College Football 2019 – Week 15 (Conference Championships)

Conference championship week has arrived, bringing with it some potentially epic battles.  In chronological order, below are all of the scheduled games for the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), including both the the Power 5 (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) and Group of Five (AAC, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) conferences.

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College Football 2019 – Week 14 (Thanksgiving Edition)

This Thanksgiving weekend marks the effective end of the college football regular season. All of next weekend’s games will be conference championships, followed by the Army-Navy game on December 14, and then the postseason bowls and playoffs beginning on December 20.

This week’s matchups offer a number of traditional rivalries from coast-to-coast. In the ACC, the #3 Clemson Tigers 🐅 have a showdown on the road at the South Carolina Gamecocks 🐓, the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 are at the #11 Florida Gators 🐊, and the North Carolina State Wolfpack 🐺 host the North Carolina Tar Heels 👣. The Big Ten has the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes 🍂 at the #13 Michigan Wolverines 〽️ and the #12 Wisconsin Badgers 🦡 at the #8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 🐿. The SEC gives us the #5 Alabama Crimson Tide 🐘 at the #15 Auburn Tigers 🐯, the Texas A&M Aggies 🤠 at the #2 LSU Tigers 🐅, the Vanderbilt Commodores ⚓️ at the Tennessee Volunteers 🔶, and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝 hosting the #4 Georgia Bulldogs 🐶. Out in the PAC-12, the #14 Oregon Ducks 🦆 host the Oregon State Beavers 🐿 for the Civil War, the Stanford Cardinal 🚩 play the visiting #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️, and Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 are playing the Washington Huskies 🐺 in the Apple Cup. Finally, in the Big 12, Bedlam comes with the #21 Oklahoma State Cowboys 🤠 hosting the #7 Oklahoma Sooners 👨🏻‍🌾, the #21 Iowa State Cyclones 🌪 play the Kansas State Wildcats 😺 in this year’s Farmageddon, and in their annual game for the Chancellor’s Spurs, the Texas Longhorns 🐮 host my Texas Tech Red Raiders 🏴‍☠️.... [Read More]

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Just like California’s rolling blackouts, except…

Just like California’s rolling blackouts, except mine are barely a second long.

Well here’s the long story shortened. I have an UPS, an uninterrupted power supply, It WAS connected to two outlets upstairs, (my computer and the UPS is in the basement), it had a massive battery failure a few years ago. The two matched car batteries it ran off sort of decided that they will out-gas hydrogen sulfide and just die. I disconnected it and hoped for the best. We had another failure for a few hours just recently and that prompted me to buy a generator. But a generator will not help with a drop out of only a second. The second drop outs are because of the high winds we are experiencing in NE PA.

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College Football 2019 – Week 13

While much of the country may be feeling the chill of fall, the college football gridiron remains red-hot! The Atlantic Coast Conference has the the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️ hosting the Boston College Eagles 🦅 while the Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆 are in Blacksburg to play the Virginia Tech Hokies 🦃. Sadly, the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 came up short against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝 28-26 on Thursday night.  In the Big Ten, the biggest game features the #8 Penn State Nittany Lions 🦁 at the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes 🍂. Also, the #10 Minnesota Golden Gophers 🐿 play the Northwestern Wildcats 😸 and the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes 🐤 host the Illinois Fighting Illini 🏹.  The top matchup in the SEC is the Texas A&M Aggies 🤠 at the #4 Georgia Bulldogs 🐶, while the Big 12 offers up the #13 Baylor Bears 🐻 hosting the Texas Longhorns 🐮. Finally, the Pac-12 has the #6 Oregon Ducks 🦆 at the Arizona State Sun Devils 🌞 😈, Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 host the Oregon State Beavers 🐿, and the Washington Huskies 🐺 are at the Colorado Buffaloes 🐃.

As for my Texas Tech Red Raiders 🏴‍☠️, they are playing host to the Kansas State Wildcats 😸.  This game is a must-win for Tech; a loss will eliminate the Red Raiders from bowl eligibility.... [Read More]

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Giving a Tele-Monster, a taste of his own medicine.

Hello Ratburgers!

Most of you know I hate “tele-monsters” with a passion that is unequaled.

I’ve subscribed to NOMOROBO.com  for my home phone and they take care of 99% of the “tele-monsters”. But there was that single ring before NOMOROBO would pick up the line and then disconnect the “tele-monster”. So I found a “First Ring Eliminator” on Amazon and installed that. Now I don’t hear that annoying first ring. (It’s unfortunately not available right now.)

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College Football 2019 – Week 12

It is now mid-November and the end of college football’s regular season will be upon us in a few weeks.  Thus, teams are jockeying for position as conference championships and the postseason loom.  Let us look at a few matchups of interest.

In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons ✝️😈 are on the road at the #3 Clemson Tigers 🐅. Also in the Carolinas, the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 will host the Louisville Cardinals 🐦.  The Big Ten has the undefeated #8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 🐿 at the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes 🐤, and in Ann Arbor the #15 Michigan Wolverines 🦡 will play the Michigan State Spartans ⚔️. In the Southeastern Conference, the marquee matchup will feature the #4 Georgia Bulldogs 🐶 at the #12 Auburn Tigers 🐯. The Big 12 Conference’s feature attraction is the #10 Oklahoma Sooners 👨🏻‍🌾 at the undefeated #13 Baylor Bears 🐻. Also, my Texas Tech Red Raiders 🏴‍☠️ will be hosting the TCU Horned Frogs 🐸. Out west in the Pac-12, the #6 Oregon Ducks 🦆 play the visiting Arizona Wildcats 🐱, and Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 host the Stanford Cardinal 🚩.  In addition, the game between the #23 Navy Midshipmen ⚓️ and the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️ should be worth watching.... [Read More]

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Alien-Nation or Alienation: My Inescapable Ethos

“In the absence of values, society begins to decay. … Conservatism is that which does not get in the way of moving forward and upward, but does prevent from sliding backwards and downwards.” – Vladimir Putin

Born in 1944, I think such a statement as Putin’s would have been unremarkable for about the first half of my life. Since, according to America’s self-proclaimed elite mouthpieces, conservatives are haters of all peoples and things hallowed by progressives, his statement today would almost certainly be classified as “hate speech” by our media betters; even worse, the speaker is Russian, demanding louder condemnation.... [Read More]

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You Can’t Un-see It…

Greta Thunberg mural in San FranciscoIn San Francisco, for whatever inscrutable San Franciscan reason, somebody has put up a giant mural of Greta the Mindless Climate Puppet on the side of a building at 420 Mason Street.  There is something distinctly odd about this picture.  Did you notice it?

She has Buzz Aldrin’s eyes!... [Read More]

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College Football 2019 – Week 11

Well, I’m back. And so is college football for another week of gridiron excitement!

Out west in the Pac-12, the Washington Huskies 🐺 dispatched the Oregon State Beavers ⚫️🟠 by a score of 19-7 on Friday night. On Saturday evening, Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 will be on the road playing the California Golden Bears 🐻. The #7 Oregon Ducks 🦆 are on the bye.... [Read More]

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A heads up for veterans..

Just a head’s up for vets.
I did my active duty between May 20 1970 and August 18 1972.
After that, about 11 years of reserves.
Brothers in arms, thank you for your service.

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Scranton has its first Female mayor!

After our last mayor was arrested by the FBI and a special election for a new mayor in the city, we have our First Female Mayor!

My wife asked me what’s up with that, the last election I voted for a winner, Trump and this time I voted for Paige Cognetti and she won!... [Read More]

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California wind event in Pennsylvania?

Well we had five brief outages of the power tonight, so brief that the clocks on the stove, toaster and alarm clock did not reset. I thought I was in a California wind event! But no, just storms passing through Pennsylvania. I was reading some very old Popular Science articles via google archives and I got rebooted five times.  The wife ain’t too happy either, waiting for the cable TV box to reload takes five minutes.

So next available couple of extra bucks I get I will either buy new car batteries for my big UPS, and run a line from there to my computer area, or buy two little UPSs, one for the TV and Cable box and One for my computer.

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