance, honor, competence, vanity, and genuine humility.” – Father James V. Schall (1928-2019)

Father Schall, a prominent Catholic philosopher from Georgetown University, died earlier this year at the age of ninety-one.  At the time of Schall’s birth, American football was nearing the end of its childhood.  In the 1930s, football would begin to emerge as one of this country’s most popular sports.... [Read More]

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College Football 2019 – Week 1

At long last, the new college football season is here! Every team will start anew hoping to achieve victory and glory, and cheerleaders’ pom-poms will be shaking from coast to coast.

In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅  defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝 on Thursday night, 52-14. On Saturday the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 play the Boise State Broncos 🐴  in Tallahassee, the South Carolina Gamecocks 🐓 head to Bank of America stadium in Charlotte to play the North Carolina Tar Heels 🦶, and the Louisville Cardinals 🐦 host the #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️.... [Read More]

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Air Raid!

The date was October 26, 1985 and the place was the great West Texas city of El Paso. I was ten years old and in the fifth grade, and like most El Pasoans was looking forward to the upcoming college basketball season. The UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso) Miners basketball team, coached by the legendary Don Haskins, was the pride and joy of the Sun City. They regularly ranked in the AP Top Twenty (as the rankings were then called) and were expected to not only compete for a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championship every year, but to also go deep into the NCAA Tournament.

Expectations for UTEP Miners football, by contrast, were lower. Much lower. Gridiron-wise, UTEP was college football Siberia: a place where coaching careers went to die. Such was the fate that loomed over head coach Bill Yung during the fall of 1985. The Miners were 0-6 and the team they were slated to play on that last weekend of October was none other than the #7-ranked Cougars of Brigham Young University (BYU), the defending national champions. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was expecting a blowout. Coach Yung likely felt the same way, but not his young offensive coordinator, a native of San Antonio named Hal Mumme (pronounced “mummy”). For some time, Mumme had been studying BYU’s passing plays, in particular a play called the Y-cross, which the Cougars never expected to see used against them. But Mumme did, and that plus an inspired Miners defense resulted in a shocking upset over BYU, 23-16.... [Read More]

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Remembering SCTV

Born in 1975, I grew up during the 1980s, and to this day there are certain shows from that decade that never fail to bring a smile to my face as I reminisce. Among them is SCTV, which began as a Toronto-based sketch comedy program in 1976 and was later picked up by NBC in 1981.

SCTV’s ensemble cast included Joe Flaherty, who portrayed such characters as Count Floyd, Guy Caballero, William F. Buckley (!), and Sammy Maudlin. Old-time Ricochetti will recall the time when @pseudodionysius discovered that Mr. Flaherty was a member of the legacy site. What a moment that was.... [Read More]

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Madison Rising

While listening to The David Webb Show on SiriusXM yesterday morning, a clip from this version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played, performed by a band named Madison Rising:

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Werewolves of Laredo

Before her retirement many years ago, my mother was a professor at an institution of higher learning in Laredo, Texas, teaching Spanish Literature and English as a Second Language. I ended up following her career path, though in a different discipline (History).... [Read More]

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And Then There Were Two…

On Saturday, my Texas Tech Red Raiders defeated the Michigan State Spartans 61-51 to advance to the NCAA championship game, where they will play the Virginia Cavaliers, who earlier that day beat the Auburn Tigers 63-61. Here are some highlights from the Texas Tech-Michigan State game:

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CUK Britannia

From the “you just can’t make this stuff up” file, meet Great Britain’s newest political party: the CUK Party.

On the day when the United Kingdom was supposed to be leaving the European Union, the globalist, largely left-liberal “centrists” formerly of the Labour MPs — Chuka Umunna, Gavin Shuker, Luciana Berger, Ann Coffey, Mike Gapes, Chris Leslie, Joan Ryan, and Angela Smith — and the Tory Party — Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen, and Sarah Wollaston — announced they were formally instituting their new parliamentary faction as a political party, Change UK (CUK).... [Read More]

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